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Best Narrative of 2020

Best Narrative of 2020 - Article

by Taneli Palola , posted on 16 January 2021 / 1,847 Views

Many of this year's best narratives have found success in taking something familiar to the player - whether that's a story they already know, or common genre conventions - and twisting and changing them in an unexpected way. It could be the way Hades used the repeated deaths common to roguelikes to enhance its narrative, or how Final Fantasy VII Remake took the original story and catapulted it in an unexpected direction. Naturally, there were a multitude of great narratives to experience in video games in 2020, but the following five games were at the top of that list.

 

The Shortlist:

 

Hades

Hades

 

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

  

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II

  

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

  

  

 

  

The Winner: 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Runner-up: The Last of Us Part II

It's clear that the story in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and by extension its predecessor, has resonated with people to a degree that is matched by only a select few other video game narratives. At its core it's a relatively simple tale of finding a way to repair and heal a world and the creatures that inhabit it; of fixing things that are broken. But sometimes the simplest stories are the ones that have the greatest impact on us when they're well executed. Ori and the Will of the Wisps winning this year's award for Best Narrative is proof positive of exactly that.


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7 Comments
mZuzek (on 16 January 2021)

Really surprised by Ori getting nominated, never mind actually winning it. It's such a great story, often overlooked for its simplicity, which is a shame.

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Chazore mZuzek (on 16 January 2021)

It's like the time some on here overlooked Undertale, back in 2015 for it's simplicity, yet the game itself had it's own level of depth, especially in the choices you made.

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axumblade (on 16 January 2021)

@ryuu96 is stacking the deck. Well deserved though

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KratosLives (on 18 January 2021)

Are you kidding?

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Hynad (on 16 January 2021)

LOL!!!

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rapsuperstar31 (on 16 January 2021)

That The Lat of Us 2 picture with Ellie and the T-Rex was one of my favorite section of the game. I haven't played Will of the Wisp, but I didn't particularly care about the first Ori game when I played a few hours a few years back.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 16 January 2021)

Last of us 2 somewhat copied beyond two souls past present future format that kinda wrecks the story 'somewhat' but all in all I'm not complaining haha runner up is fine on this site!

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