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    Video games with excellent stories?

    Which video games have you played that you thought had very well written stories?

    I think I'd have to put Bioshock Infinite on top of the list here. Absolute mind-blow of a story.

    Also:

    - Portal 2.
    - Assassins Creed 2 and 4.
    - Deus Ex 1 and 3.
    - Bioshock 1.

    Post yours.

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    Yes, Bioshock 1 had a phenomenally good story. Perhaps too much in Ayn Rand territory but nevertheless the type of story aimed squarely at the thinking person. My favorite story in a game is from Hideo Kojima's Snatcher, I've played through the Sega Mega CD version that received an English translation. Terrific adventure game that is heavily influenced by Blade Runner, both in theme and setting. However, there are some fascinating twists near the end of the game that I didn't see coming. Personally I believe this is the very best game Kojima ever made, far better than his Metal Gear series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexKid View Post
    Yes, Bioshock 1 had a phenomenally good story. Perhaps too much in Ayn Rand territory but nevertheless the type of story aimed squarely at the thinking person. My favorite story in a game is from Hideo Kojima's Snatcher, I've played through the Sega Mega CD version that received an English translation. Terrific adventure game that is heavily influenced by Blade Runner, both in theme and setting. However, there are some fascinating twists near the end of the game that I didn't see coming. Personally I believe this is the very best game Kojima ever made, far better than his Metal Gear series.
    I wondered why you mentioned Ayn Rand but after some googling it made a lot of sense,

    BioShock is not only inspired by the theory of Objectivism that Ayn Rand developed and championed in her written works--and famously fictionalized in her novel Atlas Shrugged--but the game's narrative also functions chiefly as a frightening critique of a society shaped in the image of her political and economic beliefs.
    I never thought about the game actually doing something like that. Perhaps I need to read more than I play . I think I'll even replay the game soon just to see if I missed anything. I played it almost 3 years ago.

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    Naval OPS: Warship Gunner had a really good story behind it and it's probably one of the reasons why I like the game so much.

    Ace Combat 4 also had a really nice story to it told through the experiences of a young child who was caught up in the war that happened in the game.

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    The Tales series had a bunch of good stories in conjunction with solid gameplay. Symphonia has a lot of nostalgia value to me, but I think Vesperia had the best story if we're gonna look at things objectively.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Spec Ops: The Line. I remember playing the game during the Summer and it was a relatively gory game. Gameplay wasn't too fascinating, just your basic third person shooter but the storyline is what made me stay. It tugged on my emotional feelings towards the game but it was one of the better games that I played on my steam library. If anyone hasn't played it yet, I'd recommend it. There are multiple endings as well which makes it pretty cool.

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    Brothers: A tale of two sons. I don't cry at many things, but this one just... I couldn't help it. And it doesn't even have dialog. That's what I like most about it. It's capable of advancing the plot and character development solely through music, actions, and that gibberish the characters speak.
    Oh, and "Her Story." It's a more recent one. You have to solve a case based on the recording of some statements a woman has given to the police. Pretty cool and innovative.

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    I have three game series that I feel had the best stories.
    First up is The Walking Dead series by Telltale games. There are two seasons right now and both of them offer great writing and story. If you like zombies and an emotional storyline, this are the games for you.

    Next is the Bioshock series. The games may be an above average shooter, but they feature some of the best twists I've ever seen.

    Last but not least is the Legacy of Kain series. Although sadly the series hasn't gotten any love for years(except for the Team Fortress style multiplayer game that has nothing to do with the series) the games has the most complicated storyline I've ever known. It has time travel, so, yeah. It's gonna be real complicated.

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    I would like to add the first two Assassin's Creed gams to the list as well as The Elder Scrolls. When it comes to Assassin's Creed, I must admit that I have never completed the game, but I had a lot of fun playing it and the story was definitely well developed, and more or less, there were some accurate pieces of information about the Italy's past mentioned there.

    Skyrim is a different story, at least when it comes to me. It's the last game in the set of the elder scrolls (after II: Daggerfall, III: Morrowind, IV: Oblivion) and I've played it for more than three years almost every day. The main quest line is incredible and the story is well structured. Plus, there are a lot of references to the Tamriel past (they have everything clearly mapped out: the Stormcloak Rebellion, the White Gold Concordat, the history with elves... I was really impressed). There are also a few quests with Dwemer (Dwarven) ruins, which were more than stunning! There are two notable additions to the game, Dawnguard (with vampires) and Dragonborn (with a nice twist to the original story).

    It's definitely worth playing, like many other Bethesda games. Now that I've mentioned Bethesda, I must also mention Fallout. That story is excellent as well.

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    A game with an amazing story, but horribly underrated is Nier. I've played it a few years ago on the Xbox360 and my mind has been blown. The story is 10/10, the voice acting is spot on, with amazing and hilarious dialogue. The characters are humanized, and every one of them is likeable. While the gameplay might not be the best, the story makes up for it definitely. I remember crying in different moments of the game, it was THAT intense. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

    Also, the soundtrack is fantastic, here's a little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZmzLzvJo8&hd=1.

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