10 other video games where you will die at the end
Since their inception, video games have always followed fairly basic premises. Arguably, neither of these premises is as explicit as ‘dying = bad’ and ‘staying alive = good’.
Keeping playable characters away from bad guys or environmental hazards forms a game’s main difficulties, with the infamous “Game Over” lines that appear when a protagonist has met their creator becoming one of the most recognizable parts. of gaming experience.
But what happens when players bring their protagonist to the end of a game, but the writers still have one last trick up their sleeve?
Having a character that a player has gone through an entire game suddenly die at the end can be one of the most emotional things in the entertainment space, and it’s fair to say that a few have already carved their way for be just as memorable as some deaths in movies and TV shows.
Mafia was a 2002 title developed by Illusion Softworks with the goal of producing an action-adventure title that delivered a punchy, gritty storyline when stacked alongside Grand Theft Auto-style titles of the era.
The game won plenty of praise for its ambitious size and open world, but it was how it was able to weave together a realistic, layered plot that was really the focus of the praise.
In the game, players take control of Tommy Angelo, a taxi driver who becomes embroiled in the turf war between rival crime families the Salieris and the Morellos. After killing the Morellos, Tommy turns his back on the Salieri leader and agrees to give information about the operation in exchange for a reduced prison sentence and protection for his family.
The plot’s ending sees Tommy survive prison and return to his family, moving to Empire Bay to protect the witnesses with his family. Eight years after going to prison, only then do two hitmen working on behalf of Salieri arrive and mow down the protagonist.
One of the most famous endings in history, Mafia’s finale was a powerful reminder that there are no life bars or heroic dives on camera in the world of organized crime.