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It can be tough to reach the conclusion of a game. After all, we've been working up to that very moment. Sometimes we walk away satisfied, other times we're disappointed.
As someone who has felt both feelings, I always wonder what endings others think hit it out of the park. Irrational Games' BioShock series has been the most consistent delivering the types of endings I want. I love when I think about an ending well after I've beat a game. It's hard to deny that endings are becoming more and more important to us. The Mass Effect 3 ending left many fans fighting for something more, which led to DLC for more clarification.
As games start telling deeper stories, we're more attached to characters and tuned into what's happening in the story arc. The ending is the last thing we have to hold on to about a game. How many of you right after you finished The Last of Us went an discussed the ending with someone? The need to analyze and reflect on these moments are part of why our Spoiled! videos have become so popular. Discussing the end lets us put the game in perspective and evaluate if it's effective. Endings can be so wildly debated that it's fascinating to see a plethora of opinions on what games people felt got it right.
What games feature some of your favorite endings? Why do you like them so much?
Note: If you're going to discuss spoilers, please put a big spoiler alert before you go into detail. After all, you just might entice someone to try out a game they never considered before, and who wants to be spoiled on something you consider one of the best finales?
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To me, the ending for Snake Eater was a very powerful.
Alan Wake, Halo Reach, Bioshock, Mass Effect 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Fallout New Vegas, and The Walking Dead. Alan Wake is definitely my favorite though.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The whole story is just so...sad. Apart from that, most games' endings I've seen have been pleasing. I haven't seen what I'd call a "bad" ending yet to a game I like.
Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Walking Dead were probably the most impactful for me.
The first ending that came to mind was one of the endings in Chrono Trigger. It was the one where your at The End of Time and a bunch of the dev's are there; I also liked alot of the scenes before that, like Crono's mom chasing the cat into the portal. Classic, awesome game.
Red Dead's ending was fantastic. That's my favorite. The last of us and infinite are tied for second.
Red dead redemption,is my favorite game ending by far.
The endings for Modern Warfare 2 & 3. The way you kill the bad guys at the end are awesome!
The Last of us and Red Dead Redemption.