Most Immersive Games Ever Made.

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#1 Edited by Cloud_imperium (14923 posts) -

These are the games that almost made me forget that I'm playing a video game. Instead, in some of them, I became a part of another world which was hard to leave. Some of them made me feel like I'm inside a real life simulation or a nightmare.

Atmosphere and giving players full control is the key.

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5. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jTt4pnZneU

4. Alan Wake (2010)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cpo9t7kudA

3. F.E.A.R. (2005)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdsQtsHg9aY

2. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (2007)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=POTfEhWCnKw

1. Thief: The Dark Project (1998) -Sometimes, simplicity and freedom is all you need (along with atmosphere)-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLyl9bYORW8

What about you???

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#2 Posted by -God- (3627 posts) -

deus ex

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#3 Posted by zassimick (10460 posts) -
  • Journey
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Bioshock
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

That's what I could think of off the top of my head. I was engrossed in each of those games' worlds.

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#4 Posted by FinalFighters (3201 posts) -

Dues Ex: Human Revolution

dying light

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#5 Posted by Ant_17 (12712 posts) -

Red Dead Redemtion.

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#6 Posted by blue_hazy_basic (30848 posts) -

Football manager

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#7 Edited by GMAK2442 (967 posts) -

Dying light in my case. There is Outlast too. Ho yea and also Amnesia: Machine for pigs.

I'm not sure how a game that is not horror could be immersive? Maybe we're not talking about the same concept.

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#8 Posted by Cloud_imperium (14923 posts) -

@gmak2442 said:

Dying light in my case. There is Outlast too. Ho yea and also Amnesia: Machine for pigs.

I'm not sure how a game that is not horror could be immersive? Maybe we're not talking about the same concept.

Nice choices. Actually any game can be immersive but in the case of Horror games, its atmosphere helps greatly, since it plays key role in making it scary and devs pay more attention to it, which brings entire game to life. You feel like you are inside a nightmare or something.

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#9 Edited by deactivated-58ce94803a170 (8822 posts) -

WoW, Half-Life 2, Mario Kart 8, Dark Souls, have to agree with Shadow of Chernobyl, Heroes of the Storm, Warcraft III, FF Tactics, Skies of Arcadia, Grandia II, Xenoblade Chronicles, bout all Kirby games, im sure im missing some, just cant think of them. Resident Evil games on Gamecube, Pikmin series, Shadows of Colossus, Chivalry games, Splatoon, Shenmue 2, Morrowind,

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#10 Posted by heguain (1416 posts) -

Deus Ex HR, Dishonored, Hitman Blood Money
Witcher 1,2,3
ME1, ME2, DAO
L.A. Noire
Amnesia, Outlast, RE4


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#11 Posted by Jag85 (13595 posts) -

Shenmue. It might be very old now, but it still remains one of the best examples of a living, breathing world in gaming.

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#12 Posted by deactivated-58ce94803a170 (8822 posts) -

@Jag85: O nice one, i forgot about that one, it was very immersive for me.

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#13 Posted by HalcyonScarlet (8442 posts) -

For me, the Arkham games except for Knight.

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#14 Posted by Heil68 (58244 posts) -

Mass Effect

Uncharted

Skyrim

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#15 Posted by chocolate1325 (33007 posts) -

Metroid Prime

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#16 Posted by Meathead373 (1024 posts) -

Metroid Prime, Fatal Frame 2, Amnesia TDD, Silent Hill 2

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#17 Posted by mems_1224 (56917 posts) -

Skyrim wins

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#18 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (19149 posts) -

All my favourite games pretty much... like Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Mass Effect series, Halo, Red Dead etc etc.

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#19 Posted by k--m--k (2794 posts) -

Shadow of Colossus

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#20 Edited by Gamerno6666 (6847 posts) -

Dark Souls, Half life 2, shadow of the colossus, witcher 1, portal 1 and 2.

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#21 Posted by jg4xchamp (61702 posts) -

Alan Wake? I like the game (it's okay), but that game is jarring as shit when it goes out of its way to telegraph enemies are near by, and then of course pans out to show you exactly where they are.

Anyway Metroid Prime, Shadow of Chernobyl, Amnesia and Penumbra, Silent Hill 1-3, Resident Evil Remake, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, The Souls games, Bloodborne, Bioshock, quite a few actually. The original Assassin's Creed for instance was carried by its immersion.

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#22 Edited by blueinheaven (4549 posts) -

Ultima Underworld

Everquest

Morrowind

The Last Of Us

Witcher 3

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#23 Edited by Running-Target (413 posts) -

The Witcher 2/3

Metro Last Light

Far Cry

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Thief The Dark Project

Arkham Asylum

Clive Barker's Undying

Assassin's Creed 1

Red Dead Redemption

Modded STALKER

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#24 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

The one and only

Everything is player based. From the start it is all discovery. A reason for the camera existing within the world is given and thats about it.

The player must learn what the game is about--controls, level navigation, what is possible with said controls, what the goals are, and even the story is player based.

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#25 Posted by ominous_titan (1217 posts) -

a few good games have made me forget i need sleep and food
, just off the top of my head these come to mind

-Morrowind,Oblivion and Skyrim, i can just wander for hours in these games and have no cares for the real world

-souls games , the urge to level up just once more or keep grinding for certain drops is always present

-Final Fantasy 12 my GOAT of the series, loved everything about it i cant think of anything i thought was negative about it, this is a remake id love to see happen

-gran turismo- i found it very addicting and rewarding

-madden, yes its ea sports but its the only NFL game there is. love to play it online

-chrome hounds and armored core, Mech games are totally addicting to me and From Software really knows how to deliver a great product over and over. Chrome hounds needs a sequel or a remake. AC6 i hope is only next gen only so it fully uses the power available

-Civilization (firaxis games) and Sims/city - self explanatory

- Last but not least at all

STEEL BATTALION

whats more immersive than a game with a 40 button controller thats basically a vertical tank (mech) simulator. the original was way before its time, had so many options to choose for a mech, a persistant online war, rewards of rare parts for doing well. too bad xbox gimped it by removing the dash test from the OGXBOX, was designed to be 5v5 but after it could only handle 3v3. it was still the biggest thrill ive ever had online. duping destroyed the economy but at least everyone traded duped parts to balance it out. had a great dedicated community , you could hate other teams but in the lobby it was all chill and veterans would even give out tips and strategies. can only hope there will ever be another game like it besides the abortion made for the kinect.

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#26 Posted by Renegade_Fury (20626 posts) -

For me:

  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy + Super, Fusion, Zero Mission
  • Castlevania: SOTN
  • Mega Man ZX, ZX Advent
  • Shenmue
  • Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series
  • Mass Effect 1-2
  • KOTOR
  • Pokemon Gens 1-2
  • Batman Arkham series
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Ocarina of Time + Majora's Mask
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#27 Posted by PAL360 (29604 posts) -

1. Another World

2. Halo CE

3. Mass Effect

4. Left 4 Dead

5. Red Dead Redemption

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#28 Posted by JangoWuzHere (19032 posts) -

Silent Hill 3

I can't physically play that game for more then 1-2 hours. It really fries my fear nerves.

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#29 Edited by drinkerofjuice (4567 posts) -
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect trilogy
  • The Witcher trilogy
  • STALKER: SoC
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Cryostasis
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Fallout: New Vegas
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#31 Posted by uninspiredcup (34311 posts) -

Stalker + Oblivion Lost = Tingly

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#32 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

Bioshock 1 is one of them.

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#33 Posted by Zidaneski (8835 posts) -

I'd say The Last of Us. That opening gets me every time.

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#34 Edited by ReadingRainbow4 (18733 posts) -

Arx Fatalis and Morrowind for me.

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#35 Posted by Running-Target (413 posts) -

Clive Barker's:Undying was a great horror themed shooter on PC. It's not only a shooter but it's one of the best immersive horror games ever. After nearly 14 years, this game is really UNDYING in true sense.

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#36 Posted by foxhound_fox (98011 posts) -

A list about immersion without Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is incomplete.

@Zidaneski said:

I'd say The Last of Us. That opening gets me every time.

If Ellie didn't break the immersion all the damn time you would have a winner on your hands. Too bad she ruins it.

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#37 Posted by gamecubepad (7926 posts) -

@Jag85 said:

Shenmue. It might be very old now, but it still remains one of the best examples of a living, breathing world in gaming.

Agreed. I'd add Resident Evil 2, Half-life, Hitman 2, and Mass Effect to the list as well.

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#38 Posted by Mr_Huggles_dog (7805 posts) -

STALKER and Clive Barker's Undying.

There have been others but those stand out for me.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is also one.

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#39 Posted by Zidaneski (8835 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

A list about immersion without Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is incomplete.

@Zidaneski said:

I'd say The Last of Us. That opening gets me every time.

If Ellie didn't break the immersion all the damn time you would have a winner on your hands. Too bad she ruins it.

Ellie never disrupted gameplay for me. Granted I didn't run around areas back and forth causing her to run in clear view of enemies.

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#40 Posted by so_hai (3819 posts) -

These are all just games with 3D worlds. Can a 2D game count as immersive? If not, why not?

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#41 Posted by A-new-Guardian (2454 posts) -

Dying Light. night time is frightening.

RE2 and RE3.

Outlast.

Souls games.

plenty of games really.

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#42 Edited by ConanTheStoner (17373 posts) -

MGS3 pulled me into the world more than most games. Which is impressive considering it's just a series of mostly small rooms dressed up as a jungle in a very linear path. They really nailed it though. Lots of variation in terrain, flora and fauna. Really great job on the ambient sounds. Convincing sky boxes at the time, and though they weren't dynamic, the weather and time of day changes really helped to sell it all. Just so much attention to detail helping to pull it all together. All of this amplified by the fact that it was a very slow paced game. A lot of crawling and laying prone, watching guard paths and making calculated moves from one safe spot to the next. Plenty of good interaction with the environment as well. I think the one spot in the game that brought it together best was the fight with The End. When it would go from sunlight peaking in through the canopy, to rain pouring down and then the steam rising in the jungle after the rain subsides. And all the while your senses are heightened, listening for different sounds, looking out for anything that moves, watching your back so he doesn't get the jump on you. Cliff sides, dense jungle, waterfalls. Really cool shit.

Lots of other great immersive games out there as well though. I definitely dig stuff like Metroid Prime, Ico, SotC, Souls games, SotN, FFX. I also remember OoT really pulling me in at the time, don't know if it would have the same affect today though.

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#43 Posted by ConanTheStoner (17373 posts) -

@so_hai said:

These are all just games with 3D worlds. Can a 2D game count as immersive? If not, why not?

I found Super Metroid, Symphony of the Night and A Link to the Past to be fairly immersive. I'd even say that games like FFVI and Chrono Trigger pulled it off very well. Though to be fair these are all sprawling 2d games compared to a typical side scroller, or games with level based progression.

I never gave it any thought before, but I guess it's just easier for a 3d world to sell you on the idea that you're in the game.

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#44 Posted by Seabas989 (13259 posts) -

Metroid Prime 1 and 2, Stalker series, REmake, Eternal Darkness, System Shock 2, HL2, and Majoras Mask.

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#45 Posted by ProtossX (2880 posts) -

halo i felt like im masterchief

half life 1-2 i felt like im gordon freeman

OOT i feel like im link

Mario 64 i feel like im mario

DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (i feel like im in the dbz show)

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#46 Posted by senses_fail_06 (7107 posts) -

Bioshock should be on everyone's list.

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#47 Posted by so_hai (3819 posts) -

@ConanTheStoner said:

I found Super Metroid, Symphony of the Night and A Link to the Past to be fairly immersive. I'd even say that games like FFVI and Chrono Trigger pulled it off very well. Though to be fair these are all sprawling 2d games compared to a typical side scroller, or games with level based progression.

I never gave it any thought before, but I guess it's just easier for a 3d world to sell you on the idea that you're in the game.

Yes I agree. I wonder then if after VR is 'everywhere' if these 3D immersive games will look like 2D games do now.

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#48 Posted by ConanTheStoner (17373 posts) -

@so_hai said:
@ConanTheStoner said:

I found Super Metroid, Symphony of the Night and A Link to the Past to be fairly immersive. I'd even say that games like FFVI and Chrono Trigger pulled it off very well. Though to be fair these are all sprawling 2d games compared to a typical side scroller, or games with level based progression.

I never gave it any thought before, but I guess it's just easier for a 3d world to sell you on the idea that you're in the game.

Yes I agree. I wonder then if after VR is 'everywhere' if these 3D immersive games will look like 2D games do now.

Probably so. I finally got to give the Oculus a spin about a month back and I was floored. I didn't try any games, just panoramic videos and parallax renders. I was so impressed though, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

A lot of people are under the impression that VR is just some gimmick that will run its course, but I doubt these people have actually tried it. It's going to make a big splash in the coming years. Give it about 10 years and kids are going to wonder how we ever spent so much time staring at flat light boxes to enjoy our games.

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#49 Posted by tushar172787 (2561 posts) -

GTA 5, skyrim, just cause 2.. i think?

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#50 Posted by Litchie (24102 posts) -

Metroid Prime, STALKER, Another World, Zelda: Wind Waker, Thief: Deadly Shadows.. off the top of my head.