Return of the Selective Creation: 25 of the Best Stories in Video Games



  • Hello everyone, since i miss @Brannox lists so much, I thought I would go ahead and get another one going.

    For myself, the first time video games really clicked for me was when I played games that offered me story rich experiences. I know this isnt the case for everyone that plays games. We all do for different reasons. However, I know many of you out there care for stories in games and some have experienced more then others. So i hope this list may help others in finding games they may not have known about, or just simply skipped over. Or watch it be all the major AAA franchises in the last 10 years... your call.

    So with that being said I want you to come up with 25 of the best stories that video games have to offer in no particular order.

    RULES:

    If its not broke, dont fix it. We will follow the same rules as previous lists that were created by @Brannox

    • After your first turn you may only add 1 title until 4 people have added after you OR 12 hours have passed since the last addition.
    • Please carry over the list with your added game in your post so others can do the same.

    • I guess if you hate games with stories, feel free to Troll...

    • OPTIONAL: Feel free to add why you chose that game, or how the story impacted you.

    I was debating on making this list longer. If the community feels that it should be, please let me know before 5 games have been added and i'll change it.

    Go forth and populate the list!



  • Nier

    Fight me



  • @CGamor7 Awwwww, make a guy blush why don't ya. ^.^

    Nier
    Final Fantasy VII

    Simply put, this game impacted me in a not too good spot in my life. I would go longer, but to continuously give the game praise in every thread I populate would be pointless.

    I'm excited to see this list come together. And let's not fight, but talk about it ;-)



  • Ooh! This will be fun.

    Nier
    Final Fantasy VI
    Mother 3

    Can't beat the best Mother game.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0

    It was my first foray into the series and if it would have just been a game with goofy mini games and fun fighting, I would have walked away happy. However, the main story is excellent and in many regards, is one of the best crime dramas I've ever experienced. So many twists and turns, betrayals, emotional pay-offs, and just outright brutality. Plus, you get to experience it from two perspectives, the Dragon of Dojima and the Mad Dog of Shimano, you couldn't ask for more.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Slid 2/3(having a hard time picking between the two)
    My vote mainly goes to MGS 3, for being a mostly stand alone title, without most of the baggage that MGS2 brought with it. However MGS2 also gets a vote for being a game ahead of its time and being a eerily prophetic story.



  • I guess I'm going to wait until @DMCMaster decides which game he's picking. I left MG off for now.

    Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Mass Effect 2



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2

    I almost chose 4, because I think it ends the series well, but this one is still my favourite and I love Chloe.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5

    It works on so many levels for me that I can't leave it aside.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2

    The best game in the entire genre of horror and why is that? Because the story is outstanding. An unreliable protagonist, an insanely odd reason to be visiting the town, and a twist for the ages.

    Edited in MGS3.



  • Metal Gear Solid 3 now that I've had time to think.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

    Well I'll come along to add UC 4 @Inustar! This one is for pretty much the reason you listed, but for me, it's also more than that. The performances and writing were incredible and every time Elena was on screen, I felt blown away by the culmination of the history between herself and Drake. Phenomenal to me.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Fallout: New Vegas

    It plays on my favorite tropes in new ways in a wonderful 50s/western post apocalyptic mash-up.



  • And now I already know my #2. These threads will continue to kill me, little by little.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Fallout: New Vegas
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    A complex, emotional end-of-the-world story with great dialogue, great settings, and no resorting to cliches.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Fallout: New Vegas
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    The Stanley Parable

    Clever, almost too clever.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Fallout: New Vegas
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    The Stanley Parable
    24: The Game

    It put my mind at ease by telling what happened to Max the puppet master from Season 2.



  • Nier
    Final Fantasy VII
    Mother 3
    Yakuza 0
    Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky FC
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Mass Effect 2
    Life Is Strange
    Uncharted 2
    Persona 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Fallout: New Vegas
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    The Stanley Parable
    24: The Game
    The Last of Us