Opinion: Why Your Ending Sucks

Your ending sucks.

It’s kind of the universal complaint that accompanies most of the biggest games that have come out in the last couple of years. Human Revolution‘s ending was bland, Mass Effect 3‘s was a warcrime thematically, tonally, and structurally. Regardless, most of the endings I’ve seen in the last few years to games have been underwhelming to utterly grotesque. The exceptions  stand out for simple reasons that most people haven’t thought about.

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Fair warning, spoilers ahoy. If you haven’t beaten Deus Ex:Human Revolution, Mass Effect 2 or 3, you’ve been warned.

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Review: The Walking Dead: 400 Days

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When I was young, my father introduced me to a strange Vietnamese dish known as bittermelon (in English anyways). Its a round green fruit with a hole in the middle, where boiled noodles and beef were tucked into, making a strange looking dish that rivals weird food I’ve seen today. He told me it was a very specific and aquired taste; and that he’d give me $100 if I could eat one. Eager and greedy, I bit into it; a tiny bite for a tiny little 6 year old kid. I gagged and started crying, and my dad started laughing. He even brought out the money and waved it around my face. Gathering courage,I bit again and cried more. To make a long story short, I needed therapy and I didn’t get $100; but I do like bittermelon now. And Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has never been anything but a huge slice of bittermelon.

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The Last of Us: Sinners Make the Best Saints

WARNING: CONTAINS HEAVY, MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE LAST OF US

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The Last of Us is singularly the best game I’ve played when it comes to the grey areas and hard choices of survival in extreme situations. In a lot of scenarios presented in the game, there’s no clean-cut right answer. In fact, having an easy, moralistic choice would entirely defeat the point of the game. The game is in fact all about the grey areas, and the difference between our current world and the one portrayed in the game….one in which Joel is in a fact a heroic figure.

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SSE Presents: Page Raid (Ico: Castle in the Mist)

I was a spectre haunting the most recent Page Raid, blighting the landscape by the sheer power of my absence. Thankfully, contributing editor Michelle Mann and video editor Fi Miller proved more than capable of escaping my ghostly malevolence when they recorded their thoughts on Ico: Castle In The Mist.

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Preview: Card Hunter

Card Hunter is a game the eschews the traditional trappings of genre. It is at once a deck-builder, a CCG, a dungeon-crawler and a tactical strategy game. But where other games might have fallen in a jack-of-all-trades compromise, Card Hunter comfortably extends across genres with elegant design and charming writing.

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Review: The Last of Us

The Last of Us is the kind of game people wait for. It’s worth waiting for, as well. For those concerned about spoilers, there will be none in this review.

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The basic storylines of the game seems deceptively simple: a fungal apocalypse essentially destroys the world, with survivors holed up in quarantine zones. Twenty years on, said zones are downtrodden, oppressed, and  Joel, a smuggler, is hired to bring a young girl out of one of the zones to a safer place. It’s no simple task- the world we see every day has crumbled, and is populated by crazed tribes of scavengers, fungal zombies, and plenty of dangers from the environments and injury alone. The initial outset of the game seems simple, but it’s deceptively complex at times.

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Review: Marvel Heroes

Any comic book fan can tell you that crossover events can be a bit of a mess. Countdown to Final Crisis showed DC fans that a series containing all of your favourite heroes was no guarantee of quality. Marvel fans though get the unique pleasure of seeing a terrible crossover event and get to be shafted for the privilege. Welcome to Marvel Heroes.

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Review: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

As I was saying, the best DLC for Far Cry 3 would be one with barely any plot, but a dozen or so new outposts and hunts. That’s what makes Blood Dragon the ideal DLC for me, but I know there’s going to be quite a few people out there irritated by its adherence to its D-movie theme. It’s over-the-top neon-infused violence. It’s any action movie from the 80s. It’s every action movie from the 80s.

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Review: Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is a game conflicted. One on hand, it attempts to expose the primitive desire for violence and show it to be the surest path to madness. On the other hand, it lets you straight up murder dozens of people in the most bloody entertaining fashion available. When the game drops the philosophical pretence, it’s the perfect example of the fun you can have with FPS games.

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News: Torchlight Free for 12 Hours

Everyone’s favourite retailer, Good Old Games, is having a sale. Specifically, the sale involves Torchlight being entirely free. It also includes the artwork and soundtrack as bonuses. However, the sale expires today, so if you want that free game, better grab it as soon as you can.

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