It’s quite amazing how cinematic and immersive video games have become today. We have not only witnessed an immense evolution in graphics and presentation, but just as important in story telling. The goal should be to exceed expectations in all these key areas to the best of your ability and budget, but that doesn’t always as games today have grown incredibly complex and expensive to develop. For today’s article, we want to look at a few of our favorite video games that pulled us into their world with the art of story telling. This is accomplished by creating deep and colorful characters coupled with terrific voice casting and a thrilling plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep gamers guessing on what might possibly happen next. Without further delay, here are Pixelated Gamer’s nominees for Best Video Game Stories.
The Walking Dead Series
Telltale Games have proven how important story telling is in video games. They have made compelling characters, an emotional gripping plot and created a series that has certainly not dissapointed fans of the hugely successful Walking Dead franchise. Gamers are pulled into a world where the living will have to survive the relentless hunger of zombies in this game based on widely acclaimed comic book series and television series.
Every decision and action you take can result in the entire story of the game changing around you. In the first season, gamers play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell. Telltale Games has created an amazing collection of episodes that really draw gamers in to this dark gritty world where survival is never guaranteed and every decision and action has consequences giving the game a tremendous replay value. Fans of the genre and show alike should not miss this experience.
The Last of Us
An extremely cinematic, story driven game that pulls you into the intense and violent world Naughty Dog has created for The Last of Us. The current pandemic in place will force players to do the unthinkable in this game. To live another day you must kill for food, weapons and supplies. Tomorrow is anything but promised here. Chaos reigns supreme where the infected run wild. The Last of Us is a perfect example of how a video game can rival any blockbuster movie in terms of depth, emotion and impact felt by their audience.
God of War Series
Being an avid fan of anything set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War III was one without a doubt one of my all time favorite entries in this series. It pitted Kratos against some of the craziest boss battles to date. Players set out for revenge against the Gods who have betrayed Kratos and look to settle the score in brutal fashion. This third chapter has gamers treading through the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and the dark depths of Hell once more to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him.
Armed with double-chained blades, players must take on mythology’s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles throughout his merciless quest to destroy Olympus. This series never looked so good thanks to a new game engine built from the ground up. It made significant strides in giving players the realistic feel of actually being on the battlegrounds. Texture resolutions quadrupled since God of War 2, creating life-like characters, as well as dynamic lighting effects, a robust weapon system, and world-changing scenarios that made this a remarkable adventure.
Dark Souls Series
From Software brilliantly showed the story of Dark Souls through the artistic worlds and characters, rather than telling it through lots of dialogue and lengthy cut scenes. This method of story telling is rare these days and is pretty amazing to experience. It really connects the gamer with their character, the game’s enemies and all the different environments surrounding them.
You are alone and faced with an impossible task, yet with persistence and the ingenious and unique online element, there is hope to be found in this ever dark and unforgiving world.
The Last Guardian
This game has quite the story itself just on the game’s development history. Most gamers had given up hope this would ever see the light of day. Then the unexpected happened, Sony not only updated the gaming community on this highly sought after title, but also announced it was not only still alive but would release in fall of 2016. Talk about a mic drop.
For those that played ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, this was shocking, amazing news. Finally, gamers would experience another masterpiece by Fumito Ueda and it did not disappoint. While it had its flaws, mainly frustrating camera issues at times, the overall presentation, art style and story about a boy and a mystical creature called Trico who stole the show from beginning to the emotional roller coaster ending. The companionship that grows between these two as you progress through the campaign’s story is absolutely amazing and unforgettable. Let’s just say, it was well worth the long, long wait.