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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.

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dbjj120881360d ago

Lots of great picks in here. Super convenient to have Youtube videos of each game on the list too.

thorstein1360d ago

Yes, but no Portal 2 makes Thorstein AAANNNNGRRRY!

knifefight1360d 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 :(

Blastoise1360d ago

Knights of the old republic anyone?

Blacktric1360d ago

-Portal 2 ending

-"Good"

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.

greatcrusader441360d 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)

Bimkoblerutso1359d 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.

Getowned1359d ago (Edited 1359d 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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dedicatedtogamers1359d 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.

Irishguy951360d ago

MGS 3 and 1. 2 of my favorite games ever. Nice to see some love for Halo's endings as well

alexcosborn1360d ago

That is why both franchises are easily two of my favorites!

TrendyGamers1360d ago

I really enjoyed the Halo Reach ending.

Snookies121360d 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-FuzzyPants1360d 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.

TheLyonKing1360d 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-FuzzyPants1360d ago (Edited 1360d 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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Norrison1360d ago

Infamous 2 good ending was epic. Even though my top 10 endings are (no order)
Alan Wake
FF7
KH
Bastion
Max Payne 3
HL2 and ep 2
Portal 2
TWD
AC2
Darksiders

vishant1011360d ago

I have a question what happened at the end of Alan wake? like seriously the ending blew my mind

Mikefizzled1359d 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.

Xof1360d ago

Throne of Bhaal had the best ending in my book. Absolutely perfect way to finish off the greatest gaming series in history.

dedicatedtogamers1359d ago

Sadly, most of the console-kiddies on this site haven't played the BG series, so people are going to disagree.

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