What are the best video game storylines for PC?

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  1. 55

    #1Mass Effect Trilogy

    Mass Effect Trilogy
    The Mass Effect trilogy is an action RPG third-person shooter series developed by BioWare. The gameplay mixes action role-playing and third-person shooting with a AI team based combat. There is also large universe to explore that features many characters where interaction contains choice based branching dialogue.
    Games

    Windows

    Free- 29.99

    Randy Lucas
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I love games with a great storyline. There seems to be a million "shoot em' ups" so these days I need to find one that will also be engaging in terms of story development. Mass Effect Trilogy has that in spades. There are 75 hours of content so I was fully immersed. I just need to get back to work and remind myself that it's just a game ;]"
  2. 52

    #2BioShock

    BioShock
    BioShock is a shooter game where you'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal. The catch is you'll  be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Peter Taylor
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "I love shooter games. I decided to check out Biocheck and was amazed at the graphics, even today. The gameplay is also pretty fun and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I highly recommend it."
  3. 51

    #3The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an adventure role-playing game created by CD Projekt RED. It was released in 2015 as a sequel to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. In this game, the player controls Geralt, a monster hunter trying to save his daughter.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $49.99

    Amy Ferguson
    Written on July 4, 2017
    "I had been anxiously waiting for the newest version of The Witcher for a long time. And it does not disappoint. It has all the amazing elements from the previous versions and all the new content is enough to keep you entertained for hours. "
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    #4The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

    The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
    Young pirate wanna-be Guybrush Threepwood sets out to pass the Three Trials, woo the governess Elaine Marley, reach the fabled Monkey Island and vanquish the nefarious ghost pirate LeChuck. (The Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game for original and new audiences alike).
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Vincent Spencer
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "It's so cool that they have brought Monkey Island back. This was one of my favorite adventure games back in the day. The new graphics and game play are really good compared to the old game. Even if you didn't play the original, this is still a really fun game."
  2. 48

    #5Life is Strange

    Life is Strange

    Life Is Strange is an episodic interactive adventure game that follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers that she can rewind time and affect the past, present, and future.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Roy Warren
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Life is Strange has a compelling story that takes you down many roads and invokes many emotions in the person that plays it. It's story will hook and reel you in with lovable characters and tense situations that will leave you coming back for more."
  3. 47

    #6Deus Ex

    Deus Ex

    Deus Ex is an action role-playing video game developed by Ion Storm and published by Eidos Interactive. This first-person shooter stealth game is set in 2052 wherein a nano-virus called Gray Death is widespread.

    Games

    Windows

    Check price

    Jacob Stephens
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "I like the game very much. i could recommend it any day"
  4. 47

    #7Half-Life 2

    Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2  is a first-person shooter video game.It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is woken by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Larry Harrison
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "Half life 2 is arguably the best game of it's time. I'm talking amazing story here folks. If you haven't played this game then you're not a gamer."
  5. 44

    #8Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII is a turn-based strategy game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released for the PlayStation and will be included in the upcoming PlayStation Classic release.

    Games

    Web, Android, Windows, iOS

    Arnav Rathore
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "Pretty sure this is more for Android devices than it is for a PC. However, you can still find VII on Steam, if I recall correctly and suggest picking it up on there instead. Game itself is extremely dated, PS1 era, so a part of me suggests waiting for the remaster of it. Which will come out sometime in 2030 at the rate SE produces RPGs."
  6. 43

    #9Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is the first computer RPG set in the Star Wars universe. The game was developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts and was first released on November 19, 2003.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Xbox

    $9.99

    Rajesh Patel
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "So there have been some really only average to terrible "Star Wars" games, but this one seems to break that mold. There are a lot of very positive Steam reviews, a good sign in my book., though I should note this game was first released in 2003, so there's been lots of time for people to review. But folks keep buying (at a very reasonable price) and playing it, so I'm in!"
  7. 42

    #10Valiant 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

    Samuel Banks
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Valiant Hearts looks like a graphic novel and plays largely like an adventure/puzzle game and takes place along the Western Front during WWI. The storyline may be fictitious, but there's plenty of facts and figures handed out during gameplay which also makes it a good historical primer on the war. The game feels a bit long for what it is and some game mechanics eventually feel repetetive, but getting to play as each of the 4 main characters at various times helps break up some of the monotony. The real star is the art direction and story-telling which ultimately transcends the usual "war is hell" tropes to deliver a satisfying and emotional drama."
  8. 39

    #11Bioshock Infinite

    Bioshock Infinite
    A man is sent to the flying city of Columbia to find a missing girl. However, upon arrival, he discovers that the city, its people, and his objective are all not what they seem. BioShock Infinite is an FPS with RPG elements.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    José Angel Herrera
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "This solution didn't solve my problem. The game was cookie-cutter and offered nothing new if you're an avid gamer. If you're looking for engaging story lines that are unique and interesting try Dying Light, Mafia 3, or The Witcher 3. Bioshock Infinite doesn't deliver. "
  9. 39

    #12Planescape: Torment

    Planescape: Torment

    Planescape: Torment is a role-playing game developed by Blackdog and Black Isle Studios in 1999. This single-player game had an enhanced edition in 2017. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Scott Fernandez
    Written on July 22, 2017
    "Planescape: Torment is one of the best games in the history of games. The storyline is amazing, the characters are fantastic and the gameplay is spectacular. If you have not played this game yet, you should."
  10. 37

    #13Portal

    Portal
    Portal is a first person puzzle platformer created by Valve
    Games

    Windows, Android

    $9.99

    Lauren Edwards
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "Good storyline for a starting franchise. I feel it has potential for another game and DLC."
  11. 35

    #14Spec Ops: The Line

    Spec Ops: The Line
    Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person military shooter video game developed by Yager Development and published by 2K Games in 2012. It is the reboot of the Spec Ops series and the first entry since Spec Ops: Airborne Commando. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Raquel Aguilar
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "Spec Ops: The Line just wows me. The story is so in-depth, it's hard not to get caught up in all the emotional turmoil created by this top-notch story. I highly recommend the video game for anyone interested in playing a realistic shooter for PC."
  12. 34

    #15Fallout 3

    Fallout 3
    Fallout 3 is the third installment of the classic RPG. The game is developed by Bethesda Game Studios and changes the gameplay from the turned base isometric system to an open world with 3D graphics and a real-time combat system.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox 360

    $9.99

    Larry Lucas
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Fallout 3 is one of my favorite RPG's. The Capitol Wasteland of post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. makes for a very interesting setting to a rich, detailed storyline. The characters you meet all feel very alive and nearly everyone fits into the plot in some way or another. "
  13. 31

    #16Day of the Tentacle Remastered

    Day of the Tentacle Remastered
    Originally released by LucasArts in 1993, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn, high-resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $14.99

    Roy Obrien
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "I love old school games, because they take me back in time, to a period when I had less responsibility. Day of the Tentacle Remastered was originally released back in 1993, but the humorous storyline still holds up today. This version which is a available on PC through Steam has been remastered with improved graphics and audio. "
  14. 31

    #17The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead is an adventure horror game based on Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. It is delivered in a decision based, tale-tell gaming system wherein every decision you make would impact the story and how it unfolds.

    Games

    Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Gamefly

    Free

    Gregory Carlson
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "The Walking Dead is a very plot-heavy game, with a focus on personal choice rather than on actual gameplay mechanics. Because of this, its perfect for anyone seeking a more story driven game."
  15. 29

    #18Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is an action-adventure game set primarily on and around the islands in the Caribbean Sea during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century. It is the sixth installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Wayne Nichols
    Written on May 12, 2017
    "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is yet another game with a long franchise history. Its deep storylines engage players into caring about the character, environment, and how other character react. It's definitely a great game that also puts a pirate spin on things, allowing you to experience a storyline from the seas."
  16. 26

    #19Portal 2

    Portal 2
    Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle video game developed by Valve that features a humorous story. In the game, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    $9.99

    Jason West
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "If you enjoy working through a challenging puzzle you will probably love Portal 2. This demanding puzzle game offers the player as huge variety of options to design interesting puzzles that you and your friends will want to solve. Portal 2 sharpens your design skills and offers you and your friends a ton of fun. "
  17. 25

    #20Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is an adventure game developed and published by LucasArts in 192. This point and click game have a new version in 2009 for the Wii. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $5.99

    Esteban Contreras
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "I'm a huge fan of story in video games. A lot of games now lack push story to the side or don't even make an honest effort due to so many games having a multiplayer focus. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is a modest push into video game story telling. I'm a huge fan of Indiana Jones so it's great to get some spin-off stories from the movies we've all seen a hundred times. "
  18. 24

    #21The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game, playable from either a first or third-person perspective. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment. 

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

    $39.99

    Edward Powell
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Elder Scrolls Skyrim is a truly amazing game. I have logged so many hours on it on the PC. The problem is that the page that is linked is for the PS4 version of the game. I would say that because of that, it doesn't address your problem of video game storylines for PC."
  19. 22

    #22Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is a video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in 2009. It is based on the long-running comic book mythos, Arkham Asylum.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99- (GOTY edition).

    Alexander Peters
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "Batman Arkham Asylum is a perfect fit for story driven games for the PC. It has won many awards and much loved by the gaming community. It seems to be very popular across platforms. The game came out in 2010 and it is still relevant today, and that is rare in today's gaming environment."
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    #23Alan 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

    Samantha Ward
    Written on May 2, 2017
    "The plot for this game is absolutely fantastic, and you'll want to fly through the game to get to the end of all its twists and turns. The game play itself, however, is worth slowing down for, as a lot of its more finer points are better appreciated when you take the time to look for them."
  21. 19

    #24Far Cry 3

    Far Cry 3

    Far Cry 3 is an action FPS that has an interesting and immersive story that will make players get into the atmosphere of the game creating something cathartic where you investigate in the open action world of the island ruled by a drug kingpin.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    $19.99

    Ryan Burns
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "Far Cry 3 is a modern classic. I was engaged in the storyline from start to finish, and quickly immersed with the characters to the extent that I found myself laughing at times. The gameplay is amazing as well. Definitely a great PC game."
  22. 19

    #25The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us is a gritty, violent and mature thriller game based on the Fables comic books. The game players will discover that every decision can have enormous consequences. 

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    Free

    Richard Wheeler
    Written on July 8, 2017
    "You'd expect so much more from these guys, but the game play on this was terrible! First, the graphics are just too cartoonish. I know, it's based on the Fables comic books, but that's no excuse for the lack of textures and lazy shading. The game mechanics, though, are utterly broke. I wasn't thrilled: I was bored, and my choices didn't really seem to matter. Even the one somewhat graphic murder was barely a reprieve from the insomniac cure this game turned out to be. "
  23. 17

    #26Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a tactical open-world stealth action video game developed and published by Konami Digital Entertainment. The game is set in 1984 and the goal is to revenge on the shadow group, XOF.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

    Check price

    Megan Hicks
    Written on January 20, 2017
    " Metal Gear uses great story lines along with cutting edge graphics to give players an immersive story experience. This game will take you to a new world you wont want to leave with its asking you to maneuver through its story lines."
  24. 16

    #27Firewatch

    Firewatch
    Firewatch is a first-person mystery adventure game set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Vishal Sen
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "I love adventure games. I grew up on them. Games like Monkey Island and Gabriel Knight shaped the way I view games. However, recently there's been a large shift towards video games that don't care about the story. It's all about Esports and game mechanics now. I was having trouble finding a game for me to play so I came here and looked for a solution. The solution I was given was Firewatch. it's this cool first person game where you carry a radio around and get help from the person on the other end of the radio. It was amazing. I couldn't stop playing. Perfect solution!"
  25. 14

    #28Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City
    Batman: Arkham City is an action-adventure video game and It is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and many others. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    William Bishop
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "Ive loved Batman since I was young and have played many Batman games. This is by far the best. The graphics are top of the line, fun story mode and hours upon hours of gameplay."
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    #29Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an action-adventure stealth game set during the industrial revolution developed by Ubisoft. Players assume the roles of twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye who fight those who gain from the less privileged.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $39.99

    Micaela de la Torre
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "I really wanted a game with more of a storyline instead of random action/adventure. I tried Assassin's Creed Syndicate. The main storyline was very well realized and it definitely got exciting towards the end. The world was large and I really got involved with the storyline as much as if I was watching a movie, except I was actually a player here!"
  27. 13

    #30Undertale

    Undertale
    Undertale, one of the 2015 GOTY, is an RPG game where, if you want, you don't have to kill any of the enemies. The game changes a lot according to your philosophy and values. Oh, and prepare to cry a lot.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Mac

    $9.99

    Angela Rice
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "Kind of boring, but it's a good game if you don't want to fight anyone. You can negotiate your way out of danger. But that's not something I would prefer to do."
  28. 10

    #31Psychonauts

    Psychonauts
    A psychic odyssey through the minds of misfits, monsters, and madmen. This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin.
    Games

    Windows, Playstation 4

    $9.99

    John Bates
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "I didn't want to like this game but I just can't help myself. The characters are quirky and fun, interesting levels and a great story. I have played it quite a few times and am still not bored. Pick this one up and you will be thankful you did."
  29. 10

    #32Fallout 4

    Fallout 4
    Fallout 4 is a role-playing video game created by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2015 and is the fifth in the game series. In the game, the player needs to find his missing son in the monster-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Diana Chavez
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Fallout 4 is by far one of my favorite games. It's really fun to play on the PC, but any console is great too. If you like action and a great storyline, this game is definitely right up your alley."
  30. 8

    #33To the Moon

    To the Moon
    To the Moon is an independent adventure game developed and published by Freebird Games. The story, set in the future, follows two doctors who offer to fulfill a dying man's last wish using artificial memories.
    Games

    Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows

    $4.99

    Teresa Johnston
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "It is actually a pretty interesting concept. I've read the basic plot and some story lines. Of course it is a bit far fetched but it is a video game, so it's to be expected. With that being said, this plot works and is different. It is a bit morbid and bitter sweet because the story is basically about bucket lists; however it also gives you more freedom and creativity because it is about bucket lists...you can make it whatever you like. Not for all audiences though...not that it is offensive, but from the comprehension and entertainment points, this is not for kids."
  31. 7

    #34Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

    $14.99

    Jack Cole
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "I've been hearing good comments about this game, but when I downloaded it just killed my laptop. I don't know what's wrong with it, also because I have games with bigger requirements running smoothly on my machine. Sent an email to the programmers, I will update my review.."
  32. 5

    #35Grim Fandango Remastered

    Grim Fandango Remastered
    Grim Fandango Remastered is one of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time, with all the beautiful art and engaging story fans remember, with even better looks, sounds, and controls than the award-winning original release.
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Mac

    Free

    Kathryn Taylor
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Grim Fandango is a point-and-click adventure game from Lucas Arts. This is a remastered version from the original. If you love great storylines and love video games for the PC, this is the game for you. It's amazing and beautifully done. I highly recommend it, especially if you like adventure games and humor."
  33. 4

    #36Full Throttle Remastered

    Full Throttle Remastered
    Full Throttle is a graphic adventure game developed by LucasArts and designed by Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $14.99- (Remastered Edition)

    Julia Montoya
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I really enjoyed this game. It is a great game with a gripping storyline."
  34. 2

    #37The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an RPG sandbox with a lot of choices and adventures. You play as Geralt of Rivia a witcher in a medieval and fantastic world.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Yu Xie
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "There's a reason this game has one awards. I love it. Between the graphics, the game play, and the story line it's a classic game."
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    #38Assassin's Creed Unity

    Assassin's Creed Unity

    Assassin's Creed Unity is an open world action-adventure video game set in 1789 in Paris, where the player takes on the role of an assassin during the French Revolution. It can be played on PC and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Jose Douglas
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Assassin's Creed Unity is a game of the French Revolution, where the character Arno moves among the warring factions and chaos of Revolutionary Paris. It's an engrossing storyline and pretty well-told overall...not the best of the Assassin's Creed storylines, but by no means the worst. "

Summary

Best What are the best video game storylines for PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mass Effect TrilogyGames 55 Free
2BioShockGames 52 Paid
3The Witcher 3: Wild HuntGames 51 Paid
4The Secret of Monkey Island: Special EditionGames 51 Paid
5Life is StrangeGames 48 Paid
6Deus ExGames 47 Paid
7Half-Life 2Games 47 Paid
8Final Fantasy VIIGames 44 Paid
9Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicGames 43 Paid
10Valiant Hearts: The Great WarGames 42 Free
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