What are the best narrative games on Steam?

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    #1Valiant Hearts: The Great War

    Valiant Hearts: The Great War
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a point and click adventure game that shows us the of 4 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. The game is 2D mixing animated comic book, exploration, action, puzzles and emotion. 
    Games

    Android, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Christina Russell
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "This is a simple and fun game. You may even learn somethings from this also. This indeed is a narrative game. You are able to buy additional add ons to this also. Solution works for this issue. "
  2. 13

    #2Bastion

    Bastion
    Bastion is a cool indie game based in a roguelike gameplay with many dungeon crawler elements. The game has an innovative system which features a reactive narrator who marks all your moves. It is developed by Supergiant Games.
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $14.99

    Jesús Vera
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "This game is one of the better story driven games to come out in the past few years. It has the whole package: an amazing story, great soundtrack, beautiful art, and amazing world that you can explore. The narration works really well and it's definitely a game I would recommend."
  3. 10

    #3Alan Wake

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake is a horror, action-adventure RPG game developed and published by Remedy Entertainment. It is game that was meant to explore the mystery behind the loss of a loved one and the struggle of a man against his very own sanity.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Philip Grant
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "Alan Wake is a survival horror third person shooter with an odd twist that you're a horror writer trying to stop the evil, very unique I think. The combat is pretty standard but the enemies are interestingly protected but I don't want to give too much away. It's a really long adventure and full of twists and surprises. Truly a fun game."
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    #4Transistor

    Transistor

    Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.

    Games

    Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Jose Moreno
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Transistor is an awesome game with a really in-depth story, but unfortunately it doesn't really have replay value aside from its New Game+ mode. Once you get all of the achievements and finish your second run through, that's pretty much it. I'd say it's worth picking up for the experience, so I'd recommend it as well, but try to catch it on sale if possible."
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    #5The Stanley Parable

    The Stanley Parable
    The Stanley Parable is an interactive walking game where the player is narrated as they navigate the game. More a comment on the state of modern gaming than a full fledged game itself. An experience if you will, with fictional story elements and some small parts of interactivity.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $11.99

    Brandon Meyer
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "The Stanley Parable is a decent solution for this problem. I found the parts of the game that followed the story to be very interesting though there was freedom as well. Overall it was a very nice experience for this genre of games."
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    #6Gone Home

    Gone Home
    Discover the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a first-person story exploration video game in development by The Fullbright Company.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $14.99

    Vincent James
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I'm probably in the minority here but I didn't enjoy the game so much. It has awesome voice acting and the overall atmosphere is great. Soon after starting though, it just gets boring. The story starts out making it seem like there's gonna be something super interesting happening, but to avoid spoilers, I'll just say soon enough that isn't the case. But still, worth a play if you like the genre."
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    #7Dear Esther

    Dear Esther
    Dear Esther is a first-person exploration game with a strange and quirky narrative
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $9.99

    Tom Jia
    Written on July 25, 2017
    "I love exploration games, so I gave Dear Esther a try. While the graphics are pretty astounding, the actual game play was lackluster for me. There was a lot of walking around and reading strange writing. I think there was somewhat of a ghost story but there wasn't any real suspense or tension for me. I didn't feel engaged or connected at all to this game. There are plenty better options on Steam for me to play."
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    #8Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Ashley McDonald
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "This game was a little dark for me. I guess I should have known what I was getting into seeing as the game description warned that it would "chill me to the core," but I figured that I was brave enough to play. Turns out I'm a wimp. I think I'll stick to Sims! I'd recommend it those who like their entertainment of the terrifying variety. "
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    #9Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist platformer in which users will have to successfully guide different types of rectangles with different jumping skills to the end of every level. The game features a mix of puzzle and platform gameplay.

    Games

    Android, Windows, iOS

    $4.99

    Thomas Thompson
    Written on July 23, 2017
    "Thomas Was Alone is a somewhat unique game, but I'm not quite sure how well it functions as a solution for those looking for a more conventional narrative game. It's fairly abstract and minimal and focuses more on a general mood and feel than about describing what's happening to a more conventional set of characters, like one would find in most modern AA games. I'd recommend it, but maybe not to solve this particular issue."

Summary

Best What are the best narrative games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Valiant Hearts: The Great WarGames 15 Free
2BastionGames 13 Paid
3Alan WakeGames 10 Paid
4TransistorGames 10 Paid
5The Stanley ParableGames 8 Free
6Gone HomeGames 5 Paid
7Dear EstherGames 4 Paid
8Amnesia: The Dark DescentGames 3 Paid
9Thomas Was AloneGames 1 Paid
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