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Fans vote Black Ops for best videogame ending of all time

5:00 PM on 02.11.2012 // Tony Ponce

There are quite a few entries in the Guinness World Records that many would consider superfluous, but no matter how ridiculous some of them may be, they always have something in common -- objectivity. Everything can be measured, weighed, quantified, or otherwise reduced to a value that everyone can agree upon as accurate, barring any accusations of cheating or the like. At least, they used to. I don't know when Guinness started running user polls, but that practice needs to stop yesterday.

For the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition book, 13,519 votes were collected to bring us the "definitive list of the greatest video game endings of all time." By "definitive," Guinness means not definitive at all by their own admission that "the list will cause heated debate." The titles that dominate, which come almost exclusively from the last decade, don't determine anything other than how much of a popularity contest these polls really are.

Call of Duty: Black Ops tops the list as supposedly having the greatest videogame ending ever. Oooooh! Zombies! Mind-blowing plot twist right there. Do the entries get any better further down the list? Well, #11 is Super Mario Bros. That game doesn't even have an ending! The Princess just tells you to play hard mode! And Sonic Adventure 2 is just... wrong. You can check the full list below. Admittedly, some of the games have decent endings, but there is no rhyme or reason to the order. Seriously, this did not need to be a thing.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. Halo: Reach
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. God of War
  6. Red Dead Redemption
  7. Portal
  8. Metal Gear Solid 4
  9. Final Fantasy VII
  10. Heavy Rain
  11. Super Mario Bros.
  12. Pokemon Black and White
  13. Halo 3
  14. Halo: Combat Evolved
  15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  16. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  17. Portal 2
  18. Grand Theft Auto IV
  19. Mass Effect 2
  20. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  21. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  22. Kingdom Hearts
  23. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  24. Shadow of the Colossus
  25. Assassin's Creed
  26. Assassin's Creed II
  27. Metal Gear Solid
  28. Sonic the Hedgehog
  29. Super Mario Galaxy
  30. Mass Effect
  31. Kingdom Hearts II
  32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  33. Sonic Adventure 2
  34. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  35. BioShock
  36. Gears of War 2
  37. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  38. Fallout 3
  39. inFamous
  40. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  41. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  42. Super Metroid
  43. Half-Life 2: Episode Two
  44. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  45. Call of Duty: World at War
  46. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  47. Crysis 2
  48. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
  49. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  50. Resident Evil 4

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