5 of the Best Stories in Video Games
Who needs movies when you have video games? I find that you can tell a story just as well in gaming as you can in a movie, except the story in a video game is an interactive medium.
I love telling stories and I love hearing other peoples just as much and thankfully, video gaming has a wealth of great stories to tell. Ever since we figured out how to put realistic 3D graphics on a screen, stories in video games have just got better and better. You can now portray real emotions on screen, which has attracted more and more quality actors to roles in games.
Whether you like to explore alien worlds or engage with heartfelt characters, you’ll find something that resonates with you in the world of video games. So gather round as we tell the tale of the Best Stories in Video games.
The Last of Us
One of my favorite stories ever and not just in the realm of games either. The Last of Us captured so many of our hearts and as most of us eagerly await the second game, it’s great to look back and realize just how great this title is.
Filled with shocks, twists, betrayals, and death, The Last of Us takes you on a journey you’ll never forget. The expert voice acting allows you to relate to real characters as you follow them on the toughest journey any of us could imagine.
It would be impossible to play through this game and not feel anything. The Last of Us drags emotions out of, its funny, heartbreaking and even a little scary at times. The dialogue written for this game has so much truth and weight to it you can almost feel like you’re watching a movie at times.
It’s hard to describe just how good The Last of Us is at storytelling. If this is a game you haven’t played then I would urge you to give it a try. I guarantee after 30 minutes you won’t want to turn it off.
Final Fantasy VII
If Final Fantasy VII is a game you’ve played then it’s easy to think of so many memorable characters from this title. Cloud, Sephiroth, Shinra, and Aeris are beloved characters even to this day. Despite not having the graphical power we do today Final Fantasy VII still managed to tell a great story, which is even more impressive when you consider it.
Regarded as one of the best games in the series Final Fantasy VII can be seen as the pinnacle of modern storytelling. Yes, it villain may be stuffed with clichés and tropes, but most of us will never forget things like Aeris’ death scene.
Final Fantasy VII had everything you’d want from an epic story - a planet in crisis, politics, love, death and infinite bonds of friendship. Whether you’re a fan of the Final Fantasy series or not, you can’t deny this is storytelling at its best.
Red Dead Redemption
It’s a tough ask when you have to decide between Grand Theft Auto games and the Red Dead series, but I had to give this round to Red Dead Redemption. Not only did the ending shock you, but also Rockstar told an engaging story throughout the game, the story of an outlaw trying to clean his ledger.
John Marston is one of the greatest characters in modern video gaming; it’s hard to deny that. The cowboy stole our hearts and then Rockstar subsequently threw that heart back in our faces at the end.
Red Dead Redemption has some of the best voice acting you will ever hear in video games. The raw and gritty dialogue lent itself well to the Wild West era of the story and in true Rockstar fashion, wasn’t short of a few swear words. If the ending doesn’t capture you in Red Dead Redemption the rest of the story is sure to do so.
Everything was not as it seemed in Bioshock and that became more evident as you finished the game. The world in this game is as much as a character as the protagonist Jack is. Rapture, the underwater city trapped in the 50s plays for some really interesting scenarios.
If you haven’t played this game, I would ask if you would kindly do so as it’s one not to miss out on. Everyone should know the fear of facing a Big Daddy for the first time. The twists and turns in this story will shock you and id even go as far as to say there aren’t much better in gaming.
Bioshock’s theme resonates with much of today’s society and the big twist at the end can almost make you feel like the last 15 hours of your playthrough were void of any true control. It’s not easy to tell a story when your main protagonist has no dialogue (aside from a little during the intro) but Bioshock managed to do this perfectly.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
When a game promises you over 100 hours of content you’re probably going to need a very good story to keep people interested. Thankfully Witcher 3 does that to perfection. It only seems fitting that a game based on a book series has some of the best storylines out there.
The unique thing about the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is that great storytelling extends far beyond the main quest line. The many side quests all have their own meaningful tale to tell.
Filled with quests for loved ones and all the monster slaying you could hope for in a fantasy setting, The Witcher 3 really had humans and their emotions at its core. The conflict between what’s right and what you want plays a big part in the story and when you add that together with loveable characters, you’re onto a winner.
The Witcher 3 is complex on so many levels and steps away from the classic good and evil in some cases. This is a game that won Game of the Year for a reason and a large part of that is its story.