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The future is being overwhelmed by virtual reality, young and poor, old and rich utilize it for emulating their dreams. It is August 14th 2020 and EuroDream Technologies has just made its VirtualWorldTomorrow update and shares have been skyrocketed. An illegal AI, Octavian, knows how to stop the update, but needs a human. Enter Jade Cornell, a young woman who has a relationship with a fellow company employee named Tyler Jones. Tyler knew the story from the truth, but due to his contact with Octavian, EuroDream found him and captured him. It's up to her to rescue him.

Endgame (stylized as ENDGAME) is a obscure Lightgun Game developed by Cunning Developments, known for their Pro Pinball series and published by Empire Interactive, released on May 31st 2002, exclusively for the Play Station 2. Based on the Time Crisis formula, players have to reload by taking cover and they cannot attack while in cover. While being Empire's first and only go into lightgun gaming, it was criticized for its lackluster length of the story mode, the difficulty of the main game, and naturally, the cutscenes, which haven't aged particularly well.

This game provides the examples of:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Released in 2002, set in 2020.
  • Action Girl: Jade is basically this, full stop.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the game's print manual, Tyler's full name is Tyler Jones.
  • All There in the Script: Tansi's partner is known as Tori in the Sound Test and the game files.
  • Always Night: The prologue in Great Britain and the third level, Germany. Averted with the levels in France, Italy and Switzerland, which take place during daylight.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Octavian.
  • Artistic License – Geography: While being set in 2020, the Czech Republic and Slovakia borders on the map are before January 1st 1993, in which Czechoslovakia split to create the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Badass Longcoat: Jade in the boxart, while doing a Pistol Pose.
  • Big Bad: Abelard Huxley in the Story Mode. In the Mighty Joe Jupiter sub-game, it's the evil Alien King Yik-Ik-Ikik.
  • Bland-Name Product: Popsi-Coka vending machines.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jade once she kills Westermann.
    Jade: Kiss the ground for me.
  • Britain Is Only London: Where the prologue takes place, complete with a futuristic version of The London Underground.
  • British English: As the first level of the game takes place in Britain, the Mighty Joe Jupiter Cadet Training instructions use the word 'whilst', and not the more commonplace 'while.'
  • Critical Annoyance: The timer beeping increasing in tempo and pitch when it's running out, which is why the whole game is a Timed Mission.
  • Cold Sniper: Tori.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Huxley, because he intends on Mind Control for the update.
  • Cut Scene: Numerous.
  • Cyber Punk Is Techno: The soundtrack of the main game (and not the Mighty Joe Jupiter sub-game) mostly features this element.
  • The Dragon: Westermann.
  • Dark Action Girl: Tansi and Tori.
  • Disney Villain Death: Angeles, Westermann and Huxley get this treatment in the Story Mode.
  • Distressed Dude: Tyler.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The final showdown against Abelard Huxley takes place in one, beneath a chateau in Switzerland.
  • Everything Fades: Every Mook simply blinks out after their death animation finishes.
  • Expy: Westermann is a typical knock-off of Wild Dog from Time Crisis.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The game's Story Mode takes place within three days.
  • Firing One-Handed: Jade in some cutscenes and most enemies do this.
  • Gatling Good: Angeles wields one in his boss fight.
  • Groin Attack: Can be done to enemies. As a bonus, enemies do the groin clutch if you get one.
  • Guns Akimbo: The Double Gun mode.
  • Hostage Spirit-Link: Shooting at innocent people (the men in red waistcoats in Great Britain, the stewardesses in France and the scientists in Italy) will deduct five seconds from your timer.
  • Leitmotif: Each of the five countries in the game have their own Hyper Mode tunes, with regular songs per level if you don't have Hyper Mode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Jade wears the same gray tank top, red pants and blue shoes in the entire game if you don't count her brief longcoat in the intro.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: The music played for the True Final Boss, Octavian is the longest music track in the whole game, which drags out to almost four minutes, and even the most skilled players will never hear it in its entirety.
  • Machete Mayhem: Tansi wields one.
  • Mind Control: What Huxley intends.
  • Mooks: There's a variety of them: From security guards to elite soldiers, you name them. There are some unique enemies such as shield soldiers (who are encountered in Great Britain and never seen again), grenadiers, rocket soldiers and machinegunners.
  • Multiple Endings
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: All of the characters. It's obvious that the United States took over Europe.
  • Race Against the Clock: When Jade escapes the Italian research center and is headed for Switzerland, Octavian informs her that she has 11 hours left in order to rescue Tyler.
  • Railing Kill: While you cannot do this to regular enemies during normal gameplay, Jade would eliminate Tori this way during a cutscene.
  • Red Filter of Doom: Every time you get hit, the screen will flash red.
  • Recurring Boss: Westermann. Doubles as a Rule of Three since you face him three times.
  • Recurring Riff: The soundtrack frequently contains one from Great Britain Hyper Mode, and Westermann's Leitmotif (if he's present as a boss).
  • Repeat Cut: Angeles gets shot a few times from different angles during the scene that preceeds his Disney Villain Death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The story mode's premise in a nutshell.
  • Rule of Three: Lots.
    • You start the game out with three continues.
    • Octavian requests Jade to collect three keycards.
    • Westermann is encountered three times.
    • Mighty Joe Jupiter has three episodes.
  • See You in Hell: Said after Westermann gives Jade an order to drop her weapon.
    Jade: Go to Hell, Westermann.
(Dramatic Gun Cock)
Westermann: After you.