History DownerEnding / VideoGames

25th Mar '17 5:26:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''StreetsOfRage 3'' route in ''StreetsOfRage Remake'' ends badly no matter what you do. If you fail to beat [[TheDragon Shiva]] before the bomb goes off, you and him die, along with a fair portion of the city destroyed as well. If you beat him in time, the bomb still goes off and destroys a portion of the city, with our heroes watching the destruction from afar. Disarming the bomb and beating Shiva results in Mr. X escaping to wreak havoc another day.

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* The ''StreetsOfRage ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 3'' route in ''StreetsOfRage ''Streets of Rage Remake'' ends badly no matter what you do. If you fail to beat [[TheDragon Shiva]] before the bomb goes off, you and him die, along with a fair portion of the city destroyed as well. If you beat him in time, the bomb still goes off and destroys a portion of the city, with our heroes watching the destruction from afar. Disarming the bomb and beating Shiva results in Mr. X escaping to wreak havoc another day.



* ''{{Somari}}'s'' ending is implied to be this, given that [[spoiler:Dr. Robotnik has all of the chaos emeralds. As they only appear in the ending and there's no way to collect them in game,]] {{Failure is the Only Option}}.

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* ''{{Somari}}'s'' ''VideoGame/{{Somari}}'s'' ending is implied to be this, given that [[spoiler:Dr. Robotnik has all of the chaos emeralds. As they only appear in the ending and there's no way to collect them in game,]] {{Failure is the Only Option}}.
21st Mar '17 1:51:45 PM Cilver
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** Ending 20, added in Afterbirth+, is a brutal MindScrewdriver. It goes through the above, OnceMoreWithClarity, confirming beyond doubt [[spoiler:that Isaac did climb into an airtight chest and suffocated to death, the game was his DyingDream, and Isaac's mother found him too late]].

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** Ending 20, the "Final ending", added in Afterbirth+, is a brutal MindScrewdriver. MindScrewdriver that somehow manages to top all the above. It goes through the above, OnceMoreWithClarity, confirming beyond doubt [[spoiler:that Isaac did climb into an airtight chest and suffocated to death, the entire game throughout all its endings was his DyingDream, and Isaac's mother found him too late]].late. He wasn't the antichrist, he wasn't chased into a hellish labyrinth of a basement, and his mother might not have even been abusive. He was just a kid who blamed himself for his parent's failed marriage, went insane and viewed himself as a demon, leading to his suicide.]].
17th Mar '17 9:36:14 AM NOYB
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** Lastly, with Ending E, Caim and his dragon follow [[spoiler:the Grotesqurie Queen through a rift that lands them in modern day Tokyo. They defeat her there,]] and just as all seems well and they rejoice, [[spoiler:they're shot down with missles from a pair of fighter jets. "Unidentified Target Neutralized."]] The credits roll, and afterwards the screen pans down to show [[spoiler:the dragon punctured through by Toyko Tower.]] This ending leads to the events in ''VideoGame/NieR'', which gives its own set of Downer Endings (see above).

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** Lastly, with Ending E, Caim and his dragon follow [[spoiler:the Grotesqurie Grotesquerie Queen through a rift that lands them in modern day Tokyo. They defeat her there,]] and just as all seems well and they rejoice, [[spoiler:they're shot down with missles from a pair of fighter jets. "Unidentified Target Neutralized."]] The credits roll, and afterwards the screen pans down to show [[spoiler:the dragon punctured through by Toyko Tower.]] This ending leads to the events in ''VideoGame/NieR'', which gives its own set of Downer Endings (see above).
6th Mar '17 5:39:15 PM Onlythrice
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** The verdict of the fourth case of ''Apollo Justice'' 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."
** ''Dual Destinies'' 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).]]

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** The verdict of the fourth case of ''Apollo Justice'' ''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."
** ''Dual Destinies'' ''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.
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5th Mar '17 5:14:47 PM nombretomado
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* The ending of the ''DungeonSiege II: Broken World'' short story, "[[http://www.2kgames.com/brokenworld/home.html Bound Together]]".

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* The ending of the ''DungeonSiege II: ''VideoGame/DungeonSiegeII: Broken World'' short story, "[[http://www.2kgames.com/brokenworld/home.html Bound Together]]".



* In the fantasy video games ''DungeonSiege'' and ''DungeonSiege II'', the heroes' final victory over the Big Bad results in a cataclysm and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Twice.

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* In the fantasy video games ''DungeonSiege'' ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' and ''DungeonSiege II'', ''VideoGame/DungeonSiegeII'', the heroes' final victory over the Big Bad results in a cataclysm and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Twice.
2nd Mar '17 8:42:57 AM Matzamurru
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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', for every possible ending. Best case scenario, you revive all your friends, send them to Sigil and then and go to the lower planes to suffer for all eternity for crimes committed by past incarnations. Alternatively, you can kill your mortality, leaving all your friends (save, possibly, one) still thoroughly dead, and you very likely facing oblivion. So oblivion or hell, no matter how nice you've been the entire game.

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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', for every possible ending. Best [[spoiler:Best case scenario, you revive all your friends, send them to Sigil and then and go to the lower planes to suffer for all eternity for crimes committed by past incarnations. Alternatively, you can kill your mortality, leaving all your friends (save, possibly, one) still thoroughly dead, and you very likely facing oblivion. So oblivion or hell, no matter how nice you've been the entire game.]]
26th Feb '17 9:11:55 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[BraveStory Brave Story: New Traveler]]'' kinda has a downer ending too. Sure, you save the girl from a evil, strangely hot-looking, half-naked, super emo, top-half-sticking-out-of-a-giant-toad's-mouth goddess]], but in the end, the whole of the land you just visited was all an illusion, your new friends will soon disappear into nothingness, and you yourself will eventually forget the entire journey.

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* ''[[BraveStory ''[[Literature/BraveStory Brave Story: New Traveler]]'' kinda has a downer ending too. Sure, you save the girl from a evil, strangely hot-looking, half-naked, super emo, top-half-sticking-out-of-a-giant-toad's-mouth goddess]], but in the end, the whole of the land you just visited was all an illusion, your new friends will soon disappear into nothingness, and you yourself will eventually forget the entire journey.
16th Feb '17 6:46:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' ends with [[spoiler:Sly himself missing in action, his friends looking for him, and [[RonTheDeathEater Penelope]] escaping from prison]]. The secret ending reveals that [[spoiler:he's in Ancient Egypt]], which would've made it a BittersweetEnding if not for the fact that [[FranchiseKiller Sanzaru has stated they will not make a sequel]]. [[FanonDiscontinuity The fandom did not take that well]].

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** ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' ends with [[spoiler:Sly himself missing in action, his friends looking for him, and [[RonTheDeathEater Penelope]] escaping from prison]]. The secret ending reveals that [[spoiler:he's in Ancient Egypt]], which would've made it a BittersweetEnding if not for the fact that [[FranchiseKiller Sanzaru has stated they will not make a sequel]]. sequel. [[FanonDiscontinuity The fandom did not take that well]].well.]]
16th Feb '17 6:38:16 PM FF32
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* ''RuleOfRose'': It is revealed that Jennifer is the sole survivor of an airship crash, and the entire game was her literally reliving her traumatic childhood memories. Everyone else, including her beloved dog Brown, is actually dead. And even worse, if not getting the good variant of the ending, then it is implied that she is ''stuck'' in that trauma, having to relive it again and again.

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* ''RuleOfRose'': ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'': It is revealed that Jennifer is the sole survivor of an airship crash, and the entire game was her literally reliving her traumatic childhood memories. Everyone else, including her beloved dog Brown, is actually dead. And even worse, if not getting the good variant of the ending, then it is implied that she is ''stuck'' in that trauma, having to relive it again and again.
16th Feb '17 5:49:43 AM MoonByte
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* ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' moves between this and BittersweetEnding. At the end, Johnny gets his wish and goes to the moon and a beautiful sequence plays out just as he dies. [[ForegoneConclusion But it was all in his head, he never really went to the moon and instead he and River had a difficult marriage and he sometimes deeply resented her]]. Plus, he never really found out why he wanted to go to the moon aka [[spoiler: that he knew River ever since he was a small child or that he had a twin brother that died in a car accident]]. And to twist the knife further, it gets heavily implied at the end that [[spoiler: Neil is dying himself]].
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