media recommendations

MALA'S MEDIA RECOMMENDATION HELL HOLE

types
anime manga games
genres
horror post apocolyptic exploration sci-fi seinen romance josei slice of life

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
OFF

OFF by Mortis Ghost has influenced everything I've ever written since playing it. The bizarre world, the strange art style, and the unique story is always on my mind. I used to play it once a year to re-experience what it felt like all over again.

Tagged: surreal, game
Little Nightmares 1 and 2

I spent a very long time obsessed with Little Nightmares. The story, while difficult to grasp if you don't dig through every single bit of lore and background detail, is very fascinating to me. I also love the art style, the music, the concepts, everything about it. Little Nightmares 1 and 2 are both masterpieces to me.

Tagged: horror, 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
Fallout New Vegas

Fallout New Vegas is one of my favorite games. I am very fond of the post apocalypse, and Fallout's world is one of my favorites though I always felt a very strong disappointment with Fallout 4. Fallout New Vegas, despite its dated graphics and some other issues, is one of my favorite pieces of fiction. The House Always Wins

Tagged: postapoc, game
Remembrance

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

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
8:11

8:11 is by my friend Dubuk. It is a surreal horror game featuring angels, murder, and priests who aren't exactly in their right mind. It's full of very beautiful art, and it is one of the most memorable RPG Maker games I've played. Every character is an absolute darling, and the story is so fascinating that despite it's 6 hour length, it can easily be played in one sitting

Tagged: horror, game
Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue is a psychological horror movie about an idol who has transitioned into film experiencing... Something. Glimpses of the past? Glimpses of the present? A false sense of self? There's a lot going on in Perfect Blue. The movie is beautiful as well.

Tagged: horror, game
Flesh Blood and Concrete

Flesh Blood and Concrete is a game by the my friend Io. I beta tested it and watched it grow in popularity after its release. It has some of the most beautiful art in an RPG Maker game I've seen, and the concepts and setting continue to go through my mind today. It is haunting and Nika is so lovable.

Tagged: horror, game
Withers

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