Game modes or mods that enable free exploration in more traditional games. See SOMA’s “safe mode,” or Assassin’s Creed: Origins’s “Discovery Mode”

Screenshot of Data Burst: Bonus Materials on the Set

Data Burst: Bonus Materials on the Set

Category: Game Tourism
This is a fun idea - a “sightseeing tour” of a location in an upcoming game called Data Burst. It’s really a one-location walking sim, with flavor text about the different locations in the game. I’m lukewarm on the aesthetic, but I wish more developers would create modes/products like this from their games.Read more...

Date posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018

Screenshot of SOMA


Category: Game Tourism
SOMA is an awesome narrative survival horror game heavily inspired by some of my favorite sci fi. It has some genuinely scary moments, and like the Amnesia series, you essentially have no defense against enemies - your only option is to run and hide. The developers added (again, post-release) a “safe mode” that allows you to experience the story without some of the scary bits. The enemies are still there, they’re just non-hostile.Read more...

Date posted: Tue May 1, 2018

Screenshot of Assassins Creed: Origins (Discovery Mode)

Assassins Creed: Origins (Discovery Mode)Recommended!

Category: Game Tourism
Assassins Creed: Origins is a very faithful (if not realistic) depiction of historical ancient Egypt, and post-launch Ubisoft released a free update that adds a “Discovery Tour” mode that allows you to explore game areas and themes in an “educational” way. AC2 was an incredible recreation, at least architecturally, of renaissance Italy, and my favorite memories of that game are of simply exploring the game world and remembering my personal experiences, in Venice especially.Read more...

Date posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Screenshot of Alien: Isolation

Alien: IsolationRecommended!

Category: Game Tourism
Alien: Isolation is an amazing horror game, and possibly the game with my all-time favorite environemntal design. I am a huge fan of the Alien movies, and this mod makes all of the enemies non-hostile towards the player, so you can explore semi-safely. According to a Steam Community post, you can also download a Dropbox file that replaces a game file that essentially removes the Alien from the game, although other enemies are still hostile.Read more...

Date posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018