In addition to ultra fun web-slinging, versatile combat, and a gorgeous open world Manhattan, Marvel's Spider-Man also tells a surprisingly strong story. Insomniac's spin on the character sees Peter Parker struggling to keep his life together in his early twenties as his superhero duties start to get out of control. By cleverly humanising the key villains and merging them into Peter's personal life, the narrative is about as relatable and heartfelt as a superhero blockbuster can be. A highly enjoyable Spider-Man tale with some great twists and turns fans will love.
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You never expect much in terms of storytelling from a twitchy side-scrolling platformer, but Celeste bucks the trend with a surprisingly strong tale. Madeline's aim is to conquer Mount Celeste, but her inner demons are holding her back. With support from a charming cast of characters, her journey is an uplifting one that manages to tackle some important subjects. It's a simple yet effective story that doesn't outstay its welcome.
One of the best aspects of Aloy's grand adventure across a post-post-apocalyptic America is the tale at the heart of it. We won't spoil too much just in case you've yet to play Guerrilla's open world epic, but the combination of ultra-futuristic science fiction and tribal side stories presents a very unique story among modern games. The overarching mystery of why the world is how it is drives players forward, drip feeding exposition throughout, and it's incredibly compelling stuff.
17. Persona 5
The power of friendship should never be underestimated, and while the core plot of Persona 5 isn't the most original when it comes to gaming, it's the endearing characters and your interactions with them that really elevate the best Japanese RPG on the PS4. Spanning across 100 or so hours of playtime, this is a anime-infused epic that keeps you glued to the controller.
A prequel from a different developer: what could possibly go wrong? Well, in the case of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, not a whole lot. While the game works from DONTNOD’s blueprint, developer Deck Nine constructed a spin-off story that’s arguably more consistent than the Parisian studio’s original. Protagonist Chloe’s whirlwind romance with Rachel Amber is poignant, and while the season is hurried to a conclusion, it’s lovely while it lasts.