With the 2015 demise of my old PS3, one of my requested Chrimmus gifts was one of the new PS3 Slim consoles, on the though process that it’s cheaper than a PS4, and will still play my extant games until I decide whether I’m entering the next generation of consoles.  To that end, I’ve been replaying Grand Theft Auto 5 using all the optimization tips I can find (I’m up to 350 million dollars as Michael, thanks to stock fraud) and deciding which ending I want my game to have.  As someone who understands drama in a narrative, I prefer the “Good Ending” where our protagonist/murderer/psychos all survive, but also want to see the stories play out where young Franklin betrays one of his unlikely teachers, leading to today’s alternate query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still considers the Good Ending to be the “real” ending, though, asking: Have you ever replayed a video game in order to get a different or “Good” ending?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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4 Comments

  1. January 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Yeah, few times, but I really have to like the game to do that. Last time I remember doing it was Persona 4 Golden in 2014. Its a JRPG murder mystery with heavy emphasis on character interactions. I had not played Japanese rpgs for quite a while before deciding to pick the game up and was somewhat skeptical despite good things I’ve heard about it since high school setting with teen characters wasn’t the one I was really drawn to.

    It was really captivating story with likable characters that lasts for one year. I was pretty confused when calendar suddenly jumped through last couple of months of school year and story ended so suddenly. I went and I did some research and found out about “True Ending”.

    I really liked the game, so I went and started whole 70+ hour story from the beginning and didn’t regret it. After that second playthrough I’m now a big fan of the game and think its one of best I’ve ever played, surpassing Final Fantasy 7 as my favorite jrpg. It also showed me that under conventional, overused Japanese high school story surface, great stories can be found.

  2. January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    I played through the various Fallout games multiple times to get every possible ending.

    Years before that, I played through Chrono Trigger multiple times (New Game+ was a great feature) to get various endings.

  3. January 23, 2016 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    All the time. Most of my games are RPG or similar games that have multiple endings or multiple paths, I actually prefer games with options like that so they have more replay value, and I enjoy exploring the different stories that can occur depending on what choices I make.

  4. Armaan
    January 24, 2016 at 7:44 am — Reply

    I play all the TellTale games over again to see what different choices lead to.
    Prince of Persia was one of the first games I remember replaying through for the better ending. You had to find like, nine secret level thingies to unlock the non-terrible ending.

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