Epic games that end on a whimper

So that's it, then. After six years the epic Lost comes to an end in pretty disappointing style. If you've yet to see the finale, just take comfort that it doesn't end up all being a dream of the dog. Still, the fairly crushing finale got us thinking about equally epic games that ended on a disappointing whimper. And all the titles below are either guilty of rubbish, anti climactic endings or deeply underwhelming last levels/ bosses.

Grand Theft Auto IV

We love GTA IV. Like love it to the extent that the person writing these words has at last count clocked the story four times. But after the highs of the Three Leaf Clover mission and hours of gloriously daft banter in cutscenes, the final mission is not only a bit of a pain, it also ends on a damp squib of a downer. Sure, you could say its understated, downbeat ending is in keeping with the whole theme of the game. But screw that. We wanted explosions, bombastic car chases set to Goodbye Horses and a celebratory post mission teeeeeeeeeettttttiiiiiiieeeeeesssss party.

Shenmue II

Ah, what could have been. No doubt Shenmue creator and all-round former Sega don Yu Suzuki had a bloody stonking ending planned for Shenmue 17 or however many games he’d originally thought he make before he starting the series. Hell, he probably had a fitting finale penned, where Lan Di got his evil ass handed to him by a rocket launcher-wielding, stogie-smoking Ryo. Alas, so confident was Suzuki that he’d get to make loads more Shenmues, the second game barely even features the arch evil doer. Instead, players have to make to with some nonsense about magic swords and mirrors. Guess we’ll just have to make do with murdering that ponytailed dick in our dreams.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

"Holy half baked final cutscene, Batman!" We really wish Rocksteady had shown one tenth of the enthusiasm for creating a 'not totally shit ending' as they did for delivering a game worthy of Bats. C'mon, he gets the job down, then just flies into the night? It might be in keeping with the Dark Knight's superhero stoicism. But would it have killed them to maybe stick in a couple of gags or even show the Bat breaking down in a quiet moment to reflect on the horrendous night of physiological torture he's had to endure? Oh, it is? Dang.

Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Gah. This must be the most anti climactic way to take down a Big Bad ever. And the clip above makes Sam's scrap with arch evil doer Emile look epic. When we played through Double Agent, we shot the terrorist no gooder in the head without even realising it, as he ran into a room with a couple of bodyguards. Fisher might be in the big leagues when it comes to sporting fancy goggles. But when it comes to sending his games out with a compelling bang, he's strictly amateur next to Snake and Metal Gear.


  • Octoboy - June 1, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    The finale of Lost was one the most beautiful things I have EVER seen on TV.
  • Sleepingdragon - May 27, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    But I liked how God of War 3 ended, I mean it answers everything and puts everything full circle, in God of War 1 he was gonna commit suicide and yelling that the Gods abandoned him, in God of War 3 he does commit suicide and gets abandoned by Athena, so in a way its puts the whole thing into perspective.
  • Joshin69 - May 26, 2010 9:07 a.m.

    So wrong about batman AA, so wrong. You want to totally redo batman so he can throw some gags at the end of a game? Shame on you
  • reaperman22 - May 26, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    batmans ending wasnt that bad, it just wasnt quite as good as the rest of the game
  • wharcraff - May 25, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Have to say the Lost ending has added another to the list of explanations for crazy stuff in fictional media. Now we have Metachlorians,Nanomachines and Afterlife. They could have left that question open if that damn father of jack's didn't show up. Any whoo. "Moving on." reCAPTCHA 'and abysmal'
  • sham0na - May 25, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    i was pretty dissapointed by Gta 4s ending it woulda been cooler if you kill demitri then to get revenge on pegorino for killing kate you would get help from packie and jail break gerry and hell even get francis (if you let him live) to provide back up with FIB. then you could take him pegorino by storm. i also wish it let you do a special kill with the pistol too. but thats just me
  • DarxStar - May 25, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    What? What about Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days? I expected to see that here!
  • cj12297 - May 25, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    the lost ending was class
  • avantguardian - May 25, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    i gotta say i'm surprised, but, unless i missed something, no one has mentioned assassin's creed 1 or 2...i love both of them( AC1 was the first game i owned that made me think "THIS is next-gen"), and the potential for epic or mind****ing finales is extraordinarily high considering the themes and mythos... what you got was: 1. have a terrible forced fight(no stealth!FUUU!), followed by a meh final encounter, followed by crap on a wall... 2. fight the pope! oh, and some cryptic crap about adam and eve in the future or some sh*t (spoiler!)
  • philipshaw - May 25, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    I enjoyed the Lost ending, also the GTAIV ending is better if Roman dies before the last mission imo
  • Rub3z - May 25, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    I don't like MW2 much, but I played through it and that is nothing short of an epic ending. The high-speed boat chase, followed by staggering up to find the crashed heli, and, playing through the first time, just when I thought I would just stab this damn guy and he would fall limp against that car, he takes the knife and guts me in the chest, kicking off a gritty and desperate fistfight to the death, ended in cool and undeniably manly fashion by sending that 6-inch knife he just stuck in you right into his eye. And then, the screen begins to fade to black, leading you on to believe these three men will simply lay there and die in the desert like the hundred other men you killed a few minutes ago... but wait! The mustachioed man is alive and kicking! Things are going to be okay thanks to the convenient appearance of some dude and his helicopter! Hooray!
  • TheHalfanese - May 25, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    What BigTuna said! Disagree about Lost, agree on the games.
  • BigTuna - May 25, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    I loved the Lost ending! Even though it didn't answer all of the questions regarding the show it was incredibly poignant and spiritual. Have to agree with the disappointing game ending choices however.
  • theamazingmrpotato - May 25, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    i completely disagree with metroid prime. fuck cinematics when the end bosses are that satisfying to beat.
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  • CH3BURASHKA - May 24, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    I haven't played any of these. Gonna go kill myself right about now...
  • gilgamesh310 - May 24, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Ive only played a couple of games on the list but I would definately agree with them on the endings to the ones I did play especially grand theft auto 4 BUT there is one game that overshadows all these as having the ultimate damp ending. It's the ending(or rather lack of) to Medal of Honor: Allied Assault on the pc. It just ends with you getting into a train and the screen fading to black with The end showing up and that's it!
  • OneEyedGoon - May 24, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Hey now, I really liked the Lost finale. And God of War III's ending, for that matter.
  • Amnesiac - May 24, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    God of War III's final boss fight and ending were a horrible disappointment. Same could be said of BioShock as well.
  • krabsich - May 24, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    fallout 3 should be on here, despite the dlc extending the story. and Lost was epic, poignant, and disappointing at the same time. but i heard there will be a few more answers in the boxed set, which is pretty much the equivalent of the broken steel dlc.

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