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To The Bitter End: Without its deleted finale, Metal Gear Solid V has no ending at all

Games are often left unfinished. Sometimes they’re too difficult, too vast, or too repetitive to see all the way through to the closing credits. To The Bitter End is Gameological’s look at those endings that are worth fighting for—or at least worth reading about.

They say that before you embark on a journey of revenge, you should dig two graves. This is why Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has two endings. At the climax of the game’s first chapter, Venom Snake and his Diamond Dogs take their revenge on the villainous Skull Face and the credits roll—but then the game’s second chapter starts. Snake’s advisors grow cagey, change their minds about who their real enemy is, and continue accepting meaningless gun-for-hire work. Over time, the group disintegrates. Members are exiled or run away, and an outbreak of untreatable and contagious parasites …

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