When it comes to video games, one thing is absolutely paramount. Whether your game is a sports title or a deep and complex RPG, developers strive to master that wonderfully complicated spell known as "Immersion". In a base sense this is the act of losing oneself within the video game in question, and whether it's the rich character work, beautiful graphics or addictive gameplay, if immersion has been achieved, hours and even days will slip away like hot butter into the cracks of a jacket potato.
(I've just had lunch.)
However, no matter how well constructed your worlds are, at some point things have to end. Your hero's journey will come to a close and the spell will be broken. Yet there are right ways and wrong ways to do such a final farewell. Some games masterfully lead us through a crescendo of chaos, final boss battles and victory poses in order to leave us with blood pumping and fists raised high.
These games, however? Well not so much. These were less clean cuts and more hacked off when it came to the ending, which only left players scratching their heads. So let's take a look, shall we?