I use the different views for different things.
I think the one you might prefer is the category view.
The top bar starts out listing all categories, tags, etc. Then 2 important buttons. Categories and Latest. Category view sets it up like we’re all used to seeing a forum. Top level categories (Game Dev, General Games, Featured Games, etc) with some sub categories. You can click to get to where you need. Latest provides a long, scrolling page that shows the most recent posts.
If there are certain categories you don’t want to see, you can click on the main category (such as Off Topic). Along that top bar again, all the way to the right, is a circle. This is where you can control how you see this particular topic. Click on the circle (open circle means normal), and pick the option that looks best for what you want to see. You can do this for any and every category, sub category or even just posts.
The search function here is GREAT. You can search on words, tags, etc., and it does an excellent job of pulling up those things. You can search only by category, the whole forum, find certain users, and more.
While I was typing, @SidonieAlaise posted an excellent resource as well. If you have further questions, please let us know. Let’s see if we can find something that works for you.