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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Long days spent playing Breath of the Wild for hours. Putting on a cape and watching it flow in the wind. Beating guardians to death with the master sword. Screaming when the guardian music catches me off guard. "BOTW is wild because it feels so alive yet also empty at the same time. The beautiful open world is why I love it. I'd view it as.. meditation. Though I imagine if I expected a better story, I'd be rather disappointed.

Tagged: exploration, game
Yume Nikki

I considered not including this because Yume Nikki is such a cult classic. It feels like I'm stating the obvious, but it felt wrong to not have it somewhere on this list. Yume Nikki is a game where you explore a hikkikomori's dreams. The game spawned an entire genre and continues to get zines, cosplays, and merch almost 20 years after release.

Tagged: exploration, game
Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a metroidvania by Team Cherry. I'm very bad at video games, so I often avoid very difficult games.. Yet I really love Hollow Knight. The feeling of accomplishment I get after beating a boss I struggled with for weeks is heavenly, but it's not just that. I love exploring in Hollow Knight. Every time I discovered a new area, found a new secret, or uncovered new dialogue, I just felt so happy. The lore of Hollow Knight is some of my favorite ever. It's a delightful well made game.

Tagged: exploration, game

Remembrance is an RPG Maker game by Kyou Systems. It is very word heavy with charming art, and a story that makes me a bit nostalgic despite its darker take on it. I find it's exploration of trauma to be really sincere, and it has lingered in my mind after finishing it.

Tagged: exploration, game

HalOPE is a game by my friend Starbage. Currently it is a demo, but I think it's already very memorable in it's current form. It's about an angel with a hole in them exploring different worlds, interacting with various characters, solving problems, and opening doors. The characters who appear in each world are all very lovely, and Kail's pixel art is to die for as per usual. I am excited for the full release

Tagged: exploration, game

Withers is a Yume Nikki fangame by the creator Garakuta. It is one of my favorites. The worlds are lovingly crafted and provide a soft mix of horror, surrealness, and peacefulness. Even in places that would be traditionally seen as scary, there is comfort.

Tagged: exploration, game