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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While so many interactive dramas cheat, Detroit: Become Human is the most adaptable narrative ever conceived. Lead characters can die in the opening hours of the story, and that’s the last you’ll see of them for the remainder of the campaign. The robotic revolution plotline can be a bit heavy-handed, but as with all Quantic Dream games, there are some real high-points that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
18. Gone Home
It’s the way that Gone Home subverts expectations that makes it such an iconic piece of interactive fiction. Pitched as a kind of horror game, it uses environmental story-telling to flesh out the lives of its slim cast of characters. But the game plays with your emotions right the way through to its euphoric conclusion, teasing you with an unfortunate outcome that never quite happens – and hitting you with a joyous sucker punch that will leave you blubbing.
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 an anime-infused epic that keeps you glued to the controller.
Dragon Quest XI boasts one of the best told stories in traditional Japanese RPGs. Carried by an excellent cast of charming characters, it's all about the adventure -- and what an adventure it is. Now, the main plot may not be the most original tale in gaming, but it's stuffed with so much flavour and wonder. Top it all off with an epilogue of sorts that raises the bar on almost every level, and you've got, for our money, the best Dragon Quest story ever.