If there are any Shenmue fanboys on this forum, you know the frustration that comes with completing the final chapter of Shenmue II (after walking… just walking… for 2 friggin' hours) to be greeted with the Cliffhanger of the century. This was obviously done to setup Shenmue III & get us salivating over what was to come next. Problem is that Shenmue III never happened & most likely never will at this point. That brings a very nagging question to mind…. why make a game end with an obvious cliffhanger when there is no guarantee that the next part will be released? I can understand the motive (as I stated before…. to hype up the next game) but when you complete a game & realize "Oh shit… Part II isn't coming out" it leaves a sinking feeling in your gut that makes you want to kick the developer's teeth out. Now don't get me wrong… I am not completely opposed to cliffhangers. As a matter of fact I quite enjoy the ones that make the statement that "this is not the end, but a brand new start". The ones that piss me off are the I ones that have "To tie up the loose ends, buy the next game" tattooed all over there forehead. Why making an ending like that? I mean seriously?
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you like Cliffhangers? Hate them?
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