Not The Walking Dead or Gone Home, etc.. please. I'm not talking about my mom's emotions when she watches her dramas.
I'm talking about that deep compelling feeling of uncertainty and dreaminess you get rushing under your skin and inside your rib cage while you travel through the forests of Alan Wake at night in silence. The feeling you get when good old CJ gets relocated to a mountain hideout in San Andreas, and you stand there watching the sunset and slow traffic in the distance after a bombastic mission.
Games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The Witcher 1&2, with their music and slow pacing in a grim world filled with the unknown, make me revel in that feeling and forget the world. Assassin's Creed 2 and the second Mass Effect are full of this dreamy rush that grips the heart.
What I'm talking about is the feeling Bros describe as gay and call you a pussy for sharing it.
So yeah, I've played so many of them, I can't find a new rush. I need my fix, man.
- Max Payne 1&2
- Thief: Deadly Shadows
- Freedom Fighters
- Call of Duty 4
- Half-Life series
- Dead Space 1&2
- The Punisher
- Condemned: Criminal Origins
- The Elder Scrolls and Fallout games
- Tomb Raider (2013)
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R and Metro games
- The Saboteur
- Arkham games
- Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason
- Mini Ninjas
- Portal 2
- most Rockstar Games games
- Alice: Madness Returns
- Alan Wake: American Nightmare
Basically the only condition is that they have good interactive gameplay and impressive level design, and not be interactive movies. And, of course, a compelling premise if not story.
I guess the first thing that comes to mind is horror games. I'm aware of most horror franchises, I just prefer to avoid them.