Submitted by splintergamer 1551d ago | opinion piece

Top 10 Most Depressing Games

There’s some seriously over the top games out there that make you basically shoot the crap out of anything that moves, there’s some great games, some grand endings, and in the case of this list, some seriously screwed up endings. Then there’s the games that really make you want to cry. This is a list of those games that really put you on a downer at game’s end:

Please note: This list WILL contain spoilers. You have been warned. (Culture)

mushroomwig  +   1552d ago
Shadow Of The Collossus
Completely agree, it's one of my favourite games of all time, it's so emotional.
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Coffin87  +   1551d ago
lol, Silent Hill 2 would also have been my number 1, and as I see they picked it too. Good choice.
Shadow of the Colossus is a close 2nd place.
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mastiffchild  +   1551d ago
Thing is, though, I found what happened to Haze and too Huma a million times more depressing than any of these games which just have emotional depth to them. Sure, some sad and nasty things happen in some of the games listed but do they leave YOU depressed at the end of the game?

Certainly SH2 and MGS4 both made me think and empathise with the characters having a bad time but the overall effect, as most of these are GOOD games was of money well spent and satisfaction at playing something well put together and thoughtful. not really "depressing" just games with some adult and darker themes and characters in depressed situations, no?

I was much more personally depressed after playing through Haze and TH , having waited for the hype and finding them severely lacking. Those missed chances, whether it was politics(Haze) or just over ambition and wasted time(TH), must be more depressing for us gamers, don't they?
Cots1  +   1552d ago
Well i got a somewhat happy ending when i completd heavy rain
Acquiescence  +   1551d ago
I got the happiest ending of all first time through...
No one snuffs it on my watch!
TheLastGuardian  +   1551d ago
I got the most depressiing ending on my first playthrough.
*Spoiler Alert*

I didn't find shaun, Ethan blew his brains out and Norman Overdosed on triptocaine.
Tazz1992  +   1551d ago
My first was Ethan found his son but the cops were out front and he went to scratch his back and cops thought he had a gun so the cops shot and killed him
Nate-Dog  +   1552d ago
Didn't think MGS4 was sad. I was glad when that bitch Naomi died lol. Took her time.

Although the seeming end with Snake after that scene Otacon and Sunny certainly made me teary.
Koromaro  +   1551d ago
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cranium  +   1551d ago
lmao that's an epic picture XD

ico92  +   1551d ago
why Naomi i really enjoyed her presense in MGS1 and 4, im annoyed how that douche Raiden some how survived
Nate-Dog  +   1551d ago
@Koromaro: Lol, got a good laugh from some of that.

@Ico: I just hated her. In MGS she double-crosses Snake and the Colonel, tries to kill Snake, then in MGS4 begs Snake to save her from Ocelot, get's him mixed up with Vamp and a number of other problems in trying to rescue her, and with a big squeeze of her breasts together thinks that's enough to make up for everything she did before.
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LinuxGuru  +   1551d ago
I played Metal Gear Solid 4 for 26 hours straight the first time through. Enjoyed every second of it. Probably the most compelling gaming experience of my life. Was it sad? Yeah, it was in a lot of parts. Overall? Not really.
Redrum059  +   1551d ago
The story is much more beautiful and sad when one has played through all the games and knows the story. And I don't mean a new comer playing all the mgs games in 1 week, I mean wen a person has played all the games starting from release of the first game. Much more engaging, as if time passes you buy along with snake.

RIP Bigboss
DelbertGrady  +   1551d ago | Well said
Limbo is depressive yet beautiful at the same time.
Lord_Doggington  +   1551d ago
haha 7 disagrees...you've got quite the following soda. here's a bubble, brah
-Ikon-  +   1551d ago
Why try to bubble up a known troll?
Lord_Doggington  +   1551d ago
in this instance he's not trolling.

"Limbo is depressive yet beautiful at the same time."

In fact, I don't think he's a troll at all. He'll say something controversial, but I really think he believes it, and that's alright.

It's when fanboys immediately "disagree" or bubble someone down for no reason...that's when things have gotten out of hand.

I might not agree 100% with everything Soda says, but even when I disagree, that doesn't mean I should take away his bubbles.

And when I do see something of his that I agree with, I click agree. If it's not disagreeable, why would you click disagree? You don't see the 3-4 people who made the same comment getting this many disagrees.

It's boiling down to a form of prejudice. You guys should give credit where credit is due. It's a legitimate comment.

You should be ashamed.
-Ikon-  +   1551d ago
Sure this comment by him isn't trolling, but his backlog speaks for itself.
Lord_Doggington  +   1551d ago
gives no reason to disagree with his current comment. 12 disagrees.

it's painfully hateful and sickening
mastiffchild  +   1551d ago
Soda pokes a bit of fun rather than being an actual troll. He's no Nasim, Green or Omega. His point here is actually a good one as well-as many of his are when he isn't having a laugh with things.

Seriously, there are far worse and more unreasonable trolls of every colour than Soda-he might say things to get a rise and does prefer his 360 but I think it's all in good heart and not intended to offend. That's my opinion anyway.
Lord_Doggington  +   1551d ago
absolutely. omega's a troll. so's dark nikon. so's aaron greenberg. so was peter north.

soda is not a troll. he's just a sensible poster that likes to poke fun sometimes. now he's a martyr.
Acquiescence  +   1551d ago
Where the hell is Red Dead Redemption?
That game is just one massive downer after the next. Everyone seems to meet a horrible end in one way or another.
TheLastGuardian  +   1551d ago
I was thinking it might make the list but it was only really depressing when you know who dies.
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LinuxGuru  +   1551d ago
I am glad The Darkness is on that list. That is one seriously morbid and depressing game. But it was so good.


Being held back by the demon arms while your girlfriend gets a hole blown through her head right in front of you was gut wrenching. And then Jackie commits suicide AS YOU WATCH, immediately after. Freaking nuts, man. That game was not for the faint of heart.

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dead_eye  +   1551d ago
god i need to play the darkness again. what a game.
Robearboy  +   1551d ago
The most drepressive game i have played was GTA4 and not because of the Story Line either
It was like buying a Aston Martin DB9 only to find the engine and interior was missing and some one took a giant Dump on the bonnett
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coolbeans  +   1551d ago
Suprised Limbo isn't on there. lol I think I've played all but 1-2 of the games listed. Do I like depression in games?
HelghastKid  +   1551d ago
Kingdom hearts series in general. Say what you will about the game but it always wins most depressing story. I think 2 was the only one with a happy ending.
WLPowell  +   1551d ago
and even then
it's still kinda bleak not really happy.
skip2mylou  +   1551d ago
final boss fight in KH1 was depressing
Motorola  +   1551d ago
Heavy Rain is depressing if u eff up. JAYSON!!!!!!
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-Ikon-  +   1551d ago
Yup my guy hung himself at the end and the kid drowned, killer got away.. LOL
WLPowell  +   1551d ago
Demon's Souls
Seriously the only high point is the tutorial where you just feel like a badass! Then it happens... I'm not spoiling it for anyone, I'm just gonna say the game was made to make you cry.
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Lord_Doggington  +   1551d ago
i love that in indigo prophecy (fahrenheit), you can actually become depressed in the game.

you character can die from depression!
LeonSKennedy4Life  +   1551d ago
1) Shadow of the Colossus (I sat in silence for two hours.)
2) Heavy Rain (I cried like ten times.)
omi25p  +   1551d ago
splinter cell conviction depressed me because i loved the original splinter cell games and they ruined my favorite franchie by turning it into a really boring third person shooter
Mr Tretton  +   1551d ago
I was glad to scroll down and see what I felt should be number 1, SH2.
Dcoz  +   1551d ago
Isn't Fallout 3 the most depressing game on earth? That game put me in a weird world of depression. I played and played, only stopping to eat and sleep, I never even had time to crap. Wheres Cartmans mum when you need her?
supaflypriest  +   1551d ago
Max Payne???

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