Famitsu’s top 20 list of tear-inducing games
posted on 12.29.11 at 11:33 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Get your tissues ready.

Whenever I think of video games that make people cry, I automatically think Final Fantasy VII, but there are games higher on the tear chart, according to Famitsu readers.

The Japanese games outlet recently conducted a survey asking its readers to vote its top tear-inducing releases. Final Fantasy X came out on top, with Final Fantasy VII at position eight. There are 20 total in the list, but many with the same number. This is because they have the same amount of votes. Get it all below.

01. [PS2] Final Fantsay X (Square Enix, 07/19/01)
02. [PSP] Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix, 09/13/07)
03. [PS2] Okami (Capcom, 04/20/06)
04. [PS2] Clannad (GungHo, 02/23/06)
05. [PS2] Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami, 11/17/04)
06. [360] Steins; Gate (5pb., 10/15/09)
07. [DC] Air (Interchannel, 09/20/01)
08. [PS1] Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix, 01/31/97)
08. [GBA] Mother 3 (Nintendo, 04/20/06)
10. [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 (Square Enix, 10/27/11)
10. [PS2] Little Busters: Converted Edition (Prototype, 12/24/09)
12. [PS1] Final Fantasy IX (Square Enix, 07/07/00)
12. [PS3] Nier Replicant (Square Enix, 04/22/10)
14. [Wii] 428: Fuusaisareta Shibuya de (Sega, 12/04/08)
15. [PS2] Tales of the Abyss (Namco Bandai, 12/15/05)
16. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Konami, 06/12/08)
16. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 12/17/09)
16. [PS2] Tales of Legendia (Namco Bandai, 08/25/05)
16. [PS2] ICO (SCEJ, 12/06/01)
16. [PS2] Shadow of the Colossus (SCEJ, 10/27/05)

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  • FaithlessMr

    I whole heartedly agree with the first two spots, but I’d swap them, Crisis Core is definitely the first in that list for me.

    Metal Gear Solid 3 also is quite the tear jerker, the ending is amazing.

  • Jackle

    I never finished FFX, so I can’t say anything about that, and I didn’t find VII tear-inducing (sorry!).

    Crisis Core is number one for me. The way the ending was excecuted made me so…. ;__;

  • rockman29

    FF XIII, yet no FF VIII? What? And what the heck is Okami doing at the top? It wasn’t that sad… it was awesome, but I wouldn’t say terribly sad.

    I’m sorry, that’s just a bad list. I’m sure those games are popular, but lol. Doesn’t matter anyway lol.

    I’ll agree with X as the top one though.

  • zerolegacy0

    I’m glad this list represents visual novels like Clannad, Air, Little Busters, and Steins;Gate.
    Most visual novels are highly underrated.

    • Kougeru

      @zerolegacy0: Key definitely got their representation lol. Helps when there’s anime for almost all of those to spread the popularity. I’d honestly put those on the top of the list….as great as all the other games are none made me tear. I did feel sad but no tears. MGS4 being on the list made me go “wtf”.

  • TheronGuard00

    Final Fantasy IX is my favorite game ever, first game I actually cried after…lol.

    I also agree with FF X.

    This list also brings up a thorn in my heart. MOTHER 3. @Nintendo…put a Mother game out in NA and I promise my allegiance.

  • ekka4shiki


    Clannad should be the first :(

  • TerrenceG9

    Some of these I don’t understand… Okami?
    Final Fantasy XIII?
    Shadow of the Colossus?

  • Enigma_XIV

    What about the ending of Kingdom Hearts 358/2??

  • NCloud

    I knew FFX would be No.1 but 360 game in the top 10 O_O

  • I cry when Vanile turn into crystal

  • chinglee

    1.Crisis Core
    2.Final Fantasy IX
    3.Final Fantasy X

    Too bad Lost Odyssey is not on there. I’d have a difficult time trying to pick between Lost Odyssey and Crisis Core on who gets first place :3

  • CheeseCakez

    Crisis Core might have been tear inducing if it wasn’t for Genesis spouting off terrible poetry every time he talked…

  • dart2087

    FF VII should be the first… BTW no Lost Odyssey? o.O

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    I totally agree with 1&2. Wow Interesting that Type-0 is there. Overall its a great list….

  • Sal Romano

    The end of Kingdom Hearts made me cry. I was like “Kairi, nooooo!”

  • Pirate King

    other than Steins;Gate….I dont get the list

  • DrForbidden

    While I agree with most of the list, I’d just like to point out that there is more than one reason why a game would make the player cry…

    • Nasuno

      @DrForbidden: dark souls can and will get most players to the point of tears. but those are a different type of tears.

  • Charlie

    I think all those games deserve a spot on that list, good job Famitsu! Although, I’m a little confused to why NieR is so low on the list, that has to be the most depressing games I have ever experienced playing.

  • Azure’Sora

    Crisis Core should hav received top.

  • LadyK

    There are so many FF titles up there. Visual novels (AIR) are pretty tear-jerking. I agree with ToA though~ I’m glad Shadow of the Collossus is also listed ^^ Just finished playing and I did tear a bit in the end as well as killing some of the Collosus. It’s just beautiful and pulls on hearstrings.

  • Si han de ser muy llorones para que hayan incluido FF Crisis Core y FF XIII. Y aclaro que soy fan de la saga FF.