We were always under the impression that The Guinness World Records only included listings of things that could be measured by quantity — most number of X, tallest Y, shortest Z, tiniest bean, etc. As it turns out, our impression is wrong and there is room for opinion in the book of World Records.
The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamers’ Edition polled 13,519 “gaming fans” to determine the greatest video game ending of all time. From that poll, Call of Duty: Black Ops, was voted to the top of the list.
Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition editor Gaz Deaves said: “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.”
Below is a list of the top 50 as voted by those who took part in the poll.
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
While we’re still pretty sure that world records are meant to be quantitatively measured (but hey, we’re not world record experts!), what do you think of this list? Can you think of any games with awesome endings that should be on the list? Let us know!