The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Video Games

The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines

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Video game narratives range from the extremely simplistic to the staggeringly complex. While early games - and many contemporary ones focused on gameplay - treat the plot as a loose outline filled in by action or puzzles, some games have tried to push the boundaries and tell emotionally gripping, cinematic stories with elements of interactive control and player choices that forward the storyline. The advent of so-called "sandbox" games, which give players more freedom in choosing how to explore the environment, which missions to embark upon and what order to progress in has also served to make games more character-driven and involving. ("Fallout 3," for example, builds up a karmic profile of the player based on decisions in how to advance through missions.)

This list collects the games with the most entertaining and involving storylines. Vote for your favorite games on the list, and build your own version to add more suggestions that aren't already ranked!

List Criteria: Vote and Add only Video Games with Great Storylines. (Graphics and Gameplay not considered.)

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      BioShock

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      Mass Effect

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      Half-Life

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      Red Dead Redemption

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      Metal Gear Solid

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      God of War

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      Max Payne

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      Metal Gear Solid Series

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      Assassins Creed Series

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      To the Moon

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