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This is a list of video games with at least four or more multiple endings, starting with the titles that have the most alternate endings to the least. There are two lists, one for alternate endings and one for modular endings.

Methodology

There are generally two types of multiple endings:

  • Alternate endings - This is where choices have drastic consequences on the endgame, branching out into entirely different ending cutscenes. This is most common in visual novels, and is also occasionally used in role-playing games and some games in other genres.
    • Most of the endings in most visual novel (VN) games are often very different from one another, with each ending often having a significant impact on the main storyline. For example, many of the 85 endings in the visual novel 428: In a Blockaded Shibuya (and other VN's such as the Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward series) are very different from each other and/or relevant to the main plot.
    • Some fighting games, such as the BlazBlue series, combines this method with the segmented endings method, by featuring visual novel style branching paths and multiple endings for each character. Soul Blade also featured multiple endings for each character.
  • Modular endings - Also known as segmented endings or modular epilogues. Instead of (or in addition to) the big ending cutscene, you get to see a collection of largely independent, shorter cutscenes or text snippets describing the consequences of choices made throughout the game. This is most common in role-playing games, as well as fighting games in a different form.
    • Most role-playing games (RPG's) often have endings that do not differ much from each other, or the differences have little to no impact on the main storyline. For example, the large number of ending scenarios in Star Ocean: The Second Story and several Fallout games have little differences from each other and/or most are not as relevant to the main plot.
    • This list does not include the amount of permutations (or combinations) possible for the various ending scenarios in any particular game. For example, several Fallout games (Fallout 2, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas) have over a hundred possible permutations based on several dozen ending scenarios, while Star Ocean: The Second Story and its remake Second Evolution have over a thousand possible permutations each based on 87 (or 100 in Second Evolution) ending scenarios.[1] This list only includes the number of individual ending scenarios for these games, though most of these ending scenarios mainly involve side-stories that have little impact on the main plot.
    • A unique case is fighting games, which employ a modular ending system similar to segmented endings. Because they often have the largest roster of playable characters, with the story mode having an individual ending for each one, these games often end up having a large number of endings as a result.

Out of the two types, the modular ending method usually tends to generate a greater number of multiple endings, as it is generally less difficult to combine together separate modular epilogues than it is to create branching stories with entirely different alternate endings.

Alternate endings

Game Release year Number of endings Source(s) Genre
428: In a Blockaded Shibuya 2008 85 [2][3] Visual Novel
Der Langrisser 1995 75 [4] Strategy RPG
Princess Maker 2 1993 74 [5] Life simulation / 
Visual Novel
Time Travelers 2012 71 [6] Adventure / Visual Novel
Kichikuou Rance 1997 65 Strategy RPG / Visual Novel
The Blue Crystal Rod 1994 48 [7][8] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Fate/stay night 2004 46 [9] Visual Novel
Tsukihime 2000 43 [10] Visual Novel
Banshee's Last Cry 1994 40 [15] Visual Novel
Romancing SaGa 3 1995 40 [11] RPG
Nobunaga's Ambition II 1988 38 [16] Strategy RPG
Radiant Historia 2010 36 [12] Tactical RPG
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward 2012 35 [13] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Corpse Party: Blood Covered 2008 35 Endings Survival horror / 
Adventure
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows 2011 34 Endings Survival horror / 
Visual Novel
Remember 11: The Age of Infinity 2004 33 [17] Visual Novel
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma 2016 33 [14] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Princess Maker 1991 30 [5] Life simulation / 
Visual Novel
Atelier Rorona 2009 30 [18] RPG
Clannad 2004 26 [15] Visual Novel
Nier: Automata 2017 26 [16] Action RPG
La Pucelle: Tactics 2002 26 [19] Tactical RPG
Fallout 3 2008 26 [17] Role-playing Shooter
Critical Point 2002 25 [20] Visual Novel
Langrisser II 1994 25 [4] Strategy RPG
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 1995 23 [18] Tactical RPG
School Days 2005 21 Endings Visual Novel
Way of the Samurai 3 2008 21 [19] Action / Adventure
Golden Time: Vivid Memories 2014 21 [21] Visual Novel
Muv-Luv 2003 20 Endings Visual Novel
The Stanley Parable 2013 19 [20] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 2002 18 [22] Visual Novel / Life simulation
Yo-Jin-Bo 2005 18 [9] Visual Novel
Chrono Trigger 1995 18 [23] RPG
Tokimeki Check-in! 1999 18 [24] Visual Novel
YU-NO (Saturn) 1997 17 [25] Adventure / Visual Novel
Suika 2001 16 [26] Visual Novel
Corpse Party Zero 2007 16 Endings Survival horror / 
Adventure
Hatoful Boyfriend 2011 16 [21] Visual Novel
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome 2005 16 [27] Tactical RPG
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011 16 [22] Action RPG
Dragon Knight 4 1994 15 [28] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Final Fantasy V 1992 15 [29] RPG
YU-NO (PC) 1996 14 [30] Adventure / Visual Novel
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side 2013 14 [31] Visual Novel
Way of the Samurai 2 2004 14 [23] Action / Adventure
Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen 1993 13 [24] Strategy RPG / RTS
Sakura Wars 4 2002 13 [32] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Atelier Elie: The Alchemist of Salburg 2 1998 13 [33] RPG
Resident Evil 2002 13 [34] Survival horror
Blade Runner 1997 13 [5] Adventure
Ever 17: Out of Infinity 2002 12 [35] Visual Novel
Chrono Cross 1999 12 [25] RPG
Bible Black 2000 12 [5] Visual Novel
Psychic Detective 1995 12 [5] Adventure
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Matsuri 2007 11 Endings Visual Novel
Metal Saga 2005 11 [26] RPG
Final Fantasy VI 1994 11 [27] RPG
Metroid Fusion 2002 11 [28] Metroidvania
Little Busters! 2007 10 [36] Visual Novel
Way of the Samurai 4 2011 10 [29] Action / Adventure
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness 2003 10 Endings RPG
Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 2004 10 Survival horror
Shadow the Hedgehog 2005 10 [5] Platformer
Persona 4 Golden 2012 10 [30] [31] RPG
Undertale 2015 10 Endings RPG
Radical Dreamers 1996 9 RPG / 
Visual Novel
Catherine 2011 9 [32][33] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Resident Evil: Director's Cut 1997 9 [37] Survival horror
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 9 Endings RPG
Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale 2011 9 [38] Visual Novel
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked 2011 9 [34] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland 2002 9 [39] Life simulation/RPG
Shadow of Memories 2001 8 [40] Adventure
Clock Tower: The First Fear 1995 8 Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Resident Evil 1996 8 [41] Survival horror
Sakura Wars 2 1998 8 [42] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories 2006 8 [43] Tactical RPG
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 2008 8 [30] RPG
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories 2009 8 Survival horror
Mass Effect 2007 8 Role-playing Shooter
Mass Effect 3 2012 8 [5] Role-playing Shooter
Portopia Serial Murder Case 1983 8 [35] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Metroid: Zero Mission 2004 8 [28] Metroidvania
Nobunaga's Ambition 1983 8 [36] Strategy RPG
Steins;Gate 2009 7 [44] Visual Novel
Way of the Samurai 2002 7 Action / Adventure
Corpse Party 1996 7 Endings Survival horror / 
Adventure
Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love 2005 7 [45] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Canvas 2 2004 7 [9] Visual Novel
Atelier Marie Plus 1998 7 [37] RPG
Sakura Wars: Atsuki Chishio ni 2003 7 [38] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 2011 7 [46] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors 2009 6 [13] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Air 2000 6 [47] Visual Novel
Kanon 1999 6 [48] Visual Novel
Kana: Little Sister 1999 6 [49] Visual Novel
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2009 6 [34] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
Sakura Wars 1996 6 [38] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
TWilight refrAIN 2008 6 [50] Shoot 'em up / 
Visual Novel
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - Maniax 2004 6 [39] RPG
Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg 1997 6 [37] RPG
Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island 2009 6 Endings RPG
Silent Hill 2 2001 6 Survival horror
Silent Hill 1999 6 Survival horror
Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment 2013 6 Endings RPG
Planet Stronghold 2011 6 RPG / 
Visual Novel
Persona 5 2017 6 [40] RPG
The Stanley Parable (mod) 2011 6 [41] Adventure / 
Visual Novel
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening 2010 6 [42] RPG
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 6 Endings RPG
Chaos;Head 2008 5 [51] Visual Novel
Drakengard 2003 5 [52] Action RPG
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne 2003 5 [39] RPG
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You 1995 5 [53] Visual Novel / 
Life simulation
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 5 [54] RPG
Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? 2001 5 [55] Tactical RPG / 
Visual Novel
The Maid's Story 1997 5 [56] Visual Novel
Analogue: A Hate Story 2012 5 [43] Visual Novel
Sweet Home 1989 5 Survival horror / RPG
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 1996 5 [57] RPG
Wario Land II 1998 5 [44] Platformer
Metroid 1986 5 [28] Metroidvania
Beyond Two Souls 2013 5 [58] Adventure
Mass Effect 2 2010 5 [59] Role-playing Shooter
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001 5 [17] Tactical RPG
Maniac Mansion 1987 5 [45] Adventure
Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna 1987 5 [60] RPG
The Silver Case 1999 4 Adventure / Visual Novel
Resident Evil 2 1998 4 Survival horror
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom 1990 4 [46] RPG
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011 4 Endings Role-playing Shooter
Dragon Age: Origins 2009 4 [47] RPG
Dragon Quest 1986 4 [47] RPG
Divinity: Original Sin 2014 4 [48] RPG
Fallout 4 2015 4 Endings Action RPG
Divinity: Original Sin 2 2017 4 [49] RPG

Modular endings

Game Release year Number of endings Source(s) Genre
Star Ocean: Second Evolution 2008 100 [50] Action RPG
Star Ocean: The Second Story 1998 87 [51] Action RPG
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend 2011 62 Story Mode Guide Fighting / 
Visual Novel
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend 2010 61 Story Mode Guide Fighting / 
Visual Novel
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 2011 52 [61] Fighting
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 2011 50 [62] Fighting
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 2008 49 Endings Fighting / 
Visual Novel
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2009 49 Endings Fighting / 
Visual Novel
Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game 1998 47 [52] RPG
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion 2008 40 [53] Fighting
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2010 39 [63] Fighting
Tekken Tag Tournament 1999 39 [64] Fighting
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 2011 38 [65] Fighting
Tekken 6 2007 38 [53] Fighting
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 36 [54] Action RPG
Super Street Fighter IV 2010 35 [55] Fighting
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection 2005 35 Endings @ Wikipedia Fighting
Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998 34 [66] Fighting
Fallout: New Vegas 2010 33 [56] Role-playing Shooter
Tekken 5 2004 32 Endings @ Wikipedia Fighting
Fallout 1997 30 Fallout endings RPG
Soul Blade 1996 30 [67] Fighting
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition 2009 29 [17] Role-playing Shooter
Resident Evil Outbreak 2004 28 Survival horror
Mortal Kombat (PS3) 2011 28 [5] Fighting
Mortal Kombat (360) 2011 27 [5] Fighting
Street Fighter IV 2008 25 [68] Fighting
Tekken 4 2001 23 [69] Fighting
Star Ocean: First Departure 2007 20 [57] Action RPG
Street Fighter X Tekken 2012 20 [70] Fighting
Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit 2005 20 [71] Adventure
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time 2003 19 [72] Action RPG
Street Fighter Alpha 2 1996 18 Endings Fighting
Heavy Rain 2010 18 [5] Adventure
Star Ocean: Fantastic Space Odyssey 1996 17 [57] Action RPG
The Temple of Elemental Evil 2003 17 [73] RPG
ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut 1998 16 Fighting
Super Street Fighter II 1993 16 [74] Fighting
ClayFighter 63⅓ 1997 12 Fighting
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition 1992 12 [75] Fighting
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters 1993 10 [76] Fighting
Star Ocean: The Last Hope 2009 9 [77] Action RPG
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 1991 8 Endings @ Wikipedia Fighting
ClayFighter 1993 8 Fighting
ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay 1995 8 Fighting

See also

References

  1. Brendan Main, Hooking Up in Hyperspace, The Escapist
  2. 428 - The greatest experiment in non-linear story telling. Destructoid (12/17/2009). Retrieved on 27 August 2012
  3. This game has the largest number of completely different endings.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Langrisser II / Der Langrisser - Mega Drive, PC-FX, PlayStation, Saturn, IBM PC (1994), Hardcore Gaming 101
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Video games with the most alternate endings
  6. http://www.gamefaqs.com/vita/646674-time-travelers/reviews/review-155700
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, issue 58, May 1994, page 72
  8. The Blue Crystal Rod Endings
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Multiple Endings: Visual Novels, TV Tropes
  10. Tsukihime:
    • 9 true/good/normal endings [1]
    • 34 bad endings [2]
  11. Romancing Sa-Ga 3: Cast of characters
  12. Endings
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Case for Playing 50 Hours of Visual Novels, Giant Bomb
  14. Endings
  15. Clannad: [3][4]
    • 11 'School Life' endings
    • 8 'light orb' endings
    • 4 'After Story' endings
    • 3 'Bad End' scenarios
  16. http://segmentnext.com/2017/03/08/nier-automata-endings-guide/
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Fallout 3 endings @ Fallout Wiki
  18. http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/snes/d/togre.htm
  19. http://www.gamefaqs.com/xbox360/955514-way-of-the-samurai-3/faqs/58453?page=1
  20. Endings
  21. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=310014604&insideModal=1
  22. Endings
  23. http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/915115-way-of-the-samurai-2/faqs/27499
  24. Endings
  25. Chrono Cross Endings. Chrono Compendium (2005). Retrieved on 2006-07-24
  26. METAL SAGA FAQ/WALKTHROUGH
  27. Final Fantasy VI:
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Endings
  29. http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps3/611500-way-of-the-samurai-4/faqs/64880
  30. 30.0 30.1 [5]
  31. [6] [7]
  32. Endings @ Catherine Wiki
  33. http://ign.com/wikis/catherine/Endings
  34. 34.0 34.1 Endings
  35. John Szczepaniak (February 2011). Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken. Retro Gamer. Retrieved on 2011-03-16 (Reprinted at John Szczepaniak. Retro Gamer 85. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 2011-03-16)
  36. 4 campaigns [8] with 2 possible scenarios [9] each
  37. 37.0 37.1 Endings @ Atelier Wiki
  38. 38.0 38.1 Sakura Taisen (サクラ大戦) - Sega Saturn/Dreamcast/Windows/Mobile/PS2/PSP (1996), Hardcore Gaming 101
  39. 39.0 39.1 Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Giant Bomb
  40. Persona 5 Endings: How to get all Bad, Good and True Endings
  41. http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/j8b64/after_2_years_ive_finished_my_game_its_some_sort/c2a02h9?context=1
  42. 4 endings in Dragon Age and 2 endings in Awakening [10]
  43. Christine Love (2012). Analogue: A Hate Story. Retrieved on 16 August 2012 “Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination. Thousands of years later, it has finally been found. […] Uncover the mystery of what happened to the final generation aboard the generation ship Mugunghwa by reading through its dead crew's logs, with the help of a spunky AI sidekick! Two pursuable characters. Five endings. A dark visual novel that further extends the non-linear style of Digital: A Love Story in a mystery featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Welcome to the future. […] System requirements: animates gorgeously on modern computers, degrades gracefully on any netbook with OpenGL. Completely DRM free. […] By Christine Love, with art by Raide. Original soundtrack by Isaac Schankler is available for purchase.”
  44. Wario Land II: Chapters, Super Mario Wiki
  45. Addams, Shay (December 1987). "Animated Adventuring in Maniac Mansion". Commodore Magazine (West Chester, PA: Commodore Magazine, Inc.) 8 (12): 48, 110. 
  46. Time Machine: Phantasy Star. ComputerAndVideoGames.com (January 2, 2011). Retrieved on 15 May 2011
  47. 47.0 47.1 Multiple Endings: Role-Playing Games, TV Tropes
  48. Different endings? (aftermath for our characters)
  49. Endings
  50. Star Ocean: Second Evolution
  51. Star Ocean: The Second Story
    • Ending scenarios: 87 [11]
    • Possible permutations: 1000+ [12]
  52. Fallout 2 Endings
    • Ending scenarios: 47, including side-story slides
    • Possible permutations: 100+
  53. 53.0 53.1 Tekken 6: Achievement Guide for Gallery Completionist
  54. http://www.pcgamer.com/the-witcher-3-will-have-36-different-end-states/
  55. No unlockable Super Street Fighter 4 characters. All 35 available from the start. Video Games Blogger. Retrieved on September 9, 2010
  56. Fallout: New Vegas
  57. 57.0 57.1 [14]

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