History EarnYourHappyEnding / VideoGames

24th Mar '17 3:48:35 AM DrZulu2010
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* In ''VideoGame/DemonGaze'', the PlayerCharacter finds out that he is a demon who has a human soul as an attempt to defeat the demons who wandered the land. During the story, he has to serve as TheAtoner after being responsible for the death of his mentor, Lancelorna. At end, he finds out that in order to eliminate all the demons, he has to die. (Being the demon Terra). In the end however, his human side survives (and his demon powers are kept) and stays in the inn with his LoveInterest and [[BabiesEverAfter raising a daughter together.]]
17th Mar '17 8:55:01 PM Nap1100
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* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', the route to the final ending E has the following scenarios: [[spoiler:the main characters find out that both their human creators and their enemies' alien creators are both DeadAllAlong, making their ForeverWar ultimately pointless; the entirety of the [=YoRHa=] androids become infected by [[TheCorruption the Logic Virus]] including 2B; 9S slowly [[SanitySlippage loses his sanity]] over learning how his struggle was meaningless and becomes hell-bent on destroying everyone; Pascal gets [[BreakTheCutie broken]] from seeing his entire village either get corrupted by the Logic Virus or [[DrivenToSuicide kill themselves out of fear]]; and 9S kills A2 at Ending D while also ungracefully accidentally impaling himself with A2's sword, killing him as well.]] Despite all of this, [[spoiler:if you help Pod 042 beat the [[NintendoHard nightmarish]] MiniGameCredits after Ending D, he and Pod 153 will find A2's, 9S's, and 2B's body parts and data and put them back together to come back to life after the war has finally ended, giving them a new chance at life that's filled with far less anguish.]] Can't do much about [[spoiler:reviving the rest of [=YoHRa=] or helping Pascal]], but it's probably the most optimistic ending to a game that could have come from [[Creator/TaroYoko the game's creator.]]
6th Mar '17 11:59:12 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''{{Rebuild}}: Gangs of Dreadville'', achieving the GoldenEnding (the only one that's not at least [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] and at worst a [[DownerEnding downer]]) requires completing many tasks as early as the second city. If you happen to miss any of the steps, you [[GuideDangIt won't get a chance to win in the best way possible]]. Oh, and you're not likely to know that something might be important, especially since the game is full of {{Red Herring}}s. [[spoiler:In Wenatchee, you need to get your hands on the Agabayani research. In Pentiction, you have to help [[PlayfulHacker 1337cREw]] break into the Government database to get a data dump of European research into the zombie virus, after which you have to decode it. In Kelowna, you have to help one of your engineers research the antivenom to a zombie bite. In Abbotsford, you have to research the cure. Also, prior to Abbotsford, you have to complete the extremely time-sensitive Monkey Blood sidequest to ensure the GoldenEnding. Finally, in Vancouver, you have to use the cure and stop the Government without nuking it]].
11th Feb '17 3:10:29 PM ElSquibbonator
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* In ''VideoGame/DepressionQuest'' you play as a person struggling with depression and trying to get their life back in order. If you make all the right choices (therapy, medication, etc.) you'll be able to avoid breaking up with your girlfriend and becoming happier overall.
6th Feb '17 5:05:06 AM Andyroid
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* In the campaign for ''VideoGame/TheFlameInTheFlood'', Scout and her CanineCompanion Aesop travel over forty miles on a raging river, facing predators, disease, deprivation, and increasingly cold weather to find some vestige of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world. Survive to the end, and [[spoiler: Scout makes it to the Kingdom, an abandoned amusement park that's been converted into a thriving settlement.]]
14th Jan '17 11:15:05 AM totoofze47
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Phoenix has to take on four seemingly impossible cases, go through all sorts of stress and hardships to win them, suffers the blow of his mentor being murdered, and ultimately has to tackle a case so difficult, it went unsolved for fifteen years. But it all pays off in the end, when all the clients are found innocent, [[spoiler:von Karma is proven to be the guilty party behind the DL-6 Case, and Edgeworth realizes that his father's death was not his fault.]]
** In the last trial of ''Justice for All'', [[spoiler:Maya is kidnapped, and Phoenix is given the SadisticChoice of getting his client (who actually ''is'' guilty, for a change) off the hook, or having Maya be killed by her kidnapper. As Gumshoe, Mia, Edgeworth, and even Franziska scramble to find some way to catch the kidnapper and save Maya, Phoenix finds himself having to either abandon his ideals and pin an innocent woman with the crime, or let Maya be killed. All the while, his reputation plumets as the audience of the courtroom has no clue why he continues to defend a man who's obviously guilty. At the very end though, thanks to last-minute evidence scrounged up, he's able to get the kidnapper to release Maya and turn on his client.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Phoenix is disbarred, [[spoiler:framed for using forged evidence]], and reduced to playing poker at a restaurant to make a living. [[spoiler:He spends several years quietly investigating the truth behind the case he lost, putting all the pieces together.]] And by the end, [[spoiler:the truth is revealed, he's proven innocent of forging evidence, and is able to retake the bar exam and become a lawyer again.]]
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of the Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of the Law.]]
14th Dec '16 4:24:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ValkyrieProfile'' is this trope embodied. Not only does the player have to go through [[GuideDangIt endless frustration]] to get to it, but in order to achieve the happy ending, the main character herself must [[spoiler:become the Lord of Creation in order to remake the worlds.]]
* ''MaxPayne2'' has the player literally earn the happy ending. Only by beating the game on the hardest difficulty level do you see the ending where Mona Sax lives.
* ''MaxPayne3'' brings the trilogy to a satisfying close with Max walking off into the sunset.

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* ''ValkyrieProfile'' ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is this trope embodied. Not only does the player have to go through [[GuideDangIt endless frustration]] to get to it, but in order to achieve the happy ending, the main character herself must [[spoiler:become the Lord of Creation in order to remake the worlds.]]
* ''MaxPayne2'' ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'' has the player literally earn the happy ending. Only by beating the game on the hardest difficulty level do you see the ending where Mona Sax lives.
* ''MaxPayne3'' ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' brings the trilogy to a satisfying close with Max walking off into the sunset.
11th Nov '16 7:30:27 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' features a literal incarnation of this trope, as most players will unexpectedly receive a bad ending after picking the wrong choices of dialogue in two different scenes. Achieving the good ending is such a GuideDangIt that beating the game actually makes you feel like you accomplished something. All of this is doubly true for the True Ending since the game ''actively tries to steer you away from it during the "ending sequence."'' Nobody said reaching out to the truth was ''easy''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' features a literal an extreme incarnation of this trope, as most players will unexpectedly receive a bad ending after picking the wrong choices of dialogue in two different scenes. Achieving the good ending is such a GuideDangIt that beating the game actually makes you feel like you accomplished something. All of this is doubly true for the True Ending since the game ''actively tries to steer you away from it during the "ending sequence."'' Nobody said reaching out to the truth was ''easy''.''easy''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' requires you to get through two extended dialogue trees and clear 4 additional dungeons to get past the two bad endings that stand in the way of the true one.
19th Oct '16 5:50:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''2'', [[WorldHalfEmpty surprisingly enough]], pulls this off in its third ending. After grueling fights, a lot of sacrifice, and torrents of blood having been spilled, the game ends with [[spoiler: both the dragons and [[GodIsEvil the Gods]] fading away, and leaving mankind free to pursue their own destiny. Meaning that Nowe and Manah will get the normal lives they longed for, Eris won't have to sacrifice her future and become the new BarrierMaiden, and the world finally regaining a semblance of peace.]] Also, a ''literal'' use of this trope since, to achieve this ending, the player must complete the game twice at the lower difficulty settings, and then finish the game in [[HarderThanHard Extreme]] difficulty.
** Subverted, the supplemental material shows that the best ending still gets screwed over. But in ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''3'''s ending D, they FINALLY pull off a positive BolivianArmyEnding, with the Grotesqueries destroyed before they really start to wreak havoc, at the sacrifice of the main character [[spoiler: and the time-traveler who made it possible, but she has at least nine sisters who are willing to deal with any more DiabolusExMachina in the future.]]

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* ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''2'', ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'':
** In the [[VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}} second game]],
[[WorldHalfEmpty surprisingly enough]], pulls this off in its third ending. After grueling fights, a lot of sacrifice, and torrents of blood having been spilled, the game ends with [[spoiler: both the dragons and [[GodIsEvil the Gods]] fading away, and leaving mankind free to pursue their own destiny. Meaning that Nowe and Manah will get the normal lives they longed for, Eris won't have to sacrifice her future and become the new BarrierMaiden, and the world finally regaining a semblance of peace.]] Also, a ''literal'' use of this trope since, to achieve this ending, the player must complete the game twice at the lower difficulty settings, and then finish the game in [[HarderThanHard Extreme]] difficulty.
** %%** Subverted, the supplemental material shows that the best ending still gets screwed over. But in ''{{Drakengard}}'' over.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''
''3'''s ending D, they FINALLY pull off a positive BolivianArmyEnding, with the Grotesqueries destroyed before they really start to wreak havoc, at the sacrifice of the main character [[spoiler: and the time-traveler who made it possible, but she has at least nine sisters who are willing to deal with any more DiabolusExMachina in the future.]]
8th Oct '16 3:52:39 PM MiinU
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*''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Done literally by Satomi, who enters the VG Tournament to win the prize money she needs [[HealthcareMotivation to pay for her kid brother's medical treatment.]] If you unlock her alternate ending, she succeeds and Daisuke makes a full recovery. They're last seen having a day out at the park to celebrate.
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