History DownerEnding / VideoGames

15th Jun '17 8:22:47 AM AlienPatch
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* In the web game ''Heir'', based on ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', after beating chapter three, a cutscene plays in which [[spoiler:the King kills the Pale Man, rather than making him his heir, as promised.]]

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* In the web game ''Heir'', based on ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', after beating chapter three, a cutscene plays in which [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:[[UngratefulBastard the King kills the Pale Man, Man]], rather than making him his heir, as promised.]]
15th Jun '17 8:05:30 AM AlienPatch
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has several:
** In the fourth case of ''Justice For All'', if you fail to present the correct evidence to the correct person in the final parts of the case, you get a bad ending in which your client and murderer Matt Engarde goes free, the innocent Adrian Andrews is found guilty, Maya is never seen again, and Phoenix runs away from the courtroom. Unfortunately, the mood of this ending is [[{{Narm}} ruined by a typo]]: "The miracle never happen."
** The fourth case of ''Trials and Tribulations'' ends with your client, who you just got off the hook, deciding to kill himself rather than let his girlfriend, who is the real murderer, get convicted. Fortunately, it's mitigated by the knowledge that the guilty party was finally nailed a year later, as played out in the game's ''[[AnachronicOrder first]]'' case.
** The verdict of the fourth case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is left entirely up to you. If you choose "Not Guilty," you get the normal, happy (and canonical) ending to the game, but if for whatever reason you choose "Guilty," the verdict is postponed until tomorrow, but in the meantime your client, who is in the hospital from being poisoned, dies, and the verdict is "postponed for eternity."
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' has three in the fifth case, and one in the DLC case. [[spoiler: Getting a game over in one of the two forced questions has [[AntiVillain Aura]] kidnap Athena. Getting a game over on Simon's testimony results in him being found guilty in Athena's place and executed. [[FromBadToWorse Aura vanishes with the hostages (including Trucy), Athena leaves the agency, Apollo is completely broken by the events, and Phoenix gives up being a lawyer.]] Lastly, getting a game over on [[BigBad Fulbright's]] final testimony results in [[BittersweetEnding Athena and Simon getting off the hook, but the phantom getting away clean and the failure to bring him to justice causing public opinion towards the law to sink even lower]]. In the DLC case, getting a game over during Rimes' Mood Matrix segment results in Orla being found guilty and put down (Sasha does get acquitted, but as a result of something she hired Phoenix to prevent from happening).]]
** Continuing the tradition, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' adds a few more. [[spoiler: If Apollo fails to keep the Founder's Orb out of [[CorruptPolitician Paul Atishon]]'s hands, Dhurke's dream of ending the Ga'ran regime is never realized and Apollo's friendship with Phoenix becomes strained. Getting a game over while guessing who was channeling [[DeadAllAlong Dhurke]] results in Dhurke being posthumously declared guilty and the cast never realizing who Inga's true killer was. Getting a game over after Amara's FalseConfession ends similarly to the previous ending, but with Amara going to trial as well. Getting a game over after accusing Queen Ga'ran results in Apollo and Nahyuta being forced into hiding and becoming the new leaders of the Defiant Dragons.]]
12th Jun '17 2:28:18 PM ShadowMan3
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** Also in the expansion pack, where [[TheDragon Arthas]] fuses with [[BigBad Ner'zhul]], creating one of the most powerful villains in the franchise. Things haven't gotten a whole lot better in the universe since then either. If how many [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils In A Can]] have become unsealed, or close to it since then, is any indication, things have gotten a whole lot ''worse''.

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** Also in the expansion pack, where [[TheDragon Arthas]] fuses with [[BigBad Ner'zhul]], creating one of the most powerful villains in the franchise. Things haven't gotten a whole lot better in the universe since then either. If how many [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils In A Can]] have become unsealed, or close to it since then, is any indication, things have gotten a whole lot ''worse''. Not even ''World of Warcraft'' made a single effort to solve this.
3rd Jun '17 2:48:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''FatalFrame'': Just about every canonical ending to the series. The [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''Crimson Butterfly'' on the {{Wii}} upped the ante by adding two more Downer Endings (neither of which are canon). The first one, "Frozen Butterfly", has [[spoiler:Mayu strangling Mio (in a reversal of the canon "Crimson Butterfly" ending), with it being implied that the girls are [[GroundhogDayLoop stuck in a loop]] which ends like this forever.]] The second, "Shadow Festival", has [[spoiler:''both'' twins getting killed by the [[EldritchAbomination Repentance]]]], though the effect is slightly offset by implying [[spoiler:that they end up TogetherInDeath.]]

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* ''FatalFrame'': Just about every canonical ending to the series. The [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''Crimson Butterfly'' on the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} upped the ante by adding two more Downer Endings (neither of which are canon). The first one, "Frozen Butterfly", has [[spoiler:Mayu strangling Mio (in a reversal of the canon "Crimson Butterfly" ending), with it being implied that the girls are [[GroundhogDayLoop stuck in a loop]] which ends like this forever.]] The second, "Shadow Festival", has [[spoiler:''both'' twins getting killed by the [[EldritchAbomination Repentance]]]], though the effect is slightly offset by implying [[spoiler:that they end up TogetherInDeath.]]
31st May '17 12:26:23 PM Onlythrice
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*** [[spoiler: Similar to the above two endings, if Javi goes after David and Gabe alone, then he finds David mortally wounded and Gabe decides to shoot him rather than have Javi do it. The three of them return to Richmond only to discover that Clem was separated from Kate after fixing the wall, and Kate was turned as a result.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Similar to the above two endings, if Javi goes after David and Gabe alone, then he finds David mortally wounded and Gabe decides to shoot him rather than have Javi do it. The three two of them return to Richmond only to discover that Clem was separated from Kate after fixing the wall, and Kate was turned as a result.]]
31st May '17 12:25:46 PM Onlythrice
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** ''A New Frontier'' has [[MultipleEndings four possible endings]], some better than others. [[spoiler:When the group finds a bulldozer to use to fix Richmond's walls during a walker invasion, Kate reveals to David that she's been sleeping with [[PlayerCharacter Javier]], causing David to snap and attack Javi before running off with Gabe. At this point the player can choose to either go after Gabe and David or help Kate fix the wall.]]
*** [[spoiler: If Clementine goes after David and Gabe while Javi goes with Kate, the two of them manage to plug the wall while Clem is only able to save Gabe, who had to MercyKill his own father after he started to turn.]]
*** [[spoiler: If Javi and Clem go after Gabe and David and leave Kate to fend for herself, they manage to save the two of them and go back to Richmond only to discover that [[HeroicSacrifice Kate was turned after fixing the wall]]. Javi can then choose to MercyKill her or leave her in that state.]]
*** [[spoiler: Similar to the above two endings, if Javi goes after David and Gabe alone, then he finds David mortally wounded and Gabe decides to shoot him rather than have Javi do it. The three of them return to Richmond only to discover that Clem was separated from Kate after fixing the wall, and Kate was turned as a result.]]
*** [[spoiler: If nobody goes after Gabe and David, then after plugging the wall they rush to the accident site only to discover that David was eaten by walkers while Gabe is dying from his wounds. After a tearful goodbye with Clem, Gabe asks Javi to give him his gun because he doesn't want to turn. Javi can choose to oblige or do it himself.]]
27th May '17 10:45:06 PM BillyMT
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* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' has you go through an intense boss fight ending with a phase that must be timed out (you can't shoot at all), only to see the titular ship explode performing its last attack on the final boss, killing both the pilot and copilot. The pseudo-prequel ''Radiant Silvergun'' has the mothership Penta being taken over by the Stone-Like, and everyone is killed except the quirky robot Creator, who resurrects the 2 main characters through cloning.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' has you go through an intense boss fight ending with a phase that must be timed out (you can't shoot at all), only to see the titular ship explode performing its last attack on the final boss, killing both the pilot and copilot. copilot.
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The pseudo-prequel ''Radiant Silvergun'' has the mothership Penta being taken over by the Stone-Like, and everyone is killed except the quirky robot Creator, who resurrects the 2 main characters through cloning.cloning, and keeping the StableTimeLoop happening indefinitely.
** The endings however work in the opposite way: Ikaruga is supposed to happen after a few thousand repetitions from Radiant Silvergun's ending, supposedly with minuscule differences between each reset, enough that humanity ''finally'' have a way to break free of said time loop. The pilots knew about the suicidal nature of their ship's last attack, [[FaceDeathWithDignity and carried through with it anyway]], [[GoOutWithASmile "to end an eternal war".]]
25th May '17 9:09:05 PM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''The Park'' ends with Lorraine being [[MindRape driven to the brink of madness]] by the park's [[EmotionEater emotional siphoning machines]] and nearly going the same way as [[SerialKiller Chad the Chipmunk]]; she recovers enough of her sanity to try and rescue Callum from the House of Horrors - only for the [[BigBad Bogeyman]] to seize control of her and force her to stab her child to death with an icepick. For good measure, Lorraine eventually [[ItsAllMyFault hands herself over to the police]], ensuring that the Bogeyman/Nathaniel Winter's crimes will go unpunished. [[spoiler: And given that the game's actually a tie-in with ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', it's soon revealed that things only get worse for Lorraine: she ends up getting press-ganged into becoming an agent of the Council of Venice and is forcibly bonded with one of the Bees, subjecting her to daily MindRape as a result of the unwilling symbiosis. By this time, she wants desperately to die, but thanks to the Bee, she ''can't,'' sending her on a thirty-year mission to successfully commit suicide. And when she finally manages it over the course of "The Seven Silences," there's a good indication that the player ends up undoing it, forcing her back into a lifestyle of indentured servitude and crippling depression.]]
12th May '17 10:50:12 AM Siempie
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** Even some of the Neutral path endings can result in this depending on who you kill and who you leave alive. For instance, [[spoiler:sparing Undyne and killing all the other boss monsters]] results in [[spoiler:a phone call from Sans telling you about how Undyne was quickly crowned queen of the underground and the first thing she did was enact an official policy that calls for any human found in the underground to be ''killed on sight''. She's more determined than Asgore ever was to break down the magical barrier and march an army of monsters against humanity. And she's vowed to personally hunt you down and kill you.]]

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** Even some of the Neutral path endings can result in this depending on who you kill and who you leave alive.
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For instance, [[spoiler:sparing Undyne and killing all the other boss monsters]] results in [[spoiler:a phone call from Sans telling you about how Undyne was quickly crowned queen of the underground and the first thing she did was enact an official policy that calls for any human found in the underground to be ''killed on sight''. She's more determined than Asgore ever was to break down the magical barrier and march an army of monsters against humanity. And she's vowed to personally hunt you down and kill you.]]
*** Killing all of the bosses but leaving some monsters alive will prompt [[spoiler: Sans to talk about how everyone has lost hope and most monsters believe everyone will die, alone, trapped in the dark. If you're killed 10 or more regular monsters, he'll end the call with the words "[[PlayerPunch go to hell".]]]]
*** Sparing all bosses but killing Mettaton will result in [[spoiler: Alphys vanishing, heavily implying she's been DrivenToSuicide. Undyne does ''not'' take this loss well, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness but not in the way you'd expect]]. She goes in a near-catatonic state, prompting Sans and Papyrus to take her in as she (depending on whether you've befriended her or not) either can't take care of herself anymore or her house has burnt down. Her [[LargeHam bombastic nature]] has all but vanished, and when Papyrus suggests getting revenge on you (something she ''passionately'' does in other endings), but according to Papyrus, her only reply was "Revenge won't bring anybody back".
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11th Apr '17 6:50:02 PM nombretomado
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** The first ''SilentHill'' had two downer endings, one with Harry and Cybil trapped in Hell together, the other being the famous DyingDream ending. Both Bad Endings have somber credits music (different from the good endings) to go with them, but the worst ending has a vocal ending theme, "Esperandote" ("waiting for you" in Spanish).
** ''SilentHill2'' has three downer endings (one of which is a secret ending). Specifically, in one ending the main character, James, commits suicide, in another he leaves the town accompanied by a sinister simulacrum of his dead wife who might be dying of the same disease she suffered, and in the secret ending he is seen rowing his dead wife's corpse to an island on the middle of a lake, with the declared intent of invoking the dark powers of the town in order to bring her back to life. But if you do things just right, he does get out okay, by choosing forgiveness and moving on. Even Laura is implied to have forgiven him.
** One of the endings of ''SilentHill3'' involves Heather failing to kill the God, instead becoming possessed by it and shooting Douglas.
** Three of the endings in ''SilentHill4'': Henry moves back into his still-haunted apartment, Eileen dies, or Walter completes his 21 sacraments and both of the protagonists die.

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** The first ''SilentHill'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' had two downer endings, one with Harry and Cybil trapped in Hell together, the other being the famous DyingDream ending. Both Bad Endings have somber credits music (different from the good endings) to go with them, but the worst ending has a vocal ending theme, "Esperandote" ("waiting for you" in Spanish).
** ''SilentHill2'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' has three downer endings (one of which is a secret ending). Specifically, in one ending the main character, James, commits suicide, in another he leaves the town accompanied by a sinister simulacrum of his dead wife who might be dying of the same disease she suffered, and in the secret ending he is seen rowing his dead wife's corpse to an island on the middle of a lake, with the declared intent of invoking the dark powers of the town in order to bring her back to life. But if you do things just right, he does get out okay, by choosing forgiveness and moving on. Even Laura is implied to have forgiven him.
** One of the endings of ''SilentHill3'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' involves Heather failing to kill the God, instead becoming possessed by it and shooting Douglas.
** Three of the endings in ''SilentHill4'': ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'': Henry moves back into his still-haunted apartment, Eileen dies, or Walter completes his 21 sacraments and both of the protagonists die.
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