The Best Videogame Stories Ever

Whoever said videogames have no cultural value needs a shot in the mouth - or they need to sit down with The Longest Journey, Metal Gear Solid or any of the other games on our list of Best Videogame Stories ever. A good story isn't necessary for a good game (Halo, Super Mario Galaxy or Tetris, anyone?) but that's what makes the games on Games Radar's list just that much more important.

These are good games with amazing stories of epic battles, emotional intrigues, bloody betrayals and mind-bending existentialisms that do more than make you play the game. They make you love the game and remember it long after the tale is told.

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Silellak3868d ago (Edited 3868d ago )

GTA San Andreas? Really? I preferred Vice City's story, but then maybe that was just the 80's nostalgia.

Is it really fair to compare Halo's story to SMG or Tetris? Not saying Halo has the greatest story ever - or evena good one - but comparing it to a game of falling blocks or "rescue the damn princess for the dozenth time" is a bit much.

My favorite games stories not listed in the article:

X-Com (simple, but very good execution)
Chrono Trigger
Ultima 7
Ultima 5
Wing Commander 3
Wing Commander 4
TIE Fighter
Baldur's Gate 2
Mass Effect

Fishy Fingers3868d ago

Balder's Gate? *points and laughs*


Time Lord3868d ago

Because it has the best story in any video game..Period!

Winter47th3868d ago (Edited 3868d ago )


- Deus Ex.
- Max Payne 2.
- Phantom Dust.
- Metal Gear Solid.
- Silent Hill 2.
- Metal Gear Solid 3.
- Ace Combat 4: Shatterd Skies.
- FF 7.
- GTA: VC.
- Halo: CE.
- The Half Life Series.
- Warcraft 3.
- Psychonauts.
- Legacy of Kain, all of'em.
- FF 10.
- Resident Evil 2.

Some of those have nothing more than side stories, like Warcraft 3, the tale of Arthus, the falling prince is amazing.

And some might think that Half Life doesn't even have story, only tidbits from a conversation here and a newspaper over there, but they are well written and well placed moments.

Silellak3868d ago

I've played MGS1 and MGS2. I don't agree. Sorry.

MGS1 was very good. MGS2 was not.

A complex story is not necessarily a good story. Neither is needlessly replacing your main character with someone from a Final Fantasy game.

kapedkrusader3868d ago

What about The Legend of Zelda? Specifically Ocarina of Time.

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Harry1903868d ago

because i can't see Legacy of Kain:Soul Reaver anywhere.

MK_Red3868d ago

Holy moly, superb call,. I had completely forgotten about this classic. Definitly among my top 5.

dachiefsman3868d ago

yea any of the legacy of kain games had an excellent story...

okcomputer3868d ago

Bubbles for that. Not only did the soul reaver series have one of the best stories ever, it also had some of the best voice acting I've ever heard as well.

MK_Red3868d ago (Edited 3868d ago )

Planescape Torment
Silent Hill 1/2
Legacy of Kain series (Mainly Defiance and Soul Reaver 2)
Fallout 2
KOTOR 2 (Minus the endings)
Call of Cthulhu

Honorable mentions: God of War, The Last Express, Monkey Island series, Deus Ex, Morrowind, StarCraft, Diablo 2

Gorgon3868d ago

Thief series, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis...? ;)

MK_Red3868d ago

Thief indeed. Should have added it to honorables. As for Indy, I never played it :(

TheDarkHado3868d ago (Edited 3868d ago )

God of War
legacy of Kain
Chrono Trigger
MGS 1,2,3
The Good ol Days!

dachiefsman3868d ago

MGS 2 minus raiden then that will fly for me

I also agree FFVII should have been on the list.

MK_Red3868d ago

Glad to see 3 of my faves in there: Fallout 2, Planescape Torment and Silent Hill 2.

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