2 comments on “How Important Are Gaming Stories: Part 2

  1. I think it depends. Some games like Army of Two the 40th Day have basically no story, and yet you are enthused with the game because of the non stop action sequences. When there is no story in a game, often the action, or the intensity is enough of a driving factor, unlike a movie. In game, you are the major character and can do what you wish, which is pretty awesome in iteslf. However, when stories are used, and are used appropiately, they are far more entertaining in my view than a game without one. Bioshock, Halo, Unreal 2, Mass Effect, Dead Sapce, F.E.A.R; these games and more have terriffic stories, that lead the character into the world, without which would not make the games so evocative. I mean, who didn’t busrt into tears at the end of Bioshock 2? Persoanlly, I would rather play a game that would cause me to cry at the end like a baby because of the emotional impact of the story than play a game that is just relentless action sequences held together by more relentless action sequences. But, that’s just my opinion. BTW, your post does make a fine point, and I believe you are accurate, but still, a story driven narriative is very good – when it is done well.

    • Games stories are beginning to be taken far more seriously, and games like Bioshock, Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted do benefit from well scripted narratives, in fact they thrive on them. But it is comforting to occassinsaly just sit and play games without having to worry about character or plot developments.

      Appreciate your comment.

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