Not so much a walking simulator as a swimming simulator, Abzû takes you to the depths of the ocean. Whereas other games on this list, like Firewatch or What Remains of Edith Finch, have a focus on strong narrative, Abzû is more concerned about exploration and discovery. That’s no bad thing though: the game’s world is absolutely stunning, and getting to swim freely with magical and majestic creatures under the waves provides an experience like no other.
Abzû isn’t a traditional video game in any sense of the word; it mixes tropes typical of the walking simulator genre with fantastic audio and visuals to provide a truly captivating few hours. When a game feels this good, it doesn’t need much obvious narrative to propel it forward.