Immersive, story-based games
November 15, 2012 7:50 PM Subscribe
OMIGOD I just played "Dear Esther" for the first time. This is the absolute sweet spot for me for gaming/interactive fiction. Please help me find more.
posted by jbickers to computers & internet (25 answers total) 152 users marked this as a favorite
(I'm only about one hour into Dear Esther, so please, no spoilers.)
This game pushes all of my buttons: heavy on the atmosphere and storytelling, there are secrets to be revealed, there is some really smart and literate writing going on, there is some beautiful and atmospheric music. I absolutely adore it.
It has a lot in common with games that I have loved in the past: Braid, Bastion, Fallout, Bioshock, IF games like Blue Lacuna and To The Moon. Great story, a little bit of mystery. Intelligent and ambient.
So, what other games should I explore next? In a FPP earlier today about Glitch, people were saying that part of the problem with that game was that it wasn't enough of a game ... I don't care about that. I don't care if it's an on-rails experience, or if I'm led through in some very obvious way. I care about the story and the experience, which is where "Dear Esther" is hitting all of the right notes. Are there other things out there that I might adore?