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#101 Posted by Eldave0 (29 posts) -

Cheating a bit but I found the last hour or so of Catherine to be particularly excellent.

Other than that I would say Red Dead Redemption is the best ending I've seen in quite some time. Spec Ops was good too.

#102 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

Darksiders ("No... not alone.", is so satisfying!) is the first thing that comes to mind.

Though "ever" is a very long time, and a huge amount of games. But I can't think of any other game right now that I left with a huge grin. Bayonetta, maybe? Though that end was just nonsense... but... Let's dance, boys!

Anyway, back to Darksiders: And that makes Darksiders 2 probably my most disappointing game of 2012, because it has nothing to do with Darksiders :(

#103 Posted by Zaccheus (1797 posts) -
#104 Posted by Humanity (9589 posts) -

The original Mafia while maybe not satisfying in the traditional sense has one of the most amazing endings I can recall in the many games I've played over the years. Amazing story, great finish.

#105 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1698 posts) -

Red Dead has an awesome ending, as folks have mentioned, but it's gotta be Ghost Trick for me. If you've played it, you know why ;)

Probably tied with Tokyo Jungle as having the best Pomeranian in a video game.

#106 Posted by Tesla (1932 posts) -

Journey

#107 Posted by believer258 (11989 posts) -

Just off the top of my head:

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Super Metroid
  • Portal 2
  • Halo 1
  • Just Cause 2 (Let's jump across flying nukes!)
  • Metroid Prime
  • Skyrim
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Darksiders 1 (kind of a cliffhanger, but all of the game's major plot lines are resolved in spectacular fashion.
#108 Posted by Capum15 (4929 posts) -

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. Driving with a convoy of tanks, assaulting a base, self destructing some Nukes mid-flight, capturing the Ace of Spades alive and netting $100 million.

Mercenaries: World In Flames. You fucking nuke a bunker, go inside, skyjack a Hind while still in the bunker, kill the pilot, fight the main bad guy in the now out-of-control spinning helicopter, knock him out, grab him and jump from the helicopter (which finally crashes and explodes), deliver him to whatever side you helped and then (while hanging out in the main bad guys old Villa) decide to go to India to continue to mercenary it up.

God damnit, EA, Pandemic was amazing, and I was looking forward to a third game.

#109 Posted by BamurDeadd (59 posts) -

@believer258: Ending of Sleepy Dogs is good? Heard the game was pretty good, but it's still on backlog!

#110 Posted by squidraid (133 posts) -

Giving a nod to some more stereotypical old school answers -

Ocarina of Time still has one of my all time favorite game endings. Halfway just for the amazing music, but it does a wonderful job at closure.

Final Fantasy 9 & 10 both. For pulling at the heartstrings. 9 wasn't the greatest game in the world, but the characters were fleshed out plenty well enough to make you feel keenly invested in them and make the ending where each of them got a large chunk of screentime very satisfying.

From this generation, I have to salute Mass Effect 3 and Halo 4 both. Halo 4 had by far the most satisfying conclusion the franchise has seen yet, and one of the only endings that has stuck with me long after the credits rolled this generation.

#111 Posted by Daiphyer (1341 posts) -

Batman: Arkham City. Because that was crazy.

Red Dead Redemption. Because that was crazy sad.

Dragon Age: Origins. Because that was crazy rad.

Mass Effect 2. Because that was crazy cool.

Alan Wake. Because that was crazy.

#112 Posted by TobbRobb (4739 posts) -

Asura's Wrath. You guys played the DLC ending right?

NOTHING BEATS THAT.

NOTHING.

#113 Posted by fox01313 (5080 posts) -

Remember a lot of the endings from Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines as well as Grim Fandango & Brutal Legend being quite well done on the ending being enjoyable.

#114 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4690 posts) -

In games? Probably the Walking Dead. First that comes to find at least.

#115 Posted by BamurDeadd (59 posts) -

@TobbRobb: YES! Most satisfying punch in gaming

#116 Posted by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -

The Walking Dead was just about the best. I don't any other game has given such a satisfying end of a story while leaving it perfectly open for a sequel that makes perfect sense.

#117 Posted by ProfessorEss (7450 posts) -
That I can remember... Red Dead Redemption. 
 
@djou said:

Portal 2.

The only problem with Portal 2's ending is that that game is so strong from beginning to end that the conclusion almost comes off as par-for-the-course :)
#118 Posted by kgb0515 (411 posts) -

Portal. That song cracks me up every time I listen to it. Ok, so maybe the ending wasn't really that great, but I was entertained nonetheless and not let down in the slightest.

#119 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6998 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption, Persona 3, The Walking Dead from recent memory.

#120 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6998 posts) -

@Daiphyer said:

Batman: Arkham City. Because that was crazy.

I don't get why a lot of people are saying that. It was alright. Nothing that blew my mind or anything, though...

#121 Posted by spiceninja (3063 posts) -

The ending of Metal Gear Solid 3 was damn near perfect.

#122 Posted by Hunter5024 (5808 posts) -

I don't mean to be a schill, but I wrote a list about this.

#123 Posted by Greebman (115 posts) -

Asura's Wrath DLC ending is p good

#124 Posted by Zirilius (668 posts) -

@Shortbreadtom said:

Jak 3, because it blew my fucking mind as a kid.

As a kid? Try as an adult!

#125 Posted by Pr1mus (3951 posts) -

Portal 2, Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear Solid 3, Final Fantasy VI and Journey.

#126 Posted by Zero_ (1976 posts) -

@Will_M said:

@Zero_ said:

This is the best ending to movie, music, game or any entertainment medium:

Damn, i was just about to post this. Snake Eater has such an awesome ending both gameplay and story wise. There's just something about fighting a giant mech/tank while you're escaping in a motorcycle and then going toe-to-toe with the fucking Boss.

Yeah, defintely. Though, the highlight for me was the last 15 minute cutscenes where you find out the true intentions behind The Boss, Eva and the Government. The music, the scene, everything is so well done.

#128 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3882 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption for sure to me.

Not just the story, but the ending, then the REAL ending, and then it was brilliant how it set up the post game. Really perfect.

I think Max Payne 2 is also outstanding.

@MetalGearSunny said:

@Daiphyer said:

Batman: Arkham City. Because that was crazy.

I don't get why a lot of people are saying that. It was alright. Nothing that blew my mind or anything, though...

You and me both. Neither of those games had good endings.

#129 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6399 posts) -

Darksiders was pretty great.

#130 Posted by Trainer_Red (314 posts) -

The end of Journey made me so damn emotional.

#131 Posted by Spoonman671 (4695 posts) -

I liked Resistance 2's ending.

Also, MGS4'S ending before the credits finished.

Also God of War 3's ending, excluding the somewhat lackluster final boss fight.

I'm starting to notice a theme here.

#132 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Mass effect 3.

I havent checked, but its probably been done before. Ah well

#133 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

I really enjoyed Mafia's final act, starting from when you and Paulie rob a bank. 
This was before I watched Scarface or The Godfather or knew any of the mobster story cliches. So all the death and betrayel really got to me.

#134 Posted by Zelyre (1224 posts) -

@RedCream said:

I heard Final Fantasy VI has a fantastic ending where every character (even minor) has been given some form of closure. I need someone to attest to this though.

If Return of the King had a video game ending, it would be FF6's ending. It just kept going and going and going.

The character closure and the giant medley of themes made FF6 a real treat. No fancy CG. No rock love ballad. Not really a "They lived happily ever after." Just a small snippet of their lives after the final moments that said, "Hey, everything's going to be just fine."

Knowing that FF6's ending was great soured FF7 for me. Before the internet was around to spoil everything, I thought every FF game was going to have an epic ending. Or at least one that gave a sense of closure.

"Here's Red 13 looking at Midgar"

Angsty 18 year old me was not happy about that!

#135 Posted by CaptainCharisma (339 posts) -

I've learned to realize that video games in general are horrible at wrapping up their stories. However, Uncharted 2, Portal 2, Bastion, Driver: San Fransisco, Radiant Historia, and Sleeping Dogs are games that give me hope with their endings.

#136 Posted by squidraid (133 posts) -

@kgb0515 said:

Portal. That song cracks me up every time I listen to it. Ok, so maybe the ending wasn't really that great, but I was entertained nonetheless and not let down in the slightest.

In that case, Plants vs Zombies deserves an honorable mention.

#137 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

You Have To Burn The Rope

#138 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2495 posts) -

MGS 4 did a good job of finally wrapping everything up.

#139 Posted by Animasta (14712 posts) -

@CaptainCharisma said:

I've learned to realize that video games in general are horrible at wrapping up their stories. However, Uncharted 2, Portal 2, Bastion, Driver: San Fransisco, Radiant Historia, and Sleeping Dogs are games that give me hope with their endings.

really? It was mad abrupt and just kinda slowed down to a stop.

#140 Posted by Irvandus (2881 posts) -

Persona 3

#142 Posted by SlashDance (1827 posts) -

The ending of Shadow of the Colossus is probably my favorite, but I wouldn't call it satisfying.

So I would say Final Fantasy VI. Nothing is more satisfying than closure after dozens of hours spent in such an amazing game. When I put down my controller, it felt like closing a good book, and that's something very few games manage to do.

#143 Posted by BaneFireLord (2950 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption. Dat title card...so good.

#144 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

First thing that comes to mind is Shawshank Redemption, especially if we're talking pure satisfaction.

#145 Posted by Skyfire543 (712 posts) -

The dog ending in Silent Hill 2 is amazing, but that's just funny.

For a serious ending, Read Dead Redemption. The mentions of Persona 3 in this thread have me excited to finish it. I'm about 37 hours in and it just keeps getting better.

#146 Posted by StarFoxA (5161 posts) -

@Red said:

First thing that comes to mind is Shawshank Redemption, especially if we're talking pure satisfaction.

Oh god, that ending is the most amazing thing ever. I love witnessing people experiencing the movie for the first time. It's truly an unmatchable feeling when Dufresne puts his hands up.

#147 Posted by Reisz (1517 posts) -

@onyxghost said:

Arkham City is the best in recent memory. The Joker sings a creepy version of "Only you.." Over the credits. The story played out exceptionally well.

Oh man, thanks for reminding me! I reckon one of Rocksteady's greatest triumphs with the Arkham games is how cohesive the presentation is with stuff like that. It evokes that Batman feeling so well, little touches like that are the icing on a damn good cake. I need to go back through and play Catwoman's story sooooon.

As for mine it's gotta be Metal Gear Solid, the melancholy but hopeful ending cinematic, the phenomenal credits music and footage of the Alaskan wilderness and then the post credits one sided phone conversation? I had finished many games by the time I played MGS, but up to that point I had no idea a story like that could be told in video games. The best ending ever? no. My most satisfying? Absolutely.

#148 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5717 posts) -

Vagrant Story probably has the best ending, in addition to having the best credits music and the best final boss fight. Of course there's a solid argument to be made that Delita's storyline ending is more impressive in Final Fantasy Tactics but that kind of ignores how irrelevant the protagonist turns out to be.

#149 Posted by jewunit (1063 posts) -

It ended up being overly saccharine, but I enjoyed the ending to Ghost Trick quite a bit. I actually got up and started dancing as the music and the credits played. Metal Gear Solid 3 also has a very satisfying ending despite not being an entirely happy ending.

#150 Posted by BamurDeadd (59 posts) -

@Fredchuckdave: Too little love for the great PSX classics out there! Also remember Breath of Fire 3 to have a pretty satisfactory ending!