Recommendation: Gone Home
Windows | Mac | Linux | PS4 | Xbox One
This might be one of the more famous games I recommend, but the experience of playing Gone Home should not at all be missed for the hype and discourse that surrounds it. Released a couple years ago, Gone Home is a story adventure game from the first-person camera perspective. In the game, you play as a young woman returning home from living abroad and explore your family's new home, discovering clues and trying to piece together where everyone in the home has disappeared to.
Reasons You Might Like This
There's been so much written about the plot of Gone Home that I think its mechanical intricacies have been glossed over a little bit. It's essentially a mystery and exploration game, letting you free-form traverse and investigate a closed and non-threatening environment. The game has some incredible and often spooky atmosphere, but you are safe to read through notes, listen to dialogue, and piece together the various threads in your mind. I strongly encourage you to play through it's two or three hours in one sitting, as the various intrigues of the family members take hold and you "solve" the plot in the style of a classic, gripping mystery.
Reasons You Might Not Like This
I too often say that people might not like the games I recommend due to "limited" mechanical interactivity but I suppose that's true here too, to some degree. The game is largely made up of plot being delivered piecemeal with the exploration and finding of clues serving as the majority of the gameplay. I think that does a disservice to how much of the game is played in your head, as solving both the main mystery as well as the deeper, much darker side stories requires quite a bit of mental work alongside simply scrubbing through the environments. A more legitimate complaint might be the type of story and storytelling, as it's firmly in a Young Adult type of vein (think more My So Called Life, not fantasy), and that is certainly not everyone's cup of tea.