Submitted by alexcosborn 1117d ago | opinion piece

11 Best Video Game Endings Of All Time

GR: First impressions are incredibly important, but the last few minutes of a game—whether right before the credits roll or in some cases after—often make or break an entire experience for the player. How does the story end? Are we left with some incredibly cruel cliffhanger? Does everyone live happily ever after? To pay tribute to some excellent storytelling, we've decided to highlight eleven games that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

Obviously, there are way too many games to possibly include all that are worthy of recognition, and some just have too many different endings that properly discussing them would be a headache and a half (I'm looking at you, Chrono Trigger) so please bear that in mind before you decide to chew me out. Okay? Thanks. (PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Retro, Xbox 360)

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dbjj12088  +   1117d ago
Lots of great picks in here. Super convenient to have Youtube videos of each game on the list too.
thorstein  +   1117d ago
Yes, but no Portal 2 makes Thorstein AAANNNNGRRRY!
knifefight  +   1117d ago
Man, I loooooved the end of Portal 2. What a freaking clinic that game put on in terms of storytelling. But I suppose with only 11 slots, any author's list was bound to exclude someone else's faves :(
Blastoise  +   1117d ago
Knights of the old republic anyone?
Blacktric  +   1117d ago
-Portal 2 ending


Thanks for the laugh. Also Reach shouldn't be on that list. AT ALL. Replace it with something like KOTOR as Blastoise suggested and you're set.
greatcrusader44  +   1117d ago
Bit confused, what makes KotOR ending among the greatest ever? I haven't played it in awhile but don't remember the ending being extraordinary, I mean there wasn't anything wrong with it, but just seemed like a straightforward ending. You talking about the twist that happened on Leviathan? If so I wouldn't count that as part of the ending since there is a good 10 hrs left of gameplay afterwards (Depending on what star map you haven't gotten yet)
Bimkoblerutso  +   1116d ago
^ An "ending" isn't defined by an arbitrary number of hours or a single portion of the game. It's the events that lend closure to the primary arc of narrative.

Regardless of how much time was left in the game, the "twist" was basically the big answer to many of the game's questions.
Getowned  +   1116d ago
Half-Life 2: Episode 2! YEAH!! lol I loved the ending it was epic, the sh!t really hit the fan lol

I also enjoyed the ending to the Portal games.
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dedicatedtogamers  +   1116d ago
Pretty terrible list, actually. Both Halo 3 (lol) and Halo Reach (LOL) are on the list, when even putting one of those games on the list is a bit of a stretch. Where are Ico or Shadow of the Colossus? Where is Bioshock? Uncharted 2? KotOR? Silent Hill 2? Terranigma? Ultima 7? And not a single PC game on there at ALL (Baldur's Gate, Fallout, and Planescape Torment all come to mind), and not a single game prior to the N64/PS1 era.
Irishguy95  +   1117d ago
MGS 3 and 1. 2 of my favorite games ever. Nice to see some love for Halo's endings as well
alexcosborn  +   1117d ago
That is why both franchises are easily two of my favorites!
TrendyGamers  +   1117d ago
I really enjoyed the Halo Reach ending.
Snookies12  +   1117d ago
Cool list and all, but putting 2 per page is kind of lame. If you HAVE to do multiple pages only do like 2 maybe 3 pages max. Otherwise a lot of people won't bother.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1117d ago
FF Crisis Core is my number 1. And beating KH when I was young was so sad. Going through all that just to be separated from Kairi and Riku was horrible. I wanted Sora to jump so bad. inFAMOUS 2 had 2 really good endings also.
TheLyonKing  +   1117d ago
Was very emotional both crisis and kh 1.

God I need to Play kh 1 again. Square can really produce emotional story telling when they try.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1117d ago
Once that collection comes out I'm gonna beat KH1 10 more times. I play either KH 1 or 2 every summer. It's just so good.

And also, FF10 and 358/2 Days were also very emotional.
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Norrison  +   1117d ago
Infamous 2 good ending was epic. Even though my top 10 endings are (no order)
Alan Wake
Max Payne 3
HL2 and ep 2
Portal 2
vishant101  +   1117d ago
I have a question what happened at the end of Alan wake? like seriously the ending blew my mind
Mikefizzled  +   1116d ago
I see it as Alan created Mr Scratch and you play as him throughout the game whilst Alan writes the book 'Departure'. The darkness influences Alan into killing Alice at the start of the game. But she does not die, only until Alan realises this at the end where he changes the story so that she is freed and he remains trapped in the cabin. Zane tried to have a happily ever after ending but his loved one died because he survived.
Xof  +   1117d ago
Throne of Bhaal had the best ending in my book. Absolutely perfect way to finish off the greatest gaming series in history.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1116d ago
Sadly, most of the console-kiddies on this site haven't played the BG series, so people are going to disagree.
raiden-49  +   1117d ago
I agree with this list as I love mgs1.
SockeyBoy  +   1117d ago
I really loved the ending on Dust: An Elysian Tail. Far out I enjoyed that game.
GTRrocker666  +   1117d ago
Deus Ex HR, Dead Space, and God of War 3 had pretty good endings
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Conzul  +   1117d ago
Get some whiteout for that last one and we'll talk.
Hellsvacancy  +   1116d ago
I really liked the ending to inFamaous
GTRrocker666  +   1116d ago
Yeah the Infamous series has a good storyline
KongRudi  +   1117d ago
I allways liked the endings in Nuclear War on the Amiga.
Especially when noone won, and the earth were nuked until the globe exploded. :)
I also liked it when there were winners tough.. But when noone won, were the best one.


I also really like the end of Journey on PS3, when you end with a partner. :)
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Kratoscar2008  +   1117d ago
Persona 3 both the answer and the Journey endings are better than most of the list, those made me cry.

Runner up FFX.
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doogiebear  +   1117d ago
Agreed. Persona FES endings are the most emotional, thought provoking endings I ever saw. Also, Final Fantasy 8's ending was a real mind-twister too.
Kratoscar2008  +   1116d ago
Yeah your right FF8 ending is mindblowing.
CrescentFang  +   1117d ago
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for me
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A2X_  +   1117d ago
Good list, but the fact that still no one mentionned Shadow of the colossus makes me sad.
kupomogli  +   1117d ago
Aside from Crisis Core and Snake Eater receiving well deserved spots, that list is garbage. Although everyone has an opinion.
oldfriend86  +   1117d ago
Never cared for any of the Halo endings, besides Reach. Definitely agree with Metal Gear choices, i this list was meant to be in order, I'd put 3 on top.
BrianC6234  +   1117d ago
Uncharted 2 should be on that list.
TenSteps  +   1116d ago
Not really. I mean don't get me wrong Uncharted 2 had great characters and great interactions among those characters. But the story for the most part was cliche.
BrianC6234  +   1116d ago
Uncharted 2 had a great ending. This isn't about the story, it's about the ending. It at least was as good as the Halo games as far as endings are concerned.
TenSteps  +   1115d ago
But the ending was cliche and predictable. I said story because I meant the entirety of UC2's story was predictable and all in all the ending is till a part of the story.

What I'm trying to say the ending is only as good as the way the story has built up on it. That's my argument on the situation. And UC2's ending was built up on a cliche story thereby making the ending predictable.

I won't comment on Halo, I've never played them.
Kos-Mos  +   1117d ago
Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, but american kids do not understand art.
oIITSBIIo  +   1117d ago
Batman AC have a great multi ending
Tiqila  +   1117d ago
author has to play inFamous, since it is not on that list
neildee250  +   1117d ago
Always makes me laugh when people do a top games review and leave out the biggest games. Totally pointless. No COD cos ya just gotta be different. Wheres COD4 and don't tell me it wasn't a sublime ending. Even MOH Warfighter ending could have made an appearance here.
bebojet  +   1117d ago
Castlevania should've been on the list.
Deku-Johnny  +   1116d ago
Good list. I'd have used the ending to Kingdom Hearts 2 rather than the first one though.
Moncole  +   1116d ago
Mass Effect 3 has the best ending in a parallel universe.
FoxHound_  +   1116d ago
Good list. I always enjoyed listening to Ocelot's conversations with a higher power when the credits finished rolling.
VforVideogames  +   1116d ago
Alan wake was one of the top 10 endings of all time on my list
TOBLERONE538  +   1116d ago
i'm gonna just say it, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ending was incredibly emotional.
cooperdnizzle  +   1116d ago
I agree with a few on the list, not a bad list at all. Right off the top of my head i would throw in Silent hill 2, the ending with James confronting his wife and the truth of what really played out emotional and awesome as hell.

Second off the top of my head, heart of darkness. Awesome ending to a great underrated game.
JonnyBigBoss  +   1116d ago
Metal Gear Solid 3!!!
gamernova  +   1116d ago
You had me at kingdom hearts :)
EditorAtGNG  +   1116d ago
Prince of Persia had one of the best endings EVER. It was so charming and awesome, while also maintaining a strong sense of conclusion AND a cliff hanger... Arguably one of the best games of all time and start of a franchise that will be remembered for decades to come.

PS: Half Life 2: Episode 2 still gives me the chillz. And still no news on a sequel. I mean, really Valve... you can't just leave us hanging like this. Freaking hurts.
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