Submitted by andresegers 816d ago | opinion piece

The 5 the Most Convoluted Game Franchises

GameXplain: "When it comes to video games, most players are only interested in the gameplay. Is it fun? Does it engage me? And that is by far the most important element to be found. But gameplay isn't the only thing that can pull a player into the game's world. Storytelling is still considered to be weak in the industry, but that hasn't stopped developers from trying to create epic storylines across multiple games. Each one builds upon the previous games until you have a meticulously crafted world or a convoluted mess. In some cases it can actually be both. You may absolutely love the franchise, but there's no denying that it makes no sense without really digging into the mythos. So with that in mind, let's take a look at five of the most convoluted game franchises we've come across." (3DS, BlazBlue Continium Shift, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Resident Evil 6, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

Eternalb  +   816d ago
Kingdom Hearts seems so fitting after that epic timeline series
newsguy  +   816d ago
Welshy  +   816d ago
I have to disagree on MGS cutscenes taking AWAY from the experience i'm afraid.

MGS doesn't give a crap about current trends etc, it tells the story and ideas it wants to tell, and those cutscenes over the years made its characters substantially deeper and more memorable than almost every other franchise.

If MGS had non-story's and mini COD-esque cutscenes, i might not have let tears slip out when Snake was on his knees about to pull that trigger in 2008...
BlackTar187  +   816d ago
yea to FANS of the series the cut scenes for most people were welcome. People just hate to hate to get hits.

COD mentality i swear COD kids are killing my favorite hobby

To Author:

So you can't keep up with the story and you get off track very easily because you have ADD? K cool then go play COD kid
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Moby-Royale  +   816d ago
Very mature.
BlackTar187  +   816d ago

Very mature response

I gave you an extra agree because i agree with you.

I love how sensitive N4g.com is
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rpd123  +   816d ago
He said the exact opposite of that actually. HE said that they add to the story experience and get you closer to the characters. Learn to comprehend what you read. You just saw COD and MGS in the same comment and started attacking him.
BlackTar187  +   816d ago
umm comprehension? if you were talking to me i wasn't attacking Faceless :x I was agreeing with him.
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rpd123  +   815d ago
Ahhhh I see now. When you said "Author" I thought you meant the guy you were replying to, not the one that wrote the article. Sorry bout that.
Summons75  +   816d ago
Yeah the fight with Boss at the end of MGS3 felt so personal and deep when I got to it even though she wasn't in the game much, when she was her character development was so good that I wanted to sympathize with her.
Thabass  +   816d ago
MGS? No, wrong. Pay attention to the games. I'll be sure never to read this site's opinions again.
Bimkoblerutso  +   815d ago
You all understand that there is a difference between thinking something is convoluted and not understanding something, right?

I fully understood the plots of MGS 2-4, but at the same time I thought they were needlessly convoluted...as in they were layered with plots and subplots in an attempt to feign depth.
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coolman229  +   812d ago
DasBunker  +   816d ago
-Notice MGS getting attention
-Write article bashing it

troll pseudo gaming journalists are the worst.
Hicken  +   815d ago
Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, and BlazBlue don't seem "convoluted" to me. Instead, they seem involved and extremely deep. I can't speak on Legacy of Kain or Resident Evil, as I'm not very well-versed in those two series.

You see, when you create a world- a REAL world- there's nothing black and white. There are complexities all over the place, with characters and events, that can only exist if everything was written with everything else in mind.

In these games, you have complete images of the worlds within. You can easily look at a given event and find its causes already written; those causes also have causes, and so on. Sure, because it's a made-up world, there may be a plothole here or there that the creators missed, but there isn't an author in the world who wouldn't want to be able to create such a complete image of a world as these games do.

If it seems "convoluted" to you, it's because it's too complicated FOR you. You're applying the way you look at your life- through a tiny lens that doesn't show you much- to an entire world of lives and events, and it doesn't match up. You're breaking the immersion because you're unable to accept the world of (Metal Gear) in its entirety; you're rejecting things because it's too much to take in through a narrowed mentality.

Which is fine, I guess. Not everybody can understand everything.
josephps3  +   815d ago
Final Fantasy-the definition of a convoluted story in each game. It's childish, silly, and confusing on purpose because its actually what this franchise is known for. Fans eat it up and loves this stupid mystical over the top drama nonsense. To be fair I am not a fan of fantasy genre. I like my story more rooted to reality.
ShaunCameron  +   814d ago
In other words you like your games bland, vanilla and unimaginative.
dalibor  +   815d ago
I had no problems understanding the MGS franchise's main games. MGS has some of the best if not the best boss fights because there were multiple ways of defeating them. I will never forget fighting with the boss in MGS 3. Or the end. Or psycho mantis to name a few. And the extra plot makes the world in MGS come more into fruition. You really have to play all the MGS games to enjoy them more. I guess I was always into MGS so I was into it every step of the way. And some of the events mentioned in the MGS games might actually become reality sooner than you think.

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