Narrative Video Games

by BeanManSmith | created - 06 Apr 2019 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Video games I have played that have a focus on storytelling and narrative.

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1. Undertale (2015 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Enter the Underground, a massive subterranean cave where monsters, who once lived harmoniously with humans on the surface, now have been banished after losing a war with humanity.

Director: Toby Fox | Star: Willard Scott

Votes: 1,936

2. Portal (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A test subject wakes up in a scientific facility controlled by a sadistic artificial intelligence and must escape with the help of the only instrument she has--a gun that makes portals.

Stars: Ellen McLain, Mike Patton, Alesia Glidewell, Jeep Barnett

Votes: 10,798

3. Portal 2 (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Many years after "Portal," Chell reawakens at Aperture Science and tries to stop GLADoS once again with the help of Wheatley, who has his own plans for the historical facility.

Stars: Ellen McLain, Stephen Merchant, J.K. Simmons, Joe Micheals

Votes: 13,230

4. The Stanley Parable (2013 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

An omnipotent narrator tries to tell a story about Stanley, a silent office worker who one day discovers that everyone but him has disappeared from the office building. If Stanley tries to disobey the narrator, interesting things happen.

Director: Davey Wreden | Stars: Kevan Brighting, Lesley Staples, Aviva Pinchas, Jenny Kuglin

Votes: 1,948

5. BioShock (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: John Ahlin, Greg Baldwin, Jane Beller, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 16,695

6. Grand Theft Auto V (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Three very different criminals team up for a series of heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.

Stars: Shawn Fonteno, Ned Luke, Steven Ogg, Gerald 'Slink' Johnson

Votes: 48,297

7. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

A former outlaw is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.

Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 22,380

8. Red Dead Redemption II (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Amidst the decline of the Wild West at the turn of the 19th century, outlaw Arthur Morgan and his gang struggle to cope with the loss of their way of life.

Stars: Benjamin Byron Davis, Roger Clark, Rob Wiethoff, Cali Elizabeth Moore

Votes: 20,087

9. Spider-Man (2018 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When a new villain threatens New York City, Peter Parker and Spider-Man's worlds collide. To save the city and those he loves, he must rise up and be greater.

Director: Ryan Smith | Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Travis Willingham, William Salyers

Votes: 12,073

10. God of War (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

After wiping out the gods of Mount Olympus, Kratos moves on to the frigid lands of Scandinavia, where he and his son must embark on an odyssey across a dangerous world of gods and monsters.

Director: Cory Barlog | Stars: Christopher Judge, Sunny Suljic, Jeremy Davies, Danielle Bisutti

Votes: 15,974

11. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he'd tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Nolan North, Troy Baker, Richard McGonagle, Emily Rose

Votes: 20,720

12. Detroit: Become Human (2018 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Take control of three androids in their quest to discover who they really are.

Director: David Cage | Stars: Valorie Curry, Bryan Dechart, Jesse Williams, Audrey Boustani

Votes: 10,787

13. The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a hostile, post-pandemic world, Joel and Ellie, brought together by desperate circumstances, must rely on each other to survive a brutal journey across what remains of the United States.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Hana Hayes, Jeffrey Pierce

Votes: 48,877

14. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (2010 Video Game)

M | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

15 elite high school students are trapped in school and forced to participate in a sadistic killing game - Either remain in confinement forever or murder someone without being detected in order to escape, but risk death if they are caught.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Makiko Ômoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Kôsuke Toriumi

Votes: 406

15. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (2012 Video Game)

M | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

16 students from the famous Hope's Peak Academy are forced to live on an island, or kill each other in order to escape.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 342

16. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (2017 Video Game)

M | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Monokuma's twisted killing game returns in a new school with a new cast of 16 ultimate students. However this time, the killing game will never end until only two or less remain alive.

Stars: Sayaka Kanda, Hikaru Midorikawa, Haruka Ishida, Hiro Shimono

Votes: 286

17. Death Stranding (2019 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Deliveryman Sam Porter must travel across a ravaged wasteland and reconnect the city states of America formed after a mysterious apocalyptic event dubbed 'death stranding' left the world in ruins and plagued by supernatural tar creatures.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Troy Baker

Votes: 4,517

18. Life Is Strange (2015 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

An awkward photography student named Max discovers her ability to rewind time, and reunites with her estranged best friend Chloe to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a local girl.

Directors: Raoul Barbet, Michel Koch | Stars: Hannah Telle, Ashly Burch, Nik Shriner, Dani Knights

Votes: 9,391

19. 11-11: Memories Retold (2018 Video Game)

Drama, War

11th November 1916, a young photographer leaves Canada to join the Western Front in Europe. The same day, a German technician is told that his son is missing in action on the front.

Director: Yoan Fanise | Stars: Elijah Wood, Sebastian Koch, Samantha Coughlan, Colin Mace

Votes: 37

20. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

You control Batman as he fights to subdue The Joker and his fellow inmates when they seize control of the Asylum on Arkham Island.

Director: Sefton Hill | Stars: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Arleen Sorkin, Tom Kane

Votes: 23,351

21. Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

When part of Gotham is turned into a private reserve for criminals known as Arkham City, all hell is sure to break loose, and the Dark Knight is the only one who can stop it.

Director: Sefton Hill | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, David Kaye, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 26,193

22. Batman: Arkham Knight (2015 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

With his back against the wall, Batman turns to his closest allies to help him save Gotham City from the clutches of Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight's army. A familiar face also returns to give The Dark Knight a message he cannot ignore.

Director: Sefton Hill | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 14,030

23. The Wolf Among Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

As Bigby Wolf, the big bad wolf in human form, you will discover that the brutal, bloody murder of a Fable is just a taste of things to come when another dead Fable is found which starts the hunt for a serial killer.

Directors: Nick Herman, Jason Latino, Dennis Lenart | Stars: Adam Harrington, Erin Yvette, Chuck Kourouklis, Melissa Hutchison

Votes: 5,680

24. South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

As the New Kid, discover the lost Stick of Truth, and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend.

Directors: Chris Parker, Chris 'Crispy' Brion | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, April Stewart

Votes: 3,871

25. South Park: The Fractured but Whole (2017 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park as the New Kid, to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history.

Directors: Chris 'Crispy' Brion, Trey Parker, Jason V. Schroeder | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart, Mona Marshall

Votes: 1,297

26. Horizon Zero Dawn (2017 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a primitive tribal world where strange, monstrous, animalistic machines roam the wilderness, a brave young female warrior goes on a quest to learn the truth about her mysterious origin and the state the world is in.

Director: Mathijs de Jonge | Stars: Ashly Burch, Laura van Tol, Ava Potter, JB Blanc

Votes: 8,465

27. Ghost of Tsushima (2020 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set in 1274 on the Tsushima Island, the last samurai, Jin Sakai, must master a new fighting style, the way of the Ghost, to defeat the Mongol forces and fight for the freedom and independence of Japan.

Director: Nate Fox | Stars: Daisuke Tsuji, Eric Steinberg, Sumalee Montano, Patrick Gallagher

Votes: 2,212

28. Persona 5 Royal (2019 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure

A group of high school students create a vigilante group to expose the crimes of corrupt adults but soon find themselves in the midst of a worldwide conspiracy and targeted by powerful individuals who would do anything to silence them.

Director: Daiki Itô | Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Ikue Ôtani, Mamoru Miyano, Nana Mizuki

Votes: 278

29. Erica (2019 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A live-action interactive narrative with branching story lines. You control Erica who finds herself trying to solve a mystery that traumatized her many years ago.

Directors: Jack Attridge, Jamie Magnus Stone | Stars: Holly Earl, Terence Maynard, Chelsea Edge, Ian Pirie

Votes: 583



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