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Submitted by Pozzle 765d ago | opinion piece

The Top 10 Game Sub-Plots That Are More Interesting Than The Main Plot

GS writes: Sub-plots are meant as the foil to the main plot. They might provide comic relief, they might deal with the theme from another perspective, they might let the characters rest between the main events, or at worst, fillers. But what they all have in common is that they are secondary to the main plot, and therefore less interesting and meaningful, yes?

Not always. Sometimes the sideplots happen to be more interesting or meaningful than the main ones. Here are 10 examples. (Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy VIII, Mass Effect, PC, PS3, Retro, Tekken, Xbox 360)

mistajeff  +   765d ago
For me, it's the intricate story weaved together from the narrative threads in the fallout new Vegas dlcs. Each episode is a self contained story that ties back into significant events in the Mojave wasteland, but they weave together to tell a story that successfully reveals the origins of the courier while managing not to imply anything about the quality of the player's character. Not only that, but lonesome road provides a hidden background to the main story that reveals new Vegas is as much of a sequel to fallout 2 as fallout 2 is to fallout 1. Not a direct continuation of events, but a chance to see the impact that the events of the previous game can have decades down the line. Not to mention that some of the dlc characters are some of the best characters I've encountered in any medium, ever. Not just games.
SlapHappyJesus  +   765d ago
Obsidian, despite whatever criticisms some people hold against the developer, are definitely strong in the writing department.

I really would like to see them work on another Fallout title in the future.
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SolDojo  +   765d ago
I'll probably get a lot of disagrees on this but, I think New Vegas is one of, if not the, best game ever made.

The writing carries it so far, and the Shooter/RPG gameplay mix is very appealing to me. I turned off fast travel and used a motorcycle to get around the wasteland, giving the game a distinct driving aspect as well. So to me its a shooter/driving game/rpg, with all of the elements being excellent.

Likewise, the setting is beyond stellar, 50s themed future Las Vegas meets uber apocalypse. Amazing. I'm really not surprised Bethesda gave them the go ahead on this.
SlapHappyJesus  +   765d ago
I couldn't agree more. It's possibly my favorite game of this generation, and is easily in my list of top three games.

I never understood the hate some people held for the game. It did everything that Fallout 3 did, but better, and they accomplished this in about a third of the development time. They are a hard working group of very talented people.

To me, it's simply the true modernized sequel to the original games, where Bethesda, more or less, just created a high quality Oblivion mod. It was fun, but it wasn't a faithful Fallout game in most ways. It was too streamlined, focused too little on player choice, and the writing simply got the job done. Nothing more, nothing less. All things that Obsidian largely, largely improved upon with New Vegas.
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mistajeff  +   765d ago
I wholeheartedly agree with what you guys are saying. I loved Fallout 3, but when I tried to go back and replay it after running through New Vegas twice, I got about 5 hours in before I realized I was extremely bored. The social interaction is flat-out bland, and the gameplay felt extremely lacking without the reputation and faction system that you could screw with in New Vegas. Even the shooting felt boring without any ammo types or weapon mods. Fallout 3 worked as an elder scrolls-style RPG, but definitely not as a Fallout-style RPG. The world wasn't fully realized (200 years after the blast and NO ONE knows how to farm? Shady Sands was a community based around farming, and that was 80 years after the war) and they completely butchered the lore. I've always felt that choice and consequence is the most important element to a good Fallout game, and Fallout 3's implementation felt extremely under-baked, especially next to New Vegas. I sincerely hope that Obsidian gets to use the license again, and if so, that they are given a REAL development cycle so their full vision can be realized. And hopefully, next time, Bethesda won't ax their QA testing.
Blacklash93  +   765d ago
I found Obsidian to have much better writing and characters, but Bethesda to have much better open-world design and atmosphere. I wouldn't call either of their Fallout games a masterpiece because both had their respective weaknesses.

Them co-developing FO4 would be cool beans. They would complete each other. Probably wouldn't happen, though.
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Kin23g  +   765d ago
Totally agree with Morrigan's story being number 1 .. it really is the best side-story of all time, and it's one of the main reasons why DA:Origins is on my Top-3-Games-of-All-Time list.
versusALL  +   765d ago
Totally agree with Mass Effect 2.
Hoje0308  +   765d ago
Yet another site without a real writer on staff.
MrMister  +   765d ago
Whoa, am I the only one who thought that Laguna was Rhinoa's Dad, not Squall's?
WildArmed  +   764d ago
Not really.

The game was pretty clear that Squall was Raine and Laguna's child.

Esp. since the moombas kept calling him Laguna due to having the same blood line.

Thou it is true that Laguna was in love w/ Rinoa's mom, but Rinoa was not Laguna's child.

A huge FF8 fan here <3
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FinaLXiii  +   765d ago
A matter of opinion i didnt cared about laguna´s story very much actually.
CrimsonessCross  +   765d ago
I loved each and every story in Final Fanasy 8. It might have been a bit run of the mill but it was amazing to play through. Especially when I had grown attached to Squall and some of the characters in the game. It might be my empathy, but the story was high quality and the gameplay may have been usual Final Fantasy, and it was different enough to enjoy the story that I had grown attached to. Now I want to play through the game again...*signs off*
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HammadTheBeast  +   765d ago
loved the game as well. It was overshadowed by Final Fantasy 7, but I thought it was the best Final Fantasy of all time. The Gunblade was the most badass weapon ever made.
CrimsonessCross  +   765d ago
Every Final Fantasy from 7 (my first final fantasy) through 10 (exclude 10-2 although I have it and have played it and then including later FFs) I have enjoyed in their own way. They had the SAME identity but they were different enough to be in their own world with their own mechanical attraction. I have no single favorite final fantasy, I just know for me 7, 8, 9 and 10 were the ones that stood out when I was growing up.

I have nothing else really to say about Final Fantasy 8 and the story it followed. I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who might have thought about playing it although it has aged. The Griever symbol has stuck with me though and is my top favorite Final Fantasy icon in the franchise.
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rhap  +   765d ago
I didn't care at first for Laguna and his mates, but when the story around him and Julia started to develop and we got to know they were related to Squall and Rinoa, I couldn't stop thinking about how well played that was. The flashbacks were great and gave lots of depht to the game.
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AIndoria  +   765d ago
Thank you. Glad to know there are still FFVIII lovers out there. I grew attached to Squall and Rinoa's plot and was amazed at every point.

Trying to play through it again. The game's music makes me extremely sad and depressing because I then want to play the game again.
CrimsonessCross  +   764d ago
Always. SeeD mission, SeeD tests, Junction, Summons, Story, a unique mini-game and the world were a great part of the game. Laguna was just as awesome as Squall for characters x)

I need to buy "eyes on me" song one of these times. The music (fisherman's horizon and breezy) are pieces I remember listening to online and I just love them. And then the actual song with lyrics...not describable really.

EDIT: No stop it ;n; just read your post blow XD that was... ;n; yeah...nothing like it ever. I'd honestly love to see each FF with today's graphics only to see scenes like that in better detail but everything is fine the way it is, obviously. Way back when we had a burned copy (I own a real PSX FF8 copy so :P), PS1 chip hooked into the system and it would freeze on me there XD...I got past as it seemed like ages because i tipped my PSX and set it upside down to get it to read PAST the part it would freeze on! D:
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calis  +   764d ago
FFVIII had such a great soundtrack.

Roses and Wine, The opening theme, the parade song. So great. I must replay it.

BUT I never thought of FFVIII as mentioned in the article. I always assumed Laguna was his father and it was just a side-story interwoven within the main story.
Oh_Yeah  +   765d ago
oblivion, skyrim, fallout 3, fallout nv. the side quests/sub plots are badass. theres so many
ISNeko  +   765d ago
The only reason I play Mass Effect is to learn and interact with the squad members.
AIndoria  +   765d ago
Final Fantasy VIII was one of the best games I've ever played. The storyline was intricate and beautiful and the characters were deeply motivated. The music was amazing and some scenes left you in awe.

*Space scene and tears, anyone?*
WildArmed  +   763d ago
haha, yes.
everything was soo well laid out. Esp. if you took the effort to connect some of the more subtle pieces.

My gf loves that Rin/Squall dance scene.. she makes me restart my games sometimes to just see it.

As for that space scene... Rinoa died soo many times in that scene lol. It always took me a few tries to grab her.
AIndoria  +   763d ago
You need better hand-eye coordination, mate :P
WildArmed  +   763d ago
lol there is a reason why I'm playing a JRPG and not a FPS ;)
TheLyonKing  +   764d ago
The whole story was amazing but when ever squall past out I was very excited to play as laguna.

I think instead of looking at in a bad way you should perceive it as pat on
The back to how the developer made a great story.
Sony360  +   764d ago
My bitfender stopped me accessing this site because it contains malware.

Just letting you all know.
ShinraE5  +   764d ago
This is one of the most unique top ten lists in some time. Kudos site.

And I agree w FF8, Lagunas story was very engaging.

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