Guinness gives Greatest Video Game Ending record to CoD: Black Ops

Monday, 13th February 2012 02:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

It’s official. Call of Duty: Black Ops has the best ending of any video game, ever.

The list was generated through polling, with 13,519 “gaming fans” giving their opinions for the record. How could so many people be wrong, amirite?

“Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it’s an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie. This list recognises some of the greatest endings and hopefully will get gamers talking about what are their favourites and why,” Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition editor Gaz Deaves said.

I’m sure it will, mwa ha ha. See the full top 50 below.

    Guinness World Records: Top 50 Best Video Game Endings

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

Thanks, GameInformer.



  1. ejams

    I’ll be the first to say that wow this was probably biased in one way or another due to the fact that this game was the most popular game of all time for awhile. It’s ending had a simple plot twist, nothing we haven’t seen before. It was decent at best but definitely not the best ending I’ve ever seen, and a significant portion of games on that list had better endings than this. Also, trolling inbound in 3…2…1…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stardog

    This is retarded. If you ask a bunch of non-critics to vote it just becomes a popularity contest.

    Guinness world records should die. They’ve never been more pointless or out of touch.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. AJacks92

    @1 Agreed. No doubt, it probably had the best ending between the CoD series, but not the best ending period. MGS4′s 3 hour ending had tie-ins and tied knots to all the other MGS games and was also capable of evoking a couple of tears. Not saying that MGS4 had the best ending, but c’mon. Black Ops? Really??

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    What the fuck.

    MGS3 should be in the top 5, at least; MGS4 shouldn’t be anywhere near the top 10, let alone in it. What a horseshit list.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. mathare92

    Ugh. The mere fact that MGS4 somehow ended up at 8th alone should be an indicator of how much of a failure this ‘poll’ was. That game’s ending could not have been more botched (“Zero is Nothing and Nothing is Zero… ahh!), and I say that is a fan of the series.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. mathare92

    Wait for IGN to release a ‘proper’ list next week.

    Edit: That reads a little less sarcastic then it should :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    *calmblueocean… fury pents up for MGS3 so far down the list…*


    #7 3 years ago
  8. Garo

    I’ll just disregard this news. They were not asking the right people (Gamers).

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Judicas

    Normally I’m too lazy to come post when there’s something this stupid going on … Black Ops and Modern Warface in a top 50 list let alone a top 1000 list, w t f !?! Sad state this world is in if people consider those games to ever be remember 5-10 years from now :P

    #9 3 years ago

    Well, even I haven’t even finished the Black Ops SP.

    I got about half way through, and it was just a complete chore, so I haven’t gone back to it until now.

    In fact, it’s the only CoD SP apart from CoD1 that I haven’t finished. I even forced myself through CoD3!

    I might try and force myself through the rest of it now, though.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Its so useless that I cant be bothered to type more than one line.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Freek

    A gennuine world record is a measurable achievement, not something that is merely a popularity vote.
    Says more about how far Guinness has fallen and how cash strapped they are then anything else really.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    I’m impartial. But this is fucking stupid.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    @12, Well ‘best video game ending’ would go down to perspective & having the popularity the series has, there’s no doubt that it’d definitely be up there as one of the best game endings, as most people wouldn’t know any better. If they’re going to do something along those lines, they really should only count informed voters, such as video game journalists.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Fin

    Reach is the only high positioned one I’d agree with. HL Episode 2 should be top though, no question.

    Black Ops being top is bollocks, it was so AMERICA, FUCK YEAH! at the end (seriously, if you played it, watch a yt video).

    The Guinness World Records have always been out of touch, making up records (it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a Most Bullets Fired in a Game award), this just confirms it.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. freedoms_stain

    I’ve had shits with a better plot, score, gameplay and ending than Black Ops.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    Black Ops ending with “AMERICA FUCK YEAH” moment?

    Ahahahahaha. Alright.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Fin


    Maybe you remember it different to me bro, cos you played it for about 50x longer than I did (10 hours v 500).

    Oh no wait, if this doesn’t scream AMERICA, I don’t know what does

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DirtEHarry

    The actual ending with the assassination of JFK was actually pretty cool.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Maximum Payne

    @19 Agree but MW2 ending was stupid.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. NiceFellow

    I love my video-games – but this just seems stupid. Most games have abrupt, silly or simply daft endings. This just seems pointless. I think I’d struggle to come with even 10 games with endings worth noting.

    Black Ops for example has a hugely gung-ho ending followed by a bit of daft JFK conspiracy stuff that means precisely nothing (as does the game itself really) overall.

    The whole SP is just a frame for some linear action sequences.

    Also – why has Guinness even done this? Don’t they deal with official records, etc? What they hell are they doing creating subjective lists no-one will agree to and you can’t quantify?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Yoshi

    #22 3 years ago
  23. silkvg247

    Bioshock should be higher, did not see the twist coming at all. Also liked the two different endings.

    My fave endings are from older games; FFIV, Phantasy Star 1.

    I lol’d at COD being at #1, I think we all know that has fuck all to do with the actual game ending and more to do with fanboi-ism at it’s best.

    #23 3 years ago

    LOL @ Super Mario Bros!

    Yeah… Was a classic moment when I finally ended up storming the right castle and getting the right princess!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    My favorite ending is from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, nothing has ever topped that ;-)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. IL DUCE

    Yeah I don’t think so…Black Ops had a pretty good twist so I guess it probably deserves top 10…but Red Dead Redemption is probably the best ending imho…Fallout 3, Mass Effect(s) and Portal(s) are deservedly on there as well…

    #26 3 years ago
  27. DSB

    They must be trolling.

    I did like the somewhat “stranger” side to the story in Black Ops, but you had it figured out long before you saw it.

    It’s pretty retarded to make a list of the 50 “best endings” to videogames in the first place, especially when it’s just the results of a basic poll of nobodies.

    My favourite ending has to be Grim Fandango. But that’s obviously because of how much I enjoyed the game itself. Fables was great too.

    #27 3 years ago

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