I haven’t recently realized that I do not play games for their story. Often times if a game relies too heavily on cutscenes and dialogue I begin to feel detached and bored. I often feel that stories are best suited towards film and literature. However, that is not to say that some video games have absolutely nailed the story. Often the gameplay really compliments the story being told, but sometimes the gameplay truly is secondary to the narrative and the world.
Witcher III: Wild Hunt
While we all know that Gwent is the best part of this game, the story is also fantastic. Geralt’s story is second to that of his adopted daughter Ciri. Her story of growth and discovery over the course of the game really bring the player into the world. Ciri grows from a young trainee to someone powerful enough to impact the world. But she doesn’t just use strength to effect others, she helps other people, communicates with them, and listens to the troubles of others. Often this creates problems for Geralt to deal with, but in the end Ciri’s journey is thoughtful and deep, and definitely worth experiencing until the end.
Mass Effect (series)
Shepard journey throughout this epic trilogy is one for the record books. Never before was has there been a three game series that carried over your unique decisions from one game to the next. Some of the big decisions that you made during the first game did not reveal their impact until the final moments of the third game. I enjoyed sitting through all of the narrative in this game because I felt like I was an active participant in creating my own story. Along with the ability to choose your own main character, and choose your own companions every playthrough of this game is unique. I would know I’ve beaten the entire series three times.
Plot twists and big reveals are not often associated with video games, but Bioshock does more than shock it’s audience. The game draws the player in with a fantastical world that seems just believable enough to be relatable. Of course the world of science, art, business want to live in a world with gods or kings. Prior to the plot twist near the end of the game, Bioshock is a slightly above average first person shooter with some great mechanics in an inspired world. After the twist, during which the players motivations and background are completely revealed and other main characters begin to show their true colors, the game becomes something else, something greater, something worth replaying for the story alone.
Tales from the Borderlands
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The Last of Us (?Haven’t played this yet)
Which game am I missing? Which game story is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks