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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.

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user7402931704d ago (Edited 704d ago )

strictly story...metal gear solid series

@below, to each his own :)

ArchangelMike704d 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.

-Foxtrot704d ago

Agreed.

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

BiggCMan704d 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.

Kavorklestein704d ago (Edited 704d 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.

Outside_ofthe_Box704d ago (Edited 704d 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.

christian hour704d ago (Edited 704d ago )

@BIggCMan

My foot... my foot is stuck :P

JAAASOON!

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
FFIX/FFVI
Chrono Trigger
Ico/Colossus
CaveStory
Psychonauts
Full Throttle (You know what would look better on your nose? A bar!)
Grim Fandango
Spec Ops The Line
Farenheit/IndigoProphecy
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)
Transistor
Silent Hill 2
Valiant Hearts
The Last Of Us
Braid
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*
LEGACY OF KAIN/SOUL REAVER SERIES
Kingdom Hearts
KOTOR

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.

pedrof93704d ago (Edited 704d 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?

mixolydian_id703d ago

Christian Hour ^^^ Never owned another brand of console.

Surely gamers these days played the retro classics?

Anyone remember

Zelda : Link to the past?

Variant703d ago

pedrof93

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."

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iamtehpwn704d ago

Final Fantasy 6-10 have my vote.

christian hour704d 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

ATi_Elite704d ago (Edited 704d 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.

christian hour704d ago

Can't believe I forgot Kingdom Hearts and KOTOR in my own haphazard list! D:

Chrischi1988703d 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...

Spooney323704d ago

Greatest video game story ever told would have to none other than TRON !!!
#2. Would be Wreck it Ralph. :P

maniacmayhem704d ago

The first Bioshock remains one of the best stories I've played as a video game.

christian hour704d ago (Edited 704d 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.

JWiLL552704d 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).

Wni0704d 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.

Yetter704d ago (Edited 704d 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

Jvaughn661704d 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_Box704d ago (Edited 704d 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.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi704d ago

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.

creatchee704d ago

@Sharingan

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.