5 Phenomenal Video Games With Amazing Storylines
I love a great story when I play video games. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you see the credits roll after pumping hours upon hours into a game, and you feel like you just went on an amazing journey.
Here are my top 5 favorite games with great stories:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The world of The Witcher 3 is just so immersive. I found myself becoming Geralt. I won’t spoil anything but some of the quests throw you some very tough decisions with even tougher results.
“You’ll not want it to end, just like you didn’t want your very favourite RPGs of years’ past to end either. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will sit in that list now. There isn’t any higher praise.” – The Digital Fix
“Make some room on your hard drive and shelf, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt deserves a permanent spot in your gaming library.” – DarkStation
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt manages to constantly excite and amaze, with sublime storytelling and engrossing gameplay that never leaves you wanting more.” – We Got This Covered
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V tells it’s story in a unique way through the perspectives of three, very different individuals. Switching between these 3 characters during the game allows the player to engage with the story from multiple perspectives, which is an interesting and engaging way in which players can experience narrative. I hope to see more mechanics like this in future games.
“Ultimately you will get everything you expected from GTA 5 for PC; a tremendous game with many months of playability and the potential to only get better.” – Impulsegamer
“At the end of the day, this is still Grand Theft Auto V, an entry that I find is the best in the series, and a game that has been made that little bit better with the performance boost and graphical enhancements.” – DarkZero
“The incredible thing is how alive it all seems.” – Hardcore Gamer
The thought-provoking world of Bioshock Infinite is unlike any other. The freaky, time-bending, airborne city of Columbia is great to explore. The story fits perfectly with its otherworldly setting, with a great protagonist and main characters to boot.
“Bioshock Infinite is the best shooter I have played in a long time. It is an incredible achievement artistically, narratively, and technically. I can’t think of a better game to close out and define this decade-long console generation.” – DarkStation
“BioShock is the most important new intellectual property of this hardware generation. Like its predecessor, it is an experience that could only ever be achieved in a videogame, one that demonstrates the true power of this medium to engage and inspire us, and in doing so it soars far above so many other games, clipped and blinkered as they are by their lowly, merely filmic aspirations. Irrational’s achievements in BioShock Infinite dignify the medium.” – Gameplanet
“BioShock Infinite is a hell of a lot of fun to play. That really should be the only quality it needs to exhibit. The fact that it holds much more feels like an advancement of an art form. Just remember that nothing in BioShock Infinite is an attempt to be cute. Just let it tell you its story.” – Guardian
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is one of my forever favorites. It perfectly blends all of the themes from Western movies that I loved as a kid, and puts it’s own spin on it to combine for an incredibly immersive Western experience.
“This is simply a beautiful game, and it’s provided more than a few moments where I completely forgot where the hell I was supposed to be going while riding over golden hills at sunset or through the desert in the middle of a nighttime lightning storm. It doesn’t quite convey the loneliness of the real empty spaces, but does compress the essence of all the varieties of land and weather native to those parts into a few hundred miles ride.” – 1UP
“The end of the game – and the outstanding epilogue – punctuates one of the most complete video game stories in a long time. The story will stay with the player for a long time afterwards – long after they get their hands on whatever the next ‘it’ game happens to be.” – BigPond Game Arena
“If this game’s concepts seem even remotely interesting to you, head out immediately to your nearest game store and slap your cash down. The single-player story alone is more than worth the price of admission, and the multiplayer is truly unique and will likely evolve into something very special as the community continues to grow.” – Cheat Code Central
The Last of Us
The story in The Last of Us is great because of the way the characters grow. No character in the game is necessarily likable, they are all just trying to survive.
“That the action in The Last of Us stays contextual to its narrative and characters is no mean feat either, no cognitive dissonance here, and the lines between the game and its story are usually non-existent. And it is a fabulous story, riffing on Cormac McCarthy and other bleak post-apocalyptic fiction but keeping its own identity through its characters.” – Telegraph
“Not only is The Last of Us technically brilliant, it has little things that just drag you further into the world. They are by no means important to the progression of the story of the game but the make the character seem more human and less one dimensional.” – CalmDownTom
“If you have yet to play The Last of Us, and you own a PlayStation 4, I can fully whole heartily say go buy this game, because you’re in for a memorable time. For fans, this is one you might want to pick up if you want to play the game at its best.” – DarkZero
What are some of your favorite story-driven games? Let me know in the comments!