No fairy tale! 9 games with tragic endings.

A game with a good narrative doesn’t just depend on how the plot is conducted, it also needs to have a well-crafted ending that satisfactorily concludes the journey for those who are following it. This often means something positive, with the protagonist defeating the enemy and “living happily ever after.”

However, in recent years, many games have come to sadder conclusions, embracing the fact that, in the real world, things don’t always go as we’d like and not every adventure will end well.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

With that in mind, we’ve separated a list of nine titles with tragic endings and that can stay imprinted in the players’ minds for a long time. And, as you can imagine, there are many spoilers below. Check it out below:

1. The Walking Dead: Season One

Of course, in a world taken over by the zombie apocalypse, happy endings seem quite impossible. And Walking Dead: Season One is a perfect example of that.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

After accompanying young Clementine in the search for her parents and going through so many desperate moments, Lee ends up being bitten. To make matters worse, the protagonist discovers that the girl’s family had already been transformed, and knowing that he will soon have the same fate, asks her an impossible task: to kill him before that happens.

Of course, there is the option of telling Clementine to run away, but that doesn’t change the fact that the girl ends up alone, without her parents or Lee, and having to fend for herself in an extremely hostile environment.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX

2. To The Moon

To The Moon tells the story of doctors Watts and Rosalene, able to alter people’s memories to make them believe that they have achieved all their goals and desires. However, when the operation is performed, all real memories are erased, which is why it is only done when someone is close to dying.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

The plot patient is an elderly man named Johnny Wyles, whose dream has always been to go to the moon, and as doctors look for the best way to do their job, they find out about the death of Wyles’ brother – that his mother made him forget through use of beta blockers – and that he is also married, although the relationship was not very happy.

In the end, the doctors complete their mission, Johnny dies believing he has visited the Moon, but never knowing his brother’s death and forgetting about his first encounter with his wife.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Android, iOS

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

3. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

In this game, we follow the journey of brothers Naia and Naiee in search of a cure for their father’s illness. With their mother already dead, saving their only living relative becomes even more important, even if it means facing various dangers and hostile environments.

During the adventure, they encounter a young girl who helps them on their mission, only to discover later that she is a gigantic spider in disguise who planned to make the boys her dinner.

In the end, they end up winning the fight, but Naia is mortally wounded, passing away soon after her younger brother finds the much sought after healing water. Naiee even tries to use the liquid to save her fellow journeyman’s life, but it’s all in vain, and the title ends with the young man and his father standing in front of two headstones, with tears streaming down their faces (and the players’ as well). ).

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Android, iOS

4. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Link’s Awakening has a very cute look and a lot of fun scenarios, but if you think about it, its conclusion can be quite tragic and even disturbing.

Toward the end, most of the bosses start begging Link to give up on his mission, as destroying each Nightmare will bring ruin to the island of Koholint. After the last battle, the protagonist manages to wake up Windfish and leave the place, but this causes the existence of all the inhabitants he approached to be completely erased.

Platforms: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

5. Bastion

When a game offers the possibility of two endings, we expect one to be good and one bad. However, in Bastion, both are dark. Depending on the choices made throughout the gameplay, the player can choose in the end to go back in time and try to avoid the destruction of the world, or accept that there is nothing that can be done to prevent this from happening.

Regression may seem like a positive thing, but it has no effect on the events of history, proving that no matter what is done, that world will always be doomed.

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, iOS

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

6. That Dragon, Cancer

An autobiographical title that portrays the experiences of the Green family during their son Joel’s tough battle with cancer, who unfortunately ends up losing the fight at age five. I don’t think I need to give any further explanation as to how deeply That Drangon, Cancer is deeply moving and tragic, right?

Platforms: PC, Android, Ouya, Mac OS Classic

7. Life is Strange

Who has never wanted the ability to turn back time to change their actions or even change their lives and that of other people? Well, Life Is Strange showed that even if that were possible, the consequences could be terrifying.

After causing a break in the space-time continuum, Max must make a decision no young man should make: save his best friend and let Arcadia Bay be destroyed, or sacrifice Chloe to restore the timeline and save everyone else in the city. .

In the end, no matter what choice is made, the young woman will still lose an important piece of herself in the process.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, iOS

8. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

A visit to a childhood favorite ends up sending the twins Mayu and Mio on a terrifying journey through a village cursed by tortured souls.

As Mayu falls into a kind of trance and is driven deeper and deeper into the place by strange crimson butterflies, it’s up to Mio to look for her, slowly discovering about the failed ritual that caused such a disaster.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

In the end, the protagonist has two choices to make: flee alone, leaving her twin behind in this hideous place, or face the evil spirit and then complete the ritual, killing Mayu with her bare hands and breaking the curse once and for all.

Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox

9. Ghost of Tsushima

Even though it offers two endings, Ghost of Tsushima still ends in a tragic way. After several times battling alongside Lord Shimura, his uncle and father figure for most of his life, Jin Sakai is confronted by the man at the end, who reveals that the Shogun asked him to kill his nephew for his actions during the war.

Sakai wins the duel and has two options: kill the lord and allow him to be remembered as a respected figure, or let him live with the dishonor and guilt of his actions, knowing he will haunt him for the rest of his life.

No fairy tale!  9 games with tragic endings

Platforms: PlayStation 4