Yup that counts.
I was pretty young so that probably influenced it, however....
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
When you finally beat the Wind Fish and you learn that the island is just an illusion, and it shows a scene by scene of all the characters and places disappearing while it plays that music. Had more then a few tears in my eyes after that one.
I can honestly say that has never happened. Games that do try to go for the emotional punch often do it too obvious, in other words they lay it on too thick, and it has the opposite effect on me.
Games are simply not subtle enough for that to work.
I've never come ever that close to tears in a videogame, I've played The Walking Dead and I felt a great emotional resonance with it, but never came close to crying.
The closest I ever got was in Mass Effect 3 oddly, for Mordin's death. When I watched it back, it was just so sad and I always thought you could hear the fear in his voice as he knows he's going to die and then it just happened. For me, they executed upon that scene and so many others just for the ending to be completely botched is the thing that would bring me closer to tears.
That's the closest I've ever been in a videogame although, I can see things such as things in Lost Odyssey, FFX ending (that came close), some of the endings in Heavy Rain among others having scenes that would be very easy to cry to.
I think the first one was the death of Gremio in the first Suikoden. That was pretty damn sad, great music too.
If we are talking about the one that made me sob the most, then The Walking Dead takes it, easily. That was an emotional roller-coaster deluxe.
Never really cried over a game, felt emotional yeah, the usual suspects, FF7, Shadow of the Colossus, Gremio sacrificing himself in Suikoden.
The only game that has deeply affected me is Mass Effect trilogy, this big epic adventure over the course of three games all destroyed after the point of no return in ME3, that whole sequence just soured me on the game and the ending I chose REALLY bummed me out (this was before extended cut).
I love listening to game soundtracks and Mass Effects are some of the best tracks, but even now 9 months after the game shipped and I completed it I can't listen to ME3 soundtrack without getting a horrible feeling in my stomach and feeling depressed about how my story ended and what could have been.
Enslaved: Oddyssey to the West
specifically the scene in which
- Ocarina of Time - Saying goodbye to Saria before heading out into Hyrule proper.
- FF8 - Pretty much any time Eyes On Me plays. Laguna is such a tragic guy!
- Visual novels - The writing can be terrible but my feelings are easily manipulated.
Fuck Sniper Wolf. Crazy bitch shot Meryl. Plus, people who are way into animals weird me out.
None, because I'm not a giant pussy.
But there was that one part in Phantasy Star 4 that almost got me.
To the Moon is the only game to actually make me well up a bit. There have been strong emotions with many others (Spec Ops, Journey, Walking Dead to name a few) but as we are only talking about the physical reaction To the Moon is my answer.
Donkey Kong 64. I was 8, and swimming to the K. Lumsy's island at the beginning freaked me the fuck out. I think it had to do with the seemingly infinite size of the ocean, and the storm that starts as you approach the island.
The first game that made me cry as a grown ass man, though, was Walking Dead. You know the part.
The first game that made me cry was probably Super Mario World which was the first game I played. I would get extremely frustrated playing that game and I'm a rage crier. That pretty much it as far as I can remember. Think there was one time when I booted up FFX and "To Zanarkand" played and I got teary but I don't know why.
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.
I don't know if that episode actually made me cry. But yeah that episode will ruin your day possibly week.
I've never had a game make me cry, but I expect it to be only a matter of time. The first game that made me feel like a little bit of my soul had just died was GTA IV, if that counts. Red Dead Redemption, too. Rockstar: making you feel numb inside since 2008.