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5 Games With An Excessive Amount of Dialogue

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An excessive amount of dialogue in video games proves that the character development may be synonymous with the storyline. Cutscenes do a grandiose job in restricting partial or full control from the players, with pre-rendered videos or simple dialogue between the player and NPCs (non-player characters). 

It is like being ecstatic from watching the action-packed The Matrix (1999), The Matrix: Reloaded (2003), then when The Matrix Revolutions (2003) comes around, you can die from boredom. The Matrix Revolutions has Morpheus faded in the background of the storyline, shows too much of the real world, and fails to capture much action.

Due to their success, the Wachowskis do not have redeem themselves for an excessive amount of dialogue. The Matrix Resurrections (2021) will hopefully be what fans are looking for. At least in The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005), you can use Neo’s combat skills, with slow motion effects. Here are 5 video games with an excessive amount of dialogue. 

5. Mass Effect: 

Humanity and several alien civilizations colonized the Milky Way galaxy by using technology. BioWare’s Mass Effect is a third-person shooter allowing you to fire at aliens and perhaps you are doing everyone a favor. The loquacious Commander Shephard is the main protagonist, investigating a besieged human colony. He learns more about the Reapers (a high-advanced machine race of synthetic-organic starships) attempting to protect the Milky Way from its harmful attacks. 

Shephard will talk to allies, citizens, AI (artificial intelligence), enemies, and even jellyfish. He is like the environmentally friendly person any regular introvert would try to steer far away from. With such a personality, you could get along with most people, which defeats the purpose of shooting aliens. Just put the aliens asleep by yapping or have them listen to prerecorded sessions of you voicing your million dollar opinion.

Mass Effect 1 Trailer

4. Final Fantasy (Series):

RPGs (role-playing games) and JRPGs (Japanese role-playing games) have a massive focus on narrative. Basically, any Final Fantasy game has too much dialogue. 

3. Metal Gear Solid 4: 

While playing Metal Gear Solid 4, over 8 hours of cutscenes exist in the game. Oh, the voice actors did a fantastic job, but you will feel like you are watching an animated motion picture at times.

 

Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer HD 720p

2. The Legend of Zelda (Series): 

This is an unpopular choice for an excessive amount of dialogue, but hear me out. There are cutscenes galore and if Zelda changed it up a bit, adding a narrator to explain parts while you can fully control the main character, it could be an improvement. The cutscenes in The Legend of Zelda series are brilliant, but what if they were linked with action and still gave you the opportunity to fully access your character? More realistically, what about an interactive story game, where you can just select one of the multiple choices, that determines how the story continues? 

1. Star Ocean: The Last Hope:

Star Ocean: The Last Hope has 46 of lengthy minutes of cutscenes in it. Do you think the developers were trying to make it into the Guinness World Records?

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.