ByAshley Washington, writer at
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Ashley Washington

"Game Over" screens are your game's way of telling you that you screwed up big time. Sometimes they come in the form of a gentle nudge and, other times, they hit a bit harder. It make sense—you can only feel things so deeply when you know you'll just be dying again soon. It's rare that these images actually make you feel bad but screens like that are certainly out there.

10 Of The Weirdest Game Over Screens Ranked From Creepiest To Funniest

Nowadays, it's more common to see a slow-motion playthrough of your character's death as some facts about gameplay scroll across the screen. It's helpful but it's also a bit cold. In dark times like this, it's important to think of the charming Game Overs of the past. These game over screens were and continue to be a cut above the rest.

Warning: The creepy screens are pretty creepy and one of them features suicide.

1. 'Donkey Kong Country'

Despite its cheeky and colorful tone, it would appear that Rare really wanted you to feel the burn of letting the Kongs down in Donkey Kong Country. Diddy and Donkey Kong look busted, to say the least. The screen made me cry when I was younger and I don't think I was the only one.

The music that plays over the shot really drives it all home and fills your soul with regret and shame. Do better next time. Do better!

2. 'Silent Hill 3'

'Silent Hill 3' [Credit: Konami]
'Silent Hill 3' [Credit: Konami]

There are multiple death animations in this game but the one that you really had to look out for was the one that left us watching Heather get dragged away by Valtiel—one of 's grimmest enemies and governing angel of The Order.

Silent Hill 3 imagery commonly features Valtiel killing and otherwise assaulting the mannequin legs and nurse enemies. It's said that other familiar villains like Pyramid Head and The Butcher were formed in his image and the enemy you see depends on the caliber and form of your guilt. 100% creepy.

3. 'Lion King V: Timon & Pumbaa'

On today's episode of "What the Actual F**k?", we've got the bootleg video game version of Lion King and apparent sequel to Lion King III (missing a number there?) made by Dragon Co. for NES/Famicom.

This game saw Simba, Timon and Pumbaa all committing suicide after their in-game failures. It's an out-of-character and child unfriendly approach. Strangely enough, the rugged nature matched up with the rest of the game which has been criticized for its crappy physics and poorly crafted control scheme.

4. 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask'

Very few games make you feel like you've failed as greatly as you do when you aren't able to keep the entire world from being wiped out by the crazy ass moon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

The scene doesn't just stop at the fade-to-white either—you have to watch Link watch the destruction and it's really nothing short of devastating. The screen reads:

And so the angry moon fell from the sky, annihilating this world and its many inhabitants.

Too heavy for me (and for Link, I guess)!

5. 'Resident Evil 2'

The graphics in this aren't really much to write home about but there is certainly something to be said about the effect of that black background with the blood spatters and the squishy sound of zombies dining on your flesh. It sticks with you.

The experience of watching a thousand Mortal Kombat finishers wouldn't even come close. But it might make you throw up faster.

Honorable Mention: Resident Evil Revelations for this gem.


6. 'Fallout 2'

[Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
[Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

The earliest games of the series were known for their clever character work and writing. Fallout 2 was certainly a high point in this respect and the quality was apparent from beginning to end. Really. Whenever you died in the wastes, you got a really lovely picture of your body wasting away.

Nothing to remind you that you're dead like a really well-drawn skeleton version of yourself.

7. 'Sleeping Dogs'

'Sleeping Dogs' [Credit: Square Enix]
'Sleeping Dogs' [Credit: Square Enix]

The Game Over screens of Sleeping Dogs weren't inherently funny. They were generally factual. If you revealed yourself during a stealth mission, the screen would just inform you that you were seen and most other failures followed suit.

Early in the game, a mission requires you to complete a round of karaoke so that you can impress a party hostess that will help you get into the VIP section of a nightclub. It's sort of easy to do a bad job—the mechanics aren't great. But instead of a quick "The hostess was not impressed", you apparently get banned from the club's VIP area all together because your karaoke was "so bad". Way to hurt a Wei's feelings, guys.

8. 'Final Fight'

Maybe I'm the only one laughing at this screen but, to me, this animation just leaves your character looking like a short-circuited robot and not a burly man in danger.

Goofy but dangerous death screens are pretty common in the arcade game scene. After all, these guys wanted you to pay to keep playing! I just don't know how many people would choose to pay over watching these guys explode over and over again when it looks this damn cute.

9. 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'

'Batman: Arkham Asylum' [Credit: Eidos Interactive]
'Batman: Arkham Asylum' [Credit: Eidos Interactive]

I understand that diehard fans probably do not find this funny at all. But you have to admit that there is something quite special about seeing comic book lore play itself out so perfectly in the video game adaptations.

At this point, we'd been waiting for ages to see Bane break the Bat on screen. Thanks to Batman: Arkham Asylum, that finally happened... and I laughed.

10. 'Mortal Kombat 4'

'Mortal Kombat 4' [Credit: Midway Games]
'Mortal Kombat 4' [Credit: Midway Games]

Don't just fall to your death—fall to your death and get brutally impaled in Mortal Kombat 4. Can't call this surprising but I do find this chuckle-worthy in the sense that you really can't expect anything different from a game.

Do you agree that these are as weird as it gets or can you think of a worse screen?


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