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#1 Edited by The_Ruiner (1015 posts) -

Let's face it, most game endings are pretty much after thoughts. It usually involves some cryptic cut scene. Or a cliffhanger. Or just "thanks for playing". Some games though, have pretty amazing conclusions. Of all the games you've played which one stands out in your mind as a truly satisfying?

My pick would be Final Fantasy 6. It about 30 mins long and really showcases what made that game so great, the characters.

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#2 Posted by duggshammer (158 posts) -

Honestly don't have one that sticks out but a couple recent ones. Mass Effect 1 - the ending made me want to play the game again, Portal 2.

#3 Posted by gosukiller (2324 posts) -

Bayonetta ends extremely awesomely.

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I guess the whole final boss fake credits battle thing was also decent.

#4 Edited by Moncole (636 posts) -

Mass Effect 3 ending seeing all the people talking about it, it must be good.

I didnt play it

#5 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -

I really liked Halo 3's ending it's what i wanted out of Mass Effect 3 ending. Master Chief saved the universe and they acknowledge that during his funeral scene, thats all i wanted for Shepard in Mass Effect 3, some appreciation for what he did.

Modern Warfare 1 and 2 had great endings too.

#6 Posted by Humanity (8814 posts) -

I thought Mafia had a really poetic-justice ending.

#7 Edited by Cloneslayer (1624 posts) -

Both Saint's Row the Third ending. MARS! NOT MARS!!! BOTH AWESOME!!!!

Red Dead:R was pretty good ending.

No too many endings are memberable/recent enough for me to remember.

#8 Posted by The_Ruiner (1015 posts) -

@Cloneslayer said:

Both Saint's Row the Third ending. MARS! NOT MARS!!! BOTH AWESOME!!!!

Yeah they're both great for different reasons...I think i prefer the "bad" ending though... attacking that hellicarrier, that phone call from Pierce...pretty great.

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#9 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

Bayonetta, conceptually, understands what an ending means and how to do it. Ignore the fact that it's insane, and you get a great intellectual point on how to do an ending: The tone of the game, but more so. No twists, no deep random insights, just something that makes sense and is satisfying, and takes things to the next level.

Bayonetta was fucking amazing. Thanks for reminding me of it!

#10 Posted by ckeats (489 posts) -

First ones that jumps to mind for me are the endings to the Phoenix Wright games. Especially the first one, where all the characters reminisce about Phoenix.

#11 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption had the best ending of any game IMO. There are other good ones for sure but the surprise double ending, use of John's son, tragic nature of it all, player choice, late title card... all SO well done by Rockstar. The game did drag in Mexico but it is so worth playing through. Can't say enough about it.

(Max Payne 1 and 2 are probably next for me, both great)

#12 Posted by NTM (7266 posts) -

Probably MGS4 since it gave some good closure to it all. I think maybe Dead Space though, including the final enemy, and Dead Space 2 had a funny ending that hearkened back to the original.

Don't watch this is you still haven't played Dead Space and plan to.

Don't watch this if you haven't played Dead Space 2. I enjoyed everything about the ending except for the final boss. Especially how they poke fine at the ending of the original.

I'm not sure if these are my favorite endings, but I just love Dead Space, so it's probably the reason why I mentioned this. Also, go play Dead Space if you haven't!

#13 Posted by TheHT (10890 posts) -

the helios and dark age endings in Deus Ex are awesome. Half-life has an awesome ending too. a real wtf moment, errr, rather, conversation. alan wake has a great ending too. i like dragon age 2's ending, but that's probably just because of Leliana and the Warden. Uncharted 2 had a great feel good ending. Red dead redemption's 3rd and last ending is fantastic.

#14 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

@Moncole said:

Mass Effect 3 ending seeing all the people talking about it, it must be good.

#15 Edited by megalowho (960 posts) -

Assassin's Creed 2 has my favorite ending of recent memory, probably the generation. I did a blog post about what I loved about it here after finishing the game.

Reading some of the titles above I agree with Phoenix Wright (1 and 3, at least) and the coda to Red Dead Redemption. Memorable and satisfying.

#16 Edited by Kevin_Cogneto (1000 posts) -

"Let's go ride the Madly Rotating Buccaneer!"

See, I really like ambiguity in my endings. I love a good cryptic cutscene, and I don't necessarily want things tied up in a little bow. And Monkey Island 2 has one of the great "What the hell just happened?" endings of all time. It was the Mass Effect 3 of its day.

#17 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -

I just remembered Darksiders! Fuck i was so hyped after i played that game.

#18 Posted by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -
#19 Posted by RazielCuts (2931 posts) -

@Cloneslayer said:

Red Dead:R was pretty good ending.

Have to agree with Red Dead Redemption. The true ending I mean, where you have to actually willingly seek it out, travel around hunting it down and get revenge. Do the deed, turn around and boom title card, felt so awesome and the story actually drove me to want to do it. Also RDR legitimately solved the open world problem of how is it possible I can keep exploring the world once I've finished the game.

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#20 Posted by toolus (118 posts) -

Definitely Darksiders. I was so fucking pumped for the next one after that.

#21 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -

Nier has the best ending

#22 Posted by Sanj (2352 posts) -

Mass Effect 3.

#23 Posted by azrailx (242 posts) -

Planescape Torment

#24 Edited by YOUNGLINK (538 posts) -

KEITH COURAGE, NUFF SAID

#25 Posted by nick_verissimo (1380 posts) -

Persona 3 has an amazing ending if you're into being sad, which I definitely am. In recent memory, that's the one that stuck with me the most, but RD:R has a pretty amazing ending in and of itself.

#26 Posted by believer258 (11640 posts) -

@azrailx said:

Planescape Torment

I remember ruining this for myself a while back. I remember thinking that it sounded like absolute genius. What don't I remember? The details! So I guess if I ever do get 'round to playing it, I'll still be surprised.

#27 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -

For me it would have to be red dead.

#28 Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -

Seeing the Hitman thread reminded me, Blood Money also had an amazing ending. I love that some people never even saw it because they didn't figure out the mechanics that allowed it to come about. I played the whole game stealthily, so gunning everyone down was super rewarding. I will always recall slowly walking toward the guy in the wheelchair as he slammed on the locked gate and couldn't escape.

#29 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption. It's kind of a long ending. I was completely expecting the way it began, that needed to happen in that story, and at the same time incredibly bummed out about it. The way it wraps up completely surprised me and made it very satisfying.

#30 Edited by SpartanAmbrose (832 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption. Greatest use of a late title card.

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#31 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

The first thing that comes to mind is Metal Gear Solid 4. Every story thread is wrapped up and it has a great final revelation. Yeah, it's an hour long cutscene and I loved every minute of it.

#32 Posted by Atlas (2430 posts) -

+1 for Red Dead Redemption. I'm replaying that game right now and I'm close to the end, and I'm so pumped to see that ending again. An incredibly satisfying yet tragic way to end a video game. Simply stunning.

#33 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7051 posts) -

RDR, MGS4 or Darksiders.

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#34 Posted by AndrewBeardsley (371 posts) -

Dead Space 2 and Red Dead Redemption

#35 Posted by GregisPurple (16 posts) -

Its been some time but I remember liking the end of the first God of War game.

#36 Posted by AnimalFather (800 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption

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#37 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1230 posts) -

Mafia, RDR.

Cried for like ten minutes after Mafia. Goddaaaaaaamn. I really, really cared about Tommy.

#38 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@Kevin_Cogneto said:

"Let's go ride the Madly Rotating Buccaneer!"

See, I really like ambiguity in my endings. I love a good cryptic cutscene, and I don't necessarily want things tied up in a little bow. And Monkey Island 2 has one of the great "What the hell just happened?" endings of all time. It was the Mass Effect 3 of its day.

What's ambiguous about that?  The mask has Voodoo Magic.  It's how LeChuck had all that power.  The magic transported them to Booty Bay and back to where they started out and Guy(brush) and (Le)Chuckie are going to go back to their normal lives but the mask remains magical and might lead them on yet another Pirate adventure.  Which of course it did.
#39 Posted by Tophat666 (229 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid 3

Nuff said, lock thread.

#40 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

Definitely Persona 3 FES. The whole ending sequence, the boss, the music and the way everything comes together is amazing. I was really disappointed in Persona 4's ending because of this.

My second vote would go to Ghost Trick.

#41 Posted by TooWalrus (13137 posts) -

@gosukiller: What I came here to say.

#42 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Renegade Ops. "How's this for a punchline?!"

#43 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1803 posts) -

@YOUNGLINK: how does one "complete victory"? and also wheres that sequel?

#44 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1803 posts) -

@Stephen_Von_Cloud: i mostly remember the guys flying through the roof when you shot them

#45 Edited by JoeyRavn (4949 posts) -

@Humanity: @whyareyoucrouchingspock: I really liked Mafia II's ending too. It was extremely bittersweet, very much in tone with the rest of the game, but also open enough to justify a sequel. Too bad they decided to go with those mediocre-at-best DLCs instead of continuing the story.

#46 Posted by FreakAche (2949 posts) -

I've heard that Mass Effect 3 game has a really good ending.

#47 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

I liked Eternal Sonata''s ending :D

#48 Posted by JoeyRavn (4949 posts) -

@FreakAche said:

I've heard that Mass Effect 3 game has a really good ending.

Someone made that joke in the first page, though.

#49 Posted by Humanity (8814 posts) -

@JoeyRavn: I thought Mafia II's ending was awful because it didn't have one. I was actually really disappointed by that game. Mafia was such a sleeper for me - turned out to love it despite some of the small shortcomings. Mafia II while superior in engine didn't have a god story to back it up. A lot of people complained that it's an open world game with nothing to do but I had no problem with that - it's the fact that you never get anywhere as Vito. By the end of the game you're living in a shitty rundown apartment and you're barely even a second rate made man. Just too bad considering what an awesome story the first game had. If they had tied that in, and you played the son of the guy from the first game and at the very end of the game you'd find out he's infiltrated to mob to bring it all down and get revenge - that would be one hell of a game.

#50 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

Mass Effect 3, after that though Call of Duty Black Ops.