Gaming’s greatest cliffhangers

Gaming's Greatest Cliffhangers - Uncharted 2
Gaming's Greatest Cliffhangers - Uncharted 2

Video games are the perfect format for epic storytelling, weaving plots that can span multiple games spread across years or even decades. The downside to this is that we don’t always get a definitive conclusion to a game’s story, especially if it’s a game planned as the first in a series.

When done right, cliffhangers can raise our excitement to near unbearable levels and also hammer home just how invested we had become in a game’s story. Here are five times we were driven mad with anticipation by a brilliant cliffhanger ending.

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Video games are the perfect format for epic storytelling, weaving plots that can span multiple games spread across years or even decades. The downside to this is that we don’t always get a definitive conclusion to a game’s story, especially if it’s a game planned as the first in a series.

When done right, cliffhangers can raise our excitement to near unbearable levels and also hammer home just how invested we had become in a game’s story. Here are five times we were driven mad with anticipation by a brilliant cliffhanger ending.

Final Fantasy X

Gaming's Greatest Cliffhangers - Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy games tend to be self-contained stories, which only enhanced how much this melancholy ending pulled on our heartstrings. After learning that our hero Tidus is nothing more than a dream of the Fayth, he disappears, leaving his true love behind. Fans had to wait almost two years to learn what became of him in Final Fantasy X-2.

Halo 2

Gaming's Greatest Cliffhangers - Halo 2

Halo 2 has one of the most infamous cliffhanger endings of all time. With the Covenant poised to unleash the Halo ring’s destructive power, this middle chapter ends with Master Chief plummeting towards Earth, pledging to “finish the fight”.

Life is Strange

Cliffhangers - Life is Strange

Life is Strange’s episodic structure was the perfect way to sneak in some absolutely nail-biting cliffhangers. At the end of the third episode, Max uses her powers to jump into an alternate timeline. All seems well until she visits the home of her best friend Chloe, who is wheelchair-bound as a result of a horrific accident.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2

Gaming's Greatest Cliffhangers -  Half-Life 2

Valve’s epic first-person shooter series is home to the mother of all cliffhangers, mainly due to the fact that ten years on, we’re still waiting for a follow-up. Hopefully, with Half-Life: Alyx launching next year, we might finally get some answers as to just what was going on in this classic game.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Cliffhangers - Uncharted 2

Okay, we’re cheating on this one as it’s not the ending of the game, but it gets a bonus point for being a literal cliffhanger. The Uncharted sequel’s enigmatic opening sees Nate dangling precariously off the edge of a cliff in a crashed train. Shortly after platforming our way out of this sticky situation, the game cuts to several weeks prior. It would be hours of game time before we found out just how Drake ended up there.

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