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We all know that triumph in a game makes for a feel good moment, but sadness has the ability to make a scene stick with you for the rest of your life. Even if no one dies, the moment can just be heartbreaking and these games just happen to bring a whole new level of heartbreak mind.
Chell leaves Aperture Science, gets a tearful goodbye via a song
Portal 2 has some pretty sad moments, such as Cave Johnson going insane and dying of cancer and his assistant Caroline being the soul of GLaDOS. Yet, the saddest part is actually a song sung in Italian. At first, Chell is on her way out of Aperture Science labs but is then greeted to a song performed countless gun turrets. The song sounds nice, but upon closer inspection, the lyrics of the song translate to a mother urging her daughter to leave for a better life, away from science. After you hear the translation of the song, the entire meaning of the ending gets really sad.
Dom saves his friends to the saddest song ever
After losing his wife in Gears of War 2, Dom is at the end of his rope and he definitely looks the part. With a grungy beard and a death wish, Dom finally gets to sacrifice his life while saving his friends by driving a truck into lambent infested area and causing an explosion. As he’s about to die, Dom thinks about his wife Maria and the song “Mad World” starts as he finally joins his wife in death.
Mordin Solis dies curing genophage- renegade version is even sadder
There is no happy ending for poor Mordin, who I have constantly said is the best character of the Mass Effect series. While trying to cure the genophage, there are 2 options: do the Paragon route and let Mordin cure the genophage and let himself get blown up in the process or be a Renegade and shoot Mordin. Either way, Mordin dies but his objective is either completed or failed depending on the scenario. Specifically, the Renegade option has Mordin crawling toward the console, trying to use his last breath to save the race originally infected. As Mordin bleeds out and the tower is exploding, he keeps saying “not yet, not yet”, but his time is already gone. Try not getting choked up during this scene, cause it’s heartbreaking.
“Uncle’s” death in A Link to the Past
A Link to the Past got real, very fast in the first 10 minutes of the game just solely based on the fact that your uncle dies so quickly. It was an insane set up to such a colorful and happy looking game, and pretty shocking that Link’s only relative is immediately killed. That’s a pretty powerful moment to witness so early in a Zelda game. So even though you have little time to mourn his death, you should think that his death is considerably sad since Link pretty much lost his only family member.
Max Payne finds his family dead
So Max Payne goes home at the start of the first game and the first thing that happens is so shocking that I’m not sure how this was allowed in a video game. Long story short: Max finds that some junkies have broken into his house and killed his wife and infant daughter. The death of his daughter would be enough to push a person to madness, and on top of that his wife is killed all for the sake of a drug trade cover-up. After he kills the drug addicts, Max collapses on the floor and screams and is continually haunted by the thought of their death for the rest of the story and 2 sequels.
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