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Mass Effect is great. But I really, really didn't like how the trilogy ended. And don't even get me started on those cut & paste "different" endings, and the lack of choices presented.
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As long as you get the Extended Cut DLC (which is free with N7 Collector's Edition), the endings are fine. They might not be what you want, but you do get four choices so I don't see a problem with that.
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- Half Life 2 (& Ep.1 &2)
Great story, a few easy puzzles, awesome graphics with FakeFactory's Cenimatic mod.

- FarCry 3
A really good story and a very vibrant & detailed environment. Gameplay is ok.

- MaxPayne 3
Another good story.

- Fallout NewVegas
If you get into it, it can easily make you friendless.
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- Fallout NewVegas
If you get into it, it can easily make you friendless.

Indeed, like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, but none of them have really good story emphasis or writing (NV does pull ahead in that regard though), and I don't know if the OP wants such a lengthy game. I usually get about 100 hours per character in modded NV.
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The Witcher series are also story driven games, but the first one has such horrible combat mechanics and lacks the cinematic storytelling of the second. It's worth trying but you might not enjoy it, but you'll most likely enjoy The Witcher 2 since it improves gameplay so much.

I actually significantly preferred the combat and gameplay in the first game.
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As long as you get the Extended Cut DLC (which is free with N7 Collector's Edition), the endings are fine. They might not be what you want, but you do get four choices so I don't see a problem with that.

Those four choices didn´t satisfy me in anyway. Makes the whole game and the struggle seem pointless to begin with. Also, decisions you´ve made on the trilogy don´t matter at all on the endings you get. They could have done a way better job there. The endings are subpar comparing to the whole package. Even so, it´s a great series.
Edited by Devnant - 6/5/13 at 6:36am
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hey hey, so many inputs xD tnx all

as boredgunner already said, I can't play long games (or if I do, I can't dig 'em as they are supposed to be dug).
Someone mentioned HL2: I was in love with the first, should I give the n2 a try or I would be failed?

Elsewhere I've been given a title: Ace Combat. Does it really have a memorable story? I come from an era in which air combat simulators had epic stories indeed (X-Wing and Tie Fighter to name two of the most memorable above all) so it would be ok....


Also, I have a question: what about Dishonored? lurking forums and peeking on youtube left me with a good impression, but maybe you can be more accurate.... so I look forward to your opinions smile.gif
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Those four choices didn´t satisfy me in anyway. Makes the whole game and the struggle seem pointless to begin with. Also, decisions you´ve made on the trilogy don´t matter at all on the endings you get. They could have done a way better job there. The endings are subpar comparing to the whole package. Even so, it´s a great series.

Yeah but what decisions did you want to impact the ending? I think it's clear that a lot of them wouldn't be relevant to the big picture. I don't think the ending makes the whole game or struggle seem pointless, but I did expect many to disagree with the turning point of the story that was revealed in the ending and Leviathan DLC.
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hey hey, so many inputs xD tnx all

as boredgunner already said, I can't play long games (or if I do, I can't dig 'em as they are supposed to be dug).
Someone mentioned HL2: I was in love with the first, should I give the n2 a try or I would be failed?

Also, I have a question: what about Dishonored? lurking forums and peeking on youtube left me with a good impression, but maybe you can be more accurate.... so I look forward to your opinions smile.gif

Yeah get HL2 (including Episodes 1 and 2) and then download the Cinematic Mod for it. It's much better than the first; more dynamic environments, and doesn't leave the player in total isolation like the first one did.

Dishonored doesn't have particularly strong story emphasis, which also applies to Half Life, but I think you'll still enjoy it. Gameplay is excellent, as is the world they created. Pretty much everything I have to say about the game is here.

So I can narrow down my recommendations for relatively short (under 20 hours) story-driven games that are more accessible.

  • Penumbra and Amnesia series, if you ever decide to get back into horror. Penumbra Overture and Black Plague combined will take 8-10 hours to complete, the same applies to Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
  • Cry of Fear - Again, only if you're willing to go back to horror. This one definitely approaches 20 hours in length.
  • Dear Esther - 2-3 hour game
  • Metro 2033 - 10-12 hour game
  • Metro: Last Light - 14-18 hour game
  • Underhell

I do believe that the story of Dragon Age and Mass Effect would pull you in and keep you playing to the end of the series, but it's your choice. These are the games that really show evolution in terms of video game storytelling, and they demonstrate how games can be much better than movies/television for storytelling/drama.
Edited by boredgunner - 6/5/13 at 10:36am
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Yeah get HL2 (including Episodes 1 and 2) and then download the Cinematic Mod for it. It's much better than the first; more dynamic environments, and doesn't leave the player in total isolation like the first one did. [/quote[
okay, I will take this into account smile.gif
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Dishonored doesn't have particularly strong story emphasis, which also applies to Half Life, but I think you'll still enjoy it. Gameplay is excellent, as is the world they created. Pretty much everything I have to say about the game is here.
very nice review, I added Dishonored to my wishlist smile.gif
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I do believe that the story of Dragon Age and Mass Effect would pull you in and keep you playing to the end of the series, but it's your choice. These are the games that really show evolution in terms of video game storytelling, and they demonstrate how games can be much better than movies/television for storytelling/drama.
cough cough ladies and gentlemen signup this petition, that will be sent directly to God, to extend day's duration to 35 hours each! smile.gif
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Yeah but what decisions did you want to impact the ending? I think it's clear that a lot of them wouldn't be relevant to the big picture. I don't think the ending makes the whole game or struggle seem pointless, but I did expect many to disagree with the turning point of the story that was revealed in the ending and Leviathan DLC.

Well, what about different repercussions depending on your renegade or paragon choices at the end of ME2? It didn't make any difference in ME3, did it? How about making your "army size" counting for something? Doesn't matter at all if your army is above minimum, does it? And there's also that DLC.

Dragon Age Origins ending made me feel my choices mattered, and I really liked knowing about the consequences later. The limits presented at the end of ME3 made me feel like none of my decisions, and my struggle, mattered at all. For instance: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The Citadel A.I. had everything under control, all the time. The alliance and other races never had a chance against the Reapers. The A.I. only presented the choices to Shephard because if felt like doing so. If the A.I. wished to, it could destroy everything anyway. Struggle was pointless, and it shows if you refuse any of the choices the A.I. gives you.

Edited by Devnant - 6/5/13 at 1:04pm
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