Many games will have a standard ending that occurs no matter how you play, but there are some that will give your choices weight and impact how things play out based on the decisions you’ve made. Other games give you the chance to see things play out based on which character you play as.
While the concept certainly isn’t new there are some developers that take it further than others offering a startling number of endings that would take a long, long time to experience them all legitimately. If you’re interested in diving down the rabbit hole of multiple endings, here are the games with the most.
10 Fate/Stay Night
Fate/Stay Night is a visual novel that tells of a war between seven Magi struggling to obtain the Holy Grail. The original version contained a lot of adult content that was stripped for a family friendly version, neither performed all that well.
The game presents a vast number of choices for the player to make, the wrong choices will lead to one of 40 bad endings prompting the player to start over and explaining what went wrong. The correct choices will lead to one of six good endings, giving the game a total of 46 endings.
9 Fallout 2
Probably one of the more mainstream titles on this list is Fallout 2. It’s a turn based RPG before Bethesda came along and revolutionized the series. Fallout 2 had a heavy emphasis on story and player choice, offering an incredible 47 different endings depending on how you played.
Each ending depends on who you side with, which quests you perform, and how the wars play out based on your actions. Only one of the many storylines was considered cannon as it led up to the events of Fallout: New Vegas, but many of the others were great ways to finish an interesting game.
8 Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is a fighting game that allow you to step into the shoes of many, many characters in your efforts to be the ultimate fighter between these two iconic franchises. Which character you picked ultimately determined which ending you received.
Admittedly there wasn’t much of a story going on and many of the endings are strange, quirky, and downright silly. But it’s a fun game and it is nice to see the time and dedication they had to ensure each of the 50 characters had their own ending.
7 Tekken Tag Tournament 2
The fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has 52 characters making it the largest roster in a Tekken game. Each of these 52 characters receives their own ending, assuming they get the last hit against the final boss in Arcade mode.
The endings range from dark and serious, to incredibly cheesy depending on who you play as. The great Tekken 7 would incorporate some of the more serious endings into its own story making them cannon. If you don’t have the time to beat the game as 52 characters then you can save a ton of time and watch one of the hour plus videos on Youtube.
6 BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend
The many variations of the BlazBlue Continuum game could take up most of this list so only it’s longest revision is included here. This 2D anime fighting game sees various characters jumping into the fray following the actions of a terrorist named Ragna the Bloodedge.
The game isn’t terribly popular and it plays out like a visual novel with a lot of quirky and silly moments even in the ‘true ending’ of the game. With 62 endings many fans spent an incredible amount of time beating this mediocre game over and over again just to see how everything plays out for everyone.
5 Time Travelers
Time Travelers was promoted as a game that didn’t fit into a particular genre, which led to it being poorly marketed and falling under the radar for many gamers. Essentially it’s a cinematic experience with the player making choices that affect how the story unfolds similar to Indigo Prophecy or Heavy Rain.
The player must travel back in time to prevent a cataclysmic event from killing everyone and also stop a terrorist organization known as the Mysterious Skull. The game had 69 bad endings, one good ending, and two true endings depending on the choices made.
4 Princess Maker 2
Princess Maker 2 is a simulation game that has you raising a young child over the course of eight years to become the princess of a magical kingdom. The game was originally intended to be released in North America in the mid 1990s, but thanks to development hell it didn’t see a release until the maker put it on Steam in 2016.
The game is a balancing act requiring the player to increase multiple stats, attend to the girl’s needs, and negotiate various encounters that can affect progress in positive and negative ways. Her stats, jobs, and life events all weigh in to determine which of the 74 endings the player sees.
3 428: Shibuya Scramble
Described as a sound novel, 428: Shibuya Scramble is basically a series of dialogue choices that affect the outcome of the story for five different characters involved in a kidnapping of a little girl in some way. What was interesting about the game is that the decisions made with one character could benefit or harm the situations of the other characters.
The game won a number of awards but is largely considered a cult classic unknown to many gamers, especially those in western regions. There are hundreds of story pathways that could play out all resulting in one of 87 different endings that can occur.
2 Star Ocean: The Second Story
Star Ocean: The Second Story was an RPG developed by tri-Ace known for interesting JRPGs like Valkyrie Profile and its collaboration on Final Fantasy XII-2. The Star Ocean series is seen as their flagship franchise and for good reason. The Second Story is a tale about one of the three characters embarking on an epic quest that will take them to alien planets and uncover the secrets of the universe.
This particular game was seen as a large step up in the series by delivering 87 endings. It was also very popular selling more than a million copies on the PSP.
1 Star Ocean: Second Evolution
The game with the most endings by far is Star Ocean: Second Evolution. It’s a remake of the Second Story game mentioned above. The story is relatively the same with the main characters investigating the mysterious Sorcery Globe meteor and going on an adventure through space.
Produced by Square Enix this game has a whopping 100 endings depending upon how the player managed the relationships of the characters in the game along with a few other events. A quick search on Youtube reveals the most endings any one fan has compiled is in the 70s proving this is a gargantuan game to finish even for completionists.