The Electronic Wireless Show episode 198: the best last stands in games


Today’s topic for The Electronic Wireless Show podcast comes from listener Alastair Fakelastname, who suggested that we talk about some of our favorite brave last stands in video gaming history. We’re discussing what constitutes a last stand for the purposes of our discussion, but not until some time after the podcast has started. Many things are thrown into the ring, from RTS classics to famous boxarts.

As a digression, let’s talk about Nate’s monstrous fish army and the cool ska band I went to. Matthew has once again created a fabulous den of lies, this time centered around the screen-busting survival game Vampire Survivors.

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The music is by Jack de Quidt, who never had to put up a last stand.

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Before proceeding, know that you might not want to know that (many) of these games have final stands in them, so consider this a spoiler alert.

Halo: Reach has one last stand that you know was doomed from the start, which makes it all the more powerful.

14 real Halo 2 players had their own Meta Last Stand on the game’s servers.

There’s a similar last stand in Red Dead Redemption on the kind of ending that’s actually the first ending.

Nate had many final battles in Age Of Empires II, a particularly memorable one involving monks and elephants.

There are many Last Stands in the Mass Effect series. I offer you either Mordin or Grunt from Mass Effect 3.

Desperados 3 has a final level that is both a test of your skill with the game and a final stand.

Undertale’s final boss is a last stand for the bosseven if we don’t like Undertale like most people (but would never say so out loud).

Is the Doom game cover a last stand? For whom?

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