Sometimes a story doesn’t reach the best possible ending. The heroes win but only at a terrible cost to either themselves or their friends. It’s the sort of story that delivers exhilarating moments of success and overcoming hardships, only for that final bittersweet ending to finish that wonderful journey on a low note. With that in mind these are some of the best, most bittersweet, endings in video games.
Some notes before we begin: I’ve avoided intentional “bad ends” in games with multiple endings as those are designed just to make you feel bad. These endings are either the original canon ending, or an ending that isn’t intentionally there to mock your failure. Also since we’re discussing endings, spoilers will clearly be present so be warned.
Let’s get some tissues ready.
Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations is the third entry in the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney games and introduces one of the best characters in all of video games, Godot. The final case is a master class example of storytelling which features Phoenix Wright grievously injured, Maya nearly imprisoned, and a heroic rescue from Phoenix’s two former enemies Miles Edgeworth and Franziska von Karma. The lows and highs throughout the entire case finally give way to the finale when Godot ends up behind bars for murder.
In what was written out to be like a Greek Tragedy, the whole case revolves around Godot’s past as Diego Armando who was poisoned and crippled by Dahlia Hawthorne. While left in a coma, his lover and Phoenix’s mentor, Mia Fey, was killed. After years in a hospital bed he awoke to find that the woman who ruined his life and separated him from his love is dead. Unable to get revenge he had no choice but to return with the fake name: Godot, and set out to shame the man he blamed for failing to protect Mia: Phoenix Wright. His need for revenge, however, led to Godot’s murdering of Mia and Maya’s mother. A sad end to a triumphant final case.
“Blacker than a moonless night, hotter and more bitter than hell itself…”