Day 21 – Game with the best story
Immersive story seems to be the newest selling point for video games. While sexy graphics still reign supreme in the marketing of AAA titles, story seems to be catching up quickly.
I have never been so willingly immersed in a story as I was playing this game. It is part mystery, part exploration, and part puzzle solving. But what makes the story so darn brilliant is that you have to go look for it!! And each new bit of story you uncover is just enough to keep it interesting.
The story is so subtly revealed and brilliantly woven into the world that it doesn’t feel like a story game, which is incredible as the entire game is really about trying to uncover the story itself.
The only recent game that I felt came close, with its subtle use of story, is Portal. There are no cut scenes, no quest texts to read, no character dialogue trees, and yet just enough bits of story are revealed to give the player a delectably enticing peek into what might have happened.
What is really so fabulous about this story delivery, is that it allows for my participation and actually requires some thinking on my part. I get to use my own imagination to fill in the blanks. Then again I am a sucker for mysteries. =D
Oh and for anyone interested in experiencing Myst, I found that it was recently released for the iPhone!! Yes I downloaded it and am now playing it, again. Still awesome.