Foreword: One year ago, gamers around the world complained about the ending of Mass Effect 3 causing rabid petitions to start, chaos to be created, and so many angry fan letters that BioWare did in fact release a ‘proper’ ending. I decided to capitalize on the displeasure by making this post about BioWare changing every ending to video games. Just goes to show no one is ever truly satisfied with the finished product. Even better, Mass Effect 3 still won countless Game of the Year awards alongside The Walking Dead: The Game so I guess the complaints were not really worth it. Go on and read the humor of last year!
With the whole debacle of Mass Effect 3 and fans protesting the ending and forcing BioWare to change their ‘proper’ dark ending to a happier one, I started thinking ‘What if other companies had the courage, skill, and integrity to change other endings from video games to make the fan base happier”. I brought it upon myself to put give this a go and present the Top 10 Video Game Endings…If Redone by BioWare.
10. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
Original Ending: As Wander life finally hangs on the edge after being possessed by the spirit of Dormin after helping him the entire game, he is now turned to a full on colossi. Wander dies after the spirit is sucked into a vortex as Mono, the girl you have fought for, finally awakes with your trusty horse, Agro, by your side. She finds a pool of water in which she finds Ico. This is considered one of the best endings for a video game.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Wander decides to fight off Dormin within him by having a shouting match with him, causing Dormin to separate from Wander and form into Dark Wander as they begin to get into a hand to hand sword fight. Light Wander decides against it and uses his bow and arrow to deliver a blow to the heart of Dark Wander. After Dark Wander is defeated, Light Wander runs to Mono and decides to kiss her as she miraculously wakes up with Agro and Wander and Mono ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after.
9. Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Original Ending: Mario makes his way through eight worlds after being told by Toad that the princess was in another castle every castle he gets to. After defeating Bowser for about the eighth time, the princess is found in the eighth castle waiting for you.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: The Princess is in the first castle.
8. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
Original Ending: John Marston dies at the hands of betrayal of the government in a standoff while defending his family. His son, Jack, and wife, Abagail, finds his body and buries him. Later in the future, Jack Marston finds his father’s killer and kills him in cold blood for an amazing epilogue to already one heck of an ending.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: John Marston survives in a standoff with the government using his dead eye to take out all twenty or so men. His son and wife come back and are shocked he survived. Years later, The Marston Family are rich and become a powerhouse in Blackwater, eventually leading John and Jack to get into politics and win the Presidental election.
7. Portal (2007)
Original Ending: After defeating the villainous GLaDOS, Chell escapes through transports to the suface with the remains of GLaDOS around her. After, we see are beloved cake we longed for as the credits play ‘Still Alive’ by GLaDOS herself.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Actually, Valve is one step ahead by changing a piece of the ending before Portal 2’s announcement…so that one thing. BioWare instead would let you have your cake and eat it too as we watch Chell eat as ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ plays…and is sung by GLaDOS.
6. Kingdom Hearts II (2005)
Original Ending: Sora and Riku return home to Destiny Islands with their friends and celebrate as they saved the day…for now. We also see the various happy endings of all our favorite Disney pals. After the credits, they get a letter from Mickey which the contents are never revealed.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Sora and Riku return home to Destiny Islands with their friends, only to be forced back into the world after a new threat breaks. This time, Sora and Riku are stolen away as Kairi must team with Donald and Goofy to rescue them…this time with Mickey on their team. Because of this, new Disney worlds are threatened, including Andy’s Room and Prydain. After the credits, a letter by Mickey appears on screen reading “Just because you get one happy ending, doesn’t mean it’s over yet”.
5. Double Dragon (1987)
Original Ending: Playing co-op with your best bud, you (as Billy) realize that your friend (as Jimmy) was the bad guy the whole time resulting into a battle to the death in the game itself!
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Playing co-op with your best bud, you (as Billy) realize that your friend (as Jimmy) was the bad guy the whole time resulting in the screen going dark and having text reading “Fight your friend to the death” to battle to the death…in real life!
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Original Ending: As the Seven Sages lock Ganondorf into the dark realm as he vows for revenge, Link and Zelda have one final moment. Zelda then uses the Ocarina of Time to send Link back to his childhood to regain lost time. After the credits we see Zelda and Link meet once again in the castle garden.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: As the Seven Sages lock Ganondorf into the dark realm as he vows for revenge, Link and Zelda have one final moment, resulting in a kiss. Zelda holds Link’s hand as she play the Ocarina of Time as they both return to their childhood to regain lost time. After the credits, an older Link and Zelda are in the garden as Ganondorf appears before them, kidnapping Zelda and starting the events of Ocarina of Time once again, a la Ghost N’ Goblins.
3. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Original Ending: After fighting Clayface, Batman destroys Ra’s Lazarus Pit and drinks some of the antidote. Batman is then attacked by The Joker, causing the vial to drop and break. The Joker tries get some of the cure but dies. Batman takes his corpse outside and presents it to Gordon and the rest of the GCPD.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Batman destroys the Lazarus Pit, drinks some of the antidote while Batman is attacked by The Joker, causing it to break. Joker begins to lick some of it, but then dies. Batman carries his corpse out and presents it to Gordon and the rest of the GCPD. Batman leaves to Gotham as The Joker is taken into an ambulance for some revival. Once in the ambulance, we hear a cackle from The Joker as he shoots the ambulancemen and escapes just in time of another sequel.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
Original Ending: Sonic defeats Robotnik as the Death Egg explodes. Tails rides in his airplane to save a falling Sonic and bring him back down to Mobius with all the Chaos Emeralds in tact.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: Sonic defeats Robotnik as the Death Egg explodes. Tails rides in his airplane to save a falling Sonic. Meanwhile, the Death Egg crashes down to Mobius, killing Sonic and Tails in a collision.
1. Mass Effect 3 (2012)
Original Ending: All three choices result in Shepard’s death, the destruction of the mass relay network, the Normandy crash landing, and the team looking at the sky. In the end credits, a man and child are are looking at the skies with the man talking about the whole universe. The child wants to be told the story of the Shepard.
BioWare ‘New’ Ending: The ending is replaced by a $15 DLC pack to replace the ending pissing off gamers everywhere. The pack’s name: “The Whiners in the Distant”