What are the best Atmospheric games on Steam?

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    #1Metro: Last Light Redux

    Metro: Last Light Redux

    Metro: Last Light Redux is a first-person shooter game with a post-apocalyptic theme. Set in Moscow Metro, the game revolves around the gameplay of survival and spartan.

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "Although I can say that Last Light and Metro 2033 has some subtle horror theme, 2033 has more horror feels than the Last Light. They are both atmospheric tho. I like that the pacing of the game adjusts from one mission to another. Sometimes it gets full of action and then it gets slower, and the gameplay suddenly becomes methodical. 2033 has a new survivor mode where ammo is more scarcer and enemies have become aggressive. "
  2. 45

    #2Firewatch

    Firewatch
    Firewatch is a first-person mystery adventure game set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Mary Green
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "The game plot is fcking amazing. The story of Delilah is heart-moving--conflated with the vastness of forests, canyons, lakes, and mountains in high quality graphics, and of course the superb voice acting--this game stands out in those aspects. However, I feel like the character development of Henry was very slow and he has not undergone a very essential journey. "
  3. 42

    #3The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us is a gritty, violent and mature thriller game based on the Fables comic books. The game players will discover that every decision can have enormous consequences. 

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    Free

    Virginia Ross
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "Whoa, it feels surreal! The story is beautifully written to the extent that characters feel very realistic. Hence, it becomes very immersive, at least for me. Well, this is a game based on a fable so it is befitting to expect a nice plot. The strong points of this game are its story and atmosphere (they are amusing visually). As I play the character of Bigby Wolf, I really get to sense wthat is like to be Bigby--a detective with a dark past. Solving crime is also part of the gameplay. All in all this is one hell of a game! "
  1. 40

    #4Limbo

    Limbo

    Limbo is an adventure and indie game developed and published by Playdead. It was released on Aug 3, 2011, and is available with different platforms including Android, iOS, and more. It centers around the adventures of a boy who entered limbo.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Linux

    $4.99

    Sean Liang
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "Games with black and white graphics never fail to amaze me. The minimalistic and very unique environment of limbo and its creative puzzles make it stand out among other atmospheric games. Black and white atmospheric feel is real with this game. However, keyboard controls are quite tricky. "
  2. 37

    #5Hyper Light Drifter

    Hyper Light Drifter
    Hyper Light Drifter is an stylistic indie action RPG developed by Heart Machine. The gameplay is a mashup of 8-bit and 16-bit action role playing games mechanics similar in style to Zelda games.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Lawrence Snyder
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "To be fair, the pixel graphics are in high resoluton. To know that the graphics are beautifully hand drawn is another plus for me. The color pallete works well for an atmospheric game--I believe the core part of making an atmospheric game is to set the tone and motif of the places to differentiate then and evoke a certain kind of emotion and mood. This is a dialouge-free game so don't expect any text. Thus, when I first played it I had a hard time figuring out what to do. I got stuck in the middle of nowhere and I didn['t know what to do. Just a little tip, layout of the dungeons change dynamically as you kill enemies. "
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    #6Inside

    Inside
    Inside is an Indie atmospheric puzzle-adventure video game developed and published by Playdead. Players take the role of a boy which finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project. It's available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PCs.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS

    Free

    Anna Diaz
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "Inside is the perfect solution for those searching for more atmospheric games on Steam. Stunning gameplay and storyline and with over 11,000 overwhelmingly positive reviews, it is is easy to see this is a favorite among many gamers. Would definitely recommend you give it a try!"
  4. 35

    #7Transistor

    Transistor

    Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.

    Games

    Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Rogelio Vega
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "This got me hooked purely because the art style (atmosphere) and the soundtrack really work well together. Sadly, there are no available tutorials you are like thrown at the middle of the game, but you have an unseen and intuition. Great hack and slash style action. "
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    #8Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux game is based on the popular Russian science fiction novels, the game is a first-person shooter that mixes action with survival horror. It is set in an apocalyptic future where the survivors of a global nuclear holocaust live hiding in the Moscow Metro. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Evelyn Brown
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I love when novels are turned into games. I like the variety this game provides. It's not just a first person shooter game. It also features survival horror which is so much fun. Then the apocalyptic future is thrown in and the game gets even more exciting. I can play this game for hours without getting bored and turning it off."
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    #9Gemini Rue

    Gemini Rue
    Gemini Rue is a sci-fi noir point and click adventure set in a world where life is cheap, identities are bought and sold, and a quest for redemption can have the power to change the fate of the entire galaxy.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $9.99

    Petra Barrios
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "The one thing that I loved most about this game in comparisions to others is that its very story-mode based. A lot of times, games now are solely focused on multi-player and leaves us story based out to dry. A game designer's standpoint this game makes really good use of limited resources.I can see all the places they've cut corners but they seem to have ticked all the major boxes that matter."
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    #10Doom

    Doom
    Doom is a first-person shooter game initially released in 1993 developed by id Software, GT Interactive, Nerve Software and more. The game runs Doom Engine and is a great influence on what has eventually become FPS game genre.
    Games

    DOS, Windows

    Free

    Bob Ma
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "Fast-paced it is! However, I don’t think the gore theme of this game is suited for everyone out there. They are brutal and atrocious. However, I understand it because it has an area-style combat. It is a great tool for improving reaction time of the player! "
  8. 31

    #11BioShock

    BioShock
    BioShock is a shooter game where you'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal. The catch is you'll  be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Ryan Roberts
    Written on April 14, 2017
    "Steam has a number of Atmospheric games. While BioShock is a single result, a better solution would have been a listing on Steam which choices and descriptions http://store.steampowered.com/tag/en/Atmospheric/#p=0&tab=PopularNewReleases"
  9. 30

    #12This War of Mine

    This War of Mine
    This War of Mine is a survival game developed by 11-bit studios. This simulation game is where you have to manage the shelter, resources, and survivors through scavenging and crafting.
    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Divya Verma
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "This game looks like it is easy to become engrossed in it. I liked how every said it was short because to me who won't binge it means it is so engaing you do not stop until it is over. "
  10. 29

    #13Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

    Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

    Dark Souls is a hack and slash video game developed by From Software. Dark Souls™: Prepare to Die Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran. Sent back to the past, the player will discover the story when Knight Artorias still lives.

    Games

    PlayStation 3, Windows

    Check price

    Sandra Keller
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I've only had it for about a week, but this is one of the best games I have ever played. The graphics are sharp, and the controls are easy to remember. I had been looking for an atmospheric-fantasy sort of game and this one takes the cake."
  11. 25

    #14L.A. Noire

    L.A. Noire
    L.A. Noire is a mystery-solving sandbox game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. You play as an LAPD detective in the late 1940s, in Los Angeles, being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murder mysteries. 
    Games

    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch

    $39.99

    Bryan Sanchez
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "I don't know if this solution helps the problem because the problem isn't very descript. I mean are they looking for a game because then this would be the solution, it's a great game and I've had a lot of fun playing it. Or is it that there are games on Steam (?) because then this wouldn't be the solution for them."
  12. 24

    #15Outlast 2

    Outlast 2

    Outlast 2  is a first-person psychological, survival horror video game. It's the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. the game was developed and published by Red Barrels and distributed by Warner Bros.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, GOG

    $29.99

    Phillip Walsh
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "This is a horror game and it's definitely atmospheric. I had to escape from killer hillbillies while not being able to defend myself -- you can only run, that's it, no weapons allowed -- so it's incredibly atmospheric and I experienced many jump scares. Good game, and the price isn't too expensive. This is a must-own for horror fans."
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    #16Perception

    Perception

    Perception is an indie horror adventure game developed by The Deep End Games and published by Feardemic. Players take the role of Cassie a blind woman who must use all other senses to escape from terrible enemies.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Ryan Sims
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I heard the idea of the game and concept and I realized I have to get this game. What can get more atmospheric than playing as a blind girl? The sound quality was phenomenal and I realized what a great game it is. "
  14. 19

    #17Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a third-person action-adventure video game. As Raziel, stalk the shadows of Nosgoth preying upon your former vampire brethren in your quest to destroy your creator- Kain. After being betrayed and executed by Kain, return to Nosgoth on an epic mission of revenge.
    Games

    Windows

    $6.99

    Francisca Gil
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "This is among a top choice as far as atmospheric games go. There is so much involved in the game from the darkness, to boss fights, to puzzles and logic. There is so much to enjoy in this game as well as the story. Kind of dark, but that is what makes it enjoyable and playable for so many hours."
  15. 19

    #18Kairo

    Kairo
    Kairo is a 3D exploration and puzzle-solving game developed by Locked Door Puzzle and published by Lupus Studios Limited. This game explores vast abandoned monuments and brings strange and ancient machinery back to life.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Shreyas Chavan
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Kairo is supposed to be a puzzle game, but I think of it more as a walking game, and I'm fine with that! Not to say there aren't puzzles, but they aren't too challenging. What I like most about the game is the atmosphere. It seems dark, but it's actually quite relaxing, even while solving puzzles."
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    #19Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Kyle Harris
    Written on March 19, 2017
    " Amnesia: The Dark Descent's puzzles aren't especially impressive and the voice acting can range from convincing to goofy, but the atmosphere Frictional has infused into the experience is as powerful as they come. It's a tale of terror that's menacing and disturbing from the very first moments, and only amplifies the further you progress. Any fan of horror, every Lovecraft fan, and any with even a hint of curiosity should give Amnesia a shot."
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    #20Jotun

    Jotun
    Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Impress the Gods.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Patrick Diaz
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "First off, this game is visually stunning and features incredible hand-drawn artwork. The story is somewhat interesting, but sadly it doesn't feel immersive and interactive in the way you would expect from a game like this. In the end, amazing visual elements just can't fully compensate for the frustrating and repetitive gameplay style."
  18. 13

    #21The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an indie first-person mystery game. You're Paul Prospero, a detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter who has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. 
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Benjamin Wong
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is amazing in terms of atmosphere. The game is absolutely immersive. It's visuals build a world that is both believable and completely enjoyable."
  19. 12

    #22The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead is an adventure horror game based on Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. It is delivered in a decision based, tale-tell gaming system wherein every decision you make would impact the story and how it unfolds.

    Games

    Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Gamefly

    Free

    Ananya Chavan
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "This was really atmospheric. I felt so much like I was in the game that it was almost too scary sometimes, if you can believe that. If you're really into the horror genre, you'll probably like this one quite a bit."
  20. 10

    #23Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an adventure fantasy open world role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions and released by Warner Bros. The game is based on the novels written by author J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Jason Duncan
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "As a huge fan of Tolkien, I was hesitant to try this game. I wanted to believe but, I have been disappointed so many times before. Well, am I ever glad that I gave this game a chance. I absolutely love it. The graphics are cool, the story is interesting and the voice acting is excellent! It takes a little bit to pick up but, once it does, buckle in and hold on!"
  21. 10

    #24The Evil Within

    The Evil Within
    The Evil Within is a horror action game created for various consoles. It introduces a world that was consumed by darkness and fear and the player would have to endure all of these in order to find the answer to the series of events.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Janice Harvey
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "The game The Evil Within provides a solution for those looking for atmospheric games on Steam. The game provides a setting that makes you feel like you are actually there with an immersive world and highly-crafted environments. The game grabs your attention and keeps you on your toes throughout as you follow along the story. I kept putting aside all other games and going back to this one!"
  22. 9

    #25Resident Evil 5

    Resident Evil 5
    Resident Evil 5, also known as Biohazard 5, is a video-game developed by Capcom which features a third-person shooter perspective. This game is available to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and MS PC.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Bob Ma
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I am not a big fan of the series Resident Evil so this game does not interest me at all. To be it seems to be the same old thing over and over again in every game no matter what the setting or point of the game. While it may be good for some who love the Resident Evil series it does tend to get boring to see the same old things over and over again and it would be nice to have something new and different. To me, the content in the game looks no different than most games like this one. It is really nothing new and has nothing to make it stand out from the rest."
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    #26Dying Light

    Dying Light

    Dying Light is an FPS, action survival horror game set in an infected city cut off from the outside world. The game was developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation4, Linux, Xbox One, GOG

    $39.99

    Ann Larson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "There are many different zombie games out, this on at first seems to be the same as the others. But, it gets better. The graphics are good, and the game play looks nice! The survival part of this game is very interesting and keeps you busy! "
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    #27Layers of Fear

    Layers of Fear
    Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game where you'll take control of a painter whose purpose is to finish his masterpiece. Wander through a constantly transforming mansion in the Victorian-era and its ghastly visions.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Robert Powell
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "OK, this game really scared me, and that's a good thing! This had a different feel to it with the idea of finishing his masterpiece. Very spooky game, if you want a fun scare look no further!"
  25. 5

    #28The Evil Within 2

    The Evil Within 2

    The Evil Within 2 is a horror action-adventure and RPG game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks in 2017. It is the sequel of The Evil Within which was released one year before this game.

    Games

    Amazon, eBay, Gamefly

    Check price

    Jennifer Jenkins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Evil Within is a good, old school survival horror. I'm still not a fan of first person games but this is one I'll make an exception for."
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    #29Life is Strange

    Life is Strange

    Life Is Strange is an episodic interactive adventure game that follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers that she can rewind time and affect the past, present, and future.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Spenser Tedoff
    Written on December 28, 2018
    "Every moment of this game is memorable and nostalgic. The hand drawn visuals give the game this incredible atmosphere and feeling of sometimes peace, and other times depression and sadness. The story has you happy and feeling tension along with mystery. Then it's all about the tears. What does it for me in this game is the music. It adds a completely different feel to the game and this game got me into the indie genre. Only flaw is sometimes cringey dialog and parts of levels that are annoying to play through. You'll see at the end of the game that you wish you could forget about it and experience it for the first time again."
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    #30Fibrillation HD

    Fibrillation HD
    Fibrillation is an indie horror, psychological, and adventure first-person game for Windows OS. It takes the player into a psychedelic world where reality doesn't make much sense. It was developed and published by Egor Rezenov.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $3.99

    Magdalena Palacios
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "I was looking for a good atmospheric game on Steam. I love atmospheric games and thought Fibrillation HD would be just right for me. Unfortunately, I don't care for it. It's supposed to be a horror story type game, which is cool, but the graphics are not very good and the story is not very interesting. Frankly, it's just flat-out boring. If you want to be bored for several hours, this might be the game for you. I'd suggest other games if you want something more fun and atmospheric. Not recommended."

Summary

Best What are the best Atmospheric games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Metro: Last Light ReduxGames 46 Paid
2FirewatchGames 45 Paid
3The Wolf Among UsGames 42 Free
4LimboGames 40 Paid
5Hyper Light DrifterGames 37 Paid
6InsideGames 37 Free
7TransistorGames 35 Paid
8Metro 2033 ReduxGames 34 Paid
9Gemini RueGames 33 Paid
10DoomGames 32 Free
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