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Games with good endings
Post Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:35 pm
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After discussing a bit on the chat - and without spoilers, please- what Sega 8-bit games have good endings? Many famously end with “game over” and little more. Some have a bit of story or a picture, like Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Dragon Crystal, Phantasy Star - but rarely much more. Which games go a bit further and have an ending that entertains or even moves you?

The best example is (in my opinion) Wonder Boy III. There’s a great ending with great music and more than just credits.

I’m also partial to Psycho Fox’s slightly weird ending, DOSUCOI!

Sonic 1 has a decent ending sequence, filling out the story nicely. Golvellius is pretty good too.

Any other to recommend? Video links are not necessarily wanted, to avoid spoilers.
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I always found Rescue Mission to be unusually charming, especially considering the subject matter, and its ending is a fine example of that.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:33 am
The few game endings that come to mind for me are:
    Psychic World
    Assault City
    Golden Axe

They all conclude the story using text, images and ending music. They have good narrative generally too.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:43 pm
The Lucky Dime Caper comes to mind as a prime example. It also features dialogues after each level.

I also personally like Slider and its unusual romance.

Last but not least, Rainbow Islands has plot all over the place, not only in the ending, even more so than Lucky Dime Caper.

I do provide a couple of links, so have a spoiler warning before you click them.
Lucky Dime Caper (ending)
Slider (ending)
Rainbow Islands (complete playthrough)
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:25 pm
Talking about RPG's, apart from the already mentioned, I can say "Golden Axe Warrior"
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:55 pm
For me, story text, static images and music are an "average" ending - I'm curious for games that go beyond that. However, it's a fuzzy distinction - some games may do this to a greater extent or with better polish than others.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:06 pm
I remembered one quite fun, "Asterix"
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:42 pm
Rastan is pretty good

Enduro Racer is just insane
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:19 pm
I have been trying slowly for 2 decades to finish all the games in the Master System (one day I will).
I think we can add :

Asterix
Aztec Adventure
Cyborg Hunter
Dead Angle
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:49 pm
I always loved the ending on Enduro Racer. Those words were so powerful reading it as a kid the first time I finally beat the game :)

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:13 am
The Lemmings ending is really funny :D
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:42 am
dink wrote


Is the chat still at efnet #smspower or somewhere else?

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Maxim was talking about the Discord Smspower channel
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:05 pm
See the pinned message at the top of the Main forum.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:24 pm
Captain Silver has a really nice ending that wraps the story up nicely I think - it's really positive too.

My other favourites are:

Sonic 2 (emotional with little explanation but the visuals say everything).

Golden Axe (much better than the Mega Drive ending by far).

Golvellius (nice twist with a happy ending that hints at a sequel that never happened unfortunately).

Land of Illusion (wraps up the story and is very sweet).

Taz-Mania (quite funny).

Rastan (emotional and moving with some quite grown-up themes).
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:31 am
Fantasy Zone II ending is awesome, specially the ending theme

Y's is cool too.
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