A list of my favourite games.
Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition)...where to begin?
Well, it's an -*amazingly* well-designed puzzle/platformer with a solid story and amazing art/animation, and it's a metroidvania!
Similar to other metroidvanias, you aren't forced to follow the story; you can explore at your own pace. But, if you do follow the story and don't really explore the area, you won't find everything! (And that's part of the fun of Metroidvanias)
This is an improved version of Ori and the Blind Forest, but this one (in my opinion) is better; as it expands the map, soundtrack (which is amazing), adds a "fast-travel" option (where you can use these special save point-like structures to teleport to key locations on the map) and adds a couple new skills. But, when you buy this version (for $20 USD) you will get the original game and extra soundtracks for free.
This is one of my favourite games ever, but it does really need a controller to play (Xbox or PS4, personally I prefer the PS4's layout; though the game gives Xbox hints, so it might confuse some people)
2.Ori and the Blind Forest (2015)
This is the first version of Ori and the Blind Forest, it's very, very good though.
Other than a few changes, it's basically the same as the Definitive Edition; and can no longer be bought on its own (Must buy the Definitive Edition to get this one for free)
Read my description of Ori and the Blind Fores: Definitive Edition to find out about the game though (or visit the games' page)
A very fun Indie sandbox game based in space, it's in Early Access right now but it's already really good.
The core gameplay is building up your base and exploring the planets, there are a limited amount (I believe 6 and 1 moon total) but they are all vastly different.
Currently though, going to the other planets isn't really required (nothing special on each planet except for the different conditions) but it is still fun nonetheless.
Ever wanted to play a horror game that's not really a horror game?
Your options are Doki Doki Literature Club and Subnautica then.
Subnautica is an underwater story-driven survival-adventure game, you don't need to strictly adhere to the story though; it's a bit more open-world than some; but it's still very fun and probably my all-time favourite game.
You build gigantic factories on an alien planet, it's perfection in gaming form.
Factorio is pretty recent, but it's very, very fun to play. The modding community is active, and the core gameplay is really well-refined and scales well.
It's only really fun if you like building giant automation setups though, but if that;s your thing this is the perfect game for you (And maybe Minecraft with certain mods installed, if you want to build a 3D factory)
Everyone knows Minecraft!
But if you've been living under a rock, it's one of the OG sandbox games about building and exploring.
You can also add mods to the game (as with most things) which can add a ton more stuff to do (and are the only version of Minecraft I play)
Some people say this is just 2D Minecraft, but they're wrong. It's got way more stuff than Minecraft, the art style & game mechanics are different, and modding is much easier.
It's very fun though, and the boss fights are very well-done.
8.The Enchanted Cave 2 (2015)
This is the sequel to "The Enchanted Cave", which is a flash game that can be found on kongregate.com (and many other websites, but that's the one I found it on)
It's a very fun rouge-like dungeon-crawling RPG, and can be purchased for only $5 (USD) on the Steam store, You can also play the demo on various flash game sites, but that one is not maintained anymore and is really just meant to give you a taste of the game.
It is one of the extremely indie games out there, and it rather obscure too; but I do enjoy playing it.
9.Worlds Adrift (2017)
Worlds Adrift is an open-world, sandbox MMO with lore and a very unique base mechanic.
The general gist of the game is that you're stranded on a floating island with only a multitool to use, and you have to figure out what to do next.
There's also many, *many* pieces of lore to find (which I personally love, I'm easily swayed by good lore and stories) that also let you research certain items.
Your base is a floating ship that you've got to build yourself, from the beams to the hull to the parts. If you suck at designing stuff (like I do) there are 5 pre-designed beams you can use, all of which are very well-done.
Almost every island is community-made, and a lot of them look AMAZING!
The grappling hook mechanic (which is a major focus of the game) is really well implemented, and very fun to use (Think Spider-Man floating above a giant death abyss)
The game is still early-access, but it is constantly being worked on and has a great community (from what I've seen) and I love it.
Definitely get it if you want to be a floating space pirate (which I personally don't like) or just want to find lots of lore.