Please recommend me a good interactive story experience

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I don't mind about the genre, any genre can tell a good story, including strategy games. I don't need graphics to be immersed I read a lot of books and sometimes prefer it to films. Are there any good interactive experiences that really tells a good story?

Things I'm looking for:
1) Character(s) you care about.
2) Coherent setting, where the game doesn't need to tell you all of the lore explicitly. E.g. Mass effect
3) No grinding, I don't want to spend 20+ hours in dungeons killing minions. E.g. Bastion
4) For Japanese interactive novels especially, the female character(s) have to have some believable depth beyond just being pretty. E.G. Narcissu
5) For free world games there has to be some particular story line that is intentionally written. E.g. Skyrim
6) Music that feels right does a lot for immersion. E.g. GTA: Vice city
7) Good translation where a lot of effort was put in to make it smooth.

Not sure if it really counts as the interactive story experience you want. But I thought Bastion did a brilliant job at telling its story and keeping me entranced in its world. The campaign is short at 6 hours, but I didn't stop for a moment throughout the entire time I was so enthralled with how the game played out, and it gives a few characters you enjoy interacting with, at least with the items you find that helps progress the lore of the world.

Well, there's the Ace Attorney games, Trauma Team, aaaand Xenoblade.

The recently-released The Walking Dead game. It is exactly that: an interactive story with focus on characters and choices.

tendaji:
Not sure if it really counts as the interactive story experience you want. But I thought Bastion did a brilliant job at telling its story and keeping me entranced in its world. The campaign is short at 6 hours, but I didn't stop for a moment throughout the entire time I was so enthralled with how the game played out, and it gives a few characters you enjoy interacting with, at least with the items you find that helps progress the lore of the world.

Yes, I played Bastion and it was very good.

Karutomaru:
Well, there's the Ace Attorney games, Trauma Team, aaaand Xenoblade.

Unfortunately I only have access to a laptop at the moment. Trauma team definitely looks interesting. Not sure if I want to play Ace Attorney though, I know a couple of lawyers and they are not the kind of people I want to role play as. I guess representing faceless corporations all day makes them a bit cold somewhat.

Have you played Mass Effect?

Katawa Shoujo. As if this needs anymore trumpeting on the escapist.

9 hours 9 persons 9 doors. Yes, yes. It's for the DS. Get an emulator and try this game out. It's puzzle/ visual novel stuff, so the computer interface shouldn't be a problem. It's totally worth it. Also, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (999 sequel) looks to be good when released.

EDIT: the first Bioshock. one of my fav. FPSs for a reason.

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
most stuff by Bioware and Obsidian

Heavy Rain

Time Gal

The Act

Planescape: Torment, The Longest Journey and Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father. All available at GOG.

Alan Wake: If you like Stephen King, this is an awesome game like a movie about a book. Combat is brief and the light mechanic makes it more cinematic then grindy.

Assassin's Creed: If you skip the side missions (which can be kinda grindy), the main storyline is a very good tale. Plenty of epic span across all of the games, and excellent characters.

Bioshock 1&2: There's a lot of wandering around just killing splicers, but the way that the story is told through Audio diaries instead of thrown at you is neat. There's a whole lot of rather interesting philosophical discussion on the downfall of rapture and the reasons why it was built and why it failed.

Half Life 2: Well, there's a whole lot of killing some boring combine and lots of environment puzzles that keep it from being "movielike". But there is a very interesting story being told or silently presented to the player as you move from one area to the next.

goodman528:
I don't mind about the genre, any genre can tell a good story, including strategy games. I don't need graphics to be immersed I read a lot of books and sometimes prefer it to films. Are there any good interactive experiences that really tells a good story?

Things I'm looking for:
1) Character(s) you care about.
2) Coherent setting, where the game doesn't need to tell you all of the lore explicitly. E.g. Mass effect
3) No grinding, I don't want to spend 20+ hours in dungeons killing minions. E.g. Bastion
4) For Japanese interactive novels especially, the female character(s) have to have some believable depth beyond just being pretty. E.G. Narcissu
5) For free world games there has to be some particular story line that is intentionally written. E.g. Skyrim
6) Music that feels right does a lot for immersion. E.g. GTA: Vice city
7) Good translation where a lot of effort was put in to make it smooth.

Though the storyline hasn't concluded yet, Half Life 2 and its two episodes are extremely well-paced, well written, and are exemplary examples of perfectly blending gameplay and story. Though the last episode ends with a cliffhanger, there is more officially sanctioned HL3 news swirling about than ever before, so it seems you won't have to wait much longer for a conclusion for that story. Either way, a truly unique and satisfying game experience.

Planescape Torment. You can go almost the entire game without ever fighting an enemy, and often the dialogue options are more gratifying anyways.

pure.Wasted:
Have you played Mass Effect?

Yes, played most of 1, watched 2 on youtube lets play, will wait for alternate ending mod or DLC before playing 3 in the summer.

VulpesAqua:
Heavy Rain

Don't have access to PS3 right now.

skywolfblue:
Alan Wake: If you like Stephen King, this is an awesome game like a movie about a book. Combat is brief and the light mechanic makes it more cinematic then grindy.

Assassin's Creed: If you skip the side missions (which can be kinda grindy), the main storyline is a very good tale. Plenty of epic span across all of the games, and excellent characters.

Bioshock 1&2: There's a lot of wandering around just killing splicers, but the way that the story is told through Audio diaries instead of thrown at you is neat. There's a whole lot of rather interesting philosophical discussion on the downfall of rapture and the reasons why it was built and why it failed.

Half Life 2: Well, there's a whole lot of killing some boring combine and lots of environment puzzles that keep it from being "movielike". But there is a very interesting story being told or silently presented to the player as you move from one area to the next.

Alan Wake progresses too slowly and don't have such a good story because there's not a lot of character development, also the combat played out the same way every time and becomes a grind. It was a game I really looked forward to after playing Max Payne.

Played Half Life 2 when it came out, and was very disappointed, felt it was just all hype and no substance. I really don't see why so many people like it, the source engine is not very good artistically, it don't make beautiful environments. Environmental puzzles and first person shooter doesn't really go well together, it just feels frustrating when I'm not shooting.

Tried Bioshock, that was quite good, but didn't have the patience to finish it. Assassin's Creed sounds like too much grinding, and it's like X files in that the creators don't really know where the story is going, so that's very bad. It's much better if they just make one game, one story, and move on, but now they are just making a cash product.

http://www.choiceofgames.com/category/our-games/

Choice of Games are pretty much choose your own adventure games for a more mature audience. They're great; I'd say give them a go!

Erana:
http://www.choiceofgames.com/category/our-games/

Choice of Games are pretty much choose your own adventure games for a more mature audience. They're great; I'd say give them a go!

In that vein, try Shade. It's interactive fiction, but there are no real puzzles and you can finish it very quickly. It's something I'd compare to a really solid short story.

To The Moon.
Go and play it.
Is pretty short but awesome is a game and you won't regret it...

Phantasmagoria

The first one though, not so much the second one, unless you really like rats... I joke, but it is shit, avoid it.

Another Code R is basically a book in game form. Pretty light-hearted, no combat at all (conflict of course but no combat) - I enjoyed it a lot.

Although I haven't played it at all "The Walking dead" looks like it could be something you may like. Here is a first impressions video of it.

Iwata:
The recently-released The Walking Dead game. It is exactly that: an interactive story with focus on characters and choices.

this is litterally the first thing that popped into my head when i saw the thread title. it is the best zombie survival game full stop

Someone's already mentioned it and as soon as I saw this thread the first game that came to mind was 'The Longest Journey'.

'The Longest Journey: Dreamfall' is also good but the first one is definitely better.

'Grim Fandango' is also a fantastic game.

These are all older PC games and not entirely sure where you'd get hold of them now but well worth it if you can find them.

Well, Deus Ex...

If you can get passed the aged visuals, the core design was and still is ahead of it's time and offers a intricate, player driven, expansive story... well characterized 3 dimensional characters... a fleshed out and engaging world which the story does a great job of leading you through... the best part about the world is that it's fleshed out by the player, lots of options to delve deeper into the world through lots of different facets, in the context of the world, like news articles and emails... it really adds to the immersion factor...

and of course the hybrid gameplay offers a lot of options for character building through actual gameplay... not just picking a dialogue option...<.<

Also, it's like 5 bucks...

I might add that the new Deus Ex is worth playing too... story was pretty good... characters were pretty good... though the biggest draws are the pretty visuals and the improved combat... not as good story or character wise(or gameply wise to an extent), but it's still worth a look...<.<

Sacman:
Well Deus Ex... <

Can't believe I didn't mention this.

Sacman sums it up nicely. The original Deus Ex is still in my top 3 games of all time

Matan:

Sacman:
Well Deus Ex... <

Can't believe I didn't mention this.

Sacman sums it up nicely. The original Deus Ex is still in my top 3 games of all time

Yus... it's at the top of my list...<.<

Have you played Fallout 1 and 2 yet? Both dirt cheap, will run on any computer and are full of interesting characters.

Also, you could try Grim Fandango or Full Throttle. Both are old school Lucas Arts point and click games. Both are excellent.

How about the recent Batman games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. I couldn't put them down until I finished the stories of both, and while AAs core is better, I think the ending of AC (no DLC mind you) was incredible.

Apart from that I can't really say much. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 had good stories. Both Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Elite Squadron have good stories that kind of weave into the framework of the movies, something I didn't pick up on until my latest viewing of Return of the Jedi. Errrr....

Oh, have you played either the Sly Cooper games or the Jak & Daxter games? They both have good stories that while connected, can hold themselves up as solo stories and games.

Super Mario Bros 2 has a deep and involving storyline that will haunt you for weeks afterward.

Good old Clock Tower for the SNES. It surprised and scared me the first time I played it. The down side (for some gamers) is that it is a point-and-click game, but it is really worth playing.

ChronoCross, the epitome of creative story for a game - Older games did have the best storylines.

Which got me thinking. Was there any recent game that I played and can vouch that it has a good storyline? ..hmm? Portal2 had a pretty fun story to it.

I fell sorry for anyone who suggests Mass Effect. Mass Effect1 had a very generic, boring dialogues and story. 2&3 do not look to redeem themselves.

Take a look at The Darkness, Alpha Protocol, and Catherine. All have great characters that you'll get invested in. Alpha Protocol has some of the best character interaction stuff around.

Fate/Stay Night. A Japanese visual novel which is easily my favourite story of all time. Its characters are actually deep and endearing, the basic story easy to follow, though there are a lot of plot twists, and the seemingly basic and simple story is incredibly dark and deep as you explore it. It's broken up into 3 routes, each starting at the same place but with a small change near the beginning lead to completely different stories and levels of how dark they are. The first two arcs being 20-25 hours long each and the third being 40-50 hours. It's not lost its position as best visual novel of all time since 2004 when it was made, I've yet to see a review give it below a 10.

If you (or anyone) is interested, PM me and I'll tell you how to get it, installing it can be painful by yourself.

Japanese visual novel? I do believe those are called Anime, good sir.

Schaaka:
Japanese visual novel? I do believe those are called Anime, good sir.

With all due respect good sir, you could not be much further from the truth. A visual novel is more like a book with music, character sprites and environments, along with choices. Voice acting optional. Barely any make it outside Japan though, even fan translated, so it's cool not knowing of them.

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