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Video Games with amazing stories

Jeff210Jeff210 Registered User regular
edited December 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I can't bring myself to play any video games these days unless they have a good story. I'll start playing, an half an hour later wonder 'why do i care?' then stop.

What are your suggested games with great stories. RPGs preferred, although im open. Same applies with voice acting, preferred but not necessary. PC/PS3/Wii, but mention any for other systems as well.

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  • EntriechEntriech ? ? ? ? ? Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Planescape : Torment.

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Entriech wrote: »
    Planescape : Torment.

    Planescape: Motherfucking Torment

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  • CarbonRodCarbonRod Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I've always enjoyed the God of War games. Nice story/flashback developments. Though the story itsdelf doesn't really develop in a traditional "story telling" manner.

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  • TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Brutal Legend is pretty damn good and very original, although pretty short. The Action RTS elements are hit and miss with most people.

    Dragon Age is pretty good story wise as well, as are most of the Bioware games.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum might have the usual story of Batman vs. the Joker, but it is presented in a very good way that makes you want to continue playing, as there is no real lull.

    Also, if you have a DS, all the Phoenix Wright games are pretty good story-wise, save for 2 cases.

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  • Gilbert0Gilbert0 North of SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Uncharted 1 and 2. First Ratchet and Clank on ps3 is decent too, decent enough I'll get the second.

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  • AumniAumni Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'd also recommended Dragon Age.

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  • ClipseClipse Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'll third Planescape: Torment. It's basically the best storyline that ever has or will appear in a video game. Baldur's Gate 2 is also quite good, and Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1, but still)

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  • useless4useless4 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Dragon Age Origins is amazingly detailed in universe and story. It has sucked me in whole , and remember your character greatly changes the way the story starts. For example my country Elf Rouge had a great story but then my wife started playing a royal Dwarf warrior and that story made me really want to play again as a dwarf.

    Batman AA is basically a more gritty version of a Batman the Animated Series episode: so it's not deep or detailed, but it's highly faithful and entertaining. Same with Uncharted 1 and 2, 1 had better surprises (there is a bit in the start with a sub in a highly illogical place that just sucked me in) but 2 is pure rollercoaster from start to finish.

    If you want a semi-decent main story but some of the most beautiful short stories ever written (and presented digitally in an amazingly moving way) then Lost Odyssey on the 360 is good for that.

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  • GrisloGrislo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    TexiKen wrote: »
    Brutal Legend is pretty damn good and very original, although pretty short. The Action RTS elements are hit and miss with most people.

    Dragon Age is pretty good story wise as well, as are most of the Bioware games.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum might have the usual story of Batman vs. the Joker, but it is presented in a very good way that makes you want to continue playing, as there is no real lull.

    Also, if you have a DS, all the Phoenix Wright games are pretty good story-wise, save for 2 cases.

    The bolded part there is pretty much what you want to look for when you're looking to be entertained beyond pure gameplay (in general, not only in Batman).

    The story in, say, Uncharted (1 or 2, take your pick!) is so far from original and, to some extent, interesting as you can get, but the presentation and the 'atmosphere' is fantastic.

    It's very hard to find video games with compelling and interesting stories, partly because they have to be told in the medium of video games. Even Planescape which, yes, is very good doesn't really compare favourably if you put it up against the full spectrum of film and literature - which isn't fair, anyway.

    But it does gain a lot from being interactive, from being in a format where you have to make choices. As a plain old story, it's not really that much better than any given book from a series that starts with F and ends with orgotten Realms. You know, the kind with a map in it. However, it gains a lot from being told to a video game player who's making choices.
    Maybe you'd like Grim Fandango? It's quite good.

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  • TK-42-1TK-42-1 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Grim Fandango is amazing.

    Pretty much any bioware game has a good story, you just have to dig for it a little bit.

    the original half-life has a pretty awesome narrative coupled with great gunplay and platforming/puzzles

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  • TechBoyTechBoy Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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    Because it is awesome, and has a fantastic story.

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  • PhistiPhisti Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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    You might think "but portal has almost no story" which is only partly true - it's a pretty kick-ass short story.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Grim Fandango is great, Planescape Torment is sublime (way better than any shlock D&D novel, gonna disagree with Grislo there) Knights of the Old Republic 2.

    The Longest Journey is fantastic, but it's hard to get it to run on newer machines. It flat out won't run on Vista.

    Recently, I'll have to go with Dragon Age : Origins as well. Good story, great dialogue and an amazing amount of background material.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Planescape: Torment is king among videogames as far as story goes. I'd also put the Baldur's Gate series on the list, and Bioshock.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Seconding Portal. If most games are trashy novels, Portal is a short story you'd read in Harper's or some other classy literary magazine.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Bioshock...it's older, yes, but the story is quality stuff.

    Seconding Brutal Legend.

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
  • BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Mother 3.

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  • ZellZell Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    The Longest Journey is fantastic, but it's hard to get it to run on newer machines. It flat out won't run on Vista.
    The two disc re-release will as it was released around when Vista was and so Funcom had to support it with patches to fix compatibility issues. The 4 disc version won't run that well though.

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  • admanbadmanb unionize your workplace Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    Entriech wrote: »
    Planescape : Torment.

    Planescape: Motherfucking Torment

    I read through this entire thread and know exactly how many times PS:T was mentioned, but still feel the need to add my input. That is how good it is.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Zell wrote: »
    The Longest Journey is fantastic, but it's hard to get it to run on newer machines. It flat out won't run on Vista.
    The two disc re-release will as it was released around when Vista was and so Funcom had to support it with patches to fix compatibility issues. The 4 disc version won't run that well though.

    I'd love to find these patches, because my non functioning 2-disc version is staring at me from my "does not run" stack.

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  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Assassin's Creed 2 is pretty great if you like your Italian Renaissance history sprinkled with a healthy portion of batshit insanity.

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  • theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So long as someone's mentioning Grim Fandango, may as well add half of those Lucasarts adventure games to the list, but most importantly...

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

    This in my mind wil always be the real fourth Indy movie.

    Also Deus Ex.

    Really need to finish Planescape: Torment at some point.

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  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Lets see:

    Bioshock
    KOTOR
    Uncharted 1 & 2
    I liked God of War's presentation too. Starting II now, should be just as good.

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  • ZellZell Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Zell wrote: »
    The Longest Journey is fantastic, but it's hard to get it to run on newer machines. It flat out won't run on Vista.
    The two disc re-release will as it was released around when Vista was and so Funcom had to support it with patches to fix compatibility issues. The 4 disc version won't run that well though.

    I'd love to find these patches, because my non functioning 2-disc version is staring at me from my "does not run" stack.
    http://www.longestjourney.com/help/patches/
    First Google result hard to find?

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  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Metal Gear Solid would be worth the look I think.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Ah that. Nah ya sarcastic bastard. :p That patch did nothing for me. Most likely this bedeviled computer I have. Thanks though.

    Well, OP. Get The Longest Journey and then use that patch.

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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    Some fantastic writing.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    On Lost Oddyssey. For me, the writing for the backstories wasn't good enough to merit having to deal with the horrid gameplay.

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  • FrozenTempestFrozenTempest Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Valkyrie profile Ps1/Psp

    Suikoden 2 Ps1

    Odin Sphere Ps2

    Okami Ps2/Wii

    muramasa demon blade Wii

    Super Mario rpg, Snes/Wii market.

    I'l put more down when I remember them.

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  • GR_ZombieGR_Zombie Krillin It Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Shadow of the Colossus tells a really good story.

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    to me uncharted 1 and 2 represent the pinnacle of traditional storytelling craft and technique in the interactive medium

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I second Batman Arkham Asylum and Dragonage.

    Basically anything made by Bioware will do the trick.



    But really, ARCANUM.

    Arcanum like 500 times. The only game I've played that can rival (and in my opinion, trounce) Bioware in terms of depth of world and detail.

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  • RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    bsjezz wrote: »
    to me uncharted 1 and 2 represent the pinnacle of traditional storytelling craft and technique in the interactive medium

    See for me at least, if you have to use cutscenes in a game to advance the story then you lose major points from an interactive storytelling standpoint. Any time I lose control of my character and go into some pre-rendered cutscene, I really lose the whole immersion factor and might as well be watching a movie. That's what makes Portal so great. Portal tells a really interesting story and it does so with zero cutscenes. Same goes for Shadow of the Colossus, which if I remember correctly is virtually cutscene free.

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  • RainfallRainfall Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    On Lost Oddyssey. For me, the writing for the backstories wasn't good enough to merit having to deal with the horrid gameplay.

    Quick switch your rings around EVERY SINGLE ROUND!

    Games with good story? I haven't seen Mass Effect mentioned yet, and it has a fantastically well-told story. The climax is super-amazing, and the entire thing is fully voice-acted.

    Aside from that, there's a lot of solid games being mentioned. I won't waste my time gushing over all of 'em.

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    bsjezz wrote: »
    to me uncharted 1 and 2 represent the pinnacle of traditional storytelling craft and technique in the interactive medium

    See for me at least, if you have to use cutscenes in a game to advance the story then you lose major points from an interactive storytelling standpoint. Any time I lose control of my character and go into some pre-rendered cutscene, I really lose the whole immersion factor and might as well be watching a movie. That's what makes Portal so great. Portal tells a really interesting story and it does so with zero cutscenes. Same goes for Shadow of the Colossus, which if I remember correctly is virtually cutscene free.

    that's why i said 'traditional storytelling' - but i should have said 'in video games' rather than 'the interactive medium'

    it's certainly doing nothing for 'games as art', but it when it comes to traditional craft like plotting, dialogue, narrative framing and satisfying denoument it is unsurpassed in the market

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  • SebbieSebbie Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm glad someone mentioned Shadow of the Colossus. It might not narrate the story but you definitely live through it. I found it a lot more powerful than just reading scrolling text. I'll also point at Ico for being just as powerful.

    Suikoden 2 is pretty kick ass.

    The Mother series is pretty awesome for a more laid back quirky story (I totally wanted to stick around through all of them).

    You might want to look at Beyond Good and Evil as well.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Planescape: Torment is probably the only game with legitimately good writing, not just by vidjagaem standards. If you want a plot that's actually good by itself, I'd recommend finding it.

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Planescape: Torment is probably the only game with legitimately good writing, not just by vidjagaem standards. If you want a plot that's actually good by itself, I'd recommend finding it.

    KOTOR 2



    And it's not out yet but


    Alpha Protocol.

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