10 Horrible Game Endings
So I’ve been playing through Red Dead Redemption again recently, and that got me thinking about what the best game endings ever are. But f–k being positive; I wanna say some s–t about some games, and so I’ve put together a list of games with horrible endings. I’ve even got videos to go along with them, because who gives a damn about spoiling these terrible endings? Not me!
This list is not definitive, and so these may not be the absolute worst endings of all time. But each of these did make me angry or sad, and so they deserve to be called out.
1. Knights of the Old Republic 2
2. Rainbow 6: Vegas
You fight through legions of terrorist for hours only to arrive at the end and be told the princess is in another castle. Nothing says “We ran out of money” like a game that ends before you fight the villain.
3. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
I actually dug the endings of the first two games because I was intrigued by the mystery, but by the end of Brotherhood, where it was made absolutely clear that the folks at Ubisoft intend to draw this nonsense out forever, I was f–king pissed. Rather than shed some light on the mystery, this ending just attempts to add more mystery, and it succeeded only at make me no longer care about any of this stupidity.
4. Metal Gear Solid 4
There’s only so much retconning I can take, and this ending certainly exceeds that limit. The whole ending is basically one big retcon of the entire franchise, and by the time it was over I was puking all over my living room.
5. The 3rd Birthday
I actually really like this one, but boy is it awful. Nevermind that it’s a 20 minute cutscene on PSP, which should never, ever happen — it just doesn’t make any sense at all, in the kind of way you could only hope for in a Japanese game.
6. Crackdown 2
At the end of Crackdown, you learn that the Agency, who you work for, is actually evil and stuff. So in Crackdown 2, you work for the Agency again, and again it has a twist ending where you learn, GASP, that the Agency is evil and stuff. I’m totally serious.
7. Indigo Prophecy
I’ve never seen a game go utterly downhill the way Indigo Prophecy does. It’s, like, kind of intriguing, and then there’s ice everywhere and hours of quicktime events, and then and ending I still don’t understand. Seriously, what just happened?
8. Final Fantasy XIII
All I remember about this ending is that all the characters act all chummy as if they didn’t just go through the lamest adventure of all time. God, I hate myself for finishing this game.
My beef isn’t with the ending itself so much as the final boss, which was so stupid that it went a long way toward ruining all the goodwill the rest of the game had built up. BioShock was an amazing experience… until you discover the final boss is just some ‘roided up mad man who carries no interesting subtext.
Oblivion pissed me off in general because the main plot was so damn urgent that I would ignore the actually cool stuff in the game (ie everything aside from the main plot) in order to finish it. And boy did that not pay off at all.