The best story-rich games on Steam will mostly come from game genres like RPGs, JRPGs, and first-person shooter games that focus on a campaign. Only a few genres can commit to providing a unique story-telling experience.

However, hundreds of titles can be considered story-rich because the genres mentioned above have been prevalent for decades already.

These games have a unique pace that lets you experience the game and immerse yourself in the story. The well-written scripts become more pronounced with a brilliant game design and elegant art or graphics. Some of these games’ stories will bring an emotional roller coaster to each player, and some titles might even reduce you to tears.

God of War

God of War
GenreAction, Story Rich, Adventure
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperSanta Monica Studio
Length20 hours for the main story; 50+ hours for completionists
Release DateJanuary 14, 2022

For people who have heard of God of War, you might be surprised that the game is on the list because it is a Sony exclusive. However, they are starting to open up to the idea of releasing their games on the PC.

They released God of War on PC in January 2022, a few years after it debuted on the PlayStation console.

For those who haven’t heard of God of War before, it is based on Norse mythology, where you play as the God of War, Kratos, and exact revenge against the Gods of Olympus. The game’s main selling point, apart from its story-rich adventure, is its unique artistic design combined with its violent and gory gameplay.

You can get blindly lost in brutally finishing enemies, but make sure to take a grasp on the story as it is an enamoring tale about a father and son. The game’s visuals are stunning, especially on 4K resolution, but it will need one of the best PC builds to run if you want to max out every setting on the highest resolution.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding
GenreStory Rich, Open world, Action, Walking Simulator
Where to Buy?Steam
Length40 hours for the main story; 110+ for completionists
Release DateMarch 30, 2022

Death Stranding is an open-world action-adventure game made by legendary game creator Hideo Kojima. His most notable work in gaming would probably be the Metal Gear Solid franchise, and if you have played some of those games before, you could expect the same mind-twisting story from each of his works.

In Death Stranding, you will play Sam Bridges, and your main mission is to deliver hope to humanity by connecting the last survivors of America together. Players call the game a walking simulator, but that term can be meant either positively or negatively.

It is true that there will be a ton of walking involved, but you will explore the beautiful nature scape of the open world, meet new friends, and establish connections along the way.

Some players will find the game interesting and get enamored by the story when building connections with other NPCs you meet along the way, but there are a few others who will get bored of the gameplay. Either way, the game has a brilliant story with amazing Hollywood actors like Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen.

It Takes Two

It Takes Two 1
GenreCo-op, Multiplayer, Adventure, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
Length12+ hours to beat
Release DateMarch 26, 2021
Multiplayer?Yes, split screen or online co-op

It Takes Two is one of the best co-op games ever made. Anyone can enjoy this beautiful game without having an interest in playing games in general.

The game took home multiple Game of the Year awards, including Best Family Game, Best Narrative, and Best Multiplayer Game awards. The accolades speak for themselves, and it is definitely a must-try for not only couples but also a friend.

To play the game, only one person needs to buy the game and have the other join for free with Friend’s Pass. Work together as you adventure through a crazy journey in this pure co-op perfection game. You will both play as a couple, Cody and May, who are both turned into dolls by a magical spell and trapped in a fantastical world.

You will get reluctantly challenged in saving Cody and May’s fractured relationship throughout the story. Master each character as you gain unique and connected abilities at every new level. It Takes Two has one of the best stories for a co-op game, and it is definitely the best game on this list to play as a couple because everyone can enjoy it no matter which genre they prefer playing.

Dying Light

Dying Light 1
GenreZombies, Survival, Horror
Where to Buy?Steam
Length17 hours for the main story; 50+ for completionists
Release DateJanuary 26, 2015

Dying Light is a first-person survival horror video game developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is set in an open-world environment and a quarantined city called Harran, which is overrun by a mysterious virus that turns people into zombies.

The player takes on the role of a survivor named Kyle Crane, an undercover agent sent into the city to retrieve a top-secret file that could potentially help cure the virus.

The game features a day and night cycle, where during the day, the zombies are slow and sluggish, making it easier for the player to navigate the environment and scavenge for supplies. However, at night, the zombies become more aggressive and dangerous, making it much more difficult to survive.

The game focuses heavily on parkour mechanics, allowing players to run, jump, and climb across the environment to escape zombies and explore the city. The game also features a crafting system, allowing players to create new weapons and gear to help them in combat.

Overall, Dying Light is a thrilling and intense game that offers a unique take on the zombie apocalypse genre, with its emphasis on parkour and survival mechanics.

Dying Light has one of the best storylines and is also considered to be one of the best zombie-themed games ever.

Divinity Original Sin

Divinity Original Sin
GenreRPG, Turn-Based, Co-op, Fantasy
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperLarian Studios
Length60+ hours for the main story; 100+ hours for completionists
Release DateOctober 27, 2015

Divinity Original Sin is a turn-based RPG inspired by the famous Dungeons & Dragons game. You will gather a party of four, whether controlled by an AI or friends and explore an open world where you can interact with literally everything and everyone you see.

The world is extremely vast, with story-rich content in every corner. You will encounter NPCs around the world and go through a ton of side quests that take hours to complete since turn-based combat is quite long, but in a good way.

Reading through thousands of texts will be required because the game does not hold your hand, where you can blindly follow markers to finish objectives or quests.

You will learn to immerse yourself in fantasy. Divinity Original Sin has won a ton of accolades, including, and it really shows that they deserve it.

The voice acting is second to none. You can visually see everything in detail as if it was developed as an AAA game.

The game design and the compelling story all blend well with this perfect turn-based RPG. Things get very technical in the game, so you might want to play this with someone who is also interested in all the good things mentioned above.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldurs Gate 3
GenreRPG, Story Rich, Choices Matter
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperLarian Studios
Length20+ hours for the main story; 70 hours for completionists
Release DateOctober 7, 2020

Baldur’s Gate 3 is also made by the same developers, Larian Studios, as the previous title, Divinity Original Sin. The game is essentially the same in terms of core mechanics and story-rich content, but the game has a rich history stemming from the first two Baldur’s Gate titles.

Baldur’s Gate 1 was released in 1998, and Baldur’s Gate 2 was released in 2000. That is over two decades of waiting for an incredible franchise, and it was all possible because of the success of Larian Studios’ Divinity Original Sin series.

You do not have to play the previous Baldur’s Gate titles to play this third installment. Just get ready to read through thousands of texts like in Divinity Original Sin and immerse yourself in a fantasy world with a few other friends (optional).

The Walking Dead: Telltale Series

Walking Dead
GenreChoices Matter, Story Rich, Horror
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperSkybound Games
Length13 hours to beat
Release DateOctober 30, 2020

The Walking Dead by Telltale Games is a story-rich comic book game that introduced a whole new trend in gaming when it was released. The game is about watching the cutscenes, making decisions through dialogue choices, and checking how it will all play out. Each decision made will have a minor or heavy impact on the story’s outcome, and you will want to play it multiple times if you want to see different scenarios.

The game is literally all about the stories, and the dialogue choices add a level of immersion to this classic zombie comic book story. You can replay all the scenarios until you have experienced all of the grueling moments. The game’s definitive edition contains all four seasons inside one game with over 50 hours of gameplay in 23 episodes.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3
GenreOpen world, RPG, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
Length50 hours for the main story; 170+ for completionists
Release DateMay 18, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues the story of Geralt of Rivia and his task to find a child of prophecy in a story-driven open-world RPG that is rich with cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and caverns.

The stories from the previous Witcher games are connected, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still somewhat understandable without playing the previous games.

The whole story or franchise is still based on the popular The Witcher novels, and you can choose to read them until you catch up to this game as well.

While progressing through the story, you will encounter hard choices with impactful consequences so that each playthrough can be different. However, it will take hundreds of hours to finish because the amount of content in the game is second to none.

You will also have different romance options that can change the game’s story. As Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster hunter, you will encounter many side quests while hearing tales from different NPCs leading you to track and hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters prowling the open world.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best games ever made, and with its meteoric rise to the top, it also led to an incredible TV series on Netflix. If you are into story-rich open-world RPGs, this should be the first game to play on everyone’s list.

Tales of Vesperia or Tales Series

Tales of Arise
GenreAnime, JRPG, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperQLOC, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.
Length45 hours for the main story; 130+ hours for completionists
Release DateJanuary 11, 2019

The game is set in a fictional world called Terca Lumireis, where humans and a race of magical beings called Blastia coexist.

The player takes on the role of a young swordsman named Yuri Lowell, who embarks on a journey to uncover a conspiracy involving the theft of a powerful Blastia core.

The gameplay of Tales of Vesperia features a real-time battle system that allows players to control one of four characters in battle, switching between them at any time.

Each character has unique abilities, and fighting styles, which can be customized and improved as the player progresses through the game.

In addition to the main storyline, the game features a wide range of side quests and optional content, including mini-games, hidden dungeons, and collectibles.

The game’s story is told through a combination of in-game cutscenes and animated sequences.

Tales of Vesperia is widely praised for its engaging story, memorable characters, and immersive world-building. The game also features a distinctive art style, with character designs by renowned artist Kosuke Fujishima.

A Way Out

A Way Out
GenreCo-op, Split Screen, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
Length6 hours to beat
Release DateMarch 23, 2018
Multiplayer?Yes, split screen/online

From the same developers as the award-winning, It Takes Two, A Way Out was their first big title. It is also an exclusive co-op adventure set in a prison where two prisoners try to make their escape.

Each player controls one of the main characters, Leo or Vincent, and you will try to escape with a complete stranger and learn to trust each other if they want a shot at escaping the prison.

The game is filled with puzzles, crimes, and a whole lot of story-rich scenes. The gameplay is basically a simple adventure game because the game immerses you in the life of a prison inmate. Co-op is key to solving puzzles, and everything is curated in a way that requires critical thinking from both players.

Like It Takes Two, only one person needs to buy the game, and you can use Steam’s Remote Play Together feature to play with someone else. The game can only be played in co-op mode, so there is no reason to get this title without asking someone if they want to play too.

Half-Life 2

Half Life 2
GenreFPS, Action, Sci-fi, Classic
Where to Buy?Steam
Release DateNovember 16, 2004

Half-Life 2 is the sequel to the award-winning Half-Life series, which garnered over 50 game-of-the-year awards and was also named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer. The game not only revolutionized FPS (first-person shooter) games but also added an immersive storytelling experience.

While the first title was released in 1998, and the sequel was released in 2004, the game is still timeless. As a research scientist named Gorden Freeman, you start the game and find yourself on an alien-infested Earth. Your goal is to rescue the world from the mistake you unleashed at Black Mesa.

Discover an arsenal of futuristic weapons while you fight against alien abominations across different territories. There are also a few puzzles you will need to solve, and you can already sense that some of the ideas for their future titles (Left 4 Dead and Portal) gained inspiration from this game.

The Wolf Among Us

Wolf Among Us
GenreAdventure, Detective, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
Length9 hours to beat
Release DateOctober 11, 2013

The Wolf Among Us comes from the makers of The Walking Dead – Telltale Series. It is the same as choosing your own adventure genre, where you will only have to read through the dialogue, watch the scenes, make your own decisions, and ultimately experience the story.

Each decision you make will have an enormous consequence and change the story. These decisions are not only based on what you choose but also on when you choose to do it. You can have multiple playthroughs to find alternative storylines, but in terms of overall replayability, it is mostly for the game’s story-rich campaign.

The Wolf Among Us has a total of five episodes, and the story is based on the Eisner award-winning Fables comic book series. If you are looking for a game that is purely “story-rich,” look for games like The Wolf Among Us or any other Telltale game.


GenreStory Rich, Choices Matter, 2D
Where to Buy?Steam
Release DateSeptember 15, 2015

Undertale is another masterpiece on this list. It is almost like your typical RPG but with a dash of bullet hell.

The bullet hell aspect comes from Undertale’s combat system, where you control a heart and play a bullet hell minigame in between fights. Don’t worry if it seems a little difficult, it is pretty simple, and the game is quite underrated as a story-rich RPG because the game flies under the radar.

The graphics might be pixelated and might turn a lot of people off, but the game is beautifully done. The story is elegant, as each dialogue is rich in context, with a few funny quips here and there.

Undertale is a criminally underrated RPG with a mix of inspiration from other genres for good measure.

BioShock Series

GenreFPS, Story Rich, Action
Where to Buy?Steam
Release DateAugust 21, 2007

The BioShock series is a shooter loaded with unique weapons. You will consistently find ways to complete your arsenal and get stronger, but at the end of the day, your ultimate weapon will be yourself and your genetically modified DNA.

You get to inject plasmids to give you superhuman powers like electrocuting or freezing enemies. BioShock is often seen as the modern-day Half-Life, where the gameplay and story are both futuristic and one of the best in the industry.

In BioShock, you can hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons, and experiment with new ammo variants for these weapons. You can also turn the whole environment around you as a weapon by using your powers.

The BioShock series has a collection of all the BioShock games – from the remastered BioShock up to BioShock Infinite (the third installment), including all the DLCs released for each main title.

Final Fantasy Series

Final Fantasy 15
GenreJRPG, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperSquare Enix

The Final Fantasy series is a long-running and highly acclaimed series of Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) developed and published by Square Enix.

The series began in 1987 and has since produced over 15 mainline titles and numerous spin-offs, remakes, and adaptations.

Each Final Fantasy game is a standalone story with its own unique setting, characters, and gameplay mechanics.

However, many games in the series share common elements, such as a focus on character development and storytelling, turn-based combat, and the use of magic and special abilities.

In most Final Fantasy games, the player takes on the role of a hero or group of heroes who embark on a quest to save the world from a great evil.

Along the way, they must battle monsters, solve puzzles, and explore vast, fantastical worlds.

Over the years, the Final Fantasy series has introduced a wide range of innovative gameplay features, such as the Active Time Battle system, which requires players to think quickly and strategically during combat.

The Materia system allows players to customize their characters’ abilities and spells.

The series has also been praised for its music, which is composed by renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu, and its stunning visuals and art direction.

Overall, the Final Fantasy series is widely regarded as one of the most influential and important franchises in the history of video games and has won numerous awards and accolades for its storytelling, gameplay, and technical achievements.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
GenreCyberpunk, RPG, Sci-fi, Open world
Where to Buy?Steam
Length20+ hours for the main story; 100+ hours for completionists
Release DateDecember 10, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red’s next big project after their massive hit, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

They mirrored Cyberpunk 2077’s core gameplay elements to the ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto series by Rockstar Games. The game is an open-world futuristic third-person shooter RPG with a rich storyline.

The amount of content in Cyberpunk 2077 can take you up to a thousand hours to fully complete, and there is so much content that you get to do a lot of side quests and activities even before doing the stories.

Every corner has stories different from the main story, which adds a lot of depth to the stories around Night City.

Cyberpunk 2077 has an enthralling storyline that also features one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, Keanu Reeves.

While there are a lot of things to do in the game apart from finishing the main storyline, the campaign should still take up to 30 to 40 hours to complete if you purely focus on the main quests.

That is not how RPGs are usually played because you are always rewarded for exploring or doing things outside of the main storyline.


Makoto Combo
GenreJRPG, Story Rich, Anime, Turn-Based
Where to Buy?Steam

Persona is one of the best anime franchises on Steam. The series has been around since 1996, but they put in a lot of time before releasing new titles to the series.

Each game in the series revolves around a cognitive reality that changes the perception of the characters in the game.

The character design is all well-thought-out, as everyone plays a major role in the story, typically seen in most JRPGs.

Grand Theft Auto 5

GenreOpen World, Action, Crime, Shooter
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperRockstar North
Release DateApril 14, 2015

GTA5 is arguably the best video game of all time. It is the second best-selling video game in history, behind Minecraft. It is the only AAA game in the top 5 best-selling games, which says a lot about how good GTA 5 really is.

From the game’s core gameplay elements and game design all the way to its story, everything is perfectly made.

The game’s content is also second to none compared to any game in any genre. The game throws you into the city, and you will go through the story by going around different locations while experiencing what the world has to offer.

You can finish the story in 15 to 20 hours, but the story is a bit underrated because the most popular content about the game is its multiplayer content.

After finishing the story, you can still spend thousands of hours playing online or even invite friends to play with you and run heists.

Due to its incredibly large role-playing community, you can develop stories of your own with real people across the world.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption
GenreOpen World, Story-Rich, Adventure, Western
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperRockstar Games
Length50 hours for the main story; 170+ hours for completionists
Release DateDecember 6, 2019
Multiplayer?Yes (separate online game/purchase)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is made by the same developers, Rockstar Games, of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game is essentially the same in terms of gameplay and content but with a different setting.

Red Dead Redemption is set in 1899, following the story of an outlaw, Arthur Morgan, who is a member of a gang in a fictionalized representation of the Western United States.

If you are a fan of gangs, outlaws, hunters, gunslingers, and everything in between, you would definitely enjoy the Red Dead Redemption series.

The story does not require you to play the first title of Red Dead Redemption, but some scenes foreshadow the events from the previous events when you play the sequel.

So far on this list, we already have three open-world action-adventure games that are quite similar but differ in terms of time setting – Red Dead Redemption – 20th century in the Western United States, Grand Theft Auto – present-day in the fictionalized city of Los Santos, and Cyberpunk 2077 – set in the futuristic year of 2077 in a fictionalized city called “Night City.”

Each game mentioned is a masterpiece, and it will take a lot of commitment to choose and play one, as each title offers thousands of hours of gameplay to fully complete.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
GenreOpen world, Adventure, Action
Where to Buy?Steam
Length30 hours for the main story; 70+ hours for completionists
Release DateAugust 7, 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn is an award-winning open-world action-adventure game with one of the best visuals you will see in most AAA games out there. The game’s story focuses on the main character, Aloy, who is a young huntress determined to find out details about her ancestry.

Throughout the story, you will gradually get to the big picture as every gap is filled, and every inch of the world has enough lore to keep you curious and interested.

The typical story might seem generic, but there are a ton of memorable moments, and the cast of characters brings the story to life. The whole world feels exceptional and engaging, while the amount of content in the game is also brimming.

If you want to play a game that heavily focuses on its story, Horizon Zero Dawn is a good choice. You can also play the sequel if ever you get hooked to the series.

Nier Automata

Nier Automata
GenreStory Rich, JRPG
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperSquare Enix, PlatinumGames Inc.
Length20 hours for the main story; 60+ hours for completionists
Release DateMarch 17, 2017

Nier Automata tells a story about androids named 2B, 9S, and A2. They will battle to reclaim the world of a machine-driven dystopia.

The game is led by a renowned video game director and scenario writer, Yoko Taro, which gained a ton of praise for his works on Nier Automata because of its existential story.

The game’s combat system is extremely fluid and offers much more than simple hack-and-slash gameplay.

It may take you around 20-40 hours to finish, but there are a few alternative endings to the game, which may tempt you to start another playthrough. The game’s story is deeply sorrowful, and you will not regret playing it.

Assassin’s Creed Series

Assassins Creed
GenreAction, Open world, RPG, Stealth
Where to Buy?Steam

Assassin’s Creed is an open-world action-adventure stealth game where core gameplay elements originated from the popular Prince of Persia games a few decades ago. The story revolves around assassins in the 12th century, but there is more to it than just that.

The main setting is actually set in the future, where you have access to the “Animus” that allows you to relive the memories of your ancestry. The stories you will playthrough will be set at different times for each title but still revolve around the stealthy gameplay Assassin’s Creed is known for.

Assassin’s Creed has more than ten titles, but you do not have to play them in chronological order. Each title is somewhat connected, but not necessarily mandatory to know the story of each. You can watch through some of the games because there are too many titles to commit to the whole series if you are new.

Dead Space

Dead Space
GenreHorror, Sci-fi, Action, Space
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperEA Redwood Shores
Length11 hours to beat
Release DateOctober 20, 2008

Dead Space is a story about an engineer on a spacecraft of USG Ishimura. You will encounter some problems inside the spacecraft and learn the meaning of true horror.

Your mission is to try and fix the spacecraft, but you will uncover the blood bath that took place on the ship where the previous crew was slaughtered and infected by an unknown alien lifeform.

The game has a lot of jump scares, and the overall atmosphere adds a ton of tension which might disrupt your gameplay. Dead Space isn’t a game for the faint-hearted, and you should try and see if you are able to play the game because the game’s story is unique and engaging.

Dead Space has two other sequels, and each one is connected to the main protagonist’s story, Isaac Clarke. Dead Space 3 is much lighter in terms of the horror aspect, as it features a co-op campaign where you can play the whole story with a buddy.

The Evil Within

The Evil Within
GenreHorror, Survival, Dark, Psychological Horror
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperTango Gameworks
Length15 hours to beat
Release DateOctober 14, 2014

The Evil Within is another horror game title on this long list of story-rich games. The game was developed by Shinji Mikami, who directed the original Resident Evil series and Resident Evil 4.

The Evil Within’s story starts with a detective and his partners who will investigate a scene of mass murder and eventually encounter a mysterious foe.

The game features horrifying environments giving you anxiety at every corner, and an intricate story immerses you in the world and heightens the tension.

The Evil Within has multiple DLCs and a sequel containing multiple DLCs that expand the story of each title and add more hours to the game. If you enjoyed the game, you can get the DLCs because they should force you to shell out more dollars to buy.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park
GenreRPG, Comedy, Adventure, Turn-Based
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperObsidian Entertainment
Length11 hours to beat
Release DateMarch 6, 2014

South Park is known for its TV series, but they eventually developed a game that uses the same art as the TV series.

The gameplay or combat system uses a turn-based RPG system that is similar to most JRPGs. However, the game relies on the TV show’s humor, and if you do not find the series funny, you might not enjoy playing the game.

The story starts with a bunch of fourth-grade kids who are roleplaying in an epic civilization locked in a neverending war that lasted for a thousand years.

You will arm yourself with weapons to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies, and other forces of evil. The goal is to discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn the right to become a friend to the show’s main cast of characters, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny.

The whole game is being written and voiced by the brilliant minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, both of which have written hundreds of episodes for their epic TV show, South Park.

They brought their own brand of humor and tied it up into an epic game. If you are a fan of the show, buy the game without even thinking about it.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

GenreFPS, Shooter, Classic, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
Developer343 Industries, Splash Damage, Ruffian Games, Bungie, Saber Interactive
Length57 hours for titles
Release DateDecember 4, 2019

Halo is one of the greatest video game franchises ever. You will experience an epic story of Master Chief’s iconic journey of all six titles in one single collection. Every story is connected, so you would need to play it in chronological order.

Every title can be played on co-op for the campaign mode, and you can enjoy the whole experience with one special person because the story is amazing, especially for the first three titles. The story does not get affected if you add another player to join you in the campaign mode.

The gameplay mechanics are like any other first-person shooter out there. It is easy to pick up, so you do not have to worry about the game being too complicated if someone does not want to read or learn a lot of things before they can start playing.

If you both enjoyed the campaign and the overall gameplay, you could even play a few multiplayer games online if you want. There is also an iconic map editor, Forge, that can build new maps and have more creative ways to play the game. Halo also has one of the best gaming soundtracks for any video game franchise ever.