When I came home from work last night, I found my brother watching none other than the original Snow White on the TV. I ate my dinner while watching Ms. White get kissed to life again from the charming prince and walk off into the distance on horseback. Don't you just love happy endings? As the film finished, my brother flicked through the channels and came across Titanic. From there on in, we spent the next hour and a half watching a giant ship tear in two and people fall into the icy ocean and perish. It's not what I expected my Saturday night to turn out like to be perfectly honest. Watching that classic film from 1997 got me thinking that the world can sometimes be a harsh place. In last week's Top Five, we took a look at some of the happiest endings we've come across in games, but this week, we're taking a sharp U-turn and grabbing those tissues. Just like the Titanic's tragic end, we experience depressing and saddening endings in our games that make us think "What is life?", "What is the world coming to?", or simply "Why...just...WHY!?" Take a look below and see if any of your saddest moments made the list. Honorable Mentions Farewell Ezio - Assassin's Creed Series https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036601.jpg Nowadays, whenever a new Assassin's Creed game is released, we have to be acquainted with a brand new assassin. When we were greeted with Ezio Auditore back in 2009 in Assassin's Creed II Achievements, though, we had three whole games to get to know him. By Assassin's Creed: Revelations Achievements we knew him inside out and we knew that we were going to be saying farewell. Upon entering the final resting place of Altair, that moment was rapidly encroaching and a three year gaming relationship was coming to a close. Ezio's exit marked the end of a memorable chapter for the franchise and it could be said that he remains the best assassin of the series, in terms of personality at the very least. The Dark Brotherhood - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036602.jpg While this is not the ending of the game itself, this was one of the most memorable questlines of Oblivion and ended with a shocking and saddening twist. Lucien Lachance, the man who started you off on your murderous journey, ends up succumbing to the blade of the Dark Brotherhood itself due to them thinking he was a betrayer, when in fact, he wasn't. The shocking revelation that you were killing off members of the Black Hand without you even knowing ends with the demise of this unfortunate soul. Although the Dark Brotherhood is a wicked organisation, there is no denying that Lucien never deserved what had befallen him. Top Five 5. L.A. Noire Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036604.jpg From the second he started his career, Cole Phelps was on his way to a downward spiral that ended with his death. A simple enough job working traffic cases eventually turns into a shining career on the vice desk, and Cole thinks he's got it all. However, his devious partner, Roy Earle destroys everything he worked for and Cole's affair with the jazz singer, Elsa, is made public. After losing his family and his career, Cole has to suffer humiliation towards the end of the game when working the arson desk, and when uncovering a sinister plot, he gets too big for his boots and faces a watery grave. Even an extremely moral and just man can so easily be tempted into corruption and Mr. Phelps knew that all too well with the loss of his family, reputation and eventually his life. 4. Red Dead Redemption Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036603.jpg While the ending itself may bring a bit more hope to the entire game, the death of the main protagonist, John Marston, that's the focus. John has been fighting and running his whole life, and once the game begins to come to a close, he finally feels it's time to stop running and let his family finally be free. Even if that means sacrificing his own life for that freedom. This video really speaks for itself, but it never gets any easier to see a game's main characters perish when you've spent so long getting used to them and seeing them go through a lot to where they are. 3. Solaire of Astora - Dark Souls Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036605.jpg The moment you are given control of the Chosen Undead, death and despair lurk around every corner. Lordran is a miserable place and only very rarely are you given moments of happiness. One character you meet on your journey, and one that all fans of the series will know and love, is Solaire. This humble knight always tries to be cheerful whenever you come across him, but, depending on how you proceed, this man can end up on the receiving end of Lordran's sorrowful sting. Solaire is constantly spurred on with the though of finding his very own sun. Being a warrior of sunlight, he marvels at the sun wherever you go. Beasts and horrific creatures reside in every corner of this world, though, and so even Solaire succumbs to them. While it is possible to save him, the other outcome is that you find him taken over by a light possessing maggot creature in the depths of Lordran. He believes he has finally found his own sun and thus begins to attack you until one of you dies. A once hopeful and humble man, willing to co-operate with you at every turn, eventually becomes like everything else. A soulless being who does all he can to strike you down. 2. Valiant Hearts: The Great War Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036607.jpg As I am yet to experience this one for myself, I thought it would be best that MegsonGrove would do the honour of explaining: Told through a letter from Emile to his daughter Marie, the ending of Valiant Hearts is surely one to tug on your heartstrings. You have already been on an emotional journey with Emile, as well as his family and friends, through the horrors of the first world war, and yet the end doesn't get any easier. Sentenced to death for killing an officer to protect further bloodshed, Emile writes a final letter to his daughter Marie telling her that while life is short, he has enjoyed it and how amazing it was when she came into his life. Making his way to his death, Emile passes his family and friends who were with him on his journey, and sees them fade away as he hopes that they will meet again in heaven. The game ends finally with a view of all the crosses, commemorating the deaths of all the soldiers from the first world war, and reminds us to never forget. A poignant ending, suited to a fantastic and heartbreaking game, accompanied by a soft but heart rending musical soundtrack. 1. The Walking Dead Achievements https://www.trueachievements.com/customimages/036608.jpg Both seasons one AND two of the acclaimed Telltale series have brought many gamers to tears because of the sheer heartache that Lee and Clementine have had to go through. What the game does so well is that is shows normal people, like you and me, having to cope in impossible situations. They don't have super powers, they aren't the "chosen ones" and they certainly don't save the world. All they can do is keep going as long as they can and this is what makes the characters so real and relatable. Season One: Seeing Lee and Clementine from such a special bond was beautiful to see. So when Clementine has to leave Lee's side forever, whether that be from shooting him in the head or physically walking away, it tugged at our heartstrings tremendously. Season Two: Having Clementine make the choice of what to do next shows how much she has grown as a character. Whether that is going solo, staying with Jane/Kenny, or saying goodbye to Kenny for the last time, it's tough to watch a young girl go through immeasurable odds. With another season confirmed, we can only hope that Clementine will finally find a place that she can be safe in. The TA Team will be bringing you The TA Top Five every Sunday until we run out of coolness to debate and discuss. If you have an idea for a Top Five you'd like us to do, be sure to let us know in the comments!