Heavy Rain was memorable for me in a unique way. I know Heavy Rain is a love it or hate it game, but the way I experienced it was unlike many games I had before and very similar to the way many others did according to David Cage.
My brother (let's call him John) used to live in town, but moved out in his twenties with his band in order to try to make it big in Los Angeles. That didn't work out, so he ended up staying out there with a ton of debt and got a programming job for a website to pay off the debt and make a get his life back on track. In the past seven years or so, I've probably only visited him four or five times and it seems like the trips are becoming shorter and less common every year.
I visited him two years during spring break when Heavy Rain had just released. John and I used to play video games all the time before his jobs and marriage took up all his time, but recently he left gaming behind because he simply didn't have the time. Usually when I visit him I'm lucky if we get an hour or two to watch a movie together or play a video game. However, this time, he asked if there were any good games out on the PS3. I told him about Heavy Rain. He was a little skeptical, but trusted my judgment.
We drove down to Best Buy that day and bought it. He knew since that morning that his mother-in-law was coming over for dinner and he would have to help grill burgers on a grill he had never used since they moved in, but he didn't seem to care. He was playing with Ethan's kids and couldn't be bothered to play with his own daughter outside or help with the burgers. It was hilarious.
This was the brother I knew. The one who cracked jokes, passed the controller back and forth, and carried on a conversation about what he did and didn't like about the game as we played. It felt just like the time we spent back when he lived in town. Over the next few days, we played through the rest of the game. We would pass off the controller every time the game switched to a different character (or sometimes when we died after a long period.) We speculated about who the Origami Killer was as we ate breakfast and wondering what was going to happen next when we turned the PS3 off at night.
Yes, maybe John put some extra stress on his wife and the rest of the family by getting so immersed in the game that he ignored some of his responsibilities around the house. But having this experience with him showed me that this part of him that I loved had not died. He had introduced me to Goldeneye when I was in first grade and now I was a junior in college introducing him to one of my favorite games.
end of rant
So what game immersed you the most? Which game made you forget you were playing a game and took you into another world?
PS: I think Journey, while I did not love the "story," is one of the most well crafted games I have played.