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.
beat me to it
atmosphere gives me a place to breath
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.
Look at a game like Limbo. So simple but the atmosphere is what took a smart puzzle game and made it something amazing.
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.
Metro 2033, Bioshock, LIMBO and Dead Space all have superb atmosphere.
Everything. Look at Resident Evil 5 and then the older RE games, especially the gamecube remake. Same series, different feel
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.
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?
Heavy Rain had great atmosphere
one of the most important things within a game for me.
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