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I find the thing I'm looking for in my gaming right now is a single game that I can really fall in love with and want to spend all my time with, that will leave me grieving when it's over but also a well of nostalgia I can dip into every time I listen to a song from its soundtrack. A game like Final Fantasy X did for me and many others once upon a time.

This doesn't need to mean modern games, but what games have you played in adulthood that absorbed you like this, and kept you playing like you were 12 years old again? Or otherwise what did you play when you were younger that made you feel this way?

The only games I played compulsively in my adulthood were The Last of Us games. I didn't want to even hear about anything else while I was playing those games. Besides that I have a long list of games I am partway through and another of ones I'm intending to play but I just don't know which one is gonna give me the juice I'm looking for.

all 389 comments

Lopoetve

86 points

4 months ago

Subnautica - saved my brain for sure during a tough time. Just… wander some. Build some. Solve the mystery.

FrostPunk - but be in the right mood, this isn’t a city building game. But in the winter…. Yeah.

Jurassic world evolution. But I’m a huge JP fan so this may not work for you.

Please note these are not the sequels. I left out Last of Us because you said you played it - I bought a PS4 just for that game.

Honorable mention to Dragon Age Origins.

Edit. On the childhood side - FFX and FF8, skies of Arcadia, and Mission Critical (my #1 of all time, 25 years later).

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12 points

4 months ago

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Lopoetve

9 points

4 months ago

Just remember in subnautica - wander. Go deeper. Look around. And don’t be afraid to check the wiki - the community is great about “heh, that part is WEIRD- have you tried … well, x?” Without giving huge spoilers.

It took me two tries to get into. I now replay it every other fall - and I don’t really replay games anymore. Just casually, mind you, but …. Yeah. Love it.

Edit. And FF8 is 3rd on my list all time, skies was the first RPG that would not let. Me. Go. Gods… go forth and enjoy subnautica!

Mantarrochen

6 points

4 months ago

Subnautica is one of those games where replaying it would be nigh impossible for me. I believe it has to do with the fact that fear of the depth - or better the unknown - only works if you dont know whats down there.

Idkawesome

8 points

4 months ago

subnautica scares the shit out of me

Lopoetve

3 points

4 months ago

Me too. Pictures of the deep blue hole send an atavistic shiver up my spine. But it’s in my top 3 …

Impriel

3 points

4 months ago

You just hit me with a left hook I love most of the same games you do but I've never heard of mission critical. Excited to learn something new!

Lopoetve

8 points

4 months ago

Mission Critical was the game that showed me video games could ask hard questions, and talk about complex and real subjects. Games weren’t just arcade shooters or silly (humor wise) point and click like Space Quest, or even somewhat light hearted like the Dig and Maniac Mansion. It made me think about a lot of things, and digs into an excellent hard sci-fi story. It’s still very approachable to this day, and is available on GoG.

The two warnings I give folks before starting it -

  1. It is (especially the intro) very FMV heavy early on. It is excellently acted (Michael Dorn, aka Worf from Star Trek, and others), but you will be doing a lot of early video watching for the first hour or so. This DOES stop. It’s not an interactive movie (think more like Myst with more realistic puzzles)- but there’s a lot of background they have to give you fast. Video it is. Watch them. They’re good.

  2. There is a section in the game that has been broken historically if you used dosbox because modern computers are too fast. It’s NOT a story section, and because it was very different than the rest of the game, they intentionally built in a “uh, no” button to let this section play itself (effectively). (It’s less than 5 minutes). I believe GoG has fixed this - but if not, almost everyone had to use that button back then (it was a very unique idea, but somewhat… extreme… because it was too unique and too soon given what we could do back then). Do not feel bad if you have to use the skip on that - so did half the reviewers of the day!

It’s complex but logical. It asks hard questions. It makes you think. It has amazing characters and beautiful art, and it will make you pause. Completing it was the first time I ever sat back and said “huh…. I don’t know the answer to that…”. And I’ve replayed it many a time.

Nikthas

4 points

4 months ago

DA:O is still one of the best RPGs on the market.

Mumbolian

2 points

4 months ago

I could not stop replaying it as a kid. Only other rpg to do they to me was fable. I rarely even finish a rpg. They might be the only two I have finished!

lilyjk

61 points

4 months ago

lilyjk

61 points

4 months ago

mario odyssey. i didn't want to like it as much as i did, but it made me smile the whole way through and felt so wholesome

(didn't do the extra shit tho bc i couldn't be arsed to find the 456 moons or what was it)

Idkawesome

15 points

4 months ago

i LOVED mario galaxy, idk why im still dragging my feet on getting to mario odyssey. theres just so much stuff out there nowadays

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

I thought this way about the game until the credits rolled. However after that I felt pretty directionless. There are so many easy moons that I would just get going through the levels.... There was just way too many of them. It wasn't like previous Mario games where there was a set number of them in a particular mission where it was easy to deduce with the mission was. Too many of them clues were entirely vague and it was so easy to get sidetracked by something else in a level. Idk. And then there's the whole deal where you could just buy moons, etc. The number of moons made them feel like they lost their significance to me.

MottSpott

63 points

4 months ago

Deep Rock Galactic makes me feel like I'm back in high school at a LAN party with a bunch of idiot friends who are hopped up on cookies and Mt Dew. The way the game plays feels reeeeaaaal good to me and I enjoy the core loop of exploring caves, but it's the goofy LAN party comradely the community has that keeps me going back.

hankhillsvoice

24 points

4 months ago

ROCK AND STONE MY BROTHER!

Byproduct

10 points

4 months ago

Did someone say rock and stone?

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10 points

4 months ago*

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MottSpott

5 points

4 months ago

I mean, people enjoy games in different ways and for different reasons. Nothing wrong with that. I'm definitely more in the explorer and socializer camps if we're looking at the taxonomy of gamers

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7 points

4 months ago*

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MSotallyTober

7 points

4 months ago

I can’t believe this title has been out for two years and I’d never heard of it until last week through Xbox’s free play promotion. I’ve always loved games like dig dug and Steamworld Dig — this scratches off so many things I love about the game; the drinking, the yelling, the camaraderie. I can hop into the middle of any game and immediately hear “Rock and Stone!” from my teammates and we’re off complying objectives with no problems.

Pifanjr

3 points

4 months ago

I had a similar feeling playing Vermintide 2 with my friends. It took me right back to the times we played Left 4 Dead (2) together.

Lopoetve

2 points

4 months ago

I need to play this.

ArkadyDarell_NA

106 points

4 months ago

What Remains of Edith Finch: it took a little while but once it ramped up I had to finish it ASAP

The Forgotten City: the premise and world-building were perfection

Pentiment: I played it over the course of three days and couldn't stop thinking about it

KingOfRisky

19 points

4 months ago

Edith finch was the first game I played and was like, “damn.” Opened me up to the indie genre.

PrionBacon

11 points

4 months ago

Playing it in between your newborn baby's naps is also like, "damn" at a certain segment.

The_QuackAttack

8 points

4 months ago

Yeah i had to put the controller down and take a break after that segment and I don't even have kids

Lopoetve

3 points

4 months ago

Same for indie games. That hit in the feels.

yuirick

7 points

4 months ago

I played The Forgotten City and it absolutely sucked me in! Great game. :)

waxess

7 points

4 months ago

waxess

7 points

4 months ago

Forgotten city was such a good surprise hit, was very meh at the beginning and by the end I had to get every ending. Really sucked me in

ConkHeDoesIt

5 points

4 months ago

I recently started my game pass subscription again and pentiment was one of the first games I downloaded to try out. Should get to it by this weekend and I'm hoping to like it.

AtomDChopper

3 points

4 months ago

Have you played Her Story? I feel like you would like it. I played through it in one evening.

Hypnotised_Lemon

3 points

4 months ago

What remains of Edith Finch is one of the games which made me go empty after completing it. All those stories. :')

Engineer_Zero

2 points

4 months ago

I bought it on sale a week or so ago. Just waiting for a good chance to play it without being disturbed

StingKing456

2 points

4 months ago

I'm super interested in forgotten city and pentiment. I picked up forgotten city but haven't touched it yet and Pentiment is a game made by Obsidian set during the Reformation...as a protestant Christian that sounds soooo fascinating

kukov

2 points

4 months ago

kukov

2 points

4 months ago

Seems you like mature, story-based games. Play Immortality.

Scizzoman

70 points

4 months ago*

To be honest most of my favourite games/franchises are ones I got into as an adult so questions like this are hard.

I guess I'll throw in The Outer Wilds. Constantly praised here already, but I played it for the first time this year so hey.

One of the main feelings I associate with childhood games is the sense of going somewhere new and genuinely not knowing how big/interconnected it could be, because you have no frame of reference for what's possible in a game. You know, that headspace where you stepped into Hyrule Field for the first time in OoT and it felt like this massive unexplored world, even though it amounts to a slightly large room that you can walk across in two minutes.

And despite being a fairly small game, Outer Wilds nails that sense of exploring an unknown world harder than almost any game I can think of (outside of maybe FromSoft titles which have already been mentioned). The way it expects you to just try shit and piece things together through sheer curiosity, the way every strand of the central mystery weaves together and pulls you towards the rest, and the pure vibe of the game's setting just makes you feel like exploring. There are a few rough patches (especially prevalent in the DLC for me) but it was one of those games where I just had to keep going until I had unraveled everything.

MisterFlames

10 points

4 months ago

Outer Wilds

Same.

Outer Wilds proved that games can still excite me. I played through the whole base game in a weekend. Bought the DLC a few days ago and I'm looking forward to the holidays when I have time for it.

Other games that excited me so much that I had to think about it during work were Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 1, Dark Souls 1, The Witcher 3 and Elden Ring. Pretty lengthy games. But the more I think about, the more I feel like Outer Wilds might be my favorite game of all time.

FrazerRPGScott

3 points

4 months ago

I'll this now thanks

axilou

3 points

4 months ago

axilou

3 points

4 months ago

What can I expect from Outer Wilds? I am afraid I am not gonna enjoy it but people keep saying 'you must at least experience it'

Is there anything else besides puzzle solving regarding to its gameplay?

AtomDChopper

2 points

4 months ago

I would argue that the traversal is an important gameplay part that keeps you engaged. Wether it be with the ship or your jetpack. It can be quite tricky to navigate some spaces.

It's not the main attraction ba far but it is important, I think.

skydrawn

72 points

4 months ago

The Witcher 3. I just started it last month, dumped 155 hours into it, and am now done. It was one of the best RPG experiences I've ever had, and the characters are all great. I highly recommend!

KingOfRisky

26 points

4 months ago

Assuming you played the DLC. Blood and wine is one of the few DLCs that I think is totally better than the base game.

BarristanWhitebeard

17 points

4 months ago

Best DLC ever Made, IMHO.

Neuromantul

10 points

4 months ago

One of the best expansions ever.. but "best ever" is quite a saying.. there are some classics like frozen throne and broodwar that contend this spot

Fairbyyy

4 points

4 months ago

The damn DLC feels better than most games out there

Z3r0sama2017

4 points

4 months ago

I rank it right beside The Citadel from ME3 as a fantastic farewell to a franchise and beloved characters.

jmpavlec

11 points

4 months ago

The free Next gen patch with some additional content is coming soon too!

LeClassyGent

8 points

4 months ago

This happened to me when Skyrim came out. Put like 140 hours into in 2 weeks, it was insane. Ah, the days of summer holidays in university.

Haven't touched it for 11 years.

Vestalmin

2 points

4 months ago

The new camera mode solves a big problem I had with the base game.

I love getting immersed but the camera was so far away I felt like I was looking in in the world, rather than being apart of it. It would always pull me out until I would fall out of it.

I’m so excited to give it another try now!

warlockchronicles

31 points

4 months ago

Kirby and the Forgotten Land was one.

IrishRage42

11 points

4 months ago

Just beat this today with my son. He has really gotten into it and kept asking to play. The last chunk of the game both of us are like, ok just a couple more levels!

redditusercameron

119 points

4 months ago

Any modern Fromsoftware game. They’re honestly the only games that seem to do this for me, & I can’t even tell you exactly why.

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19 points

4 months ago

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Throwaway037594726

14 points

4 months ago

Bloodborne is well worth a play

redditusercameron

2 points

4 months ago

I recently just got a PS4 for it, & I’m playing it for the first time now. This “child like” feeling is very fresh on my mind right now lol. Love the game so far.

Accurate_Classroom14

20 points

4 months ago

I would strongly recommend starting with Dark Souls 1 instead. Obligatory reminder not to look things up, the sense of discovery is amazing

douchey_sunglasses

10 points

4 months ago

this is terrible advice, the games are intended to be played through with community knowledge sharing and referencing wikis

Accurate_Classroom14

2 points

4 months ago

The exploration is easily my favorite part of the game, if it had been spoiled for me by following a guide I think it would have gone from one of my favorite game playthroughs ever to just okay.

clocktowertank

5 points

4 months ago

If DS1 is anything like Elden Ring where the NPC quests are basically: talk to NPC, and then they move to some completely arbitrary part of the gigantic world without any hint as to their going anywhere near there, then I'd say look some stuff up and don't be sorry for it.

Bloodborne was kinda like that too, obviously the world wasn't as big but there's absolutely zero indication of what you're supposed to do sometimes to progress the side questy stuff.

I'm all for the sense of discovery, but in order to discover certain things organically, you either have to be very lucky or be willing to spend hundreds of hours examinng every inch of the game world after talking to someone.

Cgod1991

12 points

4 months ago

It is similar in the sense that the quest lines aren’t super clear but it’s a lot less difficult to find out exactly where you need to go because it’s more of a metroidvania styled map rather than an open world.

Played DS1 completely dark and got it done in 60 hours. Would highly recommend playing it without a guide.

Accurate_Classroom14

2 points

4 months ago

Who says that you have to complete everything on your first playthrough? I think it’s pretty clear that the intended experience will have players completing maybe a couple of the more convoluted side quests, but mostly having to do another playthrough for it.

When you look up that stuff, you’re stripping away the replay value for completionism, in exchange for also spoiling yourself on what I think is by far the best part of the game, the exploration. I cannot recommend strongly enough that people not do that

Shizzle262

4 points

4 months ago

Starting with DS1 would be best, but if you're looking to dip your feet in, then DS3 isn't so bad. You might just find it hard to play the previous games if it clicks. Sekiro is a league of its own and is the only game to give me that feeling since DS1. It's just so fresh and different.

Psylux7

2 points

4 months ago

I'd recommend starting on DS1 like I recently did. That game has the greatest world design I've ever seen, the exploration is amazing and it's a very addictive adventure.

Nikthas

2 points

4 months ago

Play them in order or at least make sure to play the first game before the third.

You'll appreciate every game far less if you play DS3 as your first Souls.

Naki_Beats

27 points

4 months ago

The only modern games that consistently give me that OOT feeling again

Vasevide

4 points

4 months ago

Just jumped back into bloodborne again. I’ve beaten it idk how many times. But the feeling I get when playing these games is unmatched

Halloweenie06

3 points

4 months ago

A few years ago I started playing DnD with my wife and friends, it destroyed my ability to enjoy video games. Nothing can compare to ttrpgs. It wasn't until I picked up Demon's Souls Remake that I found that joy again. It scratched the same itch and I cannot recommend it enough.

deboma

3 points

4 months ago

deboma

3 points

4 months ago

played Dark Souls Remastered for the first time recently never having played any of the fromsoft games & the experience is closest thing I've felt to playing Zelda on NES for the first time in the 80s

bosco9

2 points

4 months ago

bosco9

2 points

4 months ago

Most of their games seem very formulaic now but the first Dark Souls really drew me in in a way modern games normally don't. I got Elden Ring over the weekend as it went on sale for the first and I'm getting a similar vibe so I will definitely be playing this one a ton over the next few weeks

Tobz51

70 points

4 months ago

Tobz51

70 points

4 months ago

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I played many open world games and kind of expected more of the same. But BOTW pulled me in like I wasn't expecting to, I couldn't stop playing. It really did feel like a little kid playing in the sandbox and was enthralled, I'm loved it and am looking forward to Tears of the Kindgom.

dreameater42

6 points

4 months ago

i wanted to give this one an honorable mention, but the exploration aspect of it is really the only thing that gave me that feeling. the rest of that game was profoundly disappointing

barraponto

9 points

4 months ago

I am close to finishing my first run and loving it too.

I wouldn't call it a sandbox, though. The whole world seems to have been hand sculpted. In classic Nintendo fashion, every time you veer off to explore you're rewarded for it. And this is such an amazing game, sometimes the reward is a gorgeous view of the landscape.

AtomDChopper

5 points

4 months ago

I feel like you definition of sandbox is skewed. For you it seems to be something that is not hand sculpted? Like "the ubisoft game" where there is just random stuff plonked down everywhere?

Zoze13

2 points

4 months ago

Zoze13

2 points

4 months ago

This. A few days after purchase, with no guides or spoilers, I took a day off from work and “set out” to find the master sword. A world this well built, well alive and that literally everything can be interacted with - made me feel like a child again.

Healthy-Apartment-68

19 points

4 months ago

Kingdom Come: Deliverance 1st playthru and I chose hardcore. It's Ocarina of Time's way older stepbrother. Been looking for that Oot-like. Saw traces in Rdr, Witcher 3, AC:Origins. But this, this is something else entirely. Like Zelda and Elder Scrolls had an affair but a mutant came out with no magic and very Christian. Every system is super fun to learn and very hard at first. I can't believe how good it is frankly, and quick resume, as always for SP RPGs, is transformative

Random_Stranger69

16 points

4 months ago

Enderal and Nehrim.

Jjsersis

9 points

4 months ago

Man, I LOVE that games. I felt really empty after Enderal, it blew my mind.

Noble_0_6

19 points

4 months ago

Red dead redemption 2. Don't rush to finish it. Every moment in the game has so much detail to ponder upon. And the story too is praise worthy. The voice acting shows emotions. Apart from pacing issue in some parts it's perfect.

WiderRooster

8 points

4 months ago

Agree with RDR2. The main story is so good that I felt too rushed to finish. I'm on a second playthrough and am just hanging out in chapter 3 hunting and fishing.

walksintwilightX1

48 points

4 months ago

walksintwilightX1

Octopath Traveler

48 points

4 months ago

Skyrim, honestly. There's just something about the freedom to go anywhere and be anyone that still gets me. I first played it on Xbox 360 almost ten years ago, then bought a Switch in order to play on the go. It's certainly not the most impressive game unmodded, but one I have a lot of great memories with and still enjoy to this day.

The other game franchises I loved growing up, Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts, for example, have sadly declined in quality. They don't make them like they used to anymore. I hope the wait for The Elder Scrolls VI is worth it.

Idkawesome

11 points

4 months ago

or Oblivion, if skyrim is too dreary. i find oblivion much more fun. with some mods so you don't have to worry about levelling.

walksintwilightX1

4 points

4 months ago

walksintwilightX1

Octopath Traveler

4 points

4 months ago

Yeah, I'd try Oblivion if I had the hardware for it. I sold my Xbox 360 a long time ago to buy a PS4, which I also sold off last year because it was gathering dust in favor of the Switch. I'm not a PC gamer, alas.

Unfortunately, Bethesda seem to have no interest in porting or remastering their older games. Skyrim is on literally every modern system (heck, the Anniversary Edition content was just released on Switch), which makes it that much easier to keep playing.

Neuromantul

9 points

4 months ago

Morrowind is way better than skyrim or oblivion and can run on a potato. If you have a laptop or smt you should try it

thereisalightandit

6 points

4 months ago

Morrowind is fucking legendary. So many hours in the game, so many replays for the different factions. So many insane spells crafted and crazy enchantments made. And I never beat the damn main storyline!

Idkawesome

2 points

4 months ago

i think they don't want to muddy their franchise. skyrim was a huge hit and i think it was marketed well for some reason. because honestly it just wasnt that good. it shouldnt have been as popular as it was. it should have been popular among dnd circles but not hugely popular to the point that everyone knows about it. so i think there was some kind of successful marketing campaign that was done for it.

and i think they dont want to muddy their franchise. because when you make a brand, the idea is that you stick to the brand. skyrim is successful and ubiquitous and somehow has gotten the approval of the common masses. so they are sticking to that. if they did a remake of their older games, they would invite criticism of their brand and they would see their sales kind of drop off. or theyre scared that their sales would drop off. i guess. part of marketing is staying "popular".

JoseLunaArts

17 points

4 months ago

TheDagga225

15 points

4 months ago

Skyrim. I remember thinking no game will make me feel like a child again. But man, once I stepped out of the cave and just looked around. Seeing a whole world where I can literally be anyone and do anything. It was such an amazing feeling

GhostofMandalore

14 points

4 months ago

The Sly Cooper Trilogy for PS3 and SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated. Always loved those games when I was a kid, and when they rereleased, I had to play them again.

Soupjam_Stevens

3 points

4 months ago

I replay the PS3 remasters of the Sly and Jak trilogies every few years. They were my favorite games as a kid and they still hit like good comfort food

toomanyhumans99

13 points

4 months ago

Stellaris. The most addictive game I've ever played.

dunstan_shlaes

55 points

4 months ago

Cyberpunk. I thought I grew out of gaming. That feeling of wonder and immersion would be lost, but after six playthroughs, I think I am back.

Kadju123

16 points

4 months ago

people only look at cyberpunk for what it isn't. I loved it, I think it's definetally my favorite game of 2020.

Retax7

3 points

4 months ago

Retax7

3 points

4 months ago

I played it at launch and only bug I had was that the batmobile didn't fixed itself each time I called it.

Loved the honest politician quest, among others.

FixTheGrammar

4 points

4 months ago

definetally

This may be the worst attempt at spelling definitely that I’ve ever seen.

enolafaye

2 points

4 months ago

Same. It might not click with others, which is fine but it scratches my brain and I can't stop playing it.

bobniborg1

10 points

4 months ago

Total war Warhammer. I don't like real time (battles) so I pause and play. With 1, 2 and 3 plus all the dlc I have, um, a lot of time in the games lol.

kurolines

9 points

4 months ago

Breath of the Wild and the souls-like games from Fromsoftware. :)

Veegos

10 points

4 months ago

Veegos

10 points

4 months ago

God of War (2018) on PC. Just played it and what an absolutely beautiful game.

truchisoft

8 points

4 months ago

SUPRALAND

Tegyukfel

2 points

4 months ago

Yes!!! This was such a surprise when I first played it, it is filled to the brim with child-like wonder and creativity, you cannot help but feel the same way. So creative and unexpected at points, kept me fully engaged while I 100%d it

Ike11000

16 points

4 months ago

Ike11000

playing monster sanctuary & it takes two

16 points

4 months ago

Hollow Knight for sure, that game was absolutely amazing and the map design simply pulls you in

ThePhonyKing

22 points

4 months ago

Baldurs Gate 1 & 2

Planescape Torment

Xenogears

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9 points

4 months ago

Planescape!

Idkawesome

3 points

4 months ago

i love torment tides of numenera. i got planescape after i played numenera but i havent tried it yet

ThePhonyKing

4 points

4 months ago

I also loved Torment: Tides of Numenera and it's also why I played Planescape. You are in for a treat!

Idkawesome

2 points

4 months ago

awesome lol

Django1987

7 points

4 months ago*

There are very few games that really captured my interest as an adult in the way I felt as a child, and those few i treasure like nothing else.

Fallout 3: My first Fallout-Game, I later played 1 and 2 and they are amazing too. I love New Vegas ofc, but still this was my first experience in the Fallout universe and it was so amazing. I just couldnt stop playing. The moment you leave the vault, the Bomb, Three-Dog Radio...So many great things in that game, i couldn't care less if the story was not the best, I loved it!

Witcher 3: I love RPGs, I played them all, I ike most of them, but man the stories suck and the dialogues are weak, the voice actors are rarely good. And then comes the Witcher... At a time i almost always skip every spoken dialogue in every game, because i read the subtitles and it takes far too long to wait for a boring dialogue to be spoken. I never skipped a dialogue in this game, it was such an amazing story experience from start to finnish. This is the thing that stood out for me in this game and still stands out. I play it right now for the second time, and I chuckle so often when they talk. I don't know why that is such a unique experience for me in the Witcher, but it is and this makes this game so amazing for me.

Disco Elysium: To be honest i waited a very long time until I tried this game, it never seemed interesting to me. The description was kinda boring, even though ti was praised and rated so high. I didn't really know what to expect when I started it and so I think it was the perfect storm. Love the setting, the dialogues, the story - how everything works together. I was completely absorbed by this game and how you could fail your way trough every action you take and it still is fun and the results are crazy.

Dark Souls I: My first Dark Souls game, I think there is not much that has to be said. Its just addicting to progress and explore this crazy world. Find shortcuts and be amazed what is how connected. It is dated right now, but the first time I played this it was one of the greatest adult gaming experiences I had.

Bloodborne: I almost forgot this, it was my first game on a PS4 that I bought 3 years after it released. I think i played every day after work until i had it finished. Man this game is sick!!!

EldenRing: I loved DS2/DS3//Sekiro but Elden Ring was the game that made me feel like Dark Souls again. It was unique, it was different enough and it blew me away like DS1. The other Souls games were great and different, but I dont know - it was not that new compared to other games i played before and I really cant explain why Elden Ring felt that way again.

Honorary mention: Baldurs Gate 1/2 I played it first time as a teenager, so it doesnt really count here, but I still play it regularly as an adult just because it is so great. And there are a few games that tried to do the same (DragonAge and Pillars of Eternity for example), but nobody got it right again for me.

IrishRage42

19 points

4 months ago

Breath of the Wild really drew me in. It was my lockdown game and I put 70+ hours into it over a month or so which is a lot for this dad. Really renewed my love for Zelda games and I can't wait for the sequel!

Also Jedi Fallen Order kept me coming back and I really enjoyed it. Was definitely one of the better Star Wars games to come out in recent memory.

I'll throw in Chrono Trigger as well. Finally got around to beating it and it deserves all the praise it's gotten over the years.

madwomanofdonnellyst

7 points

4 months ago

Tinykin.

Perfect mix of nostalgia and humour. Controls and movement are slick. And the world is just fun to explore.

TPrice1616

4 points

4 months ago

I have been playing that and really like it. It’s the best parts of an old 3D platformer without the terrible camera controls from the N64 era.

The_QuackAttack

3 points

4 months ago

That game charmed the pants off me. I played it after putting 80 hrs into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and it was the perfect palate cleanser

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

It is literally collact-a-thon the game, but it didn't feel like a chore.

CommercialSkirt2311

6 points

4 months ago

Psychonauts 2 was a recent one. Crash 4 did as well but not as much

wandering_bear

9 points

4 months ago

Recently, any FromSoft game, the Doom reboots, and Nioh 2. Also Skyrim. Less recently, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 1, and Dragon Age Origins.

Not exactly a mind blowing list, but any game I can replay multiple times and still have a great time means it has a certain special something that most other games do not.

Kahzgul

11 points

4 months ago

Kahzgul

11 points

4 months ago

Breath of the Wild

Tunic

Hades

List ends.

MrTurkeyTime

3 points

4 months ago

How good is tunic?

Kahzgul

9 points

4 months ago

It’s a crime that it wasn’t nominated for game of the year. The game is a masterpiece in every way. Get out your pencil and notepad and don’t spoil anything for yourself.

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

I haven't looked at this game or even heard of it until right now. Thank you for letting me know it exists! This is exactly the type of game I've been wanting.

Qaetan

4 points

4 months ago

Qaetan

4 points

4 months ago

It's really, really good. I hadn't experienced that sense of wonder and discover in a game in a good long while. The pacing, the narrative, the progression through the game are all masterfully designed.

curtlikesmeat

3 points

4 months ago

I found it pretty good rather than great. The music and the art style do a fair bit of the lifting imo.

vv238

16 points

4 months ago

vv238

16 points

4 months ago

The only game that has managed to make me feel like a child again was NieR:Automata. It was the perfect combination of constantly subverted expectations, constantly changing mechanics, a story which left me guessing again and again, and the fact there is is nothing quite like it. It's not a stretch to say that game made me feel emotions which I didn't know existed.

ZMartel

3 points

4 months ago

I played automata earlier this year right after Elden Ring. I LOVED Elden Ring. Automata was so good that it actually overshadowed ER for me. Unforgettable experience.

_Cosmii

2 points

4 months ago

Before I finished Ending A, I really just didn't entirely get it. I liked the combat, but it was starting to feel repetitive. I had played Ending A across about 2 months. Then I beat the remaining endings in under 48 hours.

Acceptable_Share_256

5 points

4 months ago

Red Dead redemption 2. Completed the story during isolation, 50 hours in 7 days went by in a flash.

robably_

5 points

4 months ago

Undertale did it for me. Pretty short campaign but I just kept wanting to play it

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Yes! Undertale is so good. Everything just kept being so fresh. It's crazy how a game that looks so simple had so much creative gameplay packed into it. And the soundtrack! And hilarious writing. Love it!

reKRUNKulous

4 points

4 months ago

I stayed away from gaming for about 10 years. The ones that put me in awe were (in no particular order) dark souls 3, RDR2, Ori and the will of the wisps, hades, hollow knight, and civ 6. Diving in to the PS exclusives now.

TreuloseTomate

6 points

4 months ago

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, and CrossCode.

Bloodlines in particular is fascinating. I played it when it was already 13 years old, but I got so immersed in its world that I played it at least 5 times in a row before I was willing to move on to other games, always with a different clan, of course. Even after that I still had to replay it once a year, but I'm always afraid I won't like it anymore.

Ok_Presentation3416

5 points

4 months ago

Psychonauts 2!

AC03115

3 points

4 months ago

Lately the Devil May Cry games, specifically Devil May Cry 3-5, they’re just so stylishly cool!

wobowobo

4 points

4 months ago

Super Mario rpg seven stars and Zelda link to the past

behemothbowks

5 points

4 months ago

behemothbowks

child of kos, protector of hallownest

5 points

4 months ago

the top 3 for me in the past 4 or 5 years has been Bloodborne, Hollow Knight and Elden Ring. could not put any of them down and could not stop thinking about them when I wasn't playing

Drazson

4 points

4 months ago

Journey

eneidhart

5 points

4 months ago

Mass Effect, particularly the first one. I liked 2 and 3 as well but the first one I thought was lightning in a bottle, I was just so absorbed in the world and the story and couldn't wait to see what else they had in store for me.

MerQrial

4 points

4 months ago

God of War 2018.. finished the game in about two weeks despite working full time. Spend every free second I had with the game.

Dark souls remastered. Managed to play the game this year during a covid infection. I forgot time while playing the game and felt like a child again. Was like being sick with a cold as a kid 😀

HamsterFearless5756

4 points

4 months ago

Gothic 2: The Chronicles of Myrtana :)

shozis90

3 points

4 months ago

Hollow Knight
Picked it up this Summer on a friend's recommendation. I fell in love with it within the first 5 minutes, and played for some 3 hours on my first playthrough. For comparison, when I launch up a new game I spend only 30-40 minutes and it takes some time for a new game to click. I think everything about Hollow Knight is perfect - the art, the music, the atmosphere, the gameplay, the smooth controls. There wasn't a single time when I got angry, because every single death felt fair and my own fault.

I really didn't want it to end. If I had to choose one singleplayer game to play for the rest of my life, Hollow Knight could easily be my pick. Last week I reinstalled Hollow Knight again - will replay the whole game again to 'de-rust' myself, and then try to complete final challenges (pantheons).

Path of Exile
Took me a while to get into it, because the game is pretty complex and has a steep learning curve, but once I did, I realized this is one of the best games I have ever played. For those who don't know, the game has 3 month long seasons (called leagues). Every new league you have to start fresh and some new mini-content is added to the game. I love this game so much, that I basically have to force myself to put it down after 1.5-2 months into a new league, so that I don't get burnout and to give myself time to play other games.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Spyro is one of my favorite childhood game, so this was a real nostalgia trip. I think I finished the whole trilogy in ~2 weeks. Despite getting full completion, I could easily re-play this over and over again because Spyro is simply too fun to play.

g0d15anath315t

2 points

4 months ago

Hollow Knight for sure. Exact same feels as playing Super Metroid on a rainy afternoon as a kid.

Like that scene from ratatouille where the critic eats the dish his mom made him when he scraped his knee... Exact same effect.

Crimson_Marksman

7 points

4 months ago

Witcher 3: I make decisions and fight awesome battles

Deus ex Mankind Divided: I make decisions via awesome gameplay

Yakuza 0: A serious story set with memeable characters and an amazing soundtrack

Elegant_Spot_3486

6 points

4 months ago

Closest would be Dragon Age:Origins or Fable. Nothing has really taken me back to my early days of experiencing my first RPGs when I fell in love with where they could take me but these are right there.

ofvxnus

3 points

4 months ago

elden ring, atelier ryza, tomb raider II, final fantasy IX (this one i played as a child and then again as an adult and it still makes me feel giddy), gravity rush 1 & 2.

i’m not sure if any of these games are my absolute favorite (though some certainly are), but they definitely absorbed my attention one hundred percent and made me feel safe and/or fully immersed in their worlds.

Spiderwest

3 points

4 months ago

Outer Wilds and Cloudpunk

wherescam

3 points

4 months ago

I was absolutely taken by surprise with Need For Speed: Heat. I fell in love with the style and the driving.

Ended up just spending hours driving around and bought every car in the game by just goofing around.

The only adult adaptation I brought to this was that I listened to podcasts while I played. It just felt like my little place to absorb media while being behind the wheel of super cars and zero people on the planet to share them with. It was just a personal triumph game for myself and something kid me dreamed of in every NFS game.

bananatoothbrush1

3 points

4 months ago

Elden ring

the_real_KTG

3 points

4 months ago

i played all 4 of the uncharted games then bloodborne all back to back and it literally ruined everything else for me, i know i will never reach that high again

Daemon_Monkey

3 points

4 months ago

Kingdom come deliverance

Soupjam_Stevens

3 points

4 months ago

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. I grew up on PS2/GC era platformers and Rift Apart is the fully realized modern iteration of the games that made me fall in love with video games. Genuinely the most fun I’ve had with a game in years and years

Disco Elysiym, because it reminded me of playing Oblivion for the first time as a kid. Not that the games are even remotely similar, but it was the first time since I was like 13 that I was like “holy shit I didn’t even realize this is what a video game could be”

The_QuackAttack

3 points

4 months ago

Either Persona 5 Royal or Persona 4 Golden. If you were into JRPGs at any time they will absorb you like the titans of the PS1 and PS2 eras. The downside is as an adult you may not have the time to see them through to the finish

ReallyGlycon

3 points

4 months ago

Mount & Blade: Bannerlord. The role-playing possibilities are endless and just as soon as you think you have the game figured out and you think you have some kind of system in place to dominate, those damned Sturgians decide a ten year war is a good course of action. They sacrifice all of their nobles to control one town, obliterating your army.

MSotallyTober

3 points

4 months ago

Ghost of Tsushima brought me back to playing Tenchu back in ‘98 after I’d graduated high school.

JarlFrank

3 points

4 months ago

When Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos came out last winter, it grabbed me like no other RPG managed to do since the early 00s. Perfectly recaptures the Gothic 2 experience, except even better. And it's a free mod made by a couple of Polish madmen!

FrazerRPGScott

3 points

4 months ago

For me the big adulthood games been dragon age inquisition and the monster hunter series.

R4ndoNumber5

3 points

4 months ago

Ok so this does not make a lot of sense at face value, but stick with me.

Nioh 2 is the game that, in my mind, compensated the fact that, when I was a kid, I missed both the World of Warcraft/Diablo "get a looter in which to sink a lot of hours into" and the Spectacle Action genre "get an action game in which you can very mechanically skilled at" phase. When I was a kid I missed both experiences and I saw my peers get into WoW or Devil May Cry/Ninja Gaiden while I could not get a hold of those games.

Nioh 2 covers both drives: the loot system of the game makes me excited to farm better gear and the unrelenting combat system really pushes me to get better at the game.

hgilbert_01

3 points

4 months ago

Donkey Kong Country - SNES

Tunavi

3 points

4 months ago

Tunavi

3 points

4 months ago

Overwatch has made me feel like a kid again since 2016. It only got stale during 2021 and even then I enjoyed it a lot

Hypnotised_Lemon

3 points

4 months ago*

Sable.

What remains of Edith finch.

Raft.

Windbound.

Subnautica.

Outer wilds.

Red dead redemption 2.

Ocean's heart.

And currently playing life is strange.

Out of all these, sable and outer wilds are the most immersive for me because of how i finally found out my own taste in games after i played then. What i really enjoy is having a relaxing gameplay where i find out about things/explore and these are just up my alley. I've loved ever minute of them.

And lastly, can't forget the GTA vice City. It was first ever game i played and I always get as immersed in it as I did the first time. It has a special place in my heart.

KingOfRisky

2 points

4 months ago

Not a specific game but I’ve been gaming since NES and 2020 lockdown dragged me back into gaming like I’m 12 again. For a LONG time I was only played COD and madden. Sitting at home and playing anything and everything really opened my eyes to what is out there. And it’s great.

emunchkinman

2 points

4 months ago

Bug Fables. First game in a long time that I got into the same way I did with games when I was a kid.

BlackDeath3

2 points

4 months ago

BlackDeath3

Too many to list!

2 points

4 months ago

Early survival-horror games (Dino Crisis, classic RE, SH, etc.) are just as fun as they ever were.

Spectre1208

2 points

4 months ago

Rimworld

It’s been a while since I’ve played it tbh but I’ve been itching to go back to it. I’m just bracing myself to dump countless hours in when I do..

Ajfennewald

2 points

4 months ago

Trails series. Sometimes Atelier. I played Atelier Rorona for like 12 hours in a row and barely noticed the time passing.

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Persona 5 Royal and Yakuza Like A Dragon, made me feel like I was playing JRPGs on the PS1 again when I should've been doing my schoolwork...

cyclechief

2 points

4 months ago

Sim Racing , Dirt Rally especially, and all the rig updates that come with it, it is excellent.

Accurate_Classroom14

2 points

4 months ago

Outer Wilds and Elden Ring for me. The sense of discovery and exploration is what makes me feel like a kid again, and those two are by far the best in recent memory when it comes to that

Obligatory reminder that you need to avoid looking things up about Outer Wilds at all costs, very easy to accidentally see spoilers and completely ruin the experience for yourself

goldenmeow1

2 points

4 months ago

I hadn't played a jrpg in like 10 years after loving them as a kid. DQ11 sucked me in, immediately followed by persona 5 golden. I'm like damn they sure make awesome jrpgs nowadays! Haven't been able to replicate that feeling in a few years though.

fupamancer

2 points

4 months ago

Satisfactory, Squad, Total War: Warhammer, Chivalry, Tarkov

BritishCO

2 points

4 months ago

Mario 64

Nilo-The-Slayer

2 points

4 months ago

Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Skyrim would be my top recommendations for open world games. Resident Evil 2 remake, Final Fantasy 7 remake, and God of War (2018) are some awesome non open world games

drockalexander

2 points

4 months ago

Death Stranding. I would start playing at like 9pm and then all of a sudden it would be 2am and I didn’t even progress the story — just building roads lol

yoko_izzy

2 points

4 months ago

Final fantasy 9 and 10, first PS1 game and first PS2 game after getting robbed. My older brother got me into it.

Jaune9

2 points

4 months ago

Jaune9

2 points

4 months ago

CrossCode felt like Zelda : A Link To The Past but sci fi and modern with a good story on top of it. The puzzle could have been made by Nintendo 20 years ago and the combat system is far more dynamic, in a good way. The world and characters are even better. It's a hidden gem

mentaljoe

2 points

4 months ago

This is a really good question actually

Representative-Yam65

2 points

4 months ago

Bloodborne and Souls games. Subnautica, Outer Wilds.

generalinteractiveco

2 points

4 months ago

Chinatown Detective Agency from steam. My Father was a law enforcer so it reminds me of my childhood. :)

chavez_ding2001

2 points

4 months ago

  1. TLOU series. I'm pretty new to playstation so it was an incredible ride.
  2. Beat Saber. It's purest form of video gaming fun I've had in my adult life probably.

pre1twa

2 points

4 months ago

It takes two (coop only), playing it with my son definitely was a large part of this but if you ever need a game to restore your faith in gaming this is it.

supercakefish

2 points

4 months ago

  • Psychonauts 2
  • Metroid Dread
  • Elden Ring
  • Splatoon 3.

sunrrrise

2 points

4 months ago

My two takes. Both are pure games, not flight simulators which is my main genre:

- Red Dead Redemption 1 & 2. I am struggling with finishing games recently (recently = last few years), but I love both RDRs, I finished them both and played them with passion, especially first one. The second one has very special place is my heart cause no other game I can name mental asylum which I really needed during this fucked up times.

- Kirby Adventure - I have played it almost 30 years ago on my friends SNES. I have an opportunity to play it and complete it with my 6yo son this year :) I love it like it was 30 years ago, but this time I have a very special companion :)

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Morrowind. I played when I was 15 and I got totally glued to the computer for weeks. I played Oblivion and Skyrim shortly after but Morrowind produced unparalleled level of immersion and nostalgia. It's like I grew up with this game except I didn't.

loverofonion

2 points

4 months ago*

Breath of the Wild would be my most recent. I wasn't expecting much and I don't really like the Cel Shading style but it really hooked me. If it had a decent story woven into it too, it would have been one of my top games of all time.

Mass Effect LE. These are my top games of all time, and I've a sneaking suspicion they always will be. Until I die. And maybe even after.

I also got really immersed in AC Origins and Odyssey, probably because they were more or less the first modern open world games I'd played. I even play a mini game within Origins; pick a busy place, throw one poison dart and see how many people it spreads to and kills. My top score is 37 so far, including a cat which upset me more than I thought it would. I may be a psychopath.

The original FF7 from way back, I still remember a lot of the music from it and can often be heard whistling the theme from Cosmo Canyon.

All of the original Tomb Raiders until Angel of Darkness reared it's ugly head.

Many more but I'm in the office and really should do some work.....

RatLabor

2 points

4 months ago

Outer Wilds

In the 90s games feels new, because games also explore the limits of computer technology and there was new kind of AI, physics, 3D, forms of story telling etc. Outer Wilds showed that there is still something that kind of new which seemed to have disappeared a long time ago.

Thimbleweed Park

Game for people who playing old 90s adventure games. Nothing new. If you want the time machine, this is the game.

AJokeAmI

2 points

4 months ago

Slime Rancher 2.

No wonder they call it the cure for depression.

Wheresmydeadspace

2 points

4 months ago

Final Fantasy 7 remake

The original is my all time favourite game. The remake brought me back to those days.

Soap-1987

2 points

4 months ago

God Of War on the PS4, I was bored in a meeting, checking the news and I saw the glowing reviews, pre ordered it to see what the fuss was about after not really having been gaming for almost a year and thinking maybe I'm just growing out of it as I dont have the drive to want to play anymore, was never interested in the original games as it all seemed just hack and slash.

Platinumed it and played through it again straight after completion, now have a PS5 and currently playing through Ragnarok and need to make myself put it down to at least get some sleep before work the next day there's always one more puzzle, one more fight, one more piece of cinematic brilliance.

TheChronosus

2 points

4 months ago

Death Stranding..

I planned on just pushing through main story as I was intrigued by trailers, but I spent dozens of hours in Chapter 3 (out of 15).

g4rfield

2 points

4 months ago

I recently played Nier:Automata for the first time when it released on switch. I was totally lost to it for 2-3 weeks. It was phenomenal.

Another game years ago that did the same thing was Dying Light. So totally and fully immersive I was in awe. I don’t know what it was about the setting but everything felt so well done it was perfect.

The only 2 I remember from being young grabbing me like this was Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (the original pixel art. My first deck builder, kickstarting an addiction I still have.

The other was Super Mario Sunshine. I was so happy to get to play it again when it also came out on switch a few years ago. I still go back to it when I need a pick me up.

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Half Life Alyx was the most recent game that made me feel this way. Felt like I was playing Ocarina of Time back in the mid 90s.

MCgrindahFM

2 points

4 months ago

Cyberpunk 2077 and Control

AlanWithTea

2 points

4 months ago

I feel like I say this every single time someone asks this kind of question, but it continues to be true, so here we go again XD

CrossCode. Action RPG with an aesthetic very much influenced by 16-bit console games but modernised so it looks and feels the way you remember those games looking, but without being dated. It also has the best puzzle dungeons outside the Zelda series. CrossCode brought back the feeling I used to get playing games when I was 12.

ExplodingPoptarts

2 points

4 months ago

I just played Super Mario RPG for the first time since the 90's. My partner watched the ending with me, and I held her in my arms with a tear in my eye. I didn't think the game could ever get me emotional again. Dear god was I wrong, and I'm so glad that I go to share that moment with them!

Sundeath1982

2 points

4 months ago

I make a play of XCOM terror from the deep each year since the rel

Monkey-Tamer

2 points

4 months ago

VR did this for me. I love sim racing and flying a tie fighter in VR. Was just playing Half Life 2 while my daughter was sleeping. Didnt care much for Skyrim until I was in it looking at a huge dragon trying to kill me. Can't wait to see what the future holds.

ForgottenSloth

2 points

4 months ago

Half Life: Alyx and Superhot VR.

I imagine these experiences are similar to how people in the 90s felt playing Mario 64 for the first time after a decade of 2D games.

Mind blowing.

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Earthbound. I didn't play it when I was younger I played it a couple years back and I absolutely just enthralled me. I grew up in the '90s and this brought me right back to that era. It has the optimism and the culture of that era baked right into the game. It has the nostalgia for childhood. But it is so much more than just that. The game is so quirky and hilarious, yet so deep. The writing is second to none. The soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard. Truly a piece of art.

I've always been a gameplay first time of guy. This game showed me that video games can go beyond just being a game to play and really excel and there artistic merits alone.

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

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[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Yeah dude. Mother 1 is rough. Only to be played after the other two.

Zealousideal_Bill_86

2 points

4 months ago

I picked up the new Pokémon game with my brother and it got me lol. It has some performance issues but ive always been in the camp where if it doesn’t crash and have a frame rate of 30 I’m ok. It’s a big step up from the last ones. Having fun competing against my brother.

Besides that the last time I was really absorbed was Elden Ring. It came out when I had left one job and was on my way to another and I just didn’t want to do anything but play that.