Mass Effect 3′s ending was controversial, but here are 7 endings even more so.
And there I was expecting a Monkey Island 2 reference...
sure halo 2's ending wasn't satisfying at all but the *majority* of people play halo for it's MP not it's SP. plus it wasn't the end of the series, ME3 is.
i wouldn't have minded the me3 ending to be one of the outcomes of the game, but not all 3. 99.9% of the choices you make in the game have practically 0 impact on the ending. the only choice that matters is the last one. the "perfect" ending should have had shepard be with his crew somewhere. his crew abandoning him on earth just doesn't make sense. if admiral anderson followed you into the conduit, why didn't your crew?
Because the 'perfect' ending shows that the entire scene isn't real. Shepard is on his deathbed and hit dying hallucination is that his comrades all made it to safety. Look up my comment history for proof that the ending really is the indoctrination theory. Too much adds up, and it explains why Shepard is only shown breathing if you pick the 'renegade' option. Because its not really the renegade choice at all, the catalyst scene is bioware indoctrinatjng us and not even having us realize it.
it's not an indoctrination. people need to stop trying to find a reason to make the ending sound better than it really is. the ending was terrible, get over it.
not just MP. Might as well make it an MP only game then, if the "majority" play it for the MP. This might put it next COD for having a useless SP when everyone cares about the MP the most. It's like, stop beating around the bush and just get to the point, because this is what most mindlessly care about and ultimately want to do anyway.
Actually people play Halo for both. But Halo 2 was part of a trilogy and thus ended in a cliffhanger. It's actually not less/more satisfying than Mass Effect 2 which also ended in a cliffhanger, Or Half Life Episode 2 which ended in an even worse cliffhanger. The top controversial endings should go to Monkey Island 2 mentioned here, and to the first Half Life.
You watch 115 or so episodes of LOST for 6 years and the ending is absolutely shit. I dont think I've ever been so angry at a show/movie/game.
Monkey Island 2's ending was vague,but still awesome in my opinion.Anyways,I expected more than 1 mention of a video game ending.And yeah,as a massive Sopranos fan,the ending was underwhelming.
Halo 2 was a cliffhanger because it was obvious there would be a 3rd. That is why the ending was the way it was. As for some of the others on the list I can really only relate to Lost. It closed the same way it opened. With his eye looking up. Very simple but effective. Although there was still the question of why the smoke monster and where did the island really go but the actual ending was the same as it originally opened. Surprised he didnt have seinfeld on there as there was more tv/move related endings than games. What happens now to jerry and the gang? The trial was a travesty and yet it ended like it did. Crazy.
Since we're talking about tv, on the opposite end, one of my favorite was the last episode of the Fresh Prince of Bell-Air.
I do love the ending of the Frash Prince. It ended the way a large majority of the great shows from that era did. The main character standing somewhere alone thinking about the past and then flipping off the lights on their way out. Good stuff.
Lost was pretty bad, I thought the first season was some of the best television ever, then as each season progressed it got worse and worse. Then they hit the end and completely dropped the ball.
Like Heroes... The first season was great. Then...I dunno. Writers strike or something. It was bad.
Lost was more gradual, I would say everything was great to good until season 4. It was like a car gradually running out of fuel. Where as Heroes fell of a cliff immediately after season 1. But yeah I really enjoyed the first seasons of both Lost and Heroes.
I still enjoyed the show, even with the complaints and ecstasy/bliss-like ending. I actually enjoyed the ending. The third season was by-far some of the worst television I had ever seen, though.
Personally, I loved End of Evangelion's ending.
Hell, I even enjoyed the end to the series (eps 25 & 26). But yeah End of Evangelion was completely badass.
Yeah, the ending was pretty awesome for Neon Genesis. I wasn't even a fan of the series. This ending being described as more controversial seems like a mistake; even if alone for the reason that Mass Effect is about 10,000 times more popular than Neon Genesis ever was. Mainly, the ending, from what I recall, was very well loved.
Are you serious? LOST was the greatest show ever. Nothing will come close to the journey in that show. I'll explain the ending right now, It shouldn't be controversial. Everything that happened, the crash, the island, it was all real. A few did escape the island, yes. Everything that happened parallel, depicting the lives of the survivors if they hadn't crashed, is similar to a purgatory, but not. Think of it like this, The Island is present day, the ending is 100 years in the future. Once you die you go the future, and you wait for the rest of the survivors. They needed to find each other to learn to let go, and move on. There's a lot more to it, but that's the simplest explanation i can give.
I already know that happened, I'm not suggesting it was all a dream, you'd have to be a moron to believe. But the way it all came together still sucked. I'm all for closure for the characters, of which I liked most of them, but they didn't answer any of the big mysterious of the island.
I got one God of War 3.
The Dark Tower ended the only way it could have. Ka is a wheel after all. Roland had a lot of deja vu. And Stephen King did give you the option to end the story earlier. This should be linked to the "Is the journey or the ending the most important." article that was on here awhile back.
i agree, i don't think The Dark Tower could have ended any better. also, the problem with this article's line of reasoning isn't that the ME3 ending is controversial or not; controversy is fine a lot of the time. some people loved the DT and Lost endings, some hated it. some thought they were ok. but can you really tell me anybody who loved the ME3 ending, who thought it was very well written or perfectly executed? i haven't seen it. there are people who accept ME3's ending, or are fine with it or think it's ok, but nobody really loves it. it's just not a good ending. it raises more questions than it answers, it's poorly written, it doesn't account for all the decisions players made over the series, and it provides no closure. there's no real controversy in that....it's just not good.
I really enjoyed the Dark Tower series, even the ending. It was always going to end that way and like you said the option was there to finish earlier. One of the most enjoyable fantasy series I think...
Yeah really enjoyable. It was amazing how he managed to link so many of his other stories into it. I get the dark tower comic so I can read more about Roland. And I'm hoping that when the film comes out Roland is gonna start his journey with the horn of eld
Rage should be No.1 Not even a cheesy boss fight, just a last level of killing a few enemies and bam THE END
Yup lol... I really liked the game overall probably more then most people on N4G, but when I got to the ending I was like… Uhhhh wait what the f**k !?!!!#@ and a other ending that I haaated, but I highly doubt people will agree with me is HALO REACH *SPOILERS* I just hated how every character died, especially Cat and Jorge lol… Emile tho was a bit badass… And is it me or was the story complete shit. They hardly explained anything, even when they gave you Kortana the Scientist (Catherine Elizabeth Halsey) is like she’s AI, then Six is like Uhh Okay cool. The story was understandable for any halo fan, but I wouldn’t want to be a newcomer to the franchise and play Halo Reach the first. I would be like Uhhh what the f**k is this shit *[email protected]#!!... Really poorly explained and crappy story imo . Thankfully the online was great like in any other Halo game (expect for those 12 year olds -_- )
My favourite example of endings done correctly are John Carpenters The Thing (leaves it open for interpretation in the right way) and All good things..., the finale of The Next Generation.
I understood the ending of the Matrix, so that didn't bother me. But Lost purley mind screwed me, good show, didn't think the ending was all what it should have been. Mass Effect 3, I thought was good.
It's funny, the more people play ME3 the more the onpnions on the ending diffuse. I said it once and I'll say it again, not everyone actively reviled ME3s ending. That's why I find it unfair for people request Bioware to change the ending all together. Ignoring the people who liked the ending just because they won't speak up on the internet isn't fair. I just find it funny that people some internet communities are acting like the world hates the ME3 ending with every fiber of their being. that's just a gross overstatement.
Please elaborate, what part of the ending did you find enjoyable. I for one, think the ending SUCKED BALLS and have mentioned quite a few facts that support that claim (it destroyed all previous decisions on which the game was established as a "system of choice"; it neglected huge plot holes and provided nothing resembling a closure; each ending was basically the same with different color; how the F*CK did the Normandy get into outer space with half my crew-members on board; etc, etc, etc.) Now, please provide something to back up that positive opinion of yours that justifies the ending. PS: Also, let me note that if Bioware DOES change the ending it will not help their cause simply because people will have long ceased to care and their shitstain had already caused their pants to dissolve into bile. Literally.
Killzone 3 :P
Wow thought all of these 7 would be games -_-
I'm tired of hearing about the Mass Effect ending, come on.
I remember watching NGE all those years ago. That ending still is the biggest mindfuck I've ever gotten.
Since it's ending for any kind of media, how about Battlestar Galactica? Was kind of a let down when compared to rest of the show. Also the ending to the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. Loved the Assassins books but the final book, Assassins Quest, had what seemed like a rushed ending. Still brilliant reading though. Bioshock endings were pretty dissapointing but I guess they did their job.
BSG was weird. It kind of had two endings due to the writers strike but both felt really disjointed and odd. The series stellar quality beforehand didn't help. The ending that was the worst for me was Farscape before they did the Peacekeeper Wars.
I had always wished that BSG had ended after the first half of S4 when they showed up on Earth and it was a nuclear wasteland. Not everything in life is sunshine and lollipops and for that crew to go through all the shit they went through and finally reach their goal to find it nothing more than a radiated waste would have been bold but satisfying, at least for me.
Killzone 3 is much worst than Mass Effect 3 ending..
How? Didn't they even set it up for a sequel? Did u watch after the credits?
I don't think "after-credits" material counts as being part of the conclusion. It's more of a little bonus, to play with the audience.
I thought Law Abiding Citizen had a really terrible ending to such an enjoyable plot-line. I mean, jesus christ, your gonna end it with, "The End. Bullshit continues to go on and nothing changed except Jamie Fox decides to finally make it to his daughters recital."
Controversial? I remember the last (4th) ending of Nier. It literally erased your game save. That would be controversial, if not for the lack of people playing it till the end.
No metal gear solid 2?
No taste in video games?
Mass Effect should have looked at Heavy Rain if they were having trouble with the ending. That game was a truly an ending totally based on everything you did or didn't do and was totally satisfying. I only played it once, which I think was the point of it, and its my ending. I've talked to other people who have played through the game and everyone had a totally different version which I find fascinating. As for TV endings: The Shield was by far the best ending ever for a television show.
What is with all the TV shows, movies and books as references? Dig deeper.
I would have been much happier if all 7 were games. Sure, there has been a lot of TV shows with controversial endings but the gaming world has its fair share too.
What a dumbass lol, LOST did answer all the question, it's just subtle. Americans want everything handed to them. That's why the stupidest shows and animes are popular there -.- And yes, I didn't care about them as much as the characters :) so dafuq >.<
Halo 2....I had forgotten how much that ending sucked.
I loved that ending! It built up so much hype for Halo 3 it was ridiculous!
*facepalm* Lost season 1: 10/10 Season 6: 100/10 Even though I agree it was mostly about the characters which it did perfectly, it still answered most of the mysteries. It's not about the story, it's about how it's told. Sorry if the answers weren't handed to ya like a cartoon or something. I can't even believe people still ask about the polar bear thing when they can just connect everything and see why it was there... This is just someone raging about stuff he disliked :/ +If I were to add some off-topic non-game stuff, I'd throw in Code Geass(anime), that was a major ass-pull.
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