Video games have long been derided as a medium and I was trying to think of the video games that manage to transcend the "fun" motivation and actually make a performance as art. I think a huge chunk of video games are better than the majority of action movies out there and the medium is perfectly fine but I'm curious about what people here would say really sticks out as, "this is the best writing of the medium." My top 3 picks? 1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution I was torn over this because I think Deus Ex is probably better in terms of social relevance and other things but I feel Adam Jensen is a protagonist that really manages to ground the story better. Also, as far out as "social issues of human augmentation" is, I think it feels fairly believable. 2. Red Dead Redemption I admit, the cheesiness of some of the game detracts as it's still feeling a bit like Grand Theft Horse but that's not really an insult either. I think this game really did settle with some epic themes, served as a good pastiche of the entire Western genre, and once more had a protagonist that truly encapsulated what the medium could be about. 3. Mafia II As much as I love Mafia III, the game just flat out isn't nearly as good storyline wise as Mafia II. A game that I genuinely think is every bit as good watched as played. Vito, Joe, and their storyline is something that really inspired me and is something I've played multiple times. How about you guys?