#6: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, PS3 [HD Collection])
One of the best titles to be released on the PS2 during its lifespan also happened to have one of the best video game endings you’ll find on that console, or any other. Once you finish off that final colossus, which is no easy feat, everything comes to a head. Just as the party whose goal it was to stop you shows up in the forbidden land, you learn the ultimate price of your actions, and begin your transformation into the demon, Dormin, who had been manipulating you. Your final moments of gameplay serve as nothing more than a chance to stomp your pursuers into powder, and then struggle against the pull of the seal they put up, in a futile attempt to escape. When you finally succumb, your lover wakes up, in time to witness the return of Agro, your faithful horse, limping but alive, and find you as nothing more than a baby in a pool, befouled by a pair of horns, but also alive. Turns out the demon didn’t totally lie to you: you were reunited with your lover, in a fashion. Maybe not a happy ending, exactly, but certainly a powerful one.