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Th3solution

The ending can make or break a game. Whether it be an impactful final boss fight, a plot twist, a staggering emotional reveal, or just a satisfying resolution to the conflict, the ending is your final impression you take with you. Some of my favorite games are up so high in my mind because of the ending, and on the other hand, some games I consider disappointing because of the way they end.

I wanted to hear some of people's favorite game endings. And we can also throw in our most disappointing game endings if you want too.

Please be mindful of spoilers It shouldn't spoil anything for someone if you just say you liked or disliked the ending, but much detail beyond that could spoil it for those who haven't played. If you want to comment and give detail why you liked or disliked it or how it impacted you, then please use the spoiler black out function — which is beginning and ending the statement with the tags: [ spoiler].....[/spoiler] (just without the space after the bracket)

I'll begin. These are some of my favorite endings that come to mind at the moment (all for different reasons. Each of these endings resonated with me in a different way):
Shadow of the Collossus
The Last of Us
Red Dead Redemption
Portal 2 - the twist with Wheatley turning on you and then the way you defeat him by portaling him onto the moon is just so awesome
Bioshock Infinite - this one just blew my mind and I was thinking about it for weeks, trying to make sense of it. I like endings that make you think
Uncharted 4
The Walking Dead - having to choose whether to shoot and kill Lee or let him turn into a walker, that was tough

Some of my disappointing endings:
Assassin's Creed 3
Mass Effect 3

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KratosMD

Well the endings that I absolutely loved were also in the games that I already consider in high regards (Persona 4 Golden, Trails of Cold Steel I&II etc.). Those endings were seriously emotional and pretty much perfect.

But the craziest ending I've seen yet is the one in Danganronpa. It was so elaborate and unforeseeable (even though I had it spoiled for me, lol) and I've never seen anything like it (as far as I can think of) when playing video games. Even the one in Danganronpa 2 is bizarre and these ones left a strong impact on me.

I can't think of all the endings that I've been disappointed in but the main reason is usually that it ended so abruptly and there wasn't more to it. For example, the ending of Resistance 3. Utter crap. You play an entire trilogy and that's the ending? So disappointing!

I would've made a more extensive list with more games but I've literally played hundreds of games that most of them didn't stand out to me. I mean, if you don't play a lot of games then I'd imagine those that you do play would have a higher probability of leaving a stronger impression than doing it my way and playing tons of them (and therefore not appreciating them as much). So my list is pretty much biased in that regard (since Persona and those games were the only ones I would play at a given period).

The curse of wanting to play everything, lol.

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kyleforrester87

Nier Automata and Final Fantasy 9 are the best two endings for games that I've played.

FF9's is long but utterly satisfying lol.

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KratosMD

@kyleforrester87 Which ending in NieR?

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Th3solution

@kyleforrester87 @KratosMD
I guess one of these days I need to give in and play Nier Automata.
Agree on Danganronpa. Still haven't finished D2, (I'm in chapter 3) The great thing about those games is that each case/chapter is its own surprise ending with mysteries that aren't revealed until the very end of the case, in addition to the mind blowing overall ending to the game.

As far as unsatisfying endings, I agree that there is a direct relationship to the time you invest into the game and the anticipated payoff. Just like you mentioned with Resistance 3 (which I didn't play), my and most people's beef with ME3 was that after so much time and decisions were put in over 3 games, the ending did not really take all that into account and seemed to invalidate all that emotional investment over dozens of hours of gameplay build up.
With Assassin's Creed 3, similarly I felt unsatisfied with Desmond's story. I guess the games ending was reasonable enough, I'm not sure what bothered me about it. I guess it seemed to fall flat to me, after playing 5 games with him and his ancestors.

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KratosMD

@Th3solution I'm intrigued to see the ending of ME3. I've played the first one but not the other two in the trilogy and the ending to the first game was phenomenal. I actually had to stop and contemplate on which choice I wanted to go with and both had very extreme repercussions if I recall correctly. The choices felt really meaningful in that game.

The only memorable ending from the AC games for me was the one in AC2. After that the rest felt pretty meh.

I just thought of another game that I thought had an extremely good ending: Metal Gear Solid 2. While MGS1 and MGS3 ended in a cool way, MGS2 went full philosophical which I absolutely loved! That ending alone made the game my favourite one in the series, it was really good.

God this thread is reminding me of how many games I still need to play. After I've finished RDR, I'll probably go ahead and start playing through ME2. Need to play these games ASAP!

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belmont

From the older days I was kind of shocked by the ending in Phantasy Star 2. It was quite something for an 1989 game.

As well as Final Fantasy games are conserned I liked the ending in the 6th game.

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Gamer83

Favorite is easily Metal Gear Solid 3. Least favorite would be Mass Effect 3 though to be fair I don't think after all the build up that any ending really could've met what people had come up with in their minds.

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Rudy_Manchego

I think TLOU and Portal 2 are my favourite endings. I also quite liked the ending for Far Cry 2. Super Metroid had probably my favourite ending of the 16bit era because it actually had an ending rather than just a Congratulations message. I loved the ending of Bioshock Infinite - to be honest, the ending probably saved the game for me as the gameplay wasn't up to the level of the original.

As for poor endings - I didn't really like Far Cry 3, it had a silly choice and neither were very satisfying.

The ending of the Order 1886 was frustrating, only because it was clearly a franchise starter that will never get resolved.

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As well as some that have already been mentioned (Last of Us, Red Dead, Portal 2), the end of Silent Hill 2 stayed with me. I think I got the 'bad' ending though. Or if it was the good ending, then I'd hate to see the bad one, put it that way.
I enjoyed Borderlands but the ending was a massive anti-climax, and the second one wasn't much better.

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Kidfried

This generation didn't impress me too much ending wise, but The Witcher 3 was one that stood out for me. Very fitting ending to such an epic. (I have yet to play Uncharted 4 and Nier: Automata, though!)

My all-time favorites of mine have already been named: Metal Gear Solid 3, Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us.

I must admit that while I game since the early 90's, I have a hard time thinking of a game that is excellent for its ending from before PS2.

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Quintumply

I remember finishing Killzone 3 and being deeply unimpressed by the abrupt ending. It's trucking along at a good pace, then all of a sudden the credits roll. I could be misremembering, but I definitely recall being frustrated by that. Killzone Shadowfall also left me wanting.

The Last of Us has already been mentioned, but that has a fantastic ending. I was also going to say The Last Guardian, but actually, all of Team ICO's games have strong, affecting endings.

Journey is another I'd say has a good ending. I found it to be incredibly powerful the first time I played the game.

Edit: Oh man, Red Dead Redemption is a good shout, too!

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Th3solution

I thought of another couple endings that I really thought well done.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - that was a great ending. Very impactful. A charming and innovative game overall and the ending did not disappoint.
Batman Arkham City - I've heard people complain about the ending, but I thought it was great. In fact, perhaps it has been part of why I never could get into Arkham Knight, which sits still in my backlog after playing about 4 hours of it and then abandoning it ... Or maybe it's just because of the Batmobile 😜

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Fight_Teza_Fight

To me the ending of a game isn't just the cutscene that follows. It's the lead up to it (boss fight, character development) and the follow through (post-credit scene, choice of music...), that's what makes it memorable.

Favorite Endings:

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
    Game left me an emotional wreck for weeks. To this day I can't bring myself to replay Crisis Core, as I don't want to tarnish my memory of playing it. I have watched some Let's Plays though and that ending gets me every time...
  • Kingdom Hearts 2
    The final boss fight is just incredible. Xemnas is such a fantastic final boss. The different phases of the boss fight blew 13 year old me's mind. Then comes the ending. Sadness. Then there's light. Then 'Sanctuary' plays and hits you right in the feels. In comes one of the most stunning CGI cutscenes I've ever seen...a promised reunion... and just when you feel sad it's all over you receive a letter from the King detailing your next adventure. What a roller coaster!
    The older I got the more I appreciate the brilliance of this ending. The story of Kingdom Hearts is hard to follow, but as I got to play the other games it all makes sense.
    Also back then I seriously believed there was a hidden message in 'Sanctuary'. Listen to it backwards. It gives away key plots of the game.
    He was Ansem! He was Ansem!

-Uncharted 4
The perfect ending. I won't go into it too much, but it gave me closure. I don't need an Uncharted with Nate anymore. The seeds have been planted (!). The chapter has been closed. I'm grateful to see the story through.

-Persona 3
The final hours of that game will never be topped for me. Everyone accepts despair and defeat, but they keep living with the memory so that they can see through their quest. It's a real struggle to get to the final floor of Tartarus (250+ floors!!!) and when you do, you better strap in for the final boss fight.
I guess the ending is open ended. But, I've interpreted it a certain way. Fighting your way up Tartarus, spending an hour+ on the final boss, I too felt tired. I too felt like I just wanted to close my eyes and call it a day.
That ending is poetry in motion. Beautiful.

Least Favorite:

-Persona 4 Golden
I know people love this game, but the ending ruined it for me. Terrible boss fight, awful design and at the end it's like 'yeah whatever, I'm going away now, you proved yourself'.
Ending that follows is generic anime ending. Hated it. Really that's what we're doing after the brilliance of P3's ending?

-Assassin's Creed 3
The ending that basically killed my interest in the story. Whilst I enjoy the games as mindless fun (tick the boxes, be creative). I've never been emotionally invested since. If only we could turn back time...

Can't think of too many bad endings. There's a lot of 'meh' ones, but none come close to those two.

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KratosMD

@Fight_Teza_Fight Dude, you didn't even get the true ending in P4G. The normal ending absolutely sucks which is why I told you earlier this year when you were playing the game that getting the true ending is absolutely essential for the best possible experience.

Of course you're going to feel disappointed when you haven't even reached the truth.

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Fight_Teza_Fight

@KratosMD That's my ending though. Which is the normal ending. If they wanted everyone to have that ending it would've been more accessible.
My saves (all 3 of them) also got corrupted, which means I could never go back. I don't intend to ever play it again, so that's my experience. My ending.
As the expression goes 'always put your best foot forward'.

I didn't really like the main cast, whereas P3's has my favorite cast of characters in gaming. I just felt very underwhelmed.

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themcnoisy

@KratosMD @Gamer83 yes mgs3 was a great ending. Expertly done with the big boss allegiance well told and mind blowing.

My other favourite was streets of rage 1 due to the bad ending oppurtunity and mass effect where the reapers are shown approaching. The reapers at the end had my hairs on end. I literally sat there glued to the screen completely enrossed.

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@Fight_Teza_Fight the true ending is incredible. I loved it!

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KratosMD

@Fight_Teza_Fight "If they wanted everyone to have that ending it would've been more accessible."
No because they wanted you to work for it and make it seem like a big deal, which it is. The process is unconventional for a video game, I know, but it worked for me at least as I came out of it satisfied (even emotional).

But yeah, my point is that you didn't like the ending because that wasn't the real ending. And I want you to keep that in mind instead of having the notion that 'that was it', which it wasn't. It could've been better, but like you said, it was your ending and that's the end of that.

I do regret however that I didn't inform you of the true ending much sooner, as I realised later on that I was too late. At least I managed to tell @themcnoisy that in time, as he loved it from what I'm seeing above.

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