- I’d have to go with Doom
Always liked the Valve games for their lore that you mostly find in their Wikipedia articles. Whether it’s the Xen creatures, the Combine, City 17, Aperture Science or Black Mesa inhabitants. Always liked that stuff.
Bioshock, Mass Effect, Dark Souls, are all pretty great too.ID: hph729t
Valve lore is only slightly less cryptic than Dark Souls. You have to piece it together with pinned newspaper articles, radio and TV snippets, NPC's that will talk about anything but the horrors of the 7 hour war... It can be so thrilling when you piece together some of the major details on your own, or there will be like one total expose scene after killing monsters for six hoursID: hphdq6f
There was that one time the Valve fanbase had to place radios in certain places in portal, record the audio which turned out to be HAM radio “slow-scan television”, decode that into pictures which contained numbers, assemble them in the right order, run a CRC on them to get a phone number, which had a dial-up BBS on the other end, containing ascii art of the forthcoming Portal 2.
The login and password for the BBS was hidden in there somewhere too but I can’t remember where. It was a long time ago nowID: hph367n
Tf2 lore... thats all I have to say...
Mass Effect is pretty greatID: hph10fy
The codex was great. My favorite entry from the first game was
"The krogan evolved in a hostile and vicious environment. Until the invention of gunpowder weapons, "eaten by predators" was still the number one cause of krogan fatalities. Afterwards, it was "death by gunshot".ID: hpguwic
Just started playing for the first time and I’ve never been so captivated by so much dialogue. Then again, I’m a sucker for distant future sci-fi, ancient aliens, and a galactic empires.ID: hpgvvxp
We don't get a lot of scifi space opera type games so i'm right here with you
Outer WildsID: hphff27
That’s my game of the year, even though it didn’t come out this year. But in seriousness, it’s incredible.ID: hphb3aj
This is an interesting answer because I'd usually consider lore to be world building that isn't important to playing the game; however, Outer Wilds lore is vital to beating the game.
Warhammer 40K is a good one for lore. You can spend months just reading the wiki.
The battletech universe is good also.ID: hpgn83c
There's a lot of awesome novels based on the 40k universe too.ID: hpgu95f
I recently read The Infinite and The Divine and I highly recommend it, even if you’re not a huge Necron fan.ID: hpgwc81
Upvoting for Battletech visibility.
It's easily my favorite fictional setting. Set 1000 years in the future, all 1000 years are fully developed and written out, giving the setting its own fully fleshed out history. There's no aliens, just humans being shitty, fallible animals, and a entire collapsed interstellar empire locked into endless civil war. It's the perfect, logical end state of the modern military industrial complex mixed in neofeudalistic knights driving big, stompy robots.
It's just so fucking good.ID: hpgrjok
40ks lore is so large it's almost cheating. I've read almost every page on the wiki but its been. six. years.
If we talking about the lore they went extra mile developing the world around the game, Books, comic books, cartoons and the wiki, they made really good sci-fi world, with it own motives, fanatic religion cult and ect, if you gonna dive in to it it so good, I’m really big fan of this universeID: hph0dcu
I can't wait for the remake
Legacy of Kain series, or KOTORID: hpgjgd3
KoTOR for real but also that feels like cheating. Need categories for original narratives and adapted narratives.ID: hpgn9yl
I agree, so much to go through and leave you questioning everything
The Witcher (granted it’s based on books, but nonetheless)ID: hpgm7p3
Characters and places are from the books but the story/plot of the games is just a sequel of the main story that Sapkowski approved but didnt writeID: hpgoikl
They are still great, there's a reason why Witcher 3 is considered one of the best games ever made.ID: hpgj6gb
And those books are based on centuries old folk lore themselves. *Example, in the latest season on Netflix there's a "witch in a hut" character. First time I saw the hut I told my wife, "that hut is going to stand up on what looks like chicken legs later, I guarantee it". She looked at me like a crazy person because why would it do that?
Sure enough, it did. The Deathless Mother is a pretty clear-cut re-telling of Baba Yaga, from the shapeshifting to the promises and enchanting to the hut on chicken legs. The Baba Yaga is a very old and very well travelled bit of folk lore about a witch who lives in a hut that rises on the legs of a basilisk. Consequently, the monster Leshy and Baba Yaga appear around each other all the time in slavic folk lore, and being that Leshy had made an early appearance in season 2 my mind was already working on that path.ID: hpgo4lc
I remember the witch hut on chicken legs from a book on folklore I had as a kid. I could swear I also remember it from D&D and/or some other game, maybe multiple games. I thought it was pretty widely known about, but I also recently found out many of my friends/coworkers had never heard of it before.ID: hpgw47m
Hella interesting side note.
Baba Yaga is heavily influenced by the indigenous Scandinavian peoples, the Sami. They build traditional storehouses that can be reached in deep snow and keep out animals.
It’s not even a stretch to figure out why “chicken” legs
Hollow Knight. Don't believe me? Go ask mossbagID: hpgda3h
Oh my I love this game and I’ve been meaning to look into the lore for forever but I keep forgettingID: hpgh8vp
I started looking into it for fun one day after beating the first two endings. I was blown away with how much I had missed lore-wise
Elderscrolls its such a deep and intresting lore, halo also has very cool nd intersting lore but imo not nearly as cool or intersting as TESID: hpgtjxh
There's definitely a lot of cool lore throughout the franchise, but honestly, I can happily dive into just Morrowind's lore and history. IIRC that was the point where they really went back started developing the world behind the games.ID: hph0j8v
Elder Scrolls Lore is the deepest I've come across in my gaming years. It's a lot of years.ID: hph0d93
The Oblivion crisis has to be one of my favorite parts of that, specially with how the argonians handled it.ID: hph73qp
Everytime someone brings up tes lore all I can think about is the crazy adventures of vivec and his penis spear
Planescape: Torment. And like some other replies this is a bit of a cheat since it's lore is based on outside source material. But damn does this game have captivating lore. You have all of this captivating backstory for characters like The Nameless One, Dak'kon, Morte, Deinnora, etc. And Sigil itself has so much great lore to it. Every location in this game was interesting and had me invested in reading all of the details.
Far cry blood dragon
In the near future of 2008…..ID: hpgxbkk
Stoked for the remaster? I know I am!
So much it almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter!
Disco Elysium ! So much depth and leaves you with wanting to learn more.
Nieuniverse, basically everything Yoko taro has created.
Ace combat especially when you factor in the complete bandai namco shared timeline that stretches 2000 years into the future.ID: hpgxguj
Definitely. I still treasure my copy of Shattered Skies. The soundtrack, the backstory, the gameplay, perfection
I've never played any of the soulsborne games but there was a period of like 4 months where I was absolutely obsessed with the lore of Bloodborne.
Control.... the game directly connects to the original Alan Wake and Quantum Break through the story and easter eggs. Both Alan Wake and Quantum Break have easter eggs in them that tie directly to Control as well.ID: hph8oaf
The greatest world building of all time. I would play a game where you just work a 9-5 desk job at the FBC.