The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Video Games
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The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines

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

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!
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    BioShock

    Aug 21 2007 More
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    Mass Effect

    Nov 16 2007 More
    96
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    Jan 26 2010 More
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    Half-Life

    Nov 19 1998 More
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    Jan 01 1997 More
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    Heavy Rain

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    Nov 21 1998 More
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    Red Dead Redemption

    May 18 2010 More
    80
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    The Walking Dead Video Game

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    Nov 17 2009 More
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    Apr 19 2011 More
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    Metal Gear Solid

    Sep 03 1998 More
    71
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    Jun 22 2000 More
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    God of War

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    L.A. Noire

    May 17 2011 More
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    Jan 01 1994 More
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    Mar 22 1996 More
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    Metal Gear Solid Series

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    Assassins Creed Series

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