People say gameplay is the most important thing when we play a game,but a great story,especially an emotional one can make a game with not so good gameplay a memorable experience.I've been addicted to numerous Japanese games because I loved their stories so much it was hard for me to stop playing those games because I kept wanted to see what would happen next in the story.
Final Fantasy X
My favorite game of all time is Final Fantasy X.Not for it's gameplay but because of it's story and the way it's presented with stunning CGI's and heartfelt music.I actually cried a few times when I played Final Fantasy X because it's love story was heartbreaking at times.I could actually feel the love Tidus and Yuna had for eachother because it showed them having conversations and getting to know eachother and showed how Tidus could make Yuna laugh even though they lived in a world full of despair.
The Metal Gear Solid series
The Metal Gear Solid series is as famous for it's story as well as it's gameplay.In the first Metal Gear Solid game,you're trying to stop terrorists but the story was very deep and complex with some very emotional side stories for the characters.In Metal Gear Solid 2,once again you're trying to stop terrorists but the backstories of the characters are moving and the story makes you think about the world in a philosphical way and there was a moment between Raiden and Rose that was very emotional to the extent my jaw dropped.Metal Gear Solid 3 asks some very philosophical and heart breaking hypothetical questions such as would you sacrifise the woman you love to save the world? Metal Gear Solid 4 is almost like a movie with very long cutscenes(including a 90 minute one)to explain it's deep story and in Metal Gear Solid 4 you were fighting against companies who use armies to fight for control of the world and Snake has a disease that makes him age very fast and you see him as an old man and it's quite emotional to experience.I like how Japanese developers can make a story evolve in very creative ways.
Final Fantasy VII
In Final Fantasy VII,for the first few hours the story builds you up to thinking Cloud and a group of rebels are trying to stop Shinra who is a company that's polluting the world and draining it of it's life energy until Sephiroth comes into the story and then you're trying to stop another bigger threat to the world and Sephiroth is one of the most chilling villains I've ever experienced in a video game.I still remember seeing the mutilated body remains of the Shinra company and the blood trails and it was a good way of using psychological fear in the story.Also,the story found a way to use aliens and ancient races in a creative way as well as a love triangle.
Final Fantasy VIII
Part of why Final Fantasy VIII is one of my favorite games of all time(as well as other people's)is because of it's love story.An anti social guy meets a beautiful woman with an extraverted personality and she takes a liking to him.I guess it's the equivalent of the shy,geeky guy at school getting a girlfriend who's a beautiful and popular girl.The scene when Squall and Rinoa and dancing and Squall keeps tripping is very funny and I like how Riona giggles when she sees Squall tripping but she still likes him after that.
NieR's gameplay and some of it's visuals are not that great but what makes it one of my favorite games of all time and a cult classic is it's emotional story.Starting after the year 2040(or something like that)after a virus has wiped out much of the world's population,a father is trying to protect his daughter from horrible creatures.The story takes you 1000 years into the future and the father and his daughter are still alive(it's explained how later)and his daughter is sick from the virus and he's trying to find a cure to the virus and I remember when his daughter says something similar to ''daddy,please don't hate me because I'm sick'' and it made me cry because even though his daughter is dying she feels bad for the fact her father has to go on dangerous journeys in a world filled with dangerous creatures in order to find a cure to his daugher's illness.A scene during a marriage ceremony and the way it makes you empathize with the king is a moment in gaming I'll never forget.There's another child who will also become a party member but he's a freak and he has to deal with looking that way and you'll see a scene where a child will sacrifise himself to save other people.The music for the emotional scenes is incredible and heartfelt too.
In Lost Oddssey's story,some characters are immortal and you'll see how they'll see their own children become old while they'll still stay young and some of the immortals have lost their memories and will discover things about their lives when it's nearly too late(such as discovering you have a sick and dying daughter).In Lost Odyssey,the main character named Kaim will rediscover many of his lost memories,and some of them are extremely painful and they'll catch you off guard but it makes him feel like he's a real person who has painful memories just like all of us and we'll experience these memories too.
Star Ocean Till the End of Time
SPOILERS FOR STAR OCEAN TILL THE END OF TIME BELOW
Imagine finding out you're not real but part of a computer generated reality
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Final Fantasy X-2
In Final Fantasy X-2,I was moved by the way Yuna was searching for a way to find Tidus(the girl searching for a way to rescue the man she loves)and the different endings can make you feel happy and joyous or a lot of heartbreak and pain.
Final Fantasy IX
Has 2 charming love stories and charming little girl crushes that made me smile.I actually felt Zidane's pain in the love story.Zidane is a likable character because he's kind and likes to help people(unlike many tough guy characters in many other games)but when he is needed to be strong,he became a very powerful warrior.
Final Fantasy IV
A knight named Cecil has to follow some horrible orders by his king to do bad things to innocent people.He questions his king,gets stripped of his rank and is tricked into doing something very horrible to a village and he decides to take care of a girl who's become an orphan because of his action and to fight against the king.The story starts off as a fantasy story but becomes much more than that later,when it brings quite a lot of Sci Fi into the story later.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Serah is trying to find her sister as well as the man she loves and she must time travel and fixed messed up timelines which means she'll need to remeet the man she loves when he doesn't remember meeting her.The fact that Noel is the only human alive in the future and you can see how it's caused him lots of pain and seeing Yuel die many times and deciding whether letting her keep dying or not is the right or wrong thing to do is quite an emotional experience.
Set in a city where gangs are needed to protect people from other gangs and corrupt police.It's uses 4 seperate character stories(that are inspiring or emotionally driven and brings them together for the main story).It's a game that you will really care about the characters,such as how one of them lived on the streets but became rich after he found lots of money that fell from a building and used it widely to start businesses.One of the characters is a former gang member who's on deathrow who knows information about murders that the police don't or don't care to know.One of the NPC's is a woman who's story is quite inspiring and she'll need to work as a hostess to try to save her brother.
It's a visual novel about a troubled teenager who meets a girl who has an illness that makes her sick a lot.They meet friends and you can be with her and marry her and she may or may not die depending on decisions you make or you can end up being with another girl or nobody.The music is very beautiful and adds to the emotion.
Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core
Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII.It shows the story about Zack(Aerith's boyfriend before Cloud)and how Zack had to be away from her for years and
before he died,his last thoughts were about being with Aerith again and he battled hard to fight off many soldiers who were shooting him only thinking about somehow managing to see Aerith again
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The ending to Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core was heartbreaking to the extent I felt a pain in my chest.The love story with Zack and Aerith was beautifully done,especially when Aerith was trying to sell flowers and Zack tried to help her.