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Now I know that you have to become a level 5 user to vote.
Anyway, I believe gameplay is just as important as the story in a game because
1. Without gameplay the story would make the game feel like your reading a novel with no incentive to keep playing. Even if the story is very good, why would it be a game without the gameplay in the first place?
2. Without a story the gameplay, no matter how good it is, will make you think "What am I fighting for?" In the end the gameplay will have no reason to exist if there is no background of the character to understand what is happening or an explanation of the gameplay.
Overall, you need story to be as important as the gameplay
I still think it depends on what you're looking for in a game, and what chunk of time you have to devote. If I only have half an hour to play, I'm going to go for something more casual like a puzzler or arcade shooter (such as Chime or Geometry Wars), as opposed to something that takes more involvement with the story elements like Mass Effect2 or Fallout 3, etc.
So I think the need for gameplay is first, then the need for story comes in when a gamer is looking for a higher level of involvement; a level of involvement which is not required to enjoy games intended to be enjoyed in small blocks and therefore doesn't need much depth of story to carry you along.
It depends on the game. Personally, I like story in RPG's and games like BioShock. Not all FPS's capture some basics well enough for me to care enough for the story and I need that.
For most of my life as a gamer, I've sided with the first perspective. Story is crucial for me to really walk away from the game with something greater than just pixelated memories and achievements.
However, there are always exceptions and I'd like to use Dante's Inferno as the most recent example. The story in that game is abysmal, yet the gameplay was fantastic. Sure, it was essentially a carbon-copy, but still a tried-and-true style. To revert to cliche: "Don't fix what isn't broken."
Also, games like Plants Vs. Zombies and Team Fortress 2 have next to nothing in terms of story. Has that stopped these games from being fantastic? Of course not.
Sometimes we just need some mindless fun. :)
Good call on bringing PvZ into the conversation: it was a great game, one of the most lauded of last year, and as you say, has no story to speak of and isn't any worse off for that fact.
Story is as much a part of the game as the gameplay is a part of the story. Heavy Rain was a good blend of both. The last time I think a game did that well was Assassin's Creed 2. And then before that...Valkyria Chronicles.
The story is very important with a few exceptions, like bayoneta. The game is amazing, but the story sucks.
This is *** clown shoes! You have to be bronze status to vote. Hey GI can you be a little less user friendly please?!
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