Best Endings

  • This ending:
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    Serious answer would be the True Ending of Odin Sphere, and how the five stories culminated in the end and bridged a connection to the world of Odin Sphere to the present World. Gwendolyn and Oswald being the "Adam and Eve" of Earth is really cool, and how their romance started as enemies, but understanding each other and fighting for each other through difficult circumstances.

  • The Last of Us drags in the middle? Nononono, that game has perfect pacing. Just the right amount of combat for me. It's weird though: the ending is certainly a climax, but I have trouble setting it apart from the rest of the game. Every character relates to the central plot and all of the writing was equally excellent. Even the puns. EsPeCiAlLy ThE pUnS.

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    Anyway, now for a bit of a departure: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. This game had a pretty solid story despite its many detractors who either hadn't played it or played it expecting a straight sequel to Symphonia. Taken as new characters who were inserted into the Symphonia setting, the entire plot works in a campy sort of way.

    The ending in particular is dramatic because immediately prior to it, protagonists Emil and Marta fight (and kill) Alice and Decus. Now, as romantically involved characters themselves, seeing this Romeo and Juliet story play out in front of them—by their own hands no less—raises the stakes for the finale. And it's not all just bluster either: you can actually really fuck up the ending. It's hard (and admittedly some really arbitrary "I'd only know that after looking up a guide for the second playthrough" nonsense) to get the good ending.

    Not to mention, "Welcome to the Monster Graveyard" is just a hype thing to say.

  • @Haru17 Like our good friend Ian Hinck, I just wasn't impressed with a lot of the combat and such. Then again, it's a genre that I don't play very often. Not my cup of tea I suppose.

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    It's interesting that some of my favourite games of all time also happen to have fantastic endings. I think generally you'll find a game just ends, not many are actually that memorable. Anyway, I'm going to be relatively vague in my spoilers too.

    • MGS3: Snake Eater

    Those final scenes, going to the cemetery and Eva narrating in the background. Really love it.

    • Shadow of the Colossus

    The way this story concludes is so beautiful. The transformation of the main character, the interactivity, it's not just a cutscene and the links to Ico.

    • Journey

    Like the whole game, I hope someone else is playing with you. That climb up the snowy mountain and everything after is just incredible. That soundtrack.. so good.

    • SOMA

    I love the ending to this game. You get hints of how it will end as you play through but man, it still hit me hard when it happened. In terms of pure solid sci fi, I don't think there is a better sci fi game story out there.

  • @SabotageTheTruth I really got into a groove with the stealth-scrounging gameplay (which, importantly, I didn't think there was too much of). And, I don't mean to continually argue with you, but I'd like to respond to that other guy in the "Witcher 3 is terrible" thread about Bioshock's ending.

    I thought Infinite was a fine game generally, I just always thought the ending was kind of reaching. The whole >! Booker is Comstock thing made sense, but then they tried to pull the "he's still doing evil stuff in other dimensions" thing via tell don't show. Then, they tried to say that, by killing this one Booker from far after his baptism and thus choice at Wounded Knee, you would in effect be killing all of the Bookers and Comstocks in all of the infinite realities, and I checked out (admittedly, the credits rolled immediately after, so I suppose some kudos are due for ending on a bang).

    And if the ending killed it (him), then the DLC absolutely murdered that game's story for me. At the end of the first part Booker / Comstock 1, still exists, and 2, dies (?). And then Elizabeth is suddenly there, who also dies to set up the first game, which had no relevance to the plot of Infinite. Like, come on. That's just bad writing and navel-gazing. Especially since none of this makes any sense in the context of the original ending's logic.

  • @Haru17 Nah, I don't view it as arguing, you're free to make your points. I've never played the DLC for Infinite (will do so when the Collection releases) so I couldn't speak on that part but...

    You weren't just killing the Booker you were playing as. They were using the tears in reality to essentially time travel, you were going to the point where the baptism decision was made. Multi-verse theory shows us that for every potential decision that is made, a separate reality is created. So if you stop the decision from ever being made, you stop any further realities from existing. I thought they did an admirable job expressing a pretty heady idea, but I could definitely see why someone wouldn't enjoy it. I'm also the type of person that really enjoyed the movie, "What the Bleep do we Know?" so that would explain my interest, even if it's quantum-mechanics lite basically.

    Kinda strange how the first Bioshock is now just mostly regarded for its twist. I admit, it blew me out of the water when I first played it but now that I've digested it for years and years, it's lost a lot of impact. And that last boss? Whew, that game fell apart at the end.

  • @tokeeffe9 I'm bummed I forgot about SOMA, that was up there was one of my favorites last year. Agreed, absolutely perfect ending there. I actually stayed up until 6 am in the morning playing that with a friend. We were so invested and just needed to see how it ended. We sat there in silence, watching the credits. Then it was her slowly saying, "I need to go home and think about things," that made me appreciate the game even more.

  • @SabotageTheTruth I just don't get why,

    if we're playing as present-day, our-universe Booker, and literally seeing through his eyes in first person, drowning him would at all affect the other Comstocks and Elizabeths.

  • @Haru17

    I think it's meant to represent just the one pre-decision Booker, but you're right, it is a bit if disconnect. I honestly don't know how else they would represent that idea though. That's probably why things like the nosebleeds were stuffed in there, to show that both the player and Booker are unaware of when you've been swapped into another reality.

    Suspension of disbelief as well. Lots of things have plot holes in 'em if you look hard enough. I'm willing to look past Infinite's holes, you're not.

    That sounded mildly dirty.

  • @Brannox said in Best Endings:

    I agree with the Last of Us completely and while I enjoyed Bioshock Infinite, the ending was a bit, not necessarily good or bad, but left me in a state of.... uhhh... ooooookay?

    For me, here are my picks for endings that are "Best" for me:

    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

    The entire game was an homage to the series as a whole, but the entirety of Chapter 4 epitomized this. The feeling of nostalgia and appreciation for the franchise really hit home when playing as Cassie and when the photo was set down... That emotion of knowing that the book had been closed was one of deep satisfaction and sadness.

    Yes, yes, yes! And to add

    Spoiler People seem to lack any sort of ability to think critically towards what purposes characters serve within a plot, (another reason why Shakespeare should probably continue to be studied in high schools, but nevertheless) and for that reason I detest the often overwhelming animosity placed towards Nathan and Elena's child in the epilogue of this game.

    Spoiler I assume their actual disdain towards her is more telling of their own likely anti-social feelings towards children as opposed to what Naughty Dog actually did with her. She is barely characterized nor does she exist in the story long enough to provide enough grounds for dislike. She was a wonderful inclusion to the game because she as a character served as a tool for the player - especially long time fans who played Uncharted back in 2007 - to reminisce one final time on the 10 years we spent with the series. We aren't learning any profound information about this little girl. In fact, we learn very little about her - what she is, is what we put into her.

    Spoiler I spent almost 40 minutes just walking around the house and playing with the artifacts that I collected in Drake's Fortune, in my old room, in 2007, in middle school (I'm currently 21 finishing university). This epilogue is a walk through memory lane. Nothing made me feel more nostalgic than finishing the game playing Crash Bandicoot IN Uncharted 4 but then that was topped as the game fades out on the photo of Nate, Elena, and Scully on the Jeep from the first game.

    Spoiler Where does the time go? Great ending (And that is without even mentioning a sword fight climax).

  • Final Fantasy Tactics:

    After your group defeats ultima there believed dead by everyone they may actually be dead its not stated either way. the game then switches to delita now king of ivalice hes brought some flowers home to his wife who upon seeing him stabs him in a rage he kills her. then he falls to his knees looks up the the sjy and says "Ramza what did you get in all this "Ramza was the player character who saved the world but will be forgotten amung history while delita will be celebrated for centuries as a great hero .

    the ending always stuck with me and i consider it the best ending in the series as a whole

  • @SabotageTheTruth, I as well did not get into the trilogy until after it had been out a while and maybe the following statement is more suited for your Worst Endings thread, but...... ME 3 ending was FINE FOR ME. Sure it was somewhat anticlimactic and it isn't a great ending, but I didn't have, nor do I have, the vitriol that is EVERYWHERE. FYI, Middle option is best option. Just gonna throw that out there.

    @GoTaco I would like to echo your message: Yes, yes, yes and with my own HELL YES attributed to it. And not to cross post topics: UC 4: GOTY so far (for me).

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    Make sure to spoiler when it's needed guys. I've updated a post to include it correctly.
    To use spoilers, start a new paragraph, click on the eye icon and replace the word 'spoiler' with whatever it is you're spoiling.

    You have to start on a new paragraph, otherwise it won't hide the text.

    E.g. - I've put in the single quotes to show what it looks like. If I remove the quotes, it will hide the text.
    '>! This is a spoiler'

  • @FF7Cloud One of the best games of all time, hands down.

  • Uncharted 4's ending is probably the best I've seen recently. I think its a perfect send off for the series, even though I was pretty sad to see it end for good.

    Totally agree with TLOU also.. though I think Shadow of the Colossus might be my favorite of all time.

    I also really love most of the Zelda endings, though Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess might be my favorites of the series

  • @Faaip No doubt!

    Twilight Princess had an amazing sequence of boss fights and cutscenes, ending on the perfect bittersweet note of Midna running up the stairs to the portal as the music swells.

    Majora's Mask had a great ending as well. It contextualizes the usual, garish "rainbow element puzzle rush" of Ganon's Tower into one suitably trippy locale. It was really cool to have the tension of the final six hours fade into an uneasy peace: just great pacing work. Plus, nothing (outside of an anime) had looked like this before:

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  • Phantasy Star II
    Elevator Action Returns
    Sunset Riders

  • @tokeeffe9 said in Best Endings:

    Make sure to spoiler when it's needed guys. I've updated a post to include it correctly.
    To use spoilers, start a new paragraph, click on the eye icon and replace the word 'spoiler' with whatever it is you're spoiling.

    You have to start on a new paragraph, otherwise it won't hide the text.

    I don't fully understand. When I replace the highlighted "spoiler" text with what I want to hide, it does in fact work, but when I start on a new paragraph it doesn't hide what is under. I had to re-edit my post for that reason, I had paragraphs.

    ALSO, does the 3 year rule kinda apply around here or are we strictly on courtesy policy?

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    @GoTaco I've updated my previous post to show an example. Hopefully that explains it better.

    Also we don't have any strict rules but I'd be more on the courtesy side of things. This thread is specifically on endings so it's always best to spoil everything.

    The great thing with games too is we are able to go back and play them or get remasters of them. Even in the last year I've beaten the likes of FF9. Suikoden, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid and ALTTP and I was glad I wasn't spoiled on any of those.

  • @SabotageTheTruth I had no problems with that ending, I played the games end to end over the years. I never got the hatred of it.

    I found SOMA's ending interesting mainly because of the overall concept of the game has been explored elsewhere a lot lately. Part of the fiction zeitgeist, I suppose.

    And now for the Syndrome! You can go back as far as 'The Prestige' to see some of that philosophical though of the self and which one is the real "you" in action. Not only from the perspective of Angier, but the Borden's and their double lives. It's not the first, but it has always stuck with me.