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CoD: Black Ops Has The Best Ending Ever

Yes, really.

Guinness World Records have released a list showing the 50 best video game endings of all time, as voted for by 13,519 gamers. Call of Duty: Black Ops tops that list. The top 5 also included Halo: Reach, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, CoD: Modern Warfare 2 and God of War.

“Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it’s an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie.” said Gaz Deaves, the Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition.  “This list recognises some of the greatest endings and hopefully will get gamers talking about what are their favourites and why.”

The full list, which is in ascending order, is below.

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

Source: Guinness World Records

67 Comments
  1. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    No Catherine?
    No Enslaved?
    No Final Fantasy X?
    No Heavenly Sword?

    This list upsets me :(

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:13.
  2. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Infamous had a great twist at the end, can’t think of another game that’s really surprised me with it ending.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:18.
  3. Mick939
    Member
    Since: Forever

    The fact the mgs scored so low in the list is ridiculous, reach had a good ending but as it was in no way a surprise (everyone knew the end of reach) it in no way deserved to be so high. The fact i barely remember the end of black ops kinda shows how memorable it was.

    I do remember though being almost teary as Snake crawled down the irradiated halway being shocked, almost dead, whilst Mei ling watched in terror as her ship was torn apart by rays, Meryl and Jonny fought together and Raidan fought ninja style with no arms. All leading to Snakes fight against ocelot and his emotional meeting with ‘Big Boss’”I’m taking it upon myself to turn zero back to nothing”.

    And I haven’t played it through in a long time, but i will now in fact i can’t wait to now.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:22.
    • BrendanCalls
      Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
      Since: Forever

      Im the same, Ive been totally inspired to play MSG4 all over again and as soon a is possible getbthe MGS HD Collection

      Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 12:44.
  4. wirralsman
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Hang on a minute… People have played the single player campaign in a Call of Duty game?

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:27.
  5. Moshbag
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    This list suggests the survey demographic was skewed towards the younger generation, I wonder where the survey was advertised or who it was sent out to. My vote would go to Abe’s Oddysee, Ico or Mass Effect 2.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:34.
  6. markglynne
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Sigh, posts like these make me lose my faith in gaming society, not that i am saying the Cod franchise is rubbish i enjoyed the campaigns in all of the games and most of the games in the list however people are purely voting on it due to multiplayer etc, i sometimes wish the gaming community stayed small and selective.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:37.
  7. Burgess_101
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Well one of my favourite story’s was Mafia II. I can not believe COD is top.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:40.
    • Rocket_345
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      That’s a point. Where is Mafia II. One of my favourite games this gen and the ending was brilliant. Totally underated game.

      Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 11:37.
      • OriginalJonty (Aran Suddi)
        Member
        Since: Sep 2011

        It was definitely one of the more well done endings of a game. Simple but poignant.

        Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 12:58.
    • freezebug2
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Cool, just playing through the game now for the first time. Not too far off the end actually, well chapter 12 anyway, so I’ll look forward to the ending scenes ;)

      Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 11:57.
  8. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Wow can’t believe Blops is at the top of the list. Disappointed to see Bioshock down in 35th, such an amazing story and great twist at the end. I really enjoy the overall story in the AC games as well, and a bit surprised to see them not higher up the list.

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:48.
  9. pawski
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Crap list. Where is golden axe ffs. Fail

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:49.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I disagree with this list. Why is there only 1 FF game? It can’t be because of one game per series as tis obvious.

    No DAO? Why is Fallout 3 on the list as imo the ending is pretty weak.

    They didn’t ask enough gamers as i recall none of the major gaming sites reporting on the poll. And it seems a lot of fanboys have used it to vote for their favorite game. :(

    Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 10:50.

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