Ten great games with terrible storylines

Nice video game, shame about the plot...

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy 7 contains some great story arcs -- the fall of Midgar, the death of Aeris, the Golden Saucer -- but overall, the plot doesn’t actually make a whole lot of sense. It starts off promisingly enough, with a rag-tag squad of freedom fighters battling an oppressive corporation. But once the world has opened up, the story becomes increasingly more convoluted and messy.

The lashing of pseudo-science, unlikely character origins and weird Japanese mysticism all conspire to rob the game of its once-compelling narrative. And what exactly happened at the end, with all those weird lights and Aeris’ unexplained resurrection? Even the ending to Akira made more sense than that.

Cloud’s backstory -- turns out he was a simpering, spiky-haired wimp -- also leaves the player cold. No wonder chicks prefer Sephiroth.

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  • 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!


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


    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.


    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

  • 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.


    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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