Not too long ago, we published a list of the best fun games for Switch, featuring all the best comedies and adventures that the Nintendo Switch has to offer. But like the iconic Greek masks of comedy and tragedy, it’s pointless to have happiness without its counterpart, sadness.
For lightness to exist, darkness is needed, just as laughter needs sadness – and, you know, sometimes it’s just very cathartic – to cry well. Whether your tears are driven by unfortunate lovers, marital grief, or the existential pain of mortality itself, there are plenty of games here to make you cry.
Grab some napkins and a pint of ice cream for those teary…
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: giant sparrow
What Remains of Edith Finch is a Walking Simulator that doesn’t just tell an unforgettable story – it truly does. As tragic as her story is, she always manages to entertain. As soon as one part ends and when you fight back tears, you will always continue because the next story is just as exciting as the previous one. If you’re looking for a strong feature-length story that doesn’t waste a minute, Edith Finch is the way to go.
Publisher: 505 games / Developer: Starbreeze Studios
As poignant, heartbreaking, and memorable as it was in 2013, Brothers: The Story of Two Sons has not lost its emotional impact over the years. Captivating soundtrack, aesthetic design, reminiscent of Fable and a really smart take on co-op, you can really see why it’s so highly regarded.
Publisher: control games / Developer: control games
What makes this season so memorable is Lee’s paternal relationship with young Clementine, an eight-year-old girl left alone to face the end of the world. It’s a rig that could have been cheapened in the hands of another developer, but here Lee’s growing coldness is slowly melting away thanks to his newly accepted role as guardian, while Clementine becomes much more than just an ordinary NPC in need of protection. The seeds of the woman we see in “The Last Season” are sown in these first five episodes, and you’ll soon realize that you’re seeing the world through her eyes as well as Lee’s. This first part foreshadows the coming tragedies and horrors.
Publisher: XD network / Developer: Freebird Games
It’s a short game – it’s all over within four or five hours – but in that short amount of time, it manages to get its players to directly confront uncomfortable situations and emotions that we’ll all struggle with at some point in our lives. . It’s written with such a degree of sincerity and honesty that it gives these moments a real impact – several times we had tears in our eyes.
Publisher: Pluggable digital / Developer: Pluggable digital
“Before I Forget” is a short, beautiful experience that nonetheless touches on a complex and rather dark subject. It takes creative courage to share a game that reflects the effects of dementia, and to do so in the most sensitive and accurate way possible; he achieves this goal. Sunita and I are not only afflicted with illness, but we are also busy with the successes and joys of her life. “Before I Forget” finds a careful balance that deserves praise.
Publisher: Microsoft / Developer: Lunar studios
Ori is known for its mega-complex elements of the Metroidvania platformer, but it’s also worth mentioning its heartbreaking intro, which is reminiscent of Up, which is a movie that makes everyone cry in the first ten minutes. The mesmerizing art style and musical accompaniment is the icing on the cake, which makes the player really care about the main character and keep playing until the end of the game.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
You can play it through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack service – and you should definitely do so because it’s amazing. This is strange. And it’s like that So sad. It’s a story about loss of innocence, loneliness, heartbreak and learning to move on, all impressively deep themes for a Zelda game that was created in less than two years. Play already!
Publisher: deep silver / Developer: 11-bit studios
Especially relevant now is This War of Mine, a civil war survival sim set in a fictional country called Graznavia, where desperate civilians are hiding as best they can in a besieged city. Difficult decisions come quickly and often, exacerbated by inclement weather and depleted supplies. Looting vital supplies from defenseless people isn’t going to please everyone in your camp, and morale isn’t just a smiley face here. Basically, This War of Mine is a game about broken people. It forces you to make cruel, demoralizing decisions in order to survive – steal, kill, reject “useless” people. It makes you appreciate the escapism you have at your fingertips and gives you pause before the gruesome reality it portrays.
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Publisher: Campo Santo / Developer: Campo Santo
Firewatch, another candidate for the “Brought Me to Tears in 5 Minutes” award, begins with a short story about how you became a firefighter in the first place. In this game, you will never meet anyone, but with the company of Delilah, your partner on the radio, you still manage to have difficult conversations. Firewatch has a sad end-of-summer feel to it, and the feeling that everything is about to change forever hangs over you all the time.
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Annapurna Interactive
The story of Gone Home is told in excerpts from diaries, letters, and notes as Cathy, a 21-year-old prodigal daughter, returns home to find her family missing. As you explore, you’ll learn something about your family that you never knew before – your father’s early years, when he struggled to find a publisher for his books. or stories written by your sister Sam in elementary school that show the sprouts of a restless soul. You discover a side of your sister you didn’t see as she transitions from child to adult and finds herself in the process.
Publisher: Tomorrow Corporation / Developer: Tomorrow Corporation
An unusual choice for weepy games, considering it’s basically a game about setting things on fire for fun, but Little Inferno hides a deeper and darker side amidst all that flame. It’s both cute and creepy and ultimately quite sad if you pay attention to all the clues hidden within the walls of your safe, warm fireplace.