10 Games In Which Everyone Should Have Died At the End

Not many game end with main characters/player characters dying at the end. And, sometimes, when it does happen, everybody gets all pissed off about it (like Fallout 3). But some games would be massively improved if the protagonist(s)/everyone just ended up dead once all is said and done. And here are a few of them.

10. Left 4 Dead

In The Sacrifice, one of the four player characters has to give up his life for the others. Now, imagine if you reached the end of Blood Harvest and you’re fighting off the horde waiting for the APC and you hear over the radio that it has crashed and won’t be able to get to you. Meanwhile, a half dozen Tanks and several other special infected show up, posing an insurmountable challenge. The four survivors will each eventually fall, and then you discover that’s how the game ends. That would have been amazing.

9. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2009

Many “core” gamers haven’t played these games, so here’s the skinny for the Cabela’s virgins. The Dangerous Hunts games have story modes in which you roam around various areas hunting various animals, and then each area usually concludes with you battling some sort of awesome predator like a tiger. the 2009 edition takes a really hilarious turn in which you, at the end of the game, kill the bear who killed your father. My alternate ending has the bear fatally wound you before you shoot him in the head with your pistol, Modern Warfare-style. And then you f**king die.

8. Driver: San Francisco

OK, newsflash: this game isn’t out yet and so we don’t know how it actually ends. But the whole story is about a guy in a coma possessing cars and s**t with his mind, and there’s really no way for this to end other than with you trying to keep the bad guys from pulling the plug on you. They totally do pull the plug, and then a countdown time pops up showing how much time you have to live, and you use those last moments to ramp off a parking garage into your hotel room, killing the bad guys and destroying your own body. Yes, Ubisoft, I will rewrite this game for you, if you want.

7. Halo 3

Do I really even need to explain this one?

6. Lost: Via Domus

The game’s story ends some time during season three of the show, with the main character — who is not in the show, I should point out — getting on a boat to escape the island only to be swallowed up by a bright light. When the light subsides, hes back on the beach on the day of the crash, and his dead girlfriend is there with him. This ending makes no sense within the context of the story and it makes no sense within the context of Lost. So everyone should have just died.

5. Tie Fighter

The story contained within the Tie Fighter Collector’s CD-ROM, which includes the two campaign expansions after the main campaign, ends just before the Battle of Endor. You cant even believe how pissed I was as a kid when I reached the end of that 12th tour and have the Emperor talk about how we’re totally about to f**king crush the Rebels at Endor only for there not to be any more game left. Lawrence Holland really should have let you fight at Endor for 30 minutes and then die in a cutscene.

4. Fallout 3

I liked it better when you died at the end.

3. Super Mario Land

Most old video games were sisyphean in nature because they involved you fighting wave after wave of enemies that would eventually kill you no matter how good you are at the game. Super Mario Bros. was different because it had an end, but the whole “our princess is in another castle” thing was very sisyphean in its own right. Super Mario Land is just as sisyphean, and it adds a f**ked up Lynchian layer. You battle your way through each world, and there before you is Princess Daisy. But as you approach she morphs into some evil creature and bounces off. And this happens three times. The game should have ended with the princess morphing into a creature one time too many for Mario to handle, causing him to kill himself because he’s gone insane.

2. Every Metal Gear Solid Game

For a franchise that is so wrought with absurd and hilarious melodrama, it seems rather odd that main characters hardly ever die. Even Mr. S**tpants survives the entire franchise, for Christ’s sake. Raiden sacrifices himself by getting crushed by a huge warship in 4 in an amazingly over-the-top death scene, except it turns out he’s not dead. Liquid Snake dies in the first game but makes it all the way to the end of 4 because his arm is implanted on Revolver Ocelot and that allows him to possess Ocelot. Action melodrama requires actual meaningful character deaths, Kojima.

1. Final Fantasy XIII

No aspect of this game makes any sense, and I spent 75 hours wallowing in that nonsense, my hate for each and every character growing steadily the entire time. And then I get to the end and watch the completely baffling final cutscene in which none of the main characters die. If ever there was a game in which all the characters deserve death, it’s this one. The game should have ended with both Cocoon and Eden f**king exploding.

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8 Comments on 10 Games In Which Everyone Should Have Died At the End

corpse

On October 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

that would be all Final Fantasy games, AND WHAT IS UP WITH THIS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER BAR ON THE LEFT!! are you serious you guys join up with the 2 worst social communities in the world? aww come on I thought File Front was better than that, you guys piss me off every day I bet you enjoy it too.

omfg

On October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

that spoiler right at the beginning ;(

uh

On October 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Vanille and Fang die in the end of FF13 fyi.

ancalagon1985

On October 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

if you actualy played mgs 4 you would have known ocelot was faking the whole liquid snake taking over him thing. liquid actualy did die in the first one

anon

On October 26, 2010 at 2:35 am

ancalagon1985 hit the nail on the head.

However, I agree that Raiden should have been dead and they should have let Snake off himself. It would have been a fitting end considering all the sacrifices he made along the way.

tom

On October 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Not only is this poorly written garbage, much of it isn’t even actually correct.

windyangel

On October 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

um, with the last one, FFXIII? It just looks like YOU hated it and that’s why you wanted all the characters die, if that’s not it try explaining how would “characters all dead” ending would improve the story! And plus, Vanile and Fang sort of died, sort of.

jms489

On October 28, 2010 at 2:20 am

I quite agree with your Left 4 Dead opinion. well, at least most of the zombie movies choose sort of ‘all dead’ endings.
But I can’t agree with your Halo and FF13 thing.
For halo, I thought the hidden ending(Shield World or something) was damn cool. And that exactly matches with the ‘SPARTANS don’t die’ motto. but still, I understand your feeling.
FF13? maybe you never spent time reading the background stories. And I dont think you ever played it anyway. Your opinion about FF13 makes no sense whatsoever.