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This isn't an argument that seems to be raging at the moment, so I figure that I might as well set the argumental explosion off. Is a story necessary in a first person shooter? Many would say yes, and many more would say no. This doesn't seem to be a huge debate, but people still ask that question, I'm sure, so I want to answer it. Maybe you've wondered yourself, or you're just wanting to see what someone else thinks. This is just my opinion, so please don't take it as a fact. Enjoy!
I'm a story junkie. If a game has a great story, than, more than likely, I'll play it. But I've noticed a problem, which brought up the idea of this whole blog, and that is the lacking amount of a really good, original story in FPS. This is bad news for me, because this is my favorite genre of games. And while many would argue that, with many of the FPS that don't have great or original stories, the multiplayer is the focus. Two great examples are the Call Of Duty franchise and Battlefield 3. These games seem to put the story on the back burner, while the multiplayer is the main course for the evening. This is a problem for me, because I have always played through the campaign of COD first, to see if it's any good. If it's the Modern Warfare, the story isn't all that good, with the second one's story being almost unbelievably complicated, and I had to look it up on the COD wiki. Battlefield 3's campaign isn't all that fun. I have ranted about it in every blog that I've mentioned it in, so I'm going to leave it at this: the story was clearly not the main focus, or even a concern. Anyway.
This is a bad trend, and it shouldn't be happening. FPS can have great stories, as the Bioshock franchise, or the Battlefield: Bad Company games, can prove. These games had fun stories that kept me interested, and had me invested in the game. When a first person shooter has a story, I feel more invested in it than I could ever feel with COD. And While many might not share my ideas, I think that every game's story, the FPS genre included, should give an extra effort to make a good story that is just fun to play and experience.
To show that first person shooters are better when they have good stories, I want to show some of the FPS that I think have had some great stories. Metro 2033, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, Bioshock franchise, Mirror's Edge, and Metro: Last Light all have great stories, and they all seem to get recognized a little more by critics. And they are just more fun to play through.
Tell me whether you think story is necessary in a first person shooter, along with an explanation. And feel free to name some FPS that have great stories that I haven't named. I'm sure someone will say Half Life, but I actually haven't played them(although I will probably go out and buy them), so I apologize for it not being on the list. Have a nice day!