2. Red Dead Redemption - John Marston sacrifices himself
Red Dead Redemption featured on our Top 5 video game endings, and rightly so. Sometimes the saddest endings are the most powerful, and it's the most powerful ending that stay in our psyche for years after we finish them.
John Marston isn't a hero. He's just a family man who gets dealt a few bad hands.
Red Dead has two endings. The second shows the retribution of Jack Marsten, John's son, and while this is a great ending, the main ending for me will be the death of John Marsten, he dies, to save his family and goes down in a blaze of glory.
The closing moments of John's story portrays him as a great husband and an even better father, one who will lay down his own life if it means protecting his family.
John spends his last moments shipping his wife and son off on horseback to safety, while he attempts desperately to stall the pursuers who have finally caught up with him. When stalling fails, he opens fire into the group of people meaning to do him and his family harm, and he damn well takes a few of the bastards down with him, before climatically being shot to pieces.
John may not be a hero, nor does he try to make out he is. But what he is, is a good man, and a man who puts his family first.