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Poll: The Ending (Spoilers!) - Poll and Discussion (363 votes)

A. 5%
B. 1%
C. 94%
#1 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

I went with C. I'd rather have seen them all die in glorious battle - I mean they've done it all anyways - than giving either the FIB douchebag or the even douchier Billionaire douchebag the satisfaction of getting their way. That's not how it panned out though. While I loved the catharsis of finally killing all these grade A assholes, it felt a bit like a cop-out. I guess another *Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid*-type of ending wasn't in the books this time around - at least for me (dunno how A. and B. turn out, at least not yet). Then again, I'm a sucker for Happy Endings. I left tonight's session with the broadest grin imaginable.

Loved the credit sequence with the postcard-style shots of Los Santos et environs and the choice pieces of music playing. What Rockstar built with GTA V's gameworld, the technical artdirection and minute detail of it - absolutely mindblowing. The psyche eval was spot-on. I am a nut job. I'm positively gaga for GTA V! A total winner. Can't wait to jump in tomorrow and blow my 3x 25 millions on real estate and vehicular toys.

What ending did you chose? How was it for you? Are you happy now? Divulge.

#2 Posted by MiniPato (2714 posts) -

Option C is the only plausible ending.

As much as I like the irony of Franklin learning from his mentor and getting out the same way Michael did in the prologue, I just don't buy that Franklin would turn on Michael.

I can kinda see them wanting to kill Trevor though. But it's not as a good of an ending as C.

#3 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

I had hoped it was an option to kill all three off, but since i couldn't i just picked C.

#4 Posted by falserelic (5278 posts) -

C for me too, and after watching the other two endings I'm glad I did. It was kinda sad to watch Micheal and Trevor die after all we went through.

#5 Edited by FriendlyPhoenix (353 posts) -

I picked C. I didn't want to see Franklin die(which is what I figured would happen), but he isn't one to turn traitor so the other two options felt entirely out of character. I'm really happy it ended the way it did, although hearing about the other two endings really makes me wonder why they even put those other two options in there. C is the perfect ending to the game's story.

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#6 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@friendlyphoenix said:

I picked C. I didn't want to see Franklin die(which is what I figured would happen), but he isn't one to turn traitor so the other two options felt entirely out of character. I'm really happy it ended the way it did, although hearing about the other two endings really makes me wonder why they even put those other two options in there. C is the perfect ending.

Yeah - the guys kept beating the odds all game long. It would've felt wrong if their streak had ended in the final mission. For the most parts, it was a feel-good game - it's only right that it offers a feel-good ending.

#7 Edited by Stealthmaster86 (623 posts) -

@falserelic: That's how I felt. I didn't pick A or B because I didn't want to kill them. I picked C because I knew that there was a chance to save their lives.

#8 Posted by Strife777 (1490 posts) -

No way in hell I was going to choose anything but C. But I somehow doubt it mattered in the long run. I wasn't going to take that chance though.

#9 Edited by EquitasInvictus (1947 posts) -

I picked C. and was extremely happy with how it turned out. Especially with everyone included in the body count; that was the most satisfying part.

Considering how GTA IV ended in a situation that kinda had you lose out either way, that Option C's resolution was definitely a great sigh of relief. I was worried at the back of my head that something would go wrong, but it actually ended awesomely!

#10 Posted by Andorski (5173 posts) -

I picked C, but remembered turning off my console and restarting the game so that I could save before making that decision and going on with the mission. Given how GTA IV ended, I though C meant Franklin would die. If that did happen, I probably would have went back to my last save and chose to kill off Trevor. That character is one of the best characters that Rockstar has ever made, but I find him the least relatable of the three.

I thought the ending was kind of weird. The mission in which Merryweather, FIB, Michael, and Trevor fight it out at the Observatory felt more like a game-ending scenario. Instead, the three characters just drive to various destinations and clap Haines, Strech, Cheng, and Weston with relative ease. Felt very uneventful compared to some of the other missions that came towards the end of the game.

#11 Posted by bigjeffrey (4711 posts) -

Picked C, did not even hesitate. Could not kill the 2 other dudes. Not knowing the outcome I had a inkling that Franklin would tell Trevor and Micheal about it and his did just that. The switching between characters was more badass than ever.

#12 Posted by Bucketdeth (8003 posts) -

Fuck I picked A and really regret it now, anyway to go back and choose again besides replaying the mission? Fucking sucks man.

#13 Posted by MiniPato (2714 posts) -

@andorski said:

I picked C, but remembered turning off my console and restarting the game so that I could save before making that decision and going on with the mission. Given how GTA IV ended, I though C meant Franklin would die. If that did happen, I probably would have went back to my last save and chose to kill off Trevor. That character is one of the best characters that Rockstar has ever made, but I find him the least relatable of the three.

I thought the ending was kind of weird. The mission in which Merryweather, FIB, Michael, and Trevor fight it out at the Observatory felt more like a game-ending scenario. Instead, the three characters just drive to various destinations and clap Haines, Strech, Cheng, and Weston with relative ease. Felt very uneventful compared to some of the other missions that came towards the end of the game.

Yeah, it did feel a bit anticlimactic. I kinda wish it ended with a big heist. I mean, it kinda did with the Union Depository heist, but I would have like an even bigger heist where you have to infiltrate FIB HQ again to kidnap/assassinate Haines, but reinforced with heavy security since the prior heist. Or hijacking Westin's plane as he's flying out of the country, Dark Knight Rises style. So many cool things they could have done.

#14 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1508 posts) -

I'm glad people are picking the correct ending.

#15 Edited by Clonedzero (4043 posts) -

Picked C. I loved it. Watched the other two endings on youtube. They kinda suck compared to C, especially with the consquences.

Its cool the game has a happy feel good ending, sick of this trend of sad endings lately.

#17 Edited by RonGalaxy (2839 posts) -

I'm glad people are picking the correct ending.

The ending where they get away with it, learn nothing, and kill of the really shitty villains is the correct ending? Man, now I know how people feel about gta4 because 5 really aint doing it for me.

#18 Posted by Oginam (445 posts) -

I killed Trevor. I wanted to kill him the entire game - he was completely insane and a bigger threat to everyone else than most of the actual bad guys. The only thing I didn't like about the kill Trevor ending is that I couldn't just pull the trigger Renegade style as soon as Franklin drew his gun on Trevor.

C is a cop out and makes zero sense. C is only the "right" ending if you want to continue to earn certain achievements.

#19 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@oginam said:

C is a cop out and makes zero sense. C is only the "right" ending if you want to continue to earn certain achievements.

I don't think C. makes zero sense. The choice is Frank's to make, and I think he'd be loyal to his homies. The outcome on the other hand is debateable. Would you complain if they all died in a hail of fire? Going out in glory, taking all the douchebags with them? It's a cop-out that they lived. Taking the fight to Haines and Devin? No man, they had that shit coming.

That said, I much prefer happy endings. The whole flippin' thing was implausible. Every flippin' heist cooked up in a fever dream. Them pulling off the impossible has simply been the modus operandi for the whole game. Why change it now?

#20 Posted by MiniPato (2714 posts) -
@oginam said:

I killed Trevor. I wanted to kill him the entire game - he was completely insane and a bigger threat to everyone else than most of the actual bad guys. The only thing I didn't like about the kill Trevor ending is that I couldn't just pull the trigger Renegade style as soon as Franklin drew his gun on Trevor.

C is a cop out and makes zero sense. C is only the "right" ending if you want to continue to earn certain achievements.

How is C a cop out? There were times I wanted to kill Trevor too, but I hated being Haines' and Westin's unpaid lackey even more. It made sense. Franklin kills Trevor? He satisfies Haines, but pisses of Westin for not killing Michael and vice versa. Franklin's fucked either way if he goes A or B. C is the only way to get out clean and mop up all loose ends. If anything doesn't make sense, it's that they didn't kill Haines and Westin sooner for not paying them for all the jobs and of course for Haines turning on Michael and Westin threatening his family. Ending C makes the most sense for Franklin's character, especially after the Lamar Down mission. He doesn't turn his back on his friends, even if they are idiots that get themselves and other people into trouble.

@alwaysbebombing said:

I'm glad people are picking the correct ending.

The ending where they get away with it, learn nothing, and kill of the really shitty villains is the correct ending? Man, now I know how people feel about gta4 because 5 really aint doing it for me.

What they learn from ending C is no more fucked up than what they learn from ending A or B. What Frank learns from ending A? Survival is king and everything else is bullshit, even best friends. What does Frank learn from ending B? The same thing and he turns on Michael which is extremely out of character for him.

I'm fine with either ending A or C. Ending A felt like one of the inevitable conclusions of Michael and Trevor's rocky relationship. What I didn't like about it is that it felt inconclusive and rushed. What's stopping Haines from continuing to use Frank and Michael? Westin's still out for Michael's head. Michael and Trevor also needed to exchange more words before he died. I really felt like the had more to say to eachother before it was over. I just didn't buy that that was how they were gonna kill eachother. It felt undercooked as a result of "multiple ending syndrome" in which they put a lot of work into crafting the "true" ending and kinda just tossed in these other two endings that were relatively the same.

#21 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3048 posts) -

I chose C, as would any sensible person. I don't agree with the resolution being a "cop out" exactly, but it did seem rushed. I would have liked more set up for taking out the last dudes other than everyone just picking a hit and going. The only one that felt believable to me was Michael killing Stretch, which felt like a classic "This is for X" hit in the streets. Aside from that, the whole thing was just a bit anti-climactic. The showdown at the foundry wasn't the climax I wanted or really that the game deserved. Still, I liked the ending well enough, I suppose. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't what I had hoped.

#22 Posted by fetchfox (1217 posts) -

C all the way. It was so satisfying getting rid of all those assholes that've been fucking us over the entire game. And I don't mind the happy ending, even though I thought it would end with Franklin dying. He always felt like the most generic of the three (with Michael being a close second). I just love the fucking craziness of Trevor, I could never kill that dick.

The entire games story is poking fun at several mobster and gangster tropes making the option for a happy ending not that unlikely. This isn't Goodfellas or Casino. The message here is that friendship is indeed forever, and that you should value those close to you, your family (in broad terms). My personal pick for a canonical ending is C, while the others can be summarized as options for those with a different interpretation of the story and characters.

I chose C, as would any sensible person. I don't agree with the resolution being a "cop out" exactly, but it did seem rushed. I would have liked more set up for taking out the last dudes other than everyone just picking a hit and going. The only one that felt believable to me was Michael killing Stretch, which felt like a classic "This is for X" hit in the streets. Aside from that, the whole thing was just a bit anti-climactic. The showdown at the foundry wasn't the climax I wanted or really that the game deserved. Still, I liked the ending well enough, I suppose. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't what I had hoped.

I somewhat agree with you, but remember that your targets felt untouchable. They are all men with an ego the size of the moon thinking that the world revolves around them. I wouldn't have been against a bit more setup beforehand, but I feel that the three main characters wanted their shit shoveled there and then. And considering what I've just said, Lesters information capabilities, and the trios skill for killing, I don't find the assassinations unlikely to go down the way they did.

#23 Posted by lusence (345 posts) -

i picked death wish at first and thought the whole mission scenario was awesome but the very ending cut scene was really just like unsatisfactory. just kind of ends with a little hand shake and everyone splits, no real final cap of the chars etc. luis in gta iv is still the best ending for a gta game imo.

anyways after that my fav. ending is option b. killing michael. just because it really has a lot of drama in there. even ends with a sad song, just making your really feel sorry for michael after all he was just saying about his little girl getting into college, his family getting back together, him with the new job etc, and his little apprentice F. turned on him. just felt more like a fitting ending if anything, least it had some good drama in there. otherwise it was just kinda like meh.... whats next...

#24 Edited by Ramone (2954 posts) -

Iced Trevor without hesitation. The dude was a complete psychopath.

#25 Edited by Whitestripes09 (397 posts) -

I picked A.... I felt bad for Franklin since he was caught up between Michael and Trevor's problems. While Michael probably deserved it more, he had more to lose since he has a family and he was trying to get better throughout the whole story. I liked Trevor a lot... he had a very profound way of showing the truth about life, but he was bat shit insane and was hell bent on destroying and killing everyone that crossed him. I took it more as putting down the rabid dog kind of approach.

Edit: Just watched C. I wish I picked that one now... I thought Franklin was going to go on a suicide mission and get himself killed :(

Guess I'm going to have to replay the game.

#26 Posted by Oginam (445 posts) -

To clarify my point on C, I don't see a world where Trevor and Michael continue to both live making sense. Trevor has every reason to want to kill Michael and vice verse. I think it's a "cop out" if one of those two, if not both, don't die/kill each other.

I didn't really factor in what Haines or Devin wanted. I made up my mind on wanting Trevor dead when he tried to let the Chinese kill Michael for him; and just before that he threatened to kill Franklin. I do regret not being able to kill Devin but I also saw the thing with Michael's family coming when they all got back together seemingly out of the blue; so I didn't really want to kill him any more or less than I already did.

More importantly, Trevor tried repeatedly during the final heist to undermine the confidence of the crew. You don't fuck with the job. Period.

A is the ending for people with a Mafia perspective (kill the loose cannon that threatens the business/family/etc.); B is the Gangsta ending (kill the snitch); C is the Catharsis ending - kill everyone except the playable characters (C could also stand for Completionist depending on your viewpoint).

#27 Posted by Pie (7035 posts) -

What a silly choice

#28 Posted by Pie (7035 posts) -

What a silly choice

#29 Posted by Tearhead (2147 posts) -

That ending was pretty satisfying with how they tied up all the loose ends. But was the relationship between Franklin and Tanisha supposed to go somewhere? I felt that it was set up that way but never went anywhere.

#30 Posted by OldManLight (819 posts) -

C because eff all those other dudes.

#31 Posted by jimmyfenix (3812 posts) -

C. Fuck Cops. Fuck The high roller Business man ,Fuck the ballas and Fuck the triads!!. I did not want to kill any of the protags!

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#32 Posted by mrfluke (5049 posts) -

C. Fuck Cops. Fuck The high roller Business man ,Fuck the ballas and Fuck the triads!!. I did not want to kill any of the protags!

#33 Posted by hans_maulwurf (120 posts) -

C. At this point such an all-around happy ending seems almost original again. I'm glad they went for it.

#34 Posted by EuanDewar (4688 posts) -

Picked C and adored the way it ended. It's not the edgiest thing in the world but its nice for once to be able to finish a game like this with a smile on my face. Very rarely in a game when faced with impossible odds are you given the option to just say "Fuck that" and completely subvert it. Great stuff.

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#35 Posted by Spidu (11 posts) -

Just finished the game, picked C.

Thought that ending was an abomination, far too campy for my taste.

#36 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6151 posts) -

The majority choice. I enjoyed all three characters and was content with the conclusion.

#37 Posted by kishinfoulux (2250 posts) -

I don't see how anyone could pick A or B. I've seen some people say the choice was confusing and they took it as Franklin dying if you chose C. Guess they weren't paying attention.

Those other ones are kind of depressing though, especially the way Trevor goes out. C definitely feels like the right choice and that asshole had it coming to him.

#38 Edited by kaos_cracker (564 posts) -

I thought by picking option C, even thought I was thinking it may end up like RDR. But come on, it's GTA, you know the ending would be amazing with a crazy shootout.

#39 Posted by Sarumarine (2160 posts) -

I picked C, but I figured it was nice of them to include A and B incase someone felt like one of the main characters had to die because of their experience with Red Dead Redemption or GTA IV. However, the tone of GTAV is so far from "these are bad people doing bad things so one of them has to die because that's so proper or poetic about life and the way things are" that Ending C is the only ending as far as I'm concerned. It's black comedy (as in dark) with some of Trevor's stuff, but it's a pretty lighthearted game compared to Niko's story.

Considering 90% of the story missions have you doing dirt for a number of people and getting absolutely nothing to show for it (no money, no cool vehicles, nothing) that going crazy and killing everyone whoever looked at you funny was a perfect end to that game. The whole thing was very cathartic. It's very GTAIII in that mentality that if people are screwing with you, you just kill them all and walk off into the sunset. If people are upset with Ending C, I feel like they see GTAV far more serious than I did.

#40 Posted by Demoskinos (14519 posts) -

I feel that C is the only real choice. Frank turning on Mike makes NO goddamn sense at all. And while killing Trevor makes SOME sense I still don't see Frank making that choice and Mike even still filled with a streak of hatred for Trevor seemed to be at a place where if Trevor left it alone he was going to leave it alone and I don't buy that Frank would turn on Trevor either. Besides that Haines and Weston were such scummy assholes.

Yeah, Trevor is a psychopath but in the end I respected him because he's also pretty transparent about that fact and I find an honest psychopath to be more noble than two slimy mother fuckers who are just as bad as trevor in the scheme of things but put on a friendly face for the public after doing all the awful shit they do.

Question though, if you do kill Mike or Trevor do you straight up not get to play as them in the Post game? Cause that is fuuuucked up if so.

#41 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4606 posts) -

C. I expected Franklin to die, but A and B were too out of character for him to be believable options.

#42 Edited by Sarumarine (2160 posts) -

@demoskinos: Yeah, if you decide to turn on Michael or Trevor they stay dead for the rest of the post-game. So if you had any unfinished missions or wanted to mess around with them more, you're out of luck.

#43 Posted by pinner458 (564 posts) -

I chose C. I thought the ending was lackluster. For me the story peaked at the graveyard.

#44 Posted by Ben_H (3294 posts) -

I picked C. I couldn't do A or B. I like the other two characters too much. Trevor is super messed up but he is too awesome.

Also, I lost it when Trevor claimed the task of killing Devin Weston. I love that he just yells something like "Shotgun! I've wanted to kill that fucker since I first saw him" and then immediately peels away in his funny truck without saying another word.

#45 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10370 posts) -

I don't understand why options A and B even exist.

#46 Posted by Elwoodan (742 posts) -

woah I figured if you picked A/B something would ultimately prevent you from actually killing that character. can you really just lose a PC and not be able to 100% the game ?(assuming you can't 99.9% the game before the final mission)

#47 Edited by MiniPato (2714 posts) -

I doubt anyone picked B for their canonical ending? If so, what's the conversation like between Trevor and Franklin? Is he pissed at Franklin for stealing Trevor's revenge or is just like "well Michael had it coming, it's only fitting he gets betrayed by someone he trusted."

#48 Posted by ReCkLeSs_X (457 posts) -

C is the only choice!

#49 Posted by Clonedzero (4043 posts) -

@minipato said:

I doubt anyone picked B for their canonical ending? If so, what's the conversation like between Trevor and Franklin? Is he pissed at Franklin for stealing Trevor's revenge or is just like "well Michael had it coming, it's only fitting he gets betrayed by someone he trusted."

He calls Franklin a traitor and tells him to fuck off. Which is fitting, Trevor values loyalty over all else, so he wont help Franklin and actually hates him for betraying Michael the way Michael betrayed him

I didnt actually pick that, i watched it on youtube. Makes sense with his character though.

#50 Posted by Funkofages (66 posts) -

I picked C and watched the other two on YouTube. It feels like option 1 is Michael's way, scheme to get out, option 2 is Trevor's way, where you know (think) a partner is going to fuck you. Option 3 felt like it was Franklin's way, the gangsta way. The whole game he's been learning from these two established crooks and both their ways end up fucking people over. The way for everyone of the homies to make it out is to do some stupid gangsta shit.