Ever since Metal Gear Solid nailed Hollywood sensibilities as far as cinematography and A-list voice acting was concerned, we've enjoyed one hell of a ramp-up in video game storytelling quality across the board.
It's easy to forget the industry only went 3D 20 years ago, but contrast that first Hideo Kojima project against something like Uncharted 4 or Spider-Man, and you get such a feeling of humanity, acting, believability and tone coming through in more recent work.
Of course, you don't need fancy graphics or motion-capped actors to connote intense emotion (just look at a certain death in Final Fantasy VII), but it certainly helps.
When all the aforementioned aspects line up, coupled with characters or world-building elements we've indulged in for tens of hours, the result is often something we'll talk about for the rest of our lives.
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