With the success of games such as Angry Birds, Super Mario Bros. and generic FPS titles, do great games really need to have a great story behind them?
I need the story to be at least decent enough to catch my attention and make me wanna see what's next in the plot/twist
I agree. They don't have to be like grandiose novels that could spin 4 volumes or more; but they should at least be something exciting and perhaps fresh. Doesn't necessarily have to be new and original ideas but a different twist on current ones would be nice as well or even something akin to Assassin's Creed where it plays with history.  Though I guess at times the game play and nostalgia kind of play a part in all of us playing games. Such games as Mario and Sonic to which most of us remember from Childhood. While it may get a story every now and again it's the characters that keep us coming back for more. So I guess in short it's not always about the story at times as the characters themselves and game play can certainly entice us.
All that matters in a game is game-play.
Thats true for a lot of games, but RPG games need a good story or they get boring.
There are no generalizations to be made here. Some games are great because of their narrative (Heavy Rain), some are great for their gameplay alone (Mario Galaxy), some are great because they have a little of both (Bioshock). I don't know why people have to pigeonhole the formula for a successful game. There's more than one way to make an entertaining game.
a Great game ?, it sure does need a good story to be considered great.. an ok, or good game can get away with bs story.. like justcause 2, all about the gameplay..
Doom 1 and 2
Mario Bros. (any of them)
Fifa 12 and 13
Among other great games
A good story might makes things better, but in gaming gameplay is King.
Well, there's different types of video games. The overall goal is interactive entertainment, and some give you it with good fun gameplay like Mario, quick decision making like Tetris, and captivitating narratives like in Past Final Fantasies and Persona.
Easy list of genres needing story lines to be great yes,no or kinda RPG 100% yes Platformers no Adventure more yes than no Fps kinda Sports no Action more yes than no puzzle no Racing more no than yes
depends on genre
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