Are there any games that canonically end badly? Alternate endings need not apply, just default endings that do not end on a high note.
I know PoP 2008 for one, but can't think of any others from the top of my head.
Legacy of Kain series if you're Raziel
Brothers - A tale of two sons
Doom1 or 2, I can't remember which. The one where the demons kill your bunny pet
Dark Souls if you keep the fire alive
Chrono Trigger if you don't bring back Crono
Red Dead Redemption
John is betrayed by the Feds after being used as their patsy. He pretty much played ball the entire time and Ross still came and killed him. So Johns son had a lot of intellectual promise, he was the only one of the family that could read well. He goes off on a revenge tear a few years after his father is killed and falls right into the same brand of lawlessness and violence that got his father killed in the first place. Nobody really ends up winning in RDR.
There's actually some special dialogue some of the strangers give you if you start their quest as John and finish as Jack. The guy building a glider in Mexico says something like "Ah Mr. Marston! You finally have the components I see. You look a bit younger too for some reason."
Pretty much every story aspect of Chapter 2 really fucking sucks for Venom (Even though theres not a lot of story to begin with)
>Realizes Paz is a hallucination
>Kids betray him
>Quiet is never seen again
>Huey fucks up everything and causes the infection
>Is shown to be emotionally fucked up in Shining Lights and The Paz stuff
>Ocelot and Kaz know about him being Medic and use him
>After a brief glimpse of happiness by becoming his husbando Big Boss, is immediately fastforwarded to the point where Big Boss sends Snake to Mother Base and kills him and all the Diamond Dog remnants
Dodonpachi is messed up. I think all of them have bummer endings, but DDP is the one I remember where you find out you've been killing your comrades all along and the whole "exterminate humanity" thing.
I'm surprised nobody has said Dragon's Dogma.
Your heart gets taken by Grigori, you fight him and get your heart back but Gransys goes to shit and becomes even worse. You eventually fight and kill God, and become God. The game ends with you stabbing yourself to try and break the cycle. Then in New Game+ the final boss God is revealed to be your previous character showing their is no end to the cycle. No Golden age Berserk armors in PC version.
That timeline is full of mistakes and is only passed around because a fat tumblrina translated it and pushes it on everyone's face while adding her own stuff to it.
The actual timeline (which was released with the world inside book and spans several pages detailing each year, not just some random schematic) still has drakengard 2 taking place after drakengard 1 ending A, and nier taking place after drakengard 1 ending E.
That timeline you referenced also gets wrong the placement of most short stories and all the endings of nier so you can't really take it seriously.
I was going to, but everything seems like it turns out alright after
you become the new Seneschal, and your pawn lives out the rest of your mortal life for you with your beloved. It's kind of shitty for you in a lot of ways, but everyone else turns out ok for the most part. Everyone that's not dead anyway.
The original Etrian Odyssey had a pretty bad ending.
EO3's default endings are pretty sad too unless you read a guild before you start the game to get the obscure counterintuitive better ending.
By the end of Vermintide, the Skaven are defeated but it only buys the people living in Ubersreik a little more time before they're overrun by bigger and worse monsters later on in the End Times.
Then the whole world ends to pave the way for a new line of figures.
NG+ was such a letdown until the final boss. I was flipping shit when I seen that.
It doesn't make sense though, is NG+ an alternate universe where you just kept the role instead of ending the cycle?
RF4, the best girl dies when the entire point of the ending half of the game was to save her.
Act 3 is an extended, alternate ending. The game is considered finished when you get the second credits sequence
I finished SotC yesterday and i gotta say man what a ending
If you didnt grab the stairs until you ran out of stamina you have no soul