The Best Narrative Games

Update : Senua\'s Saga: Hellblade II added at rank #2.
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Beacon Pines (2022)

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Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Dive into the mysteries of Beacon Pines, a charming yet eerie adventure where you control the fate of the story. As Luka, you'll uncover hidden truths, meet memorable characters, and explore stunning hand-drawn landscapes. With multiple endings to discover, you'll be captivated by this immersive tale filled with surprising twists.


What we like:
  • Intriguing and creative story
  • Well-developed, memorable characters
  • Multiple endings based on your choices
  • Stunning hand-drawn art
  • Engaging gameplay mechanics
What could be improved:
  • The large number of characters can be overwhelming

  • choices
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • mystery
  • cute
  • cozy
  • adventure
  • narration
  • exploration
  • story
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • interactive
  • horror
  • conspiracy

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (2024)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s

The sequel to the award winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua returns in a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Intent on saving those who have fallen victim to the horrors of tyranny, Senua faces a battle of overcoming the darkness within and without.


  • narrative
  • puzzle
  • combat
  • battle
  • fight
  • mythology
  • action-adventure
  • demons
  • story
  • horror
  • exploration
  • psychological
  • walking-simulator
  • realistic
  • narration

3

Pentiment (2022)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 j Nintendo Switch

Pentiment can be seen as a educational game set in the 15th century, combining point-and-click adventure with role-playing elements and a branching narrative. It follows Andreas Mahler as he tries to clear his friend's name while uncovering the secrets of a small Bavarian town.

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What we like:
  • Captivating story
  • Immersive atmosphere
  • Beautiful visuals and sound
  • Interesting characters and dialogue
  • Deep RPG elements and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Limited number of puzzles which are not particularly challenging

  • historical
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • medieval
  • rpg
  • choices
  • book
  • crime
  • adventure
  • detective
  • education
  • story
  • fiction
  • stylized
  • local

4

Jusant (2023)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 PC Windows

Ascend the enigmatic tower of Jusant and uncover the echoes of a lost civilization. Immerse yourself in a serene world filled with lush biomes, master intuitive climbing mechanics, and let the haunting soundtrack elevate your adventure. Solve puzzles with your adorable companion, Ballast, and experience a story that intertwines resilience and mystery in every climb.


What we like:
  • Intuitive climbing gameplay
  • Rich, immersive environments
  • Engaging puzzles with helpful companion
  • Profound storytelling
  • Beautiful soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Occasional collision issues
  • Some story elements are cryptic

  • vertical
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • narrative
  • controller-support
  • exploration
  • story
  • meditative
  • atmospheric
  • rock-climbing
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • rhythm
  • mystery
  • cute

5

Venba (2023)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s Nintendo Switch

Embark on a touching journey with Venba, a heartwarming game that immerses you in the vibrant world of South Indian cuisine. Unravel a story of family, love, and self-discovery, restore lost recipes, and dive into mouthwatering dishes. With beautiful art, a delightful Tamil-inspired soundtrack, and engaging puzzles, Venba is a short but well-paced adventure waiting for you.


What we like:
  • Beautiful art and sound design
  • Heartfelt storytelling
  • Authentic representation of immigrant experience
  • Engaging gameplay with satisfying puzzles
  • Well-paced narrative
What could be improved:
  • Cooking puzzles may be too easy
  • Game length may leave players wanting more
  • Lack of touchscreen support
  • Absence of a glossary for recipes

  • narrative
  • cooking
  • 1980s
  • puzzle
  • conversation
  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • cinematic
  • stylized
  • fiction
  • story
  • interactive
  • choices

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Life is Strange: True Colors (2021)

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Playstation 5 IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch stadia Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4

Experience a bold new era in the award-winning Life is Strange series with Life is Strange: True Colors. Uncover the shocking secrets behind your brother's death as you navigate through an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure. Harness the power of Empathy to change fate and forge deep relationships with the townsfolk. Make tough decisions, explore the vibrant town of Haven Springs, and discover your own voice. With a captivating story, unforgettable characters, and an exclusive soundtrack, this game is a must-play.


What we like:
  • Beautiful graphics and realistic scenery
  • Engaging slice-of-life gameplay
  • Unique power to control emotions
  • Realistic portrayal of difficult topics
  • Enjoyable romance options
What could be improved:
  • Predictable plot and lack of impactful choices
  • Episodes feel rushed and underdeveloped
  • Limited character interaction after emotional moments
  • Short gameplay and shallow character relationships

  • narrative
  • episodic
  • supernatural
  • mystery
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • adventure
  • romance
  • local
  • puzzle
  • romantic
  • difficult

7

Before Your Eyes (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 ps1 vr2 IOS iPhone Android Mac OS

Dive into 'Before Your Eyes', a deeply emotional narrative adventure where you control the story with your blinks. Relive precious memories and uncover a heartbreaking truth in a charming world. This innovative, fully voice-acted game will immerse you in a journey about expectations and regrets. Prepare for an unforgettable experience.


What we like:
  • Genuine and immersive experience
  • Innovative blink interaction mechanic
  • Touching and well-written story
  • Beautiful visuals and exceptional voice acting
  • Surprising plot twists
What could be improved:
  • Finicky eye detection
  • Short length and small scale
  • Important dialogue can be skipped due to blinking
  • Pressure from VR headset over time

  • narrative
  • story
  • first-person
  • emotional
  • innovative
  • walking-simulator
  • interactive

8

Wayward Strand (2022)

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80
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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s

Unravel the captivating world of Wayward Strand as Casey Beaumaris, a journalist in summer 1978. Engage with a diverse cast in an airborne hospital, uncover their unique stories and piece together mysteries. With real-time narratives and multiple playthroughs, each experience is a new discovery in this immersive adventure.

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What we like:
  • Beautiful art and animation style
  • Unique worldbuilding
  • Excellent voice acting
  • High replayability value
  • Relaxing atmosphere
What could be improved:
  • Slow pacing
  • Repetitive dialogue
  • No manual saving
  • Flawed gameplay mechanics

  • narrative
  • wholesome
  • cozy
  • choices
  • story
  • drama
  • emotional
  • conversation
  • real-time
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • book
  • stylized
  • historical
  • mystery

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Season: A Letter to the Future (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4

In SEASON: A letter to the future, you're a young woman on a mission to document memories before a cataclysm wipes everything away. Enjoy a calming, immersive journey through stunning landscapes, meet diverse characters, and make choices that shape the story. With a beautiful soundtrack and a beautifully crafted world to explore, you'll be captivated by this unique and artistic adventure.

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What we like:
  • Relaxing, immersive gameplay
  • Beautiful, meaningful story
  • Diverse, lovable characters
  • Stunning, well-crafted world
  • Choices that affect the story's outcome
What could be improved:
  • Frustrating controls
  • Overdone dialogue and narration

  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • exploration
  • mystery
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • controller-support
  • war
  • farming
  • editing
  • photo
  • discovery
  • pause
  • open-world
  • philosophical

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The Expanse: A Telltale Series (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Take on the role of Camina Drummer and explore the dangerous, uncharted edges of the Belt. From scavenging wrecked ships in a zero-g environment, to combating fearsome pirates, you make the difficult choices in this latest Telltale adventure. All five episodes playable at launch!

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  • narrative
  • pirates
  • sci-fi
  • zero-gravity
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • novel
  • book
  • drama
  • choices
  • rpg
  • episodic
  • politics
  • action-adventure
  • quick-time-event

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