Immersion in games is one of the reasons we love gaming so much. We take a look at ten of the most immersive games in all of gaming's history.
Good list, I'd like to add Mass Effect, Max Payne, Bully.
What aboutz Pokimons?!?! NO ONE will beat my beloved Pokimons!!! EDIT: i would agree with mass effect but not sure about ME1 since it was more of a focus on your actions rather than the locations you visited but in 2 and 3 i totally agree.
Good List. Though i think Killzone 2 also should fit in here.
GTA Vice city also such a classic work
I would have added Arkham City and Dark Souls. But I can't really argue with the top 3. Those were all awesome.
Damn good picks. Dark Souls world is very abstract in its design but still manages to feel real somehow. I just completed Arkham City and what's striking about that world is how much detail has gone into it. You notice new stuff everytime you traverse the big map. The sheer number of environmental riddles you can find is testament to this. I'd probably also add Skyrim to the list.
Bioshock was a worthy number 1
Going to be replaced with Infinite.. so stoked for that game... it oozes atmosphere. I would add uncharted, but its the characters that draw me in rather than the world... but the last of us setting could be something special. God of War.. since their adaptations of Greek Mythology has incredible athmosphere Halo and Mass Effect, due to their incredible sci-fi locals Maybe Assassins Creed, since they are the only games that set themselves and the player in unique timelines.. i feel like Im getting a history lesson each time I pop the disks in. But still a very solid list, played dead space, red dead, limbo and minish cap.. hell minish cap might be my second favourite Zelda game. But truth is, one does not simply rank the top 10 game athmospheres.. too many great games to narrow down to a mere ten.
Wow 6 disagree's? Fair enough. Bioshock had an incredibly immersive world. I do agree that demons soul's should have been on this list though
Exactly. I disagree with some games in the list: I see how they might have been considered for their time, but today there's nothing really immerse about them - just like how I thought Alone in the Dark was the most immersive game back then thanks to the atmosphere that went all the way down to the squeaky door sound effect, but I wouldn't really call it immersive this day and age. But Bioshock is def. number one to this day and age. Rapture is one of the (if not the) most well crafted places in the history of gaming. I'd probably put in games like SOTC and Halo in there before a few others in the list thanks to the unique settings of each of those, but Bioshock, RDR and Dead Space put in the top 3 really get it right.
Blastoise I really agree with you. I didn't play bioshock when it first came out for some reason. I played it about 3 years later. I was still heavily impressed. From the graphics to the level design to the NPC dialogue. Bioshock had no problem keeping me immersed.
No stalker? Meh MEH
Any Immersive list that doesn't have STALKER listed is a big fat FAIL!!
I don't know what ur talking about.. must have never played stalker. Give credit where credit is do.
I thought Metro 2033 was more immersive than Stalker, but... There are some pretty heavy similarities, aren't there.
I agree with RDR, Riddick, Bioshock and Metroid Prime but the rest not at all. I'd add HL2, Deus Ex HR, GOW2 and more that I'm too lazy to think of to list.
No Half LIfe 2? Demon's Souls? Shadow of the Colossus?
No Silent Hill or Amnesia: Dark Descent...weak
Deus ex hr God of war Skyrim Super Mario world Zombies at my neighbors resident evil 2
God of War......... YES!
Well...to be fair, it is an opinion piece.
Yakuza by far, has the most immersive world in gaming.
For me i would say
Demons Souls/Dark Souls
Resonance of Fate
I guess they are all equally atmospheric and immersive. Theres purely atmospheric games like Dead Space and theres purely immersive games like MS' flight simulator. To me a mix of the two is best which these do. They get you into the world and set the mood and tone of the adventure.
Half Life 2
Take on Helicopters
Ocarina of Time
Amnesia: Dark Descent
X3 Terran Conflict
STALKER, METRO, AMNESIA,
ATI im with you on a lot of those, but Arma 2, while a great game, and very beautiful, for me is about as immersive as a flipbook, once any dialog begins, or i begin to cycle through the clunky commands, i am reminded with a digital sledgehammer i am, 100%, most certainly, playing a video game, a clunky one at that, btw, i agreed with you, good list
mine is something like;
The Witcher 2
The Witcher 1
Diablo 2 (if your a loot nerd like me)
Amnesia The Dark Descent
Wizardry 8 (back in the day)
Starcraft 2 Multiplayer, (I forget I'm human in a good 1v1)
I once wrote a rough draft for a similar article and these were the games I decided upon: Metro 2033 Stalker Beyond Good and Evil Condemned Farenheit Silent Hill Amnesia/Penumbra Dead Space Metroid Prime Super Metroid Majora's mask/Ocarina of time Eternal darkness Okami Shenmue Call of Cthulhu Undying Portal 1/2 Doom 3 Fallout 3 Half Life 2 Deus Ex series System Shock 2 Bioshock Fear series Thief series Prey Escape From Butcher Bay Gothic 3 The witcher series Shadow of the Colossus Grim Fandango The Void Cryostasis
Now there's a list ^
Fallout 3 (First time you step out Vault 101 you are immersed) Silent Hill 2 (Relentless unsettling feeling unparalleled) Skyrim (I love snow environments - sucked me in) Dark Souls (More open, yet more intense) Final Fantasy VII (Every location is memorable) Mass Effect 2 (The Citadel) Demon's Souls (Boletaria especially) Dragon Age: Origins (Ferelden has amazing history)
I like your list friend. ^^
Although I would say Mass Effect had more of a inpact for me then ME II.
My personal list: Jak and Daxter ICO and SotC KOTOR Forbidden Siren 1 and 2 GTA Vice City and San Andreas Silent Hill Legend of Mana Penumbra MGS3 Journey Okami Never Winter Nights Bioshock Grandia 2 Ys series Hexen Return to Castle Wolfenstein Crash Bandicoot Megami Tensei Universe Resident Evil 4 Shenmue Road Rash Jailbreak Fear Effect The Suffering The Thing Call of Cthulu LittleBigPlanet Dead Space God of War Universe The Getaway Clock Tower
I'm glad to see Red Dead Redemption in the list, but Grand Theft Auto IV's omission is a crime.
Mine are Gears of war 2 Rachet and Clank Everything made by Rock* fallout Lost odyssey Halo reach Pokemon crystal
where the hell is DOOM 3, RESI 4 and GTA IV, absolutely stunning, brilliant, Immersive worlds anyways nice list :)
LOL manhunt, hell yeah! I remember hiding in a corner waiting to pick off a lone thug who strays too far from the others, then dashing out of sight before they find his body and start searching for me. It was scary as hell knowing that I couldn't possible fight them off if they found me, so i'd better have a good spot and keep quiet till they split up again. Now that's immersion. ahh good times.
One word: Journey.
No Mass Effect?
Amnesia is the game that comes to mind. That game still gives me the creeps..
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