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Quality Story and Atmosphere

GOGmix by Zap_Rowsdower's avatarZap_Rowsdower 21votes

Longest Journey, The

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250

Zap_Rowsdower says: TLJ is one the very few games that actually feels like an adventure. The game takes some time to get going and it can get wordy, but ultimately its lovable cast and its interesting story will keep you enthralled until the credits roll.

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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

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Zap_Rowsdower says: The sequel to TLJ, Dreamfall is inferior to it in several ways, but its plot and atmosphere are still top-notch and arguably rival its predecessor. It has probably the worst cliffhanger ending ever, but thankfully the sequel will be coming out soon.

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Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass

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Zap_Rowsdower says: While only one episode in, Chapters is already a fantastic third installment in the Longest Journey series. None of the great storytelling has dulled in nearly a decade's absence, its only gotten better. I'm really glad I backed it.

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Alan Wake

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Alan Wake is a love letter to horror/thriller fiction mainly to the works of Stephen King and Twin Peaks. While its gameplay is rather lacking it tells its story well and its forested locales are beautiful and foreboding at the same time.

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Hotline Miami

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Do you like hurting people? This is the overarching theme to Hotline Miami and is perfectly expressed through its frantic drug-induced fever dream of a tone and style of combat complete with an amazing 80's style soundtrack

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Beyond Good & Evil™

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Zap_Rowsdower says: BGE is a game filled to the brim with charm, creativity, and wonder. The setting is vibrant and and its characters are quirky and likable. Too bad it ends on a huge cliffhanger that may never be resolved. Definitely worth playing regardless.

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Anachronox

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Anachronox is practically BGE's RPG cousin. Both games are sci-fi/fantasy, have a lot of charm, unique settings, and some real oddball characters. Anachronox will also probably never get the sequel it deserves and needs.

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Blackwell Bundle

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Wadjet Eye Games have made/released a lot of great adventure games recently. The series is mainly about a woman fulfilling her destiny as a spirit medium and the mysteries she uncovers with the help of her ghostly partner. I definitely recommend it.

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Primordia

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Zap_Rowsdower says: The most recent release from Wadjet Eye, Primordia is a great game with quality writing and a great post-apocalyptic atmosphere. I highly recommend it to any adventure game fan.

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Resonance

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Another Wadjet Eye Game, Resonance has you lead a group of four unlikely strangers in a quest far bigger than they ever imagined. It ultimately becomes a rather morally gray and bleak affair and its up to you decide the final result.

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Can one change the flow of destiny? The Legacy of Kain series have renowned for their quality writing, voice-acting, and atmosphere and I would have to agree. Kain is also one one the medium's finest antagonists

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Deus Ex™ GOTY Edition

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Deus Ex is a classic for a reason. While its plot overall can be rather silly it has some stellar writing at parts and its expansive and immersive game world just begs to be explored and has gone nearly unrivaled more than a decade later.

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Pathologic

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Pathologic is a story of spiraling despair and bleak nihilism that can only be told in a game. Despite its deeply flawed gameplay and English translation, Pathologic is a truly unique game that needs to be experienced, even if its the form of an LP.

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Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

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Zap_Rowsdower says: The first two seasons of Sam and Max are fun games and I also recommend them, but Devil's Playhouse is when Telltale's take on the duo truly shines. The writing and characters are hilarious and there's some unique takes on the gameplay.

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Psychonauts

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Double Fine's first game is a beloved classic with a cartoony aesthetic and some real attention to detail when it comes to interactions with the cast of wacky characters. Each mindscape is just chock full of surreal whimsy and charm.

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Planescape: Torment

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Zap_Rowsdower says: I think you all had your fill of Torment gushing. But Torment truly is a testament to how games can be a serious and unique story-telling medium. There is very few games where I can say that the ending was truly satisfying, Torment is one of them.

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Stacking

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Zap_Rowsdower says: One of Double Fine's more recent games, Stacking is extremely charming from its Russian stacking doll people, to its silent movie cut-scenes, and fantastical Victorian/turn of the 20th Century aesthetic. Its guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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To The Moon

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To the Moon tells a quality story though its light on gameplay. It's not perfect, the scientists are rather annoying due to being forced and kind of ruin the tone, but ultimately its a touching game when it matters and its worth checking out.

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Scratches Director's Cut

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Scratches is a game dripping with atmosphere. Unlike a good chunk of horror games it doesn't use any cheap jump scares, but instead maintains a looming feeling of ominous dread throughout

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Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, The

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Witcher 2 has an interesting world that isn't difficult to get into It also manages to have two major branching story paths and is one of the few games where choosing to not fight the final boss felt far more fulfilling than doing so.

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System Shock™ 2

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To be expanded on once I'm done with it.

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Waking Mars

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Waking Mars is a non-combat focused Metroidvania where you have to bring life back to Mars. The atmosphere is really nice and the characters and their dialogue are well-written and likable. It's a game that avoids the usual norms of the medium.

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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers

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Zap_Rowsdower says: The Gabriel Knight series stands as some of the most well written games in the medium. Jane Jensen put in a lot of passion and research that very few modern games can top and is one of the reasons why the series is so memorable even two decades later

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Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within

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Zap_Rowsdower says: GK2 is one of the very few quality games to come out of the 90's FMV Craze. GK2 is as well written and researched as the first and Jensen' passion for the material shines though making GK2 an engaging game despite any shortcomings FMV could bring.

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Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred...

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To be expanded on once I'm done with it.

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Broken Sword: Director's Cut

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Broken Sword is a nicely written globe-trotting adventure tale where even minor NPCS have character to them. While I don't think it really rivals Gabriel Knight or Longest Journey, Broken Sword is still a great adventure well worth playing.

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I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To be expanded on once I'm done with it.

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Last Express, The

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To be expanded on once I'm done with it.

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Clive Barker's Undying

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Zap_Rowsdower says: While it's aged some, Undying still has a really good atmosphere. The final boss is awful just as a heads up and I had to use God Mode to beat it. Overall still a good game.

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Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

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Zap_Rowsdower says: To be expanded on once I'm done with it.

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Kentucky Route Zero Season Pass

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250

Zap_Rowsdower says: While KRZ is less than halfway finished right now, its still one of the best games I've ever played. Beautifully surreal and imaginatively written, KRZ just sucks you right in. A must play for those who want quality storytelling in their games.

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Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Despite first appearances DP is a great game. While it lacks in gameplay it really makes up for it in being quirky and charming. York is one of the best game protagonists and the story ends up being surprisingly good. A must play if you're up for it.

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Broken Age Season Pass

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Zap_Rowsdower says: A beautiful and charming adventure game from Double Fine, Broken Age is genuinely funny and has some nice twists. Currently only the first half is out but its still great.

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Blackwell Epiphany, The

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Zap_Rowsdower says: The finale to the Blackwell series and it ends with a bang. A beautiful game with great atmosphere and characters. Epiphany is a new adventure game classic.

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Gray Matter

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Another of Jane Jensen's games, Gray Matter has a beautiful atmosphere and soundtrack with an interesting story and likeable characters. It kind of craps itself at the end but its overall a real good adventure game.

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Bad Mojo Redux

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Not for the squeamish and those with bug phobias, Bad Mojo has a fantastic atmosphere as it places you in its dank and grimy underbelly through the eyes of man turned roach. The acting is hammy but it adds to its quirky 90's charm.

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Mark of the Ninja Special Edition

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Zap_Rowsdower says: One of the best stealth games I have ever played. The gameplay is top notch and so is the atmosphere. The plot isn't mind-blowing but its serviceable.

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Gone Home

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Do you like the parts of games like Deus Ex and Bioshock where you piece together events through the environment? Then this is game is for you. Gone Home is atmospheric as hell and it tells its story of a family in the 1990's with genuine heart.

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut

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Zap_Rowsdower says: While Returns was solid, Dragonfall is really damn good and a huge improvement. It's one the best WRPGs I've played in recent years. Everything about it is quality like the amount of roleplaying as well as the likeable main party. A must play.

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Sam & Max Hit the Road

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Zap_Rowsdower says: Sam and Max's first video game outing is a beloved classic. While I personally think the puzzles fall into the usual adventure game bullshit pitfalls, its still a funny game worth playing.

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