by Gabe Carey
It’s funny how, when you ask an entire community of 60 people what the greatest video game story is, the results differ so significantly. While I expected most to answer with the same critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic survival game from last year, I was intrigued at the actual results, which can be seen below. It just goes to show that there are a lot of excellent video game narratives out there and that we all have varying opinions on which one is best. It just goes to show that one man’s opinion is another man’s garbage, or something like that.
From the Benign with B-TEN Facebook group…
Gabe: What’s the best story you’ve ever experienced in a video game?
Jeff Hart: only game to make me cry so far has been walking dead season 1, but recently id say gta 5. loved that story, i really felt like multiple people and no game has done that before. throughout all Final Fantasy games I’ve played I’ve never actually felt like those people and GTA5 made it rather realistic and very much like real life with exception to the mindless murdering and running people over. We dont participate in such foolishness but my favorite overall story has to be tales of symphonia, i dunno it was just a wonderful tale that has always stuck with me and made my heart warm.
Brian White: If I had to choose something recent, I’d go with To The Moon. But there’s too many great stories to pick just one. There’s 999 and it’s sequel, Silent Hill 2, The Walking Dead (Season 1), Final Fantasy VI…the list goes on and on.
Dennis Aleksander Mrozek: Final Fantasy X and Mass Effect trilogy
Sawyer Scherbenske: Final Fantasy 9 or The Banner Saga
Zach Waller: Persona 4. The loveable cast and character development were what took it to the next level. The main story of course was absolutely spectacular and full of intrigue, suspense, and twists. I’ve never been so engrossed in a story in all of my years of gaming. Of course it helps that it was very original in its premise!
Diego Calderon-Arrieta: The Last of Us, first video game to make me shed a tear, it’s got believable characters and its rife with moral quandaries
Eli Orth: Cave story. I’m a sucker for games that appear fun and happy on the outside, but after some time show a deep story behind it. Also, there are parts which leave some parts to be imagined along with a surprising lore-rich setting.
Dennis McCarson: Bastion
Patrick Toworfe: It’s hard to pick one, since I have so many narratives that I enjoy for different reasons. Off the top of my head, I really liked Lords of Shadow’s story, BlazBlue series story in general, and the COD games’ stories. Tbh, it’s hard to even list them, I like so many, haha. There’s not really just one I can say is the best for me
Kyle Dumont: Xenoblade and the Metal Gear Solid series are rivals for my favorite. Metal Gear touches on some really dark themes and presents a brilliant story. Most of the characters have arcs and they’re intriguing. The player can strangely relate to Solid Snake and Big Boss, making them feel more human than any other character in games. The story is intense and escalates with each installment in the series. Xenoblade has some of the best story telling in gaming history. The Xeno series is excellent, but Xenoblade is the pinnacle of the series. It touches on many modern problems while staying true to a fantasy/steampunk world. The story is also beautiful and heart-wrenching
Breann Parks: Persona 3! It was the first Persona game I’ve played, and I have never found myself so invested in a cast of characters so quickly. The whole game was an overall experience; I found myself laughing, crying, growling in anger and shivering in utter terror through it all.
Bill Thomas: Warcraft/World of Warcraft.
Simon De Roux: Tough. Catherine, FF7, Shadow of The Colossus, Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption.
Simon De Roux: Oh and Dark souls 😉
And there we have it. Everyone is different and there are a whole lot of stellar games listed in this article. If there was infinite time, I’d play every last one of ’em. Unfortunately, I doubt I’ll get to all of these, but at least I’ll be able to replay one of my all-time favorite stories when The Last of Us: Remastered releases on PlayStation 4 tomorrow. Be sure to check back to B-TEN later this week for our review of the game in all of its rejuvenated glory!
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Gabe Carey is editor-in-chief at B-TEN.
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