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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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Totally Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, DmC, and finally FF13.
Persona 4 (Also Golden HD version) with the True Ending. By far very satisfying how it all ended and the exstended ending with Golden version as to how things came full circle.
Plus Bioshock Infinity. As I played it and didn't think too much of it. It was fun don't get me wrong. Then, it came to the ending. That was very much mind blowing as to how it came down. Clearly deserved top honors in the series right next to the first Bioshock. Second one not so much...though I did enjoy playing that.
Red Dead Redemption. Not the real ending but the part just before it. That game changed the way I view video games' stories.
Red Dead and Metal Gear 4 are great, but my favorite of all time is Halo 3.
I would have to say Red Dead Redemption. Others would include ACII, Gears of War 3, and Halo Reach. For me, the ending to Red Dead was great. John Marston was one of my favorite all time characters, and it was kind of emotional to see him go. The only problem I have is playing the game as Jack once its over, Jack is not as cool as John.
The Walking Dead (arcade version). I sobbed like a baby.
You picked a good cover photo because that has to be my favorite ending to a game. Bioshock Infinite was the first game that I have ever played that made me want to jump right back in after I finished it. But I also have to mention Star Wars:KOTOR. Its way up there on my favorites list.
The witcher 2.
Portal 2. SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I were to pick just one, I'd probably go with Halo 4. I know plenty of people didn't like (read: loathed) the story in that game, but I got into it and really appreciated what 343 tried to do with these pre-established characters. After that I'd probably go with the ending of Mass Effect 2 (easily the best game in the trilogy, in my opinion) and finally the Light Side ending of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
BioShock, not the ending but the first important guy's death.