FFD: What games tell the best stories?

FFD: What games tell the best stories?

STORYTIME

The most important aspect to any game, no matter what Crytek would have you believe, is not the graphics. No, it’s the actual gameplay; it’s probably the most important factor in whether or not a game is enjoyable. That said, there’s something else about some games that drives me to play a great game, or even struggle through one that isn’t quite as compelling; the story.

In my old age, story is becoming more important than ever, and I’ll happily play a flawed game if its narrative drives me to do so. A game like the excellent Spec Ops: The Line (soon available for free on PlayStation Plus; play it) is built around perhaps generic third person shooter elements, but its excellent, dark and disturbing narrative makes it so much more than it rightly should be.

L.A Noire wasn’t really a great game, if we’re honest about the actual gameplay; what it had instead was a great story that made the whole thing worth playing. Of course, great stories aren’t only attached to middling games, as games like The Last of Us, Silent Hill 2, Mass Effect and BioShock can attest

But what games, in your opinion, tell the very best stories? If you say Metal Gear Solid, you’re automatically disqualified.

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  • That Super Twit

    Guess I am disqualified. 😛

    • RinceWind

      lol

    • TiMsTeR1033

      back in your box….. be a good lad….

      • That Super Twit

        Snake taught me how to sneak out of the box.

        • Hammersteyn

          Or with a box

        • RinceWind

          Thought you were gonna say closet there, trololo! 😉

          • That Super Twit

            HAHA!

        • Spathi

          Hahahahha, excellent!

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Solid Snake…No Naked Snake…NO! OLD SNAKE … NOOOOOO Punished Snake NOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! …. Big Boss??

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      CONVOLUTED SOAP OPERA NONSENSE 😀

      • Hammersteyn

        Blasphemy!!!!

        • Spathi

          Hehhe, no I love the everything about MGS, especially the crazy story. If MGS4 didn’t have 10 hours of cut-scenes, I would’ve never held it in such high regard as I currently do.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Man those cutscenes were horrible! 40 minute cutscenes is going overboard

      • Spathi

        I play MGS games for the same reason I watch WWE, all the drama and intrigue! Not that I watch WWE… :)

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        It’s quite easy to understand ……. said no one ever

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Don’t worry Super Twit…
      Metal Gear Solid Anything > Call of Duty Anything!

  • Hammersteyn

    What the hell is wrong with MGS? Resident Evil used to have a great storyline and so did Final Fantasy. Fallout, Half Life, Chrono Triger, GTA(well most Rockstar games) all of these had great story lines.

    • That Super Twit

      So you are disqualified with me?

      • Hammersteyn

        Pffffft like I care :) Metal Gear Solid 3 was still the best in the series for me. The whole story till the end blew me away. It was like one huge giant conspiracy.

        • That Super Twit

          Same here, played it from the first one all the way to Snakeater.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      I I agree with you on MGS they had amazing stories and still have! Gta’s had okay stories. Final fantasy games also had great stories then again I only played 7 8 & 9.

      • Hammersteyn

        FF10 is the last good one in the series for me. I am going to definitely buy the HD remake of it when its available.

        • RinceWind

          Agree completely.

  • IceH

    Best Story: Final Fantasy Series (up to part 10)
    Secret Favorite: Part 8 including Squall’s Dead (who ever played Final Fantasy 8 – get ready to get your brain ****ed http://squallsdead.com/

    • JasonDK

      Shut up! I-It’s not true! I’m not even listening anymore!

      • RinceWind

        It isn’t true, it isn’t true, repeat!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      NO! He is not dead! No no no!

      (FF8 was teh best!)

    • RinceWind

      Oi! Foil hat engaged!

    • Rian Mostert

      Ooh, a theory? A conspiracy? Interesting, but wait… I have to finish it first…
      Played it years ago but restarted on the final boss because a friend told me I missed Squall’s ultimate weapon… *the shame*
      -Bookmarked for later-

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Yeah one thing i hated wad at the end a lot of places were protected by s barrier so you couldn’t access them

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Haha love that theory along with Rhinoa is Ultimecia though that got debunked. But man Squalls dead hits right in the childhood. But if it is true then 8 indeed had the best story

  • Melasco

    Mass Effect Trilogy and The Last Of Us…

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Amen Garrus.

    • DBL_ZA

      I looked for a Mass Effect comment so I didn’t look like a fool posting about it. I was not disappointed

  • FSR

    Special mention to Tomb Raider. GOTY for me thus far. Immersive, engaging, great controls… I must play it again.

  • Kromas

    Mass Effect, Bioshock, Half Life,Last of Us.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Amen Geth

      • Kromas

        I miss Legion. :(

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Half Life, yeah, agreed on that one as well

      • Kromas

        Oooh and apart from the boring game play Diablo had a rather decent story. As well as Starcraft crap and KoTOR and portal …. damn quite a few I missed.

  • Sageville

    For me, Last of Us.

    Probably the most engaging story, told perfectly.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Wish I could try that. I enjoyed Farcry 3’s story here and there endings sucked though.
      Also I enjoyed half life 1 and 2s stories. As well as gears of war and Halo stories.

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Fortunately (because I’d get no studying done) or Unfortunately I don’t have a PS3 to play TLoU, only an Xbox which gets really old free games (Like AC2, which I have for 2 platforms already) :(

  • Wtf101

    Double Dragon. Girl kidnapped. Fisticuffs will ensue. Done!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Super Mario. Princess taken. Trolling mushroom. Done!

    • Hammersteyn

      Final Fight, mayors daughter is kidnapped. Takes to the streets to pile drive bad guys. Done!

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    God of War, Gears of War and DmC.

    Yeah, I’m a sucker for cheese.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    KOTOR1 and 2, Half Life 1 and 2, Bioshock 1 and Infinite, Starcraft 1 and2

    • That Super Twit

      Half-Life was awesome!

    • Grant Hancock

      YES to all ! (except Bioshocks which I haven’t played) …

      Playing SC 1 as a kid was like being inside a movie … very immersive, and cinematics were epic! … how could that bastard Admiral leave those troops behind to die at beginning of Brood Wars !

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        I know right. And Starcraft2 came back with stunning cinematics and a story that kept me playing just to see what happens!

        • Grant Hancock

          Haven’t played heart of swarm yet … but was mighty impressed they put so much effort into wings of liberty’s cinematics … Blizzard could eeeaaasily make a series of animated full length movies… would rock!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            My wife tunes me every time I play that she wishes they’d make a movie out of it

          • That Super Twit

            Would be great if they could make a movie about it, and actually pull it off well.

          • Skyblue

            Not the kind of tuning u were hoping for? ;-p

  • CrasH

    Semi Adventure and even some point and click.
    Guybrush Threepwood,

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Ah! You just reminded me!

      Myst 1 through 4! Great stories!

  • Warren Ross

    A man after my own man-parts! *ahem*

    Some favourites story-telling games that I can think of:

    Grim Fandango
    Knights of the Old Republic
    Mass Effect Trilogy (especially 2)
    System Shock 2
    Bioshock (original + Infinite)
    Star Control 2
    Fallout
    Planescape: Torment
    Gabriel Knight
    Beneath a Steel Sky
    Loom
    Red Dead Redemption

    And an honourable mention to my favourite early Sierra games: King’s Quest 2+3, Space Quest 1+2, Police Quest 1 and Quest for Glory 1+2+3

    Erm…I’m sure there must be more…brain…dry…

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Grim Fandango was awesome.
      KotOR as well
      etc etc

      You have a list of WIN there

      • That Super Twit

        I still have my copy of Grim Fandango ^_^

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          WIN!

          • That Super Twit

            Glottis was a funny character.

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          “Good enough for government work” is my favorite quote from the game 😛

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          So do I lol

    • Skyblue

      Nice list there bud. Some oldies which had awesome stories and gameplay:

      Almost every Lucas Arts game pre ’95
      Shadowrun (Megadrive)
      Earthworm Jim (Megadrive)
      Jungle Strike (Megadrive)
      Flashback
      Castlevania IV: Bloodlines (SNES)
      Chrono Trigger
      The Legend of Zelda (NES)
      The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
      Landstalker

      BAM for old school!

      • That Super Twit

        +100 upvotes for you if i could.

      • CrasH

        Earthworn Jim… soo many memories.
        Princess-whats-her-name, Phycrow, For Pete’s Sake and always, the Cow

      • Warren Ross

        Yeah! Flashback was great, and its sequel Fade To Black was also pretty cool from a narrative perspective. I played “A Link to the Past” on my GB-Color, first Zelda game ever. :)

        Speaking of Zelda, The Wind Waker was pretty good, although the overall plot was generic Zelda stuff.

  • CrasH

    Also forgot Diablo 2 with LOD add-on and Warcraft series and The old Dune 2 and Red Alert and Tiberian wars. So even stradigy used to have good stories at some point

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Red Alert 2 story was sweet :)

      • CrasH

        You’re just remebering the parts that had tanya in it?

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Who me??? NEVER! Ok maybe the story wasn’t great but the epic cinematics made me wana play. So it counts as story

        • Hammersteyn

          Shake it baby!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            You wanna dance?

          • Trevor Davies

            Those alien bastards are stealing all our chicks!

          • CrasH

            The fear, when you hear her laugh in the middle of your base when playing against friends and then she says… Cha-Ching!

      • Hammersteyn

        +1 even Kane has a cameo.

      • HvR

        RA1’s story was better (available for R22 on PS+ BTW).

        Oscar worthy acting.

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Love it!

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    The best stories are told through emotion and subtlety. For example how Joel touches his watch when speaking to Ellie , which shows in which way he cares for her. Maybe it’s the tone of a Rapture citizen’s voice in a journal entry . Everything should add to the overall mood and story. Not to forget music. Who can forget the somber melody that plays when Sephiroths kills Aerith. Games like Dark Souls I found to tell amazing utterly amazing stories, but only to those that seek it which is much more rewarding imo

    • RinceWind

      My office is leaking like a fucked washing machine, but what you just said warms my heart! Don’t forget Secret of Mana, Lost Odyssey’s ending (cry).

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        I be glad :) and man, obviously LO … Ahh, what a nice topic

        • RinceWind

          Hey man, you ever play Legend of Gia? I actually want to weep with nostalgia now!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Illusion of Gaia?

          • RinceWind

            Sorry yes, brain not working on account of Chinese water torture dripping water

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Haha shame dude. and yeah I did, Enix made some pretty good games in the day

    • Spathi

      A great story starts with great characters and the player caring for them. I felt so damn sorry for my character in DS, guy died a thousand deaths :)

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Felt more sorry for Sif after killing him :(

        • Spathi

          Yeah, I’m no PETA member but man, that isn’t cool :)

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Do you know the story behind Sif?

          • Spathi

            I knew it I think. Watched the “story” videos and read the lore after finishing the game as I missed a whole lot of stuff. But feel free to refresh my memory!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Very Very sad. yeah I missed a lot of stuff too, that is what second playthroughs are for lol

          • Spathi

            Played it a second time also with a new character after my PS3 YLOD on me. Still not so clued up 😀

  • RinceWind

    Secret of Mana anyone? Alan Wake? Anyone? Hello?!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Dude yes! Alan Wake. Thanks for reminder!

      • RinceWind

        I was worrying that people didn’t think it AWESOME!

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          It was awesome. Story line was great. Pitty the gameplay became a little tedious near the end :(

          • RobbieH76

            What a great end it was though….pity they DLC’ed the f&%# out of it…would’ve enjoyed to play the rest…

        • Spathi

          Was the sole reason I bought my Xbox for, and worth it. Until it was released on PC… Please MS, keep your Xbox exclusives on Xbox or warn me in advance. Thanks.

  • Trevor Davies

    I don’t think it matters what type of game tells the story. It’s the quality of the story & how it draws you into the game, makes you feel like you’re part of it & keeps you interested in playing that makes it something special.

    But if I had to choose it would be a toss up between RPG & Adventure – they both rely heavily on story to get you motivated.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      I meant actual titles, not genres. ;P

      • Trevor Davies

        Vampire the Masquerade – Redemption & Bloodlines, Farenheit (Indigo Prophecy), Overlord, The Bard’s Tale – all good examples not yet mentioned.

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          VTIM was fun yar

          • Trevor Davies

            Redemption was a game I played purely for the story. Cos I sucked at it & cheated to give myself god mode lol.

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          VTM Bloodlines was cool… story of Fahrenheit was awesome, but gameplay on keyboard and mouse sucked terribly!

          The Bard’s Tale was epic.

      • Trevor Davies

        Neverwinter Nights 2 had a good story, the companions were really cool. I was so mad/sad when I had to kill a couple.

        • ToshZA

          Actually just finished this again. Playing Mask of the Betrayer now. The story is good.

  • KingKappie

    Pokemon the story is just hartbraking

  • CrasH

    Max payne 1, could not stop till it was finished and although the gameplay was just brilliant at the time, the story was dark and devilish and basic but sucked me in immediatly.

    • That Super Twit

      Forgot about that one.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Indeed, I agree

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Yeah, epic epic game!

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Header WIN

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      or FAIL. Depends on which way you view it 😉

  • KingKappie

    on a serious note the story of black ops 1 & 2 was good

    • Hammersteyn

      I still don’t know what the numbers mean.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Mass Effect!!!

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Spec Ops – The Line

  • hendrik

    Darksiders and Darksiders II. MGS!!!

    • RinceWind

      YES YES YES!

  • hendrik

    O ja. Heavy Rain!

  • Tbone187

    Stories in games are overrated in general imo….If the gameplay sucks , I wouldn’t bother…Not saying that it doesn’t add to the experience, just don’t give it more credit than it’s worth…Read a book instead for engaging storylines…

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Interactive media … you’re missing the point

      • RinceWind

        lol and yes.

      • Tbone187

        Sorry but are you suggesting that interactive media is solely link to storylines…?if so, I think you’re missing my point…turning a page on book can be regarded as interactive with your media…

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Interactive, as in interacting with the game. I am not saying it is solely based on the story but that is what separates games from any other media, you are not merely watching or reading a story , you are experiencing it and, changing it, interacting with the denizens of the game world, changing the story based on decisions….that is what i mean by interacting……………………….not flipping a page…………………….don’t be so literal

          • Tbone187

            But that’s an obvious analogy. My point is, storylines shouldn’t be held in such high regard with games…if the gameplay sucks, it doesn’t matter how great the story is…Bringing the concept of interactive media into the subject changes the discussion drastically…

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            They compliment each other. LA Noire had a great story but boring gameplay, but it doesn’t mean it is a bad game. Borderlands had a little to no story … but the gameplay was amazing, each one lifts the other up. you can’t tell someone to read a book, it’s not the same, and that is why I bring up interactive media

          • Tbone187

            Okay, my initial comment says that I’m not saying it doesn’t add to the experience but at the same time , it shouldn’t be given more credit than it’s owed in a gaming format…People enjoyed pacman with absolutely no storyline to speak of…

            Thing is, once again imo, avid readers enjoy engaging storylines. That’s their core reason to read. The core reason people play games is to do exactly that, play games.The storyline adds to it but isn’t the core reason in most cases.

            I cannot go thru a game with terrible gameplay mechanics just to enjoy the story… Hence why my reference to read a book instead if you want an engaging storyline…I won’t read a book either with an unappealing storyline but I can certainly play a game with awesome mechanics irrespective of it’s story…

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            I understand your point now :) but there are people that play for story too. Games bring a new way of telling a story than a book. But on i get what you’re saying though I think most people wouldn’t play a bad game with a good story

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    MASS EFFECT. The End.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Indeed

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Which colour?

      • Trevor Davies

        LOL!

      • RinceWind

        You shut up!

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Red. The Reapers deserved to die.

      • RobbieH76

        Green synthesis

  • Gustav Minnie

    Monkey Island 2 😛

    • RinceWind

      Ohhh, yes!

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      And 3

  • Spathi

    The whole Baldur’s Gate series. It was epic epic epic!

  • That Super Twit

    Off topic, but does anyone remember this game?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemonium_%28video_game%29

    • Spathi

      I do!

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Me too!

  • Trevor Davies

    Both Witcher games have pretty decent stories as well. The consequences of your decisions meant you really had to think about what you were doing.

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Busy with 2… finished 1 a few times to see what differences I got depending on decisions lol

      • ToshZA

        2 was too short. Great story, and finishing it comes too soon because of it. Worth every second in game though.

        So yeah, shoud add these to my list as well.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Deadly premonition, GUYS PLAY THIS GAME!! Also Please support it on Steam Greenlight so it can make it’s way to PC for all y’all PC gamers

  • RinceWind

    What about Another World? Loved that game man!

    • Sageville

      No, you’re wrong, you did not love that game.

      • RinceWind

        Eh? I loved it man!

        • Sageville

          You went too far back, next thing we’ll start discussing Police Quest and quest.

          • RinceWind

            You take that back! lol

          • Sageville

            Easily confused…

          • RinceWind

            Bwahahahaha! I feel you set that up, and were waiting like a spider for a fly! 0-O

          • Sageville

            I worked hard for that one…

          • RinceWind

            HAHAHAH! You did well, very well.

  • DaxterZA

    IMO, Games that let you make your own choices….for example the Mass Effect series and dare I say it, Black Ops 2 (Blops 2 actually had some very interesting stuff happening in the campaign!).

  • Eric Viljoen

    I say this every single time. Advent Rising. Whyyyyy didn’t they make the sequels oh whyyyyyyy

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Ok, so I am a Mass Effect fanboy, but I guess I should list some others.
    Deus Ex – Especially HR
    Bioshock
    Starcraft 1 & 2
    Elder Scrolls
    The Last of Us
    Heavy Rain

    • Trevor Davies

      forgot all about DX!

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Oh, And HALO: Reach. That was an AMAZING story line. Wow.

        • Trevor Davies

          I’ve played Halo 1 (because it came on PC) It didn’t have a bad story.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Still would love to play heavy rain

      • Hermann Schwindt

        HR will get you to make hard, emotional decisions. I felt regret making some decisions on my 1st play through.

    • RobbieH76

      I believe most of us should have ME in our memories, that was seriously the best saga of anykind I’ve ever experienced, emotional highs and lows, engaging gameplay, drama,consequences, action, comedy, just absolutely the best games ever made in my opinion…

      • Trevor Davies

        “I enjoy the sight of humans on their knees. That was a joke.”

        Best AI NPC line ever.

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Totally agree mate. The saga was amazing.

    • Skyblue

      The first Deus Ex was actually better than HR but each to his own. Much love for HR as well.
      Heavy Rain I couldn’t put down either but the gameplay was not exactly engrossing.

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Yes its true, the first Deux Ex was revolutionary. But in terms of storyline, I do think HR is more relevant. Its the only game I can think of that could be made into a movie without changing much in the plot.

    • Hermann Schwindt

      I played the original DX probably about 10 times. Loved the story to bits, as well as the sound track. The new one is also cool. I must mention bioshock, and must really make a plan to get Mass effect.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    SKYRIIIIIIIIM, but not for the story, just for creating your own

  • Trevor Davies

    Dragon Age had a decent story – including 2!

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Agreed

  • Nick

    Where are the Walking dead mentions…

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Good point, damn, that was great!

  • CrasH

    Forgot to mention silent hill 2, i know its a little more the atmosphere that made it great, but does atmosphere count as part of a story, cause without it, it is really a story?

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      I actually think it’s a really great and personal story, Love Sh2

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    DUKE NUKEM!

    • Trevor Davies

      Hail to the king, baby!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      there was a story!?! *confused*

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        of course there was… i think

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    BATMAAAAAAAN AA and AC

    • Trevor Davies

      Those were not too shabby

    • RobbieH76

      Best super hero type game EVER!! EVER!!!!!!! can’t wait for origins, looks AWESOME!

    • Hermann Schwindt

      Had spent a few hours as batman, love the fighting style and the challenges.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    METRO!!!!!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Yes!

  • RobbieH76

    ALAN WAKE!!!!!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      SHIT YOUR RIGHT! THAT WAS AN AWESOME GAME!!!!

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Glad you made it 😉

  • Trevor Davies

    If you pay attention to it, Borderlands 1 & 2 have a pretty good story too.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    Unless I missed it, why has nobody mentioned : Outcast! or Wing Commander IV ? Both are one gog incidently

  • Janneman

    Chrono Trigger and my all time fav Chrono Cross

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    Kotor1&2, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, The Witcher 1&2… ummm… brain stopped working again. It’s FRIDAY ok!? sheesh….

    • Sageville

      ZOMG, Bard’s Tale!!

      Memories!

      Next would be Kings/Space/Police Quest and Star Control 2. System Shock 2, Bioforge

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        Yeah I forgot about the Quest games :(

        System Shock 2 was an epic game, really enjoyed that

        • Sageville

          Exactly, I wonder if those games were really that awesome or they were just awesome coz it was the first time we saw that type of game.

          I’d buy SS3 if it ever came to light.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            No idea, or it’s just because they were games to play lol

            Most frustrating part of the Quest games was… ok I need to take that item, but WTF is the “American” word for that!?!?!?

          • Sageville

            – You see a door.
            “Open door”
            – The door is locked.
            “unlock the door”
            – Unlock to door with what?
            “Key”
            – I don’t understand “Key”
            “Unlock the door with key”
            – You don’t have a key.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Exactly… lol

  • Willjam

    Busy playing Heavy Rain. The actual gameplay has some highlights, but the QTEs and slow movement can be frustrating. Despite that I’m losing sleep because the story is so very well done and I can’t turn it off until I’m exhausted.

  • ToshZA

    This is a tricky question. The answer isn’t a definate one, as pretty much every genre (apart from facebook / casual) has had at least one great story in a game. Some FPS have great stories, some Adventures, RPG’s, Strategy games and so on.

    What it boils down to for me, isn’t so much the genre, but the team behind the game – that makes a world of difference. You want CD Projekt Red games, for their story. You (usually) want BioWare games for their story. You don’t want Treyarch or Crytek.

    Of course, there are exceptions, and that’s just a part of life we have to deal with.

    As for the genre that usually gets stories done right, I’d have to say Adventure games. RPG’s you ask? Yeah, there are some that tell truly amazing stories, but more Adventure games get it right as a percentile (in my opinion) than RPG’s.

    Flame on.

    • Trevor Davies

      The narrator in Bastion is one of the best I’ve heard.

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        No one beats the narrator in The Bard’s Tale.

  • Jonah Cash

    It seems that you are all forgetting about my Lara?!?!?!?! Tomb Raider had an awesome story, all the Uncharted’s, Gears of war 1-3 as a series, and off course MGS 1-4!! Come on Geoff!!

  • DadGamer

    The Uncharted series stands out in my list… especially when looking at all three parts as a whole. For me, it felt more like an interactive movie than a regular ol’ game. Also the rather good script and even better acting created a very engaging story experience.

    Last of us takes all of this a step further. Family members have for the first time asked me to play so they can watch the story unfold :)

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    TETRIS, Those pesky Russians trying to nuke the Americans. Great story.

    • Hermann Schwindt

      ROFL

  • DriveMagazine

    Loom. Best ever. Or Beneath a steel sky maybe. Full Throttle? Ultima 7 The Black Gate? Damn….

    A little newer than that, maybe original Far Cry… that was pretty epic. Oh and Max Payne 3.

  • Skoobaz

    ok, Wing Commander series, Sierra online games. ( PQ, SQ, KQ ), Mass Effects, Riven,
    Far Crys

  • Thats_how_I_Troll

    I loved the style and the actual story to reality techniques used in Call of Juarez : Gunslinger. Really enjoyed it, even though I am not a big westerns fan

  • hairyknees

    As cliché and all it might sound, Final Fantasy VII was probably one of my all time favourite story type games.

    As my cousin put it, “I didn’t play Final Fantasy VII for the random encounters and pushing X all the time to win a battle, I played it so I could enjoy the tale.”

    More recently, Thomas Was Alone didn’t have the most revolutionary gameplay or graphics, but it was a goddam tale about blocks with personalities, and I loved it 😀

  • Annunaki

    lol @ bush reading the book upside down , wonder if thats how he always does it

  • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 iPrimal

    Absolutely loved inFamous, Fable 1, LA Noire, Gears of War (subtract the constant reminder of humanity’s doom), Assassin’s Creed 2 (Ezio’s part), the new Tomb Raider, Dead Space 1, Dante’s Inferno, Mass Effect Series, Dragon Age: Origins, Kingdom Hearts 1 &2, and Final Fantasy VIII & IX.

    I enjoy a good story.

  • bluegoon

    Ooooh shit, just cut my finger on the edginess of that article pic.