Ten great games with terrible storylines

Nice video game, shame about the plot...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2



The boys at Infinity Ward certainly know how to make a sterling FPS -- but they can’t tell a coherent story to save their lives. Not only is the campaign in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 maddeningly short, it’s also messier than a post-nuke Sergeant Jackson.

Roach and Ramirez’s globe-trotting mission feels like a soulless roller-coaster ride that hurls the player from one incomprehensible set piece to another. The character beats are all-too brief, and the plot — with its rapid-fire cross cutting and frequent betrayals — is often difficult to follow. There are several big plot twists in the game that are very poorly foreshadowed; you simply don’t get the emotional payoff that you should. Even the character deaths somehow feel cheap and tacked on.

The decision to unleash hell on American soil also ruins the game tonally. This is B-grade science-fiction dressed up in military fatigues. Sure, the attack on the White House might be thrilling, but it’s also completely implausible. By dialling the spectacle up to 11, Infinity Ward robbed the franchise of its gritty authenticity — it feels more like Starship Troopers than Black Hawk Down and the plot suffers as a result.

We suppose that's the only good thing to come out of Activision's stoush with Infinity Ward -- all the chief writers have now left the company.

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  • Kat

    I love the Metal Gear Solid series, but even I can admit it started getting "WTF?" by game 2.

    Ghost25

    man whoever wrote this is a f-cking jackass, if your too much of f-cking idiot to understand the plots of these game then don't play them. and how dare you say that metal gear solid's plot sucks, do you not even realize that the whole metal gear solid series is better than most movies that even come out. whoever wrote this go kill yourself, and find another job too because writing articles is definitely nothing you excel at.

    jonboots

    to the author of this crap...

    if you don't understand video games, p!ss off and have wink.

    or else write about something that interests you, like, dandelions and pissybeds...

    You runt

    Videogame fan

    I disagree heavily with many entries on this list, although I DO agree that FF7's story line is pretty bad, but for a different reason.

    I was a HUGE FF fan at one point, and had played all of the games, but had not gotten around to get FF7. I had managed to play through 4 and 6, and finally borrowed 7 from a friend.

    After completing it, I was horribly disappointed. FF4 and 6 just were written so much better.

    After playing 7, I played X, and after that, I quit FF. Those were two of the most dull, boring games ever, in my opinion.

    Also, to talk about Mario is not really fair. You're talking a game from a time where people didn't care about storylines. Pac-Man has a bad story too you know, absolutely terrible!

  • Wiiksauce

    After reading this I came to a conclusion. This guy's an idiot. If he can't understand something then that's bad story-telling? No dude, you're a retard, that's what.

    Why Aeries came to save the world at the of FFVII even thought she was dead? Because she became one with the life stream after Sephiroth killed her, everybody that dies becomes one with it, that is their heaven. She was one of those special personsn (an ancient) from an old race that had certain powers that others didn't have and the idea of Sephiroth was to make Meteor do a big enough hole in the planet to become one with the life stream (which is the spirit of the planet Gaia). He thought that he was the most powerful being on the planet and that if he became one with the life stream he could dominate all. You know, like a GOD?

    Pretty simple dude but for a retard like you? Well, what can you expect? I mean, Uncharted 2 and MGS4 bad story? You are a J-O-K-E!

    Do you even go to school or because you find too challenging you had to drop out?

  • Kat

    "You were almost a Jill sandwich!"

  • ODmanOut

    Wow, all these negative comments really do point to over-zealous fanboys who need to get laid. "I want to kill the article writer?" please loser. I don't mind this slideshow, even though i love Tekken's backstories.

    anonymous

    I want to kill the article writer, strangle him with his fking intestines and pluck his eyes out with a screwdriver.

  • Chaos

    I have to disagree with the Author and I sincerely doubt this person has played the game. Fantasy is a very easy genre to bash by using generalists’ propaganda. Playing to the populist crowd by saying 'people who enjoy this games needs to get laid' is poor journalism.

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