Basically what the title says. I’ve only played two games like this so far (Silent Hill 2 and OMORI) and am looking for more.

Could be games, ROM hacks, mods of existing games, etc.

EDIT: So many great suggestions! Getting a bit overwhelmed by how many there are, so I’m going to need to find a way to put this in some kind of list with an order to play the games in. By all means, keep 'em coming, though!

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      Spiritfarer is such a gem, one of the spirits you send to the afterlife really broke me. It’s also available on Netflix Games so if you have a tablet and a Netflix sub you can try it from there.

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        It does such a good job of making you get attached to the characters. I cried for more than a couple of them. They don’t all end the same way too, and some are really heartbreaking.

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        The light you showed me was more than a beacon. It was a guide. Only I was too blind to see it. My shades were too opaque.

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      100%. Even in the general ‘middle’, every now and then, a few simple lines of text would just punch me right in the gut

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          Ahhh and the music too

          BTW I would mark that as a spoiler, I know I wouldn’t want to know even that there’s something worth mentioning like this there

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              Edit - deleted, because explaining why it is a spoiler is a spoiler, and apparently the spoiler tags don’t work on a lot of lemmy apps ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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                  Oh god haha that’s even worse. It works for me but I just checked a different lemmy app and it doesn’t work there, I guess it’s not implemented everywhere yet. Thanks for the heads up

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    To The Moon, was such a good story. The music from that game still floats around my head to this day.

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    For some shorter experiences I haven’t seen mentioned when skimming through a few comments here, I definitely recommend trying Transistor. It was one of the strongest emotional experience I’ve ever had in a game. I’ve managed to play it in a single sitting, but it is around 6 hours long. Supergiant games make such a uniquely perfect audiovisual experiences, that every game from them is a treat, but Transistor is the strongest emotional experience I’ve played from them.

    Another one would be two-hours long walking simulator with amazing environmental storytelling - What Remains of Edit Finch. You can play it in a single sitting, and it’s gorgeous and really well done.

    You should also play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice . It’s also around 8 hours long, and you definitely want to play it with headphones, it’s such a strong emotional experience. The audio and game design is so well done, and the game has stuck with me for such a long time. It’s one of the few games where just seeing the trailer again tears me up and gives me chills. And after you play it, I recommend watching the documentary about how they tried to protray the mental illness of the main character through game design - it’s such masterfully done that I didn’t even realize most of what they are doing, but it has stuck with me and it worked wonders to make the experience even better.

    And for some even more unique game design - Before Your Eyes. What makes this experience so strong is the whole premise of looking over your life and memories after you’ve died, with the main mechanic of how to advance time being by blinking - physically blinking, because the game can work with your camera. That makes for a pretty strong metaphor that makes it even more emotional experience.

    And just to mention some games others have mentioned, to add to their recommendations - Outer Wilds, Ori and the Blind Forest, Life is Strange, Planet of Lana, all are really good games!

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        Another vote for Edith Finch, the ending made me bawl like a baby. Great storytelling, each level doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, its funny and emotional throughout, but the ending really hit me in the feels.

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      Transistor missed the mark for me. I preferred Bastion. Hades is obviously great. I never tried Pyre.

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    Chrono Trigger. A timeless game that will make you laugh and cry and experience all that in between. The sequel Chrono Cross is also great but the original is just unrivalled.

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        It’s long, but in a good way. The content isn’t drawn out and repetitive. You want to play it that long. Mostly mentioning rdr2 here which is much better.

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        There are a million things that you can do in the game, but you don’t have to do any of them. You can stick to the story if you want. It’s probably still a very long game though, even if you only engage in the story.

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    Life is Strange

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm

    I was going through a really rough time when I played both of those games. There was something in Before the Storm that I know was coming but I cried anyways, multiple times. I’ve never been that invested in a game before and I don’t know if I’ll ever be again.

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        Yes I went into that game knowing only that choices matter and nothing else. It was a huge eye opener to mental health. I’m very tempted to get a tattoo of the spiral because I want to make it resemble when I made a choice to stay alive. I am in a much better place now and that game has really helped me.

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      LiS is exactly what I came to suggest. I cried from every one of the LiS games and so recommend them all, but the original is hands down the best in pretty much every way.

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        LiS1 and before the storm were excellent, but my partner and I found LiS2 laughable and LiS3 downright cringy. :c

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      I love BTS. There’s something liberating about playing carefree rebel Chloe that I never managed to tap into when I was playing Max.

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      Same here. LiS games are my goto for moods. It’s an interesting feeling when a song comes on from the games, that elicits an emotion so well.

      I’ve had a few times hearing a song from the games and either stopping and listening, getting a little teary eyed, or just getting goosebumps.

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    I’d have to say Nier Automata, as well as the recent remaster of the game that came before it, Nier Replicant (ver 1.22…). Both are soul-crushing, which is helped by their amazing soundtracks. I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for something to make you cry.

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        NieR: Automata is also definetely my favourite tip. Especially if you want to cry.

        Just as a hint: you need to play until you get ending c or d to experience the full story (and by that I mean, you are literally missing half the story otherwise). You don’t need to do anything special, just keep playing.

        Also after you get one you can easily do the other and then get the “true” ending.

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      Nier Replicant is a magnitude more soul crushing. You’d at least get a glimmer of hope at the end of Automata, but not with Replicant!

      They’re both amazing!

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        Outer Wilds developed by Mobius and published Annapurna.

        A game you can ever truly experience once because the “unlocks” and “progression” are about what you learn and know.

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      Journey made me cry. Journey made my partner rage. It’s all about the RNG. I got the perfect match my first go, they got multiple poor matches in a row.

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      Your reward for playing the first two correctly is that #3 will wreck you at least three times.

      The ending still kind of sucks, but it’s the journey that makes it worth while.

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    I cried at the ending of Outer Wields. Its was very beautiful. You need to search the story for yourself and complete little puzzle. At the end when you get the full story its just beautiful and scary.

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      Outer Wilds makes you think about the nature of existence itself.

      What a beautiful game.

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      Outer Wilds and Undertale are the only two games where I happened to coincidentally quit playing them right at a part where the narrative made sense. I died in outer wilds and I got stuck on the Sans fight in Undertale. I can’t go into details without spoilers.

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        Oh that sounds like me with SUPERHOT. Got to the point in the game where it tells you to stop playing, so I did. Never went back to it.

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            Not on my normal playthrough, but I did try every possible ending at least once. My comment was rather intended as a joke, because dying in various hilarious ways is sort of part of the game.

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    New vegas, trying to continue playing as the game crashes incessantly will drive you to both tears and violence

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    These are the games that came to mind:

    • The Last of Us

    • Life is Strange

    • Final Fantasy X

    • Another recommendation for the first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead

    Hopefully you haven’t played these already.

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      Life is Strange for sure. Idk what it is but I was emotional for days after finishing it. Wasn’t a huge fan of the others in the series but I can’t recommend the first one enough

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        Same, it was the first game that ever made me cry, and honestly opened me up for crying on other stuff.

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        Idk what it is but I was emotional for days after finishing it

        Same! I played it as it was being released in 2015 (I think?) and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then. Such an experience.

        I played Before the Storm and True Colours but they just couldn’t compare to the first game so I’m not a big fan of them either.

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        It only gets better from there. 👍

        In fact Chapter 1 is free on Steam (maybe on console as well but I don’t have a console to check) so I encourage anyone even remotely interested to give it a shot.

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      I was supremely disappointed with The Last of Us. The intro was fantastic, but everything after that (including the ending) was just “meh”.

      FFX has been on my list for a long time now. Only FF game I’ve played is VI.

      I kept hearing about TT TWD when it came out. Been meaning to play it. IDK much about Life is Strange.

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        Ah bummer. I’m sorry to hear TLoU didn’t work for you.

        FFX has been on my list for a long time now. Only FF game I’ve played is VI.

        It’s a great game with some really emotional moments. I enjoyed it a lot and it’s a lot of people’s favourite game in the series (mine is VI which you’ve already played).

        IDK much about Life is Strange.

        It’s really hard to describe without spoiling anything. I mentioned in another comment that the first chapter is free on Steam so if you wanted to try it without a monetary risk then that’s always an option.