I love me some King’s Field (1 and 2)and Shadow Tower. These games masterfully blended action/rpg elements with the terror of not being able to find a place to save or even know where the hell you are (you don’t even get a map in King’s Field II until halfway through the game). You run into monsters that you have to tiptoe around until you’ve gotten the proper equipment to defeat them. Your equipment has its own lifespan, predating games like Fallout 3 and Minecraft by many many years. Not to mention the fact that From Software would later become the masterminds behind the much lauded, high difficulty meat factories known as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. If you can get past the sluggish controls and spammed textures, the music, exploration, and horror is more than enough to drag you in.