5 of the Best Stories in PC Gaming
Video games have come a long way. Simple mechanics have grown into complex ecosystems of execution, with technology right on the heels of what’s being created.
However, the story has always been present. These technological advances have provided a conduit for which stories can be expressed more fully.
We put together a list, in no particular order, of some of the best stories in PC gaming. While we would love to include every great story on here, the list would go on forever.
With that being said, let’s get onto the list!
I wanted to push these two together because of the ways that Aperture Science ties in with Black Mesa. On their own, both the events that happen inside Black Mesa and inside Aperture Science are fantastic. However, where this story really gets special is when the worlds clash.
While not blatantly obvious, delving into the back story of Black Mesa and how Aperture Science came to compete with them is a game in itself. Figuring out your own explanation (given the context) of how Gordan Freeman ties to Chell is as fun as the game itself.
It’s deep, and it’s fulfilling, and piecing together the world Valve has created is challenging and rewarding.
Oh man. What can be said about Bioshock that hasn’t already been said? This game, while revolutionary for shooters, presented one of the richest worlds found in a main-steam shooter in a long time.
Bioshock‘s grounding in Ayn Rand’s philosophies makes the city of Rapture breath with life. No matter how many times I go through Bioshock, I always discover something new.
This discovering is what makes the story of Bioshock so brilliant. Any player can understand the idea of going down into the city, Andrew Ryan, Big Daddies, and more. However, between audio logs and some intuition, piecing together everything in the world of Rapture and how it came to be is where the real depth of the story lies.
Combine that with the Inception-Esque ending of Infinite, and Bioshock has one of the best stories on PC.
On the surface, Hotline Miami is a simple, psychedelic bloodbath. Underneath, however, lies a pretty unsettling story.
You play as an unnamed protagonist in Miami who gets some cryptic phone calls, puts on an animal mask and kills mobsters. And it all has a purpose.
As Hotline Miami progress, the game starts to drift back and forth between reality, calling in question what events you actually take place in. While it can be difficult to uncover, Hotline Miami presents one of the best stories on PC.
Upon first glance, Spec Ops: The Line fell out of my sight. The first moments of the game were cliche, story and mechanics, and thought it was just another shoveled military shooter.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Spec Ops sets up these cliches early in the game, to challenge them later on. The tropes of military shooters are challenged in one of the most condemning ways, almost slapping the player in the face for wanting to play a game like this.
The game is challenging in a lot of ways, unveiling the horrors of war and questioning why video games are made about them. Spec Ops will move you in some way, which is rare for games.
Her Story is an interesting game. It is all story without being a walking simulator, taking the genre of video games and how stories can be told with them to a whole new level.
You rewatch live action recordings of the prime suspect in a murder case, only finding the clips based on the keywords you search. As you uncover more, this game turns from a simple murder mystery into something much more complex.
Because of the open nature, the game is completely open for each player to experience it differently. Fragments (sometimes only a few seconds long) of the story will come in and out of focus and it’s your job to piece together a cohesive narrative.
Her Story was one of the best games of 2015 and totally deserves your attention.
Wrapping it Up
So, that’s five of our favorite stories in video games! Of course, there are excellent options on PC and elsewhere that we didn’t get to on this list.
What’s your favorite story in a video game? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!