FFD: What games tell the best stories? 

Geoffrey Tim
July 19, 2013 at 10:30 am


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.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend

  • 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.

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  • 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.