21 Best Video Game Stories On This Generation Platforms

Video games can easily tap into all sorts of situations and emotions for players with the deep narrative storyline. As a result, some video games can be extremely difficult not to set the controller down for a break. If you’re looking to enjoy a game that sucks you in for its narrative journey then we have plenty of great titles that you can enjoy on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and lastly the Nintendo Switch platforms.

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#21 Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

  • Developer: The Chinese Room, SCE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, PC
  • Release: August 11, 2015

Set to be a spiritual successor to Dear Esther is Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. If you’re a fan of walking simulators that puts more of a focus on narrative than gameplay mechanics then we suggest giving this title a go. Overall, players are wandering about in a deserted village as you attempt to track down where all the civilians have gone. As mentioned, there is not too many gameplay mechanics to deal with but there are a few puzzles to solve. Mainly, players will be exploring the world and looking for clues as to what happened prior to your arrival.

#20 Days Gone

  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 26, 2019

Days Gone is set in a post-apocalyptic world where much of humanity has been turned into zombie-like creatures.Players take control of Deacon St. John who was a former bounty hunter, but now must use his combat and tracking skills in order to survive this new hostile world. Two years have passed since the world became corrupted and our protagonist has taken accustomed to living life on the go, drifting from one makeshift town to another.

This is not just a mindless zombie game where you’re goal is to save the day. Instead, this is a more bleak narrative which follows a broken man. Instead of just living to survive, Deacon is out there in the open world where he will meet a cast of characters, all with their own ideas and backstory. However, the main campaign focuses on the idea that somewhere out there in the post apocalyptic world is Deacon’s wife, potentially still alive and it’s become a quest to either find out what happened years ago during the outbreak or potentially find her among the living.

#19 Quantic Dreams Collection

The Quantic Dreams Collection includes two titles featuring Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. Here’s a quick breakdown of both games.

Heavy Rain

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4
  • Release: February 23, 2010

Quantic Dream specializes in video games that focus more on the narrative journey than other gameplay mechanics similar to the Life is Strange franchise. Most often the video games are more like walking simulators that are littered with QTEs. We’re looking at Heavy Rain, one of the more critical hits from the development studo.

The game follows a mystery surrounding a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. This killer targets young children where they all end up dying by drowning of rainwater. Throughout this story, you’ll be presented with a cast of characters all in search to find out just who the killer is and each seem to have their own backstory that relates to the case.

When Ethan Mars finds his son kidnapped the hunt begins. You’ll take the role of several characters all of which are looking to save Ethan’s child before its too late. Most of the game is surrounded by investigating characters and areas for clues in attempt to save a child along with finding the true identity of the killer.

Beyond: Two Souls

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4
  • Release: October 8, 2013

Beyond Two Souls is another Quantic Dream video game title and if you ever played a Quantic Dream video game then you should have a good idea on how this game will play out mechanically. The center focus on these games is narrative where players must go through gameplay in a series of picking up clues, QTE’s, and choices. This game in particular also has a supernatural element to it much like the Life is Strange franchise.

Players take on the character Jodie Holmes who is connected to an invisible supernatural being called Aiden. With the help of Aiden, Jodie can defeat hostilities or interact with objective out of reach but as those realize there is something unique to Jodie, she ends up being taken under the care of the government, doing their bidding.

This narrative follows Jodie’s journey throughout her life and paints a picture of the struggles and joys our protagonist has had because of Aiden.

#18 Detroit Become Human

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: May 25, 2018

Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to pick up Detroit: Become Human. This is a futuristic neo-noir thriller that’s based off an old 2012 tech demo from Quantic Dream that became viral online.

Players will take control of three different characters, all of which are androids. You will have Kara, a female android that has escaped the factory from where she was made. There’s also Connor, who is a male android that is tasked with hunting down deviant androids. Lastly, there is Markus, another male android who has begun an android revolution against the human race.

This video game is all about choices and it certainly seems that there will be a ton of them to choose through within the game. In fact, there are so many choices that each will alter the narrative storyline and can have grave consequences with your characters.

#17 Until Dawn

  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: August 25, 2015

Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and a horror adventure title. Developed by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn follows a group of eight characters who decide to hold a holiday retreat at a cabin within a fictional mountain resort in western Canada.

However, their holiday retreat quickly turns sour as they learn a psycho killer is on the loose forcing our group of eight to survive until sunrise. If you enjoy choice-based video games then this title will be a must play.

While this game centers around horror, there is a massive emphasis on choices. Much like Life is Strange, choices will make a difference throughout the narrative and in this particular, it may cost certain characters lives.

#16 Firewatch

  • Developer: Camp Santo
  • Publisher: Panic, Campo Santo
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: February 9, 2016

Firewatch is the debut title for development studio’s Campo Santo. Within the game, players take on the role of a forest fire lookout named Henry. Set back in 1989, Henry’s only form of communication is through a walkie-talkie to another nearby forest fire lookout named Delilah.

Overall, Henry is tasked with maintaining the safety of the forest and preventing forest fires if possible. However, there seems to be something more going out in the woods leading to potential sabotage. During this narrative adventure title, players will discover the reason behind Henry taking a job that essentially secludes him from the outside world.

#15 Life is Strange

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO
  • Release: January 30, 2015

Life is Strange is one of those games that at first glance doesn’t seem to be something that would have such a deep narrative. But when you give it a try, you’ll have a terrible time when it comes to setting the controller down. There are so many elements to the narrative and journey Dontnod Entertainment takes you that it’s easily a great title recommendation for those that want a deeper story or to those that might not be extremely skilled when it comes to gaming.

Within the game, players take the role of a young adult named Max who is in her senior year of high school after she was accepted into a prestigious academy featuring a desirable photography course. This school actually takes Max back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and it’s with her return that she stumbles upon her past best Friend, Chloe.

Years have passed since Max left with her parents and their friendship slowly chipped away into nothing more than acquaintances. However, one day Max discovers she has a supernatural ability to reverse time and through it, she is able to rekindle her friendship with Chloe. But with all that said, there is something deeper that resides in Arcadia Bay and this game definitely doesn’t hold back.

You’ll learn of deep dark secrets the town has kept hidden along with morally tough and emotional choices that will alter the narrative. This is an episodic video game and with the entire season available, we highly recommend playing the game. Gameplay is aimed more towards puzzle solving and exploring which makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play.

#14 The Wolf Among Us

  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Platforms: iOS, Android, PC, PS3, PS4, PSV, X360, XBO
  • Release: October 14, 2013

Based on the Fables comic book series, The Wolf Among Us is another hit from developers Telltale Games. Overall, the game is set within an American town that features outcasts from your beloved fairy tale stories. Now hiding in the human world, players take on the role of Bigby Wolf, once known as the Big Bad Wolf, who must keep the fables in check in order to avoid unwanted attention.

That’s easier said than done when a new string of murders has occurred to various fairy tale characters. Since these chosen few can only be killed by another fairy tale character it seems that this investigation will lead Bigby to meet with past friends in order to learn who the real murderer is.

#13 Yakuza 6

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 17, 2018

For those familiar with the Yakuza series, the latest main installment of the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, will pick back up the narrative storyline players have been following over the years. Just like previous installments to the franchise, gamers can expect a brawler fighting title with a slightly open world environment to explore. As players go through the game, they can level up and unlock useful skills to use against other Yakuza thugs. When it comes to the narrative, players will step into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu once again who is on a mission to learn what has happened to Haruka after being locked away for three years.

#12 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: October 27, 2017

The video game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus follows the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order which alters historical events. With the Nazi Regime ruling the world, a military resistance looks to fight back within America, acting as the nation’s second American Revolution against the Nazi rule. However, we would recommend playing the first installment, Wolfenstein: The New Order in order to follow the narrative journey of BJ Blazkowicz as he battles against the Nazi reign if you have yet to do so.

Regardless, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a fantastic video game sequel that not only continues to capture the brutality story with full of intense action and firefights. This is also a single player focused video game adventure so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re wanting a cooperative or multiplayer other various multiplayer game modes.

#11 Gone Home

  • Developer: The Fullbright Company
  • Publisher: The Fullbright Company, Majescco EEntertainment, Annpurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: August 15, 2013

Gone Home plays out like a first-person adventure title where players take on the role of a young girl who returns home on break. However, once players arrive home they find it empty. This journey is based around finding where your mother, father and sister has vanished too.

Gameplay is more or less a walking simulator where you roam from room to room in order to find enough clues that you’ll figure out just what happened prior to your arrival. While this title looks to be filled with jump scares just waiting to pop out, it’s actually a deep narrative journey that’s relaxed. You won’t find yourself running from a supernatural being or invader. Of course with that said, this is still a mature story that plays out through clues and messages you find throughout the home.

#10 Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: X360, XBO, PC, PS4
  • Release: November 10, 2015

Set as the sequel to the reboot Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider tells the story of Lara Croft who has become labeled insane with the organization Trinity covering up the events that took place in Yamatai. Now to prove she’s not insane, Lara Croft must make her way into the ancient city of Kitezh.

What the city contains may prove to be something of use in order to prove to those who’ve doubted her. Unlike Tomb Raider, this latest installment has Lara Croft with a few well tuned skills in which she can put to use.

#9 Nier: Automata

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, XBO
  • Release: March 7, 2017

Nier: Automata is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series. Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity.

Through the game progression we’ll learn more about our protagonist android who is tasked int saving a world for the human race. Still not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata? Take a look of our detailed breakdown of the game within with our Before You Buy series upload right up above.

#8 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: February 28, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn marks as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of why she was banished from the tribe as a baby.

#7 The Walking Dead Telltale Games

  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PSV, X360, XBO, Mobile, Ouya
  • Release: August 22, 2013

Telltale Games takes real precious care when it comes to their video game releases. Oftentimes they will handle other IPs such as Batman and Game of Thrones though they add their own unique twist to it. This usually results in an adventure narrative that relies heavily on player choices in order to alter the story and the characters within it.

The Walking Dead takes place in the popular comic and AMC TV series universe where you may even see a familiar face. However, predominately, the game is centered around unique characters within The Walking Dead universe.

This first season follows Lee Everett, a man that is on his way to prison until the zombie apocalypse actually ends up freeing him from the law enforcement. Now free in a chaotic world, Lee stumbles upon a young child by the name of Clementine who is all alone. Quickly Lee takes on the role of Clementine’s guardian and protects her from the harsh new realities of the world.

Afterwards, players will be going through a few more narrative adventures that focuses on Clementine and her life going through the zombie apocalypse.

#6 The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: May 19, 2015

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. With its deep rich narrative journeys and fleshed out worlds, the trilogy has wrapped up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As expected the third installment not only saw a massive overhaul in terms of graphics but provided gamers with a much more lively world filled with quests and exploration.

While still taking the role of Geralt of Rivia, players will find that that they must deal with the invasion of the Norther Kingdom along with the growing threat of the Wild Hunt. Outside of just a massive world to explore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers campaigns and quests to keep you busy for hours on end.

#5 Persona 5

  • Developer: P-Studio
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4
  • Release: April 4, 2017

Persona 5 is the sixth installment to the Persona series which is connected to the Megami Tensei franchise. The video game takes place in modern-day Tokyo which follows the protagonist who transfers into an academy known as Shujin. Soon into the school year, the protagonist along with a number of other students awaken with unique powers along with the ability to explore the Metaverse.

The Persona series doesn’t have a difficult time gathering up followers with each release and with this being the latest, you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the fun.

#4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: May 10, 2016

The Uncharted franchise has been immensely popular with Sony gamers with the fourth main installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was set to be the conclusion to the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes place several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where Nathan Drake has been retired from fortune hunting. That is until he is reunited with his older brother Sam and partner Sully where the trio must search for clues to the location of Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure in order to save Sam’s life.

#3 God of War

  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 20, 2018

What can we say about God of War that you probably are not already fully aware of? The video game franchise got its start back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and is still going strong today. However, this title, in particular, is more of a soft reboot to the franchise.

If you’re familiar with the past installments, this time around Kratos has ended his time with Greek mythology and has since moved onto Norse mythology. Likewise, Kratos will not be alone anymore as he will be looking over his son named Atreus, preparing him for the real world after the recent passing of his mother.

#2 The Last of Us Remastered

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: July 29, 2014

Naughty Dog really knows how to make a great video game and has been turning them out for Sony a number of years now. However, one of the more recent IP release, The Last of Us, was resounded for its gameplay and narrative journey.

At its core, The Last of Us was a game that follows the world after a zombie-like plague. Most of humanity was struggling to survive with various fungus type hosts have attached themselves to a human body, essentially reanimating them. While technically they are not zombies, it’s tough to classify them to anything else.

Overall the game follows Joel who has his world completely shattered early into the game. However, after a small time jump, it seems that Joel is making by in the world that is full of nothing by chaos, corruption, and uncertainty. That soon gets shaken up when Joel winds up having to protect some little girl named Ellie as they make their way across the country on foot.

As you can imagine this is a slow journey that takes Joel and Ellie a long time to complete. It’s within this time that Joel and Ellie begin to bound though the deeper you go into the narrative the more we see just how bleak the world has become.

This is a game you’ll be gripping your controller and sitting on the edge of your seat all the way through. After the amount of time you spend playing this game, it’ll be hard not to get attached to the various characters.

#1 Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Developer: Rockstar Studios
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 26, 2018

Rockstar Games has crafted up a number of incredible pieces of work. Their beloved long-running series Grand Theft Auto, the single IP release of Bully, and of course their old western series, Red Dead Redemption just to name a few. Red Dead Redemption has a massive following and gamers all over the world are undoubtedly waiting for new information to trickle down from Rockstar for their upcoming installment, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Within the game, players will progress through an adventure featuring an outlaw named Arthur Morgan and the Va der Linde gang. This appears to be a gritty western and if it’s similar to the original Red Dead Redemption along with Grand Theft Auto V then there is likely to be a few random encounter missions to take part in outside of the main campaign.