I want to keep this to within the last few years - I guess the last couple of generations. The Wii/PS3 era onwards.
Breath of the Wild has made me realise that it's been quite some time that I have been so obsessively engaged with a video game. It made me think exactly which other games I have been so immersed into and obsessed with.
When I define this, I mean an obsession to the point that you simply cannot stop playing it for hours at a time. A game that you are constantly thinking about when you aren't playing it. One that you just had to finish after playing only that game, and not touching any other game in the meantime. Something that you have been completely immersed in like no other game.
This may usually be because of the game's story, which is often a large factor in keeping me glued to a game, but as seen with BotW, this isn't always the case. I can think of only a few of these games that I've been so heavily invested in in the past couple of gens.
The first and most prominent is indeed Breath of the Wild. I don't think I've put so many hours into a single game like this after its release before. I honestly can't recall doing that. It is this game's freedom in the huge world, the sense of wonder and exploration you get, with no hand holding, and constant points of interest, that keep me absorbed into BotW and never wanting to leave it. I've made it an effort to try and find as much as possible without resorting to guides, and whilst that may be impossible for the Koroks, I'm trying my best to do all, or as many, shrines as possible without help. I want this to last, and I want to keep that feeling of adventure like the original game strong with this one for as long as I can.
The next closest would be the Mass Effect trilogy. I have since smashed through the trilogy continuously, one game after the other, finishing all side quests and DLC, and this equates to well over 100 hours, if memory serves right (hundreds when counting all the multiple plays across all three games). I had never been so invested in a game's universe before this, but I can definitely say I have been obsessed with the ME trilogy, its sci-fi world and its characters. Shame Andromeda isn't sounding so hot compared to it, but the originals will always exist.
Life is Strange is the next one. I found this to be a relatable game due to its setting, character ages, the themes it tackles, and the all-around nerdiness vibe. Some of the scenes could really hit home, and I think it's safe to say this is the most emotionally affecting game I've ever played. I have my issues with how they ended it, but nothing can take away from how I couldn't stop playing this through the first four episodes one after the other...and realising my mistake that I then had to wait months for the final episode, which almost broke me.
The final major one I can easily say is The Last of Us. This is another that I just couldn't put down and had to finish in a matter of days. The level of acting was enough to bring me into the world, which itself was so incredibly created. I need to go back and replay this on PS4.
All of the above are ones that have caused me to put tons of hours into them over the course of just a few days, but have been able to keep playing them for weeks. They are all games that I couldn't stop thinking about whilst I was away from playing them - I just wanted to get back to playing. Very few games make me feel like this, but certainly within the last couple of gens, these are my standouts.
Curious to hear others'!
( Edited 29.03.2017 02:51 by Azuardo )