The Top 10 Most Immersive Games Ever Made

 4. Metroid Prime

I remember first landing of the Pirate Space Station when I first booted up this game back in my earlier years, and seeing those graphics (which still look gorgeous even today) immediately entranced me. On top of this, the protagonist, Samus Aran, is essentially a projection of the player (as is the case for most of these games), and though I was in a completely alien world, alone and without any help, I was thoroughly convinced that that was me on the screen, blasting Sheegoths, obliterating Space Pirates, and unraveling the secrets of a lost, great civilization.

5. Dead Space (series)

You’re walking slowly, cautiously through the halls of a derelict space station, the creaks of distant machines, the hum of the constant electricity and power running through the veins of the gargantuan metal construction in which you are trapped, and the screams of distant people, extinguishing with the final sounds they will ever make escaping from them. Then, amongst all of this ambience, atmosphere, and general creepiness, a deformed, horrifying, disgusting abomination with giant spikes for limbs storms at you, screaming and gurgling out monstrous noises straight from hell. These sorts of situations are the paramount staple of the Dead Space series, and that is why it is number five.

6. Shadow of the Colossus

A very minimalistic game, Shadow of the Colossus mostly leaves it to the player to divulge the mystical lore and story. But there is one thing for sure, and that is that you are hunting giant Colossi, the last living remnants of their species, and one by one, they fall from your sword. While it may be a technically-dated PS2 game, the art design still stands as a superb look, and keeps the visuals awfully fresh for how old they really are. This is what brings you in, is the environment and how you interact with it. There are no quests, per se, and all you are doing is hunting these giant beings in an open, desolate, lonely world with nothing but your horse by your side and a personal ultimatum to bring back your lost love. You become very existential throughout the game, and you can’t help but ponder what exactly is happening in this empty world with you versus these seemingly demi-god-like Colossi. As the fights wage on, you start to reflect that you are exterminating an entire species, to never come back again, and that you are indeed a mass, mass murderer, responsible for the deaths of utterly splendorous creatures that were, in fact, never the ones that attacked without your provocation. The emotional toll is heavy, and the game is an experience that will stick with your for years. ‘


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  • http://www.smartalix.com smartalix

    What about Half-Life?

  • sean

    howabout making some sort of vote instead of pulling games out of your ass.

  • me

    how about you shut the fuck up its not your post…

  • Bouzane

    No offense but this list is terrible. You list Halo but not Half-Life? Do you even know what immersive means?

  • Fading

    What about the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series, or even Half Life?

  • Blaz

    I have only played a few of these titles, I will have to check the others out. You should also try playing the Soul Reaver series.. the story and dark graphics and sound really pull you in.

    • Reaper

      Good game. SR2 had a really weird ending though

  • zzyzx

    How did I know these would only be games from the last two generations. Seriously? Older games exist you know. And a lot of them were WAY more immersive. Try Super Metroid or early Castlevania games. Or most Zelda games

    • Blak Out

      Metroid was in his youth so possibly never played any of those, and Zelda has had the spotlight several times, they go without saying. Or you could make your own list since you hate this one so much.

  • Xav

    Immersive… I do not think that word means what you think it means. Mass Effect is about the only thing on this list that I would actually describe as being immersive and Halo shouldn’t be anywhere near it (books and extended media don’t count). Immersion usually relates to a games ability to draw you in with elements OTHER than it’s characters and story. Ingame universes that have tangible relationships and back stories (like elder scrolls, mass effect even GTA) because the developers go to great lengths to make it seem like these games have their own worlds with it’s media and its own concepts of how these worlds work.

  • TrollingDragon3669

    im·mers·ive
    adjective
    noting or pertaining to digital technology or images that deeply involve one’s senses and may create an altered mental state: immersive media; immersive 3-D environments.
    just fyi that is what it means…. just figured id throw this out for all the rage posts i just saw. SO FUN i love you all k,night ;p