There are many aspects to judge a game. Graphics, gameplay, game-mechanism, detailing, combat, sound, location, etc. But one of the most fundamental things, if not the fundamental thing is the storyline. A good storyline can do wonders to increase the game’s popularity and its ratings. Not every game requires a storyline though. There is no use of a storyline in an online-multiplayer shooting game or in any sports game.
Action games nowadays are rated with taking their online multiplayer mode into consideration but back in the day’s games were judged purely on their campaign and to excel there, one must have a solid plot. We have witnessed tons of games with fantastic storylines down the years. Now it is time to make a list of the 10 best ever story-lines which we have seen in any game. If you are a great fan of campaign modes and love to play games that have a deeper meaning as it progresses, then surely try out as many games as you can from this list.
10) Metal Gear Solid 3
Metal Gear Solid 3 is an action-adventure game that was launched in 2004 by Konami. Metal Gear Solid 3 is all about the storyline. The storyline is set 31 years before Metal Gear 1. You play as a FOX operative and your mission is to rescue a Russian rocket scientist named Nikolai Steanovich Sokolov meanwhile assassinating his former boss. The story is great but the portrayal of the story makes the game fantastic.
This game had great graphics, setting, characters but the story stood out from others. It is a must-try game if you want to experience a great rescue game with intense action and thrill.
9) Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI is one of the most popular games of the Final Fantasy series. This game is set in a completely different timeline compared to the earlier Final Fantasy titles. This game is set in the late 19th Century and the story revolves around the unethical death of magic. You will know what I am talking about if you have any idea about this series.
This game also saw the addition of Kefka, not only one of the best characters of this franchise but of the gaming industry. Not only Kefka, but there were a lot of characters which made this game amazing. This game is available on Steam and is rated 9/10.
8) Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 has probably the best sci-fi plot of all time. Half-Life 2 was launched in 2004 by Valve. Even if you remove the plot, this game is literally perfect in every other department. You will probably find this game in the list of top 10 games, action games, plot, and many other categories.
In Half-Life 2, you play as Gordon Freeman who teams up with Eli and Alyx Vance. You have to go up against an outer space empire that has conquered the planet. The plot looks simple but the narration is world-class. The cutscenes, action scenes are so well connected and brought to a presentation that you will surely feel yourself as Gordon Freeman.
Half-Life 2 is available on Steam and is rated a perfect 10/10.
7) Persona 4
Persona 4 is a murder mystery action game that was launched in the year 2008 by Atlus. This game feels more like an anime plot. Your job as a protagonist is to solve a murder case. No, you are not a detective. You go to school, play with your friends in the park, do side-jobs to earn money and in between all that, you have to solve a mystery. The characters are very well developed and you will enjoy each and every interaction with them. The gameplay time is around 80+ hours. Looks like a huge ask but the game is so well made, it will not at all feel as 80+ hours have passed.
After so much bonding with your friends and solving murder mysteries with them, you will surely feel heavy-hearted when this game comes to an end. The game is available on Steam and is rated a perfect 10/10.
6) Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption was launched way back in 2010 by Rockstar Games. This game is the second part of the game called Red Dead Revolver which came in 2004 It is an action-adventure game set in the wild west. This game is available across all platforms.
In this game, you play as a character named Marston. Marston has left his previous life behind which included bloodshed and prison. Now he looks to start a new life but unfortunately, he is brought back to where he belonged. His wife and sons are kidnapped by the Government and to release them he has to complete a task. The task is to hunt down Dutch Van der Linde and his gang. Sounds like a complete wild west story. Yes, it is. The game setting, gameplay, cutscenes, and the character’s everything will make you feel like you are present there.
RDR was a huge hit among the masses, the name of Rockstar games playing a crucial role there. It is a great game to play if you want to enjoy classic action scenes with a great storyline. It is highly rated by all the critics but it is not available on Windows.
5) God Of War 2018
When we talk about games, the God of War franchise is itself an eternal classic. God Of War 2018 raised the bar with a brilliant display of story, graphics, game mechanics, setting, and character portrayal. God Of War 2018 is PS4 exclusive so not everyone will be able to witness this piece of art.
The plot revolves around Kratos and his son Atreus. You can only play as Kratos so Atreus is an NPC. Kratos and his son Atreus are set on a journey to fulfill Atreus’ mother’s last wish before dying, which was to spread her ashes at the highest peak of the nine realms. In this journey, they come against a lot of monsters and gods of the Norse world. The story progression and the character development along with the sublime representation of the Norse era will keep you hooked with this game.
This game has won many awards and has been rated 10/10 by a lot of critics.
Bioshock is another game that has been a huge hit since its launch. This game was launched in 2007 by 2K games. It is an fps horror shooter game with a very good plot.
The plot of this game goes like this, You play as Jack, the sole survivor of a plane crash that happened in 1960 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In the middle of the ocean, you find an underwater city. You start exploring the city and soon your exploration turns into something horrible…
The plot is very unique and the jump scares are also good. The game will keep you engaged as you will want to get deeper and deeper into this mysterious city. Bioshock is available on Steam and it is rated 9/10.
3) Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Surely one of the best games of all time. The Witcher game series is an adaption of the novel which goes by the same name. The story was already top class but the developers made the game more amazing with some great gameplay, characters, story progression, and graphics.
In this game, you play as the witcher named Geralt who is in search of Ciri. Ciri is hiding somewhere from the Wild Hunt. There is even a tv series on Witcher on Netflix. So if you are unable to understand the story from the game (which is impossible), you can go and watch the tv series.
Witcher 3 is a must-play for any gamer. This game is available on Steam and is rated a perfect 10/10.
2) Silent Hill 2
This is an all-time classic if it comes to storytelling. You can keep this game at 1st position alongside the game which is down below. Silent Hill 2 was launched in 2001 by Team Silent. In this game, you play as James Sunderland.
A husband is searching for his wife after he receives a letter from her one year after her death. Looks like a mystery murder solver, doesn’t it?. In the start, yes but as the game progresses you will realize how dark and sinister this game is. The story-telling is fantastic, the game mechanics are so ahead of their time. As the game progresses you will know the genius of this game. This game doesn’t have the blood-pumping action or the spooky jump scares. What it has for you are true suspense and an amazing end.
Silent Hill 2 is a must-play game if you want to witness one of the finest storytelling in gaming history. This game is not available on any gaming apps for PC, you can purchase it from Amazon.
1) Last Of Us
No surprises here. Many of you may have already guessed it. The Last of Us is hands down the best game when it comes to the plot. Silent Hill 2 is also on par with it but when we compare both the games as a whole, Last Of Us takes away the first place. The Last of Us was launched in 2013 and it is a PS exclusive game. It is an action-adventure third-person game.
The Last of Us is a story about revenge with an added twists of zombies and mafias. So it is a combination of two to three aspects. It could have easily been a mess but the way the story has been told and portrayed, this game has turned out to be a masterpiece. Game Mechanism, the cutscenes, dialogues, and the combat scenes all are quite perfect. This game has won so many awards since its launch. Since the story setup is about a family the ending will really touch your heart.
One of the things which I have noticed about a game or a movie is if the ending touches your heart then the developers have done a perfect job of telling and portraying the story. The Last of Us is one of those very few perfect games and it is a must-try game if you own a Sony console.
So this is it. This concludes the list of the 10 games with the best plot we have ever seen. Maybe we had missed some games which you have played and you feel they deserved to be on the list. You can always let us know in the comments down below. If you are new to gaming and want some games to start. Go ahead pick any of them and fall in love with it.