Story-Driven games have proven this year that players still crave a well-thought-out narrative in 2022. These games stand head and shoulders above other titles regarding their writing and characters. These are stories that are designed to stay with the player long after they hit the game-over screen. So if you are fond of exploring grand worlds full to the brim with brilliant characters, then we have you covered with our picks for the 5 Best Story-Driven Games of 2022.
Pentiment is a game that focuses on characters and narrative. Set in the 16th century, this game focuses heavily on the story being told rather than how it tells it. At the same time, the story of the game is presented beautifully. In the style of Old English manuscripts, this game takes place over twenty-five years. The way the story is presented also changes as the game switches the means used to write down these stories. The attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy doesn’t stop there, however, as the game also features a soundtrack with music styled after the 16th century.
While it may be a sleeper hit, Pentiment indeed offers one of the most story-driven experiences to date. What may seem like your typical murder mystery quickly evolves to be so much more than the sum of its parts. Suppose players have not played a title like this one. Then Pentiment is a great place to jump into a more narrative-focused genre of games. So if you have a penchant for an older storytelling style, then this game should suit you quite well.
4. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Fans of the Borderlands series will be happy to know that many of the game series’ great qualities remain intact here. Tiny Tina’s takes the familiar Borderlands formula and injects it with a bit of fantastical storytelling. The way that the game’s story is presented is rather unique as well and is very much in the satirical nature of the Borderlands series. For the first time ever in a Borderlands game, players are allowed to customize their character. This character will be able to participate in the tabletop game of Tiny Tina’s Wonderland.
Many of the series’ staples still remain intact here. However, the main focus is on the gameplay of the game, which lends itself to telling the fantasy story of Wonderland. Players are even able to upgrade their adventurer to their liking. This makes the overall experience quite a bit more customizable than other Borderlands entries. Also adding to the variety in the game is the spell system. Grenades have been replaced with spells with quite a bit more flair, so if you are looking for a looter shooter with quite a bit more narrative meat on its bones, look no further than Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
3. The Last of Us Part 1
The Last of Us Part 1 is an absolute masterpiece. This remake brings the story of Joel and Ellie to life in a way that hasn’t been possible until now. Featuring new combat mechanics and graphical fidelity that wasn’t possible upon the original release. In addition, this remake completely changes how the game is played. The detail in the facial animations, which have all been reworked from the ground up, breathe new life into this timeless title. The game also features the Left Behind DLC. This is included with the game meaning everyone will be experiencing the same amount of story content.
The story isn’t the only aspect of the game to receive a second look through, however, as the game’s combat has been reworked. This means that players will have a much smoother gameplay experience when compared to the original version of the game. Another vast improvement is the enemy AI, which has received a pass as well. This brings them up to snuff with today’s standards. So if you have yet to play The Last of Us Part 1, this title offers a superior experience for a new generation of players to enjoy. So if you love a strong narrative with great combat throughout, look no further than The Last of Us Part 1.
2. Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West continues the quest of heroine Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed game, our heroine is tasked with finding out more answers about the world. It is this narrative intrigue that keeps players hooked throughout their experience. That isn’t to say that that is all this game has to offer, however, as players looking for a smooth combat experience will be hard-pressed to find one that is as fluid as Horizon Forbidden West.
The game features one of the strongest female protagonists in recent memory and a fantastic character in her own right. Players can enjoy simply hunting within the wilds for hours as they learn each machine and its attack patterns. Regardless of whether you go through the story or take your time, no matter which way you play. This game adapts to many different playstyles and interests. However, if players have not yet played Horizon Zero Dawn, there is no fear of missing out, as this sequel does a great job of retelling the story. All in all, Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most fantastic story-driven games of 2022.
1. God of War: Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok is the critically acclaimed sequel to God of War (2018). This game once again joins Kratos on his journey through the Norse lands and deals with his interactions with the Norse pantheon. In addition, this sequel seems to focus heavily on Kratos’s relationship with his son Atreus following the first game’s events. The story seems to be coming to a close in this title, making it imperative for players who are invested in the God of War series to play.
This game shows Kratos at his most vulnerable, which isn’t a position we see the god slayer in too often. This duality of who Kratos is as a character is at the heart of what makes this title so interesting. So regardless if players play the game for the narrative or the combat. There is plenty to enjoy on both ends of the spectrum. So if you are looking for story-driven games in 2022, then look no further than this absolute masterclass in both storytelling and game design.
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