Video games have great stories to tell.  We've come a long way from "Our princess is in another castle" as better graphics and system specs have allowed games to take on new dimensions, including fuller character development and world building.  Writing for video games is an actual job that people have and they’re doing an increasingly good job as the years go on.

If you enjoy exceptional storytelling as part of your gaming experience, try these (and more) from the library's video game collection.  Happy gaming!

Bioshock Infinite cover

Bioshock: Infinite is the most recent title in the series and it’s in much the same vein as Bioshock (first-person shooter; you don't know anything about the character you embody at first) although this time the world is set in a dystopian city in the clouds. The story is unraveled in much the same way as the first. You learn tidbits as you go that reveal information about characters and your mission. The twist at the end may not be as wrenching if you've played the first game, but it's still fulfilling.

Skyrim cover

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (multiple console options available from the library): Skyrim is a fantasy first-person game where you can fight bandits and dark wizards and, in the most recent game, dragons. The game has many role-playing elements and typically has a main quest with countless hours of side quests.

Fallout 3 coverFallout New Vegas cover

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas: Fallout’s gameplay is in the same vein as Skyrim but the story is set in a post-apocalyptic future after nuclear war.

The Walking Dead cover

The Walking Dead (which will be hitting our shelves soon) is unlike the other games mentioned so far in that it can be played on mobile devices as well as traditional consoles. It requires players to invest in certain characters and make decisions that can affect character development as well as the outcome of the story itself.

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