This thread started as a request for game recommendations in the Waypoint fan discord, but I’d love to open it up to a broader audience/more in-depth discussion. One of the things I love most in games is the feeling of slowly unearthing the history of an imagined world, often finding out that this history is more complicated and usually more frightening than you’d ever imagined. I’m thinking of the kinds of games where at some crucial point in the plot, your character bears witness to an event that radically alters the way you conceive of the world in which the game takes place. (Think of, for example, the conversation with Vigil near the end of Mass Effect 1.)
This kind of storytelling is often broadly called “lore” (the history of a civilization), though it might also be called “cosmology” (the history of a universe). So I’d love to hear forum thoughts on which games do the following best:
- The game has a rich lore/cosmology that is interesting to explore.
- This lore/cosmology is effectively communicated within the confines of the game itself (no appealing to book/movie tie-ins to explain things).
Here’s a quick list of examples that I mocked up if you need a better idea of what I’m talking about:
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent
- Dark Souls
- Half Life 2 + Episodes
- Mass Effect 1
- Metro 2033
- NieR: Automata
- STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl