Five Awesome Storyline Games You Need To Play At Least Once

So 2016 is coming to a close with the holiday season granting many of us an ideal opportunity to play some of the games we didn’t have time for during rat-race of the rest of the year. If you, like me, have some spare time (and a few bucks laying around) then here are some amazing storylines focused games you can play, or purchase as a gift.

Please note the list is in no particular order and are not from 2016 only.


The Last Of Us

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game which has the player control Joel, a man tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. The game is all seen from a third-person perspective and has some unique aspects thrown into the mix as you solve puzzles and use stealth to make your way around your mission objectives.

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Improvised weapons are often used and the dangers are everywhere as you try to survive against cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated fungus, hostile humans and, of course, the dangerous, post-apocalyptic environment.

The game is also available in a remastered edition, which includes the stunning original game fully realised using the power of PS4, plus all of the Season Pass extra content.

“Decisions used to be easy, huh? What time to get up, what to wear, where to go. Now it’s a bit different. Could you tell friend from foe? Could you kill? Could you do worse? If a loved one was infected, could you do the right thing? Could you put your life on the line for me the way I would for you? Could you be… the last of us?”

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, also known as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, is an episodic video game that takes place within Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic series universe.

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The game is developed and published by Telltale who have a giant history of well-known story rich games. This game is no exception as every decision you make will affect your own story and play through.

There are five full episodes for you to experience, and a whole three seasons set for the franchise (with season one and two already complete) presenting  countless hours of gameplay to experience. It’s also the perfect opportunity to catch up as a whole new season is just around the corner, slated for launch on the 20 December 2016.

The world has suddenly turned into chaos with no explanation or reason. The dead walk the earth to send the living down to hell. One man, Lee Everett, struggles to survive and do what is right in this world gone mad. Can he make the best of his new life?”


Platforms:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Kindle Fire HDX
  • OS X
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Ouya
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

The Wolf Among Us

From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo). As Bigby Wolf (The big bad wolf) you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game.

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The series is another stellar creation from Telltale and will leave you questioning your decisions as the story unfolds. The story is personally one of my favourites and has left a great indent in my memory as it’s one of those games you wish you could forget as to experience it all over again.

The story features a serious reality of some comic book characters you will recognise as it is based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series.

Platforms:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Gone Home

Gone home is an interactive exploration simulator developed and published by The Fullbright Company. Interrogate every detail of a seemingly normal house to discover the story of the people who live there. Open any drawer and door. Pick up objects and examine them to discover clues. Uncover the events of one family’s lives by investigating what they’ve left behind.

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June 7, 1995. 1:15 AM.

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here?”

The player gets thrown into a first-person view from the perspective of Kaitlin, who can view objects in the game using the mouse and move using the keyboard. With no set goals or objectives, players need to explore the house and unravel the mystery; who knows what places and messages you might find in the house.  

A large part of the mystery surrounds Kaitlyn’s 18-year-old sister, Samantha, as upon arriving at the house, she finds the house deserted with a note on the door from Sam imploring Kaitlin not to investigate what happened. Personally, the game was enjoyable as you learn more about the characters through their house and objects. Who knew how much our memories of objects reveal about a person, and let’s not forget a stellar soundtrack.

Platforms:

  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

Life is Strange

The episodic graphic adventure game developed by Dontnod Entertainment slips into my list once again. Life is Strange is published by Square Enix and features one of the most intriguing adventures I have ever had the pleasure to experience. The series is broken up into five separate episodes as the story unravels in a third-person view.

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The game’s plot focuses on Maxine Caulfield, a photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading her every choice to affect her life around her. After having foreseen an approaching storm, Max must take on the responsibility to prevent it from destroying her town. Embark on a heroic mission with your old friend, Chloe, and unveil the darker side of Arcadia Bay; uncover a disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student and make sense of the mysterious town before it is too late.

The player’s actions will cause the narrative story to twist and turn as your own choices slowly pave the road ahead, it’s almost as if this was developed by a more refined Telltale game. Meanwhile, Max begins to have premonitions as she struggles to understand the implications of her power. She must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Platforms:

  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One