Games this gen with great atmosphere

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#1 Posted by XVision84 (13626 posts) -

For me I'd give a thumbs up to Dark Souls, Moonlight butterfly and Ash Lake were fantastic.

I specifically gave the OST's because they played a large part in making those levels as good as they are.

So what games this gen had good atmosphere in your opinion? Give specific examples please.

#2 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11599 posts) -

Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Xenoblade.

And of course Burritos.

#3 Posted by XVision84 (13626 posts) -

Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Xenoblade.

And of course Burritos.

PhazonBlazer

Those aren't specific examples 

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#4 Posted by ShoulderOfOrion (3435 posts) -
Hotline Miami.
#5 Posted by heeweesRus (5609 posts) -

The favelas in Max Payne 3

#6 Posted by Cheleman (7616 posts) -

Both inFAMOUS. I actually felt like a super hero playing those games. Unlike the Batman games.

#7 Posted by bbkkristian (14940 posts) -

[QUOTE="PhazonBlazer"]

Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Xenoblade.

And of course Burritos.

XVision84

Those aren't specific examples 

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Xenoblade Satorl Marsh at night. So tranquil and beautiful. :D the soundtrack for it is just icing on the cake.
#8 Posted by ActicEdge (24346 posts) -

Satorl Marsh, the day to night transition in Xenoblade especially the first time you see it. I can't say I've ever been that blown away. Jeez that was something special, the art, the music, the high level monsters coming out. Everything was unbelievably good. Skytown Elisia in Metroid Prime 3 was also just unbelievable. Perhaps an odd choice but I found most of Sonic Generations levels to have great atmosphere, especially the retro levels. Fantastic stuff. 

#9 Posted by bbkkristian (14940 posts) -

Satorl Marsh, the day to night transition in Xenoblade especially the first time you see it. I can't say I've ever been that blown away. Jeez that was something special, the art, the music, the high level monsters coming out. Everything was unbelievably good. Skytown Elisia in Metroid Prime 3 was also just unbelievable. Perhaps an odd choice but I found most of Sonic Generations levels to have great atmosphere, especially the retro levels. Fantastic stuff. 

ActicEdge
I remember when I first entered the marsh and was disgusted about entering another bland looking swamp, then night came... :) these are the reasons why this game is a masterpiece.
#10 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Limbo. Really the only good thing about the game. Metro 2033's level where you just walk along the tunnel and see the ghosts. All of Legend of Grimlock. I got so sucked into the game that I beat it in like 4 days or something.

#11 Posted by percech (5237 posts) -

Alan Wake:

 

#12 Posted by ActicEdge (24346 posts) -

[QUOTE="ActicEdge"]

Satorl Marsh, the day to night transition in Xenoblade especially the first time you see it. I can't say I've ever been that blown away. Jeez that was something special, the art, the music, the high level monsters coming out. Everything was unbelievably good. Skytown Elisia in Metroid Prime 3 was also just unbelievable. Perhaps an odd choice but I found most of Sonic Generations levels to have great atmosphere, especially the retro levels. Fantastic stuff. 

bbkkristian

I remember when I first entered the marsh and was disgusted about entering another bland looking swamp, then night came... :) these are the reasons why this game is a masterpiece.

Game literally restored my faith in swamp environments. That is damn well the best swamp environment I have ever seen period. I was in awe at that transition. Xenoblade had problems but atmosphere was definitely not one.

#13 Posted by krisroe_213 (870 posts) -

Metro 2033. All of it

#14 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -

Metro 2033, BioShock 1&2, Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, New Vegas, Demon's Souls (Boletarian Palace to be specific), Dark Souls, FEAR, Dishonored, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, STALKER series, Amnesia, and tons of others that didn't immediately pop into my head.

#15 Posted by jg4xchamp (47306 posts) -
Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs.
#16 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38214 posts) -

Dark Souls - Darkroot Garden. That place is spooky first time through. Also the DLC areas are very atmospheric.

Bioshock Infinite - The entire opening and Going through the carnival at the start.

Metro 2033 - The Ghosts level 

STALKER - Heading underground is scary as hell

Amnesia - The place with the pile of dead bodies that's all kind of tiled like a bathroom

The Witcher 2 - Flotsam is amazing

God of War III - The opening 

Uncharted 2 - The snowy areas 

#17 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38214 posts) -

Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs. jg4xchamp

That place is frightening

#18 Posted by Wiiyou (677 posts) -

Diablo 3 :oops:

#19 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs. jg4xchamp
 I have bad memories of that place and that game. Later on when you get the power weapons it gets less scary, but the opening several hours is just nail-biting to the extreme.
#20 Posted by krisroe_213 (870 posts) -
Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs. jg4xchamp
Spooky times
#21 Posted by madsnakehhh (14142 posts) -

Bioshock Infinite, the first 20 minutes, where you are introduced to Columbia and the people living there.

Dark Souls, pretty much the entire game, but if i had to choose a particular place i would have to say Anor Lond, while it was a pretty empty place i really felt the desolation and sadness in the world.

Xenoblade Chronicles, yes, Satorl Marsh was impressive...but Bioni's Leg had the most impact on me because the world felt so big, i was kind of intimidated by that view.

Alice Madness Returns, the game was only ok, but the art was pretty impressive, the scenery truly has life on its own.

#22 Posted by gamefan67 (9874 posts) -
Demon's Souls, Xenoblade, Prime 3, Dark Arisen. Dark Arisen especially. One of the main things Dragon's Dogma vanilla lacked was atmosphere (besides the endgame going to face the dragon), but Dark Arisen makes up for that in spades - The music is great, monsters are strong and challenging, bitterblack aisle is well detailed and really gives off the impression that this wont be an easy ride. It basically channeled its inner Souls game and delivered in spades imo.
#23 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38214 posts) -

[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs. Zeviander
I have bad memories of that place and that game. Later on when you get the power weapons it gets less scary, but the opening several hours is just nail-biting to the extreme.

Agreed. It had such a really oppressive and heavy atmosphere. 

#24 Posted by GIXX3R (141 posts) -

Absolutely loved HR's use of yellow/gold. Made the game very atmospheric...

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#25 Posted by cdragon_88 (1133 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption. Felt like I was in the old west. Experiencing it through the eyes of John Marston.

#26 Posted by millerlight89 (18347 posts) -
Amnesia Bioshock Metro 2033 Stalker series are easily the top 4.
#27 Posted by tagyhag (15867 posts) -

 

Shadow of Chernobyl: X18 labs. jg4xchamp

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Never again

 

#28 Posted by ActicEdge (24346 posts) -

Bioshock Infinite, the first 20 minutes, where you are introduced to Columbia and the people living there.

Dark Souls, pretty much the entire game, but if i had to choose a particular place i would have to say Anor Lond, while it was a pretty empty place i really felt the desolation and sadness in the world.

Xenoblade Chronicles, yes, Satorl Marsh was impressive...but Bioni's Leg had the most impact on me because the world felt so big, i was kind of intimidated by that view.

Alice Madness Returns, the game was only ok, but the art was pretty impressive, the scenery truly has life on its own.

madsnakehhh

The whole game pretty much does that. Man, Valek Mountain the first time was some epic shit. I discovered it and then the blizzard hit, holy cow was that awesome. And at night, possibly even nicer looking than Satorl.

#29 Posted by lamprey263 (23104 posts) -
Metro 2033 had great atmosphere.
#30 Posted by jamejame (10474 posts) -

Dead Space 1 and 2 (I suppose 3 as well, but it's environment was a lot more boring).

Skyrim (say what you will about the game itself, but the world was gorgeous).

Grand Theft Auto IV (soon to be bested by 5 by probably miles, but GTAIV contains easily, to this day, the most believable city I've seen in a game).

Red Dead Redemption (dat sky)

The Mass Effect series (once again, say what you will, but I felt as though I was part of it's world while playing, the graphics and lore combined to create impeccable atmosphere here)

The Witcher 2 (probably the best this gen for me).

#31 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

This gen? I'd say Demon's Souls. The atmosphere was incredible in that game. Latria (world 3) especially. 

#32 Posted by raging_user (382 posts) -

I'd say Lords of Shadow. Through out the game it never broke the artistic level design.

When it comes out i would probably say the same for it's sequel

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#33 Posted by Basinboy (11049 posts) -

Journey: Rejuvenation Shrine
Dark Souls: Chasm of the Abyss, Oolacile Township, Royal Forest, Painted World of Ariamis, Anor Londo
Bioshock: Rapture :P
Bioshock Infinite: Essentially every area, but particularly Comstock House & the Vox Populi revolution tears
Uncharted 2: Nepal city, Nepal Mountains
Path of Exile: I forget the last area's name but it is so f***ing creepy
Deus Ex:HR - Final area, also forget what it's called
Portal/Portal 2: Aperture :P
Heavy Rain: Lizard Trial, Rape scene
Resistance 3: Oklahoma, Streets of NY
 

 

#34 Posted by sukraj (22108 posts) -
Doom 3 BFG Edition Far Cry 3 Tomb Raider Metro 2033
#35 Posted by SNIPER4321 (10143 posts) -
Obviously Stalker and Metro. is that even a question?
#36 Posted by PAL360 (26704 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher 2 and Skyrim.

#37 Posted by freedomfreak (39120 posts) -
Whatever's been mentioned. I'll add Dead Island.
#38 Posted by DragonfireXZ95 (19818 posts) -

Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Stalker series and The Witcher 1/2--all fantastic atmospheres.

#39 Posted by faizan_faizan (7846 posts) -
Alan Wake.
#40 Posted by FastEddie2121 (3081 posts) -
#41 Posted by sukraj (22108 posts) -

Obviously Stalker and Metro. is that even a question? SNIPER4321

chana sagaa ok innit boss.

#42 Posted by drinkerofjuice (3168 posts) -
GTA4: Liberty City.
#43 Posted by SecretPolice (21467 posts) -

So many but I'll just go with Halo's. Mass Effect's, Bioshock's, Alan Wake's. Elder Scroll's

#44 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Very recently: Bioshock Infinite.
#45 Posted by Obviously_Right (5093 posts) -

Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Easily.

#46 Posted by xCocoTheMonkeyx (356 posts) -

Assassin's Creed II nailed it when it comes to atmosphere running across Venice rooftops with that beautiful soundtrack just before diving into the water.

RDR vast open world along with suberb voice acting made you feel like you truly were in a western.

#47 Posted by funsohng (27614 posts) -
Hotline Miami (all of them, but if I had to pick one, "Trauma" level. It's the one you sneak out of the hospital. Closely followed by Miami Disco level) Gravity Rush (if I can call it this gen. I love the downtown) Limbo AC2 (Venice at night) Papers, Please
#48 Posted by BigBoss255 (3538 posts) -

The favelas in Max Payne 3

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That was the worst part of the game.

 

Anyway I'd say Mafia II, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Arkham Asylum, MGS4 Shadow Moses, Bioshock 1.

#49 Posted by shellcase86 (1934 posts) -

I really like the intro scenes in RDR that also utilized tutorials. Like the mine shaft/gatling gun retrieval.

UC2's heaist scene was amazing to me.

I thought Arkham Aslyum's art direction led for incredible mood.

#50 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (6356 posts) -

good picks, lets add cyrostasis, CoH, Oblivion and FO3, Super mario galaxy, Sleeping dogs, Batman Archam Asylum/city, Hard Reset, Mafia 2 and singularity to the list.

(guessing this was atmospheric, NOT scary, right?)