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Over the years, games have proven to be a viable storytelling medium. 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 award for best story goes to the one game that's most striking because of the quality of its original story, its characters, and its storytelling techniques. Here are our five finalists for this award.
One of the most remarkable achievements of the story in Oblivion is the way that it provides context for such a breadth of content, without forcing anything upon the player. The Dark Brotherhood quest line is a perfect example of just how much a great story can enrich a game.
One of the most remarkable achievements of the story in Oblivion is the way that it provides context for such a breadth of content, without forcing anything upon the player. The Dark Brotherhood quest line is a perfect example of just how much a great story can enrich a game.Watch the Video Review
While the story in Final Fantasy XII carries plenty traditional role-playing themes, it's the intriguing and well-developed political conflict and endearing cast of characters that make the story as rich and engaging as that of any Final Fantasy game to date.Watch the Video Review
This game proves that a great science fiction story can go beyond the standard aliens-versus-humans plot. Endearing characters, gripping dialogue, and an imaginative world all combine to create one of the most engrossing stories of the year.Watch the Video Review
The developers at Rockstar have long been known for their sardonic, edgy sense of humor, but for Bully the writers had to curb their trademark mature humor to fit with the adolescent themes of the story. They achieved remarkable success in doing so, creating a story that is as genuine as it is entertaining.Watch the Video Review
This story succeeds through its excellent cast of characters and some of the best dialogue you'll find in any game this year. Not only that, but the dynamic nature of the story ensures that you'll discover something new each and every time you play.Watch the Video Review