THE 25 GREATEST VIDEO GAME STORIES

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september 2017 is SYFY’s 25th anniversary, so we’re using it as an excuse to look back and celebrate the last 25 years of ALL science fiction, fantasy, and horror, a time that has seen the genres we love conquer the world of pop culture. For us, that means lists! ALL THE LISTS! We’ll be doing two “25 greatest” lists per day all throughout September, looking back at the moments, people, and characters that shaped the last quarter century. So keep checking back.

Please note: Our lists are not ranked; all items have equal standing in our brains.

What items in our lists were your favorites? Did we miss something? We welcome respectful debate and discussion, so please let us know in the comments!

Many classic video games have just the tiniest shell of a story, one that’s there just to get you from point A to point B. But as consoles and computers have become more powerful, so has the ability to use this interactive medium to tell a great story.

For the games on this list, story wasn’t at all an afterthought and is central to the enjoyment of the game itself. A list like this could easily contain 100 entries at this point, as the revolution of the video game industry to tell stories in every genre and give us more unique and complete tales than many films and TV stories continues to progress. These are 25 of the best video game stories we’ve seen told in the last 25 years.

What happens when a psychological thriller author gets stuck in a story scarier than he could ever write? That’s the basis of Alan Wake, which will have you questioning everything that happens in the story as much as the titular character does. As the story progresses, you realize that Alan’s writing is what will make him more powerful; it is a literal case of the pen being mightier than the sword. The episodic storytelling used brought out the story even better, giving fans chunks of the story to digest and frankly panic over, a little at a time.

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