The Top 7... longest videogame endings

6 – Infinite Undiscovery

Total running time: Just under 23 minutes without credits

Super condensed version: Heroes destroy oppressive moon god. Turns out said god was the source of power for several party members, so they die. Main hero appears to die, but doesn’t.

Earlier we said we weren’t considering every single JRPG ending in existence, and this is why. A crippling amount end with 20-ish minutes of stilted dialog, robotic movements and cliched twists, but we needed at least one to represent the choking glut – and Infinite Undiscovery is our go-to yawnfest.

You could attempt to watch all four videos, but the first is easily the best. The 16-year-old Aya loses her shit when the hero, Capell, decides he must nobly stay behind to blah blah blah. She gets slapped, yelled at, then finally thrown over someone’s shoulder as she protests “I’ll hit you and kick you, I will!” But then it turns out Capell is fine and they live boringly ever after.

5 – Suikoden III

Running time: 25 minutes

Super condensed version: Something like 30 heroes slowly, awkwardly escape a perpetually collapsing palace. Main guy becomes leader of his people and an envoy to newfound friends.

OK, you got us. This is a JRPG with the same impossibly dense dialog and Stone Age character animation as Infinite Undiscovery. However, we included Suikoden 3 not for its flaccid, unmoving delivery, but for its 11-minute rundown of all 108 cast members.

Above: Only 105 more life-sapping entries to go

As with all Suikoden games, there are 108 characters, or “Stars of Destiny” to find. If you do, you’re rewarded with a brief, one-sentence blurb about their post-game fate, all of which are irresistibly interesting and make this ending longer than an episode of The Office. Hey, what happened to that one dark haired girl we met seven hours ago at that castle place?

“Viki teleports all over, chasing Elder Viki and others.”

80 hours well spent!


Top 7


  • gamewriter - August 19, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    You need to add Zelda Twilight.......literlay 5 min
  • TheWebSwinger - January 30, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    Well well well! GR having something kind to say about Metal Gear Solid? That warms my heart.
  • teke367 - January 28, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    I know it wasn't a game, but the last Lord of the Rings movie should be in every list involving notoriously long endings. Seriously, that movie went on for about an hour after I thought it finished. But Metal Gear Solid 4, I kept waiting to go to the bathroom, until about 30 minutes in, I said "eff it" turned the volume way up and ran for it.
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    lol, the first part of the article made me think that it wouldn't be an all JRPG article, but considering MGS4 is the only one that couldn't be considered a JRPG, you maybe should have just made this: "Top 7 Longest JRPG Endings" You should have just gone for it, it would have been funnier if this was just about how long JRPG endings are. Also, as far as the Final Fantasy series goes, I remember FF8 having the longest ending, but I could be mistaken.
  • SausageLozenge - January 27, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Got to love the JRPGs.
  • FreekinIdiot - January 27, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    An hour for Metal Gear Solid endning? Wot? How achingly boring and pretentious
  • AuthorityFigure - January 27, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    Man, this list of games made me feel pretty ignorant! But Gex 3D was not such a bad game (was it?!)...
  • VenomVip7 - January 26, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    Nice guys nice...though it would be interesting to see a Top 7 longest credits or something...First Assassin's Creed would definetly be in that one.. Keep up the good work!
  • Cwf2008 - January 26, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    Wait wait if this isn't about JRPGs, then why the hell is almost every game on this list a JRPG?
  • GameManiac - January 26, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    To whoever is playing the mentioned games in this list: grab the popcorn and the adult diapers (unless it can be paused in some manner). How BIG of a game is MGS4????
  • Slash258 - January 26, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    Glad to see my favorite PS2 game, Dragon Quest VIII, made it to the list. I thought of it right away as soon as I read the title of the article.
  • tobacco - January 26, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    The Gex secret ending... ..."You are so big." Uh. Thanks?
  • michaelmcc827 - January 26, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    I'll be honest, this was a pretty lame top 7...whatever though, gotta make it work every week I guess.
  • Dolan88fan - January 26, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    mgs3 was my least favorite of he series id have to say my favorite was metal gear one but redone for the gamecube so it had better graphics they should redo it now for ps3 to give that master piece every little detail it deserves
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 26, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Surprisingly, all from Japanese developers, and mostly RPGs. Huh. Also, C-C-C-C-Chemo Breaker!
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 26, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    what a coincidence i just beat mgs4 last nite
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 26, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    this article fails.
  • spacemonkey086 - January 25, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    I loved MGS1 and 2. But I hated MGS4. The story was way too over the top. A mech with nuclear weapons i can believe, but a vampire and all that nanomachine bull shit was stupid. The ending was cool to see big boss. But there were so many cheezy lines, like when otacon is crying and merryl proposes in the middle of a gunfight. I respect Kojima for inventing stealth games, and I like what he's done in the past. But I think he lost it on this game. If you want to play a decent game that blends movies and action, try Uncharted 2.
  • Cyberninja - January 25, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    interesting i am not watching any of those endings dont have enough time
  • lovinmyps3 - January 25, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Ahh so that's why Brett was asking me about MGS IV.

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