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Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping

Group Description

Games featuring a map that is drawn or updated automatically as the player explores or at least visits the immediate environment. The map should be previously unexplored and will open up as the player approaches unexplored regions or rooms. Maps may come in the form of an item or as a default in-game interface (sometimes located at the top right corner of the screen) or similar feature.

An explored region is usually represented by the identification of geographical terrain (mountains, forests, etc.), an outlined size of the explored room, permanent structures (towns, landmarks, etc.), important characters, or other similar points of interest. Some games may allow random encounters, events, and opponents to be viewed in these explored regions.

Limitations
  • Games where maps exist, however are by default explored should be excluded from this game group.

  • Games where maps exist, however do not provide distinction between explored or unexplored regions should be excluded from this game group.

  • Games where unexplored areas are gradually opened when the player explores them, however later returns to an unexplored state (similar to a fog of war feature) should be excluded from this game group.

  • Radar, sonar, or similar devices are not to be considered as maps by any definition.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 22014PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.86
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition2013iPad, Macintosh, WindowsBeamdog3.71
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.83
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.23
Legend of Grimrock2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAlmost Human Ltd.3.69
WazHack2012Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsWaz3.20
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Cardinal Quest2011Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTametick4.00
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.77
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.71
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Two Worlds II2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360SouthPeak Interactive Corporation3.32
Torchlight2009Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360ak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.78
King's Bounty: Gold Edition2009Windows1C Company...
Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.00
Guild Wars: Nightfall (Special Edition)2008WindowsNCsoft Europe Ltd....
King's Bounty: The Legend2008Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.15
Grave Shift2008BrowserTangerine Pop, LLC3.67
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.5.00
Guild Wars Trilogy2008WindowsNCsoft - North America5.00
Fallout 3 (Survival Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.95
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.66
Fallout 3 (Collector's Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.53
Guild Wars: Factions (Special Edition)2008WindowsNCsoft Europe Ltd....
Guild Wars: The Complete Collection2008WindowsNCsoft Europe Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Fallout: New Vegas Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fallout: New Vegas
WazHack Linux Front Cover
Front cover for WazHack
Two Worlds II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Two Worlds II

Selected Screenshots

This is the menu.  Largely unchanged, but with a cool picture.
Screenshot from Fallout: New Vegas
Main menu.
Screenshot from WazHack
Main menu.
Screenshot from Two Worlds II