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What Do You Value More – Story or Gameplay?

Jason of Leviathyn surveys two cover based third person shooters – Spec Ops: The Line and Gears of War – to see the power of both story and gameplay.

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doogiebear1202d ago

I LOVE a great story, and wish to have both that and great gameplay in a game. But if I had to choose only one, I would rather have great gameplay. A game is meant to be played, not just viewed in idleness. If i'm not gonna enjoy playing it, I may as well just watch a movie (if it's just for the story).

But either way, I wish for both in a game.

Ezz20131201d ago

yeah i agree
for me it real simple
in that order:
1.gameplay
2.story
3.acting
4.soundtrack
5.gfx

Belking1202d ago

Depends on the type of game for me.

EddieNX 1202d ago

It does indeed. Do you play Mario , Ninja Gaiden , CoD , etc for the story ? no it's the gameplay. The gameplay carries those games.

However the best games are usualy Games that combine both like Metal Gear or Zelda or Uncharted for example.

We all like both if possible. But some games prioritise one over the other.

Jakens1202d ago

Speaking only for myself, I perfere gameplay.

If you actally liked what Heavy Rain did, then you perfere story.

PGR3 would be an example of no story at all.

BitbyDeath1201d ago

Heavy Rain has awesome gameplay.
Far better than shooter number 99999

Hydralysk1202d ago (Edited 1202d ago )

Story for me, no question.

Gameplay can carry a game for awhile, and in fact gameplay and story should be intertwined, but I see games as a storytelling medium where you are the driving force behind the protagonist.

Gameplay matters, but it's much harder to keep me interested with great gamplay and crap story, than a great story with crappy gameplay.

For example, FTL had great gameplay and music, but it won't ever be on the same level as TWD for me because months afterwards I can still reflect on, enjoy, and speculate about the story.

Not to say games without stories can't be fun, I love shmups, and the occasional bout of monster hunter or Tribes:Ascend, but they will never be able to hold my interest as well as a story driven experience.

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