5 Story-Based Games You Need To Know About

5 Story-Based Games You Need To Know About

With a perfect mix of narrative and gameplay, these games have you covered.


Everyone loves a good story. What if you could be a part of the story instead of just listening to it? With these games, you can! Whether you're looking for a casual platformer or something more difficult, this list will help you out. Here are the 5 story-based games you NEED to know about.

1. Night In The Woods

Screenshot from Night In The Woods Gameplay

Night In The Woods is about Mae Borowski, who drops out of college and returns to her hometown of Possum Springs. With the intent of reconnecting with her old friends, she sets out and quickly discovers that her beloved hometown is not the same as she remembered it.

Night in the Woods is an exploration-heavy platformer, with a few minigames thrown in along the way. It provides a humorous, engaging narrative while also addressing topics such as mental illness, depression, the middle and lower class, and the fear of change.

The game is also choice based, meaning that you can play it over and over with different results. Mae's journey is one that hits close to home and keeps you wanting to know more. It's also set in the fall, with brightly colored leaves and some spooky Halloween vibes. With its compelling characters, memorable quotes, and many secrets to uncover, Night in the Woods will give you hours of enjoyable gameplay and a lot to think about when it's over.

2. Unravel

Unravel: Official Story Trailer

In Unravel, you play as Yarny, a tiny ball of yarn who unravels as he travels further. The player must use their problem-solving skills to help Yarny navigate his environment without running out of yarn! Unravel is an endearing platformer with a heartwarming story and a heavy focus on puzzles. The game is set in northern Scandinavia, ensuring gorgeous settings and environments for each and every level. As Yarny travels, he discovers memories of a long lost family. The story is told wordlessly, all tied together by Yarny like the red string of fate.

3. West Of Loathing

West of Loathing Launch Trailer

West Of Loathing is a slapstick RPG with tons of comedic value, sometimes stemming from the fact that all of the characters are stick-people. The player picks their own name and chooses from three character classes: Beanslinger, Cowpuncher, and Snake Oiler. The main character is traveling west and can choose a companion to go with them. The game relies on player choices, but there is an overarching narrative: everything was fine until "the cows came home". You can discover exactly what this means as the game goes on. Engage in battles, take "quests" from NPCs, and explore the west as a cowboy-hat-wearing stick-person! (And don't forget to enable Stupid Walking—you'll thank me later.)

4. Firewatch

Firewatch Trailer | Nintendo Switch

In Firewatch, you play as Henry, a man who takes a job as a fire lookout in Wyoming to escape his former life. The year is 1989, one year after the Yellowstone fires of 1988, and people are anxious about the possibility of more fires. Henry's only means of communication is a handheld radio connecting him with his supervisor, Delilah. When strange things start happening, Henry is faced with several choices that could impact the only relationship he has out in the wilderness.

Firewatch is a first-person game based on narrative and exploration. Players explore their breathtaking environment to discover clues and solve the mysterious happenings in the wilderness. Along the way, the player can choose dialogue options that influence Henry's relationship with Delilah. The beautiful graphics and the psychological elements really make this game worth the time and money you'll spend on it.

5. A Way Out

A Way Out Official Reveal Trailer

A Way Out is by far one of the most interesting story games I've ever experienced. It is a co-op game, so you'll need a friend to play. In the game, players are Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who break out of prison together and are on the run from police. This is a third person game which relies mostly on cooperative problem solving and action sequences. Players must work together to complete tasks that help progress the narrative. Throughout the game, the player learns more about each character's story; how they ended up in prison, what their lives were like before, who is at home waiting for them to return, and so on. This game combines visual storytelling and deeply complex characters to create an overall enjoyable game. Vincent and Leo are two largely different characters who complement each other perfectly. The game is almost like a buddy-cop movie, except that the characters are criminals. A Way Out will keep your adrenaline pumping until the end—and then it might make you cry. (No spoilers!)

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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