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#1 Posted by FatalFist (248 posts) -
I guess the best story an rpg ever acheaved....that would be Jade Empire or KOTOR...
#2 Posted by giyanks22 (209 posts) -
I think KOTOR II was the best RPG story.
#3 Posted by savinger (1309 posts) -
I havent played as many rpgs as the next guy, but my favorite was FFX
#4 Posted by akatsuki0wn3d (1151 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia IMO
#5 Posted by lordlors (5720 posts) -

I havent played as many rpgs as the next guy, but my favorite was FFXsavinger

same but my favorite were FF IV, NWN 2, The Witcher

#6 Posted by bugtrip (1260 posts) -
Gothic 1 probably had the most engrossing story I've ever seen.
#7 Posted by Kreatzion (6467 posts) -

Tales of Symphonia IMOakatsuki0wn3d

He said RPG.

#8 Posted by ASK_Story (11455 posts) -

Definitely Suikoden II. Best RPG story ever with a story that was sane, a story and characters I cared about, and touching.

Suikoden III comes second.

#9 Posted by DiabolicalX (804 posts) -
prolly FF IX and the Witcher
#10 Posted by lordlors (5720 posts) -

[QUOTE="akatsuki0wn3d"]Tales of Symphonia IMOKreatzion

He said RPG.

And so what? ToS is a JRPG if i'm not mistaken

#11 Posted by homma_cavoola (8 posts) -

I would have to say Plainscape : Bitter Torment had the best storyline or premise I've ever seen.

Yes it's D&D orientated, and old, as it was build on the Baldur's gate engine. But the ability to con people out of cash for your corpse never gets old. Plus the game actually allows you to WILL someone into existance.

#12 Posted by macmac_73191 (4 posts) -
i think it would be the suikoden series. the stories are very touching... thats what rpg meant.
#13 Posted by LordAndrew (7355 posts) -

[QUOTE="akatsuki0wn3d"]Tales of Symphonia IMOKreatzion

He said RPG.

He also said best story. :P

As far as I'm concerned, the Tales series are RPGs. Much more so than say, Odin Sphere, which people keep calling an RPG.

#14 Posted by nopalversion (4757 posts) -
Yeah, Planescape Torment is my favourite fantasy rpg story. Fallout was pretty good as well.As far as jRPGs go, I'd go for FFVII.
#15 Posted by 3KindgomsRandy (15488 posts) -
Suikoden 3, Baldur's Gate 2, and Mass Effect are all very compelling. I haven't played Torment yet, but I'll soon be rectifying that.
#16 Posted by buckybuckster (415 posts) -
Sega's "FF7", a.k.a...Panzer Dragoon Saga/Azel. Excellent storyline coupled with a innovative (for the time) battle system that blurred the lines between turn based and real-time gameplay. Can anyone remember back to the days when if asked who were the best developers of RPG's you could mention Sega and Square in the same sentence without laughing? Those were the days.
#17 Posted by MetalGear_Ninty (6337 posts) -

Tales of Symphonia IMOakatsuki0wn3d

I think aspects of the story was very good, however the storytelling was actually quite poor in the game, I also think that character development was poor in places. Otherwise, a great story though.

#18 Posted by 5UPERMARIO (1201 posts) -
FFX
#19 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
I've always liked FFVI's story the best
#20 Posted by HoodedFigure (171 posts) -

The best RPG Stoyline would have to go to:----------> Final Fantasy 7

CLOUD STRIFE ROCKS!!!!!!!

#22 Posted by GSU28 (1608 posts) -

FF is overrated. It is just a bunch of metrosexual teens with spikey hair trying to save a variation of the same city/world whilst riding giant yellow chickens. Thanks, but no thanks. I think for the best RPG story I may have to say KOTOR takes the cake. Brilliant material, though the story telling could have used a little work. While another one of my favorites is not exactly an entire game, the Thieves Guild story line in Oblivion was very moving. KOTOR 2 is also up there, I think Kreia is one of the best video game characters out there.

A lot of people say Mass Effect, a game I actually played 3 consecutive times in a row, though I feel the story was actually pretty uninspired. In fact, if you pay attention a lot of the character names were recycled (albeit with different spellings) from KOTOR. Hmmm, that may have to be all for me.

#23 Posted by fierro316 (1670 posts) -
Xenogears, Suikoden 2, Panzer Dragon Saga.
#24 Posted by juiceb0xx (129 posts) -
I think that the best RPG stories I have played are Zelda:Ocarina of Time, and Final Fantasy 7, and I would probably rate Chrono Cross and Trigger up there as well.
#25 Posted by sonicare (53626 posts) -
Planescape Torment has the best story IMO.
#26 Posted by The_Big_Cheeze (39 posts) -
id say FFVII had the best story.
#27 Posted by fLaMbOaStiN (687 posts) -
Chrono Trigger!
#28 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

prolly FF IX and the WitcherDiabolicalX

Final Fantasy IX and good story i think should never go together. Not to bash you for liking it, just saying that for me it was hard to really even care about any of the characters, and to me great characters = great story. But anyways back on topic, i think it would probably have to go to Final Fantasy III ( or 6 or w.e), Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X.

#29 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -

This will probably sound more than a little elitist, but I think that anyone who doesn't say Planescape: Torment must not have played the game.

It has copious amounts of dialogue (and even paragraphs of text descriptions of items and buildings and areas) and unlike almost every other game where I say "Yeah, it's written well" I actually mean it when I talk about Torment. The story is also unlike any other, and allows for user choice without falling into the typical WRPG trap of distancing you from characters and the main plot because everything is so generic.

Everyone should have a chance to play through the game - particularly the sequence involving the Brothel of Slating Intellectual Lusts, which is arguably one of the best sections of any game.

#30 Posted by Roris0A (627 posts) -

This will probably sound more than a little elitist, but I think that anyone who doesn't say Planescape: Torment must not have played the game.

It has copious amounts of dialogue (and even paragraphs of text descriptions of items and buildings and areas) and unlike almost every other game where I say "Yeah, it's written well" I actually mean it when I talk about Torment. The story is also unlike any other, and allows for user choice without falling into the typical WRPG trap of distancing you from characters and the main plot because everything is so generic.

Everyone should have a chance to play through the game - particularly the sequence involving the Brothel of Slating Intellectual Lusts, which is arguably one of the best sections of any game.

DJ_Lae

I agree. And now with all games getting voice acted more and with less writing Planescape will probably still have the best story ever written in a vg for ages to come.

#33 Posted by Planeforger (16318 posts) -

This will probably sound more than a little elitist, but I think that anyone who doesn't say Planescape: Torment must not have played the game.

DJ_Lae

I have no problems with sounding elitist, so I totally agree: Planescape Torment is the best by a huge margin. :P

Other than that...hm...this gen we've had The Witcher and Mask of the Betrayer, which were also outstanding.

A lot of people say Mass Effect, a game I actually played 3 consecutive times in a row, though I feel the story was actually pretty uninspired. In fact, if you pay attention a lot of the character names were recycled (albeit with different spellings) from KOTOR. Hmmm, that may have to be all for me.

GSU28

If you pay attention to Mass Effect at all, you'll notice that the entire plot was recycled from Neverwinter Nights 1 - down to the location of the portal which the 'big bad' race is trying to use.

#34 Posted by 190586385885857957282413308806 (13084 posts) -

I'd say Planescape: Torment also. The game does Amnesia right. It has the perfect amount of humor, strangeness, a bit of battle and the rest plays outlike a great mystery where everything the player finds out leads up to more questions right until the very end.

If you pay attention to Mass Effect at all, you'll notice that the entire plot was recycled from Neverwinter Nights 1 - down to the location of the portal which the 'big bad' race is trying to use.

Planeforger

I honestly don't see it. In NWN the first good part of the story is tracking down a cure for a plague that is killing everyone in the cityin Mass Effect the first part of the story is finding evidence that Saren is rogue.

The second part of NWN is tracking down information of a cult in which one of the party's greatest allies slowly succumbs to depression and revenge and then switches sides. The Second part of Mass Effect is trying to stop Saren's numerous plans

Third part of NWN's story is gathering items because the characters know that the Source Stone is the place where the head of this evil cult originates. Third part of Mass Effect is about a surprise attack on the citadel where you find the keepers are supposed to be key in returning the Reapers but they have been modifed so Saren has to do the work himself.

Last fight takes place in another realm in NWN, last fight takes place in the capital of the universe....

I mean if you break down the story to very vague parts such as, tracking down things, finding out plans and portal. Then yes the stories are exactly alike... Too bad there are hours of dialogue, numerous characters and other plot twists that make them very different.

#35 Posted by LordOfBlades4 (75 posts) -

Does Fable count like an RPG

#36 Posted by the-Zero (4 posts) -

The best RPG Stoyline would have to go to:----------> Final Fantasy 7

CLOUD STRIFE ROCKS!!!!!!!

HoodedFigure
I agree!!
#37 Posted by Planeforger (16318 posts) -

I mean if you break down the story to very vague parts such as, tracking down things, finding out plans and portal. Then yes the stories are exactly alike... Too bad there are hours of dialogue, numerous characters and other plot twists that make them very different.

smerlus

Hm yeah, ok, I was mainly referring to the overall 'traitor -> artifact hunt -> big reveal -> siege -> portal' structure which both games stick to...but I guess if you break down plots far enough they all start looking the game.

#38 Posted by 190586385885857957282413308806 (13084 posts) -
[QUOTE="Planeforger"]

[QUOTE="smerlus"]

I mean if you break down the story to very vague parts such as, tracking down things, finding out plans and portal. Then yes the stories are exactly alike... Too bad there are hours of dialogue, numerous characters and other plot twists that make them very different.

Hm yeah, ok, I was mainly referring to the overall 'traitor -> artifact hunt -> big reveal -> siege -> portal' structure which both games stick to...but I guess if you break down plots far enough they all start looking the game.

The thing I like about Saren is that it is unknown how far the Reapers had control of him. I don't know if he actually believed he was saving organic creatures or it was a ruse while he was under mind control. I don't think he was an actual traitor because his character always did whatever he had to do to get the job done from the beginning. He was killing inocent people before he came in contact with the Reapers. I guess if you break it down to "artifact hunts" NWN and ME still handle them differently. NWN uses the old cliche where you gather items just to have them taken from you by the bad guy to further the plot. ME doesn't use this weak plot device and instead keeps it more like BG II where no matter what you do, it seems the antagonist is always one step ahead. Big Reveals take place in different parts of the story. NWN didn't feel like it had a big reveal but if it was, I think it would be about the time Lady Aribeth started her turn. That's when we find out what the cult is actually headed by and this happens in chapter 2. ME I would say has two big reveals, one is what the ship actually is and the one at the end on how the Reapers are supposed to come back. and Portals are in a ton of WRPG's...NWN2 had a few portal plot devises also
#39 Posted by BanjoMumbo (512 posts) -

I think either Secret of Mana, Fallout 3, and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Morrowind's story is good, because you make up the story. Does Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas count as an RPG?

#40 Posted by Pirlog (80 posts) -

Yes Morrowind's story was also very interesting and no San Andreas isn't an RPG is an action with RPG elements. For LordOfBlades4: fable is an RPG, you can see at Gamespot's game genre what they are, in this case action role playing.

#41 Posted by Allicrombie (25560 posts) -
I liked Parasite Eve's Story.
#42 Posted by Kentisc (469 posts) -

Mass Effect has a good story.

#43 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -
Id have to throw down A little Baldurs Gate 2: Shadows Of Amn. Id give nods to Parasite Eve (I love you aya!) and Mass Effect (I love you weird blue alien girl!) though.
#44 Posted by johan1986 (4764 posts) -

I would say the witcher, a great but realistic feeling story

#45 Posted by Gammit10 (2305 posts) -
While I haven't yet played through Planescape: Torment, so far my favorite stories are the Baldur's Gate series and The Witcher.
#46 Posted by kaskus (717 posts) -
Xenosaga i think is my fave.... KOS-MOS ROCKS!!!
#47 Posted by -starman- (2822 posts) -

A few stand out...

Final Fantasy 3

Legend of Dragoon

Chrono Trigger

and I really like Grandia 3... up until the ending.

FF7 suffers from a similar problem... really strong compelling story telling up until Aeris dies... and then it slowly peters out. The ending is almost a non-ending!

#48 Posted by viper1991 (372 posts) -

I'm going to have to go with Planescape: Torment.

#49 Posted by fathoms_basic (22116 posts) -

I think the FF titles have usually had the best storylines but people aren't giving enough love to the Suikoden franchise. Some of the best plots right there.

#50 Posted by Rusteater (4024 posts) -

Fallout 1

Morrowind is a close 2nd.

Planescape started out good but I lost interest and never beat it. I guess I should dig it out and give it another go.