10 Best Video Games Stories of 2019

  • Stories have always been an integral part of games as an entertainment medium, and they've only become more crucial to more and more standout experiences as the industry itself has matured and become more accomplished at crafting and telling narratives. There's still much to learn, of course, but even so, there plenty of games that came out in 2019 whose narratives, for one reason or the other, really struck a cord with us.
    Here, we will be honouring our ten nominees for the best narrative in 2019, before finally recognizing what we feel stands out as the winner in this category.

Comments • 66

  • Connor Hancock
    Connor Hancock Month ago +3

    I love Mortal Kombat and I will be the first one to tell you it was decent but literally trashed both of previous stories, the fact you put MK11 over Jedi Fallen order is outrageous

  • luke Borland
    luke Borland Month ago


  • John Henry de Klerk
    John Henry de Klerk 2 months ago

    A Plague Tale Innocence needs a sequel as does Control

  • Ace of spades lover
    Ace of spades lover 2 months ago +1

    Where the fuck is rdr2?

  • Ramesh Ji Band
    Ramesh Ji Band 2 months ago

    devil may cry 5 should be in this list

  • Colin Reid
    Colin Reid 2 months ago

    Are you lot fucking high? What shit you smoking to pick mk11 😂😂😂

  • Bikewreck Boss
    Bikewreck Boss 2 months ago

    SMH MK11 is the last game on this list that should have won.

  • Mr. Sarcastic
    Mr. Sarcastic 2 months ago +1

    This was an easy win for Control, it had the best story by far in 2019

  • jhon Hurtado
    jhon Hurtado 2 months ago

    Wtf dude plague tale Innocent or dead standing are way better than mk11

  • Adam Othman
    Adam Othman 2 months ago

    Please give more dislikes to this video

  • DeadLeaFMoth
    DeadLeaFMoth 2 months ago

    'Just look at what happened w The Last Jedi' - Uh, TLJ wasn't the problem w recent Star Wars releases

  • Steven Moultrie
    Steven Moultrie 2 months ago

    I agree. Mortal Kombat 11 has a good story.

  • Alan Moore
    Alan Moore 2 months ago

    Truly terrible choice for No 1

  • Greg Dunn
    Greg Dunn 2 months ago +2

    Ya'll smoke some crack before decided on MK???

  • Keeper MacMahon
    Keeper MacMahon 2 months ago

    While I agree that Control is a great game I do challenge your statement that this game was nothing like any of Remedy's other games.. Max Pain: time slowing mechanic. Allen Wake.. I did not play it but its on my "games to play list"& didn't that game also have a time slowing mechanic?
    ... but Quantum Break.. I am playing now.. and the time stopping/throwing power/items/weapons stuff is all there.. perhaps I will disagree with myself after I complete QB but it seems as though Remedy has been practicing for Control all along. I love the mechanics, so here's hoping that they figure out a fresh way to use some of these in their next adventure!!

  • Tony Delgado
    Tony Delgado 2 months ago

    How is gears 5 not on here??

  • Ancestor Empire
    Ancestor Empire 2 months ago

    GB staff: We name MK11 best story of the year.... We do hear heavy mechanical breathing behind us and boss music?

    • Ancestor Empire
      Ancestor Empire Month ago

      @Connor Hancock it's a darth vader reference

    • Connor Hancock
      Connor Hancock Month ago

      Ancestor Empire literally what does your comment even mean

  • Adrian Vaduva
    Adrian Vaduva 2 months ago

    Great list

  • In Decay
    In Decay 2 months ago +4

    Sekido and A Pleg tale: innocence. You're American dude.

  • isuck_atgames
    isuck_atgames 2 months ago

    Gaming bolt: and the winner is, morta
    Me: bitc wha da fuk
    Also me: that shit doesn't compare to metro

  • Jevon Jackson
    Jevon Jackson 2 months ago +1

    My favorite top four stories in videogames of 2010-2019.
    4. Days gone
    3. Horizon zero Dawn
    2. God of war
    1. Spider-Man
    Just my opinion

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago +1

      U don't play much games why are all of them from the past 2 years

    SONYCANSUCKIT 2 months ago +2

    #FREEMULTIPLAYER xbl and psn multiplayer should be free. We already paid for the game full price, and you lock out half of it behind a petty paywall. WAKE UP PEOPLE

  • Baby Taz
    Baby Taz 2 months ago

    Death stranding is the stupidest game of the year anthem has a better story and anthem is a piece of shit game

  • Ryue Jin
    Ryue Jin 2 months ago

    No outer worlds but death stranding 😂

  • WayWardWonderer
    WayWardWonderer 2 months ago +4

    I disagree with KH3. I'm a huge Kingdom Hearts fan but I found the 3rd story to be hollow and rushed.

  • Orlando Noriega Salazar
    Orlando Noriega Salazar 2 months ago +2

    How many people are in the Gaming bolt staff?

    • Matt Odlum
      Matt Odlum 2 months ago +1

      Lol probably like 2-3 people

  • James Dayton
    James Dayton 2 months ago +3

    Wow, no The Outer Worlds.

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames Month ago

      @Connor Hancock you clearly didn't play it then

    • Connor Hancock
      Connor Hancock Month ago

      James Dayton it’s a crappy game with a crappy story

    • Daniel Field
      Daniel Field 2 months ago

      @isuck_atgames definitely

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago +1

      @Daniel Field was still a great game

    • Daniel Field
      Daniel Field 2 months ago

      That games more about the RPG experience and gameplay, story wasn't anything special

  • De Waal Van Der Colff
    De Waal Van Der Colff 2 months ago

    1. Days Gone 2. Metro Exodus

  • Master Driver Rex
    Master Driver Rex 2 months ago

    My pick for best narrative is Astral Chain, because while post-apocalyptic stories are a dime-a-dozen these days, Astral Chain tells it in a smart, stylish and sexy way that I think both Nintendo and Platinum should be commended for. It's not often for either of those game companies to tell such a good narrative in games without going balls-to-the-wall ridiculous, and it is a game that shows both Nintendo and Platinum getting out of their comfort zones, but all the more reason it should be praised for that.
    My runner-ups would Fire Emblem: Three Houses & Dragon Quest XI S, the former for breaking away from the typical tropes that both Awakening and Fates fell on just to play it safe in order to build up popularity for the series, and instead telling a story full of intrigue, suspense, conspiracy, betrayal, and more twists & turns than a roller coaster. Too many Fire Emblem games in the past have your heroes stopping the resurrection of a dark god to save the world, but Three Houses goes for something far different. And with four different story paths, it basically becomes a story you're almost crafting in a way. As for Dragon Quest XI S, it takes the classic chosen hero story, and turns it on its head by having said chosen hero become branded as a harbinger of calamity, and him and his merry band journeying around the world to find out why that is, only for things to becoming more complex as you go along your adventure.

  • TriksterHD
    TriksterHD 2 months ago +1

    But who has a better story than Bran the Broken?

  • Fetty Krill
    Fetty Krill 2 months ago +4

    Really? KH3??? Did you guys even play that atrocity? It was so lackluster; both gaming and story wise.

  • ErraticPT
    ErraticPT 2 months ago +10

    MK11 had a plot? I've seen stories written by a 5 year old that are better.

    • Adam Othman
      Adam Othman 2 months ago

      ErraticPT mk11 has story that is exceptional but definitely not the best of the year

  • Family over Frauds 72
    Family over Frauds 72 2 months ago +2

    Mortal kombat is so forgettable only good to play with a friend for a couple rounds Sekiro immerses you for hours in a world full of challenges and lore and it’s gameplay boss fights different endings environments and everything about it are on another level compared to mortal kombat

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago

      Yeah its pretty much a long movie and a waste of 60 bucks

  • Family over Frauds 72
    Family over Frauds 72 2 months ago +1

    Sekiro was my game of the year. And the fact you put mortal Kombat ahead of Sekiro makes me think you guys were payed to do so .

  • Mr. Snake
    Mr. Snake 2 months ago

    Don't care. Hopefully death stranding is nothing but forgettable shit.
    2020 is gonna be better for sure.

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago +4

    I didn't get a chance to play kingdom heartbut I thought they was wrapping up everything that's why they're coming out with DLC not unless it's already out I thought that's why

  • Travis Keeton
    Travis Keeton 2 months ago

    Nothing pisses me off more then hearing them mispronounce the name of games. Sekido? Are you fucking kidding me? Where the fuck do you see a "d" in Sekiro? Fuck. Not just that either but this dude fucking said Plag instead of Plague... Like oh my fucking Batman! Say this shit correctly or don't make the video. Also stop putting Death Stranding on every fucking game list y'all make!

  • Boocat
    Boocat 2 months ago

    Best game stories and over rated Kojima confusing weird cringe worthy trash should NOT be in the same sentence

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago

    Shakira shadows die twice way better than f****** death stranding

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago +3

    Death stranding tells a boring story😴😴😴😴😴

    • nate joe
      nate joe 2 months ago

      @J!GG!E yes this game is garbage

    • Mr. Snake
      Mr. Snake 2 months ago +1

      As always, kojima is shit. And nothing is more shit than kojima making death stranding.

    • J!GG!E
      J!GG!E 2 months ago

      Garbage game for game snobs

  • J!GG!E
    J!GG!E 2 months ago +5

    My one and only game of 2019 is bloodstained ritual of the night.

    • Sanskar Mishra
      Sanskar Mishra 2 months ago +1

      not as good as the 2017 version. Blasphemous is better

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago

    Death stranding death stranding death stranding death stranding🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago +5

    How many times death stranding been on a list feels like a hundred times

    • nate joe
      nate joe 2 months ago

      @Ryue Jin yes the man can make good games but this game is not good at all😒😒😒

    • nate joe
      nate joe 2 months ago

      @Ryue Jin I know his name carries weight but your name can only take you so far you eventually have to do good I think the reason why they keep on putting this boring game a lot of their list because it is kojima I think that's why

    • nate joe
      nate joe 2 months ago

      @Ryue Jin yes it does feel forced

    • Ryue Jin
      Ryue Jin 2 months ago +3

      nate joe yeah it feels forced

  • nate joe
    nate joe 2 months ago

    I told you 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 death stranding

  • ArcaneThinker
    ArcaneThinker 2 months ago +1

    WHAT THE FUCK. Where's Disco Elysium ? It has a better story than all of these combined.

  • Captain. Macmellon
    Captain. Macmellon 2 months ago +2

    I’d say modern warfare should’ve been on here.

  • ccwalpha
    ccwalpha 2 months ago +1

    Your top 10s of the year is ridiculous.

  • Balbanes Beoulve
    Balbanes Beoulve 2 months ago +3

    Mortal Kombat 11 was full of plotholes and retcons. Why is number one? õ.ô

  • Zer0Diamonds
    Zer0Diamonds 2 months ago

    Okay, I respect that choice.

  • Corvo Fox-Gray
    Corvo Fox-Gray 2 months ago +9

    MK11?? I really do wonder what’s being added to the water in your office at times.

  • rafael pozo
    rafael pozo 2 months ago +1

    Mk11 deserve it👍

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago

      Wtf its basically just a 5 hour movie with no reliability

  • Gotham City
    Gotham City 2 months ago +2

    Where is Gears 5, or Devil May Cry 5? Disagree with MK11 on the list AND as a winner. Just one example, Kitana beats mighty Shao Kahn like he was nothing.

  • Tyler Outland
    Tyler Outland 2 months ago +2

    I hope days gone and star wars Jedi fallen order and mortal kombat 11 and lugis mansion 3 and call of duty modern warfare campaign and gears 5 are on this list

    • Jack C
      Jack C 2 months ago

      @Sanskar Mishra Your opinion...

    • Sanskar Mishra
      Sanskar Mishra 2 months ago

      no capcom story is good enough for a best story list. they are all cheesy and corny. most characters have no fuckinh personalities

    • Jack C
      Jack C 2 months ago +1

      And the RE2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5

  • Samuel Griffin
    Samuel Griffin 2 months ago +2

    Pleg tale? 🤣🤣

  • Dawn
    Dawn 2 months ago +12

    MK11? are you high?

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago

      Yeah its basically a 5 hour movie makes no sense

    • Jack C
      Jack C 2 months ago +3

      Days Gone, Lugis Mansion 3, Call of Duty MW, RE2 Remake, Devil May Cry 5 all had a better story than MK11

  • Mike G
    Mike G 2 months ago

    Mk11? Fuckin what? And kingdom hearts!? Lol that “story” is and always has been trash

  • Miamileisher
    Miamileisher 2 months ago +17

    How the crap is mortal combat the best story

    • Miamileisher
      Miamileisher 2 months ago

      Jack Carver from Far Cry 1 yea bro 100% even death stranding should have won
      But days gone mainly

    • Jack C
      Jack C 2 months ago +1

      @Miamileisher I feel like Days Gone, RE2 Remake, and Devil May Cry 5 should've been here eventhough the story was short in those games...

    • Miamileisher
      Miamileisher 2 months ago

      Jack Carver from Far Cry 1 facts bro
      I didn’t even know MK had a damn story

    • Jack C
      Jack C 2 months ago

      Even Luigis Mansion 3 has a better story...

  • 7x9000
    7x9000 2 months ago +5

    Y'know, I was honestly hoping for FFXIV Shadowbringers to be on a list like this.
    Then I remembered that journalists don't care about MMOs. Too bad, FFXIV's story just keeps getting better and better.

  • Bilal Souda
    Bilal Souda 2 months ago +2

    Sjw stuff

    • Bilal Souda
      Bilal Souda 2 months ago +1

      The whole MK 11 is SJW
      Strong lesbians women who looks and acts like men can hit ten guys at the same time, give me a break

    • sad sad
      sad sad 2 months ago +2


  • British Dragon
    British Dragon 2 months ago +15

    What is MK11 doing on a best stories list???? Let alone at the top???? it was THE single worst story told by NetherRealm so far.

    • Adam Othman
      Adam Othman 2 months ago

      Mk11 is a good game but it’s story is not terrible but not very great

    • isuck_atgames
      isuck_atgames 2 months ago

      Nah good story but to short and basically just a long movie

    • VidFormers
      VidFormers 2 months ago +2

      British Dragon r u dumb?

    • James Jones
      James Jones 2 months ago

      Nah that was mkx very boring story mode after chapter 2

    • Mike G
      Mike G 2 months ago +3

      Netherealm has no idea how to write storylines lol they never have. They bring people back to life with no explanation and mess with their own timeline with every entry.

  • Dylan Dunn
    Dylan Dunn 2 months ago +1

    Happy New Year Gamingbolt 🌠

  • SicParvisMagna
    SicParvisMagna 2 months ago +1

    Wow I'm stunned by who you picked. Much respect.

  • TimoPlays
    TimoPlays 2 months ago +8

    Days gone should’ve been here, it had a solid story with great characters

  • Teva Ruiz Joly Ruiz Joly

    Wtf mortal kombat 11 have a shitty story but good voices acting etc but the 9 have a way better story

  • Trey Burnett
    Trey Burnett 2 months ago

    2nd comment

  • Devin West
    Devin West 2 months ago +13

    Death stranding is confusing, but I'm enthralled in the story so far

    • Miamileisher
      Miamileisher 2 months ago +1

      gamer 427 I agree fully bro
      How was that ending

    • gamer bot
      gamer bot 2 months ago +2

      Death stranding is the best game of 2019 in my opinion

    • Miamileisher
      Miamileisher 2 months ago +2

      The end is amazing