Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori drop kicks players in the tear ducts right after pressing start. It’s a special kind of storytelling that with absolutely zero words or backstory can generate a profound feeling of loss. The visuals and music are gorgeous and contribute heavily to the emotional stakes in Ori and the Blind Forest.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Family. Loss. Brotherhood. Not many people have played this, but with the team’s next title A Way Out dropping soon, I think a lot of people will be diving in here. I won’t spoil it, but you’re going to feel some damn feels with this one.
The convoluted tale of Booker and Elizabeth twists and turns around to eventually tickle the sadness bone, and with the game being full of hardcore, high-speed gunfights, it’s a rather interesting juxtaposition.
Sweeping vistas and flowing music are what jump to mind with Journey. It’s only a few hours, so GO PLAY IT right now if you haven’t. This show, don’t tell masterpiece is one of the finest examples of video games as art and without a doubt one of the most emotional games around.
Gears of War 2
Are you confused? Don’t be.
Dom’s wife. That’s all.
There you have it, the 10 most emotional games of all time. Want to hear more? Listen to Press X To Podcast – it arrives every Wednesday!