What was the best video game story in 2013?

Video games have a special way of telling stories that no other medium can touch. You're an active participant in how things unfold, that's… pretty cool, right? The consequences are felt on a deeper level because you are the one pushing them forward.

2013 was filled with incredible stories, let us know what your favorite was by casting your vote here!

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  • GoldenEagle1476 - December 12, 2013 5:12 a.m.

    Definitely Bioshock.
  • Neoguardian86 - December 11, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Having Played, Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, and Last of Us this year. i think Last of Us and Bioshock had the strongest stories, but I'd give the edge for Bioshock mostly on it's themes, message, and setting. But that isn't take anything away from GTA or LoS. To any serious gamer i would wholly recommend playing all three for themselves.
  • Xerxes667 - December 11, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Last of Us... no difficulty in that choice whatsoever... possibly the best game ever on ps3... and by that i mean the most well thought out, complete, unique and exhilarating game.. a masterpiece of the medium.
  • codystovall - December 11, 2013 8:34 a.m.

  • martin-pospisil - December 11, 2013 2:30 a.m.

    Tough choice, but I would go with Brothers. It is the only one, that tells story in a way that only games can, through interactions with world and characters.
  • mafyooz - December 11, 2013 12:58 a.m.

    Definitely The Last Of Us for me, my daughter could do no wrong for days after I'd finished it. I'm a bit surprised there's been no sign of Ni No Kuni in this category or the Best Character one though, it had a good story and Mr Drippy was great :)
  • universaltofu - December 10, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    I went with Bioshock on this one, where for character I chose Trevor, and GOTY chose Gone Home. A man, a lighthouse, a city, I'm a sucker for possibilities.
  • poopaloop1 - December 10, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    I was really torn between Gone Home and The Last of Us, but in the end, Gone Home stole my heart. I don't think I've ever gotten such an adrenaline rush and sense of urgency from playing a video game as I did going up those attic stairs, the buildup was phenomenal. I gotta say though, TLOU did make me tear up at the end there.
  • Child Of Death - December 10, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    Im was torn between Bioshock Infinite and Last of Us but I picked TLOU
  • shawksta - December 10, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    I chose GTA V just because I can. Gone home and Bioshock infinite otherwise win this category, but there's something about GTA V, the different characters and their own stories, it was just nice, not 2deep4u or massive plot twists, just good.
  • Cyberninja - December 10, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    I really feel just putting the most popular games of the year on the list isn't the best way of doing things hands down I have to say the best story this year is Ni no Kuni but it is not here while GTA V is, and if this is going to be used for something like a users choice award in the platinum chalices then I feel this is really really unfair since you can't fairly say that it won if you limit choices. If you did something where all the games that had good stories go on the list and then do a few rounds to narrow it down to a few I would be cool with that, but I hate just having to go with Bioshock each round because my choice is so limited, its the only game on the list I had any interest in and by default the only one I played. it would be like me making a pizza and wanting to put steak on it but since that's not a choice having to settle with pepperoni, since I wouldn't eat any of the other toppings available.
  • freeden - December 10, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Bioshock for me. What a mindbender of a story. The story is just so well written, not just on an emotional level, but all the details, all the characters, everything is so well crafted. I haven't played most of the others, but Bioshock remains one of the best written games I've ever played. An incredible achievement.
  • gilgamesh310 - December 11, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Bioshock Infinite's story is a complete disaster. It's filled with plot holes, contradictions and a blatant lack of exposition. It's how not to tell a story.
  • Ironarm - December 10, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    The Last of Us. No brainer. The ending was of the utmost perfection, and every time they transitioned into a new season it always was on an extremely somber note. I loved that.
  • Scratch23 - December 10, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    Very tough between The Last of Us and Bioshock. Only one I haven't played is Gone Home. I think I'll go with Bioshock though it was just so well written and just so mind blowing. Not to mention Booker and especially Elizabeth were amazing characters that were VERY well written.
  • StrayGator - December 10, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Hey GR! I think you should nominate Gone Home in every category (best shooter, racer, rpg, graphics, console exclusive...) only to troll BF.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - December 10, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    Ask and it shall be done.
  • BladedFalcon - December 10, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    I should feel honored if this actually happened then, being able to influence things so ;) Seriously though, I know I've harped on the game quite a bit. But I still think it's a good experiment. So even if it wins anything, eh, at least it isn't an actually bad game.
  • Outofmanyone - December 10, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    This is actually the first year I've only played one game on this list, and that would be Bioshock. There was so much thought that went into Infinites story that--whether you like it or don't--you have to, at the very least, respect the amount of work that went into it. I still prefer the first Bioshock story over it but I did enjoy it. Sad things is, I own Gone Home and Last of Us but I haven't had time to play through them yet(currently trotting through Ni no Kuni & Mario 3D World) but I plan to once I'm finished what I'm playing. Trying to divide time between reading and video games has been getting harder.. I've completely given up on TV shows.

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