Video games are a convoluted medium that perplexes their players for no good reason. After a lengthy plot, everyone can agree that a reasonable conclusion is expected. A bad ending can be disheartening, making you wish you never played the game in the first place. An effective video game ending sets up the series for a sequel or resolves all the plot points in an orderly fashion.
Warning!!! Spoilers ahead. The following games, although they can be masterful, have endings that are let downs. You could play an entire game, love it, and hate the conclusion. These are 10 dramatic video game endings that were disappointing.
10 Halo 2
The ending of Halo 2 could be the worst in the Halo series. For people who were there to experience Halo 2 when it launched, it was a real slap in the face to see this ending. Knowing it would be years until you could see it conclude was disappointing.
After the fascinating story with the Arbiter and the return of the Flood, the story concludes as a promo for Halo 3. Master Chief exclaims, "sir....finishing this fight!" The screen then fades to black. You sit there wondering what happeneded with the Prophets and all its other plot points. It seems like a lazy way to conclude such an epic game, but it could have been worse.
9 No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky was a topic of discussion when it released because of bold claims by its developers. Although not present at the launch, some of the promised features were soon added.
It's now a phenomenal spacefaring game, but No Man's Sky's ending has to be one of the most disappointing in recent times. The overarching objective is to reach the center of the galaxy. Once you do, the Atlas gives you the option to reset the galaxy or continue playing. There isn't an intriguing conclusion to the game that is craftily told or satisfying.
8 Blair Witch
The story of the Blair Witch is a hot mess that blurs the lines between reality and imagination. As someone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Ellis seeks redemption as he tries to save a boy (Peter) who is thought to be lost in the woods.
The endings of Blair Witch are filled with horror as ambiguity. Bullet, the dog, seemingly passes away. Peter is never rescued, so we don't get the satisfying ending we hoped for. As for Carver, depending on your ending, you either become the new Carver or are killed by him. Blair Witch left a summary of future events in post-script. Thankfully, Bullet survived, giving everyone a huge sigh of relief.
7 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
At the ending of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End we get a peaceful ending that is practically unheard of in video games. We gain control of Nathan Drake's daughter, Cassie Drake, who finds a treasure trove of collectibles that reveal Nathan's past adventures. She's not supposed to be going through her father's private collection, but he's not mad when he finds out.
The ending doesn't leave much room for the next game, which is why we hate it the most. We don't get closure to other characters like Chloe. For closure, developer Naughty Dog wants you to purchase The Lost Legacy DLC. By the way, we do recommend playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
6 God Of War
So the consensus seems to be that Atreus is actually Loki because that's what Atreus's mother named him. Players are expected to interpret the ending of God of War based on hieroglyphs. There is not much explanation given by Kratos, so there is a lot to interpret at the end of God of War.
This whole time, Fey (Kratos's wife) kept secret that she was a giant and Kratos kept secret he was a god. And how about that secret ending? Thor appears at the door (not unusual for God of War) and challenges Kratos to a fight. Could Thor Ragnarok meet God of War in the sequel?
5 Gears 5
Since this is a recent game, we have to remind you that this text is filled with spoilers.
Gears 5's ending is one of the latest to join the list of bad video game endings. After an explosive return to the Gears of War story, Gears 5 gives players a choice where they must decide between saving Del or DJ. The ending was bad for failing to set up the next Gears game. Moreover, they decided to kill off Cole Train.
Will Del or DJ live in the next game? Depending on who you chose, it could be either character. Perhaps the game's developers will give closure for each character before removing them. Gears 6 may have a new cast of characters entirely. Does anyone else smell a spiritual reboot?
4 Kingdom Hearts 3
With one of the most confusing plots in video game history, Kingdom Hearts gives the whole-hearted happy ending that many had hoped. The conclusion of Kingdom Hearts 3 wasn't actually that bad. But for the game as a whole, it was a terrible way to end the Kingdom Hearts series. It's hard to criticize an ending to a game that ties most of the knots and is happy.
After a tear drops down Kairi's cheek, Sora fades away and vanishes—possibly symbolizing that it was all a dream. We can speculate, but the ending may not be as cheery as it seems.
3 Life Is Strange
Nathan Prescott is caught in both endings of Life is Strange, which is off to the right start. Had Rachel Amber appeared in person, we might have been okay with the conclusion of Life is Strange. She serves as a major character but is never formally introduced.
Max can use her power to either "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" or "Sacrifice Chloe." One creates a natural disaster while the latter kills Chloe's best friend. Both ending are dreadful and don't give you the closure you expect. Games that give ambiguous endings are the worst.
We hardly received closure to the Banjo-Kazooie series after the disappointing ending of Banjo-Tooie. As you may have guessed, the game ends with a heated clash with the witch Gruntilda. She forces you to answer questions in return for helping you through the battle. If you're not already bored, you might be interested to learn that the game leaves a cliffhanger.
As the game's characters are playing hacky-sack with her head, Gruntilda exclaims, "You! Just you wait until Banjo-Threeie..." It's been almost twenty years, and we're still waiting for Banjo-Threeie.
1 Batman: Arkham Asylum
At the ending of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Joker turns into a giant mutant and challenges Batman to a head-on battle. A head-on-battle is so out of character for the villain. Had the ending been Joker got away, and it left a cliffhanger, the end may have been somewhat believable.
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a fantastic game, but the way it ended doesn't do the story justice. Batman winds up defeating Joker with an explosive gel punch. How this punch hurt a venom-enhanced Joker and didn't severely injure Batman is perplexing.