Every gamer is different, and tales are a dime a dozen in this industry. So what game spun a plot so strong, there was no way to resist falling in love with it?
I like the Bioshock 1 story
Phantom Dust. Best ending ever.
Silent Hill 2, MGS, first half of Indigo Prophecy (First half 8D, Second half WTF) for me.
MGS overall has the best story, best characters and best atmosphere (Mgs1-2, conspiracy and mindfck atmosphere anyone?) !!!!!!!!*******SPOILERS****** **!!!!!!!!!!!!! also who was blown away when you find out that Snake was being used the whole time by the government as a disposable tool(foxdie) and was planned to be killed along with all the foxhound members in MGS1, or that throughout the whole game you were actually talking to a AI in MGS2?
^ The MGS plot twist was kind of odd. It was cool that the government was using you, but Liquid/Ocelot's plan was retarded. It's been a long time since I played it, but I remember their logic being somewhere along the lines of: "Herp Derp, we can't figure this out. Let's just hope Snake figures it out. Oh, wouldn't want him to become suspicious though, so let's just pretend to hinder him in every way possible" MGS2's plot also broke up quite a bit near the end. It was shocking, but it became more complicated than it had to be. MGS3 probably has the best ending (and overall story) among the MGS series in my opinion. It actually pulls a plot twist that is shocking and consistent with the events of the game. You go from feeling like a true hero to a tool.
God of War 1,2,3.
for me God of War 1-3 & Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
On the Western side: Planescape: Torment. On the Eastern side: Xenogears.
People ignore how terrible the last act of Bioshock was. Like horrible. Lost everything that it had going for it. Great stories? A lot of video games have great characters with decent stories and people confuse good writing and acting as a good story. Like Uncharted 2, ME2, HL2, GTA IV ect are all great games but the stories are simple. It's the perfect writing and acting for the characters that sell those games. Not a bad thing, people just can't get that confused though. Now great stories? Hm. MGS3. Maybe PoP. KOTOR probably. Hm. I know there's more but I'm drawing a blank. edit: SotC too. Hmmmm.
Red Dead Redemption
On consoles I put my money on FFVI.
Halo has an amazing mythos
Metal Gear Solid says hi!
Agreed. 20 years and 8 canon titles. In a single game it is MGS4.
Chrono Trigger Most of the FF games Xenosaga/Xenogear Metal Gear Solid Legend of Zelda Half-Life Fallout Deus Ex Fable 1 Sonic Adventures Elder Scrolls Mass Effect Resistance Uncharted Infamous Gears of War God of War Batman AA Too many to count and that's list does even come close to for starters, not the full list. Truthfully it all depends on gamers' taste. I highly doubt there can be only one "greatest story ever told in video games."
Bonus points for having Xenogears/Xenosaga.
because Fable 1 is better known for its gameplay than its story. It wasn't memorable at all tbh.
Lost Odyssey or Heavy Rain
What! 10 Disagrees? I love the story of Lost Odyssey and the Thousand Dream Sequence, better than the Cinematic movies in Final Fantasy XIII
There are so many that come to mind, but I would personally put Kingdom Hearts on the list somewhere.
Metal Gear Solid
Once there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly everyone died. The end. :D
METAL GEAR SOLID!
Some games really have decent stories (such as Planescape) but games are not the best medium for linear storytelling. In this field, they cannot compete with litterature or movies. But games do shine in other areas : exploration of a universe, discovery, choices, immersion. When you learn the story of Rapture or City 17 through the environment, when you need to pick up a side in the Witcher, when you listen to a conversation in Deus Ex, when you understand the terrible things you're actually doing in Shadow of the Colossus, when you crap yourself on Amnesia, even when you feel the rage of Kratos as you cut a titan in half. THAT's when videogames prove they're a worthy medium when it comes to carry emotion, meaning and, yes, a good story.
Metal gear solid and god of war. by a mile.
Final Fantasy 8 just kidding
The Marathon series is hands down my favorite. Beyond that... maybe Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Myth... Assassin's Creed is shaping up nicely but could easily turn to crap, will be interesting to see which way it goes. Bioshock was pretty great until the closing boss fight and twist. Alan Wake was pretty awesome even if not yet complete.
Not one mention of Digital Devil Saga 2, for shame.
Ico & SOTC. Sometime saying less is more and that is a concept ICO team mastered and is transled well through both games.
Bubbles up. I was seriously just about to bring these up for that very reason. Never seen games tell a story so well without saying much at all.
i like HL story because it leaves you guessing. its a story where your mind can wonder 10 different ways.
for over 10 years :P
i know. im getting impatient!! :P
Mgs3 heavy rain jade empire mass effect sotc lost odyssey alan wake enslaved uncharted 2 All are favorite stories. I would say mgs3 or jade empire had the best ever (from what ive played). If you missed either one WTF get going!
mmm... delicious. I approve!
It's a tough debate with computer games since immersion and interaction can be key roles to the story and world you're taking part in. The writer here uses SotC as a perfect example of this. I'm also seeing a lot of MGS shout outs here. At risk of being flamed to death, MGS is a good story but certainly not the best, let down by long, long bouts of unnessacary dialogue and is far too convoluted in later games. A complex and long story doesn't necessarily mean a good one. But then again, I'm about to shout out Half Life 2 here, which has an incredibly confusing story when you consider the G-Man. But it's the world that Half Life 2 is set in, that, to me, creates half the story. The Orwellion, dystopia mixed with War of the Worlds just created a world that I lived in, was immersed in in all the time I played the game and the episodes.
LOST ODYSSEY, SHENMUE 1 and 2, Final Fantasy VII,VIII,IX,X, Castlevania Lords of Shadow, MGS series, Last Remnant, Shadow of the COlossus, ICO....and many others
If I have to pick one series, it's MGS. If I have to pick one game, I'd say MGS3. Then there's FFVII-X, Shadow of the Colossus, ICO, God of War...
Metal gear. right behind tolkien's "Lord of the rings" and Frank Herbert's "Dune"! I'm not joking!
Man, way too many game genres out there. JRPG: Xenogears. What a perfect blending of philosophy and religion wrapped up in an intersting sci-fi setting. Awesome. I've got this on disc still, but I'm still contemplating if I want to drop another 70 hours if I get the PSOne classic so I can play on my PSP widescreen and not small screen through remote play. Action/Adventure: Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver. What a perfect revenge story with the gameplay that allows you enact your revenge on your murderers. First game where right from the start I told myself I wasn't going to stop until I killed Kain. Best B-Action Hollywood movie game look-alike story: Uncharted 2. And I mean that in a good way since I still like straight up action movies without CG effects in them like the Expendables. Best Platformer Story: Beyond Good and Evil. Stories are usually paper-thin in these and I don't play them nearly as much as I used to, so there might be a better story. Best WRPG Story: Mass Effect, but only because I just picked up Planescape Torment off GOG. But after only an hour of playing, I can safely say once I'm done that Planescape Tormet will be the best story WRPG experience. But for now Mass Effect. I've read the books because I enjoy the storyline and the lore. That says a lot. Best Stories that exemplify a unique method of storytelling only the artform of video gaming could grant? I have two of them: Shadow of the Colossus and Portal. Aside from the little pause in between each section in Colossus and the intro and outro, the entire story plays out through your actions, no cutscense, nada. Same with Portal. Once you get to the ending in Colossus and the turning point in the middle of Portal, the story just implants itself into your mind forever. These are the only two games I've played where I actually felt like I was really in the shoes of the character I was controlling. Don't get me wrong, I like the choose-your own adventure found in most RPG's like Mass Effect or Dragon Age, but the stories never emotionally impact me the way Portal and Shadow of the Colossus did. Though Planescape Torment has already grabbed me emotionally right from the get-go, right after I dialogued with that ghost chick to realize we'd been lovers or really good friends in another life. Wow. So maybe that game should be in this section as well as WRPG section.
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