Games have a unique ability to make us feel invested in characters. Unlike other forms of media, games allow us to truly feel immersed in the lives of the characters we play as, usually leading us to want to achieve the happiest possible outcome for them.
Of course, the makers of our favourite games don’t always make this easy, the monsters. In fact, in games with branching storylines, the happiest outcome is often the most difficult to achieve. Here are five games that really made us put in work to see our favourites live happily ever after. Beware, there may be spoilers ahead.
Final Fantasy X-2
The ‘Perfect’ ending to this Final Fantasy sequel is so difficult to achieve, it already made it onto our list of endings so difficult you’ll probably never see them. In order for the main character Yuna to be reunited with her true love Tidus, you’ll have to speak to a hidden character during a specific story mission. However, to get the full version of this happy ending you’ll also have to complete the herculean task of achieving 100% completion. The things we do for love, eh?
This story-driven puzzle game from the makers of the Persona series has a whopping eight endings (13 if you play the recent Full Body edition). Throughout the game, you’re presented with choices representing either ‘Order’ or ‘Chaos’, with each one corresponding to one of the game’s love interests. The game’s happiest endings require you to lean strongly one way or the other, allowing protagonist Vincent to figure out what he wants out of life. If you are indecisive and play both sides, you will end up with one of the bad endings, which range from Vincent being dumped to getting hit by a bus. That’s what you get for trying to have your cake and eat it too!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
To be fair, all of Sekiro’s endings make you work, due to how darn tough the game is by default – especially if you’re playing it with bongos. In order to achieve the ‘True’ ending, you must complete a set of complicated steps, which include obtaining a range of rare items and making the correct choices at certain points of the story. Your final quest step is to gather two ultra-rare items – Dragon Tears and Frozen Tears. Only by having both of these items in your possession can you witness the ‘Return’ ending.
Mass Effect 2
Any fan of Bioware’s epic space-faring saga will remember the infamous ‘Suicide Mission’ at the end of the second game. This heartbreaking mission can result in one or more of your loyal crew falling in battle – unless you had completed all of their Loyalty missions before starting the mission. To avoid losing your crew, make sure you spend some quality time with them before this mission comes around. Now, how about a new Mass Effect game, Bioware?
This one is more of a mental hurdle to overcome than a specific challenge, but it hurts all the same. As well as featuring one of the weirdest ways to beat a game, Nier: Automata features an addtional challenge if you reach the end of all the main story paths: the end credits. In a brilliant fourth-wall breaking moment, the game presents an insurmountable challenge as you are continually killed in one final shoot-em-up section. The only way to beat it is to accept help from other players, and once you have come to the end of the section you will be asked if you wish to help other players beat it. To do so, you will have to sacrifice all of your game’s save data, erasing your progress and dashing your hopes for 100% completion. Choose wisely.
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