Even though video games prove to be much longer in length than other forms of media and entertainment, there’s still something quite cathartic about reaching one’s end. An element which seems so easy to mess up for so many, ending a game means leaving you with a feeling that is both powerful as it is unexpected. Here is our pick for 10 of the games that did just that, delivering the best endings in history.

Silent Hill 2

Who Am I? (Silent Hill 2)

Who Am I? (Silent Hill 2)

Oh yeah! We’re kicking off this list with a kicker, and if I’m honest the endings featured here don’t really show much sign of getting brighter. Silent Hill 2 is an interesting game in the sense that your objective to find your daughter and reasons for doing so initially seems well-founded. After all it’s paternal instinct to want to protect your child. It’s rather shocking and messed up then upon discovering that protagonist James is guilty of killing his already dying wife, manifesting the various monsters and pyramid heads as punishment for himself. Then if you’re lucky UFOs show up – True story.

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