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The Ten Best Game Endings

NowGamer looks back at the ten best endings in gaming, with input from Mass Effect 2 Lead Writer Mac Walter and Fallout 3 Lead Writer Emil Pagliarulo. (Gears of War, Half-Life 2: Episode Two , Mass Effect 2, Portal, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, PS2, PS3, Shadow of the Colossus, Xbox 360)

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Tiberium  +   1590d ago
I was hoping shadow of the colossus would get #1.
It's the first game that comes to mind when I think about game endings.
fastrez  +   1590d ago
Glad it got first, can't think of anything more deserving
Darkstorn  +   1589d ago
I actually thought Uncharted 2's ending was the weakest part of the game, especially the ending boss battle and the last cutscene.

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cmrbe  +   1589d ago
lol really?
I thought the ending in U2 was brilliant. Nothing over dramatic. Just a straight forward scene with all the main characters.

Nate :"Sully your are a dirty old man"
Sully :"Yes i know"

Elena : So..on a scale of 10. How scared were you that i was going to die?.
Nate : uh... a 3.
Elena : A 3!!!.
Elena : So what scares you the most?.
Nate : Clowns.
Elena : Clowns??.
Nate : Yeah clowns.

This last bit had me cracking up at the end.
Trey_4_life  +   1589d ago
Well it was ok for an ending in a game, not oscar worthy but still decent. The best ever ending in a video game is with MGS2, most epic finish to any game.
Steve_0  +   1589d ago
I disliked the final boss battle, at least it was more difficult than U1, but it was also pretty boring. Liked the ending though, not too much drama, some humorous batter combined with some beautiful scenery and the promise of more to come... not so emotional, but I was grinning madly anyway. left me pretty satisfied.
This list (even with SotC at 1) is completely rubbish as it did not mention either Metal Gear Solid 3 or 4 anywhere. Both are easily top 10 material, if not number 1.
Tainted Gene  +   1588d ago
@ Trey 4 Life
I was just going to say the same thing...MGS2 is one if not my favorite game ending. Especially after the credits fall and hearing Snake and Otacon's last conversation...

I still get goosebumps from it.
AKS  +   1589d ago
I agree completely. This set the new standard in my view. Respect the viewer's intelligence and let them do some of their own interpretation. Beautiful and haunting masterpiece by Ueda. He's 2 for 2, and he'll be 3 for 3 soon...
FanboysWillHateMe  +   1589d ago
In my opinion, Valkyria Chronicles is the best
ending for any videogame I've ever played, without a doubt. Every single person's story is wrapped up, and the last cut scene was extremely satisfying. More often than not, videogame endings leave me wanting a bit more, because they'll often leave certain characters' fates unknown or unresolved.
sixaxis  +   1589d ago
has someone heard anything about next hitman game? i need to know, cos i totally loved previous titles. and since it has been what? 5 years for now?!, its about time to release next one.
SpinalRemains138  +   1588d ago
I have been waiting for more Agent 47 for what seems like forever now. Where is the dam game? I haven't poisoned anyone sniffing teenage underwear in ages! I need my fix.
cgoodno  +   1589d ago
Some of those I'm okay with. Gears of War just really didn't do squat for me, it felt extremely awkward in its development at the end especially. I thought the Gears of War 2 ending was better, and even that I wouldn't put on a top ten list.

inFamous had a good shock & awe ending and a great build up for things to come in the sequels. Not sure it would do well in this list.

Conker's Bad Fur Day is a great ending, IMHO. Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos had a great ending as well. And I'd put FFVI before FFVII for endings as well. MGS3 should have been on that list for endings, though, IMHO.
JoySticksFTW  +   1589d ago
No FFVI or MGS is a crime against Gamedom
And I'd put Orcarina of Time before Zelda MM for the final boss battles alone. Pure epicness
Tomdc  +   1589d ago
Surely such an award should go to my favourite game:

tplarkin7  +   1589d ago
Ico could be on this list, too. If you wait for the credits, you get a special ending.

Shenmue 2 had an amazing ending, too.
Tainted Gene  +   1588d ago
at above
I was the one who gave u a disagree, and its because of your Shemue 2 comment. That game, the franchise for that matter (if you call two games and a comic strip a franchise), is one of my all time favorites. But the SHENMUE 2 ending was horrible for two reasons:

It was a cliff hanger, a big 'beeping' cliff hanger.

The game has been on hiatus since that ending, since 2002 I think, so roughly a decade. A whole decade of wondering what happened to Ryo and Shen Hua in that cave.

But what makes it even worse, reason 3, is that the whole story is actually already done. When Yu Suzuki originally created Shenmue on the Sega Saturn he had all 17 chapters pf the story done.

But since the first chapter (Shenmue I on dreamcast) did poorly in sales and chapters 2,3, and 4 I think (Shenmue 2 on xbox) also did poorly in sales it was forever doomed the series. (end rant)

So in short, that is why Shemue II ending is not good.....at all.
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ThdeGreatestOne  +   1588d ago
I agree that Shadow of the Colossus has a great ending...
but why the f*** isn't any of the Metal Gear Solid games on here? I thought 4 had a really strong ending...
Hellsvacancy  +   1589d ago
The Hitman Blood Money endin almost killed me, i never knew u could get back up and waste every-1 in the Church, it wasnt till nearly a year later when sum mofo told me that u could

Im surprised inFamous wasnt on the list, that had a mental endin, it actually made the game worth playin, MUCH looki 4-ward to inFamous 2
cmrbe  +   1589d ago
The Infamous Story alone
is worth the money i bought it. Really can't wait for Infamous 2.
Aphe  +   1589d ago
It was a pretty suprising ending, quite an epic way to finish it. The whole game was well done, I think they improved on everything in the series with Blood Money. Hopefully they'll be another.

As for inFamous, I'm going through it again to get the evil ending, awesome game. Maybe the sequel will get announced at E3.
Man In Black  +   1589d ago
They Improved on Everything With BM? Hell No...
For one thing, the AI was terrible. The ragdolls were shit compared to the previous games (bodies slid off of tables like butter), and it generally wasn't as good as Silent Assassin. Definitely an improvement in some areas over Contracts, though.
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Aphe  +   1589d ago
Rose tinted glasses surely MIB? The ragdolls were no better in previous games, and the AI was an improvement. The missions were better, the story was better, the different ways you could complete the assassinations were more varied. It was a big improvement.

I replayed Silent Assassin recently, and tbh it was best left in the past. It was nigh on unplayable now that I'd played Blood Money.
Man In Black  +   1589d ago
The AI wasn't perfect before, but it was completely retarded in BM. At least in the old games, bodies didn't go completely flat, no matter where you shot them. Story was MUCH better in SA (hate the flashback structure of Contracts & BM), and it had more memorable missions (e.g. Invitation To A Party, Jacuzzi Job, etc), although there were a few duffers here and there (Hidden Valley was pretty bad).
Hellsvacancy  +   1589d ago
Hidden Valley? man, that was 1 HARD level 2-get a Silent Assassin ratin, i did in the end, but it was hard and took forever

Hitman V, i want it more then any-1

Bubbles 2-u both 4 bein Hitman fans
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creatchee  +   1589d ago
Yeah - I LOVE the Blood Money ending. I kinda wish it was bit higher. It kinda reminds me of the more recent end of Splinter Cell: Conviction, where...


You're helplessly bound in the Oval Office, hearing the bad guy giving his speech when "MARK EVERYONE" comes onto the screen. Awesome moment and quite a rush at the time!


Great list...
Blacktric  +   1589d ago
Metal Gear Solid 3 is not even on the list? What a joke.
El_Colombiano  +   1589d ago
How can MGS3 NOT be on this list!?
Ace Killa 08  +   1589d ago
i agree with the games i played on the list, HL2EP2 good ending it did leave me hating that the game just came out and i have to wait for EP3 or HL3. Sadly i always wanted to play Shadow of colossus but never got the chance to, so i wouldnt know the ending.
Dragunov  +   1589d ago
No MGS3, ICO? Fail
AKS  +   1589d ago
The author made some excellent choices, but he obviously doesn't quite deserve a watermelon at the end due to these key omissions.
El_Colombiano  +   1589d ago
Fail list is fail. No MGS3 nor MGS4.
Man In Black  +   1589d ago
I'd say...
MGS3 deserves it more than MGS4. That was way too convoluted, although it was definitely a joy to behold.
Microshock  +   1589d ago
Episode 2
That was a great ending. Cliffhanger but done well. It helped that the previous sequence was awesome.
richierich  +   1589d ago
Half-Life 2 Episode 2??? that had to be one of the worst endings I have ever seen in a game and I have been gaming for 20 years
xCaptainAmazing  +   1589d ago
Good list!
If the only thing people are complaining about is MGS, then I think the list is pretty good. To only have one complaint on a list like this is incredible. Of the games I have played on that list, I would clear say that:


Has the best ending.
R2D2  +   1589d ago
Am I the only one who enjoyed the Alan Wake ending?
The part where he prevented the head-butting, elbowing and clanking teeth is to do everything slowly, especially in the beginning and especially when you're changing positions. As time progresses, you can introduce more passionate kisses, but they can only be sustained for so long. Always return to a slow, comfortable pace.

The MGS4 ending was beast.
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Steve_0  +   1589d ago
"The MGS4 ending was beast."
I can just imagine the blank faces on any PS3 fanboy faced with the dilemma of your comment. Should I disagree for the Alan Wake suggestion, or agree for the positive MGS4 reference?
How is AW btw? looks great from what I've seen, and its one of the few 360 games that I'm interested in. Too bad my cousins 360 broke though, reckon it'll come to PC?
Morgue  +   1589d ago
I'm at a loss for words here considering I'm 40 and have 30 years of gaming under my belt but it seems that while these games had good stories, they're chosen more based on a cinematic, cliffhanger or opinion/personal choice experience.
JoySticksFTW  +   1589d ago
You could tell the author started gaming "recently" with some of his choices. Not a knock against him. He just has less generations of games to chose from.

FFVII over VI for example. You may like VII the game better, but the ending really doesn't compare to VI's ending for EVERY single character in your party. VI's ending was like a good 20 minutes on the SNES!

Amazing stuff
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STICKzophrenic  +   1589d ago
No Mass Effect? The end to that is just amazingly epic and left me wanting Mass Effect 2 so much.
cmrbe  +   1589d ago
But between
MGS3 and SOTC. Which one do you guys think has the best ending?. I cried in both.
AKS  +   1589d ago
Oh, holy monkey, the author chose my favorite ending of all time as #1! This would be the game I'd bring to a debate with Ebert. :) You'd have to be familiar with Team ICO's first game to get the full impact of the conclusion, but considering ICO is in my all-time top 3 (after Chrono Trigger and Ocarina of Time), that was not a problem for me. I LOVED HL2: Episode 2, although I want blood for what happened at the end. I put foes of The Alyx Vance and The Freeman on notice; I'm bringing an @$$ whipping to the scum responsible in the next game/ episode.

WTF @ Gears being ahead of the brilliant Portal?
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ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   1589d ago
Looks like Dave Cook didn't play MGS4, because that game would be in the 1st place.

Maybe some will be disagree with this, but at least Resident Evil Outbrake need to get a place in that list with the ending of George and Cindy:

*Spoiler, don't watch if you didn't beat the game.
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huzzaahh  +   1589d ago
20 hours??
It took the writer of the article 20-something hours to beat Uncharted 2? He must suck balls at video games.
Aphe  +   1589d ago
I was thinking that actually, took me just over 9 hours.
Xof  +   1589d ago
"Fallout 3 Lead Writer Emil Pagliarulo"
Tainted Gene  +   1588d ago
I thought I was the only one that caught that as well. Oh the irony

for the those who don't obviously know:

the FALLOUT 3 ending(s) were probably the most anticlimactic in this generous by far. I still love the game though, just can't wrap my head around the 200hrs of playthrough to have a very sub par 2 min ending.
devilSPAWN1977  +   1589d ago
I thought that FFVII and Shadow of the Colossus's endings where good. A decent list though overall
Redempteur  +   1589d ago
not in the best 10 endings but i loved final fantasy cristal bearers ending
Gun_Senshi  +   1589d ago
All Metal Gears
Espically no 3 and 4.

No one can argue against that, thus this list is fail
UKdoaney  +   1589d ago
where the hell is MGS4 in this article???? It's the best ending to any game 'EVER'. Anyways agreed with the hitman choice that was a unique ending. i would deffo re evaluate the list tho, maybe abit of max payne 2, gow3, mgs3/4 and although i didn't like the game im sure halo 3 had a decent ending too!
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Obama  +   1589d ago
Lost Odessey??? I bet this guy hasn't played any great rpg like persona or suikoden.
Henry Cain  +   1589d ago
Where in the hell is MGS Snake Eater, MGS4, KH1, DQ Journey of the Curse King?
itsralf  +   1589d ago
No mention of the multiple endings in Twisted Metal Black? :(
earthbounding  +   1589d ago
I agree...
...that inFamous should have been on the list. It was the first time ever that I actually couldn't predict the (awesome) plot twist at the end. And inFamous 2 seems promising.
DJKGBYF  +   1589d ago
I thought MGS4 had a pretty good ending.
fastrez  +   1589d ago
MGS 4 Ending
Not as great as people are making out. The game was great sure, but the ending was way too long and had several false endings like Lord of the Rings Return of the King, it just kept on elaborating and elaborating and elaborating and elaborating.

MGS3 ending was better.
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nvm1987  +   1589d ago
Whats this shit?
wheres deux ex? mgs3? havnt playd sotc so dont know. hitman bloodmoney was awesome.
likedamaster  +   1589d ago
Shadow' definitely has a unique ending.
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