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10 Most Atmospheric Games Of All Time

With the mist-drenched streets of forthcoming saga The Order: 1886 looking as compelling and moody as it gets, it's hard not to contemplate the games that have truly immersed us in their clutches over the years.

From fantastical landscapes to nightmarish ordeals, Mark Butler picks out his 10 most atmospheric games of all time.

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DanJenkoFMV894d ago

Journey certainly sticks in the memory for me as particularly atmospheric.

Certainly agree with Bioshock as well - that opening!

shodan74894d ago

Journey was definitely on the contenders list - along with Condemned and Fallout 3. So many great atmospheric games out there!

JsonHenry894d ago

Condemned would have been on this list for me if I had made it.

The one that sticks out the most for me though is STALKER and it made the list. I remember feeling to so lonely and lost the first time I played through that game. It was creepy and the first game I played open world where I ran and snuck and hid all over the place because I was terrified of what might be around the next corner or over the next ridge.

Why o why894d ago

Agreed.. I'd always thought siren blood curse was atmospheric. Okami too.

ATi_Elite894d ago (Edited 894d ago )

Stalker Shadow of the Chernobyl HANDS down still the most atmospheric game EVER.

install the graphics mod and it still holds up very well against games of today even after 7 years.

Best use of muzzle flash and lightning strikes during the night time to show position and reflect the world still today.

I pretty much compare every Open World RPG-FPS to Stalker as it is the BENCHMARK for the genre.

STALKER is truly a GEM as it's the ONLY game that I really felt SCARED to DEATH to venture out at night as the game truly scared and terrified you in the dark hours of the ZONE!

Palitera894d ago (Edited 894d ago )

From this last gen, some that come to my mind: Demon's Souls, Fallout, Condemned, Shadows of the Colossus, Journey, Bioshock 1 and Bioshock Infinite.

Before it, the most atmospheric games I've played were the PS2 Silent Hill ones.

Demon's Souls being the top 1. That isolated land breathes despair and madness. Actually, it is my top game ever and its atmosphere is my favorite aspect about it.

LAWSON72894d ago (Edited 894d ago )

No Demon Souls or Dark Souls lol. No game is more immersive and atmospheric than those two games. If I had to choose one as more atmospheric it would have to be Dark Souls as more atmospheric since it is more open world with impressive transitions from place to place. Demon Souls is still probably better overall but Dark Souls wins in that aspect IMO

Palitera894d ago (Edited 894d ago )

On a side note, it is funny how almost any "atmospheric" game we refer to have dark themes.

I'd like to add Little Big Planet to Journey in the "not soul crushing" atmospheric games. It is very light hearted (LBP, surely) and its universe is filled with its themes. Perfect atmosphere, I say.

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