The Top 7... most nightmarishly bad alternate game endings

2. Shenmue - It's an ending, that's good enough

Shenmue doesn't have a proper ending because it's just a big fat 'To Be Continued' that lies through its pixelly teeth. But did you know that Shenmue has an alternate, 'Bad' ending? That you actually get to see Lan Di again in the first game after that intro and dream sequence? Check this out…

That is awesome. And really rather sad. Ryo has let vengeance cloud his judgement and he's gone and got himself killed by exactly the same move that killed his father. It's remarkably similar to the start of the game, actually, especially with Fukuharu-san taking another beating. Let's be honest though, someone had to do it…

Above: Just keep your fool mouth shut. Fool

So how do you get this bad alternative ending? By waiting until April 15, 1987 (in the game of course, it's already been a while since the real April 15, 1987). You can get here quicker by repeatedly failing the stealth section near the end of the game, which takes you forward a full day every time you reattempt it. Not that you'd want to get Ryo killed, right? Are you really that desperate for closure?

1. Pikmin - Never leave us

Wait. What!? Pikmin has a bad ending more harrowing, more glum, more despairing and more bad than any of the other games on this list?  You'd better believe it. If, like us, you've always thought there was something deeply sinister about Nintendo's colourful vegetable flower people things, just wait until you see what the little bastards do to cosmonaut Captain Olimar if he fails in his mission to adequately reassemble his broken spaceship. But first, look at some kittens in a log, just to counter the horrible things that you will be subjected to beyond this point.

Lovely kittens in a log. Awww. At first we believed that Pikmin were cute. Friendly and helpful. Wow - we thought - Captain Olimar really lucked out crash landing on this planet. Many hands make light work. All the bits of Olimar's busted-up spaceship would be found in no time at all and - bon voyage - he'll be on his merry way again. But a pervading sense of unease creeps in. The Pikmin are no longer viewed as cute do-gooders, but more as mute, mob-handed gimps stalking Olimar because they're waiting for something. But what? What could they be waiting for...

They were waiting for Captain Olimar to fail so they could turn him into a Pikmin. Only he's not a proper Pikmin. He's some freakish Olimar/Pikmin abomination hybrid mutation. And the Pikmin are positively overjoyed at this outcome. Sick little bastards. It's practically as nasty as having tea with the Leatherfaces. All that's missing is Goodbye Horses playing during the end credits. The horror. Lovely kittens in a log. Lovely kittens in a log. Lovely kittens in a log. Lovely kittens in a log...

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  • Kiloku - February 9, 2012 4:04 a.m.

    The pikmin actually saved Olimar's life. His air supply had just ended (that's how you reach that ending) and the atmosphere in that planet is poisonous to him. So instead of letting him die an agonizing death, they do the only thing they can to make him able to breath their air: Make him a Pikmin.
  • Kiloku - February 9, 2012 4:01 a.m.

    The Pikmin actually save Olimar's life. His air supply had ended, and the atmosphere in this planet is poisonous for him. Since he didn't manage to escape on time, the only choice was to make him a creature that could breath the same air as them.
  • sniper712 - April 14, 2011 6 p.m.

    Personally, the bad alternate endings in 999 can be just as crazy. I had my WTF? moments with those. Perhaps they can do a 2nd Top 7 on bad endings.
  • n00b - April 8, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    well that settles it i am never going to play heavy rain every since the game came out I've been bombarded with spoilers thanks
  • Pantas - April 8, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    One of the endings for Disgaea 2 is also pretty bad Once the credits roll, skip to 5:00 to see why this ending is so bad. (the reason why I post the version with Japanese audio is because the English version is censored)
  • Aardvarkk - April 7, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    I've heard of maybe two of those games.
  • Agent79 - April 7, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I know it's not a alternate ending but Fallout 3s ending SUCKED! Awesome article, definitely have suffered through some of these endings.
  • cjw415 - April 6, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    why does meyl have to die? Wheres the point in that? So many suicides followed that alternate ending.... including myself
  • Limbo - April 6, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    The "good" Pikmin ending is even worse than that one. Olimar leaves them to die! If you can leave cute little things like Pikmin alone on a planet where everything wants to eat them you have issues.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - April 6, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    this article just reminded me of how awesome pikmin is. i hope the don't make a pikmin 3DS
  • SOLAMON77 - April 5, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    I really liked the hidden ending of Singularity. It's always cool when developers fit stuff like this into a game.
  • GodofPS314 - April 5, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Thank you for including Pikmin! (Love that game) I found both ending horrifying! Either you leave them there after they helped you so much, or you turn into a dead pikmin thingy! Very sad
  • FatherTime - April 5, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    I killed both guys in singularity on my first play through. I was pleasantly surprised when it let me pull the trigger a second time.
  • philipshaw - April 5, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Great top 7 and one of my mates got that Heavy Rain ending
  • quincytheodore - April 5, 2011 6:12 a.m.

    I played Drakengard, got 4-5 endings... I was adamant, "There's gotta be something good here.. SOMEWHERE!" Seriously after all that giant demon babies who... that ate my ally, pedophile child killing, killing my own dragon, killing my own sister, saw people lost their voice /sight /mind.. I was certain there would be something good hidden at the end, but no... ... ... I was 15.. I froze at the screen on every ending, "What the F*ck is this shit!?" multiple by 4 times... TT
  • Shuuvuia - April 5, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    Despite myself, I laughed hard at the Heavy Rain one. They should have had an alternate ending with that creepy clown.
  • FauxFurry - April 5, 2011 2:04 a.m.

    For those who wanted Hal and Dave to get together in the end, giving in to Revolver Ocelot's torture was a win-win situation for all involved on both sides of the screen. That action girl Meryl dies in that ending is just icing on the cake.
  • FauxFurry - April 5, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    While I wouldn't expect any of of the Deception series' alternate endings to make the list (how many other people even played that series, anyway?), I am surprised that neither Chrono Trigger or Chrono Cross have a single alternate ending entry on this list. That Shenmue alternate ending really could use a "Warning: This is Canon" in it. That way, people could just let go of the hope for a sequel (unless the Yakuza series takes place after the bad ending like Nier follows one of Drakengard's bad endings).
  • IndignantCactus - April 5, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    The pikmin are the evil red sperm that forms into the floating babies of Drakengard. Its a conspiracy of depression >:(
  • peachguy - April 5, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    "All that's missing is Goodbye Horses playing during the end credits" HAHAHAHAHA

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