Top 5 Most Atmospheric Games of All Time

Gaming Irresponsibly writes: The importance of atmosphere in a game should never be underestimated. Atmosphere should be recognized as one of the key elements that separates a modern gaming experience from the likes of Pac-Man and Galaga.

A gamer can have a ton of fun running through a corridor, shooting aliens and/or terrorists to no end, but without a significant immersion factor to draw the player into the experience, a game's impact will soften, causing it to ultimately blend in with the rest of the titles out there.

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thrasherv32410d ago

No Bioshock1? Not even in the honorable mentions?

xX-StolenSoul-Xx2410d ago

exactly what i was thinking.

RedDragan2410d ago (Edited 2410d ago )

Sorry guys, as much as I enjoyed Bio... for atmosphere then Heavy Rain really is out there on it's own.

They even dulled down the colours and made everything non-shiny because that just isn't what really life is like.

lastdual2410d ago (Edited 2410d ago )

Bioshock or System Shock 2 should be on here, and probably Morrowind for me, but it's still a decent list.

Good to see both Thief and Amnesia included (I'd personally rank Thief at #1), and all the other games are certainly atmospheric.

DarkTower8052410d ago

I would have put Dead Space somewhere in that article.

peowpeow2409d ago

Your justification for Heavy Rain makes me facepalm, just sayin'

As others have said, Bioshock should atleast be in honorable mentions. I loved Metro's atmospheric feel too

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NukaCola2410d ago

I'll give 5 more:

Oddworld Abe's Oddysee & Exoddus
Alan Wake

HaHa_Ostrich2410d ago

Bubbles for Oddworld, such a unique and diverse world. I will always remember these two gems.

meetajhu2410d ago

Looks like the author never played many games in his life. Where the hell is Metro 2033? I mean is there a game that beats its tunnel atmosphere?

Aggesan2410d ago

I'm not sure how many games actually tries to focus on their tunnel atmosphere.

By your logic Tetris should be nominated for its unique block atmosphere.

ATi_Elite2409d ago

@ Aggesan

actually Minecraft would win best Block Atmosphere! lol

grailly2409d ago

I don't think so, those are actually some pretty obscure games, if he played those, chances are, he played many others

STONEY42409d ago

Where is STALKER? This actually is the first atmospheric games list I've read where it isn't mentioned at all..

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Lyr1c2409d ago

No Shadow of the Colossus?

I mad >:/

joab7772409d ago

Yeah. It is easily the most atmospheric game ever made. U literally get lost in it. Its so good that the environment itself made the second game worth every second.

ChickenOfTheCaveMan2409d ago

To be on a list, my guess would be that a game needs to have been played by some people :P

snipes1012409d ago

Does Amnesia need that good of a PC to run on? I've heard too many good things not to try it out but I'm apprehensive because I'm running on a 3-year-old gateway gaming laptop. I don't know the specs...I'm not good with computers.

limewax2409d ago (Edited 2409d ago )

Has it got any sort of GPU built in? If you want specs go to the start menu and look for the run bar (vista/7 it will be under accessories) and type in the following... dxdiag this will tell you all your specs. If you still need a hand, message me your specs and I will tell you your chances with what settings etc.

Chances are it will run to some extent

macka2409d ago

try the demo at

i have a 3 year old phillips laptop that runs it on medium to high absolutely fine so im sure yours will.

It really is a truly scary game and im not scared easily at all. Make sure you play it in total darkness with headphones.

STONEY42409d ago

There's a demo on Steam. Try it to see if you can run it well. If, not, try lowering the settings.

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BeastlyRig2410d ago (Edited 2410d ago )

Umm Stalker!! And yeah Bioshock 1 was amazing the first time I played! Bioshock: Infinite seem to do it even better!

kramun2409d ago

Stalker should definitely be there.

gravemaker2410d ago

i think everyone has their own meaning of atmospheric game
for me its something Mass Effect 1, Fallout 3

Aggesan2410d ago

You're right, of course. Atmosphere is something very induvidual. For me the opening scene in Zelda: A Link to the Past where Link wakes up, gets out in the rain, into the castle and finds his uncle there who dies/falls asleep.

omi25p2410d ago

Bioshock 1
Dead Space
Amnesia Dark Decent
Alan Wake
Metro *2033*
Red Dead Redemption
L.A Noire

consolez_FTW2410d ago

Glad Silent Hill 1 made the list...the first game to give me a nightmare...awesome.