Do Game Stories Actually Matter?

Stories don't define games. They only serve to enrich the mechanics of a game experience.

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tunaks13209d ago

It depends on the game.
I really don't care why princess peach is kidnaped, that focus in mario games are the level designs.
Games like Mass Effect are intwined with the stories.

Darkstorn3209d ago (Edited 3209d ago )

I think a good story complements a good game. Much of the reason Metal Gear Solid 4 is so great is due to its inclusion of biting social commentary mixed with a genuinely compelling story. Bioshock is another example of a game made better because of the depth of its story.

If a game has awesome mechanics and a fantastic story, I'm likely to favor it over a game with comparable or even slightly better game mechanics. Maybe I'm just a sucker for a decent narrative.

sxpacks3209d ago (Edited 3209d ago )

If the original game did not have a story (mario,Zelda, Final Fantasy Series, Halo Series) didn't have a good story. The Sequel doesn't need it

HopSkotch3209d ago

I believe it depends on the genre primarily...for instance, puzzle games are just random shooting or solving to stop somethin bad from happening? Nothin big on story...but in terms of RPG's...story is key. It is one of the more defining elements of an RPG or even a shooter or action game (God of War Series, Gears of War, Final Fantasy)Story is important...

big_silky3209d ago

I need a good story, personally I can't get into a game if I don't care about why I'm doing what I'm doing.

BiggCMan3209d ago

"Stories don't define games."
what an idiot.

BannedForNineYears3209d ago

Imagine the MGS franchise with no story.
Story means a lot for me.
I guess it comes down to personal opinion slightly.

Mista T3209d ago

I could care less about the story if it just revolves around the fun gameplay, like for example old games like duke nukem 3d or doom 1 which are just run and gun shooters with really no story because that is not why the game was made.

but sometimes a game like mass effect 2 really revolves around story. rpgs are really mostly story based.

but I don't want an uninteresting story shoved in my face like in a run n gun shooter when I just want to find ass to kick.

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