Famitsu.com has conducted a poll on the games that made the Japanese public cry and the top emotion driving game is Final Fantasy X. First released on the Playstation 2 (with further releases on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita), the story follows Tidus, a Zanarkand resident transported 1000 years into the future and the pilgrimage of Yuna, where Tidus becomes one of her Guardians. Final Fantasy X beats out fellow Final Fantasy game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, the prequel of Final Fantasy VII starring Zack Fair, and Okami, a game about Amaterasu, the sun goddess of Japanese mythology, who takes the form of a wolf throughout the game.

Here is the top 20 of games that made the Japanese cry (thanks to Andriasang). You may notice that there are some games with the same number . That means that they had the same number of votes. Famitsu, however, did not disclose the number of votes for any game.

  • 1. Final Fantasy X (Square Enix, PS2, 7/19/2001)
  • 2. Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix, PSP, 9/13/2007)
  • 3. Okami (Capcom, PS2, 4/20/2006)
  • 4. Clannad (Gung-Ho Works, PS2, 2/23/2006)
  • 5. Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater (Konami, PS2, 11/17/2004)
  • 6. Steins;Gate (5pb., Xbox 360, 10/15/2009)
  • 7. AIR (Incerchannel, Dreamcast, 9/20/2001)
  • 8. Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix, PS, 1/31/1997)
  • 8. Mother 3 (Nintendo, GBA, 4/20/2006)
  • 10. Final Fantasy Type-0 (Square Enix, PSP), 10/27/2011)
  • 10. Little Busters! Converted Edition (Prototype, PS2, 12/24/2009)
  • 12. Final Fantasy IX (Square Enix, PS, 7/7/2000)
  • 12. NieR Replicant (Square Enix, PS3, 4/22/2010)
  • 14. 428 (Sega, Wii, 12/4/2008)
  • 16. Tales of the Abyss (Namco Bandai, PS2, 12/15/2005)
  • 16. Metal Gear Solid 4 (Konami, PS3, 6/12/2008)
  • 16. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, PS3, 12/17/2009)
  • 16. Tales of Legendia (Namco Bandai, PS2, 8/25/2005)
  • 16. ICO (Sony, PS2, 12/6/2001)
  • 16. Shadow of the Colossus (Sony, PS2, 10/27/2005)

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  • The irony of how many of these games are my all-time favorite games.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. I see why a lot of these games made the list, especially FF X and Crisis Core. Those two endings were the perfect tear-jerker to what are excellent stories in video game history.

  • kris

    1.FFX
    2.FFX-2
    3.FFVIII(so romantic)
    4.FFVII
    5.Crisis Core

  • bob bob

    Okami would have been my number one. That game was a true story telling masterpiece and even with the Zelda like speaking, hit the tear button more than once.

  • Me

    Mother 3 was only 8th?!

  • Zadion

    FFX and Crisis Core made me cry like a baby during their endings.

  • Dan

    So all in all, Final Fantasy games are the most emotional. My favorite series for a reason.

  • Fleasgee

    when I first saw ff 7 played by my mom we all did cry but it didnt affect me as much…when she then played ff 10 years later we alll cried like a baby…I think they should have kingdom hearts  as first bcuz thats what made me get into RPG games and it was also very heartfelt

  • ff13 made people cry? Geez, I guess for some people it was just that bad.

  • FFX-J

    I’m glad that Final Fantasy X was number one. My very first RPG and my very first Final Fantasy. I wept uncontrollably during the ending. I’m glad my personal favorite video game gets this honor.

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