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Best Fantasy Games with a Story

The Best Fantasy Video Games with Awesome Stories

There are plenty of Fantasy and Science Fiction video games out there. Here is my list of the Best Fantasy Games ever. These games all range from first person shooters and adventure games to RPGs and cover PC, XBOX, XBOX 360, and Playstation systems.

I'm a huge fan of fantasy games, specifically, fantasy games that have a compelling story. If you are looking for “Gandalf with Guns,” look elsewhere. But if you want a fantastic, story-rich game that you can lose yourself in – much like a good fantasy novel – then here are my picks for the best RPG games with a good story.

Note, because these are a list of the best games with a solid STORY, there will be omissions of some of the more popular fantasy games such as

Morrowwind, Oblivious, Skyrim, Diablo's, Divine Divinity: Origin, etc.

While the games listed above are great video games, they are not rich in story, which is why they (and other games) are not included.

Amazon.com Product Description In Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn, you face an uncertain future, with a lineage that tempts the unscrupulous to use you and the ignorant to fear you. You will face a foe that views you as no more than chattel and that toys with you at every turn; a villain whose goals go beyond a quest for power and who threatens to use a lost companion as a tool for unparalleled destruction. The choices to be made will not be easy, and you may have to align with the lesser of evils, even though all evils cannot help but seem equal. In the end you will have mourned lost loves, celebrated new ones, and had adventures that profoundly shaped the Realms.

Pretty much thought of as the KING of old-school RPGs. This beast of a game is a few years old now and the graphics are outdated. Doesnt matter, play it anyway! What can I say about Baulder's Gate? The game is epic in length, so epic that you can put a hundred hours of play time into this game and still have more to see. As for the gameplay itself, it's phenomenal -- Baulder's Gate is that sort of RPG paragon that all other RPG games attempt to imitate but always seem to fall short. What really makes this game special is the strength of the story. The game is massive and sprawling, but the personal stories and interactions with your party members really give the game personality. Throughout the course of the game you learn plot details about your party members and, should you interact with them in such a way that they trust you, and open up more plot details. This really adds something unique to the game -- in the midst of a grand good versus evil struggle of the main plot, the well-written side plots are a genuine pleasure. Baulder's Gate 2 is the perfect example of what an RPG should be -- massive, great gameplay, loads of quests and things to do, and a hell of a good story. This is one fantasy RPG game that you don't want to miss. By far, I rate this as one of the best rpg games ever.

This is, without a doubt, the most complex story of any fantasy RPG game out there.  The writers went to town with the character development and plot on this phenomenal game. The graphics are bad but considering the game came out 1997ish, forgiveable.  

This game is still getting 5 star reviews on Amazon.com, even after being more than a decade old.  How is that, you may ask? The game play and story. This game proves that game play and story can trump graphics any day. You start the game waking up in a cemetery with no memory of your previous life only tattoos on your body that hint at your sordid tale. Over the course of the game you meet up with a wide variety of interesting game characters, and I do mean interesting, from a floating skull to a flaming man.

Whats remarkable about this game is the completely open-ended game play. Think fallout here you can go anywhere in the game and do practically anything. But what really makes this game stand out is the dialogue. Some RPGs force you to follow a linear dialogue tree, but Planescape offers dialogue that takes into account your characters experiences, intelligence, etc. The game can drastically change depending on your stats (intelligence opens a lot more plot details, for example). This game has one of the best stories of any video game-- maybe the best. So if you love rich fantasy stories and love RPGs, pick this game up you wont regret it.

This is probably the greatest adventure game ever created. The longest journey is exactly that a  journey. The adventure game genre has taken a beating in recent times it seems more people are interested in frenetic gameplay and killing zombies than actually savoring a rich story. I would say that the Longest Journey has the greatest storyline out of any game. This game proves that the essence of a good game is the story. The game is years old and you can pick it up for a steal. Do so. You will also want to check out Dreamfall, the sequel to The Longest Journey. But more on that later.

With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans.

In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it. 

From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality. Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. 


No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled (or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun) by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale. 

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This is Bioware's unofficial sequel to Baulder's Gate 2 and man is it good. It's everything you could want in a "sequel" and offers a lot of what made Baulder's Gate 2 great -- an epic quest to save the world, a ton of character classes, tons of spells, powers, sub specialization at higher levels, the ability to make choices that effect the story, a cast of great characters with awesome voice acting, and a fantastic story. If you haven't played the game yet, play it.

Note that Dragon Age 2 has also been released as of this year (2011). It's a great game, but nowhere near as good as the first game. Still worth playing though!

This game never really gained widespread mainstream popularity, probably because of the many bugs present in the first release. The subsequent re-release addressed a lot of the complaints, fortunately, so you can now enjoy the game the way you were meant to. The Witcher is a great RPG with a strong story and fun action. What really makes the Witcher unique is the dark, adult storyline. Choices matter big time and the choices are mostly gray choices. This is not a game for the faint of heart and the game is thoroughly gray its hard to draw the lines between good and evil. Fallout 3, the Witcher, and Mass Effect are probably the best 3 RPGs that have come out the past few years. The Witcher is one of the best computer games out there.

Note that The Witcher 2 has been released and is just as good (maybe better) than the Witcher 1!

Yep, this is one of those games that you have to play. If you ask many people what the best game they've every played is, a fair number will list Final Fantasy VII near the top. The graphics are bad (hey, its 1990s era), but the engrossing journey sucks you right in. Japanese RPGs have always been about the predetermined narrative. You take a seat on the train and end up where the developer want to you to. This is a stark difference from western RPGs which put a lot of emphasis on your choices and how they affect the gameplay. Where am I going with this? Final Fantasy VII is an experience that you dont want to miss, old game or not.

This is an oldie but still a goodie. The game wasn'tt exactly a commercial success but the open ended game play and good storyline made this something special. Vampires really was a flawed jewel it could have been so much better than it was. If you are a fan of dark (or Gothic) fantasy in the vein of Anne Rice, then this game is your fix. Nothing tastes quite like blood.

Another Forgotten Realms that features a strong story and good RPG gameplay. The actual game play, while entertaining, dropped the ball in some ways (many fans of the original Neverwinter Nights were disappointed) , but I still found it entertaining. The strength of this game lies in the strong story and well drawn cast of characters that you encounter on your journey.The storyline and voice acting are top notch. Lovers of fantasy books will find themselves right at home with this game.

This is an interesting game. It’s an RPG set not in your typical fantasy Tolkien landscape, but in a mythical Asian landscape. In this regard, it goes where no other RPG has gone. Jade Empire, also another Bioware game, has great characters, great voice acting, and great writing – typical of most Bioware games. While, I won’t say Jade Empire is as good as KOTOR, Mass Effect, or Baldur's’s Gate 2, it has a definite charm. The game also features an interesting fighting combo system. If you are a fantasy loving martial arts junkie who loves playing RPGs, well, Jade Empire is the perfect game. I don’t think Jade Empire gets the loving that it deserves – perhaps it lives in the shadow of its greater sibling, but Jade Empire is one of the better RPGs out there. Play it. Now.

The sequel to The Longest Journey. The Longest Journey was better, the Dreamfall continues the story and thats a good thing. Dreamfall promised action combined with adventure story telling. In  truth, the action was utter crap leaving a game thats confused about its own identity. However, if you treat the game as what it really is an unsightly, richly storied adventure game youll go on a remarkable journey. Dreamfall is all about the story characters are fully fleshed out, the voice acting and writing is top notch. If you want to play a good fantasy novel, Dreamfall is the perfect opportunity. I suggest you play The Longest Journey first though, just so you know exactly whats going on.

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“On the shores of despair, there was a maiden, she was my quarry and my redemption.”

Marishka Grayson’s novel Bloodreign I: Regnum Ignis is a new breed of adult neo-gothic fantasy—a cross-genre novel that defies easy categorization but makes for a scintillating and highly enthralling read.

Magdalena’s encounter with the vicious but fascinating creatures of light, the Nuria, push her to the brink of sanity. Dark and brooding, the story reveals a hidden world of beings who possess magic, and a lore whose thread is hidden in the haze of history. Battling against their own violent, lustful nature and seeking atonement, the Nuria pursue their goals in the constant shadow of powerful foes—magi who have sworn to destroy them. Allegiances shift, alliances form and shatter. But through all the madness, there may be one immutable constant—Arik Kuno, grandson of the Sovereign and heir to the title of Luminary, whose obsession with Magda seems to have no bounds and time itself cannot wane.

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