The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
In one of the best walking simulator games, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you’ll explore a vastly detailed yet eerily creepy rural setting as a paranormal investigator tasked with finding out what happened to Ethan Carter, the horror-adventure video game was specifically designed to never hold your hand making it a little difficult at times to solve some of the puzzles, but much like a Dark Souls the sense of accomplishment is what you should play this walking simulator for. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter draws a lot of inspiration from horror yet manages to evoke a storybook quality, with an ending that nobody will see coming.
Set in the Wyoming wilderness during the tail end of the 1980’s, Firewatch places you in the shoes of Henry, an ordinary man with relationship problems hoping to get away from the stress of city life. In your role as a fire lookout your only source of contact is the heard but not seen Delilah, but does she know more than she is letting on? What makes this first-person walking simulator great are the vast amount of dialogue trees and conversation options available, giving every player a unique experience every time as you unravel the mystery of what exactly is going on during your watch.
The Stanley Parable
Beginning life as a mod for Half-Life 2, The Stanley Parable is arguably the most inventive entry on a list of best walking simulators that are already nothing short of creative. Humour, breaking the fourth wall and surprising, The Stanley Parable acts as a commentary on the state of modern gaming, playing upon gamers expectations of what a game is and toying with them as a result. The star of the show here are the seemingly infinite amount of branching paths and possible outcomes that can occur whilst playing, it’s one of the best story-driven walking simulators that you’ll relish in experiencing time and time again.