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Best Narrative Games by Bioware

Narrative video games focus on telling a story about characters, worlds and themes. Learning from the power of books and films, these games string together interactions not for excitement or competition but for storytelling beats. The best examples intertwine gameplay and storytelling, rather than interspersing short films ("Cut Scenes") between levels.

Games can use Adventure, Action and Role-Playing to communicate elements of story to players. Less obviously, games can also communicate narrative through how they Simulate the world, what needs solving in Puzzles or even the Strategies players need to employ.

The narrative of video games is not usually told (link in books) or shown (like in films) but overheard. Half caught sentences from passing characters. The architecture of the buildings. The way that levers and buttons interact. How other characters (and the world itself sometimes) reacts to your presence. What is broken in the space the game creates, and how/if it can be fixed.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2007 - 2014
Total Games: 3
Total Likes: 22
 

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

Dragon Age (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014

Price: 74% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Web, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

The Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across...

Mass Effect (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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