Have you ever gotten so swept up in a game's storyline that you never want it to end? Have you ever played a game and thought, "wow, if only all game plots were this amazing"? GamesRadar has. Here are their top 15 list of best video game storylines ever. One of my personal favorites is in the quote.

Naturally, this list will have major spoilers.

Go to the source for the full list.

Silent Hill 2

The plot:
James Sunderland receives a letter from his wife asking him to come to their "special place." Trouble is, his wife Mary has been dead for three years. He's drawn to Silent Hill, a quiet town that they had visited in the past, before the sickness finally took her. Upon arriving, James runs into meaty skin-walls, gruesome monsters and precious few humans at all. And the people he does meet all seem to have their own problems, like a dimwitted man who's killed someone, a teenager searching for her mother and a little girl who doesn't even notice all the awful things happening around her. Then there's Maria, who's a spitting image of Mary, albeit sexed up far beyond his wife's more subdued behavior.



Why it's the best:
Holy Christ, is this game intense. The premise alone - find out how your dead wife sent you a letter - is terrifying, and when coupled with the horrific setting and creepy denizens of Silent Hill, it becomes a near-unbearable level of dread. Every hallway, every door could contain another awful monster or suggestive conversation about James's past, but it usually doesn't. You're constantly on edge, wondering if the worst is about to come... or just another empty room. It's a slower burn than Resident Evil by far.
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    iLoveMyself Sep 30, 08
    great list all awesome games i loved
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    Gamesta100 Sep 30, 08
    Great list.I actually want to play that Astro Boy game now.
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    ali3n Sep 30, 08
    Agree with pretty much all of those except MGS and GTA:SA, I can see where people are coming from for MGS though.
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    Synthesis Sep 30, 08
    MGS has one of the best storylines ever in my opinion, although it can be a bit confusing.
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    Seeker X Sep 30, 08
    Even to this day, I play the Theme of Laura and it gives me some serious nostalgia (even though I still own the game). Same goes for The Best is Yet to Come.
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    Fkital Sep 30, 08
    Star Wars: KotOR has the best story in my opinion. Given I've only played KotOR and GTA:SA.
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    Final Blade Sep 30, 08
    I have to agree with MGS, God of War and SA. However im surprised that FF7 didn't make it on the list. I found the story truly epic and its what made me get so hooked within the game. But eh, its all good. No surprise SH2 made it on the list.
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    Dark Arcanine Sep 30, 08
    Don't see how Portal managed to get in there. It is a clever concept but the storyline wasn't that interesting.

    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2 should've been in there, even I could not predict where it was going and it was extremely engaging. Silly list.
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      Seproth Sep 30, 08
      What? Are you Nostradamus?
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    Deathsythe Oct 1, 08
    It lost me when it didn't include Final Fantasy VII or VIII in the mix.


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      ali3n Oct 1, 08
      Neither of those stories were amazing...
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        Deathsythe Oct 1, 08
        Well, the underlying problem there (aside from your lack of taste in masterful fictional works) is that this is nothing more than an opinion. Mine is an opinion, yours is an opinion, and GamesRadar's is an opinion.

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          ali3n Oct 1, 08
          Everything can be judged objectively to a certain point, so going 'OH SUBJECTIVE LOL' is quite idiotic whenever someone disagrees with you.

          Lack of taste in masterful fictional works? It sounds more like you've simply never come across any therefore consider those to be 'masterful fictional works' rather than it being a problem with my tastes .
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      Gamesta100 Oct 1, 08
      FFVII had a simply brilliant storyline.I though it was a very emotional story.I would say it's my favourite FF story after FFX.
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    Ammy and Issun Nov 26, 08
    I'm surprised they didn't include Shadow of Rome in there, it has a Extremely good storyline, i didn't expect what happened at the end at all.

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