Submitted by CurrentDigital 485d ago | opinion piece

What's the Greatest Video Game Story Ever Told?

We asked our community what their favorite video game stories are. The results won't shock you. (3DS, Culture, Final Fantasy VII, Industry, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us Remastered, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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user7402931  +   485d ago
strictly story...metal gear solid series

@below, to each his own :)
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ArchangelMike  +   485d ago
naa... MGS story is too convoluted, even with a wiki you still can't make sense of it!

For me it's to be Mass Effect and Commander Shepherd's story.
-Foxtrot  +   485d ago

I'm more ticked off by the fact Kojima said something along the lines of "Expect inconsistencies" with MGSV

I mean come on man, you've crafted this complicated story why do another prequel if you can't keep it in line with your other stories. Kind of bad story telling in my opinion
BiggCMan  +   485d ago
It's not convoluted as long as you play the games and pay attention. If you jump into the series at a random point it will seem convoluted, but that's your own fault.

Metal Gear is unfortunately one of those franchises that needs to be played from start to finish, and sometimes that works against it for new players.

But as a single video game with no other games tied to it, I would have to say Heavy Rain is my favorite.

But as an entire game series, Metal Gear blows everything out of the water, nothing compares.
Kavorklestein  +   485d ago
Mass Effect. The most amazing and inspiring game series ever. Shepherd's story itself is kind weird how he got killed then lived and such, but the lore and story and scope from the Mass Effect games remains untouched in how moving and incredible and involved it all is. Even with the 3 colors for the ending in Mass Effect 3, I feel like the options didn't make the story die, they may have killed some characters, but the story lives on because outer space is infinite.
Such a big and mind opening adventure that adeptly captures the intricacies of being humans in space among all kind of aliens and the unknown.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   485d ago
MGS's story is not convoluted and it makes sense. I've replayed the games from MGS1 to 4 back to back and understood everything. With that said I don't think it's the best video game story ever told, but it is very very good. It's just not the best in my opinion. I'm having trouble singling out a game that has the "best story ever" at the moment.
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christian hour  +   485d ago

My foot... my foot is stuck :P


Great game but some of the voice acting killed it unfortunately :(

I cant single out my chocie for greatest VG story but I'd have to mention, at least... (and in no particular order)

Infamous 1 (Just from the kessler revelation alone at the end)
MGS Series
Chrono Trigger
Full Throttle (You know what would look better on your nose? A bar!)
Grim Fandango
Spec Ops The Line
Portal 1/2
Half Life 2/ep1/ep2
The Stanley Parable
Bioshock 1 (Greater than bioshock:infinite in every way IMO)
Red Dead Redemption
Walking Dead season 1 (waiting until i finish season 2 before I give a verdict on that)
Silent Hill 2
Valiant Hearts
The Last Of Us
Hotline Miami
To THe Moon
The Longest Journey
Planescape: Torment
Mass Effect
*added after edit because I saw someone mention these and my brain exploded with joy*
Kingdom Hearts

And of course SteamPowered fortunately reminded us of this great classic game below...
Duck Tales : Remastered

I could go on, and I'm defintiely forgetting a bunch, but if I had to single out one, I'd probably pick The Last Of Us simply because it did not miss a beat, pacing tone atmospher audio cues you name it, all spot on and perfect in delivery and it also helps that it's still very fresh in my mind compared to a lot of the much older titles I listed above.
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pedrof93  +   484d ago
@C hour

I mostly agree with your list, maybe saying that Kotor is the best one along with Infamous ending, I think we both agree that their similar in a way.

But why include Ico/Shadow of Colossus story ? Where pretty much no narrative exists whatsoever?
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mixolydian_id  +   484d ago
Christian Hour ^^^ Never owned another brand of console.

Surely gamers these days played the retro classics?

Anyone remember

Zelda : Link to the past?
Variant  +   484d ago

For ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, the story is being played through rather than being told through text and/or cutscenes.

That is, however, only the way I understand those two games as playing them reminds me of a lesson a Creative Writing teacher taught me: "Don't tell me, but SHOW me."
iamtehpwn  +   485d ago
Final Fantasy 6-10 have my vote.
christian hour  +   485d ago
Agreed, anything after 10 is just an invasion from an alternate reality where final fantasy has always been terrible :P At least that's how I justify it in my head without weeping for what has become of a once beloved game series XD
mixolydian_id  +   484d ago
7 - 10 :P
ATi_Elite  +   485d ago
Dear Ester. Heavy Rain. Grim Fandango. Fallout 2. TLOU. STALKER SOC. Baldurs Gate 2. Kingdom Hearts. Mass Effect Series. Knights of the Old Republic. Starcraft Series. Zelda Ocarina of time. RDR. Half life Series

My personal favorite Warhammer 40k Dawn of War. The dialogue is just so mature with a tense sense of biblical porportions as to question the emperor is blasphemous but each bit of speach ever so smartly reveals each characters wit and own ambitions.
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christian hour  +   485d ago
Can't believe I forgot Kingdom Hearts and KOTOR in my own haphazard list! D:
Chrischi1988  +   484d ago
Hmm... a lot to choose from... I take Warcraft3 I guess. Brilliant story, but almost completely destroyed by the likes of World of Warcraft...
scissor_runner  +   485d ago
The last star fighter.
Spooney323  +   484d ago
Greatest video game story ever told would have to none other than TRON !!!
#2. Would be Wreck it Ralph. :P
mixolydian_id  +   484d ago
The first "X-Wing"?
maniacmayhem  +   485d ago
The first Bioshock remains one of the best stories I've played as a video game.
christian hour  +   485d ago
YES! First Bioshock has been unrivaled by any Ken Levine title since, dont understand all the acclaim Infinite got for being a far inferior story, let alone a far inferior game. I know I'm disagree baiting with this comment but feck it, I'm already too far down the rabbit hole to care now.
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JWiLL552  +   485d ago
I don't think you're baiting...it's just an odd thing to say. Infinite did have a great story, but that doesn't mean it was the best Bioshock story.

I think most people agree that the first game is the definitive game in the series, from both a gameplay and storytelling perspective.

Just as the original did, Infinite's story stood out from the pack of all other releases around it (until TLOU dropped, at least).
Wni0  +   485d ago
God even the best you throw out there are still rubbish compared to film or novels, we are too far now to blame it on being a new medium.
BX81  +   485d ago
I disagree strongly.
Yetter  +   485d ago
If you compare it to film, then videogames as a storytelling medium are still pretty young. If you compare them to novels, videogames are like infants. I'd say some pretty big strides have been taking in the last 2 or 3 years though, with games like gone home and the tell a tale games
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Jvaughn661  +   484d ago
If I was to think of a game that could be compared to a novel, then it'd be Allen Wake. Mainly because of his first person narration, and he's also a writer in game.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   485d ago
I actually agree with you(the first part of your comment at least), but so what? It doesn't change the fact that they're enjoyable or in fact good stories in their own right.
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Hmm best story? Dunno. But tlou has best story telling.

I'd prolly say Resistance. Say what you want about the gameplay (even though it's still my fav fps). Alternate, history is always interesting. And if you count the novels in this it's pretty much unbeatable.
creatchee  +   485d ago

I never could put my finger on it until I read your post -the storytelling in TLOU is what makes it so special as opposed to the actual story (which is great itself, but not the absolute best). The pacing is brilliant, the depth of character development is at an unmatched level, and everything has its purpose.
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MasterChief84  +   485d ago
There are so many... The Mass Effect Trilogy was brilliant, but a stupid ending... Halos story is epic especially when you have read all the books and comics, Gears of War isn't too bad, the novels definitely added to the lore.... The Last of Us was Awesome (my favourite game)..... Assassins Creed was also very good, I would say those 5 games franchises are my favourite in no particular order.... hard to pick the best story line though.....
christian hour  +   485d ago
As someone who read the Fall Of Reach back in 2001, I have to agree with you about Halo universe been made a lot more epic if you've read some of the novels (I think ghosts of onyx was last one I got to read, that was a LONG time ago).

One of the things that put me off a lil in halo 2/3 was how it just ignored anything that was in the novels, but without directly dismissing it either. To see all of this come in to the franchise lately with halsey in Halo:Reach and even more so with Halo 4, is one of the main reasons I'm really looking forward to Halo 5. Now hopefully microsoft can sort their policies and arrogant conduct by then so I don't feel so bad for paying a ridiculous amount for a halo machine in 2015.
MasterChief84  +   484d ago
There is currently 13 novels out, they are seriously good! There are some inconsistencies, and Halo 2 and 3 seem to forget the books, but it really enhanced the story for me when I played the games. I recommend that people read the kilo 5 trilogy, set after Halo 3 and leads into Halo 4. It might help give some context to Halo 5.
SteamPowered  +   485d ago
Duck tales remastered, hands down. I just got so invested in the story.
-Foxtrot  +   485d ago
I can't name the "greatest" but I kind of like the fact inFAMOUS managed to create this superhero universe and story which could rival the likes of Marvel and DC. The twist was brilliant...up there with Bioshock, Silent Hill 2, Braid, MGS3
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christian hour  +   485d ago
Yay, someone else who fully appreciates and loves the original infamous for its storytelling and epic twist. It's twist is up there with "would you kindly?" for me, although I loved infamous 2 and second son as well, the stories have never come close to what was done in the original.
Imalwaysright  +   485d ago
Planescape torment and Silent Hill 2.
URtheWalrus  +   485d ago
Mine would be Knights Of The Old Republic and the Legacy of Kain series.
marioJP87  +   485d ago
Nothing beats the metal gear series.
jjb1981  +   485d ago
Metal gear solid 3
Scrivlar  +   485d ago
Knights Of The Old Republic completely blew me away when I first played it.
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ybadr  +   485d ago
Metal gear solid by far.
metal gear solid series definitely
SlapHappyJesus  +   484d ago
Planescape: Torment
SlapHappyJesus  +   484d ago
Hey look, disagrees from those who have a weak taste in writing or simply never played the game.
Locknuts  +   484d ago
System Shock 2 and Half Life.
turdburgler1080  +   484d ago
Tards would say MGS or TLOU and they would be wrong. We all know it's....final fantasy 7.
bacrec1  +   484d ago
Red Dead Redemption.
PeteyMcPickle  +   484d ago
It's a toss up between MGS and Final Fantasy 7/9 for me. The last of Us isn't even on my radar.
bamillington  +   484d ago
Xenoblade chronicles nuff said
R00bot  +   484d ago
Man, I hope they rerelease that game for the Wii U, even if there was no graphical upgrade, I'd buy it. It's so hard to come by these days and I need it.
SaveFerris  +   484d ago
jcnba28  +   484d ago
Come on man Tetris had the best story ever. Seeing all those shapes come together at the end was just epic.
ritsuka666  +   484d ago


3-Silent Hill 2

4- The King Of Fighters

5- Perfect Dark of N64

6-Resident Evil

So many games...
ThePsychoGamer  +   484d ago
Yakuza 2
Picnic  +   484d ago
The first Max Payne.
superherox7  +   484d ago
What's up with the disagrees? Just because we didn't pick Tlou you get whiny and disagree? Lol
fonger08  +   484d ago
Lol I noticed the same thing.
oIITSBIIo  +   484d ago
The witcher series.

and about TLOU the story was average and so predictable nothing special about it at all I can't even put it in the top storys of 2013 .
Bishock inf story was way better than any other game in 2013 and in the second place there was Metro LL .
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fonger08  +   484d ago
Final Fantasy VII, and the Walking Dead Season 1 for me. Bioshock is up there too, however, I go back and forth whether it's the story or the enivorment that makes the game so special.
Skankinruby  +   484d ago
So glad no one is putting gta in this. This is probably a three way tie for FF 7, bioshock, and TLOU
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