30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 9: Saddest Scene

There’s always one moment which defines a game, sometimes they are epic victories, other times they are heart-wrenching, soul destroying moments of sadness that leave us wondering why, what could have been done and where we went wrong. These are moments that kill off our favourite characters, tell inspired tales of betrayal and revenge and leave us feeling somewhat empty – having lost a big part of our video game. Below you will find our writers’ picks of the saddest moments in their history of gaming. Please beware, these may contain many spoilers.


I think that the saddest game scene for me took place during Final Fantasy VII. Everyone who’s played it probably knows what I’m talking about; the scene where Sephiroth appears like a bat out of hell and drives his sword right through Aeris, which immediately causes you drop your jaw and develop an uneasy feeling in your stomach. It’s not only the saddest scene I have ever seen in a video game, it’s also the first one that really pulled on my heartstrings.

Sephiroth Stabs Aeris


Gears of War 3 was an emotional journey for me, personally – I suspected that Dom was gonna die when he was trapped across the walkway from Marcus, but I didn’t want to believe it. I couldn’t believe one of my favourite characters just sacrificed himself. While the actual scene was not that emotional it suddenly set a chain of waterworks when Anya said to Marcus “It’s gonna be alright” and the mighty warrior Marcus shed a tear. Yip, bring on the tissues.



Mass Effect 3 – Thane’s death scene. Thane’s death scene was by far the saddest and most emotional a game has ever made me feel, I cried so much I had to quit the game for a while, and I couldn’t play for an hour or two afterwards. Granted I was more emotionally involved than most with Thane, but damn, they really tugged on my heart strings with that scene. And by tugged, I mean ripped out completely.

Thane Death


One of my saddest moments in gaming came in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, during an endgame Desmond sequence. For all of you who played the first three Assassin’s Creed titles (namely 1, 2 and Brotherhood), it was undeniable that a bond was forming between Lucy and Desmond. Over three titles, this had come to no more than light flirting and trust between the two. However, this changed in an instant when Desmond was forced by one of the “Ones who came before” to stab Lucy, and subsequently slip into a comatose state. For me, this killed off a potentially burgeoning romance that could have improved Desmond as a character, but it also killed off one of Desmond’s closest allies and his only true friend, leaving him alone in a world with Templars out to kill him, an unimaginably huge task ahead and no one to confide in.

Desmond stabbity stab stab

Which games pulled on your heartstrings? Were you shocked when Doviculus killed both Lars and Ophelia in Brütal Legend? Did having to kill Wrex and Kaidan or Ashley torture your conscience in Mass Effect? Or, did the death of Leandra Hawke, the protagonist’s mother, in Dragon Age 2 undermine all the effort you’d put into the game? Let us know!

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  • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman


    I teared up when Mordin died, I sat back in disbelief when Elizabeth drowned Booker, and I felt pure confusion when Desmond stabbed Lucy, but I think the most gut-wrenching scene in a game for me, which ALWAYS gets me feeling morbid as fuck, is the ending of Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Probably the most powerful scene in a game, ever. I cry every time.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I agree with you on Half Life 2: E2. That was a very powerful ending, and I feel the only reason I didn’t choose it is that at the time, I was really too young for it to fully resonate with me.

      Another one that got me was Psycho’s mental breakdown after the resistance leader’s death in Crysis 3. The battle for his adequacy for him, and Prophet’s battle with his humanity was fully expressed in that scene, and the visual performance set that all right off.

  • Nicola Dee

    My saddest scene was when Anderson **SPOLIER** is killed and they sit and watch the view. I was really really sad :(

    Another scene that made me really upset, was when Kratos **SPOILER** kills Athena. NOT COOL!

    Lastly, I don’t know about saddest, but the most WTF was the Fable 2 endings. The choice of killing your faithful fur-buddy or the people?

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Anderson; Mass Effect? That one was quite the kick.

      Kratos killing Athena was a shocker, but it served the story well.

      And I killed the people.

  • Michael Garvie

    Definitely in agreement with Nicola about the endings of Fable 2 :( but I’d have to say the saddest moment for me, probably because I finished the first game 3 or 4 times with him, is when Roland dies in Borderlands 2 :( Like, WTF??

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I really considered the Borderlands 2 one. That really kicked me, especially considering he was my main.

      • Michael Garvie

        That was a moment of Gearbox’s evil manipultion being unveiled. Damn video games that bring out emotions XD

        • CataclysmicDawn

          Well written, though.

          • Guest

            Renegade FTW!

  • Yashaar Mall


    In recent times, I can thing of at least two. In my Mass Effect 3 pure renegade play through, I killed Wrex… Even though I was playing renegade, this was so heartbreaking for me.

    Another was at the end of The Walking Dead. Lee was turning and he had to let Clementine leave him behind. I could see this coming, but I still choked with emotion when I played it.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I thought you killed Wrex in ME1? Or was that Deshni?

      • Yashaar Mall

        She killed Wrex in 1. :) I killed him in 3

        • CataclysmicDawn

          You’re both monsters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch


    Mass Effect when Thali died

    • CataclysmicDawn

      The unmasking suicide? That moment was powerful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

        Yip. I was like WTF. Why di i let her die. Next time the Geth are going to be the ones to be ganked

        • CataclysmicDawn

          Apparently you can save both, but ME3 is currently in a repeat backlog.

  • Trebzz

    John Marston when he died it was bad