Video games are a great way to interact with others and enjoy winning through teamwork and skills to become stronger. Everyone who plays video games has a go-to game that they regularly play with their friends, whether Call Of Duty, Minecraft or Fortnite. However, sometimes you need something more on days when you’re online by yourself or want something new to play. That’s where story-based games come in. For a while, it felt like story-based games were starting to die out due to the domination of multiplayer games. However, they still manage to thrive and continue to improve. Here’s why you’d benefit from story-based games.
As many people know, one of the reasons video games are so popular is because they allow people to escape into a new reality. One of the draws that create this new reality is vast open-world games some story-based games have you navigate through. Games like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild drop you into an open world for you to discover the story as you explore. It makes the experience and story more enriching to take the journey of the adventure yourself. Not to mention the gratification it feels when you’ve become incredibly powerful from doing all the side missions before doing the main story.
Telltale games or anything similar to games like them can be a great way to truly feel like you’re a part of the story. You dive further into the game’s immersion when it’s adapting to your actions every step of the way. Every decision and action you make has consequences. One of the most known games for doing this is Telltale’s The Walking Dead, as your gameplay determines the story. People will live or die based on your actions, which makes the game so addicting and terrifying. In other games similar to Telltale, such as Detroit: Become Human or Life Is Strange, we are meant to question our personal beliefs and morality as we make our decisions to progress through the game. When we are given these hypothetical scenarios, questions flood our minds like “What does it mean to be human?” “If something was created to serve Human Kind, but later gained sentience and free will, should it have rights?” “If we have the power to turn back time, should that power be used?” “Are the consequences to changing events in time worth it to save someone we care about?” These are the kinds of questions many people don’t expect when playing video games, making you appreciate them more.
Story-based games can sometimes tell the story through artwork alone. Games like Abzu and Inside focus on the art of the world around you. There is little to no dialogue, but the story is told through actions, events, and even music. The scenery is often beautiful and transports you into a new world. Some games with extreme violence or subject matter will give you time to breathe and enjoy the moment. In games like The Last Of Us Part II and Life Is Strange, you deal with heavy subject matter throughout most of the game. To balance out the chaos you’re put through, the game will sometimes have your character stop and rest for as long as you want, oftentimes with music in the background. Sometimes your character will pick up a guitar or turn on a radio, and the camera will turn to various spots in the background to relax and be a part of the moment, like observing the sunset from a window or the wind blowing between the trees. These moments capture the beauty of life itself and have the capacity to make you feel a sense of peace and calm.
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