I find I need a constant stream of survival games, which have become my favorite genre, because at least half the draw is learning how everything works. Once you've figured out a semi-optimal progression path, it can become way less interesting, especially if there is no challenge beyond survival, or the core of the game was a mystery you've already uncovered.
I think the real problem comes when the challenge is learning the mechanics, but the game is no longer challenging after you have. I think The Long Dark may fix this, but I can't stay alive long enough to learn the game. It's a brutal, pure survival game, where you can start freezing to death minutes after the game starts. It also involves a lot of boring "sitting by the fire waiting for dawn, hoping you don't starve first."
@CarlCravens Yeah, waiting around hoping you don't freeze isn't great, but can't you rest while near a fire?
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