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looking for rec's for sad games and visual novels - they can be all ages or 18+ and can include the themes such as death, illness, sexual assault, violence, etc....
just post what you think are good games for a good cry
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To the moon is such a classic. Recommend it very much as well :)
Seconded. Such a great concept and story. It really tugs on the heart strings. It's the reason I haven't given up on RPG maker games yet.
I came here to recommend To the Moon, but knew in my heart it had already been said. It's a very good game with a superb soundtrack.
I could not recall anything affordable.
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YASS, that's a legend with many of mods with English language too (like Samantha)
"Ah, I See You're a Man of Culture As Well"
That Dragon, Cancer
The goat: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1768640/Leap_of_Faith/
Spiritfarer Has some very strong emotional moments if you don't mind the long, grindy gameplay
Before Your Eyes
The Town of Light
Happy Birthday :-)
Can't really make a VN that's more about death and illness than this series.
After playing the game and spending 100h+ ingame listening to the soundtrack, I absolutely agree.
I genuinely enjoyed Röki although it has a good ending.
Loved it, such a wholesome, emotional and kind fairy-tale.
i also recommend spiritfarer, but it has been mentioned above.
Just played If Found and it's a bit of a trip to the dark side but a great one.
And honestly, the gameplay is the coolest I have seen in a visual novel. It keeps you engaged and connected with the story instead of just clicking through.
What Remains of Edith Finch. It's a sad game all around, but that bathtub sequence broke me
Frankly, hated that sequence, it needs a trigger warning. I was basically replacing a mother for my tiny niece back when the game was released, and they just went ahead and showed me a scenario of an absolute horror. I mean, I'm fine with any kind of on-screen gore, but this? Also, they are really weird about the subject of guilt. Frankly, any sane person would kill themselves after something like that, but the mother is somehow not responsible, seriously?
The House in Fata Morgana would be my number one recommendation.
I'd say it has the most impactful storyline I've experienced in a game. And it has plenty of sad moments.
Thanks, it's probably time for me to stop ignoring everything anime and finally admit that good stories may actually exist among the pile of the cringe and the phony (I absolutely loved OPUS: Echo of Starsong, after all). I think I'll give this one a try. BTW, what about the second game? Did you enjoy it as much as the first one?
I haven't played the second game yet.
I think there's supposed to be a spinoff game that was released recently. I think it uses the same characters but the story is supposed to be different.
Hey, just wanted to say thank you for the recommendation. Currently playing The House in Fata Morgana, and I'm absolutely hooked.
Glad you're enjoying it!
It was hard to put it down when I was playing it, so I absolutely understand.
+42. The game is long, and has some odd pacing, but it also has many unforgettable dramatic scenes, and an incredible soundtrack. "Impactful" is a very very appropriate word. The best game I played this year so far (and I played about 40 of them).
So many really awesome games in this thread, I'm going to follow it. I think I'll add OPUS series to the list of recommendations: while the first two games (The Day We Found Earth and Rocket of Whispers) are both warm and sad, but still are ordinary good games, last year's Echo of Starsong is a full-scale masterpiece and is a must-play for anyone who's into emotional and well-written stories. And I can promise you a nice cathartic cry in the end.
Also, just reminding that To The Moon is only the first part in the series: several tiny games and two big ones were released later.
I named my dog after the fox in this game. 🙈
Welp... good luck with that... :P
Also: wild guess but I think you're crossing my current hometown regularly to get to and from the town where I was born. Hope you like it there ^^
You mean you're from the town where I am right now in Germany?
If I understood it correctly, that's the town where I was born, yes.
Cool! Yeah, I do like it, there is so much to do, and it's very green. I'm here 6 months for an internship. 😊
Ah, I see. Yeah, it has that rare large but almost inner city forest. I lived right next to that as a kid. My current hometown is about halfway on your trip home. A bit smaller but still nice here.
Believe it or not, Press Any Button is pretty sad. And very short. It's worth your $2 and an hour of your life.
Sorry for the long list, this is actually pretty cut down as I love games that make me feel so I can pretend I'm human. Might be a few that are a little off the mark so I apologise, but hopefully you can find something interesting.
A Mortician's Tale is death positive and therefore not so upsetting but there's always an air of sadness reading through the emails from the deceased's relatives. Might depend on your outlook on life.
Dagon is more dark than sad but may still qualify. Really enjoyed my time with that as I'm partial to Lovecraft. It's also free and short so worth trying out.
Death Stranding definitely has its emotional moments but it's not a game I can recommend easily. I adore it but it's by no means for everyone.
Draugen had a mixed reception with I fully understand but I found it to be gorgeous and creative with its melancholy.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is another very difficult to recommend gem that stole my heart. I guess it's open to interpretation how sad it actually is but to me it was bittersweet, provocative and haunting.
How Fish is Made is freaky as heck, free and deliciously dark. More sad in an existential crisis kind of way but I have to mention it as it's rarely discussed.
missed messages. is a great, free visual novel that can get very sad, very quickly. Also quite uplifting and cute depending on your path.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (with the original for context) absolutely had me pausing to collect myself. It will forever be intertwined with memories of a tough time outside of gaming for me but I'm confident people would find it quite emotional. On a side note, I didn't realise the original is only £4, that's incredibly good value!
The Suicide of Rachel Foster is slightly spooky though without danger. A lot of dark themes that aren't explored quite as well as they could be but I did very much enjoy the tale. On sale at the moment too.
What Remains of Edith Finch is top notch emotive gaming for me, really dragging out the hope and love from some pretty grim stories. I just love this game and it has to be in my recommendations.
You Will (Not) Remain is another free and very short narrative-focused title with some touchy topics. More abstract than most on this list.
A vast multitude of visual novels are prolonged excuses to see cartoon people screwing, and this is no exception. But Acting Lessons will make you cry at the end.
Also try this if those games are your jam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1768640/Leap_of_Faith/
Agree, bought acting lessons for a quick fap and ended up crying-
Clannad was put above. Their other games are also a good choice like planetarian the reverie of a little planet
Haven't done Harmonia but that also sounds like another one of their sad games
eden* seems to be a good sad story also
noone pointed yet
thats a good one
Yes, this was one of the very few games that managed to squeeze a tear out of me.
So sad, crying every time. Now, even more so - with 2001 version being out.