Looking for a good story/cinematic DS game

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by appleburger, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. appleburger

    appleburger Advanced Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    United States
    Recently I was extremely surprised with how impressive 999 was for the DS. I went in with optimism, having heard that the game was praised by most who played it, but I can easily say that I was more involved in the story than I've EVER been in most games. These are my favorite types of games - anything that can really get me into the story. Cinematic games, like Metal Gear Solid, or games like Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, and Grand Theft auto 4 are also among my favorites. The stories progress so well in those that I couldn't stop playing.

    Have any of you played any other games that've really gripped you through the story? Something like Professor Layton or pokemon just doesn't capture my interest outside of the gameplay. I'm looking for something more immersive.
    I suppose Call of Duty 4 didn't have an amazingly well written story, but for a first person shooter the characters and the way that the game progressed and kept me involved in the story is what held my attention. Same goes for Metal Gear Solid.

    Any recommendations would be great - even if it isn't something for DS. I've been playing some PS1, PS2 and Wii games also, lately.
  2. qweasd123

    qweasd123 GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 13, 2011
    Hotel Dusk: Room 215
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  3. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

    Jan 28, 2009
    United States
    On the DS, I wouldn't say there's anything as cinematic as MGS but there are several games which I felt have good stories.

    This and Last Window. Excellent and enjoyable stories. Time Hollow was also pretty good, it good average reviews but I thought the game was a solid 8/10. The Ace Attorney games are decent in this respect, I wouldn't say the atmosphere is as serious as Hotel Dusk/Last Window and 999 but the games are very solid and do nice blend of seriousness and humour.Ghost Trick is also good for the same reasons as AA. Trace Memory/Another Code is a good game as well. From the same developers of Hotel Dusk/Last Window, the game isn't as good as their later games but it's a game with an enjoyable enough story.

    I found MegaTen and Radiant Historia (both RPGs) on the DS to have interesting stories. Other than these select games, I honestly don't think the DS have games with particularly good stories.

    On the Wii there's Another Code R which the sequel to Trace Memory/Another Code, which I thought was good. There's also a version of the first Broken Sword (there's also a version on the DS) and this shit is good. Also if you have a modded Wii, get the Sucmmvm homebrew to allow you play old adventure games.

    On the PSX, look into Valkrie Profile which seems to have an intriguing story, I've been playing the PSP re-release of it recently and I've found it to be very melancholy. I can half-heartily recommend Final Fantasy VII, I don't think the story per se is all that good but the presentation of it was very good and made you care about the story. I really liked the story in the original Persona but the PSX version (and PSP version) haven't aged well in regard to gameplay.

    Ont he PS2, I'd recommend SMT: Noctune. MegaTen games tend to have intriguing stories and I really enjoyed the story in Nocturne. SMT:Persona 3 and 4 and decent choices though I feel the overarching story in Persona 3 was better than Persona 4. There's Valkrie Profile 2 as well but i haven't had the chance to play through it yer other than the first twenty minutes so it;s been stuck on my shelf.
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  4. appleburger

    appleburger Advanced Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    United States
    Hotel Dusk is a game I meant to look into before that I completely forgot about until you mentioned it.

    And I haven't heard of MegaTen, so I'll have to give that one a shot. I've played a bit of Final Fantasy 7, and I love it, but stopped playing at the beginning of the second disc and haven't been able to force myself to start over since then.

    I'll look into Broken Sword, too.

    Great responses, guys!
  5. rockerzz182

    rockerzz182 GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    Pixel City
    Broken Sword is good and also Hotel Dusk,Shin Megami as mention above..Try Again and Last Window the Secret of Cape West.
  6. nipit

    nipit Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Phoenix Wright series. I actually bought DSi again just to complete those games again ;)
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  7. Kuroko Shirai

    Kuroko Shirai GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 28, 2011
    You could try Little Charo despite it's more aimed for children but the story is really something... :P
  8. luigiman

    luigiman Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
    Lux pain

    Those game have a great storyline that can suck u in to the game :yay:
  9. ferofax

    ferofax End of the World

    Jan 26, 2009
    Broken Sword. was my first time finishing a Broken Sword title, although i have dabbled on them years before. i think the Director's Cut was very well made, although the low resolution makes for hunting stuff to click a bit harder. that issue is easily resolved by context-sensitive touch controls. you just drag the stylus around and you find "hotspots" to click.
  10. Bobbyloujo

    Bobbyloujo I am a millipede, I am amazing.

    Jul 24, 2010
    United States
    Gotta say it: Kingdom Hearts. If you're in to j-rpgs, that is.
  11. ScarletCrystals

    ScarletCrystals Useless Bunny of Paradise

    Apr 9, 2010
    Bamboo Forest, Gensokyo
    If you like 999 you should also try Ghost Trick. It's a bit silly at times but the story will keep you guessing just as much as 999.
    Not to mention the cast is absolutely adorable and the soundtrack is quite good as well.

    Too bad there is only 1 ending. But that ending is pretty epic. >_
  12. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006
    Phoenix Wright and Kingdom Hearts, definitely
  13. defunct32

    defunct32 GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 5, 2012
    Glory of Heracles? It's an RPG ... JRPG to be exact, although the story ain't cinematic but the execution is pretty good IMHO and I can vouch for its witty humor and sarcasm, it's really good, gameplay is slightly dated but still fun overall, I had a lot of fun to be honest.
  14. xwatchmanx

    xwatchmanx GBAtemp's (Un)Ironic Weeaboo

    Feb 13, 2012
    United States
    Pittsboro, NC
    I'm only a couple hours into it, but Radiant Historia is a great JRPG... idk about cinematic, but it definitely has a good, deep story, and if you liked Chrono Trigger, this feels a bit like a spiritual sequel to it (but much longer and advanced, and still very original). Also has good replay value, too.

    As for non-DS games, the Assassin's Creed games are VERY cinematic.