Epic games that end on a whimper

Metroid Prime

Admittedly, it must be pretty hard to round of a game's story in interesting, epic fashion when you're working with a narrative that's told almost entirely through journal messages. Still, after braving a hostile alien environment with Samus for 20+ hours, we'd hoped for something a bit more substantial than a big-ass explosion, followed by a quick flight getting the hell out of dodge. Yeah, yeah, so seeing Aran without her helmet is a nice touch. But you're only treated to this is you spend countless hours finishing the game with 100% completion rating. Apparently, paying 50 big ones isn't enough to see a Gamecube-rendered chick's blocky face.

God of War III

In the end there will be only a really disappointing final boss and cut scene. Don't get us wrong, we dig the whole trippy nightmare section near the end (even though it essentially just plays like Max Payne in a blood-stained toga). But after the incredible spectacle of the Poseidon and Cronos fights, the climactic encounter with Zeus is seriously underwhelming. Couple that with an ending that decides to tie up all the game's narrative threads by having Kratos introduce his abdomen to a giant sword, and you're left with an amazing game, slighlty soured by an underwhelming sign off.

Halo 2

Master Chief, you dirty, f*cking tease.

May 24, 2010


  • 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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