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19th Aug '16 2:16:35 PM Josef5678
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** The ability to complete sidequests and the DLCs with ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' leads to the HilariousInHindsight moments where the Illusive Man helpfully points you toward these missions ''after'' you've quite possibly [[spoiler: destroyed the Collector Base he wanted, transferred the loyalty of the Cerberus crew of the ''Normandy 2'' from Cerberus to you, made two of his senior lieutenants quit Cerberus to also join you, have basically stolen the massive investment that was the ''Normandy 2'', (which EDI reveals makes up a rather significant chunk of Cerberus personnel and capacity), and probably told him to go fuck himself.]] The only DLC that doesn't fall into this is "Arrival," which has you working on behalf of [[BigGood Admiral Hackett]] instead.

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** The ability to complete sidequests and the DLCs {{DLC}}s with ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' leads to the HilariousInHindsight moments where the Illusive Man helpfully points you toward these missions ''after'' you've quite possibly [[spoiler: destroyed the Collector Base he wanted, transferred the loyalty of the Cerberus crew of the ''Normandy 2'' from Cerberus to you, made two of his senior lieutenants quit Cerberus to also join you, have basically stolen the massive investment that was the ''Normandy 2'', (which EDI reveals makes up a rather significant chunk of Cerberus personnel and capacity), and probably told him to go fuck himself.]] The only DLC that doesn't fall into this is "Arrival," which has you working on behalf of [[BigGood Admiral Hackett]] instead.
30th Jul '16 4:49:56 PM nombretomado
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* The ''DarkSun'' games from SSI let you keep playing after completing the game. In the first game in particular you could revisit the villages who helped you in the final battle and they would all acknowledge your efforts.

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* The ''DarkSun'' ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' games from SSI let you keep playing after completing the game. In the first game in particular you could revisit the villages who helped you in the final battle and they would all acknowledge your efforts.
19th Jun '16 10:10:13 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the FinalBoss, you get a chance to say goodbye to everyone in Thurgical before going back to your own world.






* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the FinalBoss, you get a chance to say goodbye to everyone in Thurgical before going back to your own world.
19th Jun '16 10:09:52 AM Prfnoff
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* Once you beat the FinalBoss in ''[[ShinMegamiTensei DemiKids]]'', you're actually given ''three' different options, letting you proceed with a PlayableEpilogue, go back a little bit in time to an EndgamePlus, or starting all over again with all of your things intact in a NewGamePlus. The PlayableEpilogue can be considered the "real" ending: In addition to [[spoiler: bringing all your deceased friends BackFromTheDead]], it lets you recruit a whole host of OlympusMons, including [[spoiler: Lucifer, the BigGood himself.]]

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* Once you beat the FinalBoss in ''[[ShinMegamiTensei ''[[VideoGame/DevilChildren DemiKids]]'', you're actually given ''three' different options, letting you proceed with a PlayableEpilogue, go back a little bit in time to an EndgamePlus, or starting all over again with all of your things intact in a NewGamePlus. The PlayableEpilogue can be considered the "real" ending: In addition to [[spoiler: bringing all your deceased friends BackFromTheDead]], it lets you recruit a whole host of OlympusMons, including [[spoiler: Lucifer, the BigGood himself.]]



* All of the ''{{Pokemon Mystery Dungeon}}'' games have a sizable amount of dungeons to explore that only become available after the ending, along with some extra story bits that tie up the loose ends left after the main plot.

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* All of the ''{{Pokemon Mystery Dungeon}}'' ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games have a sizable amount of dungeons to explore that only become available after the ending, along with some extra story bits that tie up the loose ends left after the main plot.plot.
* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the FinalBoss, you get a chance to say goodbye to everyone in Thurgical before going back to your own world.
25th May '16 2:25:48 AM Rakurai
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* All of the ''{{Pokemon Mystery Dungeon}}'' games have a sizable amount of dungeons to explore that only become available after the ending, along with some extra story bits that tie up the loose ends left after the main plot.
22nd May '16 1:18:27 PM nighttrainfm
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** The ability to complete sidequests and the DLC's with ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' leads to the HilariousInHindsight moments where the Illusive Man helpfully points you toward these missions ''after'' you've quite possibly [[spoiler: destroyed the Collector Base he wanted, transferred the loyalty of the Cerberus crew of the ''Normandy 2'' from Cerberus to you, made one his his senior lieutenants quit Cerberus to also join you, have basically stolen the massive investment that was the ''Normandy 2'', (which EDI reveals makes up a rather significant chunk of Cerberus personnel and capacity), and probably told him to go fuck himself.]] The only DLC that doesn't fall into this is "Arrival," which has you working on behalf of [[BigGood Admiral Hackett]] instead.

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** The ability to complete sidequests and the DLC's DLCs with ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' leads to the HilariousInHindsight moments where the Illusive Man helpfully points you toward these missions ''after'' you've quite possibly [[spoiler: destroyed the Collector Base he wanted, transferred the loyalty of the Cerberus crew of the ''Normandy 2'' from Cerberus to you, made one his two of his senior lieutenants quit Cerberus to also join you, have basically stolen the massive investment that was the ''Normandy 2'', (which EDI reveals makes up a rather significant chunk of Cerberus personnel and capacity), and probably told him to go fuck himself.]] The only DLC that doesn't fall into this is "Arrival," which has you working on behalf of [[BigGood Admiral Hackett]] instead.
22nd May '16 11:41:12 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''SteambotChronicles'' allows you to continue the game a year after the ending, starting from [[spoiler:your returning from travelling abroad if you got the good ending, or spending a year in prison if you got the bad ending.]]

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* ''SteambotChronicles'' ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' allows you to continue the game a year after the ending, starting from [[spoiler:your returning from travelling abroad if you got the good ending, or spending a year in prison if you got the bad ending.]]



* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' lets you play even after you've beaten Gruntilda, just in case you may have forgotten some notes or forgot to get the infamous Stop 'n' Swap eggs. You can even visit Gruntilda's (methaphoric, as she is stuck but still alive) grave and dance on it. ''Banjo-Tooie'' allows this as well.
* Once you finish the FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', you then get Purple comets, which makes more Stars to get. If you get all of these though, you still aren't finished. You can then [[spoiler:play as Luigi]]. This lets you play through the whole game again, beating the final boss again, then getting all the stars again, which unlocks [[spoiler:the Grand Finale Galaxy, which returns you to the Star Festival from the beginning of the game, and allows you to get one last star with each Mario brother and a congratulatory message from Nintendo.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has an entire world (World S) playable after the final Bowser battle. And after collecting every single star (normal and green), the [[spoiler:Grandmaster Galaxy]] is unlocked, having two new stars (and two of the hardest to get in the entire game, no less).

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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' lets you play even after you've beaten Gruntilda, just in case you may have forgotten some notes or forgot to get the infamous Stop 'n' Swap eggs. You can even visit Gruntilda's (methaphoric, as she is stuck but still alive) grave and dance on it. The sequels ''Banjo-Tooie'' allows and ''Nuts And Bolts'' allow this as well.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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Once you finish the FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', you then get Purple comets, which makes more Stars to get. If you get all of these though, you still aren't finished. You can then [[spoiler:play as Luigi]]. This lets Luigi]] in a NewGamePlus, so you can play through the whole game again, beating the final boss again, then getting all the stars again, which unlocks [[spoiler:the Grand Finale Galaxy, which returns you to the Star Festival from the beginning of the game, and allows you to get one last star with each Mario brother and a congratulatory message from Nintendo.]]
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has an entire world (World S) playable after the final Bowser battle. And after collecting every single star (normal and green), the [[spoiler:Grandmaster Galaxy]] is unlocked, having two new stars (and two of the hardest to get in the entire game, no less).less).
** Both ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' have special worlds unlocked after the FinalBoss is defeated. And in both cases, you unlock a secret character.



* The [[spoiler:Golden Temple]] in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' serves this role. More so in the [=3DS=] version which has multiple levels instead of just one (Wii version). There's also Mirror Mode, but there the [[spoiler:Golden Temple]] and every other level is unlocked de facto, thus averting this trope in that case.

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* The [[spoiler:Golden Temple]] in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' serves this role. More so in the [=3DS=] version which has multiple levels instead of just one (Wii version). There's also Mirror Mode, but there the [[spoiler:Golden Temple]] and every other level is unlocked de facto, thus averting so it feels more like an open-ended NewGamePlus where you have to clear all levels again regardless of order. All of this trope in that case.holds true for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'', only replacing Mirror Mode with the similar Hard Mode.



* The NES ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games are the TropeMaker here; from the very first game, in fact.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' for the DS does this to a far greater extent than the first game, partially because you can save your game and continue to explore the world after defeating the final boss. After defeating said final boss, there are some loose ends to tie up, after which there's an almost endless variety of randomly generated grottoes to find and explore, extra sidequests to complete, things to make using the Alchemy Pot, a veritable army of {{Bonus Boss}}es and even a bit more backstory is revealed. Some dare say that the whole 40 hour+ main story is only the beginning of your adventures.

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* The NES ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games are the TropeMaker here; from the very first game, in fact.
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fact. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' for the DS does this to a far greater extent than the first game, partially because you can save your game and continue to explore the world after defeating the final boss. After defeating said final boss, there are some loose ends to tie up, after which there's an almost endless variety of randomly generated grottoes to find and explore, extra sidequests to complete, things to make using the Alchemy Pot, a veritable army of {{Bonus Boss}}es and even a bit more backstory is revealed. Some dare say that the whole 40 hour+ main story is only the beginning of your adventures.



** ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' also has a form of this. [[spoiler:The world is torn apart and you're left to control a "The end?" text as your avatar in a black screen while the characters thank you, wish you well and [[TakeOurWordForIt assure you that they're OK.]]]]
* In several of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, especially the first, third, and sixth generations, defeating the Elite Four doesn't end the game at all. It usually just opens up a high-level challenge, like the Battle Tower[=/=]Frontier, and gives you a chance to work on getting the Pokémon your Pokédex lacks. In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', it turns out to be sort of a [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle fake ending]]: even though the credits roll, you have ''half of the game left''. It turns out there's an entire ''region'' left to explore, one that should be very familiar to players of the original games or ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' and you need to get another eight badges to face [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo the protagonist of the last game]] to get the real ending.

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** * ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' also has a form of this. [[spoiler:The world is torn apart and you're left to control a "The end?" text as your avatar in a black screen while the characters thank you, wish you well and [[TakeOurWordForIt assure you that they're OK.]]]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In several of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, especially the first, third, and sixth generations, defeating the Elite Four doesn't end the game at all. It usually just opens up a high-level challenge, like the Battle Tower[=/=]Frontier, and gives you a chance to work on getting the Pokémon your Pokédex lacks. In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', it turns out to be sort of a [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle fake ending]]: even though the credits roll, you have ''half of the game left''. It turns out there's an entire ''region'' left to explore, one that should be very familiar to players of the original games or ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' and you need to get another eight badges to face [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo the protagonist of the last game]] to get the real ending.



** This has gotten to the point where the plot of the games sometimes feels more like a tutorial for the WideOpenSandbox they become. Once you've unlocked the entire map, you can [[GottaCatchEmAll work in earnest on your Pokédex]], win all the contests/musicals, breed Pokémon for the metagame...



* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' took the PlayableEpilogue to its logical extreme, combining it with the InfinityPlusOneSword for an entire extra chapter. And once that's completed you still have a PlayableEpilogue. At the end you fight none other than [[spoiler: the Dark Genie, who was the final boss of the first game]].
** The original ''Dark Cloud'' let you do it, too; the one difference was that, as [[spoiler:you had restored the whole world to how it was before]], you no longer needed the [[AppliedPhlebotinum magical blue stone]] on your glove. Plus there was still a BonusDungeon.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' took takes the PlayableEpilogue to its logical extreme, combining it with the InfinityPlusOneSword for an entire extra chapter. And once that's completed you still have a PlayableEpilogue. At the end you fight none other than [[spoiler: the Dark Genie, who was the final boss of the first game]].
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game]]. The original ''Dark Cloud'' let lets you do it, too; the one difference was is that, as [[spoiler:you had restored the whole world to how it was before]], you no longer needed need the [[AppliedPhlebotinum magical blue stone]] on your glove. Plus there was is still a BonusDungeon.



* ''PhantomBrave's'' playable epilogue pits the player against the main characters of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|Hour of Darkness}}'', plus a little extra background on the world itself.

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* ''PhantomBrave's'' ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave's'' playable epilogue pits the player against the main characters of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|Hour of Darkness}}'', plus a little extra background on the world itself.
21st May '16 10:14:49 PM Heavyman99
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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' lets you continue to explore the world after the main story; the biggest difference is that [[spoiler: Solas]] leaves no matter what.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' lets you continue to explore the world after the main story; the biggest difference is that [[spoiler: Solas]] leaves no matter what. This is also what the Trespasser DownloadableContent is, depicting what happens two years after the main game, and you cannot continue playing in the open world after starting it.
9th May '16 8:09:21 PM xxxplizit
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX' continues after Chapter 12 with the quote [[spoiler:"this story never truly ends"]]. Completing the game unlocks new missions, new skells, new equipment, and new enemies (including the optional superbosses) you were unable to fight before. By the time you complete the main game itself, you most likely completed less than 50% of it. Have fun spending the rest of your hours getting a 100% completion. On the good side, you can play online multiplayer with less worries.[[spoiler: And no, you cannot get Lao back. You cannot locate the unknown knight. You cannot find Ghosts in this game. You cannot eradicate the entire Ganglion race in Mira.]]

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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX' ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' continues after Chapter 12 with the quote [[spoiler:"this story never truly ends"]]. Completing the game unlocks new missions, new skells, new equipment, and new enemies (including the optional superbosses) you were unable to fight before. By the time you complete the main game itself, you most likely completed less than 50% of it. Have fun spending the rest of your hours getting a 100% completion. On the good side, you can play online multiplayer with less worries.[[spoiler: And no, you cannot get Lao back. You cannot locate the unknown knight. You cannot find Ghosts in this game. You cannot eradicate the entire Ganglion race in Mira.]]
9th May '16 8:07:21 PM xxxplizit
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX' continues after Chapter 12 with the quote [[spoiler:"this story never truly ends"]]. Completing the game unlocks new missions, new skells, new equipment, and new enemies (including the optional superbosses) you were unable to fight before. By the time you complete the main game itself, you most likely completed less than 50% of it. Have fun spending the rest of your hours getting a 100% completion. On the good side, you can play online multiplayer with less worries.[[spoiler: And no, you cannot get Lao back. You cannot locate the unknown knight. You cannot find Ghosts in this game. You cannot eradicate the entire Ganglion race in Mira.]]


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