The Best Story-Driven Video Games

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1.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 Video Game)
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You control Batman as he fights to subdue The Joker and his fellows when they seize control of the Arkham Island.
 
2.
Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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
 
3.
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Years before the Arkham incidents, the neophyte Dark Knight finds himself the target of an open murder contract courtesy of Black Mask that draws eight of the world's deadliest assassins and a new criminal named the Joker.
Director: Benoit Richer
 
4.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
When his friend Daxter is turned into an animal, it's up to Jak to find the sage who can reverse the transformation.
 
5.
Jak II (2003 Video Game)
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After being tortured and experimented upon in a dystopian city for two years, Jak escapes from prison and joins a rebel group, hoping for answers to his newfound dark powers.
 
6.
Jak 3 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
After being unjustly exiled to the Wasteland, Jak discovers the secrets of his past in addition to a dark force which is threatening the planet.
 
7.
BioShock (2007 Video Game)
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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
 
8.
BioShock 2 (2010 Video Game)
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In 1968, the first successfully-bonded Big Daddy is reawakened to save his Little Sister from the clutches of Rapture's new leader, Sofia Lamb.
 
9.
BioShock Infinite (2013 Video Game)
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A man is sent to the flying city of Columbia to find a missing girl. However, upon arrival he discovers that the city, its people, and his objective are all not what they seem.
Director: Ken Levine
 
10.
The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)
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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.
 
11.
Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)
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John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.
 
12.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (2010 Video Game)
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After a highly-infectious undead plague spreads across the frontier, John Marston does anything he can to find a cure.
 
13.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After the tragic murder of his parents, sly is put in to an orphanage, which is where he meets his life long friends and partners in crime...
 
14.
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004 Video Game)
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Two years after defeating Clockwerk, Sly Cooper and his band of thieves must recover and destroy all of the stolen Clockwerk parts from a sinister organization before their old nemesis can return from the dead.
 
15.
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Sly Cooper and the gang must recruit a team of world-class thieves in order to penetrate his family vault of massive wealth and collect his inheritance before an evil genius retrieves it first.
 
16.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
As the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus change before their eyes, Sly Cooper and his gang must reunite and travel back through time in order to recover the lost pages and protect the Cooper legacy.
Director: Chris Borders
 
17.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Treasure hunter Nathan Drake, embarks in the adventure of his life searching for the legendary treasure, El Dorado while fighting a group of mercenaries.
Director: Amy Hennig
 
18.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009 Video Game)
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After being tracked down by Harry Flynn, Nathan Drake goes on a quest for Marco Polo' lost fleet. However when things take an unexpected turn for the worst, Drake must rely on those closest to him in order to find the Cintomani Stone.
Director: Amy Hennig
 
19.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011 Video Game)
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Treasure hunter Nathan Drake embarks on a quest in search of the Atlantis of the Sands while battling an ancient, sinister organization.
Director: Amy Hennig
 
20.
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In an alternative universe where Superman establishes a new world order under his iron fist, Batman and other heroes must fight back against Superman and those that have pledged their allegiance to his dictatorship.
 
21.
God of War (2005 Video Game)
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Driven by revenge, Kratos embarks on an epic journey to bring down Ares, the God of War.
 
22.
God of War II (2007 Video Game)
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After being betrayed by the gods of olympus and being dethroned from his former god of war powers, Kratos must embark on a journey to meet the sisters of fate and have his revenge on olympus.
Director: Cory Barlog
 
23.
God of War III (2010 Video Game)
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Armed with his deadly double-chained blades, Kratos must take on Greek mythology's darkest creatures to destroy Olympus and the mighty Zeus himself.
Director: Stig Asmussen
 
24.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Marvel Comics' greatest superheroes must band together to uncover the mystery behind Doctor Doom's blatant attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
Director: Glenn Amonitti
 
25.
Dead Space (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Engineer Isaac Clarke and his crew get stranded on a large, abandoned mining ship. There, Clarke needs to repair the giant ship while battling nasty aliens and solving the mystery of what happened to the ship.
 
26.
Dead Space 2 (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Set three years after the events of the first, Isaac Clarke's fight against a new Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl, a space station above Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
 
27.
Dead Space 3 (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Set on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Isaac Clarke and John Carver team up as they attempt to end the Necromorph threat once and for all.
 
28.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
After being released from jail, Tommy Vercetti left Liberty City for Vice City, a city overrun by the mob. Now, Tommy is out to make Vice City his home.
Director: Navid Khonsari
 
29.
Assassin's Creed (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man enters a machine called the Animus that lets him relive the memories of his ancestor, a 12th century assassin named Altair.
 
30.
Assassin's Creed II (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Desmond Miles is trained to become a modern-day Assassin through the resurrected memories of ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who uncovers a massive Templar conspiracy in Renaissance Italy leading to the new Pope.
 
31.
Assassin's Creed III (2012 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The American Colonies, 1775. It's a time of civil unrest and political upheaval in the Americas. As a Native American fights to protect his land and his people, he will ignite the flames of a young nation's revolution.
 
32.
Infamous (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Control Cole MacGrath as he evolves his newly found ability to control electricity. In a city on lock down due to plague and super-powered psychos, you must choose to act as savior to the people or become the reckless demon of Empire City.
Director: Nate Fox
 
33.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Darth Vader's secret apprentice, codenamed Starkiller, is trained in the Dark Side to defeat the enemies of the Empire, but must find his own path when his master betrays him.
 
34.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
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.