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Best Narrative of 2019

Best Narrative of 2019 - Article

by Ben Dye , posted on 03 January 2020 / 1,581 Views

The Best Narrative Award is reserved each year for the game that has the best combination of overall story, dialogue, and character development. Games that win this award don't have to be limited to a certain genre or type of story-telling; they can be epic adventures, beautifully sad RPGs, or even hilarious puzzle games. This year's shortlist includes everything from post-apocalyptic adventure, to space-faring RPG, sci-fi shooter, a harrowing 14th century stealth experience, and even a strategy game. Here are the nominees for this year’s Best Narrative Award.

 

The Shortlist:


Death Stranding


The Outer Worlds


Fire Emblem: Three Houses


A Plague Tale: Innocence


Control




The Winner:

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses' use of humor, voice acting, subjective storytelling (depending on which side you join), and Harry Potter-like school setting made for an incredibly unique narrative experience that was delightful to play through. The game encourages players to track down and accomplish a great deal of meaningful side stories as well, and features a moving ending that plays on concepts of betrayal and romance. Epic at times, sad at others, and peppered with funny moments, Three Houses boasts a consistently high quality narrative, making it VGChartz's Best Narrative of 2019.


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12 Comments

RolStoppable (on 03 January 2020)

Ring Fit Adventure got snubbed. VGC writers are biased against Nintendo, confirmed.


coolbeans (on 03 January 2020)

There's only so much energy I have to show these people the light, Rol.


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Dulfite (on 03 January 2020)

People were too busy getting sick workouts on to vote!


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Zenos (on 06 January 2020)

I didn't play many narrative heavy games this year, but I did like the stories in Aeterno Blade 2 (even if it was a bit disjointed) and Astral Chain.


Leynos (on 04 January 2020)

Judgment got snubbed


Megiddo (on 03 January 2020)

Not even having Disco Elysium as a nomination pretty much lets me know what VGC thinks makes a good "narrative" .


coolbeans (on 03 January 2020)

I've harped on it before, but I think Disco's snub simply comes back to the vast majority of the staff & community just not playing it yet. I feel like it's planned 2020 console release will result in an up-swell of appreciation.


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MTZehvor (on 03 January 2020)

Like Lee said, a big part of it likely is a lot of people just not having the chance to play it yet. It's an unfortunate reality with game awards; more niche titles have a tougher time winning awards just because they aren't known as well.


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Dulfite (on 03 January 2020)

This game didn't get the kind of attention an indie game needs to win over enough voters. I myself haven't played it but I'm interested based on feedback from people.


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John2290 (on 03 January 2020)

lol.


Dulfite (on 03 January 2020)

I'm glad you laughed out loud!


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John2290 (on 03 January 2020)

It's such a rare occurrence. Thank you. I'm dying unside. Lol.


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