8 of the lamest game endings ever

We hate rubbish endings. There's nothing more unsatisfying than becoming emotionally attached to a game for 10 or so hours and then have it end on a whimper. And sod everyone who says it's about the journey, not the destination. The following games all take you on a lovely Summer holiday... before tossing you out in the pouring rain and leaving you in the middle of nowhere.

How we wanted it to end

After battling for survival for 72 hours in a mall filled with the undead, unstable psychotics and the world’s most persistent and annoying janitor, it might have been nice to see Frank actually escape. Preferably while speeding away from a zombie-strewn explosion in a Jeep, triumphantly swinging a chainsaw above his head, while dressed like a twat.

How it actually ends

Frank screams his lungs out on top of a tank, surrounded by zombies. Right, Cheers for that Capcom. Nine resolution-free hours well spent.

How we wanted it to end

For Capcom to make some sense of the increasingly convoluted plot for the series. That, and have Jill and Chris cut through all the sexual tension and retire happily ever after together.

How it actually ends

Unfortunately, after hours of taming T-virus-addled Majini, we’re treated to a cheesy monologue by Chris. But there’s no reflection on a 13 year plot that’s spanned five games. Nope, there's just a cheesy last line that sounds like a shampoo commercial.

How we wanted it to end

Aside from trying to navigate the horrible labyrinth of corridors in the Wolfenstein-style sections in this SNES adventure, nothing is worse than getting chased by the invulnerable T-Rex. The perfect ending? The game would give us a rocket launcher and King Kong as a co-op buddy to take out the prehistoric pest permanently. Granted, it might be asking a lot for a console less powerful than your toaster.

How it actually ends

Screw you, Spielberg.

How we wanted it to end

We’d have liked the end to focus on resolving Harry Osborn and Peter Parker’s friendship (Harry just disappears after the final boss fight) rather than Sandman reuniting with his annoying kid. God, we hated her. An ending where Venom ate (or at least wounded her), now that would have been sweet.

How it actually ends

Unlike the film, the game completely glosses over Osborn’s death – you know, the only real emotional moment in the film. Instead, we’re left with a tacked on plot about Sandman's family reunion and an almost exact replica of the closing shot of Spider-Man. Great. Really, though, didn’t Sandy rob and kill people. No jail time for that anymore, huh?


  • Zowiegirl - June 5, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    no way. Mirror's edge had one of the best endings for me. you are so stupid for not appreciating happy endings. you suck!
  • ryno - April 28, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    i loved mirrors edges ending
  • ShtKkr - April 14, 2009 5:09 a.m.

    Noobeater-- I Totaly agree how come there was no way for me to get out of there being the good guy while if I was a dick I lived.... just seems wrong and there were more then enough ways for me to get out of that alive.... I think lol however I think im gonna have to say that fable 2 pretty much pissed me off.... my dog was never brought back.... I had to play it through all over again just so I could have my dog...
  • oreomonkey - April 11, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    RE5 sucks, i tried the demo and I just love being able to stand still while I shoot, and walk & run like a crippled, 90 year old man
  • Silentboy - April 10, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    Oddly enough, I gotta say World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade has a lame ending. After you kill Illidan, BOOM!, you have 1/60 of a chance to get warglaives, if you can even use it. Plus after you kill him and talk to some NPC's, they act like he's still alive... Definately a contender for a WTF ending as well.
  • d0x - April 9, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    "dead rising did suck p.s FIRST" You either dont own an Xbox 360 and are jealous but could never admit it out loud or you have ZERO taste in games. Dead Rising was and still is an excellent game. It just has a crap ending.
  • macleod2024 - April 9, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    Why isnt Knights Of The Old Republic 2 jedi ending on here? I quote "what where you expecting? Some big secret?" Umm yes, I just wasted 18 hours of my life on this excuse of a sequel, something would be nice!!
  • cookanator - April 9, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    deadrising probabbly didnt let frank escape so it would be eaier for them to make the sequel
  • darkside17 - April 9, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    spider-man 3 was funwhen you got to use the venom suit but afterwards it sucks
  • linkganon - April 8, 2009 10:20 p.m.

    when i rented spider man 3, i got bored of it in 2 or even 1 day. its too easy and is pointless to finish after defeating sandman and venom. also. i agree, wheres harry and peter's brotherly love (when not actually brothers) sequence? they had that on the movie but not on the game.
  • d3athfr0mab0ve - April 8, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. dead rising SHHHHIIITTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
  • jar-head - April 8, 2009 4:16 a.m.

    hmmmmm i wonder how halo ODST will end
  • pogo - April 8, 2009 12:24 a.m.

  • Skykid - April 7, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    What about Ace Combat 6 ?! All you get for saving a god forsaken country is seeing your wing man on a f---ing wheelchair, talking about his new life?! They clould have at least shown your character in full view at the end talking to him. I was serously ripped off at the end.
  • 5emtio4yra - April 7, 2009 1:14 p.m.

  • Neoid - April 7, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    I didn't enjoy halo two's ending at all. It just left you grasping at the expectation of a next game. Fallout 3's ending was ok.... I guess but not as good as FF:Crisis Core.
  • Finklemeyer - April 7, 2009 5:45 a.m.

    what pissed me off about fallout three was that even though i was evil, i didnt do the evil FEV virus thing AND i sacrificed myself but the ending was still all like "even though you did the right thing, your still an evil bitch and im gonna talk shit about you instead of give you closure"
  • Sonneilon - April 7, 2009 5:30 a.m.

    THAT was it? What about HotShotsGolfOpenTee2 or NFS Undercover? Even NFS MostWanted was all that! AT least Dynasty Warriors still has swell enders to the various charaters' musou modes!
  • Neurotoxin - April 7, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    Correction: There are six endings to Dead Rising. In the best ending, Frank and Isabela defeat Brock and escape through a cave, alive and fine. In the second-best ending, the U.S. is overrun by zombies but Frank and a few people in the crew escape in the helicopter with the rest of the survivors. Mirror's Edge was an incredibly poor excuse for a story. They could have done so much with the "utopia" thread. I was expecting Bioshock in reverse (it actually worked) but instead got some lame-o canned story about separated siblings. Just addressing how fervently people living in this utopia with thousands of skyscrapers would've reacted to someone threatening to destroy it would've made for an interesting plot. Nothing is worse than a game purposely leaving a huge plot hole only to have no sequel worked out. I think developers should never do that unless they already have the sequel half-finished.
  • jballboy88 - April 7, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    what about resistance: fall of man? after beating a long campaign, u expect something awesome to happen now that u defeated the chimera in europe... or did u? u just get picked up by these random dudes. yay? and u didnt even win europe anyway (it is revealed in game 2)

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