Does the story make or break the game? I've seen reviewers seemingly take points from review scores because they didn't get enough out of the story, even though everything else in the game was fine. Should it really matter? Of course it depends on the type of game. No one complains if a sports game has no storyline, but mess up the ending to trilogy and people get pissed. In general what works for you? Personally I would rate a 3. If a game is fun that's all I care about. If I want a story I'll read a book or watch a movie, but when I want to kick the ass out of crap I'll play a game. Games like Earth Defense Force, Crackdown, Borderlands and Just Cause I can jump right into and have a blast at without knowing anything about the narrative.