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.
It's the first game that comes to mind when I think about game endings.
Glad it got first, can't think of anything more deserving
I actually thought Uncharted 2's ending was the weakest part of the game, especially the ending boss battle and the last cutscene. My question is: WHY IS METAL GEAR SOLID 3 OR 4 NOT ON THIS LIST!!!
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.
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.
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.
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... (shivers) I still get goosebumps from it.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
And I'd put Orcarina of Time before Zelda MM for the final boss battles alone. Pure epicness
Surely such an award should go to my favourite game: KINGDOM HEARTS!!!
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.
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: One- It was a cliff hanger, a big 'beeping' cliff hanger. Two- 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.
but why the f*** isn't any of the Metal Gear Solid games on here? I thought 4 had a really strong ending...
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
is worth the money i bought it. Really can't wait for Infamous 2.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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... ***SPOILER ALERT*** 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! ***END SPOILER ALERT*** Great list...
Metal Gear Solid 3 is not even on the list? What a joke.
How can MGS3 NOT be on this list!?
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.
No MGS3, ICO? Fail
The author made some excellent choices, but he obviously doesn't quite deserve a watermelon at the end due to these key omissions.
Fail list is fail. No MGS3 nor MGS4.
MGS3 deserves it more than MGS4. That was way too convoluted, although it was definitely a joy to behold.
That was a great ending. Cliffhanger but done well. It helped that the previous sequence was awesome.
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
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: PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME Has the best 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.
"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?
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.
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
No Mass Effect? The end to that is just amazingly epic and left me wanting Mass Effect 2 so much.
MGS3 and SOTC. Which one do you guys think has the best ending?. I cried in both.
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?
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. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
It took the writer of the article 20-something hours to beat Uncharted 2? He must suck balls at video games.
I was thinking that actually, took me just over 9 hours.
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.
I thought that FFVII and Shadow of the Colossus's endings where good. A decent list though overall
not in the best 10 endings but i loved final fantasy cristal bearers ending
Espically no 3 and 4. No one can argue against that, thus this list is fail
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!
Lost Odessey??? I bet this guy hasn't played any great rpg like persona or suikoden.
Where in the hell is MGS Snake Eater, MGS4, KH1, DQ Journey of the Curse King?
No mention of the multiple endings in Twisted Metal Black? :(
...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.
I thought MGS4 had a pretty good 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.
wheres deux ex? mgs3? havnt playd sotc so dont know. hitman bloodmoney was awesome.
Shadow' definitely has a unique ending.
Shadow of the Colossus deserved the top spot, so that was good, but he omitted MGS3. Beyond Good and Evil and Second Sight had fantastic endings, as did Shadow of Destiny. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones had a GREAT ending that managed to tie up the trilogy really awesomely (with a great throwback to The Sands of Time). God of War 2 had one of the best and most well done cliffhanger endings i've encountered. the main story was resolved (Kratos' journey to the Sisters of Fate), but him scaling mount Olympus, planning to take on Zeus with the help of the Titans was simply epic. Chrono Trigger had some great endings. i think the author went the "safe" route with his list, but didn't really go the "these are actually quality endings" route. i mean, Gears of War? REALLY?? great game, but the ending was hardly worthy to stand in a list that has Half Life 2, and Shadow of the Colossus on it. i don't even think FFVII's ending is particularly great, but then again, my opinion of that game has changed quite a bit in the past 15+ years since i first played it.
SOTC is a well deserved number 1. I would have had at least one of the MGS games in that list and maybe the first God Of War.
MGS3 and 4 deserve to be on this list. The endings to those games were pure epic. I'd even say 3's ending was better than 4's with Big Boss standing at The Boss's grave. It was very emotional and then of course their was the plot twist involving Eve. Out of the games I've played, I'd actually give MGS3 number 1 from my experience but then again, I've never played Shadow of the Colossus but I certainly will do.
Is Twisted Metal 2 as Minion. Loved it! Beat that game like twenty times to watch that. No clue why...
this list was ok but not one i would make ;P
Fallout 3 one of the best endings ever? are these guys for real?
Metal Gear Solid 3 and 4, KOTOR, and both Mass Effects need to be on this list.
No God of War 3!? That's an absolute travesty!!! And no Final Fantasy 10 either (possibly 13 too). GAH.
Monkey Island 2 Has a good one
And Persona 3 gets shafted again. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
Metal Gear Solid 3's ending is THE best ending of all time. That's not an opinion, that's fact. Clearly the writer hasn't played a lot of the best games ever made if he's missing them from the list...