When it comes to a narrative game, I want my choices to matter – I want to experience different endings every time I play. Until Dawn is an excellent example because even if you don’t choose or act when it tells you to, something will be affected. And with The Quarry coming out, it got me reinterested in this type of game. I went on the hunt for narratives with multiple endings. While I wait for more games like this, here are the 13 games I will be playing nonstop until the next on my wishlist is released.
‘Divinity: Original Sin II’
Did you know Divinity: Original Sin II is on iPad now? That’s how I came across it. I downloaded it one day, and the rest is history. It’s a sequel to Divinity: Original Sin, set centuries later. While your choices don’t necessarily affect the ending, you do get to choose one of the four possible endings.
You’ll play as the Godwoken as he runs from those hunting him down for their powers while also trying to save his world from destruction by evil creatures called Voidwoken. I’ve yet to achieve every ending so far, but I did get to become the next Divine, which was awesome.
‘Fallout: New Vegas’
While there have been a few other games from the Fallout series of games – Fallout 3 DLC ending and Fallout 4, specifically – I just prefer the story from Fallout: New Vegas. It’s probably because I played this first out of the entire franchise.
Fallout: New Vegas takes place four years after Fallout 3 in 2281 but also features many elements in Fallout 2. Playing as the Courier, you’ll go on a mission to retrieve a package stolen from you at the beginning of the game. There are four endings you can get.
‘Far Cry 4’ and ‘Far Cry 5’
When it comes to the Far Cry franchise, I’ll stick to Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5, and Far Cry New Dawn. But only two of those have multiple endings that you can get based on your choices. The only reason Far Cry New Dawn comes to mind is that it’s a direct sequel to one of the possible endings in Far Cry 5.
The fourth game in the main franchise follows Ajay in Kyrat, stuck between the Royal Army and a rebel group in a civil war. There are two primary endings, but there’s a third that you don’t even have to play the game to achieve. It takes place at the beginning if you wait in one area long enough.
In Far Cry 5, you are an unnamed deputy trying to liberate Hope County from a cult. It’s an interesting path for the franchise, but honestly, it’s one of the better games I’ve played from it. And just like the fourth game, there’s an ending somewhere in the beginning, so you don’t actually have to dedicate hours to playing.
‘Shadow of Memories’
I’ll be honest – I don’t like the graphics, but that’s only because we’ve come so far since this was released in 2001. That said, the plot and gameplay are still fun enough that I overlook the graphics. Shadow of Memories has eight endings, with two only being unlocked after getting the other six.
In present-day, Eike was killed and resurrected with a chance to find his killer before his killer finds him again. You’ll be able to travel through five different years and encounter tons of interesting characters – including the one you’ll lose in 1580, five centuries before said character was born.
‘Nier’ and ‘Nier: Automata’
Nier and Nier: Automata are part of the spin-off series of games from Drakengard. That said, I have only played Nier: Automata. What I know about the first game is that it had four endings originally, but the remastered version added a fifth.
You can’t just play through Nier: Automata once without wanting to keep playing to unlock more and more features. While you can discover so much as you play, the main reason I played so much was to see the different endings. There are 26, but 21 of those are “game over,” meaning your gameplay ends long before the finale scene.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in another realm by chance one day? Then have I got the game for you. In Undertale, you play as a child who’s fallen into Underground in the midst of a war.
Every choice made – sparing monsters, killing them, and what dialogue you choose – will affect the next option and ultimate ending of the game. The gameplay and graphics are reminiscent of the first Pokemon and GameBoy games. It’s quite literally a mixture of modern and retro gaming in the best ways.
Heavy Rain is a lot like Until Dawn, but it came much earlier. There are several different endings for each of the four playable characters, with any or all of them able to die before you can rescue the child that was kidnapped at the beginning of the game.
In the game, you play as four characters – Ethan, Madison, Norman, and Scott – as you try to figure out who the Origami Killer is and where Ethan’s son Shaun is being held. I think I was drawn to the gameplay because it sounds like something straight out of Criminal Minds.
‘Tell Me Why’
It’s honestly a shame I never hear about this game. Tell Me Why only has two primary endings, but there are a few different epilogues you can get based on your actions during the game. It reminds me of the gameplay in Life is Strange (they’re made by the same developer) with a different storyline.
Tell Me Why follows telepathically-linked twins trying to find out how their mother died. It’s an emotional game that delves deep into each of their childhood memories as they try to piece together the mystery around them as adults.
‘Detroit: Become Human’
With Detroit: Become Human, it’s hard to tell which conclusion you’re going to get as you play along. And from personal experience, it’s even more challenging to get the same conclusion unless you write down every choice you make in back-to-back gaming sessions.
The game follows three playable characters – Kara, Markus, and Connor – on their separate but intersecting journeys. Markus wants to set all androids free, Kara just gained her freedom, and Connor’s life is all about hunting down free androids.
Oxenfree is literally my favorite game. I think only the upcoming sequel might top it – keyword: might. The characters are fun, the dialogue between characters feels natural, the voice acting is superb, and the five endings and loop option mean the game is always interesting.
In Oxenfree, you play as Alex, who gets stuck on an island full of time loops, vengeful spirits, and her friends (well, all but one are her friends). While there, you can choose many paths to take, who to rescue, and eventually, who will live long enough to make it home. You’ll even get to choose to play again, setting up another time loop for Alex.
I’m not a big fan of the movies – they scare me a bit more than I’d like – but I will concede the games are fun. In the few times I’ve played or watched someone play Resident Evil, I’ve seen four different endings, but I’ve heard there are plenty more to discover.
In addition to the original Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis also has multiple endings. I haven’t played all the games, but I’m pretty sure those are the only two that do this. With the popularity of the franchise, I think there’s some wasted potential there.
‘The Dark Pictures Anthology’ Games
Choose any of The Dark Pictures Anthology games, and you’re going to have several possible endings. The three games from the anthology series so far are Man of Medan, Little Hope, and House of Ashes.
They play just like Until Dawn, right down to the survival themes. I can’t wait for The Devil in Me, and I hope there’s even more after that.
Man of Medan follows four students and a boat captain as they encounter many dangers while searching for a sunken WWII plane. In Little Hope, four students get stranded in a demon-infested abandoned town. And in House of Ashes, five soldiers from different countries find themselves working together to escape a temple from Mesopotamia.
‘The Witcher 2’ and ‘The Witcher 3’
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings follows Geralt trying to clear his name and find the real king killer. The plot of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sees Geralt and his group tracking and protecting Ciri (who you’ll recognize from the show). There are also separate plots in the expansion packs.
While the original The Witcher only had one conclusion, the next two in the trilogy of video games had multiple. The Witcher 2 had 16 possible endings, while The Witcher 3 had three. I can’t wait to see what the developer has up their sleeve for the next installment.