Gameplay Still Trumps Story, Says Assassin's Creed Scriptwriter

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.

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SasanovaS19873262d ago

opinion. and plus, you need a good balance of both

Zeal0t3262d ago

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.

Bodyboarder_VGamer3262d ago (Edited 3262d ago )

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.

swiftshot933262d ago (Edited 3262d ago )

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.

meepmoopmeep3262d ago

depends on the game/type/etc.

RememberThe3573262d ago

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.

Darkstorn3262d ago

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 least it was engrossing).

badz1493262d ago

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!

ryano232773262d ago (Edited 3262d ago )

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.

hay3262d ago (Edited 3262d ago )

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!

aaron58293262d ago (Edited 3262d ago )

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

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swiftshot933262d ago

I willing to sacrifice one aspect for the other.

meepmoopmeep3262d ago

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

Mista T3262d ago

I'm all in if the game becomes fun and memorable

TheBand1t3262d ago

Yep. Just look at Tetris.

KILLERAPP3262d ago

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.

Nac3262d ago

With a perfectly rounded package? One aspect shouldn't be sacrificed for another.

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