Video games as a medium are capable of inducing incredible emotional reactions in those that consume them. Like any other art form their interpretation and enjoyment often results in laughter, anger, introspection, and tears.
Yes, tears. From eye-watering to full-blown sobbing, many a video game has graced the TVs and monitors around the globe only to impart gut-wrenching sadness and tragedy. This reaction is usually the result of excellent craftsmanship and a sign that the game is truly excellent. Here are some of the best games capable of turning you into a hot, sobbing mess.
Journey was an incredible game. Praised for its style and deep, rich music, Journey was hailed as a paragon of video game art. It also inspired a wide range of reactions in its players. Ranging from stunned silence to calm contentedness, Journey also induced many to tears. With its cello-heavy score and deep thematic elements concerning the cycle of life and history, Journey might not be a guaranteed tear-jerker for tragic reasons, but its emotional impact is not to be underestimated.
2. Persona 3: FES
Some games hit the player hard and fast in the feels, but others take their time. Persona 3 is the perfect example of such a title. Reeling the player in with its immersive cast of characters and incredible mix of story and gameplay, Persona 3 proceeds to take every beautiful moment in the game and send it on a direct line to the player’s heart. Whether from happiness or sadness (usually the latter), Persona 3: FES will take over 100 hours to mess with your emotions. If the events leading up to its endings (Journey, the primary game, and Answer, the included follow up) don’t leave you ragged and snotty, the finales will deliver the knockout blow.