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评点最精彩的25个游戏结局 日本游戏摘得桂冠

发布时间:2011-03-26 09:26:46 Tags:

许多游戏中最精彩的时刻莫过于结局的画面。玩家历经千难万险战胜敌人,最终拯救整个王国,结束动画、FMV或歌曲就如同游戏给玩家的奖励,让人觉得一切努力都有价值。虽然许多游戏并不重视结局,但某些游戏的结局确实能够给玩家带来某种成就感。游戏邦收纳了游戏史上最精彩的结局,请各位尽情欣赏。

25. 神偷:死亡阴影

神偷:死亡阴影

虽然玩家可能并不希望看到某系列游戏的高潮结局因角色在黑暗中鬼祟前行而闻名,但《神偷:死亡阴影》的确采用的是这种风格。Garrett激活最终象形文字摧毁守护者,揪出凶残的女巫并在俯冲中完全破坏象形文字魔咒,黑夜行动能有这个结局很不错。《死亡阴影》的尾声巧妙地与《神偷》系列首作构成呼应,Garrett抓住翻看他口袋的小女孩,说出了当年守护者Artemus向他说的话。对《神偷》超级粉丝而言,这一刻足以震撼人心。

24. 奇异世界:阿比历险记

奇异世界:阿比历险记

据传最新作《怪客的愤怒》发布后,奇异世界原住民(游戏邦注:《奇异世界》游戏设计组的名称)将转战电影制作。从他们在游戏制作中展示出的影视天分来看,我们或许能观赏到更为精彩的内容。《奇异世界:阿比历险记》的结局动画是其巅峰之作,阿比带领着姆多贡人在明亮的月光下奔向新生命,这幅场景中还增添了该系列独特的幽默感和喜气洋洋的环境。看到这幅场景,希望奇异世界原住民继续致力于游戏领域的想法油然而生。

23. 战争机器2

战争机器2

《战争机器2》战役的结局动画令人印象深刻,玩家度过重重危险后目睹贾辛图(游戏邦注:游戏中维安政府的首都)的毁灭,确实能够传达出剧情完结的感觉。游戏结局如此震撼,这应归功于游戏中所有的设计。骑乘巨龙兽作战,发射光子炸弹,看着所谓的巨龙兽突变成可怕的荧光族怪物。结局动画好似将玩家历经的战斗推向高潮,虽然游戏的剧情还存在缺陷,但结局实属完美。

22. 终极刺客:血钱

终极刺客:血钱

作为刺杀类动作游戏,47号(游戏邦注:这款游戏主人公的名字)的结局显得过于凄凉。他死了,人们准备将尸体火化。他的敌人围在尸体周围,幸灾乐祸地看着。如果玩家不停地来回观赏剧情,或许会发现47号并未完全死亡,随时可以重新站立起来向敌人复仇,在火葬场展开血腥大屠杀。画面最后定格在47号重回工作岗位,将这款充满杀戮的游戏装点得更为精彩。

21. 英雄不再

英雄不再

Suda51在这款怪异的Wii动作游戏中展示出偏激的故事情节,这种感觉在剧情高潮处达到顶峰。英雄特拉维斯最终被爱尔兰人亨利堵在马桶上,两人开始打斗,主线剧情的纷繁复杂暴露无遗(亨利与特拉维斯是兄弟,而西尔维亚正是亨利的妻子)。玩家与游戏间的隔阂再次被打破,所有事件如图画般完全呈现出来。结局虽然古怪,但展现出游戏中包含的所有内容,近乎完美。

20. 网络奇兵2

网络奇兵2

最好的结局莫过于与坏人的战斗,而《网络奇兵》中称为SHODAN的邪恶AI足以位列此类坏人之首。在《网络奇兵2》中,SHODAN诱骗玩家成为她的爪牙。SHODAN在结局时透露了计划通过超光速技术将虚拟世界与现实世界融合的阴谋,并企图说服玩家协助她。玩家拒绝了她的请求并亲眼见到SHODAN最终被打败,坏人带来的痛苦往事历历在目,将游戏剧情推向高潮。此外,SHODAN与其他坏人相同,似乎在外表下还隐藏着另外的诡计。

19. 克罗诺亚:幻想世界之门

克罗诺亚:幻想世界之门

“对不起,马里奥,公主在另外的城堡中”此类游戏结局,相信连成年人看到也会泪流满面。想必大家都知道,横向过关游戏的结局已远胜当年。在这款梦幻般的PlayStation游戏中,超可爱的克罗诺亚被吸进漩涡中与最好的朋友就此分离,最后转危为安。这种给玩家带来的感动瞬间是始料未及的,很少有游戏能够如此深入触动玩家的感情。

18. 松鼠库克倒霉的一天

松鼠库克倒霉的一天

这款成人平台游戏的剧情极为反常,松鼠陷入各种奇怪的情形中。当松鼠最后就快被异形杀死时,事情又发生了改变,库克逃离厄运并最终取得胜利。打破游戏与现实间隔阂的时机把握得很恰当,而这正是目前许多游戏所缺乏的要素,此举将游戏结局与设计者的想法完美融合。

17. 生化危机3:复仇女神

生化危机3:复仇女神

再见,浣熊市。完成充当该系列三大作品故事背景的使命后,这个Capcom虚构的中西部小镇在美国政府核武器的攻击下灰飞烟灭。正如主角们在Aliens所说的那样,这是最保险的方法。幸运的是,吉尔·瓦伦蒂安在最后时刻乘坐直升机逃离,落日的余辉中她咆哮着目送安布雷拉公司覆灭。这个结局很不错,核爆产生的蘑菇云为开发新《生化危机》系列游戏奠定了基础。

16. 暗黑破坏神

暗黑破坏神

暴雪战斗类RPG同样榜上有名,玩家劈砍了数不清的怪物并最终击败BOSS,却发现那硕大的体形萎缩成邪恶暗黑破坏神所占据男孩的娇小身躯。最终主角决定牺牲自己,将暗黑破坏神的灵魂石装进脑中,努力用自己的灵魂封印这股强大的邪恶力量。直到《暗黑破坏神2》发布后,玩家才得知角色做出的牺牲是否奏效,但那一刻确实令人惊叹。

15. 最终幻想7

最终幻想7

自《最终幻想7》进入PC和PlayStation平台起,《最终幻想》系列游戏便以其呈现的动画和史诗般的剧情闻名于世,因此从该系列中选出最佳结局甚为艰难。尽管如此,游戏邦认为《最终幻想7》的结局是最棒的。主角勇敢地坚持到最后一刻方才逃离,米德加被陨石魔法所毁灭,神圣力量的干预以及保护星球的生命之泉,单是这些就足以震撼人心,更不用提赤红十三及其子孙后代在结局中的表现了。

14. 银河飞将3

银河飞将3

任何打通这款太空飞行游戏及扩展包的玩家都会憎恶基拉锡,这个他们在所有作品中无时无刻不在攻击的目标。然而,当看到Christopher Blair最终摧毁基拉锡王国并一劳永逸地消灭这个骄傲的战斗族群,即便是Terran联盟老兵也会流下热泪。这个令人难忘的游戏故事有了个精彩结局,即便是基拉锡Muppet也将永驻玩家心中。

13. 质量效应

质量效应

这款Bioware科幻RPG史诗之作中存在瑕疵,但其剧情却不属此列,Citadel战斗的高潮足以掩盖作品起初不佳的设计。依据玩家的选择,人类有可能获得期待已久的Citadel议会席位。如果任由议会被摧毁,玩家也可以或多或少地接管银河系。同时,指挥官Shepard出发前去同Reaper战斗,也为续作做好了铺垫。

12. 辐射

辐射

易变性是《辐射》原作结局中的神来之笔:打败主教及其变种人军队后,玩家会看到一份游戏中遇见的各个派系的报告。根据玩家与这些派别交往时采取的不同做法,游戏结局也各不相同。当然,这或许只是给玩家成功拯救避难所居民的安慰罢了,这些人终将生活在核战废墟中。战争永无止尽——这句话会在玩家耳畔久久盘旋。

11. 半条命

半条命

《半条命》的玩家都希望能够亲眼目睹G-Man,这位身着黑色衣物的神秘人总是出现在最危险的地方。在Xen历经千难万险的战斗后,玩家最终有机会见到这个神秘的人。然而,摆在玩家面前的却只有两条路:要么服从指令为他工作,要么就是死。(游戏邦注:必须注意的是,当时《半条命2》还未发布,因此存在这种选择。)做出选择无疑极为艰难,这款史上最优秀FPS游戏的结局复杂且相当有趣。

10. 星际争霸

星际争霸

能让玩家十多年来记忆犹新的结局当然最值得人回味,暴雪这款科幻类RTS游戏最终战役的结果正属此例,高尚的神族勇士Tassadar将光明与黑暗的圣堂力量集中于飞船上撞向虫族首领Overmind。玩家历经长期的战斗才看到此画面,震撼感空前绝后,这应归功于暴雪动画设计师的细致工作及对游戏的理解。

9. 杀出重围

杀出重围

如果玩家可以见到三种结局,可能就不会只满足于一种好的结局了。Warren Spector设计的以阴谋论为基础的RPG和FPS混合游戏在其故事情节发展中给玩家提供了多项选择,但最为精彩的仍属最终抉择,是与狂妄自大的AI融合帮助Illuminati控制世界,还是将整个世界推入暗技术时代。两个选择都大到足以撼动整个世界,也很符合游戏的哲学主题。从技术层面来看,《杀出重围》的表现并不佳。但它依然是十年来剧情最有趣的游戏,其结局可引发玩家的共鸣。

8. 使命召唤4

使命召唤4

在这款现代战争题材的FPS游戏中,与高潮相比任何事物都显得黯然失色。SAS军官MacTavish及其所带领的小队被极端民族主义领袖Imran Zakhaev困在桥上,后者正不停地来回巡视。幸运的是,这个在游戏中给角色和世界带来极大伤害的人分心之时,玩家迅速接过受伤战友滑来的手枪给这家伙致命一击。清晨的曙光照亮漆黑的夜晚,黎明即将到来。

7. 时空之轮

时空之轮

如果按结局数量来排名,那么Square的《时空之轮》应位列这份榜单首位。根据玩家的选择以及最终战役的时间方式和胜负结果,共有13种不同的结局。玩家可能漫步在End of Time与游戏的设计者交谈,也可能看到两个女性角色受游戏中所有男性的追捧,还可能看到坏人Lavos获得胜利并摧毁全世界。玩家乐于尝试每种结局,也是使《时空之轮》成为经典游戏的原因之一。

6. 合金装备3

合金装备3

纵然《合金装备》中的剧情很容易让玩家感到晕头转向,但这款独占游戏第三代作品以某位女性最终牺牲自己来拯救国家作为结局确实不错。打通游戏后,玩家发现整个事件只是个计划。Boss的背叛和死亡只是为夺得Philosophers Legacy而精心策划的阴谋的一部分,也证明了美国在核攻击中的清白。这款独占游戏剧情背后的潜台词极为丰富,在Harry Gregson-Williams编写的背景音乐中展示Naked Snake变为Big Boss的画面,即便非《合金装备》系列游戏的粉丝也会为之动容。

5. 战神

战神

与奎托斯远古时代的冒险相比,他和癫狂战神阿瑞斯展开战斗这个结局既强劲又引人入胜,但此举依然无法让这位斯巴达英雄摆脱噩梦般的记忆。这个结局之所以不会让玩家感到满足,是因为用巨剑刺穿体型巨大、披头散发怪物的胸膛实在无法给人带来任何温馨的感觉。受邪恶幻想折磨的奎托斯企图自杀,却发现自杀欲望使自己登上奥林匹斯山之巅。诸神拯救其脱离苦海,他成了新任战神。

4. 冥界狂想曲

冥界狂想曲

如果玩家陪伴某个角色长达4年的时间,也会希望看到对方能够有良好的结局,就如同Manny Calavera在Tim Schafer制作的经典探险游戏中的行为。《冥界狂想曲》以大手笔传达了这种思想,在历经同伙伴Glottis的生离死别后,Manny带着自己喜爱的Mercedes踏上追寻乐土的旅程。宽松的剧情在结尾处变得紧凑起来,而且还有墨西哥街头音乐伴奏。事实上,每个以墨西哥街头音乐伴奏的结局都不错。

3. 异域镇魂曲

异域镇魂曲

这款基于AD&D的RPG游戏出自Black Isle之手,其销量较小似乎与结局间并没有瓜葛。但如果玩家预想的最佳结果是游戏主人公摆脱永无止尽的恶魔战争,或许故事的结局确实会令人感到失望。《异域镇魂曲》是近年来剧情最为精彩的游戏之一,最终无名氏探寻自己真实身份的悲喜交加结局也堪称完美。

2. 入口

入口

如果要证明简约也可以表达丰富的内容,那么Valve这款解谜游戏的结局是最合适的论据。在纷繁复杂的地下城中苦苦探寻并终使GladOS自食苦果,看到老式的长篇文字及听到从未如此简单的游戏巨著配乐之前,玩家可以在短暂的时间内体验到自由的意义。由Jonathan Coulton编写的尾曲《Still Alive》简约但不失风趣,由这个数小时之前还在尝试杀死玩家的电脑唱出,极为动人。

1. 汪达与巨像

汪达与巨像

Ico团队的第二部作品没有理由不赏心悦目、令人难以忘怀,游戏的结局也同样如此。汪达苦苦追寻复活Mono的方法而牺牲自己,得到的却是这种结果,着实令玩家感到心碎,没几款游戏能让人体会到如此真实的感情。汪达死亡的惨剧让人心中充满苦痛,所幸游戏最终的剧情给玩家带来些许希望。如果有人认为游戏的艺术性和战斗无法兼容,那么这款游戏便是最好的反例。(本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译,转载请注明来源:游戏邦)

Top 25 Best Game Endings

The best moments in many games are the ones preceding “The End.” You’ve battled hordes of low-level henchmen. You’ve punched, kicked and puzzled your way through mobs of slightly higher-level henchmen. Finally, you’ve taken down Foozle and saved the kingdom. Now, it’s time for your reward – the closing cinematic/FMV/song that mades the whole thing worthwhile. Many, many games fall short in wrapping things up, but a select few really make you feel like you just accomplished something. Join us as we take a look at the greatest send-offs in gaming history.

25. Thief: Deadly Shadows

One might not expect a climactic finale from a series that made its name by forcing players to skulk around in the dark, but Deadly Shadows delivered one, nonetheless. Garrett’s activation of the Final Glyph ruins the Keepers, takes out the murderous Hag and eliminates glyph magic all in one fell swoop – not bad for a night’s work. In its epilogue, Deadly Shadows ties neatly into the first Thief game, as Garrett catches a young girl trying to pick his pocket and utters the same words once spoken to him by the Keeper Artemus. For longtime Thief fans, it was a chills-worthy moment.

24. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus

The folks at Oddworld Inhabitants have purportedly moved over to movies after releasing their last title, Stranger’s Wrath, and if the cinematic flair they brought to their games is any indication, you can expect something great. The ending of the second Oddworld game, Abe’s Exoddus, is their crowning achievement, combining the series’s trademark twisted humor with a triumphant vibe accompanying scenes of Abe leading the Mudokons to their new destiny under a bright, hand printed moon. After watching this cutscene, it’s hard not to wish Oddworld Inhabitants was still in the games business.

23. Gears of War 2

The final cinematic in Gears of War 2′s campaign is impressive as you watch Jacinto’s destruction after all the hell you’ve just been through does bring a sense of closure. But it’s everything leading up to that moment that makes GoW 2′s ending so awesome. Riding a brumak! Losing the Lightmass bomb! Watching said brumak go lambent and mutate into a horrible monstrosity! It just feels like the culmination of all the fighting, struggling and chainsaw-wielding mutilation you’ve been through up to that point. Gears of War 2′s writing wasn’t all it could have been but, in the end, the game delivered.

22. Hitman: Blood Money

As this assassin-themed action game ends, things look pretty bleak for Agent 47. He’s dead (always a bad start), about to be cremated, and surrounded by his enemies, who are gloating over his corpse as the credits start to roll. If players press back and forward repeatedly, however, it turns out that 47 is only MOSTLY dead, allowing him to rise anew and exact his vengeance in a crematorium massacre that is as bloody as it is satisfying. The final cut scene, in which 47 is back on the job, is just the icing on the bullet-riddled cake.

21. No More Heroes

Suda51′s slanted storytelling style is evident throughout this bizarro Wii action title, but never more so than at its climax, when hero Travis Touchdown is interrupted on the john by the beam katana-bearing Irishman Henry. The two fight, major plot twists are revealed (Henry is Travis’s brother! Sylvia is Henry’s wife!), and the fourth wall is broken repeatedly… only to have the whole thing be revealed as a painting a child is viewing in a museum. It’s weird and makes no sense and, given everything that’s come before in No More Heroes, pretty close to perfect.

20. System Shock 2

Nothing makes for a good ending like confrontation with a good villain, and System Shock’s malevolent AI named SHODAN is one of the queens of them all. Having more or less duped the player into serving as her pawn throughout Systems Shock 2, SHODAN reveals her plot to merge virtual reality and actual reality using faster-than-light technology, and asks the player to join her. Refusing that offer and seeing SHODAN finally defeated given all the grief she’s put you through is a rousing climax to the game… except, like all good villains, SHODAN has another trick up her sleeve. Mwuhahahaha.

19. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

You know that side-scrolling platformers have come a long way from the days of “Sorry, Mario, our princess is in another castle” when the ending of such a game can make grown men break down in tears. Such is the case with this surreal PlayStation game, in which the super-cute Klonoa saves the day, only to be forcibly sucked through a vortex and separated from his best friend in the video game equivalent of Bambi’s mother dying. It was an unexpectedly moving moment and one that few games of any type have since managed to match for emotional depth.

18. Conker’s Bad Fur Day

The plot of this “adult” platform game is all kinds of twisted, giving the titular squirrel plenty of strange situations to get into, but when he’s about to be killed by a xenomorph at the very end, things really go off the rails. In an excellent meta-twist, the game “freezes,” allowing Conker to escape his doom and emerge victorious thanks to a little negotiation with the programmers. It was a brilliant bit of fourth wall-breaking in a time when that kind of thing wasn’t done as much as it is now, and fit perfectly with the game’s slanted perspective.

17. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Sayonara, Raccoon City. Having served as the setting for all three installments in this classic survival horror series, Capcom’s fictional Midwestern town gets a fiery sendoff courtesy of the U.S. government’s nuclear weapons arsenal. As they say in Aliens, “It’s the only way to be sure.” Fortunately, Jill Valentine escapes at the last second in a helicopter, flying off into the sunset and vowing to take the Umbrella Corporation down. It’s a nice bit of closure and an excellent setup for further Resident Evil games, all in one, mushroom cloud-shaped package.

16. Diablo

As twist endings go, the climax of Blizzard’s hack-and-slash RPG is right up there. Having hacked and slashed through more monsters than the brain can count, you finally knock off the big bad guy…only to see his body shrivel to that of a boy who had been possessed by the demonic Diablo. And then, the ultimate sacrifice, as your hero drives Diablo’s soulstone into his own head in an effort to trap this great evil in his own soul. We didn’t find out if it succeeded until Diablo II was released, but it was a chilling and awe-inspiring moment, nonetheless.

15. Final Fantasy VII

The Final Fantasy series has been known for its cinematic presentation and epic scope since the seventh installment jumped to PC and PlayStation, and it’s tough to pick one best ending from the lineup of candidates in the series. For our money, though, nothing beats Final Fantasy VII’s climax, with its daring last-minute escape, the destruction of Midgar by Meteor, and the ultimate intervention by Holy and the life stream to save the planet…not to mention the denouement featuring Red XIII and his offspring.

14. Wing Commander III

Anyone who’d made it through all three installments of this space flight sim (plus expansion packs) had most likely nurtured a healthy hatred for the Kilrathi, having been shot at by them all the time, and all. Still, many a Terran Confederation veteran shed a tear when Christopher Blair (played in FMV cutscenes by Mark Hamill) finally destroys the Kilrathi’s homeworld and breaks the proud warrior race once and for all. It was a rewarding and thrilling end to an incredible gaming saga, even if the Kilrathi Muppets left a little something to be desired.

13. Mass Effect

Bioware’s sci-fi RPG epic had its flaws, but storytelling was not one of them, and the aftermath of the climactic Citadel battle was a great way to cap off the beginning of what’s set to be a kick-ass series. Depending on the player’s choices, humanity either earns a long-awaited seat on the Citadel Council or, if the Council was allowed to be destroyed, more or less takes over the galaxy. Meanwhile, Commander Shepard departs in a continued quest to battle the Reapers, setting things up nicely for the inevitable sequel.

12. Fallout

The great thing about the ending of the original Fallout was its mutability; after defeating the Master and his mutant army, you get a full report on several of the factions you met throughout the game, with differing outcomes depending on which moral directions you took in interacting with them. Of course, that was something of a consolation prize given that your reward for saving the Vault in which you lived was to be exiled into the wastes with the Inkspots’ “Maybe” drifting in your ears. Sigh…war never changes.

11. Half-Life

Players spent most of Half-Life wishing they could get their hands on the G-Man, that black-suited weirdo who kept popping up in the worst places. After fighting through Xen, they were finally given the chance to meet this man of mystery, only to be offered an impossible choice – accept an offer to work for him (whatever that meant – remember, at the time, there was no Half-Life 2), or face an impossible battle they couldn’t win. It was a bitter pill to swallow, for sure, but a complex and interesting end to one of the greatest FPS games ever made.

10. Starcraft

When a cinematic can still give you chills more than 10 years later, you know it’s an ending worth savoring. Such is the case with the conclusion to the final campaign in Blizzard’s sci-fi RTS, in which the noble Protoss Tassadar channels the psionic energy of the dark templar through his ship in a heroic sacrifice to destroy the ascendant Zerg Overmind. Given the long and battle-strewn road the player has traveled to reach that point, it feels like blowing up the Death Star 1,000 times over, due in no small part to the work of Blizzard’s animators, who really seem to know what they’re doing.

9. Deus Ex

Why settle for one great ending when you can have three? Warren Spector’s conspiracy theory-tinged RPG/FPS hybrid offered players a range of choices throughout its storyline, but none greater than the final choice between helping the Illuminati control the world, merging with a megalomaniacal AI, or plunging the world into the technological dark ages. All were enormous, world-shaking decisions, and all dovetailed perfectly with the game’s philosophical themes. Deus Ex hasn’t aged well from a technical standpoint, but it remains one of the more interestingly written games of the past decade, and its ending still resonates.

8. Call of Duty 4

Everything seems rather bleak at the climax of this modern military FPS. SAS officer “Soap” MacTavish and his squad are pinned down on a bridge by ultranationalist leader Imran Zakhaev, who is casually strolling around putting caps in the heads of your buddies. Fortunately, he’s momentarily distracted, at which point you’re slid a handgun by a wounded comrade and given the opportunity to take out the guy who has caused you and the world such grief throughout the course of the game. As single rays of sunshine in the darkest night go, it’s right up there.

7. Chrono Trigger

If quantity equals quality, then Square’s Chrono Trigger should be at the top of any best endings list. Depending on the player’s choices and when or how the final battle is fought and won, it’s possible to see one of 13 different conclusions, including one in which you walk around the End of Time talking to the programmers who made the game, one in which two female characters rate all the guys in the game, and one in which the bad guy, Lavos, wins and destroys the world. Trying to trigger each one of these endings is just one part of what made Chrono Trigger a classic.

6. Metal Gear Solid 3

It’s easy to get lost in Metal Gear Solid’s mythology, but the ending of the franchise’s third installment is great because it boils down to one woman’s ultimate sacrifice for her country. Having fought through the game, players learn that the whole thing was a setup; that the Boss’s defection and death were just pieces in an elaborate ruse to recover the Philosophers Legacy and prove the U.S.’s innocence in a nuclear attack. The implications for the franchise’s mythology are huge, and scenes of Naked Snake’s transition to Big Boss mode, accompanied by Harry Gregson-Williams’ score, are moving even for non-MGS fanboys.

5. God of War

Kratos’s battle against the mad god Ares is a riveting and powerful conclusion to his ancient adventures (nothing says “satisfaction” like skewering a giant, flame-haired demon guy through the chest with an enormous sword), but it did nothing to free our Spartan hero from his nightmarish memories. Left plagued by evil visions, Kratos endeavors to take his own life… only to find his suicidal plunge turned into an ascent to the peak of Mount Olympus when the gods pluck him out of the sea and place him on a throne as the newly crowned god of war.

4. Grim Fandango

When you spend four years with a character, as players did with Manny Calavera in this classic adventure from Tim Schafer, you want to see him get his happy ending. Grim Fandango obliged in a big way, sending Manny and his love Mercedes off on the journey to their eternal reward after a tearful parting with his sidekick, Glottis. All the loose ends get wrapped up, the villains get sprouted and, at the finish, there are mariachis. Honestly, anything that finishes with mariachis automatically gets an A+ in our book.

3. Planescape Torment

The ending of this AD&D-based RPG from Black Isle may not be the reason for its poor sales, but when the best outcome you can anticipate is for the game’s protagonist to end up damned to fight forever in an eternal demonic war, maybe your story is just too much of a downer. Ah, we kid because Planescape Torment is one of the most intelligently written games in recent memory, and its ending is a perfect, if bittersweet, conclusion to the Nameless One’s quest for his true identity.

2. Portal

For proof that less can be more, look no further than the conclusion of this Valve puzzle powerhouse. Having navigated an underground complex and forced GladOS to eat her own missiles, players get a brief view of freedom before being treated to an old school text readout and what is quite simply the greatest game-ending song ever recorded. “Still Alive,” written by geek fave Jonathan Coulton, is catchy, hilarious and just unsettling enough to be affecting when sung by a homicidal computer that just spent the past several hours trying to kill you.

1. Shadow of the Colossus

There’s really nothing about Team Ico’s second title that isn’t haunting and beautiful, and the ending of the game is no exception to that rule. Finding out just what Wander has sacrificed in his quest to revive Mono is one of the most heartbreaking moments we’ve ever experienced in a game, and the tragedy of his demise would be downright painful if it weren’t leavened by just the right amount of hope at the very end. If you’ve ever had an argument over whether games should be considered art and were hunting for ammo, this sequence is it. (Source: Game Daily)


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