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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?
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There's been alot of good endings in the last 10 years or so. The first ending I ever truly felt satisfied with is probably Final Fantasy VI. The 26 minute ending really nailed it. Great game:)
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My favorite ending has to be Bioshock Infinite, just because I didn't expect it, and I was trying to figure it out the whole way through. After Elizabeth drowns you, I was completely surprised, to say the least, on top of Booker being Comstock and Elizabeth being your daughter and her name being Anna instead of Elizabeth. I need to go take a nap now.(zzzzzzzzzzzzz) Oh, and there are about 10 Elizabeth's that drown you. I hope I didn't miss anything. Now back to her real name...
The Walking Dead nailed it perfectly for me. There have been a lot of games within the past year to play off of the idea of the player building a relationship with another character, but that to me was one of the first among then to fully deliver that experience so well from start to finish.
I would also give an honorable mention to Spec Ops: The Line. Most of the game took me by surprise and the haunting narrative theme behind the question "Do you feel like a hero yet?" gave me a lot to think on after the game was done.
Red Dead's ending was fantastic. That's my favorite. The last of us and infinite are tied for second.
I thought the Last of Us had a great ending that really stayed with me. Also, I'm not a huge CoD guy, but I thought Modern Warfare 2 had an awesome ending with the twist at the end with the final couple of levels. I thought that game had a great ending.
The Last of Us and Red Dead Redemption
Gears of war
Bioshock Infinite, Last of Us, Red Dead, and Assassin's Creed 2 all come to mind when I think of "favorite game endings".
Red Dead, Dragon Age: Origins, GTA IV, and Mass Effect 3 all have great endings.
Mother 3!! Although some of these other games people are saying have great endings. Mgs3, The Walking Dead and Bioshock Infinite all have great endings.
Metal Gear Solid 4
Im guessing Mass effect series had great and confusing ending's.