Over the years, computer games have proven to be a viable storytelling medium, as they combine the multimedia elements and production values of movies with the length and depth of novels--and of course, they're interactive, which ideally lets you experience the story in a game as vividly as possible. GameSpot's best story award goes to the one game that's most striking because of the quality of its original story, its characters, and its storytelling techniques. Here is the winner of Best Story of 2001:
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Ion Storm
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Considering its use of the dated Quake II engine and its long development time, it seemed unlikely that Anachronox would turn out as well as it did. But the game distinguished itself by adopting several conventions of Japanese console RPGs and actually improving upon them, as well as by having an interesting story. Anachronox takes place in a futuristic setting and tells the story of an unlikely hero--a detective who's down on his luck but who ends up embarking on a much greater adventure than just paying off the debt he owes to the local crime boss. The game's interesting characters and genuinely funny dialogue together make Anachronox's story the best this year.
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