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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Walking Simulator

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Journey (2012)
The Stanley Parable
Firewatch
Gone Home
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
What Remains of Edith Finch
Layers of Fear
The Beginner's Guide
Dear Esther
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Never played one of these. They sound pleasant and not to my taste.
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I've played Gone Home. The genre reminds me of visual novels, only more sandbox, where you can visit the places in any order in order to get the story of what happened there instead of having to follow the story points in order.
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adularia25 wrote:
The genre reminds me of visual novels, only more sandbox, where you can visit the places in any order in order to get the story of what happened there instead of having to follow the story points in order.


I agree with that, and I think this style of "story telling via discover" is really effective, even if its possible to figure things out quicker than the game might otherwise present the info.

But even some of the more linear ones like Journey (2012) do a good job of taking advantage of the format to tell story via discovery rather than just plot points.

I've not played a ton of these, but i do want to play What Remains of Edith Finch while I still live in the pacific northwest. Seems like the thing to do!
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Gone Home was pretty good.
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I've not played a ton of these, but i do want to play What Remains of Edith Finch while I still live in the pacific northwest. Seems like the thing to do!

Yup, I have to play it for the same reason!
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adularia25 wrote:
middletonner wrote:
I've not played a ton of these, but i do want to play What Remains of Edith Finch while I still live in the pacific northwest. Seems like the thing to do!

Yup, I have to play it for the same reason!


I'd put it all the way up at the top of my list of walking simulators, although I haven't played Journey for comparison. I didn't think the geographical setting was as important in this one as it was in, say, Life is Strange, though.

It's currently free on the Epic Store, so go grab it.
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I love walking simulators. Particularly enjoyed Dear Esther as it was super Ballardian. Gone Home was a great nostalgia trip for me, with all the 90s punk music.
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I encourage everyone to try The Stanley Parable. It's more of an interactive experience than a game, but it's funny and fairly thought-provoking, and well worth the few hours you spend with it.
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