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I was thinking about it, and here are my top 5 video stories of all time. Just my personal opinions, feel free to list you own. Again major spoilers so read at your own risk!

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5. Half-Life, PC - 1998
While the story for this ultra classic was really nothing more than a full realization of many games that had come before it (scientists unwittingly unleash bad guy through a harmless experiment) it was the way Half-Life told the story, putting you in in complete control of your character through ever cut scene. In 1998 Half-Life made you feel like you were Gordon Freeman and you really were walking through the halls of Black Mesa.

4. Mass Effect, 360/PC - 2007
Bioware has long been known for making incredible stories in their games, and while I loved Kotor and Baldurs Gate, something about Mass Effect just clicked for me. The atmosphere was a every sci-fi geeks wet dream come true, and while the main story was slightly generic (Stop the evil threat that is about to be unleashed and destroy the universe) it was conveyed so slickly and with just the right amount of tension, pacing and sheer epicness that I had to include it. I really felt for Wrex during that pivotal point in the game when his life depending on my ability to talk him down. When Ashley died I yelled a major "OMG what have I done?".

3. Xenogears, Ps1 - 1998
Perhaps the most dense story telling I've seen in a game ever, Xenogears had a story that dealt with philosophy, religion, and history in a way no game has before or since. Maybe the longest lasting rpg on the original ps1, this game had so many twists, so much to take, and so many dubyateef moments. So that bad guy who has been stalking you might be your dad? This has all been happening every 500 years for thousands of years? You have to kill God? Legendary.

2. Metal Gear Solid, Ps1 - 1998
Before metal gear, most games stories were some version of this: Simple farm boy is taken up by a band of wacky bandits and has to save the world (turns out simple farm boy is really a jedi master!) or save the princess who has been stolen by generic bad guy. Many games cut scene were just ridicules text with poorly written and translated dialog, that simply told you were to go next.

Then comes Metal Gear. For the first time in my gaming life, I was thrust into a wholly believable world; I met a charming gear only to watch her get shot and die, I found out a million and one shocking things - I am a clone? This psychic can control my controller? My brother is trying to kill me? I have to kill my brother?

I played this game in a solid 2 day marathon that allowed me time for nothing else. It was perhaps the most immersive game I have ever played. Othe MSG games have also had great stories but none have ever gave me that same feeling of being there that the original did.

1. Bioshock, 360/pc - 2007
Three words - "Would you kindly..." This is one of the few games that actually transcended standard video game story telling and became a piece of real art. The world was completely original, filled with dozens of interesting characters and moments, who can forget Andrew Ryan talking about the government trying to turn his forest into a national park - "God didn't plant those seeds, Andrew Ryan did." What does he do to stop them? He burns it down. After spending several hours hunting the man thinking he is the biggest villain of all time, you start to like him. Then you meet him, find out he's your dad, and that the guy asked you to kill him for him was controlling you, and ... " A man choses, a slave obeys..." Has there ever been a game that a had a moment like this? Committing patricide involuntarily while you realize you are but a puppet being controlled since birth? Breathtaking.
 

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Uncharted and/or Uncharted 2 should be up there
 

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Uncharted and/or Uncharted 2 should be up there

Have not checked them out yet, though I will be playing them soon because I am finally getting a ps3. Good stuff eh?
 

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Should be "Chimera's Top 5 RPG/Shooter Games"

No RTS?


It's my top video game stories, not games. I love Warcraft 2 and Rome Total war, but neither had captivating storytelling. Do any RTS have captivating stories?
 

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It's my top video game stories, not games. I love Warcraft 2 and Rome Total war, but neither had captivating storytelling. Do any RTS have captivating stories?

StarCraft had a fairly interesting storyline. But it played out more like a movie than anything else.

But you're right, for the most part, it's much easier to get detached from the story in an RTS because you're not really playing any of the characters.

Check out Dragon Age: Origins. If you're into storylines, it has that in droves. Dwarf Noble has the best storyline, by far.
 

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It's my top video game stories, not games. I love Warcraft 2 and Rome Total war, but neither had captivating storytelling. Do any RTS have captivating stories?

World In Conflict comes pretty close to having a decent storyline, but I would have to agree, an RTS doesn't really belong in the top 5 for quality story telling.
 

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Nice that Xenogears makes an appearance.

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But no Shadow Of The Colossus?

Shame.

I tried to play it, but something about the horrible frame rate and weird hdr bothered me, this was many many years back, and I know I am missing it. I am hoping the remaster it for ps3 so I can check it out. Or maybe I'll pop it in my ps2 one of these days and give it a second chance.
 

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Not a single title from the Final Fantasy franchise?
 

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I tried to play it, but something about the horrible frame rate and weird hdr bothered me, this was many many years back, and I know I am missing it. I am hoping the remaster it for ps3 so I can check it out. Or maybe I'll pop it in my ps2 one of these days and give it a second chance.

Beautiful game and interesting storyline, can't say I agree that it should be in the 5th, though.

Kudos on avoiding HL2. Though some people consider it mandatory, I really consider it a continuation of the HL1 cannon and not so much its own separate entity. Also, I prefer all the crazy Sci-Fi antics in the first one to the drama in the second. Overall still like HL2 more. Just like the story in HL1 better.
 

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Beautiful game and interesting storyline, can't say I agree that it should be in the 5th, though.

Kudos on avoiding HL2. Though some people consider it mandatory, I really consider it a continuation of the HL1 cannon and not so much its own separate entity. Also, I prefer all the crazy Sci-Fi antics in the first one to the drama in the second. Overall still like HL2 more. Just like the story in HL1 better.

Agreed. HL2's story wasn't bad by any means but it doesn't compare to HL1.
 

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It's my top video game stories, not games. I love Warcraft 2 and Rome Total war, but neither had captivating storytelling. Do any RTS have captivating stories?

Check out C&C... It's probably the longest going RTS of all time. First one came out in 1995.
 

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Half-life series gets my vote as well.
Don't know if it counts , but i consider WoW to be a great story telling game , i mean with all the quests and raids,you learn of the past/present events that were/are happening in the Warcraft universe (very addictive lore,imho).
 

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Fallouts had great stories. 3 not so much, but 1 was a masterpiece.

I was about to argue and say that 3 had a fantastic story line, but then I remembered that with those games I tend to look at the overall storyline/background that caused the events that took pace in the game and the whole backstory and layout of the Capitol Wasteland was just awesome. The actual quests you go through/your own story could of been better.
 

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Not a single title from the Final Fantasy franchise?

When I was thinking of what stories really got me no FF game made my top 10. I loved FF7 do death when it first came out, and 8 was alright, but I was never a huge FF fan. I almost considered FF tactics for it's story, that one is easily my favorite story attached to a FF game.

If I were to pick one of the main FF games, it would of been 7, but I never thought that story was really all that great. The fantastic setting and atmosphere of FF7 are what really set it apart imo. Not that the story was bad, just it didn't challenge me or do anything I hadn't seen before. I guess it doesn't help that I knew Aeris was going to die mid game months before I even got my copy, so the big shocker was unfortunately spoiled before hand.
 

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Planescape: Torment is on top of my list. A fascinating story driven by a mystery filled with interesting characters in a surreal setting. A true masterpiece.

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Check out Dragon Age: Origins. If you're into storylines, it has that in droves. Dwarf Noble has the best storyline, by far.


I also think dwarf noble is the best one but it's city elf that got the most reaction out of me.
 
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