Best videogame ending ever? Call of Duty: Black Ops you say? Bollocks I say.

Honestly, before I read the news that Guinness World Records had inexplicably given the title of best videogame ending ‘EVER’ to Call of Duty Black Ops, I was actually going to write a blog condemning the negative effect that the severely OTT Call of Duty endings are having on videogames. Thing is, I just finished Resistance 3 last night and, despite it proving one of the more pleasant gaming surprises of the past 12 months (give it a go – it’s so much better than its predecessors), the rather ludicrous ending did somewhat tarnish an otherwise hugely enjoyable experience for me.

While I won’t go into spoiler territory here, what I will say is that after a somber grind through the melancholy remains of a decimated USA, Resistance 3 ends with the kind of OTT absurdity that one would now come to expect from the finale of any Call of Duty release. Don’t get me wrong, the amount of enemies you plough through in Resistance 3 inevitably falls directly into the ridiculous category, but that’s just the FPS genre for you isn’t it!? The fact is, in its current form, regardless of tone, you simply have to have a million plus bad guys to blast through just to keep the game entertaining, and until there are some major changes made to fundamental FPS design, that’s the way it’s going to stay. Even with the one man vs. army template very much in place though, those final acts at the end of Resistance 3 still seemed completely out of touch with the majority of the game that came before it.

With FPS finales becoming ever more outrageous across the board, the question is – where does this stop? Even if you just take Call of Duty on its own, how much more ridiculous can the endings become? How many times can a bad guy come back from the dead? Surely, at some point, Call of Duty, and all the other identikit shooters out there are going to have to go for something more emotionally dramatic rather than the constant one-upmanship in visual mayhem that is currently taking place.

Well, some games are already there, and that, amidst an array of other equally relevant arguments make the declaration of Call of Duty: Black Ops as the finest videogame ending of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records just as ludicrous as the ending of the game itself – case in point: Red Dead Redemption. Again, I won’t go into spoiler territory here, but needless to say, in terms of striking a balance between being visually striking and dramatically poignant, Red Dead Redemption’s ending absolutely wipes the floor with Black Ops’ rather one note denouement. The fact that Red Dead Redemption does make the top 10 (see the full list below) does ease the pain a bit, but really, Black Ops? Jeez.

The thing is, for all of my belly aching, the fact remains that the good folk at Guinness didn’t vote Black Ops number one – the people did. So, the real question I guess we should all be asking is – who eaxactly did Guinness ask?  Based on the answer, I’m guessing a pretty narrow selection of male gamers, largely from the US, few of whom who would be over the age of 17. Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I’m underestimating the power of the Call of Duty brand? Heck, I might even be selling Black Ops’ ending short. Maybe it is that good……actually, scratch that, it’s not that fucking good at all. I’ve played the game, I’ve seen the ending. It’s ok…..ish. The fact of the matter is; voting Black Ops’ finale as the greatest of all time is akin to voting Transformers 3 the greatest movie ever made. Whatever the case may be, if the fault lies with Guinness or the people at large, somebody is wrong. Very, very wrong.

So, with my rant well and truly out of the way, what is your favorite videogame ending of all time?……and don’t go telling me it’s Black fucking Ops!

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 Two

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. Pokemon 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

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