Thread for atmospheric games.
And fuck I loved System Shock 1&2
yes try it my brother, very much an experience every gamer should have, just dont pay to much attention to the graphics, i know its pleb advice but so that it grows on you start with the second one
the audio and level design in ss2 is so superb. also the story is presented very well if you actually take your time to get immersed with the logs and shit. definitely one of the most atmospheric games, also one of the most tense.
>just dont pay to much attention to the graphics, i know its pleb advice but
>Not crying about graphics is being a pleb
It's got quite the backstory too.
>Dead Space 3
No, the first two games were atmospheric, Dead Space 3 was essentially the Resident Evil 5 of the series.
Early, early on in it's development, yeah.
>You will never stomp Isaac into a darkened room on the Ishimura
>The door will never slam shut behind you
>You will never hear that sultry voice greet you over the ship's intercom
>"Hello again, insect"
>You will never flinch as every monitor in the room flashes to life
>You will never see Shodan's face adorn each and every one
>Not looking at Isaac, but something beyond him, something just behind his shoulder
Not OP, but after the first two chapters, the first third of the game is still pretty good. The model variety of the necromorphs is top notch, and although the weapon customization was ultimately inferior to the previous game's weapon system, it had great potential. Even some of more controversial changes were good, like making the babies into dogs (I fucking love The Thing).
What the fuck EA.
Space part was pretty good. For the first time in series it really felt like a dead space - you could investigate pretty huge sectors, there was always a feeling of danger and those segments were really beautiful sometimes.
Everything went to shit on the planet.
That's cool as hell.
<, and RE 5 was still fun.
I have to say, the first half of the game nails atmosphere for the most part. Floating around in orbit for the first time was neat as hell, as are pretty much all of the zero-g sequences in Dead Space, and getting from point A to point B on the frozen surface was especially exhilarating without the helmet's seal or whatever. It's the general pacing and characters of the story that put a downer in it for me, that whole love triangle between Isaac and Ellie and what's-his-shit was done so stupidly, and just the way each protagonist, including Isaac, was behaving was completely off-cue with how they were introduced into the other games of the series. That said, I should really replay it soon, now that this rig is built. DS2 is still my favorite.
Both bioshock and dead space were designed from the ground up to be spiritual successors to ss2. The ss2 devs made bioshock, while EA (who still had half the rights to ss2) made dead space. Both dead space 2 and bioshock 2 had great multiplayer modes.
Here, have some atmosphere. No game since has had this much atmosphere. It's so atmospheric that just looking at the screenshots can give you oxygen poisoning.
Make way, coming through...
Also +1 for STALKER series, especially
brain scorcher in Shadow Of Chernobyl.
>Those gunfights in the forest with just a revolver and flares to light the way
They kind of remedied that in American Nightmare, but I like the original better.
I know most folks will just dismiss Solatorobo for its anthropomorphic characters, but goddamn if it doesn't have just the nicest atmosphere I've felt in a recent game.
Now that's horror.
I got Alan Wake, and American Nightmare recently. I didn't start them yet, and was wondering how long American Nightmare is compared to the first one?
I was hoping someone would.
Great concept, horrible execution. They had a pretty unique idea but fucked it all up by trying to make it Half Life 2 meets Bioshock. It didn't even manage to emulate either of those games well either. It was a 5/10 at best.
It got a lot of flak for being pushed towards the CoD audience from retard EA but the developers managed to make that whole segment short and contained into one part of the game. Looking back on the 3rd one, it really was a decent Dead Space game. The only problem was the co-op affecting the story and the ending.
The Witcher 1 - particularly the fourth chapter
Silent Hill 2
Outer Wilds is one of the most eerie, mysterious and atmospheric games I've ever played and it has some absolute top-tier exploration.
Best part? It's completely free.
I know this threads are usually for darker, quieter atmospheres but I fucking loved HM.
I liked this game. The Novel-esque narrative, the themes of light and darkness, light as a literal weapon, mind fuck story. To me, this was psychological horror taken to the next step.
Does is make the intensity of scares to that of Silent Hill and other games in it's league, no, but it was refreshing to say the least.
Its a really good atmospheric portrayal of a isolated base in Alaska. It gives you this cold,hollow,lonely and slightly desparate feeling while you're trying to sneak your way through. The VA was god tier , by some divine will Hayter got a cold and it really gave the feeling of being cold, plus the low quality audio gave off this echo sound which perfectly fit the hollow halls of the base.
I might be wearing nostalgia goggles, but every time i replay it , i love it even more.
>Have you played Knock-Knock?
Yep. Never finished it though. It used to induce anxiety attacks and some pretty nasty nightmares to me, so I stopped playing, thinking that I would get back at it someday.
So far, I haven't forced myself to do so.
I can't honestly say if I liked it or not. I loved most things about it, but hated the feeling that I got through most of the nights by what felt like a sheer luck.
Still the best game in the series. The gameplay may be better in the ones after, but it's still not good enough to outweigh the amazing atmosphere of AA.
Also it's only the combat that's better, not really the stealth. And the stealth is the only good part, the combat has always been easy.
I actually have to kinda agree with this one.
I actually don't even like Batman. Never liked any part of the franchise. Never liked the aesthetics. Never cared for the whole american gothic theme to begin with.
Yet this game still managed to grasp me tightly. In fact, I loved the atmosphere so much that I started doubting my previous thoughts on Batman and on the whole american gothic aesthetics for a while.
Sadly, playing any of the follow-up games, or even watching the movies and trying to read some of the comics did not feel anywhere close to this game.
Shame the gameplay was dull as fuck.
I won't say to expect anything from it, just keep in mind that it's a bit dated, and the controls might be a bitch to adjust to. If you can get past that, you're in for a ride. Bonus points if you play it while it's cold/windy outside.
Actually everything went to shit after you reached the machine with the whole "running away from Danik's buffoons when they first ambush you on the planet" being the true ballz parts.
The low visibility,the sense of confinement and desolence as well as the balanced pacing of the planet section and the free fly form of exploring the flotila were actually well executed. You can actually see how in many places the devs were trying to resist or contain EA bullshit.
The true BAD parts were the bongers shifts in pacing against human enemies and everything after you reach the machine,the overscoring of every encounter (up to this day Dead Space 1 remains the best game in terms of sound with the creepiest ambient noise and such) and of course the limited coop exclusive content. the game would have been a 7/10 if standalone but given the shoes it had to fill it became a 6/10. Decent but no cookie.
No, it really, really wasn't. It was a tragedy and pretty much recognized as such on the release too. A laughably shallow rip-off of Twin Peaks and King that cannot resist going "LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT HOW MUCH WE LOVE TWIN PEAKS AND KING, DID YOU GET THAT? DID YOU GET HOW MUCH TOTALLY WE ARE REFERING TO THOSE TWO? DO YOU LIKE ME YET?!" routine every two fucking steps. Linear as fuck, clumsy as fuck, poorly told story with INSANELY unlikable characters acting like absolute fucking retards all the fucking time, no story cohesion, a gimmick that may have sounded good on paper, but the way it's utilized just keeps spoiling the plot (which makes the story make even less of a fucking sense), in-your-face design that treats the player like a fucking retard all the time, pisspoor pacing...
There was hardly anything that wasn't wrong with the game. It's a textbook collection of "how not to design a horror game".
Dishonored is nice but it has an exaggerated art direction, most noticeable when you look at characters. Order looks more "realistic" (and also more modern somehow) and well, I think it could've been a fine game... if it was a game at all.
Say what you want, Borderlands had some god-tier atmosphere at times.
Well, the whole thing is supposed to look like an oil painting. I forget if it was changed to look more or less like one than before release, but I like it regardless. The scattered lore helps a ton in getting interested in the world.
this game is fucking unbelievably good
>that WWI/hell level