Top 5 story-driven sci-fi games: Cloud Chamber, Consortium and more – Both the "Mass Effect" franchise and studio sibling "Dragon Age" are known for the importance they place on engaging stories; if appetites are not quenched by most recent release, March 21's "Mass Effect: Andromeda," consider these five fiction-heavy ventures: "Cloud Chamber," "Event," "The Solus Project," "Consortium" and "Opus: The Day We Left Earth."
1. Cloud Chamber
Propelled by its mysterious storyline and with a cast that includes Gethin Anthony ("Game of Thrones,") and Jesper Christensen (Bond films "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Spectre.") The online element allows players to help one another discover the truth behind various clues through an in-game social network. Find it on Windows PC.
Stuck on a space ship and you need to get home. A lonely AI holds the keys and will respond to anything you type into the ship's numerous terminals, but it needs a good bit of coaxing to get things back on track before it's too late. On Windows and Mac.
3. The Solus Project
There's a story lurking under the clues scattered over the surface of the planet Gliese, a potential colony planet for a homeless human race, and it's up to you to put them together — and somehow find a way off the supposedly undiscovered planet to the fleet waiting above. PC and Xbox One.
A small team production leaning hard on conversational choice and, unlike "Mass Effect," its dedication to dialogue makes combat entirely optional (and therefore avoidable, should the player wish.) A more ambitious sequel is on the way, "Consortium: The Tower," which pursues a similar multi-path progression, and is coming to PlayStation 4, XBO, Windows, Mac and Linux.
5. Opus: The Day We Found Earth
Genetic experimentation has meant that some of humankind's far-flung descendants urgently need to return home. As little robot Emeth, it's your job to scour the skies for signs of their home galaxy. Meanwhile, the ship's holographic doctor attempts to fill the void left by absent staff and keep Emeth going. iOS, Android, Mac and Windows PC.