Hollow knight is great but way too long and way too difficult when it comes to the bosses. I think Steamworld Dig 2 is a better take on the metroidvania (ugh) style of game.
Outrun 2 is great fun and has a good soundtrack but I’d nominate Forza Horizon 3-5 as games that cover the cruising aspect of outrun while also having tons of race and car types, and true hang-out vibe.
Why no fighting games on these lists?
This is fun to see everyone’s opinions and ideas by the way.