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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for emotional story games.

Video games are often about shooting, racing, or solving puzzles. But there's a growing trend of games that explore more complex themes and ideas. These games can make you think, and they can make you feel. Browse the top-ranked list of emotional story games below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Life Is Strange Before the Storm Standard Edition - Xbox One [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: G3Q-00342
    Publisher: Square Enix
    SKU: 6021302
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
    Top comment

    "There’s no time bending, but there are lots of choices to make. If you want an emotional story with lots of choices this game is for you. "

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    Life is Strange is an Award Winning episodic adventure game released in 2016 Story Photography senior discovers she can rewind time investigates the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber with her friend Chloe Price. This item cannot be returned or refunded, please visit to learn more.
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    "There’s no time bending, but there are lots of choices to make. If you want an emotional story with lots of choices this game is for you. "

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    Life is Strange is an Award Winning episodic adventure game released in 2016 Story Photography senior discovers she can rewind time investigates the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber with her friend Chloe Price. This item cannot be returned or refunded, please visit to learn more.
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  2. Spiritfarer - Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: 114068
    Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
    SKU: 6437294
    ESRB Rating: T (Teen 13+)
    Top comment

    "Packs Emotional Wallop...This is a game that challenges you with themes around loss. ...Very whimsical. Emotional story with great Characters and music. Throughly enjoyed my time with this. "

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    Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife. Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas. Join the adventure as Daffodil the cat in two-player cooperative play. Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends.
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    "Packs Emotional Wallop...This is a game that challenges you with themes around loss. ...Very whimsical. Emotional story with great Characters and music. Throughly enjoyed my time with this. "

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    Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife. Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas. Join the adventure as Daffodil the cat in two-player cooperative play. Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends.
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  3. After Us - Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: G3Q-01921
    Publisher: Take 2
    SKU: 6549581
    ESRB Rating: T (Teen 13+)

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    Play as Gaia, the Spirit of Life, and navigate stunning platforming environments in an abstract world to salvage the souls of extinct animals. Revive these creatures after learning their final fate: the last whale harpooned, the final eagle caged, the last deer hunted down, and more, while you survive encounters with dangerous, oil-covered Devourers that roam the wasteland in search of remaining life. In this emotional journey from the creators of the critically acclaimed Arise: A Simple Story, you alone can restore life to the planet.
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    Play as Gaia, the Spirit of Life, and navigate stunning platforming environments in an abstract world to salvage the souls of extinct animals. Revive these creatures after learning their final fate: the last whale harpooned, the final eagle caged, the last deer hunted down, and more, while you survive encounters with dangerous, oil-covered Devourers that roam the wasteland in search of remaining life. In this emotional journey from the creators of the critically acclaimed Arise: A Simple Story, you alone can restore life to the planet.
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  4. A Tale of Paper: Refolded - PlayStation 5 - Front_Zoom

    Publisher: Selecta Play
    SKU: 6572527
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
    Top comment

    "Great Game! Enjoyed playing it till the end. Good graphics"

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    A Tale of Paper: Refolded is a puzzle-platformer that tells the story of Line, a magical character made of paper who can use origami to change its shape. Transform into a frog, a rocket, a bird and more as Line embarks on an emotional journey to fulfill the dream of its creator. Can a dream transcend its owner? Follow the beautiful tale of Line, an endearing character formed from paper, in an atmospheric adventure where challenges and danger are waiting every step of the way. Experience the story of Line and then embark on three prequel chapters, featuring a different paper protagonist with its own origami shapeshifting abilities and tale to tell.
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    "Great Game! Enjoyed playing it till the end. Good graphics"

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    A Tale of Paper: Refolded is a puzzle-platformer that tells the story of Line, a magical character made of paper who can use origami to change its shape. Transform into a frog, a rocket, a bird and more as Line embarks on an emotional journey to fulfill the dream of its creator. Can a dream transcend its owner? Follow the beautiful tale of Line, an endearing character formed from paper, in an atmospheric adventure where challenges and danger are waiting every step of the way. Experience the story of Line and then embark on three prequel chapters, featuring a different paper protagonist with its own origami shapeshifting abilities and tale to tell.
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  5. Sony - PlayStation PC The Last of Us Part 1 [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: PC The Last of Us Part 1
    SKU: 6554338
    Top comment

    "Fantastic Game...This game is fantastic, from the story line to gameplay. "

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    Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters in The Last of Us, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards. In a ravaged civilization, where infected and hardened survivors run rampant, Joel, a weary protagonist, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone. However, what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal cross-country journey. Includes the complete The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
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    "Fantastic Game...This game is fantastic, from the story line to gameplay. "

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    Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters in The Last of Us, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards. In a ravaged civilization, where infected and hardened survivors run rampant, Joel, a weary protagonist, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone. However, what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal cross-country journey. Includes the complete The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
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  6. Sony - PlayStation PCThe Last of Us Part I Digital Deluxe Edition [Digital] - Front_Zoom

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    Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters in The Last of Us, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards. In a ravaged civilization, where infected and hardened survivors run rampant, Joel, a weary protagonist, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone. However, what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal cross-country journey. Includes the complete The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
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    Product Description

    Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters in The Last of Us, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards. In a ravaged civilization, where infected and hardened survivors run rampant, Joel, a weary protagonist, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone. However, what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal cross-country journey. Includes the complete The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
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  7. Persona 5 Tactica - Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, Nintendo Switch Lite [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Product Description

    After a strange incident, the Phantom Thieves wander into a bizarre realm where its citizens are living under tyrannical oppression. Surrounded by a military group named Legionnaires, they find themselves in grave danger until a mysterious revolutionary named Erina rescues them and offers an enticing deal in exchange for their help. What truth lies behind Erina and the deal she offers to the Phantom Thieves? Persona 5 Tactica features an all-new story, the return of fan-favorite characters, and brand-new allies and foes. Join the group as they lead an emotional revolution in this thrilling combat adventure!
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    After a strange incident, the Phantom Thieves wander into a bizarre realm where its citizens are living under tyrannical oppression. Surrounded by a military group named Legionnaires, they find themselves in grave danger until a mysterious revolutionary named Erina rescues them and offers an enticing deal in exchange for their help. What truth lies behind Erina and the deal she offers to the Phantom Thieves? Persona 5 Tactica features an all-new story, the return of fan-favorite characters, and brand-new allies and foes. Join the group as they lead an emotional revolution in this thrilling combat adventure!
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  8. Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition - Xbox One [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: Digital Item
    Publisher: Microsoft
    SKU: 5450023
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
    Top comment

    "Good story...Was gift around holiday was good story a d enjoyed....Game review...Cool effects and easy to play as well as has a good story line"

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    The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all. This item cannot be returned or refunded, please visit to learn more.
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    "Good story...Was gift around holiday was good story a d enjoyed....Game review...Cool effects and easy to play as well as has a good story line"

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    Product Description

    The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all. This item cannot be returned or refunded, please visit to learn more.
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  9. Tales of Kenzera: ZAU - Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, Nintendo Switch Lite [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Product Description

    With your cosmic powers and untried courage, you advance into unknown mythological lands. Once bursting with life, Kenzera is now rife with lost ancestral spirits. As Zau advances toward his goal, three mighty beings lie in wait, fearsome in their strength yet somehow strangely familiar. Will you embrace the dance of the shaman? Embark on a poignant single-player story shaped by actor Abubakar Salim’s own experience with grief, discovering how love gives us the courage to press on after devastating loss. Wield powers from the Sun and the Moon to defeat restless spirits in rhythmic combat and become a worthy Nganga: a spiritual healer. Discover a rich universe with untold lore of chaos & order and journey through mystical 2.5D realms awash with colour and depth, emboldened by multi-award-winning composer Nainita Desai's enchanting original score. Crafted by Surgent Studios, the entertainment studio founded by actor Abubakar Salim (Assassin's Creed: Origins, Raised by Wolves) and published by EA Originals, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU takes you on a thrilling emotional journey inspired by the rich myths of Bantu cultures.
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    With your cosmic powers and untried courage, you advance into unknown mythological lands. Once bursting with life, Kenzera is now rife with lost ancestral spirits. As Zau advances toward his goal, three mighty beings lie in wait, fearsome in their strength yet somehow strangely familiar. Will you embrace the dance of the shaman? Embark on a poignant single-player story shaped by actor Abubakar Salim’s own experience with grief, discovering how love gives us the courage to press on after devastating loss. Wield powers from the Sun and the Moon to defeat restless spirits in rhythmic combat and become a worthy Nganga: a spiritual healer. Discover a rich universe with untold lore of chaos & order and journey through mystical 2.5D realms awash with colour and depth, emboldened by multi-award-winning composer Nainita Desai's enchanting original score. Crafted by Surgent Studios, the entertainment studio founded by actor Abubakar Salim (Assassin's Creed: Origins, Raised by Wolves) and published by EA Originals, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU takes you on a thrilling emotional journey inspired by the rich myths of Bantu cultures.
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  10. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition - Nintendo Switch [Digital] - Front_Zoom

    Model: 110716
    Publisher: Nintendo
    SKU: 6413562
    ESRB Rating: T (Teen 13+)
    Top comment

    "Awesome story...First time playing a Xenoblade game. Im glad my friend recommended this game to me...Great Game...Great game. Nice story, nice game play, nice graphics. "

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    Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world. Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected takes place one year after the main story and delves deeper into the relationship between Shulk and Melia in the face of a mysterious new threat. Whether you're a seasoned Monado wielder or brand new to the world of the Bionis, the updates and additions in this already-epic adventure make it even easier to dive into the story, combat, and environments that the Xenoblade Chronicles series is known for. Get immersed in the emotional story with updated graphics, listen to over 90 remixed or remastered music tracks, and track quests more easily with the additions and improvements in this definitive edition. During an attack from the mechanical invaders known as the Mechon, Shulk discovers that he can tap into the full power of a mysterious blade known as the Monado. With the mighty Monado in hand, Shulk sets out to defeat the Mechon once and for all. In addition to the Mechon, you’ll run into wildlife that ranges from docile to deadly. Keep an eye on what attracts monsters’ attention to avoid unwanted conflict…or try your hand at bringing down an ultra-powerful Unique Monster. Upgrade your party as you progress through the adventure by selecting equipment, enhancing weapon skills, and using benefit-granting gems. Put your dependable companions to work by filling the party gauge to trigger a Chain Attack and attack enemies in quick succession!
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    "Awesome story...First time playing a Xenoblade game. Im glad my friend recommended this game to me...Great Game...Great game. Nice story, nice game play, nice graphics. "

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    Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world. Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected takes place one year after the main story and delves deeper into the relationship between Shulk and Melia in the face of a mysterious new threat. Whether you're a seasoned Monado wielder or brand new to the world of the Bionis, the updates and additions in this already-epic adventure make it even easier to dive into the story, combat, and environments that the Xenoblade Chronicles series is known for. Get immersed in the emotional story with updated graphics, listen to over 90 remixed or remastered music tracks, and track quests more easily with the additions and improvements in this definitive edition. During an attack from the mechanical invaders known as the Mechon, Shulk discovers that he can tap into the full power of a mysterious blade known as the Monado. With the mighty Monado in hand, Shulk sets out to defeat the Mechon once and for all. In addition to the Mechon, you’ll run into wildlife that ranges from docile to deadly. Keep an eye on what attracts monsters’ attention to avoid unwanted conflict…or try your hand at bringing down an ultra-powerful Unique Monster. Upgrade your party as you progress through the adventure by selecting equipment, enhancing weapon skills, and using benefit-granting gems. Put your dependable companions to work by filling the party gauge to trigger a Chain Attack and attack enemies in quick succession!
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