Have you ever been playing a game and thought “Oh man this game is so awesome” and then you see the ending and you’re really bummed out by how poorly they tied the events together? Me too buddy. I feel ya. So this is my top 10 most disappointing endings of all time in video games. Now let me be clear, this is not the WORST endings of all time (Trust me, there are much worse than these) they are bad endings to good games, thus making the ending itself disappointing. Not the game.
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10. Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening
Guess what? It’s a fucking dream. Moving on.
9. The Unfinished Swan
There are quite a few reasons why this ending sticks out in my head, but first and foremost it comes too quickly. Unfinished is right, this game only spans about 2 hours of gameplay. The game is spread into 3 chapters which are so short that the credits roll during the third chapter. At the end of the game, the king wakes up from a dream and accepts that his kingdom is falling and gives you a little story about how he got to be king. Spoiler: I don’t care.
8. Cthulhu Saves The World
Cthulhu Saves The World is an excellent RPG that you can pick up on Xbox Live or on Steam. It’s an excellent tip of the hat to old school RPGs like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy I & II, but the ending is an atrocious mess. You fight the creator of the universe (Seen above) and then Cthulhu regains his powers and uses them for good and brings the girl along with him to stay at his side forever. To be fair, any ending that doesn’t involved Cthulhu taking over the world wasn’t cutting it for me.
7. Metal Gear Rising: Reveangence
MGR was a huge departure for the Metal Gear series, and unlike most hardcore Metal Gear fans, I loved it. The game’s difficulty was frustrating but satisfying, and the story developed well, although some Otacon would have been nice. Then you get to the cookie-cutter BS ending where they open up an agency to find work for cyborgs. All loose ties tied up right there guys. You don’t actually see Raiden again until after the credits where he claims he’s doing some solo work. Overall, this ending just kind of blew and was cheesy. A hint at another MGR game would have been kind of cool, but nope. Nope. Not even a little.
6. Star Fox Assault
This game’s ending shows a lot of sacrifice from characters such as Peppy, ROB and the Wolf team and although it’s pretty sad to see these characters die, Nintendo had an answer for that one. It was a JUST KIDDING kind of ending where all the characters you thought were dead come back and are like “Nope, we survived.” Even as a young kid, I was really confused. I saw Peppy die. I saw him explode. Dead. But nope. Nope. Not even a little.
5. Metroid Other M
Yeah, I liked this game. Shut-up about it. Who cares? You know what I didn’t like though? The story. Samus becomes this whiny under-confident girl who falls madly in love with her former commander and it just really sucks out all the bad-assery that the Prime series worked so hard on. The ending is particularly bad due to the presence of ZERO SUIT SAMUS. I need to know, why is that a thing? Is it because they made her unnecessarily hot? Well After defeating Phantoon, you find Adam’s helmet and you find out he died trying to save Samus. Boo-hoo sob story. Like, did they even try?
4. Batman Arkham Asylum
Near the end of making Batman Arkham Asylum, I can only assume that developers ran out of clever ways to showcase The Joker as a villain so they pump him up with Titan and turn him into this mammoth creature that’s super lame and not fun to fight. The worst part about it is that you spend most the fight fighting people who AREN’T The Joker. If you’re gonna massacre this classic character, for god sake at least have him actually fight.
3. Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed III was far from the best game of the series, but it also wasn’t a terrible game… until the ending. The entire game, you are working hard to prevent the end of the world and what happens at the end of the game? The world ends.Then what was the point of this entire game? There wasn’t one! You could have not done a single thing and the outcome would have been the EXACT SAME. I have yet to play Black Flag but they better have a damn good explanation for this shit.
2. Final Fantasy VIII
The Final Fantasy VIII ending is disappointing for a few reasons. Not only is this one of the best games I’ve ever played, but it’s also 60+ hours. Good lord that’s ungodly but then you get to the ending and it’s a “happily ever after” ending where Squall and Rinoa start dating and kiss on a balcony and something happens with Selphie and Irvine and blah blah blah but one part of this ending made me flip a table. Seifer, one of the most bad ass Final Fantasy villains in existence becomes a jovial fisherman. Like… WHAT THE FUCK!? He legitimately tried to destroy the world like one day earlier, now he’s chummin it up with his homies at the ol’ fishing hole? Did they not understand how stupid that is?
1. Mass Effect 3
Did you see that one coming? I’d be surprised if you didn’t. The ending to Mass Effect 3 caused an uproar when the game was released. Not only was there only 1 ending to a multiple timeline game, but the ending was ridiculous. A lot of people back this arguement up with “Oh they released DLC that fixed the ending” and to that I say: YOU SHOULDN’T NEED TO DO THAT! JUST DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! Mass Effect is arguably one of the best series of all time and they went out with a bang. A bang of bullshit. The game ends with Shepard destroying everyone and everything. Much like Assassin’s Creed III, it was the objective of the game to prevent this from happening. Then what was the point? Why not let the universe just erase itself and enjoy your last days of existence?
So there’s a lot of bad endings out there and like I said, these are only bad endings to good games. There’s so many worse video game endings out there and I will continue my voyage through video game libraries to find the worst of it.
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