Grinding your way through hours of gameplay is near always worth it to reach that gratifying, clarifying, and oh-so-satisfying ending. Whether it's figuring out the meaning of art itself or just simply getting to smash the face off the biggest and baddest boss imaginable, video game endings are designed to give a fitting finale to all the time and love we pour into them.
Or at least, so you'd think.
Sometimes, the time we're given on screen just isn't enough to figure out what the hell has been going on for the past 20+ hours, and you're left scratching your head at an ending that was supposed to provide the goods. Is it really worth playing all that Final Fantasy for characters to just fade out into the wind like a lost fart?
You tell me.
Ambiguous endings are both some of the most frustrating and perfect finales to our favourite series, and even though we may never be given definitive answers or know the truth - half the fun comes from watching people guess, nyway.
8. Life Is Strange
Square Enix's Life Is Strange is one of those games that sticks with you. Told episodically from the viewpoint of Max - a high school student who discovers she can turn back time after she saves a girl from getting shot - you're thrust into the heart of a dark murder mystery that threatens the very fabric of space and time itself. That, and surviving high school. Both are equally hard.
At the end of the game, you're faced with two distinct options: save Chloe, the wild child you've reconnected with and begun to love after rewinding to prevent her murder, or save your home town and everyone in it from instant destruction at the hands of a supernatural storm, conjured up from disrupting space and time with your rewind abilities. It's definitively the hardest choice you'll have to make, boiling down to saving the bay, or saving bae.
But what exactly happens once you've condemned a township or your love to destruction? If you save the bay, will the tornado come back since there's such a massive time jump? If you save Chloe, will she continue to be plagued by death? Why is one person's life so integral to how the universe functions? How exactly does Max live her life after losing her home or Chloe?
Life Is Strange doesn't really attempt to answer anything further than a simple wrap up to your choice - but dear god, is there so much more tugging at the edges.