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13th Aug '17 6:00:19 PM CombativeBoil
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has five endings (one for Fate, two for UBW, two for HF) and a bunch of {{Nonstandard Game Over}}s. Its UpdatedRerelease, ''Realta Nua'', has a sort-of Golden Ending accessible only after unlocking and finishing all three routes' true endings, which [[DistantFinale takes place far after the events]] of ''Fate''. [[spoiler:It sees Saber and ([[FutureBadass at that point]]) Archer re-united in Avalon, despite [[StarCrossedLovers the events that forced them apart during "Fate"]].]]

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has five endings (one for Fate, two for UBW, two for HF) and a bunch of {{Nonstandard Game Over}}s. Its UpdatedRerelease, ''Realta Nua'', has a sort-of Golden Ending accessible only after unlocking and finishing all three routes' true endings, which [[DistantFinale takes place far after the events]] of ''Fate''. [[spoiler:It sees Saber and ([[FutureBadass at that point]]) Archer Shirou re-united in Avalon, despite [[StarCrossedLovers the events that forced them apart during "Fate"]].]]
13th Aug '17 5:56:30 PM CombativeBoil
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* ''VisualNovel/TheLetter'' allows you to get an EverybodyLives ending, and depending on your choices, it's even possible to obtain your preferred friendship and romance outcomes. [[spoiler:However, this is not the true ending of the VN. That ending requires triggering multiple character deaths that are otherwise avoidable, and ends with only three of the story's seven main characters surviving.]]



** Overall, however, the game [[DefiedTrope defies]] the idea of this trope from the get-go; the CentralTheme of ''Fate Stay Night'' is that you can't save everyone, and all the endings are bittersweet because of it.
7th Aug '17 1:12:37 PM GrandPoobahOfAllBacon
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* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' has [[spoiler: the sixth chamber Bullet Hell. Defeating the [[OutLichesAreDifferent Lich]] in this level results in the player character being flung out of the Gungeon, instead of being placed back in the Breach if they took the Gun that can Kill the Past.]]

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* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' has [[spoiler: the sixth chamber Bullet Hell. Defeating the [[OutLichesAreDifferent [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] in this level results in the player character being flung out of the Gungeon, instead of being placed back in the Breach if they took the Gun that can Kill the Past.]]
7th Aug '17 1:12:14 PM GrandPoobahOfAllBacon
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* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' has [[spoiler: the sixth chamber Bullet Hell. Defeating the [[OutLichesAreDifferent Lich]] in this level results in the player character being flung out of the Gungeon, instead of being placed back in the Breach if they took the Gun that can Kill the Past.]]
* An inverted example in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'': [[spoiler: Ending 1, the first and easiest ending to get, is the only one in which Isaac may survive.]]
3rd Aug '17 8:39:14 AM Luigifan
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* In ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'', the best ending ensures that [[spoiler:Madoka remains a MuggleBestFriend, and the {{Magical Girl}}s themselves [[EverybodyLives survive]] and accept their unfortunate circumstances]]. Though this is [[OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding the best ending for the girls]], it is not so for the rest if the world[[note]]that would be the ending that follows the path of the original anime[[/note]] since [[spoiler: Madoka deciding not to become a magical girl means that she can't defeat all witches before they are born, thereby dooming all magical girls to become witches like they always have]] and even the heroes can only look forward to [[spoiler:dying in battle one day]].

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* In ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'', the best ending ensures that [[spoiler:Madoka remains a MuggleBestFriend, and the {{Magical Girl}}s themselves [[EverybodyLives survive]] and accept their unfortunate circumstances]]. Though this is [[OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding the best ending for the girls]], it is not so for the rest if of the world[[note]]that would be the ending that follows the path of the original anime[[/note]] since [[spoiler: Madoka [[spoiler:Madoka deciding not to become a magical girl means that she can't defeat all witches before they are born, thereby dooming all magical girls to become witches like they always have]] have]], and even the heroes can only look forward to [[spoiler:dying in battle one day]].



* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' featured two golden endings, two bad endings (acquired by losing to Lavos or to Magus) and several so-so endings. Out of the two golden ones, the ending in which the Epoch is crashed (the "Balloon Ending") is considered the canon ending, with the "Epoch Ending" being a close second. The other endings don't necessarily wrap up all the plot threads, or are just plain silly (such as Marle and Lucca ranking every male character in the game.)

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' featured two golden endings, two bad endings (acquired by losing to Lavos or to Magus) Magus), and several so-so endings. Out of the two golden ones, the ending in which the Epoch is crashed (the "Balloon Ending") is considered the canon ending, with the "Epoch Ending" being a close second. The other endings don't necessarily wrap up all the plot threads, or are just plain silly (such as Marle and Lucca ranking every male character in the game.)game).



** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', meanwhile, has two different endings depending on how you beat the final boss. The bad end simply treats you to a cutscene of the final boss escaping through a portal. If you jump through a few [[GuideDangIt very well hidden]] hoops, then you get the Golden Ending. After getting it, though, you can move on to the NewGamePlus and go after the 8+ other endings.

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** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', meanwhile, has two different endings depending on how you beat the final boss. The bad end simply treats you to a cutscene of the final boss escaping through a portal. If you jump through a few [[GuideDangIt very well hidden]] well-hidden]] hoops, then you get the Golden Ending. After getting it, though, you can move on to the NewGamePlus and go after the 8+ other endings.
3rd Aug '17 7:20:40 AM Luigifan
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** The (arguable spinoff) game ''VideoGame/{{Shadow the Hedgehog}}'' has many endings ranging from good to bad to so-so depending on what objective you took (help the good guys defend the planet against the aliens, help the aliens wipe out the good guys, or just plow on and ignore all of them). [[OmegaEnding The only way to get the true ending is to replay the game repeatedly and get all ten of the endings.]A] Once that's done, the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Last Story]] will become available, and the TrueFinalBoss will reveal himself.

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** The (arguable spinoff) game ''VideoGame/{{Shadow the Hedgehog}}'' has many endings ranging from good to bad to so-so depending on what objective you took (help the good guys defend the planet against the aliens, help the aliens wipe out the good guys, or just plow on and ignore all of them). [[OmegaEnding The only way to get the true ending is to replay the game repeatedly and get all ten of the endings.]A] ]] Once that's done, the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Last Story]] will become available, and the TrueFinalBoss will reveal himself.
3rd Aug '17 6:14:57 AM Luigifan
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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', you can achieve an ending which [[spoiler:Mona Sax survives]], after finishing the game in the highest difficulty. Unfortunelly, [[spoiler: due to the events of Max Payne 3, this ending is revealed to be non-canon.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', you can achieve an ending which [[spoiler:Mona Sax survives]], after finishing the game in the highest difficulty. Unfortunelly, [[spoiler: due Unfortunately, [[spoiler:due to the events of Max Payne 3, this ending is revealed to be non-canon.]]non-canon]].



** [[UnwinnablebyMistake Bypassed entirely]] on the Gamecube, which gave out life upgrades as you progressed through the game. This caused a major glitch which could make the game unwinnable: the glitch goes unnoticed until the very end of the game, when the doors in the [[BigBad Dahaka's]] room never open.

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** [[UnwinnablebyMistake Bypassed entirely]] entirely on the Gamecube, which gave out life upgrades as you progressed through the game. [[UnwinnableByMistake This caused a major glitch which could make the game unwinnable: unwinnable]]: the glitch goes unnoticed until the very end of the game, when the doors in the [[BigBad Dahaka's]] room never open.



* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''; the first ending is the happiest, and things rapidly go downhill from there. The final ending that requires HundredPercentCompletion is a ShootTheShaggyDog story. And ''then'' [[FromBadToWorse it gets even worse]] in ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}''.

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* Inverted [[EarnYourBadEnding Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''; the first ending is the happiest, and things rapidly go downhill from there. The final ending that requires HundredPercentCompletion is a ShootTheShaggyDog story. And ''then'' [[FromBadToWorse it gets even worse]] in ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}''.



** The (arguable spinoff) game ''VideoGame/{{Shadow the Hedgehog}}'' has many endings ranging from good to bad to so-so depending on what objective you took (help the good guys defend the planet against the aliens, help the aliens wipe out the good guys, or just plow on and ignore all of them). The only way to get the true ending is to replay the game repeatedly and get all ten of the endings. Once that's done, the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Last Story]] will become available, and the TrueFinalBoss will reveal himself.
*** [[spoiler:It's Black Doom's OneWingedAngel form]], continuing the tradition of having the final battle consist of the [[EleventhHourSuperpower superpowered hero]] going up against the superpowered villain or the superpowered monster he unleashed [[spoiler:(Black Doom[[note]]or "Devil Doom", as he's known in his One-Winged Angel form[[/note]] falling into the former category.)]] Of course, the Last Story [[ButThouMust throws out the whole "you decide Shadow's moral path" gimmick]], although this is justified by the fact that [[StatusQuoIsGod the Status Quo would be radically altered]] if Shadow [[spoiler:killed Eggman and took his place]], and the possibility of a sequel would be totally ''murdered'' if Shadow sided with the Black Arms [[spoiler:and helped Black Doom achieve his aims [[ToServeMan to "serve" the entire Earth]]]].

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** The (arguable spinoff) game ''VideoGame/{{Shadow the Hedgehog}}'' has many endings ranging from good to bad to so-so depending on what objective you took (help the good guys defend the planet against the aliens, help the aliens wipe out the good guys, or just plow on and ignore all of them). [[OmegaEnding The only way to get the true ending is to replay the game repeatedly and get all ten of the endings. endings.]A] Once that's done, the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Last Story]] will become available, and the TrueFinalBoss will reveal himself.
*** [[spoiler:It's Black Doom's OneWingedAngel form]], continuing the tradition of having the final battle consist of the [[EleventhHourSuperpower superpowered hero]] going up against the superpowered villain or the superpowered monster he unleashed [[spoiler:(Black Doom[[note]]or "Devil Doom", as he's known in his One-Winged Angel form[[/note]] falling into the former category.)]] category)]]. Of course, the Last Story [[ButThouMust throws out the whole "you decide Shadow's moral path" gimmick]], although this is justified by the fact that [[StatusQuoIsGod the Status Quo would be radically altered]] if Shadow [[spoiler:killed Eggman and took his place]], and the possibility of a sequel would be totally ''murdered'' if Shadow sided with the Black Arms [[spoiler:and helped Black Doom achieve his aims [[ToServeMan to "serve" the entire Earth]]]].



** ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' has three endings per character: the bad ending, where you get none of the Chaos Emeralds, the good ending, where you get all the Chaos Emeralds but none of the Super Emeralds, and the best ending, where you get all the Super Emeralds. The good ending for Sonic's story leads directly into Knuckles's story, via TheStinger showing the Eggrobo that becomes Knuckles's recurring boss rising from the wreckage of the Death Egg. Getting the best ending with all three characters, then beating the game with Sonic (and getting the best ending) again, shows an extra scene of the three main characters posing in front of the game's logo.

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** ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' has three endings per character: the bad ending, where you don't get none a complete set of MacGuffin Emeralds[[note]]that is, either fail to acquire all of the Chaos Emeralds, and[=/=]or [[DoWellButNotPerfect acquire at least one but not all of the Super Emeralds]][[/note]], the good ending, where you get all of the Chaos Emeralds but none of the Super Emeralds, and the best ending, where you get all the Super Emeralds. The good ending for Sonic's story leads directly into Knuckles's story, via TheStinger showing the Eggrobo that becomes Knuckles's recurring boss rising from the wreckage of the Death Egg. Getting the best ending with all three characters, then beating the game with Sonic (and getting the best ending) again, shows an extra scene of the three main characters posing in front of the game's logo.



* ''PapersPlease'' has 20 possible endings, 17 of which are either bad endings or [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet endings]] at best. However if the player makes all the right choices depending on the path they choose, they could possibly earn one of the three golden endings; Either the inspector and all of his family members flee the country to start a new life, the inspector aids a radical agency and successfully overthrows their totalitarian government and receives a new job as an agent, or the inspector does a sufficient job at their post, receives a positive performance review, and is allowed to keep their job. Meanwhile, the government is making efforts to make peace with an enemy country.

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* ''PapersPlease'' ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' has 20 possible endings, 17 of which are either bad endings or [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet endings]] at best. However if the player makes all the right choices depending on the path they choose, they could possibly earn one of the three golden endings; Either the inspector and all of his family members flee the country to start a new life, the inspector aids a radical agency and successfully overthrows their totalitarian government and receives a new job as an agent, or the inspector does a sufficient job at their post, receives a positive performance review, and is allowed to keep their job. Meanwhile, the government is making efforts to make peace with an enemy country.



* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed 2015'' has six different endings, five of which are the respective endings for the five career paths. The sixth and final one becomes available after completing all five of the career paths and winning the final two races that are given to you - doubling it also as an OmegaEnding. Said ending shows [[spoiler:[[GroupPictureEnding the main cast and the five Icons having a group photo]] after a party [[BookEnds in the same club where the entire story began.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed 2015'' has six different endings, five of which are the respective endings for the five career paths. The sixth and final one becomes available after completing all five of the career paths and winning the final two races that are given to you - -- doubling it also as an OmegaEnding. Said ending shows [[spoiler:[[GroupPictureEnding the main cast and the five Icons having a group photo]] after a party [[BookEnds in the same club where the entire story began.]]]]



* The VideoGame/RPGMaker game ''VideoGame/AlterAILA'' appears to have three paths through the game. None of these paths, however, leads to any resolution for the CrapsackWorld you're in; in every case, [[HereWeGoAgain the war continues]] [[MeetTheNewBoss with a new resistance and a new tyrant]]. However, if you complete all three paths via NewGamePlus, you unlock a fourth path to the true ending, where you [[TakeAThirdOption Take A Fourth Option]] that lets you discover and resolve the real secrets of the setting, including just why [[spoiler:White]] was destined for a FaceHeelTurn if he survived, and why Green's allegiance was a SchroedingersCat in the other paths.

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* The VideoGame/RPGMaker game ''VideoGame/AlterAILA'' appears to have three paths through the game. None of these paths, however, leads to any resolution for the CrapsackWorld you're in; in every case, [[HereWeGoAgain the war continues]] [[MeetTheNewBoss with a new resistance and a new tyrant]]. However, if you complete all three paths via NewGamePlus, you unlock a fourth path to [[OmegaEnding the true ending, ending]], where you [[TakeAThirdOption Take A Fourth Option]] that lets you discover and resolve the real secrets of the setting, including just why [[spoiler:White]] was destined for a FaceHeelTurn if he survived, and why Green's allegiance was a SchroedingersCat in the other paths.
28th Jul '17 8:26:07 PM BlueCaper
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Games with golden endings tend to be a big source of debate and ire among gamers. The true ending [[OmegaEnding may only appear after you have seen all the other endings]], making the game feel artificially long just to get people to play the game more. When one ending is considered to be the true or CanonEnding, the other endings can contradict with the main story and its characters, making the player feel like the story and characters [[GainaxEnding stop making sense]]. Sometimes, fans may not agree with the golden ending and prefer one of the alternative endings to be the true one, a source of FanonDiscontinuity.

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Games with golden endings tend to be a big source of debate and ire among gamers. The true ending [[OmegaEnding may only appear after you have seen all the other endings]], making the game feel artificially long just to get people to play the game more. When one ending is considered to be the true or CanonEnding, the other endings can contradict with the main story and its characters, making the player feel like the story and characters [[GainaxEnding stop making sense]]. Sometimes, fans may not agree with the golden ending and prefer one of the alternative endings to be the true one, a source of FanonDiscontinuity.
16th Jul '17 6:50:50 AM Gosicrystal
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* Most ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books have a best ending. In some of the really annoying books, only one of the endings is good.
** And the Golden Ending in ''Inside UFO 54-40'' can't actually be reached from any option in the book. When the [[FridgeBrilliance fridge brilliance]] finally breaks through (it's a ''book'', you can go there ''any time you want'' just by turning to that page), it can be quite mind-expanding for a seven- to ten-year-old.
** ''Literature/InvadersOfHark'' has exactly one path to the good ending where your character manages to rescue the princess and get the highest possible score, but it can be LostForever with a single decision you make early on in the plot.

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* Most ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books have a best ending. In some of the really annoying books, only one of the endings is good.
** And the
The Golden Ending in ''Inside UFO 54-40'' can't actually be reached from any option in the book. When the [[FridgeBrilliance fridge brilliance]] finally breaks through (it's a ''book'', you can go there ''any time you want'' just by turning to that page), it can be quite mind-expanding for a seven- to ten-year-old.
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''Literature/InvadersOfHark'' has exactly one path to the good ending where your character manages to rescue the princess and get the highest possible score, but it can be LostForever it's {{permanently missable|Content}} with a single decision you make early on in the plot.
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