Bizarre Video Game Endings That Made Us Do A Double Take

Bizarre Video Game Endings That Made Us Do A Double Take


The story of the video game hero has been
pretty standard since Donkey Kong: do good stuff, save the day. Saving princesses and defeating evil space
emperors is straightforward stuff, but storytelling in video games has evolved. Even the original Nintendo library of games
is peppered with a few strange tales, but game endings have only become weirder, twistier,
and morally grayer as time goes on. Spoiler alert: here are some of the most unexpected
game endings we’ve ever played. Batman: Arkham City Rocksteady Studios brought their Arkham trilogy
to places that Batman’s comics never dared venture, and broke numerous Bat-rules in the
process, like revealing Batman’s true identity to the world…and letting the Joker die. At the conclusion of Arkham City, Batman thinks
that he’s going to use an antidote to save Joker from the toxin ravaging his bony body,
but at the last moment, this happens. “People die. I stop you. You’ll just break out and do it again.” (laughs) “Think of it as a running gag…” (vial breaks) “No!” The Clown Prince of Crime dies on his own
terms, laughing about how hilarious the situation is, and Batman doesn’t have to violate his
ethics. Even though it’s a video game, it’s probably
one of the best Batman stories ever written. Take that, Frank Miller. Portal Valve created the ultimate physics playground
with their Portal series. As you fight against a tyrannical computer
artificial intelligence that’s descending into insanity, it’s not hard to guess the
game’s ending: you destroy the computer and save yourself. You wouldn’t be wrong. The unexpected part comes when the computer
actually flickers back to life, reboots itself, and sings you a song about how it’s very sarcastically
happy for you. (computerized song playing) A later patch for some versions of the game
includes a scene where the player is dragged back into the facility after their escape,
leading into the Portal sequel. That game is more of the same good stuff,
but with more Stephen Merchant. “Oh, that’s me they’re talking about!” Through an awesome series of events, the final
battle culminates in stuff being sucked into space through a portal on the Moon…and the
computer program that’s been trying to kill you for two games just decides to let you
go, once again serenading you as you depart. Which, as game endings go, is pretty weird. Far Cry Primal The regular ending of Far Cry Primal is not
very surprising. You conquer a prehistoric land, raise the
orphaned kid of a rival chief you’ve killed, and burn another lady alive in the fire that
she worships. You know, typical caveman stuff. A bit after the initial release of the game,
its publisher, Ubisoft, released Survivor Mode, which brings your hero’s semi-mystical
abilities back down to Earth and makes the game incredibly tough. Worst of all, if you die…that’s it. You have to start over from the beginning. Ubisoft repeatedly implied that if you beat
the game on Expert Survivor Mode, you’d get an amazing reward. Maybe something like a sci-fi raygun, or the
crazy fire and ice weapons from your various visions, or maybe a Prize Patrol-style giant
check? Nope. You get a video of the developers saying thanks. That’s it. Big freaking deal, guys. Worst. Surprise. Ever. Bionic Commando The original Bionic Commando is notable for
being the first platforming game that used a grappling hook mechanism, which would later
show up in countless games as an invaluable tool. Or just another way to disembowel people. “Get over here!” The 2009 version of Bionic Commando is notable
for completely different reasons. At one point near the game’s final sequence,
the secret location of hero Nathan Spencer’s missing wife is revealed … and it just happens
to be inside his bionic arm. “It’s okay. I’ll always be by your side.” (drum beat) This raises many more questions than could
possibly ever be answered, so it’s probably best we just never ask them, period. “I need an orderly with a wheelchair. I’ve got a robot hand grasping a man’s penis
out here.” Dragon Warrior Vintage Nintendo games didn’t offer too many
big surprises, but the ending of Dragon Warrior allows you to make a very challenging choice. When you finally reach the Dragonlord, the
evil dude who’s been shadowing the land with evil, it’s not just a simple hack-and-slash
conclusion. The Dragonlord asks you if you’d like to join
him in ruling the world. You can obviously say no, but if you choose
yes, you’re promised half of the world, and the screen is bathed in red. Your experience and gold instantly drain to
zero, you get immortality … and the game freezes. It’s as if even your NES is disappointed in
you. It’s kind of like the original video game
creepypasta. And speaking of creepy… Dark Seed If you ever want an evening of absolute creepout
gaming, dig up a copy of the obscure game Dark Seed. H.R. Giger’s graphics are pretty eerie, and
the game’s limited palette, discordant soundtrack, and awkward animation all add up to one big
creepfest. As the hero, you point and click your way
between Earth and a fleshy, veiny parallel dimension…all while some kind of alien baby
gestates in your head. You know, that classic video game trope. After you save the world and return to your
quiet little town, you still need to somehow get this space fetus out of your skull … so
you take an aspirin. That’s it. “My headache’s gone. Just two excedrin is all it took. Metroid It’s the original twist ending in video games. As space pirate Samus Aran, it’s your mission
to hunt down the pulsating Mother Brain and rush to escape the collapsing planet. If you do a good job, you’re rewarded with
a pretty unexpected ending: Samus removes her helmet. Yes, her: Samus was a badass woman the whole
time and you, young man, just learned a lesson in gender politics. If you beat the game in under an hour, Samus
basically strips down to her undies, which was a pretty big deal before the Internet. Thanks for watching! Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our
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40 thoughts on “Bizarre Video Game Endings That Made Us Do A Double Take”

  1. on note of the batman one considering the outcome and the set up of the next entry of the series even if that ending didn't happen in that one it probably would have in city somehow

  2. That is terrifying to burn someone alive but I loved the death of the sun daughter it was great i liked killing her over and over again but i will not do it in real life

  3. We happy few should have been on this list I found it out myself If u Decide to take the pill instead of become a downer the credits will scroll in ☺☺☺☺☺

  4. When he said that Scorpion used a grappling hook to kill Quan Chi I got pissed because the weapon he uses to kill him is called a kunai.

    Im a huge nerd

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