Submitted by mpettit91 1008d ago | article

What can Atmosphere add to a Game?

Tell us what atmosphere in a game can add to your experience. In this article, I'll reference several games and their knack to engross the player. (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. 2, Far Cry 2, PC, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Xbox 360)

LastDance  +   1008d ago
RioKing  +   1008d ago
beat me to it
ECM0NEY  +   1008d ago
atmosphere gives me a place to breath
kefkah  +   1008d ago
If you are not drawn into the world, then you are only watching it and thus not really interested. I like forgetting who I am and where I am when I play a game so that I live in that setting. Atmosphere is a key element in this process.
BrightFalls76  +   1008d ago
Look at a game like Limbo. So simple but the atmosphere is what took a smart puzzle game and made it something amazing.
mpettit91  +   1008d ago
I agree. On that same note; another arcade game, Bastion, reeled me in with its atmosphere. The beautiful hand-drawn environments and story were enough to keep me interested.
Hockeydud19  +   1008d ago
Metro 2033, Bioshock, LIMBO and Dead Space all have superb atmosphere.
iNcRiMiNaTi  +   1008d ago
Everything. Look at Resident Evil 5 and then the older RE games, especially the gamecube remake. Same series, different feel
Pintheshadows  +   1008d ago
Atmosphere leads to immersion. It's vital and it's about getting the right kind of atmosphere to match your game. Dark Souls atmosphere fits perfectly. As does Condemned sense of dread. But it doesn't have to be harrowing. A game like Ratchet and Clank utilises a very much different kind of atmosphere which again fits very well. In a way it's the charm of the game.

Dark Souls like Demons Souls before does something unique with death. It turns it into part of the game. It's a fantastic idea that frankly is a breath of fresh air. It's punishment but at the same time it's helping you.
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mpettit91  +   1008d ago
Well said; I haven't played Dark Souls yet but from what I hear, it's incredibly immersive. The fact that there is so much at stake when you die is pretty daunting in a video game. Sure, it was like that before checkpoints in games but not the weight it is in Dark Souls, right?
EverydayGuy  +   1008d ago
Heavy Rain had great atmosphere
cm_  +   1002d ago
one of the most important things within a game for me.

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