The highly-anticipated release of God of War Ragnarök is just a month away and players likely can’t wait to see where the story will take Kratos and Atreus. After the engrossing narrative in God of War, gamers are eagerly waiting to see what comes next for the main characters. It’s not surprising that Redditors have mentioned the game in threads about remarkable single-player titles with well-written stories.
Other games recommended on the platform include the highly-improved Cyberpunk 2077 and the legendary classic The Witcher 3. These story-driven titles are perfect for gamers who want immersive worlds with intricate and unforgettable narratives.
God Of War (2018)
God of War is considered the best game in the franchise so far, as it breathed new life into Kratos’ story and made him easier to empathize with. The critically-acclaimed RPG is known for its engrossing story, which draws heavily on Norse mythology to dictate its characters’ motivations, actions, and fates.
A Redditor considers it a “really good single player with a great story,” as its gameplay and visuals enhance the overall experience of going through Kratos and Atreus’ journey. More than a title about vanquishing enemies, it presents an engaging narrative about fatherhood, loss, and destiny.
Cyberpunk 2077 (2020)
Cyberpunk 2077 may have been a controversial flop when it was first released, but after months of bug fixes and other improvements, players can now better appreciate its unique world and well-written narrative. Players control and choose a lifepath for V, who is soon haunted by a long-gone rock star called Johnny Silverhand.
The title’s vibrant setting is Night City, which is full of colorful characters and exciting side quests. Scretzy draws attention to the overarching narrative, though, noting that the game “has a pretty solid main story.” It’s a surprisingly poignant story, too, that’s centered on corporate greed, personal choice, and sacrifice.
Ghost Of Tsushima (2020)
Set on Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan, Ghost of Tsushima follows the samurai Jin Sakai as he chooses his own way of fighting the enemies to protect his community. He’ll have to recruit allies to go against the fearsome Khotun Khan, while unraveling some mysteries along the way.
Those playing Ghost of Tsushima for the first time will undoubtedly be hooked by its dramatic narrative. [WoahhMike02] considers it “a game with a really good story to it,” likely referring to its main narrative that has numerous twists, betrayals, and jarring moments that serve to further motivate players to make it to its heartbreaking ending.
Detroit: Become Human (2018)
Androids are taking over human jobs in the near-future setting in Detroit: Become Human, which follows three main characters with their own storylines. All three characters are Androids – Connor is a police investigator following mysterious cases of rebelling Androids, Kara is a housekeeper who develops sentience and protects a young girl, and Markus is a caretaker who develops free will after his master’s death.
When asked for suggestions for a single-player story-driven title, Shootemup899 writes that Detroit is “pretty good.” It’s a narrative-heavy game that encourages players to make choices for the Androids that will affect short- and long-term outcomes.
Days Gone (2019)
Set in post-apocalyptic Oregon two years after a pandemic turned a huge portion of the population into zombie-like Freakers, Days Gone is centered on outlaw-turned-drifter Deacon St. John’s experiences. When he finds out that there’s a chance his wife Sarah may still be alive, he goes on a quest to find her and ends up learning more about the apocalypse than he expected.
The user miserybob shares that the game is one of their “favorites,” adding that “the story is good, but what really elevates it is how atmospheric the game is and how deeply” players “are drawn into the world.” The game manages to set itself apart from other zombie-inspired titles with the depth of its story and its lovable characters.
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
In a dystopian future overrun by machines, Aloy has to make her own way to discover the mysteries of the past in Horizon Zero Dawn. In the process of learning more about her origins, she’ll unravel a major conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire world.
A Redditor includes the title in “a list of games” with excellent stories. Its captivating universe is full of clues about the past, genuinely original lore, and well-written characters to help or deter Aloy during her journey. While its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, fails to live up to the high standards set by the first, it still does a good job of expanding the lore and the franchise’s universe.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
There’s a reason Fallout: New Vegas still has a thriving fanbase over a decade after its initial release. The game is a true standout in the franchise because of its impressive post-apocalyptic world and complex story. It has a deceptively simple premise centered on a Courier who’s tasked with delivering an important package.
The fan-favorite title is mentioned by apspiderboy, who recommends it “for a great story.” Its convincing universe is only made possible by the warring factions, curious conspiracy, and colorful characters within the game.
Death Stranding (2019)
In a dystopian future shaped by a cataclysmic event that caused dangerous “Beached Things” to be scattered across the United States, Death Stranding invites players to take on the role of a courier, Sam Porter Bridges. His dangerous job becomes even harder when he’s caught in a plan to unite the Knot Cities around the country.
The user piedude3 sums it up perfectly by writing how “there’s a story about the Death Stranding that hit the USA, people’s wants and desires, and an overarching theme about connections between people even if they’re far apart.” It’s an otherworldly gaming experience that is not one to miss for those looking for a mind-bending narrative.
Disco Elysium (2019)
Known for its dialogue-heavy gameplay, Disco Elysium is one of the best detective video games to come out in recent years. It takes place in the far future in a seaside district of a large city that’s still reeling from years of conflict. Players wake up as a hungover detective who’s tasked with investigating a recent murder.
In a thread about “good single player” games “with a great story,” cauaa12_ recommends the critically-acclaimed title. As the detective meets more characters and finds clues, he’ll also have to grapple with learning disturbing details about his own past.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
The Witcher 3 is a game that needs no introduction. The third and most popular entry in the franchise tasks players with the role of Geralt of Rivia, a titular monster slayer who embarks on his most important mission yet. Along with his mentor Vesimir and long-lost lover Yennefer, he pursues his destiny and makes crucial decisions that will define his and Ciri’s future.
A Redditor shares how the title is one of their “favorite games ever.” The fact that it has been adapted to become a popular show speaks volumes about the quality of its story that has no shortage of surprising reveals and twists.