Do you consider stories in games to be important?

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2 years ago#1
I've only bought a game or two because of it's story. The last one that comes to mind is Heavy Rain. It's just not an important factor to me, especially in the game types I play.

So what genres do you play and how important is story to you? Will you ignore the fact that a game has a terrible story (FFXIII) or will it ruin the game for you? Will you buy a game just because it has great marks for it's story (Heavy Rain)?

A bad story will never ruin a game for me (unless the game itself is story driven and in that case I wouldn't have bought it because the reviews would have been bad). However, a good story can definitely enhance a non-story driven game for me (Infamous, Fallout 3). A game that isn't story driven and has a weak story will cause me to skip cut-scenes completely to get to the fun parts (Assassin's Creed, Skyrim, GTA).
2 years ago#2
yes. i love a story, and it pissed me off when miyamoto butted in and made the story in PMSS as bland as possible. so yes, i do care for story.
2 years ago#3
Not one bit... so long as the gameplay is awesome. Final Fantasy XII is in my top 5 games of all time, but I couldn't really tell ya what the hell it's about. The Legacy of Kain series, however, didn't play terribly well, but IMHO it has one of the best storylines of all time.
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2 years ago#4
Absolutely not, and well-stated, TC... although you should be prepared to have people ream your personal opinions, which are clearly subjective and only lead to empty, ineffective debates. (Some of them are a little thick around here...)

As someone who grew up with "get the frog across the road", "eat the dots and avoid the ghosts", "get these different-shaped blocks to make lines and disappear", etc., I know that story isn't important. It CAN be important, as in the few games you cited... but it absolutely does not need to be in order to make a good game.
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2 years ago#5
Yes.

Not for every game, but yes, I do.
2 years ago#6
Depends on the type of game. For a sidescroller like Mario or sonic, I don't really care about story. But an rpg like a final fantasy, I do. I think that's why I had trouble with many Zelda games, love the gameplay, but an rpg needs a rich story to keep me enthralled.
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2 years ago#7
NiftyManZ posted...
Depends on the type of game. For a sidescroller like Mario or sonic, I don't really care about story. But an rpg like a final fantasy, I do. I think that's why I had trouble with many Zelda games, love the gameplay, but an rpg needs a rich story to keep me enthralled.


i suppose you're lucky then, considering zelda isn't an RPG.
2 years ago#8
I grew up in the days when the bulk of a game's story was printed in the instruction manual and I'm currently pretty heavily invested in the indie game boom, so yeah, I can do without a rich story just fine.
2 years ago#9
I always start every game with the intention of reading all the story but never stick to it. Can't remember the last game where story came first.
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2 years ago#10
Yes, story is what holds it all together, if you haven't got a story you haven't got a purpose for playing.
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