@xxizzypop: Same! That bit in the Al Bhed home when you learn the truth about Yuna :'[
I can't think of one that did.
What's up with the "...have you cried at any games/movies/books/animes/paintings" threads lately?
It's because of The Walking Dead, I think. It got people thinking about emotional depth in games, and how they effect us, and it's spread to discussions about other artforms as well.
I don't think I've ever cried for a game. I certainly don't remember doing so. But my throat did that weird closing up thing when Mordin starting singing Scientist Salarian in Mass Effect 3. I guess that's the closest example I have.
Outcast 2, because it never saw the light of day.
Other than that there's too much shit in the real world for me to get that affected by a videogame. I liked playing the walking dead and there was some emotional resonance, but actual crying? Nah. Not even close.
I don't think I ever cried even though I tend to get really invested in games. I remember that I was really sad when Paulie died in Mafia 1 (even though everybody but me had seen this coming from the very first scene of the game cause....come on, that's how storys about the Mafia work) but I was pretty young then (too young to play the game but whatever, right?)
I'm almost sure it was the ending for Secret of Mana, I don't remember tear drops per se (I was quite young), but I still remember the ending incredibly well and I do remember it having a rather large effect on my tiny child brain.
Walking Dead is the one that probably made me cry the most, nearly 20 years later.
I don't think I've ever cried at a video game... Then again, the same could be said for books and movies. Don't get me wrong, I think video games, books, and movies can all be extremely emotionally effective, I just... I dunno. There are like, maybe two movies that have ever made me cry, maybe like one book, and... I can't think of a video game. I got a little bit choked up at the end of Mass Effect 3, but that was because it was ending, not because of the ending (which was garbage). The Walking Dead kind of just made me want to go lie in bed for a while, but not actually cry.
Man, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Body" though? That sure did wreck me. That's probably the most emotional I've ever gotten over a piece of media.
- Persona 4 (The bad ending)
- Fragile Dreams (There are many sad parts in this game, it made me drop a tear a lot of times)
- Zelda: Skyward Sword (Some of the moments between Link and Zelda are just so great, maybe this game is more happy tears then sad tears)
- ICO (This game is 100% feelings)
- DreamFall: The Longest Journey (Great story with lots of emotions)
Goddamn motherfucking King's Quest for the Sega Master System. That game is hard, and I don't mean in the tough but fair modern way. I mean in the bad design and maliciously cheap sorta way. I was maybe, i don't know, 6 years old? 7? Something in that range. Anyway, I had a game going that I was doing fairly well in. There is one screen in that game containing an enemy wizard who will freeze you if you don't have some defense item of some sort. Freeze you for an extended period of time. It looks like it's game over right there as I don't believe the game tells you the freeze is temporary. Or i don't remember. Six year old me thought I had entered a screen and been insta-killed for no reason. I threw a tantrum of some epic proportions. Many tears were shed. Controllers were thrown. IT WASN'T FAIR GODDAMNIT. D;
I expect it to be pretty common but the last sequence before the credits in Episode 5 of 'The Walking Dead'
First time I ever shed a tear, I have played games all my life and have had strong emotional responses to a few but that is the first time I cried.
As for more recent cases... Shadow of the Colossus is the only one that definitely comes to mind.
..... That and possibly Demon's Souls- though I don't remember if that was actual tears, or just an overwhelming sense of contentment alongside the calmness of its good ending- that and the music and boss pictures included in the credits. (I almost never watch game credits to completion if they're skippable- Demon's Souls has pretty much been the only exception that comes to mind for that rule for me)