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Top 5 Best Endings Of The Generation

A few quick notes: first, this article is spoiler-free. I'm not giving away anything. Secondly, I obviously haven't played and completed every game in existence, so this can only be based on my experience. Therefore, as if it needed an explanation (but God forbid if it got on N4G, it might), this isn't definitive fact. It's just an opinion. We're still allowed to have those, aren't we?

Anyway, here we go-

5. Bioshock 2

I'd like to first mention a caveat to this listing: this only cracks into my top 5 because I got the special ending by saving all the Little Sisters. This isn't the longest, most dramatic, or clearest culmination of the generation but for some reason, it really resonated with me. I really liked the twist at the end, where you actually sort of "play" the semi-emotional climax, and the story was pretty darn good. I still liked the story a bit more in the original Bioshock but for some reason, the sequel's ending felt more fulfilling. Oh, and without the special ending, I might have to give the #5 position to Assassin's Creed II.

4. Red Dead Redemption

Some will argue this "ending" wasn't much of anything. But I adored the timing and simplistic presentation. You see the credits at exactly the right moment after completing your final task, and you get this feeling of, "yeah, now I'm done." It's just so perfect for the game's atmosphere and style. The abruptness and straightforward drama of that final encounter really sums up the whole thing quite nicely. You sort of reflect on everything that has happened; the entire story runs through your head right at the climactic moment. It's not easy to do that from a story/plot standpoint, you know.

3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

In retrospect, there really isn't anything overly special about this ending but, just like the rest of this production, it was just so professional and polished. I mean, I've seen it a few times and I know I will always laugh hard at that last bit of banter between Elena and Nate. "Clowns." HA! Like with RDR, it fits flawlessly; it's exactly the right way to end things. In fact, it's not completely unlike how a movie might end, which isn't exactly surprising, considering Uncharted 2 is the closest I've ever come to playing an action movie on my screen.

2. Final Fantasy XIII

Say what you want about the start of the game and the fact that it probably doesn't qualify as an RPG, but in typical FF style, it all ended beautifully. Coupled with that signature Final Fantasy CGI brilliance, one watched the entire climax with a small smile of appreciation and understanding. As is the case with many titles in the series, it doesn't quite tie up every loose end, but we've come to expect this from Final Fantasy, right? For the record, I still say FFVIII has the best ending in the series and possibly the best ending of all time. But FFXIII's finale is well worth experiencing.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Yeah, it was too long and drawn-out, and it was a little overdone like the rest of the game's story. Kojima is indeed a genius but he has yet to understand when to end a scene. Even so, this is the best ending of the generation, IMO; it's only fitting that it closes one of the best storylines of the past five years. For some reason, I especially liked to see how Meryl turned out. There's a lot to love about this climax; it's wonderfully satisfying in just about every way. I think MGS3 has the best ending in the series but this one was close...nothing beats a feeling of immense accomplishment after finishing an epic saga.

7/30/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (152 posts)

Riku994
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:32:07 PM
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Thank you for not including God of War 3. Worst ending since Prince of Persia.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:59:33 PM

I didn't think the ending was that bad, really.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:11:21 PM

It wasn't that bad, but it definitely was a bone of contention.

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Riku994
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:12:10 PM

I just thought the ending was extremely cheesy, and I saw it coming about an hour before it happened.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:02:06 AM

Makes me wonder what that ending that they never made was all about.

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Crabba
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:41:58 AM

Now that you mention it, you're right! That was a really annoying ending! First that seemingly endless last fight which went on and on and on, throught it would never end, oh and I think I was beating his head in for like 10 minutes before I realized the only way to continue was to stop beating him to a pulp (now THAT was very annoying too) and that entire super ugly lava-thing just seemed completely out of place and looked so horrible compared to the rest of the game I have no idea who thought that was a good idea... it's like they said 'ok we have to end the game now, and we only have one week left until our deadline, so lets just get it over with and do that lava thing'.

And that's coming from someone who thought GoW3 was actually an awesome game for 99.9% of the game, except that VERY end of the game, VERY unfortunate!

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Oxvial
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 5:25:33 AM

The ending wasn't bad, BUT why end the Kratos history in that way? hes one of the Sony faces in the Ps2/Psp/Ps3 era, such a shame for him and his fans.

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Zorigo
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 7:14:08 AM

I actually thought it was pretty good, the whole going through the river of blood and then that final fight with zeus as a ghost. yeah what we saw after the credits was cheap a bit, but what kratos did with the sword (hope theres not any spoilers) he should have done, after basically f*cking up the ENTIRE planet. Biggest anti-hero ever.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 7:21:16 AM

I liked the ending you kinda figured that was gonna happenn. Anybody who doesn't understand it has apparently not played the 1st 2 or three depends how you look at it.

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:36:06 PM
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didn't read anything. didn't play anything except BS2 and MGS

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Oxvial
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:51:31 PM
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FFXIII ending didn't do the trick for me, but well I blame all the bunch of uncharismatic characters the game has.

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Scarecrow
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:52:59 PM

Amen

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:45:54 AM

seriously, its hard to like FF8's ending when the story itself was pretty ho hum, very uncharismatic characters on the game

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:11:53 PM
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You forgot the ending to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King! :O

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:15:39 PM

can WOW even be considered current gen?

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Sunni_Boi
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:14:12 PM
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Metal gear and Uncharted 2 did have nice endings but I have not played the other 3 so I cant say anything about them. I actually just beat Metal Gear the other day for the 1st time, the ending was super long, i believe all together it was lyk probably an hour lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:15:15 PM
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The only two of those I've finished are Uncharted 2 and FFXIII. I would also add inFamous because of the huge shocking twist, Dragon Age for being the best ending for a wide open RPG that actually wraps things up and doesn't gloss over all your hard-thought decisions (Lookin at you Fallout 3), and Dante's Inferno for its memorable "transitional" moment and unexpected continuance.

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:15:33 PM
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There has been no other game ending that has connected me to a game in a profound way other than MGS4. In my opinion, it's the best game of this generation.

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:27:24 PM
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this article is like crack, I know it's bad but I cant keep away ................. are there any spoilers ????

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:28:17 PM

Just read the first paragraph. Apparently it's spoiler free. phew

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kokoro
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:29:44 PM
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I have a question [Keep in mind that I still haven't played final fantasy 13]. What is the general concensus about 13's story. Did it feel dry and vapid, akin to 12, or was it more immersive,akin to the final fantasys of the playstation 1 era?

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Temjin001
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:42:40 PM

Kokoro? DOA4 fan?

I'm not a FF heavy weight, but I felt FFXII's story was spread out a little thin. Through much of the game I wanted more dialogue and a greater sense of purpose from a few of the characters. I did, however, enjoy it's ending.
From what I've played of FFXIII ( I've made it into Gran Pulse) the story is very involved, more-so than it's predecessor. The character's ambitions and sense of purpose were very defined.

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:46:10 PM

DOA is the best fighting franchise out there IMHO

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:27:47 PM

I think it tries to be immersive like the older FFs and in some ways, it's succeeds. But I'm not as big a fan of the characters; I actually like Fang the best and she's not even the protagonist.

It depends on how you look at it. Personally, I liked FFXIII's story more but that's because I didn't much like the politics in FFXII.

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Scarecrow
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:31:00 PM

FFXII's story was mature and more direct.

I know everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But FFXII gets some hate just because it didn't focus on having some damsel in distress. Instead the damsel turned out to the kick ass person in the team.

I liked the fact that it dealt more with world politics and a sense a greater sense of actually caring 'bout the world than too much of the personal 'whinery' of other FFs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:39:30 PM

As an FF veteran, I found the story in XIII to be darn good. However, despite the fact that they drop you right into it and it feels confusing for a bit, it has the intensity, but none of the twists, turns, and sub-stories within.

You know who the bad guy is very early on, your guys want to get him, aside from some personal problems with each character it's basically a start to finish, A to B, walk in a straight line game.

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Akuma07
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:36:57 AM

Ive played nearly all the FFs, and out of all of them, FFXIII has been the hardest story to understand at first.

It does a really bad job of explaining whats going on, so its kinda confusing, but when it does explain things, it is pretty good.

And come on guys, asif Snow isnt badass XD

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 5:04:33 AM

I completely agree with what Temjin001 said. the problem with FFXII is that the story and character were very minute. This is why i enjoyed FFXIII much more. The story was more character driven and the characters themselves were well developed and all very different. If i were to note a flaw with XIII's story is that it lacked an interesting villans. While in previous FF games you would have one prominant one and then other minor ones. For instance Jenova, Sephiroth and then shinra so Rufus, Scarlet, Heidegger, Hojo.

Even though XII's story was more political it does not defend how slow the story is to progress. the only time anything really eventful happened is when the judges appeared. In previous FF games when you reach a new town an event would happen (For instance, FFX when you travel on the Shoopuff, what seemd like a normal even turned into peril when the Albhed kidnap Yuna, or on FFVIII how the start of the Garden battle begins.)

Balthier was the only one who really got some strong back story in my opinion. And i have nothing bad to say about him at all. He's the only reason i carried on to complete the game.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:51:37 AM

ive said it before, but FF13 is one of the only FF games that i know for a 100% that i will NEVER replay. Good game but its like a damn chore playing it, wasn't even tempted to continue to hunt some of the strongest monsters.

The story is decent, but it needs to be great to make me wanna put up with its gameplay again. 12 had much better gameplay imo and had weapons and gear you actually could get excited about using

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Danny007
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:32:58 PM
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Heavy Rain must be number 6 then? It has to be.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:10:36 PM

Which ending?

lol...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:42:36 PM

that's what I was thinking Quark, I've only seen one to far (on my second play now) and I don't even know how it works. It seemed like the "ending" was actually a patchwork of endings based on how each character went. I got the happiest one possible the first time and while good and warm and fuzzy, it didn't blow me away or anything.

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:34:21 PM
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although the game was utterly crap but the ending was as twisty as a M. Shyamalan movie. yes I'm talking about Silent hill

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:44:00 PM

Arg, I'm stuck in that game. That's the worst thing about Survival Horror, if you run out of health stuff and they toss tons of bad guys at you and your save has you with just a little life you are kinda ruined.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:16:02 AM

Yeah i know . been there I even started it all over. Hate to leave loose endings

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:22:15 AM

It's the bloody hammer-head split-head walking things. I've learned the knife is best, but with that fighting mechanic when 3 gang up on you you are pretty much done for.

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mike rlz
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:36:04 PM
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I agree with ben, I had more fun playing VII, but enjoyed the story that came with VIII more.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:45:54 PM

VII, while my favorite RPG experience of all time, actually had a horrible ending. They didn't even show what happened to the characters. It kind of looked like they all might have died, it kind of looked like everything was okay, but there was no indication of what happened except Red was alive a long time later.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:09:45 AM

FF7 **SPOILER WARNING**

I felt that ff7 was all about them saving the planet from being raped by the evil corporation. You learn about the characters along the way, but I felt the ending was more giving us the fact that life continued and they did what they set out to do.

(shrug) I liked its ending.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:55:32 AM

I'm in between. I liked it, like kraygen, but I did feel a little lost with little to no character resolution.

Still, I say it's the best RPG of all time.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:55:15 AM

i felt like FF9 had the better ending out of the ps1 era FF games. It wrapped up things pretty good

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Temjin001
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:38:25 PM
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I haven't played all of Ben's picks, but of the games I've played through to completion I would have to list these as my fav picks for this gen.

In no special order...

Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time: A great way to wrap up a great series. I'm somewhat surprised that this one didn't crack Ben's Top 5. I liked Uncharted 2's ending, but I thought R&C's topped it. I

Darksiders: A great way to both end a game and make you excited for it's sequel.

MGS4: Similar to Ratchet in the sense that it mostly wraps up a long running saga of iconic games. (and yes, I preferred MGS3's ending, though I enjoyed both)

I anticipate good endings from Mass Effect and FFXIII. Two games I haven't completed as of yet.



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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:20:58 AM

Brother Temjin, I was about to submit my comment mentioning Ratchet, but saw you already did that for me!

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Ultimate_Balla
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:47:01 PM
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MGS4! Yo. I just sat alone in the darkness for a while after I finished it. The awesomeness left my brain in a critical state. . .

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Snaaaake
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:47:52 PM
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UC2's ending is just average.

MGS4's ending is the undisputed number one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:48:16 PM
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That was fun, now let's do top 5 poopers:

5.) Bayonetta
4.) Nariko
3.) Vanille
2.) Madison Page
1.) Chloe Frazer

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 10:57:56 PM

5) Dom
4) Ninja Raiden
3) Zack (infamous)
2) Nero
1) Athena

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:29:58 PM

5. Meryl
4. Nariko
3. Madison
2. Bayonetta
1. Chloe

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Scarecrow
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:32:29 PM

Meryl....what was she thinking?

Even Snake groaned at what she did towards the end, he was like *facepalm* and just looked away through most of it lol.....

Anyway...definitely Meryl -_-

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:40:35 PM

Still haven't gotten to MGS4, but I will :)~

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:15:23 AM

LOL, when you said "top 5 poopers", i thought meant worst endings! Then, I read your list, and particularly Ben's with Bayonetta and Chloe in there, and I was like, oh, he still is talking about ends... best rear ends!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:19:26 AM

lol, sorry for the confusion Shams. Best rear ends would have been a more shall we say... delicate way to put it.

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gangan19
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:40:20 AM

I loved every part of MGS4's ending, i almost cried. not at the wedding though

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TEG3SH
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:10:25 AM

yeah, i thought poopers as party poopers. tricked me world .lol

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:10:06 PM
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Valkyria Chronicles should be on the list, imo. All of the cinematics in that game were outstanding, and the ending really wrapped everything up well. It was very satisfying to watch and made me feel like i actually accomplished something throughout the course of the game.

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King James
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:16:51 PM

I knew I was forgetting something. Valkyria Chronicles was AWESOME!!!

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godsman
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:17:30 PM

I was just about to write that. It had strong character development and it has a lengthy story, enough to make an animation series out of.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:28:11 PM

Never finished VC.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:47:01 PM

I haven't finished it either.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:11:07 AM

Blasphemy! It was great!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:53:50 AM

I didn't fall in love with it like other people did.

A friend of mine has already beaten in twice, though. It's one of those games that if it gets you, you'll love it forever...and while I know it's fantastic, it didn't quite "get" me.

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:49:33 AM

i played and finished it. i love that game and its story. i couldnt get enough of it, even though i hated the demo, but i still bought it. Then i heard that an anime version was coming out. watched it. all i can say is if you like valkyria chronicles, stay away from the anime.

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:18:56 AM

You should really give it another shot, Ben. Its one of my favorite games this generation. Even if the gameplay doesnt mesh with you that well the story is worth toughing it out.

I've gone through the story 3 times by now and i have almost all of the medals. I am going to finish it up later this summer if i time time in my gaming schedule.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:26:19 AM

I really don't need to give it another shot. If a game isn't going to grab me after a good eight hours, it's not going to grab me. :)

But like I said, it's definitely one of the PS3's best titles.

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:38:34 AM

I suppose thats true. No matter how much i love it, not every game is meant for everyone.

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King James
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:15:26 PM
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MSG4 was great. FF13 left me filling like I wasted my time. Uncharted 2 was great overall. The ending was not great but still good. Its overall story was paced so well, I can't knock the ending. RDR ending was meh. Love the game though. And I haven't played Bioshock 2 yet. Ironically, I platinuming Bioshock 1 right now :)

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:51:04 AM

if final fantasy XIII had a cutscene viewer, i would be somewhat satisfied because i want to see the story again but definitely dont want to play through that again.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:59:05 AM

i just posted that exact same thing john, story is good and the cut scenes are great, but id never play it again

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godsman
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:20:33 PM
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Infamous has a nice ending too. It didn't have high tech CGI cutscenes, but considering it has two different endings, both delivered really well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:28:35 PM

I was considering inFamous. I really liked the ending but it was almost TOO out of left field.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:48:03 PM

It has two endings? I stopped playing my Evil side because I heard it still had the same ending no matter what path you pick?

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:52:37 AM

only the last decision affects which ending you get. would you save the world or choose power. its that kind of choice. all the other choices were mainly for how the people would view you when you walk around the city.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:16:38 AM

Good to know.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 5:01:23 AM

correction, it does have the same core ending, so no more than one major twist in the game. He does have something different to say after the ending credits. If you chose the evil path, the city looks pretty bleak, sky always stays red

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sunspider13
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:23:26 PM
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Only have played U2 and MGS4 from that list and i do agree that the ending for U2 was kinda of like a movie ending. It was cool. MGS4 on the other hand was not only a long ending but a mind trip as well.

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:54:20 AM

i also want to say that uncharted 2's ending is like a hollywood movie ending but i dont really want to compare uncharted 2 greatness to hollywood crapfest.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:30:53 PM
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For the record, I was thinking about throwing Heavy Rain in there and counting all 22 endings as a reason to be in the top 5. But I just thought that'd be too weird.

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:27:41 AM

Ben, I think we can agree that MGS4 takes the cake in terms of weirdness, or rather the general theme of it that Kojima never fails at adding in his games...So with that in consideration...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:52:36 AM

Yeah, well, I mean weird in terms of structure and how the game does an "ending." No one ending in Heavy Rain qualifies (and I saw the "perfect" one, supposedly) but all of them together might...and like I said, that's weird. ;)

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Temjin001
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:31:42 PM
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I think game endings aren't quite how they were in generations past. In the 2D days (the real 2D days of sprite-based graphics) many games would have you play the game, and, then, watch the cutscenes. Their was often times a very visible seam between these events.
Fast forward to today, many games have the stories interwoven into the very fabric of the play. In this regard, something like Uncharted 2 is quite amazing.

To me, when I play games like MGS, Uncharted, Ratchet etc. The ending doesn't necessarily begin after the last input has been registered by the user. Rather, it's the totality of events that lead up to the closing of the story. Some games do a very good job at building up and resolving even if there isn't much to see after the last shot is fired, spell cast, or sword slashed.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:51:02 PM

That's why I am inclined to include the red and black Kratos scene in the "ending" of 3.

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:19:14 AM

Yup, that was definitely part of the ending. Even the little showdown involving a real looong quick -time event should be counted.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:16:44 AM

Dude, I didn't know that you were supposed to stop on that event so I just kept pressing the button for like ever. lol.

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 8:14:54 AM

I know, right? I was like, ok, now. I can't see what's going on. Alright, I'm beginning to feel bad for him. Isn't he dead, yet? I mean, I did stick him pretty bad with the sword of Olympus. Do I have a choice? Didn't I just find peace within myself, after that waltz in the darkness with Calliope, or do have to go for rehab again, already?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:50:06 PM
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A little off topic, but does anyone else think after FFVII that Cloud and Tifa got married? When I watched Advent Children I couldn't see any wedding ring because they wear gloves the whole time, but it IS "Strife Delivery Service" and it seems like Tifa runs the place.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:14:17 AM

I have wondered about that a lot, but I actually don't think so. I think it's more of a Tifa wanted it that way, but Cloud is too distant and messed up to make that kind of commitment.

It's my guess that she simply tries to be there for him and help him out with things in the hopes that eventually he'll come around.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:51:02 AM

I'll go with kraygen's idea on this one.

I WOULD like to think defeating Sephiroth/Jenova and restoring the life stream would fix Cloud completely, but I bet there was some sort of after-effects of the Mako poisoning...and the fact that he's probably a little tapped in the head after such an insane experience.

Besides, I keep thinking of Tifa and Cloud as the best of lifelong friends, and Cloud's only love - Aeris - is gone.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:15:54 AM

You guys are probably right but I did think it was worth speculating on. There were the innuendos in the game that they got it on, but those are typical in jrpgs of old.

But then, what guys who gets married doesn't go insane and take a long motorcycle ride? ;)

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:01:14 AM

i think the part where tifa calls and it goes to voicemail kinda set the tone for what their dynamic was after VII. cloud was still a bit messed up and was trying to stay away far enough but still be there when they call. i think it had a scene where they stated that he was just pushing everyone away but questions why he still kept his phone. i'm not sure right now but i think hes thoughts were about not being able to do anything for the people he cared about even if he was there. just like what happened with Aeris.

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Pandacastro
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:35:55 PM

Another off topic. After FFVII dirge of cerberus secret ending, does that mean a sequel in the works?

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Pandacastro
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:35:56 PM

Or a movie?

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:13:35 PM

I dont think so, unless its after the vents of Advent Children. Cloud still acts like he hasnt forgiven himself for letting Aeris/th die, but at the end that is kinda resolved. Perhaps Cloud thinks that getting close to someone will cause nothing but pain so he keeps himself distant.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:58:52 PM
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YES! I'm happy to see Bioshock 2 on there. I loved the ending to that game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:01:11 AM

Did the "Big Daddy" and the "Little Sister" engage in unspeakable acts? lol

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:06:05 AM

LOL! You wish.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:18:48 AM

are we still talking about best endings or Happy endings ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:18:05 AM
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Aaaaand my birthday just ended. It's been most excellent spending another year with you gents. A fine crowd indeed :)

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TEG3SH
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:20:22 AM

For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow , which nobody can deny
Which nobody can deny, which nobody can deny

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:22:45 AM

Happy Bday, World. Don't get old on us. May the Saint of Bikes inspire us all.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:30:36 AM

Happy b-day

The world is lucky to have one as you. Guess it ties together with your username.

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gangan19
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:41:05 AM

happy birthday world!!!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:48:40 AM

Heh...my birthday is Monday.

And Happy Birthday. :)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:09:25 AM

Happy early Birthday Ben!

May it be a sunny day

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:13:04 AM

Thanks everyone, I had a good day. Pretty much watched movies (theatre and home), ate pizza, spent time with the family and played games. A little later on I'm gonna have some whiskey to cap the evening off. I'm missing a girlfriend this year around so no birthday action :(
Hope you have a good one too Ben.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:46:34 AM

Ha, what are the odds. My birthday is tomorrow. Happy bday World and Ben.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:13:53 PM

World,
Hope you had yourself a hell of a great Ninja day!!

Jawknee,
Tommorow they won't even kill Kenny, so enjoy your Southpark moment

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spiderboi
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:50:24 AM

Dude happy birthday!

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:27:02 AM
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Haven't played BS2, FF13, or UC2, but I will agree about MGS4. The entire story from beginning to end was expertly crafted. I loved how it ended.

As for Red Dead Redemption

**SPOILER WARNING**


I have to disagree wholeheartedly. I understand following the cliche ending of having him gunned down in some heroic unsurvivable climax, but the end was terribly drawn out and poorly done.

There was no point in having him go back to his family and doing several pointless and annoying missions simply to have the government supposedly try to kill off his family. There was no point or purpose in them killing his family, they wanted him dead, ok, but his family?

It would have made much more sense to kill him before ever going back to his family. The end simply felt like it dragged on and on, continuously fading out only to come back and keep going.

As much as I enjoyed RDR I hated the long drawn out pointless ending. One of the worst endings in my opinion. Doesn't help that the last quest of the game had more glitch problems than any other quest.

**END SPOILER**


After MGS4, my favs would go like this,

White Knight Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles
Demon's Souls

That's only 4, but can't really think of anything that is in their league.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:48:05 AM

SPOILERS CONTINUED

I know exactly what you mean; that part made little sense. I have no idea why the government let John go back to his family, and then hunt him down later. If they wanted him dead, he would've been dead. It just didn't make much sense. But you DO realize that isn't the end, right? I mean, I'm talking about doing the revenge deed with the son and actually seeing the credits...

That's the actual ending, and the part I'm referring to.

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:03:34 AM

i dont know about white knight chronicle because it wasnt really an ending to me. its lot more than a straight setup for a sequel.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:59:56 AM

**MORE SPOILERS**

Yeah, I can see what you're saying, but do remember how a lot of ppl complained how the 3rd lotr movie had like 12 endings and it just didn't seem to end? That's how RDR was.

As for that final bit where you get your revenge, that fight actually was really irritating to me. Not sure if you realized this or not, but to kill him, you had to do it exactly how the game wanted it done, you couldn't kill him any other way.

You couldn't ride up and shoot him in the leg and then tell him how you hate him and you've killed everyone, you couldn't duel him and only injure him so you could really give it to him, you had to shoot him with a kill shot in the duel.

I actually killed that guy about 6 times trying to do it in a way that felt like revenge, an honest, honorable duel, doesn't say revenge, in the old west that was a good way to die.

Meh, was definitely glad that you got to get revenge, but the end of the story as a whole was a let down for me. The game was all about John Marston, and the end of his story was lame, then you get a little more game playing as his son and it felt like add-on filler material.

**END SPOILER**

@ Johnld

I realize that WKC really leads into the sequel, but it left me being like heck yeah, now what, it was a great end to the game, not the story tho of course, I still look forward to the end of the story.

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RadioHeader
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:15:43 AM

So Demon's Souls has a good ending? ...good to know.

Maybe I'll watch it on YouTube sometime, cuz I doubt I'm ever gonna reach it (not through lack of trying).

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:30:17 AM

I think if the ending wasn't scripted, it would've been much worse. People would do whatever they wanted, or they'd do it in a way they didn't really intend, and the game would end...and then they'd be PISSED.

And yes, it was considered honorable and a good way to die, but only if YOU were the one doing the challenging. Marsten's son wasn't a dishonorable person, regardless of what happened to his father, so he wouldn't have shot Ross in the back. It needed to be fair and face-to-face. Just right.

At least, that's how I see it.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:10:38 PM

**SPOILERS**

Honestly I don't think Marston's son would have been able to kill the guy in a fair fight. He was a pansy. Constantly whining, lazy, never wanted to use a gun, but suddenly he's a few years older and can outgun the guy?

I hear what you're saying about it being scripted, but I felt they could have scripted the scene so that if you shot him it could have a scene of the kid standing over him and finishing him off.

I guess personally I just hated the son and found him to be more annoying than any other video game character this year.

Even still I wouldn't feel that him getting revenge is worth a spot in the top 5 endings of the generation.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 5:16:43 AM

Spoilers

Key word: WAS

I think the ending, even the lead up with the family missions were great. The jack we first met was pretty weak. John tried his best to teach him as much in the small time they had together. Perhaps he did take some of those teachings to heart. Quite a few even speculated he was taught how to shoot by Landon Ricketts, due to one of his quotes Jack says while winning duels.

I think the reason it was a bit drawn out was to show that no matter what, your an outlaw till the end, lots of foreshadowing in this game. It lulled you into this false sense of safety. If they would have just offed him right afterwards, it would have made for a dull ending.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:38:14 AM
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Good list. As far as lists go anyway.
I'm having trouble thinking about this, I mean it's so subjective, and there are so few games that I've actually finished. Either way, here goes in no particular order.

Uncharted 2: I agree with Ben, there was nothing overwhelmingly special about it, but it ended the way it was supposed to. Simple as that.

MGS4: Again, like Ben said, ridiculously long-winded but it really did help to sum up the entire game in a fantastic way. And that last battle atop the ship was awesome.

Dead Space: The game was actually really good, and the way that Isaac was on the ship at the end I was like, 'sweet, so now it's finished and, *BANG* WTF WAS THAT???!!!'

inFamous: The whole game was a ton of fun, and then the way it was set up and the set up for the sequel. Never was I happier than the day that I first heard concrete news about the existence of the second (Well, I have been happier, but I did mark out.)

Resistance 2: The thing in the sky, Hale's words to Capelli (I think that was his name, it's been a while since I played it), and then the sudden cut to black. Insomniac know what they're doing and I can't wait for confirmation of the third.

I have to give props to KZ2, and I know already that the ending for Valkyria Chronicles is going to be sweet. The last chapter has already blown my mind.
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:46:08 AM

I thought of Resistance 2 as well. Very under-appreciated game overall.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:17:18 AM

loved the R2 ending. I don't usually like endings that totally and completely set up a sequel but this one was well warranted and executed.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:00:41 AM
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not in this generation, but I would put the ending of MGS3 even above MGS4 quite honestly, though MGS4 is well deserved this one even still. Basically Kojima brings it home everytime :D

I dont agree that MGS4 was too overtop, it was a culmination of a 20 years long series, that's a lot of pent up story.

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johnld
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:39:42 AM
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final fantasy XIII ending kinda set itself up to a sequel like final fantasy X did. i dont know if i should be happy about a sequel or not though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:15:53 AM

I seriously doubt it will have one. If it did let's hope they know people like... you know NPCs and friggin TOWNS and a little exploration in the RPGs.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:33:16 AM
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Ben, Good choices there, & agree with MGS4 being #1.

(although for my own tastes, I would have dropped out FFXIII, so I could add inFamous in the 3rd slot)

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:56:27 AM
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I haven't finished many games this generation, but Okami still owns the best ending I've ever seen.

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___________
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:18:09 AM
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how can you leave out heavy rain?
honestly no game has had such good endings as that, and thats whats more impressive because it has so many of them and there all fantastic, some even heart wrenching!

same goes for bioshock 2, it had a fantastic story, a great ending but it was NOTHING! compared to bioshock!
that had so many tiwsts that no one expected!
and the ending, was nothing short of BRILLIANT!
will you kindly............

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Crabba
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:03:53 AM
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I'm surprised almost noone has mentioned Killzone 2. For my money (and I'm not even an FPS fan) Killzone 2 probably has one of the best endings on the PS3 so far, very dramatic and I love the energy Visari has in his voice when he speaks, a very well done ending!

Overall in my opinion these are the best endings so far on the PS3:
1. Killzone 2
2. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
3. Uncharted 2
4. Resistance: Fall of Man (actually haven't played R2 yet)
5. Guitar Hero III - Ending with the hardest song ever, fully playable in the credits, awesome :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:31:37 AM

The reason I didn't list Killzone 2 is because I honestly don't remember it at all. And if I can't remember it...

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SvenMD
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:41:55 PM

You should play Resistance 2, the ending is AWESOME...it's just entirely too short. But another one of those times when I just go, "hmmmm....WHAA!...SWEEEEEET!"

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Mavfan321
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:21:22 AM
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I'm glad that MGS4 got 1st because it drew emotions from me, but to say it's drawn out like the others I can't agree with as I feel nothing in MGS is drawn out or overbearing, it's predictive programming. MGS let us know about the human genome, dummy president figure heads before CNN, I played MGS for it's gameplay, I loved it for it's political messages. Oh and FF VIII IS the best ending when the song hits, the last kiss, its a well wrapped up story, which is why 8 is my favorite to this day. Even if the junction system meant you could have an very powerful team very early.

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ABUrabad
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:32:17 AM
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but what about all generations?
i think Ben u mentioned them in the right order for me at this current generation
maybe MGS was the best ever game series with Best Endings Of The all Generations in general
but still MGS3: snake eater has the best ever ending ,i can even remember every moment of it even though i had played that game 4 years ago
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when it comes to Snake i feel sad why Sony didn't buy the rights of it MGS
I'd say that snake would be a great mascot for sony

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:32:12 AM

VIII and MGS3 are tied for the best all time, IMO.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 5:34:31 AM
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MGS4's ending is the only one that really stands out to me this generation. But i have to say i hated what the did with Johnny and Meryl it was very cringe-worthy. But from the last boss battle to the ending was beautiful.

If we do count Heavy Rain i wluld like to mention that also, the 1st ending i got was heartbreaking.


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FM23
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:38:19 AM
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My favorite endings this generation:
1)MGS4 (Classic, but yes too long)
2)RDR (Just right)
3)ACII (Excited for the next one)
4)Infamous (Shocking)
5)Killzone 2(Great voice acting Visari)

Worst ending to the best game I played...Fallout 3. That black and white clip of my decisions wasn't worth the trouble.

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Deleted User
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:40:08 AM
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i'm bsck guys took a couple of days off. by the way happy b-day world sorry i am late and hsppy early b-day ben.

my top 5 pluse best endings
1. Star Craft 2 (just finished it yesterday one of the best PC games this year)
2. Mass Effect 2
3. Infamous
4. Uncharted 2
5 A. Heavy Rain
B. Demon's Souls

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Captain Spacker
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:07:19 AM
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OK, this is gonna sound stupid, but Rock Band 2 ended superbly. You play Judas Priest, and then using a plastic guitar control a fire work display over this insane stadium of twisted metal.
Also, Bad Company 1. Loved driving away with that truck of gold, felt like I'd earned it.
I know alot of people were disappointed, but GTA4's ending also rung well with me, but maybe not top 5 material

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TheIllusiveMan
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:22:20 AM
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Well... I would have to say that one game I felt had a good ending, was Dragon Age Origins. I mean there's plenty of "endings", but I specifically mean the way there's the last few choices that you have to make.

My list would personally go:

5. Dragon Age
4. Heavy Rain
3. Resistance 2
2. Assassins Creed 2
1. MGS 4

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:33:03 AM

Put 45 hours into Dragon Age but never did beat it...oh well, I fully intend to beat the sequel.

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TheIllusiveMan
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:46:31 PM

It was just such a great game. If you have no intention of finishing it, then you're missing out. There's a couple twists in the last hour or so, and some MAJOR decisions that really personalize the ending.

IMO, Dragon Age is the best full on RPG of this generation. Easily my favorite just over Fallout (and Oblivion). Kinda reflecting back at what you were talking about in your semi-recent article about modern RPG's, I almost wouldn't consider Fallout (and Oblivion) to be RPG's exactly, but rather a new "pseudo RPG" style. They have the elements of an RPG game, but at the same time, they were so different than everything else.

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carl0975
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:44:00 PM

I agree with jman, DA:O is a very good game, with a great ending. Also, both Resistance games had great endings, if Insomniac doesn't make a 3rd, my life will never be complete. Killzone 2 is another game with a great ending, and it made me want to throw rico off the top of a skyscraper at the same time.

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:17:29 PM

@ Ben

If you got that far into you only have another 10-15 hours at most. I almost put dragon age in my top 5 because the final boss is quite the experience. I wasn't fond of how they handled the story part, kinda vague, but the final boss fight is one of the best boss fights this gen.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 5:25:01 AM

im actually really shocked you never finished it, it was on your suggestion that i got the game due to you glowing about it lol, id say your missing out a tad bit

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Kiryu
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:55:14 PM
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You Forgot Infamous.
THE BEST of Ending for a game in this generation.
I'm telling you its better than Uncharted 2!
At the end i was like Holy Shit!

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sirbob6
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:18:43 PM
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In my opinion:
5. Killzone 2
4. Resistance 2
3. R&C:ACIT
2. Uncharted 2
1. Metal Gear Solid 4

Note the are still a few good games I still need to play like Heavy Rain. Also I send out and honorble mention to inFamous, Bioshock, and AC2

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RadioHeader
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:53:24 PM
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Solitaire's ending can still bring a tear to my eye. I'm always like... finally, I can go to bed.

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Axe99
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:03:38 PM
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lol - was sifting through N4G, looks like putting that explanation in wasn't such a bad idea ;).

As for my faves (in no particular order)....

Infamous
MGS4
Bioshock (haven't played 2 yet, looking forward to it though)
Red Dead Redemption
Uncharted 2
Resistance 2
Flower

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Collins92
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 7:52:35 PM
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Mass effect 2 was fantastic too! Can't leave it out.

But MGS4 was amazing, as was Bioshock, finished that today!

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Alienange
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:47:42 PM
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Your description of RDR's ending is bang on. The game left you completely satisfied with what you had accomplished. Game of the year material to be sure.

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SubjectiveTruth
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:16:54 PM
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I totally agree with MG winning it. The ending felt drawn out and at times you wanted it to end but whenever a scene you thought was too much at first finally ended ended you were glad it was there. At least thats how I felt. Oh and the snake not dying thing was genuis, I loved how the had "big boss" in the credits to make you thing, what the--...I kinda feel like playing metal gear now.

Although I think MGS4 had better story telling, the MGS3 ending had a greater impact on me but I think that is almost exclusively due to the sacrifice the boss' character makes.

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DeathOfChaos
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 11:41:23 PM
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I would have to agree with FFVIII having the best ending of all time. I would say FFVII, but it seems there is no end. There is always a legacy moving within that story, lol.

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THE NTMIDTR
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 3:00:33 AM
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Great list... where would the Heavy Rain ending[s] come on a bigger list?

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Godslim
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:46:59 AM
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i'd say mgs4 ending for me....after all these years of playing them since mgs1 i wanted one epic ending and they delivered

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aaronisbla
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 5:27:14 AM
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not sure whats so special about the special ending on Bioshock 2, i didnt kill any little sisters on my first playthrough

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 12:27:00 AM

No, not "no killing," but RESCUING all the Little Sisters. There are a certain number in every area; you have to get every one.

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