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Best Narrative Games by Quantic Dream

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.
 

Detroit: Become Human

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

Heavy Rain

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single player game

Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.

Star Wars Eclipse

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single player game

Star Wars Eclipse is a narrative role-play set in the High Republic Era of the series, when the Jedi were in their golden age. Like Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, and Beyond Two Souls, the action focuses on character choices and branching narrative...

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