Everybody loves a good game that they can really sink their teeth into, and a compelling endgame section is required for such games to succeed. To that end, here are 15 of the best games that have the most engaging endgame content:
God of War: Ragnarok
God of War: Ragnarok is a bombastic experience that starts out strong, and never lets off until the very end. While the campaign itself has a lot to see and do, the endgame has a lot to love as well. The nine realms are home to plenty of tough encounters that you can try to best along with Muspelhiem which houses plenty of combat challenges as well. Furthermore, there are plenty of lore-related side quests that you can pursue after the credits roll – and many of them are unmissable for any fan of the series. And did we mention the Berserker boss fights? Well, best of luck beating them!
FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is perhaps one of the biggest games to tackle, as The Lands Between has just so much to see and do during its lengthy runtime. There are secret zones within secret zones, and these places contain some of the most memorable boss encounters. In addition to this, you can still find so many untackled dungeons and untracked quests that will take dozens upon dozens of hours to complete, and there’s still a chance that you may stumble upon something entirely new when you return to the game with New Game+.
Horizon Forbidden West
Much like Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West is chock-full of things to see and do throughout the vast stretches of the open world. But many of these activities are best reserved for the end game when you have the appropriate gear and experience to tackle those challenges. These range from clearing out enemy camps to completing hunting ground challenges to knocking off trophies one by one to get the coveted platinum, which is a great excuse to spend some more time just existing in this picturesque world.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that encourages players to just get lost within its American frontier, and experience things in an organic fashion. And you will have all the time in the world to do just that once you finish the story. You can tackle remaining questlines that can range from eccentric to emotional, or you could hunt down legendary animals and craft better gear for John, or you could scour these lands for treasure and other collectibles. All in all, there’s a lot to do in Red Dead Redemption 2’s endgame – and most if not all of it is quality stuff.
Bungie’s smash hit Destiny 2 is a game that keeps on adding oodles of new content with each update, so there’s little possibility that you have seen and done everything that the game has to offer. A lot of the good stuff is best left for the endgame, such as tough strike raids or bounty hunts that shower you with high-level gear and rewards – that should help you reach the max power cap after going through all campaigns.
Deliver Us Mars
While the Borderlands series has great campaigns that feature plenty of witty jokes and enjoyable fights, most would agree that the endgame is where the real looting shooting happens – and Borderlands 3 is no different in this regard. There are raid bosses that need to be defeated, mayhem mode that can be conquered, high-level side-quests that can to be tackled – and so much more that make Borderlands 3 an experience that just keeps on giving.
Nioh 2 builds upon the foundations of the smash-hit original and features white-knuckle combat scenarios that demand that players have perfected the art of blocking and striking to best its toughest challenges. But those with a hankering for some more challenge could try upping the difficulty, which will reward you with exotic weapons and gear for all the effort you put in. Or if that’s not to your taste, you could try tackling the post-launch DLC, which should keep you hooked on the game for dozens of hours.
Remnant: From The Ashes
Remnant: From The Ashes is a game that encourages you to play through it multiple times, primarily because of the randomly generated levels and side dungeons that can house different bosses with each run. But once you roll the credits, you get access to an adventure mode that lets you tackle smaller sections of the game in isolation – which is a great option for those wanting to acquire all weapons in the game. There are also harder difficulties alongside multiple DLCs that should serve you well for a good grind.
Monster Hunter: World
At its core, Monster Hunter: World is all about exploring the vast maps in search of monsters to hunt and farm which will help you in acquiring a higher hunter rank. Once you defeat Xeno, you can start taking on tempered monsters which are arguably the toughest of the bunch – and it becomes essential to farm these beasts to attain the best gear which is required for some later fights. It’s more of the same, but it’s sure to serve you well if you enjoyed the main campaign.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a massive game that has content worth hundreds of hours, and it’s highly likely that players are going to be tackling a lot of that after completing the main quest. There are monster hunts to find and pursue, character-driven side-quests that rival the quality of the main quest, and two giant pieces of DLC. All in all, you could easily spend upwards of 50 hours tackling these objectives and still have remaining markers on your compass.
The Division 2
If The Division was a proof of concept for a live-service third-person shooter, The Division 2 is the final release with a scope that dwarfs that of the original – and these improvements carry over to the endgame as well. After finishing the story, you can grind for better gear as you work towards a specialized character build, participate in endgame raids, or dabble in PvP content which is a great distraction from your usual gameplay.
Diablo is a series that’s known for its engaging endgame content, and while Diablo 3 didn’t quite hit the mark right at launch – it has certainly evolved into a much better and more appealing version of itself with every new update. The endgame is a never-ending grind as you get through rifts and dungeons to farm high-level gear and resources, which will allow you to take on tougher challenges – and on and on. It’s a familiar story for fans of the franchise, and they are there for it.
Path of Exile
Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile features a really extensive endgame system – thanks to the Atlas component that mixes and matches content from the single-player campaign to provide tougher challenges and bosses for those who want to reach the max level. Post-launch expansions have added new elements to this system, and you can easily spend hours upon hours just grinding out these maps and completing challenges.
Much like its predecessors, NieR: Automata is a game that starts when its end credits roll. There are 2 additional campaigns after you complete the story of 9S – which feature 9S and 2A respectively. In addition to that, there are multiple endings that can be unlocked, super hard bosses that can be challenged if you are at a high enough level, side-quests to tackle, and secrets to uncover. It’s a massive experience with plenty of variety in its endgame content, which makes it a game that’s worth investing your precious time in.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a massive experience that can take a lot of time to complete even if you focus on the main objectives, but those who’d like to have more to do once the credits roll get plenty to do after that as well. There are additional skirmish missions that are easily the hardest of the bunch, and you can try out new upgrades now that the max power cap has been increased, or you could try chasing the true ending which requires completing these additional missions among other things.