Best Narrative of 2016

Best Narrative of 2016 - Article

by Chinh Tran , posted on 09 January 2017 / 6,314 Views

There was a time when the narrative of a video game was just an afterthought, often riddled with cliches, familiar tropes, and unoriginal themes. In more recent years, however, they have become a strong staple of many games, able to elicit emotions and forge bonds between characters and players even filmmakers would envy.  

This year’s shortlist for best narrative includes two efforts from Sony in the form of
The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4:  A Thief’s End, Playdead continued to impress fans with Inside, their beautiful follow-up to 2010’s Limbo, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV proved they can still tell epic stories, while the ever-solid Remedy gave us Quantum Break.


The Shortlist:


The Last Guardian


Uncharted 4:  A Thief’s End


Inside


Final Fantasy XV


Quantum Break




The Winner:


The Last Guardian

Despite strong competition, Fumito Ueda and Team Ico’s powerful and charming tale about a boy, his pet, and the emotional bond that tied them together would not be denied.  For many years it seemed The Last Guardian wouldn't even see the light of day.  Fortunately, after a lengthy and troubled development, Team Ico delivered a game that is a worthy successor to both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus and is our choice for Best Narrative of 2016.


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9 Comments

siebensus4 (on 09 January 2017)

TLG will be the best game I will ever be playing.


KazumaKiryu (on 09 January 2017)

Uncharted 4 is a masterpiece, but yeah - the last guardian was amazing too!


Darwinianevolution (on 09 January 2017)

I would have gone with Oxenfree, and I'm sure people are missing Firewatch and possibly FE Fates. The Last Guardian is fine, I guess, but from what I've seen, the mechanics get in the way of the story frequently, and that takes away from the magic.


Werix357 (on 09 January 2017)

Why no Over Watch?


shikamaru317 (on 09 January 2017)

Oxenfree for me, followed by Quantum Break at #2.


the_dark_lewd (on 09 January 2017)

Lol FF15 for best narrative? Its story was told by a mentally ill gerbil.


Random_Matt (on 09 January 2017)

LOL, (i actually love gerbils, leave them alone)


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SuperNintend0rk (on 09 January 2017)

Wow Overwatch didn't actually win this one! By this point I just assumed it was going to sweep all the awards :P


Chazore (on 09 January 2017)

Had a feeling it was going to be TLG, just from seeing the title. Not saying it was a bad choice, but for me it was an easier choice to see than say Quantum Break.