As video games have become more and more cinematic and realistic looking in recent years, especially this generation with the power of the Xbox 360 and PS3, narrative has taken on greater importance in video game projects.
opinion. and plus, you need a good balance of both
Agreed. Gameplay and story should be well balenced but i also came to the conlusion that fun and very good gameplay can make you enjoy a game even when the story part is lacking.
Like Miyamoto said once: "If you want a good story then watch a movie or read a book because video games are about interactivity". In my opinion, there's is no way in hell that a video game with a good story and bad gameplay it's a good game at all but a game with a bad story and good gameplay it's a good game. Just look at Mario, Metroid or Zelda. Three of the best franchises of all times and all the three of them have really bad stories or they have none of it. Story is just an aspect to take advantage of it just like the graphics because nothing trumps gameplay when it comes to video games. But I do think that the music and sound have to be top notch. BTW I'm no Wii fan, I don't even consider the motion sensing controller such a leap forward in gameplay. Just something that is different but not better.
Story and graphics help draw you into that interactivity. A good story or a well presented story helps immerse you during gameplay, there-by propelling the experience.
depends on the game/type/etc.
It had a fantastic story but the gameplay was so damn boring I couldn't keep playing it. But if anyone thinks that videogames aren't a great outlet for story telling, they're only being narrow-minded. The great franchises of the past are getting overshadowed by recent and successful forays into storytelling in videogames. Games like Mass Effect, GoW, MGS4, Uncharted 2, GTA, Okami, and many more, all combine great gameplay with great story telling to create a superior experience to those of the past. Videogames cannot and will not progress without solid and evolving storytelling.
Bioshock and MGS4 are great examples of amazing storytelling balanced with awesome gameplay. Uncharted 2 was good as well (though the story was not very intellectually stimulating...at least it was engrossing).
I don't know but I prefer the games I played to have both at an exceptionally good level! to sacrifice one for another is just...well...unacceptable!
and I agree and bubbled you all. At 28, the gameplay was all we really had with Mario, Double Dragon etc. Today's games are just breath taking and enjoyable at the same time, but I do feel that we aren't getting enough of these games. Like Hollywood to much re-hash or copy cat.
Both are necessary.
Both gameplay and storyline in Assassin's Creed were lacking in logic. But that doesn't prevent them to be on my favs list. Slitting throats with a fishing rod ftw!
an engaging story is what drives me to finish the games that i buy and play.. however.. the gameplay has to be good too.. so yea... need a little bit of balance on everything ... Thats what makes Uncharted 1 & 2 so special.. great gameplay, great storyline.. great soundtrack, great actors, great graphics... great everything ! as of AC2... i was not particularly in love with the story... but the game was fun as hell... that's why i finihed it... only if i could collect all the damn feathers, i would have got a platinum.. lol
I willing to sacrifice one aspect for the other.
i wouldn't. it's best to have a balance. but yeah, i like a good story or else i find it pointless to finish the game. some games are good without stories, like mini games
I'm all in if the game becomes fun and memorable
Yep. Just look at Tetris.
Didn't he play uncharted 2, that games proves that you can have awesome and incredible game play with and awesome and incredible story and graphics that what makes uncharted 2 one of the best game of the generation it proves that it can be done.
With a perfectly rounded package? One aspect shouldn't be sacrificed for another.
I don't know which is more important for them, but non of the Assassin's Creed immersed me enough to keep playing them till the end.
To get through a game with less than great gameplay if its got a great story. I personly want to see more powerful and complex stories in games. To me its another medium to tell a story in, one that shouldn't be limited just because its another form of presentation. I don't know if its there yet, but whats to stop a video game from joining the ranks of movies and books in terms of narratives? I don't think a single damn thing.
the environment and gameplay mechanic's are memorable because most gamers have those elements sink in before they realize they fell in love with a games story
I agree and both disagree with you. While I do want to feel immersed in a living breathing environment, I dont need the gameplay before I can love the story. Hell, take KotOR for example, I feel in love with the story and was hooked by the time I got to Dantooine, didn't like the gameplay too much until a third play through. Second example is Advent Rising, it is the story that made the game memorable to me, nothing else really hooked me before and after completion.
I can take a bad story with good gameplay, but not bad gameplay for with a good story. I still like aracadey type games. They dont need a good story. You play them for no other reason than the act of playing them is fun. I dont need some huge revelation or dramatic plot twist, just like I dont need trophies to stroke my ego. If the game is fun, just for the gameplay, then that is enough for me. Of course it goes without saying, you cant beat it when it all clicks and it all gels together, like this years GotY. Uncharted 2, it only does everything,.... right.
Unless it's a casual game, story is very important. Even in multiplayer games.
Look at FF7 for example,sh!tty visuals (kinda good for its time tho) but story was simply AMAZING!!!!!!!!
plus if gamers want to find meaningful stories they can read books if gamers want to see how a plot unfolds in a real life image of a persons mind you can watch movies or t.v show.but there are no arthur's or directors that would let everyone mess up on a part of thier scripts or plot.thats where games come in!you can explore either different sides of the creators mind and images becuase your apart of it in a virtual manner. i mean mario is the living proof gameplay mechanics and environment rules over stories in games and hes been doing it since the 80's. "Action will speak louder than words because a mute person cannot say what they want to do or have but gestures sure do leave an immpression on peoples minds"
How ironic that the Assassins Creed-franchize is bad at both imo (based on playing AC1 and AC2 to the end). Its a wierd series, its as they had no idea what to do with the techonology and the idea of Hashshashins and Templars, and tried to mash it all in with a crowbar. So much wasted potential. (Since its an article about opionion, I post in the gamer zone instead of the more opinion-based open one.)
Personally I think it's just lazy.. gameplay is better than story in video games sure.. I mean if we want stories we have books and films but ultimately, lack of story is just lazy in my opinion. Having deep characters and an engrossing story helps the player to immerse himself in the world and build emotional attachments to the characters which ultimately make for an overall better game.. who wasn't sad and shocked when Sephiroth killed Aeris? When Sniper Wolf shot Meryl? Ironically I find it funny this coming from the Assassin's creed scriptwriter as while the gameplay was AWESOME in the original, the story was severely lacking and I thought they could have taken the game so much further if they added a proper story. So yeah while gameplay might top story for some people, gameplay + story will always win hands down.. ask Kojima or Sakaguchi! Also Boadyboarder.. I find it ironic you're saying gameplay is more important than story when you have ff8 as your avatar.. ff8's story is probably my favourite story in any video game that i've ever played. While the gameplay was good, it's not exactly comparible to games of that era such as Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider, Oddworld etc but what made ff8 great was it's story! Also look at lost odyssey, that game was amazing and used pretty much literature to add a whole new level of character immersion in forms of dreams.. some of them were amazing and it really accentuated what it felt like to be the main character.
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