2. End of the Line (San Andreas)
Rockstar really got into the habit of escalation when it came to finales and San Andreas capped the unofficial trilogy off with a bang. Ready to settle everything, CJ and Sweet drive to the biggest crack fortress in Los Santos to take down Big Smoke. Once inside, CJ has to fight through floors and floors of gang members. Eventually, you get to the climactic showdown which illustrates the folly of ambition. Just when you exhale however, the game isn’t over. Officer Tenpenny copes around and triggers one last chase.
In the last act of the final mission you get to chance the crooked cop through a burning mansion, a crowd of gang members and eventually on wheels as the man runs for his life. After all of that, and you’re in the clear, it all ends where it started in a very symbolic fashion.