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Top 5 'final' games and why they live up to their name

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3. Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Help me, Star Ocean! You're my only hope! Okay, admittedly, that was a little silly, but here's another naming anomaly that follows suit with the "last" conventions. This gorgeous behemoth of a game follows Edge Maverick (yes, that's his real name) as he eventualyl becomes the captain of the SRF-003 Calnus, after the maiden voyage of the vessel is launched. It's all in a bid to save the whole of mankind from imminent extinction. In a way, we're specifically dealing with "the last" name all over again, but in this case, the end of the human race. It's a plodding adventure at times, to be sure, but still worth a look.

4. The Last of Us

The Last of Us

The Last of Us
is a tricky list item as it hasn't been released yet and is not an RPG, contrary to the previous items, but it's still "the last" in a series or in terms of finality. This time, the narrative follows the only known survivors of a plague spread by fungus that has absolutely cleared out modern life as we know it. The survival horror/action-adventure hybrid is awaiting a release in 2013, but it's definitely worth a mention on our round-up since it still shares a similar naming trait.

5. The World Ends With You

TWEWY

Not only is this "the end," but it's the end of the world. Of course, that's only if you go by the English title. The Japanese name is more like the complete opposite: It's A Wonderful World. In a strange underground world, players compete to earn back the privilege to be brought back to life or ascend to a new, enlightened plane of existence. It's certainly more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it -- is the entire world ending? It might seem that way, if you're competing in the bizarre game and lose, as you'll be erased from existence. The obsession with finality and the "end" of life as you know it makes TWEWY an honest example of the same naming motif we've discussed all along -- and interestingly enough, the Western adaptation was responsible.

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