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Guinness World Records Reveals Best Videogame Ending Of All Time...

Jonathan Lester
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Guinness World Records Reveals Best Videogame Ending Of All Time...

... Black Ops?!!?

The Guinness Book Of World Records has officially collated the Top 50 videogame endings of all time in their latest edition, ostensibly collecting results from over 13,000 gamers.

And it's bollocks.

Sorry. I usually strive to maintain professional detachment when writing news posts, but this is a travesty. According to the list, Call Of Duty: Black Ops has the best ending, of any videogame, ever. Followed by Halo Reach. Really.

Other 'highlights' include Star Wars: Force Unleashed II, though I suppose that the ending is the best bit of that game. We've got the full chart below... and try not to spit on it. You'll need to clean your screen afterwards.

From the press release:

Last year’s best-selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by Treyarch, tops the list. The dramatic finale features a frantic shoot-out inside a submarine and provides our hero Mason the chance to take vengeance for a murdered friend. The closing sequence offers a new twist on the classic JFK conspiracy theory.

Here we go:

50. Resident Evil 4

49. Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic

48. Ratchet & Clank: a Crack in Time

47. Crysis 2

46. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

45. Call of Duty: World at War

44. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

43. Half-Life 2: Episode Tow

42. Super Metroid

41. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

40. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

39. inFamous

38. Fallout 3

37. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

36. Gears of War 2

35. Bioshock

34. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

33. Sonic Adventures 2

32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

31. Kingdom Hearts II

30. Mass Effect

29. Super Mario Galaxy

28. Sonic the Hedgehog

27. Metal Gear Solid

26. Assassin's Creed II

25. Assassin's Creed

24. Shadow of the Colossus

23. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

22. Kingdom Hearts

21. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

20. Super Mario Galaxy 2

19. Mass Effect 2

18. Grand Theft Auto IV

17. Portal 2

16. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

14. Halo: Combat Evolved

13. Halo 3

12. Pokémon Black and White

11. Super Mario Bros

10. Heavy Rain

9. Final Fantasy VII

8. Metal Gear Solid 4

7. Portal

6. Red Dead Redemption

5. God of War

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

2. Halo: Reach

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops


Add a comment10 comments
Tsung  Feb. 10, 2012 at 12:28

The best video game ending ever?, the list is all wrong. The best ending has to be any game where two words appear at the end of the game. "Game Over".

If that doesn't count, then go back to the late 1980's where the ending of Golden Axe was worth all the extra 10p's entered to continue.

Golden Axe Ending.. Epic!!

Clearly these people have no idea what makes a good ending :)

JonLester  Feb. 10, 2012 at 13:37

Addendum: I'm just as disappointed by Halo Reach getting second place. Good game, but the last level was incredibly limited in scope compared to the rest of the series... and ended with a turret section that lets you just get out and hide behind a gun for two minutes. Not to mention a closing cinematic that literally reveals nothing new about the universe or lore. Admittedly, though, the playable post-credits sacrifice section was rather satisfying.

Just one of many bizarre instances. Metal Gear Solid under Assassin's Creed and MGS 4? Super Metroid near the bottom of the list? Crysis 2 being *on* the list? Mass Effect 2's lame-duck cliffhanger and contrived boss fight... WELL ABOVE THE ORIGINAL MASS EFFECT?!!

I could go on, and I probably will. But I suppose that's exactly what GWR wants. This level of mass trolling is great for publicity.

Right, our next Top Ten Tuesday is a given. Let's do it properly.

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:46
DivideByZero  Feb. 10, 2012 at 13:56

Man, I have only completed 6 of the top 10. I thought the Blops ending was OK, probably top 10 material, but I would say the end of MW2 was the best in the CoD series.

Who actually compiled this list and have they ever played a game in their life?

RaZarati  Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:19

I've seen the Guinness World Records list for the Best Characters of All Time, and now this.

I am not amused.

wonneil  Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:22

Number 21 in the list is my favourite, I can't remember any other endings but the Uncharted 2 ending is an unforgettable classic...

Elena Fisher: So, on a scale of one to ten, how scared were you that I was gonna die?
Nathan Drake: Four.
Elena Fisher: Four?!
Nathan Drake: Yeah, why?
Elena Fisher: A four?
Nathan Drake: Yeah.
Elena Fisher: You were at least an eight.
Nathan Drake: An eight?
Elena Fisher: You were a total eight.
Nathan Drake: An eight? Those guardian things were an eight.
Elena Fisher: Are you kidding me?
Nathan Drake: Yeah, those were terrifying.
Elena Fisher: Then what's a ten?
Nathan Drake: Clowns.
Elena Fisher: Clowns over my death?
Nathan Drake: I hate clowns.


AMO  Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:38

I'm not sure if these endings are mainly based on the best graphical endings which explains why so many of the newer games are on here.

I would have thought that this chart would have been dominated by RPG type of games - certainly for older games.

My personal favourite is the ending to Phantasy Star II on the Sega Megadrive.

AMO  Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:41

... go back to the late 1980's where the ending of Golden Axe was worth all the extra 10p's entered to continue.

Golden Axe Ending.. Epic!!

Clearly these people have no idea what makes a good ending :)

I forgot about that Golden Axe ending.....since the arcade I got the Sega Megadrive version which is really good and after you free the king and queen there is an extra level behind the doors!!!

MattGardner  Feb. 10, 2012 at 14:57

@wonneil - Uncharted 2's ending is a lovely little snapshot of why we love that series, brilliantly characterised banter between two incredible likeable leads.

I think Ocarina's entry at #3 is completely justified. It's a fantastic finale - the battles with both Ganondorf and Ganon and then the sweet final scene that comes full circle. Utterly brilliant.

ChunkyK  Feb. 10, 2012 at 22:32

I think one of the best ending (or the best WTF ending ?) was this one from Monkey Island 2:

Melonsmells  Feb. 16, 2012 at 15:42

I think a lot of the "gamers" asked didn't understand the question :(

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