Ubisoft shooter Far Cry 4 has an alternative ending just 30 minutes into its story.
The big-budget action romp which will be released tomorrow (18 November) is the sequel to 2012's Far Cry 3 and is expected to be one of the biggest selling games of the year.
In Far Cry 4 you play as Ajay Ghale, a native of the game's Himalayan location Kyrat. He returns to the region to disperse his deceased mother's ashes but finds his homeland ravaged by a civil war splitting Kyrat between a rebellious organisation and the tyrannical war lord Pagan Min.
MINOR SPOILERS: Below I will outline how to reach the alternate ending...
Having met Pagan Min in the opening segment of the game, the player sits with him for a while. When Min leaves for a few minutes he invites you to stay and enjoy the meal, but players can then leave to begin the campaign. However if you choose to stay for 15 minutes, Min returns, resulting in the premature ending.
MAJOR SPOILERS: Here's a description of the ending, which may contain spoilers for game's full campaign...
Wait for Min to return and in a neat twist you'll see another side to the game's antagonist. What follows is a short scene in which Min allows you to place your mother's ashes where she requested, next to those of her daughter, who as it turns out is the child of Pagan Min.
It's certainly an interesting ending and creative choice of developers Ubisoft Montreal, showing you a different side of a character who is certainly a loon, but not one who intends to be your enemy from the start. It also gives you and the character a way to avoid the blood and carnage that follows if you escape Min's meal.
Being so early on there's also no reason anyone would feel short changed if they decided to start over and continue the game as intended.
You can view a video of the ending below.