A good story can move you to tears. It can make you think. It can stay with you long after you've finished the game. In other words, while the gameplay may be what first draws you into a game, it's the story that so often keeps you invested. But a story isn't just about what happens between the beginning and the end; it's also about the delivery. Great dialogue delivered by great characters, the twists and turns of a winding plot, and the thrill of extraordinary circumstances can make a great story wriggle under your skin and keep you thinking about it even when you aren't playing. This year's greatest stories took us across the world, through fantastical realms, and into the past, but one compelling tale stood above the others.
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From the makers of Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Baldur's Gate comes Dragon Age: Origins, an epic tale of violence, lust, and betrayal. The survival of humanity rests in the hands of those chosen by fate. You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands throughout the centuries. Betrayed by a trusted general in a critical battle, you must hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice. As you fight your way towards the final confrontation with an evil nemesis, you will face monstrous foes and engage in epic quests to unite the disparate peoples of a world at war. A romance with a seductive shapeshifter may hold the key to victory, or she may be a dangerous diversion from the heart of your mission. To be a leader, you must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice your friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind.
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