Sit down and let me tell you about this one.
During this age of multiplayer shooters and short campaigns it’s easy to overlook one of the most important parts of a great game. The story. The thing that keeps you going for hours and hours just because you want to know what happens next.
A great story is more than just the dialogue between characters, it’s the setting, the events, the theme and the backbone of a great game. A few games stood above the others this year and it was hard to choose just one. Here’s what we thought was the best story of 2011.
Dragon Age 2
Publisher/Developer: EA / Bioware
Release Date: March 8th
Our Review: 9/10
Bioware’s Dragon Age 2 had a story that wasn’t even close to your typical fantasy tale. Rather than defeating the demon to save the world, the main character, Hawke, simply has to escape his or her war torn homeland with the rest of the family. Hawke must raise the family from penniless refugees to some semblance of their former life. During this time there are many political forces at work in the city of Kirkwall and Hawke may or may not get mixed up in these.
This sweeping, rags to riches story gripped us from the start and never failed to intrigue us with its twists and turns as well as the way it was presented. As far as stories go, this was one of our favorites of all time.
Batman Arkham City – with one of the best cast of characters in any game of 2011, Batman Arkham City told one of the greatest Batman stories, video game or not, ever. It wasn’t, however, quite enough to take out Dragon Age 2 for the title.