Best Video Game Stories Ever


The Top Ten

1 Metal Gear Solid

There is no game I have played in which whose plot is so brilliantly and intricately developed. A series of plot twists, revelations, and just a general high quality of script writing, this is one amazing game. My all time favorite

Never before have I been so emotionally attached to a video game character than with just about every character in the cast of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. I grew up with this game, even from a very young age I was always desperate to watch my older sister play the first MGS. I remember the final scene of MGS4 vividly, and how it literally caused me to tear up. It's a deep and powerful storyline. One that should go down history as the best of all time. Keep it number one on this list, heh.

Metal Gear Solid will always remain the best and most emotional story ever, it just has a sense to it that is absolutely amazing. Never have I cared so much about characters like; Big Boss, Revolver Ocelot, The Boss, and so on.

Definitive videogame experience

V 15 Comments
2 Mass Effect

A DEFINITE blockbuster... Mass Effect is as good as a third person shooter gets; a wonderful story that branches out to have mild or severe consequences depending on your choices no matter how small.

Mass Effect should definitely be in the top ten. This game has so many choices in it that you could play it multiple times with a different outcome and story to it every time

A game series that makes you care about your companions, and really care about the choices you make, that should be enough proof

Oh yeah love it in every way I've over killed that all

V 4 Comments
3 The Last of Us

Unlike some games that are content to give you lore as 'interesting story', The Last of Us simply is. It's an amazing, touching tale that I wish I had just gone into blind. It's not about convoluted story lines or lore. It's about creating characters that you care about or don't for that matter, amazing characters that are believable and incredibly deep. You can feel meaning, pain and more behind the dialogue just like in real life and it helps that it's expertly written. If you do go into this game blind, prepare to be blown away.

I can't believe this game is only number 7?! The last of us is the most wonderful game storyline I've had the pleasure of partaking in. You really connect with the characters and are constantly hoping they survive the grim world they live in. The relationship between Ellie and Joel is what makes the whole game. From disliking each other in the beginning to forming a father/daughter like bond in the end. I promise anyone that plays this game will absolutely love it

Overhyped and most probably overrated, I've heard so much about it and watch so much about it, that I'm quite sure when I end up playing it, I'll probably be disappointed. There are so many games that I have played with excellent storylines that aren't even on this list. Games that were well written and different. The last of us just seems like another story that uses the typical human attachment and emotion to get its praise, which for me is very lacking.

Do I even need to explain why?

V 19 Comments
4 Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda has such a complex, fantastic, yet relatable story... The almost 20 games in the series, while at first seeming unrelated, are all connected with a story that spans the centuries and dimensions, creating a rich history full of grandeur. LEGEND is right.

And not only that - the emotion of each game, the poignant details, make us form a connection to the story. There is such a strong attachment to the land of Hyrule, the story of the fight of good against evil, because WE are in it. WE are Link, and we are in his world - each and every time.

What's best is that everyone can relate to these games. They aren't overly violent or inappropriate. Yet at the same time, there are very mature themes, subtle messages, that give the story such meaning. Both kids and adults - really, people of all ages - can appreciate the fine and detailed (and EPIC) storytelling of the Legend of Zelda.

I believe this deserves to be first on the list. The story is fantastic. It is filled with mystery, magic, and teaches values. It is heart-warming and so emotion filled. It is complex yet easy for the player to understand. It teaches that everyone has a story to tell. That are also clues in the games that foreshadow. For example, in Ocarina of Time, still considered one of the best games of all time, there's a drawing on Link's tree house of a boy fighting what appears to be a giant dinosaur. In Skyward Sword, you fight The Imprisoned, a giant beast that resembles a dinosaur. 13 years later. This game in incredible and everyone can relate to it in some way. - ZeldaStorm

Adult Link learns the Song of Storms from Guru-Guru, the windmill guy. Guru-Guru mentions a kid who played it 7 years ago and messed up the windmill. After playing it, Guru-Guru gets angry. Link then goes back in time 7 years to when he was a 9 year old kid. He goes back to the windmill and plays the Song of Storms for Guru-Guru. The windmill gets messed up. But ig Guru-Guru only knew the song because 9 year old Link played it, and 9 year old Link only knew it because adult Link went back and time, and adult Link only knew it because Guru-Guru taught it to him, then where did the song originate from? It is a bootstrap paradox.
It's things like these that make The Legend of Zelda so complex, yet so amazing. There is another similar paradox in Skyward Sword regarding the Gate of Time, but it would take way too long to explain. Vote Legend of Zelda. It obviously has the best story.

Unbelievably amazing, regardless of age

V 15 Comments
5 BioShock

Bioshock's story is so precise about every little detail, that the story seems to be told through every single thing in the game. The symbolism is uncanny, and weaves together such a beautiful statement about humanity, that it leaves me floored every time I play it. Even the main plot of the game is absolutely brilliant, and contains within it one of the single greatest plot twist ever made. The game is a masterpeice, and when taken in combination with the story of Bioshock: Infinite and its story DLC, you are presented with the single, greatest franchise story in the history of gaming. This deserves to be number one hands down. The fact that its under Grand Theft Auto makes me want to cry.

Well the voting here seems to be terrible? Resident Evil? Halo? Zelda? Well if you like basic uninteresting stories in games not about story then this isn't for you. This game is deep, original, jaw dropping and creepy in just the right amount. It's so intriguing and makes perfect use of audio logs and the random characters you can get to know through them and exploring the destruction of Rapture has to be one the most interesting, engaging and best experiences I've had in gaming, and that goes for gameplay too.

Have played most of the games from this list and I can say most people have rated metal gear or zelda higher only because of it's long range of lifetime or those who haven't played Bioshock 1 or Infinite. Bioshock is definitely much better overall especially in story as it has a very gripping and intense environment as well as physiological issues which according to me no game describes better than this. All in all one of the best games ever, if not the best but definitely should be higher.

Bioshock and its 2 sequels are the kind of games that leave you thinking about the story every day for weeks if not months after beating it. The setting, the story, the characters; everything about this game is so striking and memorable. Bioshock is hands down the best. Words seriously cannot describe how much I love this game.

V 9 Comments
6 Final Fantasy

My first final fantasy was 8! Then I played 7...I enjoyed 8 way more then 7.

FFX, one of the most powerful stories ever. Could really be a stand-alone 12 hour film itself, but you get a great (though pretty dated turn-based system) game as well! Would love to see it as a live action mini-series.

Everyone I've played have awesome storylines. Not to mention the consistency. - LadyLioness

Final fantasy of jayden o'reily broad

V 2 Comments
7 Halo

Halo is a very unique story, in that it involves a significant number of lore for a video game series, several books, a short film, and a T.V. series that will be premiering soon.

What's more is its ability to remain fluid throughout the series, each game offers a unique, interesting story that contradicts very little with it's lore, and predecessors (REACH excluded) whilst also offering a new game play experience each game.

Halo is a great storyline no matter what people say, unlike God of War which try to get me to sympathize with Kratos who dies in every other scene

Halo Reach to Halo 1 is a great storyline connection, everyone should seriously play Halo Reach, then play halo 1, and so on. The story is really impressive.

Halo reach hit me hard :(

V 13 Comments
8 Chrono Trigger

Are you serious? Chrono trigger is EIGHTEEN. Absolutely pathetic voting. Chrono trigger has awesome characters, and the plot is brilliant. Each character has a background and a reason to fight. Magus is built extremly well, and the Time Travel is executed perfectly.

Seriously, this is one of the best games ever made. It's story is flawless. It's the closest game to perfection I've ever played

Great story with so many endings. I personally call it the crown jewel of the 16bit era.

It's actually based on the Bible. Who knew?

V 1 Comment
9 Kingdom Hearts

The Kingdom Hearts series has one of the best story lines in gaming. I've been playing games for 25 years, including most in the top 10, but no story is as deep, complex, and emotional as that of the Kingdom Hearts series.

This game is the best better then all the others its just awesome man I love this game who go kingdom hearts!

It's so complicated, great, and insane you have to think hard about it for it to make any sense! Now that is a good and complex storyline. - Jammer196

Square is very good at this exact list! I mean look at final fantasy!

V 3 Comments
10 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

This game has a better plot twist than "I am your father! " from Empire Strikes Back! In my opinion, it's the best Star Wars... Anything. The movies, books, games; this game has them all beat!

I wasn't really a Star Wars fan until playing this game.

Not only the best Star Wars game, it has one of the most complex stories and makes the Original trilogy look like cliché Sci-Fi. Also, it has the one of the greatest twists in the history of video gaming.

V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Legacy of Kain

Unlike many games here, this one has a creative plot. Not one of those classic "Save the world" or "Damzel in Distress" ones, rather a creative, well written and complex one

Better then all or most of the game higher on this list, there have been very little games that have touch this one when it comes to storyline and lore. It's so well written and represented that its shocking to be so low in the list.

Marvelous. The best video game story ever. Brilliant, philosophical, articulate and restless.

Simply the best

V 2 Comments
12 The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
13 Resident Evil

Resident Evil rocks. Its story is enough creative, catchy, interesting and intriguing. They should make more and more RE games - Magnolia

Wow, if Resident Evil isn't on this list, someone is obviously dumb cause RE is at least a top 10 series

Despite the cringe worthy and utterly laughable dialogue, Resident Evil does have a strong story.

Best storyline in my opinion. Always got happy playing this

V 3 Comments
14 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The story of this Grand Theft Auto is really enjoyable and fun from the comedy from the betrayal from crazy things it's just suits the game ever so perfectly

This game is Gang Open world game which mean the best storyline games for gamers who love Guns and real life simulator

NO because gtalll has a better storyline and that's saying something


V 1 Comment
15 Halo: Combat Evolved

Very original. Every faction is enemy of every other faction. Sometimes an uneasy unions are formed which are destroyed as soon as common goal is achieved. In the midst of all this Masterchief along with cortana battles everything with utmost sincierity.

16 Red Dead Redemption

So I see this list and I see that the last of us, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, God of war and numerous other games are higher than this beautifully well made game, all those games have weak stories that heavily rely on graphics to make them look better, red dead redemption has one of the best stories I've ever seen in a game, the only ones that should be higher are Mass effect series, Bioshock and MGS series.

Grand Theft Auto 5 has a story that is based on yelling at each other and optional endings while red dead has a ending where there's one great ending instead of one crappie ending a messed up ending and a sad ending. Red dead also has a variety of characters and half of Grand Theft Auto IV features come from red deads strangers and random events also the vareity of red deads landscapes outweighs mountain city desert and ocean.

RED DEAD REDEMPTION! It's simply amazing! Try it, you will love it! Believe me

Red dead is in my opinion the best video game ever.

Finally some body agrees with me I mean name one bad thing about this game.

17 Uncharted

It was a great game. Had lots of fun

18 Grand Theft Auto

The humor, the betrayals, the awesomeness, the drug dealing, its very interesting (I don't do drugs)! 1

It has lots of secrets and mysteries and tons of twists.

lots of twists and turns exiciting backstory also - Rocky5

19 Heavy Rain

How this is only number 19 is a question that I may never know the answer too. Great original story, I cared about all of the characters, it is very intense. It's very emotional. If you haven't played it, play it and you'll change your mind. - ChickenKing

This was the first game I ever completed. I was so captivated by its amazing story. Different endings are possible, what do we want more? It's a game you have to play!

The best game I have ever played

20 God Of War V 1 Comment
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top 10 Video Game Stories That Blow Your Mind Top 10 Longest Video Game Stories Best Video Game Consoles Top Ten Video Game Characters Top 10 Video Game Companies Of All Time

List Stats

2,000 votes
162 listings
9 years, 121 days old

Top Remixes (19)

1. Chrono Trigger
2. BioShock
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
1. Fallout 3
2. Mass Effect
3. BioShock 2
1. Resident Evil: Outbreak
2. Resident Evil
3. Metal Gear Solid

View All 19


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.