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Best Surprise PC Game Endings

5: 'Spec Ops: The Line'

The objective is to find Colonel John Konrad, members of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, and any survivors in the sandstorm-riddled ruins of Dubai. After fighting multiple foes and coping with death of of fellow squadmates, Captain Martin Walker confronts Konrad, who turns out to be a figment of his imagination. Konrad was already dead and Walker attributed most of his own actions throughout the game to a fictitious version of the colonel. Walker hallucinated the fake Konrad after he unleashed a white phosphorus attack, which killed a group of civilians. Depending on your choices, the game will show one of four endings, including Walker’s suicide or his rescue by other Army soldiers.


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4: 'Far Cry 4'

The fight against Pagan Min is a lengthy campaign, but you get more information about Ajay Ghale’s family if you don’t immediately kill him in the final confrontation. It turns out that Pagan and Ajay’s mother, Ishwari, had a child, a girl named Lakshmana. However, Ajay’s father Mohan Ghale killed the child (Ajay’s half-sister), which prompted Ishwari to kill him and escape the region with Ajay.

Alternatively, you can miss this entire revelation by killing Pagan at the end of the campaign. You can also finish the game in a matter of minutes if you simply wait for him at the dinner table at the beginning of the story.


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3: 'Portal'

GLaDOS’ promise of a cake was a lie, and it must pay for that betrayal. With the help of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device you destroy the dangerous AI by throwing its many cores into the incinerator. The massive computer intelligence is then destroyed in a fiery blaze, or so you think. As the credits roll, GLaDOS sings to indicate that the experiment was a success and that it’s still alive.


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2: 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'

After an attack on the original Mother Base, Venom Snake turns his attention to Skull Face and the group known as XOF. Players believed that they were controlling the real Snake, a.k.a. Big Boss, throughout the entire game, but the real ending showed otherwise. In an incident from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Big Boss and one of his medics are injured in an explosion. The medic was then transformed into an identical copy of Big Boss through plastic surgery. This allowed the real Snake to conduct a separate war against Cipher, the organization which gave rise to Skull Face and the XOF.


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1: The 'BioShock' series

The BioShock games managed to keep players hooked on its world, characters, and most importantly, its storyline. The community loved it so much that the endings for all three games were tied for the top spot on this list. In the first game, Jack’s quest to stop Andrew Ryan was the result of Atlas, a.k.a. Frank Fontaine, giving him commands with the trigger phrase, “would you kindly.” Depending on your actions with the Little Sisters, you can nurture them or they can become your source for more ADAM materials. The sequel also took place in Rapture and put you in control of the Big Daddy named Subject Delta, who is trying to rescue their Little Sister, named Eleanor. If you save other Little Sisters, Eleanor will leave Rapture and have a positive outlook on her future. However, using the Little Sisters for ADAM will make her evil when she leaves the underwater city.

BioShock: Infinite left players stunned with its take on multiple timelines. Elizabeth Comstock’s time-traveling powers are the result of an incident where she was taken from her father, who turns out to be the game’s protagonist, Booker DeWitt. The fight between Booker and Zachary Comstock, the man who took Elizabeth, takes place in many alternate timelines. The real shocker comes during a baptism where DeWitt finds out that depending on his participation in the ritual he stays as himself or turns into Zachary Comstock.


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  • nitrium
    I wouldn't put Mass Effect 3's ending here as a "best surprise"; more like a "worst surprise ending" imo.
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  • beshonk
    Dragon Age Inquisition's Solas reveal was one of my favorite twist endings.
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  • Cryio
    Mass Effect 3's ending is masterpiece. /no s

    I would also put Prince of Persia The Two Thrones ending as amazing.
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  • scook9
    Kind of disappointed the original Diablo didn't make the list. That one surprised me at least...
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  • jeffredo
    Maybe I'm a bit naive, but I didn't see the ending to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion coming. I figured Martin and I would defeat Mehrunes Dagon and he'd be Emperor of Tamriel. I was a bit surprised to say the least.
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  • DataMeister
    I don't remember being surprised by the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ending.
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