At some point, Sega decided it would be a good idea to provide ridiculous endings to games that you worked hard to defeat. I covered the “old man racer” ending of Super Hang-On in a previous post, but these games take it to a whole new level of nonsensibility. Spoilers obviously follow.
Defeating Death Adder in Golden Axe and avenging your family causes, in a moment of metareality, for the enemies in the game to bust out of an actual arcade cabinet and chase you, the player, across the city. Completing Altered Beast displays a number of cutscene images during the credits showing that the entire game was nothing but a play and the player, enemies and princess as actors. Not to be outdone, Alien Storm ends with the player characters teleporting from space to Earth in a bubble, where they proceed to put on a music video—with dance moves—in space. They are ultimately judged by a panel of what I can only assume are Sega characters from other games (Gilius Thunderhead of Golden Axe is one of them.)
Sega: Messing with its loyal players since 1988.