Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Story Game of 2022, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category crowns the best PS5, PS4 titles that made their stories a very important pillar of the experience. At the end, we will list a few honourable mentions.
Bronze Trophy: Horizon Forbidden West
The story of Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the most engaging on PS4, and Guerrilla Games expands on the premise by going truly off the rails. This is full-on sci-fi madness with invaders from outer space, new technology, and feats that are unattainable by any normal human being. The narrative has its believers, but it also has its doubters. It's widely agreed that the tales of the tribes and a lot of the side content are of a high quality, though, with stories worth seeing through to the end even if they're not related to the main plot. Even if you don't like where the story goes, there's really no denying the developer is all in on the tale, with a third game ready to rock and roll.
You can read our Horizon Forbidden West PS5 review through the link.
Silver Trophy: Trails from Zero
Trails from Zero may be an older RPG — first debuting on the PSP back in 2010 — but its narrative has a timeless quality to it, aided greatly by Falcom's trademark efforts in worldbuilding. The whole game takes place in and around the city of Crossbell, and over the course of its 50-hour runtime, you get to know the state's streets and buildings almost as well as its fantastic cast of characters. Zero does an enviable job of hooking you with personal stories before dragging you into a much more dramatic overarching plot. Engrossing stuff when it's at its best.
You can read our Trails from Zero PS4 review through the link.
Gold Trophy: A Plague Tale: Requiem
For as unrealistic the premise of A Plague Tale: Requiem is, its story can hit brutally close to home. The brother and sister duo of Amicia and Hugo return for another life-threatening adventure that's utterly depressing at almost every turn. Nothing ever goes right for them, culminating in an ending that's sure to shed some tears. For as heartbreaking as it can be, though, Asobo Studio's sequel is completely gripping. Every facet of the experience is designed to enhance the plot, with touching conversations and emotional encounters. It's miserable just as much as it is enthralling. A fantastic story-based follow-up from the French studio.
You can read our A Plague Tale: Requiem PS5 review through the link.
Platinum Trophy: God of War Ragnarok
First thought of as a rebooted trilogy, God of War Ragnarok had the job of packing in two games worth of story into one gigantic experience. 40 or so hours later, Santa Monica Studio had told the greatest video game narrative of the year. It sees Kratos, Atreus, and friends combat the cataclysmic event that is Ragnarok as well as those trying to bring about its final days. A wonderful cast of new characters quickly become stars of the show, and with unforgettable moments that play about with your expectations littered throughout the story, the game surprises just as much as it delights. A truly great conclusion to the Norse arc of the God of War franchise.
You can read our God of War Ragnarok PS5 review through the link.
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