Video games are one of the best mediums for telling stories, and the games that can combine fun gameplay with a compelling story make for unforgettable experiences that you’ll be replaying for years to come. The PS4 already has quite a few of these games, five of which are listed here:
The “Assassin’s Creed” series has always been full of fun historical fiction, and “Black Flag” is no different… well, in a way it is a little different, because it’s a lot better than any of the “AC” stories to come before it. You play as Edward Kenway, a swashbuckling pirate who is tasked with hunting down the Templars of his time, but is met with more than a few shocks and surprises along the way. There are historical elements and also supernatural ones, but they mesh together perfectly and make “Black Flag” an incredibly entertaining game to play.
“The Last of Us” is a fantastic experience from start to finish, with jaw-dropping moments spread throughout and one of the best endings in a video game to date. “TLoU” tells the story of Joel, an everyday guy who finds himself caught in the middle of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak. You’ll find yourself dealing with zombies, bandits and a rival faction hell-bent on stopping you from reaching your final goal- the details of which won’t be spoiled here. Just play it and buckle in for one hell of a ride!
When it comes to open world games, the words “good story” aren’t usually thrown around a lot, but most open world games aren’t based off a series of bestselling fantasy books. “The Witcher 3,” in addition to having a massive open world, explores some really mature themes, has plenty of twists and turns, and makes you think quite a bit. You play as Geralt of Rivia, an expert swordsman and magician, who is going up against the titular Wild Hunt, a group of phantom warriors whose appearance marks the beginning of the end of the world. This is the type of game that you will suck you in for hours upon hours as you work to progress the story and find out what will happen to Geralt and company, which is totally worth the time you put in.
Less of a game and more of an experience, “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture” is very simplistic at its core, but the way that the story unfolds will keep you hooked the whole way through. You’ll play as five different characters throughout the game, but the ultimate goal of each is the same: find out why everyone has suddenly disappeared from a seemingly quaint English village and solve the mystery of the apocalypse. Hopefully that’s enough to capture your attention, because you need to experience everything else yourself.
Exploring the grim reality of politics and the violent brutality of combat, “Dragon Age: Inquisition” is widely considered to be the best story driven game on the PS4. You play as The Inquisitor, a “chosen one” of sorts who must restore order to the continent of Thedas and close a hellish portal that is spawning a wide range of terrifying monsters into the world. Your journey will take you all over the land and you’ll meet a wide variety of compelling characters. Just like “The Witcher 3,” you’ll be dealing with some very mature themes here, which will definitely have you thinking as you learn motivations and solve the many tasks you’re faced with. The best part about the story in “Dragon Age: Inquisition” is that it will change based on your choices, making it truly your story.