Chances are you may have heard of a game called Ocarina of Time. The fan favorite won third place in Greatest Ending in Video Game History in the Guinness Book of World Records, which is quite the accomplishment.

Zelda games in general tend to have pretty good endings with endings ranging from story wrap ups to new adventures right on the horizon. One of the reasons people tend to hold Ocarina of Time  in such high praise is because of the standards it set for all 3D Legend of Zelda games: the fantastic gameplay that it introduced, and the storytelling that the game managed to tell. It was a story about coming of age to become a true hero and destroy evil. Not only that, but it was the game that divided the timeline into three separate parts, which obviously had its impact on the series even until today. You can check out the top 50 best video game endings of all time after the jump.

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. Pokémon 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

This list was hotly debated by video gamers everywhere, as it should be. People have different opinions and hold some games higher than others in their minds, however the minds at Guiness World Record took this into consideration.

Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition, said more about what people look for in video game endings.

“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.”

What do you guys think? Do any other Legend of Zelda games belong on that list that you think that Guinness missed? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Gamasutra



    • LegendofMerah

      Yeah, no kidding, it definitely had a better ending than Twilight Princess, which is on the list. I also think Wind Waker and Majora's Mask had better endings than TP.

      • I like the Twilight Princess ending with the Ganondorf and Ganon battles at the end. Plus the horse battle riding Epona was epic!

        • LegendofMerah

          Oh yeah, that battle was pretty cool. I was thinking more along the lines of the ending cutscene though. I found the TP end cutscene/ credits to be very disappointing. It was just not a satisfying ending for some reason.

    • Link and Cuccos

      This poll was most likely taken BEFORE Skyward Sword came out. You need time to publish stuff into a book, and SS just came out end of Nov.

    • Lucius Optimus

      indeed! what about Skyward Sword!

      why is Twilight Princess ranked so low?

      and what in the world made Call of Duty so great?

  • Red Bear LuX

    I don't think Halo Reach had such a great ending, yeah it had a nice sense of futility, that is rare in games but we all knew what it was coming too as it was a prequel.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops takes the number one spot… I just… WHAAA!??!?!?!??! I…Gah….de…..My brain….


    • Poyzun

      no idea how much i reacted the same way when i read that..

      • Trolldad

        Same here too,
        my mind was telling me "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" repeatedly.

        • Nen desharu

          I fear for the future of humanity when I read the list.

          Where are the classics (as in pre-2001)? Many of those have much better endings than most that are on the list.

    • Sanity's_Theif

      Have you even played the story mode? It sounds like you didn't and yet you're judging it.

  • heroofmasks

    i beat black ops the games ending sucks i guess who ever did this list must love fps more than anything else

  • Oh god… Black Ops?………………………………. I guess I'm not the only one with the hand on the face. Super Metroid #42!? No Conker's Bad Fur Day? This list sucks! I mean…. How is it possible that Reach and Black Ops endings beat everything else. Eeeeeevery video game in history! This list should be burned

    • I'm with you on Black Ops…but every Halo game has been strong with a story and Reach did not fail at that aspect

    • William

      Burned along with the people who made it.

  • GuildedBlood

    Guys, remember. These are OPINIONS.

    • Zelda3607

      they are opinions but some of them make me freaking mad.

    • They are absolute idiotic opinions!

    • ChainofTermina

      ……………….of morons.

    • William

      Whoever's opinions these are needs serious mental help.

    • Nen desharu

      Opinion or not, Guinness should not be publishing a list of opinions. I thought Guinness only included anything that can be factually verified and objective, not something subjective that has a clear bias!

      If Guinness needs to publish opinions, it should be in the Guinness Book of Most Popular Opinions.

  • Mikael

    They have some games with multiple endings! Which ending for each of those games were they talking about? Sheesh, something tells me this list was poorly done by people who do not entirely know what they're talking about. (obviously! Not a single Zelda is on the top of the list…LOL)

  • Same here

  • ???????????????Black Ops??????????????

    of all COD games that was the worst one as far as campaign (I have yet to play MW3 so I don't know how the campaign is)

  • Merq

    …New Super Mario Bros Wii?

    • Zelda3607

      i wish.

      • Zelda3607

        oh wait its # 40

    • TnzSki

      That's what I thought. Wasn't the ending to that almost exactly the same as that of the original Super Mario Bros (and almost all subsequent Mario games)?

      • Sanity's_Theif

        Exactly what I was thinking, what the hell?

    • A1zeldamaster

      I know, right? Mario beats Bowser, same as always. Shouldn't be up there.

  • Carlos

    Wind Waker my favorite game with awesome ending.

  • Zelda3607

    I like all Mario Zelda and pokemon games But WHY do all of them be sides Zelda Have kind of a bad spot on the list!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????? I know these are opinions but seriously people?!!?!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Sanity's_Theif

      As far as I've experienced, Mario and Pokemon never had any strong, lengthy, detailed and well put together stories

  • Carlos

    I hate Halo, COD

    • Bill


    • Nen desharu

      I have to agree. They cannot stand up to the classics.

  • Carlos

    I laugh so hard when I see red rings on Xbox 360's and yellow lights on PS3's because Wii is more fun to play with like Mario and Zelda.

    • Sanity's_Theif

      My wii's disc drive died… but my Super Nintendo and N64 have never broken down, they don't make stuff like they used too I guess lol (It's actually because the newer systems are more complicated I think)

  • Zelda3607

    wait a minute it has the original Super mario bros. then where the heck is LoZ ALttP ST SS PH PKMN HG PKMN SS SMB2 SMB LL SMB3 SMW SM64 SMS SM3D land and Skylanders (that gave me a new respect for toys lol)

    • Zelda3607

      and SSB SSBM and SSBB

    • Mitch

      You expect the origian Smash Bros. to be on the list of the greates video game ENDINGS.

      • Mitch


    • Lucius Optimus

      A Link to the past should be on that list!
      It is one of my favorites.

  • dfdf

    I can't believe the windwaker or skyward sword isnt on here.

    • LinkofAges

      Yes Wind Waker had a better ending than TP. TP should be on there but WW should higher up. Maybe in the 20s. Hopefully people reading the list will realize that games like Halo and Call of Duty don't have real stories so no real endings. Once again, OoT is the true victor. 13 years and running.

      • Sanity's_Theif

        I can, I really didn't like WW's story or ending too much

        SS I believe had the weakest story of the series but a great ending

  • Carlos

    I know, there should be Wind Waker on the list.

  • Carlos

    Well at least the Wii games free to play with through the internet where as Xbox live you must pay.

  • Soeroah

    IMO, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep should be ever so slightly higher than Kingdom Hearts, and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones should be somewhere around Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

  • ChainofTermina


    • I LOVE you. And feel your pain.

    • Sanity's_Theif

      Have you ever beaten the game?

    • Lucius Optimus

      Yeah…..sad isn't it……

  • Banooru

    Link's Awakening without dying takes numbers one through 25, and the alternative ending takes numbers 26-50.

  • TheMeem0

    Terrible list, IMO. It contains only mainstream games – I've heard of every single one of these games, which is sad, because I don't have a very broad gaming knowledge outside of Nintendo. What's more, Twilight Princess did not deserve to be on this list – an amazing game, but its ending was nothing special. Minecraft should have been on here, as well. A very strange but unique and original ending.

    • Sanity's_Theif

      I strongly disagree, I think Twilight Princess had a wonderful story and ending, better than NSMBW for sure

  • Hydra

    I think TWW has a better ending than Twilight Princess, but meh. I love some of their typos (Sonic Adventures 2?). Curious why Sonic the Hedgehog took 28, I mean, it's… credits. It's Sonic playing through parts of the levels during the credits (oh, and flowers). What makes that such an amazing ending?

    And once again, no love for the Myst games, but I guess it's 'cause they just usually fall under the radar in general.

  • ArkhamOfFear

    Black Ops #1?? Are you fucking kidding me?…..

  • I love it how Half-Life 2: Episode Tow is number 43.
    Yeah I really wish Wind Waker made this list.
    They fixed the Tow thing

  • Vladislak

    Oh look, a bunch of games listed by overall popularity rather than the actual quality of their endings.

    Granted, IMO some of them DO belong on the list, but generally not where they are.

  • Karadom

    That entire list is garbage, save for probably five games.

  • David

    The issue is that they are more people(the overall gamers) and they are not really "gamers", I like FPS but…. come on, just shooting make your game awesome, give me a break… I played Metroid Primes and are far better FPS than COD and Halo… And also I have played those games…. so far… where are Batman Arkhams???… Long life Nintendo= Innovation ……Sony=Microsoft=copy+paste

  • David … again

    this kind of stuff need to be made for experts, do not worry OOT is by far the best videogame real gamers have ever played.. period. When come the massive voting system you get a really nonsenses… if analyze the voting population and asked if they are played OOT, I am 100% sure that the 50% or more have played it or have played it years after 1998…. So Zelda FTW!!

  • eliot

    Where in this bloody list is A link to the past???

    • eliot

      AND SUPER MARIO WORLD????, whoa, this list sucks!!!!

  • 6509

    No visual novels?

  • Callin

    WAAAAY too many recent games to be considered a serious list. Even 2D games can have great stories and endings, but how many do you see here?

    • Nen desharu

      Only five games on that list were published before 2005. I smell blatant recentism. It is just like saying that the Itchy & Scratchy Show (which is simply about an animated mouse gorily mutilating an animated cat every episode, but with a different method each time) has a better plot than practically any Shakespearean play.

      Chrono Trigger, SNES-era Final Fantasy games, and early Zelda games for example have much better endings than many games on the list. Skyward Sword should be at or near the top of the list.

  • superdude526

    Gotta say, some of those selections are pretty weak. Not the Zelda ones, but Half-Life original should be on there. And wtf with SC2 but not SC1?

  • X_factor

    I'm sorry, I LOVE Zelda, but I can't help but LOVE Kingdom Hearts too. Those games are just far too good to miss 🙂

  • Prada

    sorry fellow zelda lovers but…I'm pretty sure U2's ending was awesome! the best ever

  • Keimori

    So Black opps gets number one…but skyward sword, Chrono Trigger, and Radient Hystoria are all no shows?
    Fail list is Fail.

  • Black Ops #1?! #AreYouSeriousBro

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  • ZeldaPlaya

    screw black ops. I can't believe Skyward Sword didn't even make the list…,.

  • veeronic

    the only reason black ops is first is because their demographic are people who play video games and drink guiness, the imbeciles voted it in without knowing anything else… thus; WHY THE HELL IS PORTAL 2 # 17?

  • Zachattack8888

    All the Call of Duty games need to get the hell out of there. And how the hell does Black Ops get #1!?!

  • Shishimaru

    Why isn't Mother 3 in this sucky list? and how can Mario games have better endings than Twilight Princess? If ANY Mario game should be on this list, it should be the Paper Mario games. And Black Ops at number 1? SERIOUSLY? I like Black Ops, but it's ending isn't close to being number one.

  • DexMike

    no chrono trigger? pfff

  • Gwydion

    I am in no way upset about the two Zelda games that made it on the list as I believe they both totally deserved it. I absolutely adored both OoT's and TP's endings (the only other one I would have liked to see was Link's Awakening). But as others have said, some of the other games on here make me want to curl up into a ball and cry… Just how ARE these "World Records" anyway?

    • Sanity's_Theif

      Amen to that

  • Sanity's_Theif

    I don't understand how Twilight Princess could be below NSMBW, that game had an incredible story, I think it deserved to be a lot closer to the top than that

    And where's the love for Majora's Mask?

    Can't really complain too much though, at least 2 Zelda games made it up

  • DarkMajora

    Hey I know this is a Zelda fansite but there's no reason to be a fanboy who bashes everything not Nintendo. Halo is the second greatest series there is and the fact you're bashing it just because it's a shooter is really sad. But really something subjective like this shouldn't be made "official"

  • Ryan

    Black-ops? Really!? Out of any game in the world, they chose an over-rated FPS? If it was my list, I would choose Skyward sword. It was funny , rewarding and frankly made me tear up more than any other scene in a game ever. They should get the opinion of the every day gamer on this kind of thing. The main thing that irritates me is that they don't even tell us their source. They could have just as easily asked a large gaming website(such as IGN) to host an open poll.I agree with most of these, but the black-ops ending is nothing special. C.O.D games are pumped out once a year, so clearly not much thought goes into them.This is my opinion, and I'm sticking by it

  • Zelda's Scribe

    The Wind Waker's ending was amazing. It made me sad.