Recently I made a “Top 10 Most Disappointing Endings” article that was very popular, so I thought it was time to tackle the other half of the spectrum. Video Games have the tendency to tell incredibly fascinating and wonderful narratives with three-dimensional characters that the player comes to be connected with. It’s tying up the events in a little bow that can be difficult for some games. So here I am going to pay homage to the guys who were able to tie up a game in a satisfying way in my Top 10 Video Game Endings of All Time.
Disclaimer: This article reflects the opinion of Chadley. So yes, it’s biased. Sorry if that ruins your day. If there’s an ending not in here you think should have been, yell at me in the comments.
10. Knights Of The Round
This one I had to throw in because the ending is so nonsensical. The entire point of the game is to defeat the evil Garibaldi and gain the Holy Grail (which is a big deal cause it’s the source of God’s power on earth) but once the grail is actually recovered, Merlin doesn’t even seem that stoked about it. He just kinda looks at it and says “ah, the holy grail” as if what was the baked beans he was searching for in a super market. Either way, Arthur, Percival and Lancelot are congratulated on the find and the game recounts your struggle. Pretty damn cool.
9. Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns Of The Patriots
A lot of people will disagree with me on this one, but I found the ending to this game actually quite satisfactory. There were a few plot holes and maybe the game’s story was a bit overly complicated but the final confrontation between Solid Snake and his father Big Boss was completely necessary and really tied everything up for me. The entire series we had heard about the battle between the two in Outer Haven, but for the first time since the NES, Snake and Big Boss were once again face to face. The ending was long and wordy and that’s just how I like it.
8. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
This ending is especially fascinating because according to Nintendo, this ending is what split the Zelda timeline in three. The timeline where Link was defeated by Ganon, the timeline where Link returned to Hyrule as a young boy and traveled to Termina and the timeline where Link was hailed as the Hero of Time. The game’s final fight with Ganon is short but satisfying and the final confrontation with Zelda after the credits is freaking adorable. You can’t even say that it’s not.
7. Red Dead Redemption
Bold move Rockstar. Bold move. Rockstar is well known for making bold moves in their video games (See Grand Theft Auto) and at the end of Red Dead Redemption, they had the audacity to kill off the main character of the game. This scene was dripping with emotion and a melancholy atmosphere. The player has been with James Marston for the lengthy duration of the game (upward of 25 hours) and seeing the character we have come to root for get blasted away was really emotional and gripping. The purpose for his sacrifice is what makes the whole thing worth it.
6. Chrono Trigger
So why is the Chrono Trigger ending so great? Well here’s why. after about 5 hours of the game, the final boss can be challenged at any time. The way the game ends depends on when you decide to take on Lavos and defeat him. To be fair, he’s hard to beat at those times unless you’re using New Game + but damn, each and everyone of the endings is satisfactory. That being said, the ending at the very end of the game is the best one and shows Crono returning to the final day of the fair and even triggers a new adventure in time. Although a proper sequel was never made, it’s nice to think that maybe someday we’ll return to Crono and the gang for their next adventure. Maybe someday.
There are a lot of reasons that I love the Portal ending. There’s the excellent final battle between Chell and GlaD0s, the glimpse of the outside world, the peek into Aperture Science proving that there is indeed cake and the cake is in fact NOT a lie, but the most gripping and excellent part of the ending is the song that GlaD0s sings to you. The song “Still Alive” not only hints at a foreseeable sequel (Which was eventually released and is INCREDIBLE) but it’s just so damn catchy. Every time I hear it, it gets stuck in my head for days. Damn you ear worm. Damn you.
4. Super Metroid
The Super Metroid ending is about as blissful as a game’s ending could get in 1994. In the final battle between Samus and Mother Brain, the last remaining metroid comes fleeting to the rescue, attacks Mother Brain, heals Samus and sacrifices itself. Maybe the metroid was just utilizing it’s protective motherly instincts or maybe the metroid saw the evil within Mother Brain. These questions will remain unanswered. Another really cool thing is that after the final fight, you have to escape Planet Zebes before it explodes. And it does. And it’s awesome.
3. Bioshock Infinite
Unlike the first two Bioshock games, the third installment in the series had a final moment plot twist that had me questioning the entirety of the game. The game gets really funky after the final battle and after Comstock’s untimely death, you begin to warp between parallel universes (including the universe where Rapture was created) and you find out the gripping truth that DeWitt is the younger version of a universe hopping Comstock. Mind. Blown. Well done Bioshock team. I was shocked (pun intended)
2. Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater
This should be no surprise. This game ends with an exciting and unforeseeable plot twist that leaves Big Boss jaded and heart broken. After losing the only ounce of trust he had for humanity and his former mentor, Big Boss gracefully accepts his fate and pays his respect to the people who fought and died for the cause. Big Boss is praised for his defeat of The Boss and the look in his eyes as he is accepting his medals really showcases his true anguish and worldly frustrations. If you play any game to the very end, make it this one.
1. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker’s ending is particularly satisfying because I actually don’t know very many people who have made it to the end. The difficulty of the Triforce Quest makes the ending that much sweeter. But the real reason that this ending is my number one video game ending of all time is because of shock. The shock of seeing cute cartoony Wind Waker Link hurdle the Master Sword into Ganondorf’s face. The first time I saw it, I was taken back. Like, this is not an E rated event. It’s so shocking but also so incredibly satisfying. The game then takes the protagonists back to the surface of The Great Sea where Zelda continues her days as a pirate and Link sets off on a new adventure. Well done Nintendo. Well done.
Like I said in the disclaimer, maybe there’s an excellent ending I’m missing. It could be because I didn’t think it lived up to grace of the Knights Of The Round ending OR maybe I’ve never played the game. Guys, I love a good recommendation. Leave a comment below and I will for sure take your advice.
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