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4 years w/o playing new games - anything I missed? (PC sp)

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by nomask7, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. nomask7 Arcane

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    I just want to hear about the best ones, the ones that are like good lovers or good dogs.

    The newest game I've played (apart from Grimoire demo) is probably Two Worlds II from late 2010.

    Here's a list of something like my top favorite games if you want to calibrate: Hordes of the Underdark (mostly for the atmosphere of playing without map), G2: Night of the Raven (atmosphere and challenging travel/exploration), Two Worlds (modern Diablo done well, although largely lacking in atmosphere if you compare with original Diablo), Dark Omen (proof that single player RTS can be great), Far Cry (played this on realistic and loved it), Doom (complex levels and OK atmosphere with Playstation version soundtrack), Deus Ex (played this on the hardest setting as well; I especially enjoyed the sneaking and the sense of challenge), TES: Arena (those dungeons, man!), Resident Evil (atmosphere and love the mansion), ADOM (roguelike that feels compact and well designed, at least compared with some of the competition).

    I also don't mind trying strange games that don't fit a category and I don't mind trying games that are of different type than those I listed.

    I don't like popamole shooters. I'm not a big fan of turn based combat (I think it's just not interesting enough considering how long it takes). I find RTS is usually disappointing in SP due to game being more complex than AI. Civ and Sims type games are great for a couple of days and then I grow weary of them. Morrowind was nice until you got to the part where you had to unite the different clans - ugh, what a chore. I don't like games that feel like a chore.

    tl;dr I just want to hear about the best ones, the ones that are like good lovers or good dogs.
     
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  2. Ivan Arcane

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    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
     
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  3. nomask7 Arcane

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    I'm asking on the codex for the specific reason of not having to deal with responses like this.

    Also:

     
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  4. Dreaad Arcane

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    Try Dishonored, Risen, Deus Ex HR... You might like Shadowrun. There are others, many others, but I would say all of these are a safe bet based on what you said.
     
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    Dark Souls
    Desu Ex: Human Revolution
    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    Saints Row 3 and 4
     
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  6. Modron Arcane

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    Divinity: Original Sin (caveat being it is turnbased)
    Binary Domain (completely popamole but popamole done right)
    Xenonauts
    FTL
    Game of Thrones (the rpg was actually pretty good, decent story that was grim dark done right and combat was essentially Kotor style so your mileage may vary)
    Papers, Please
    Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends

    Uh you made no comment on your stance on adventure games but I would still recommend Primordia at least (other honorable mentions in adventure gaming: Kentucky Route Zero, Heroine's Quest, Quest for Infamy, Gemini Rue, Book of Unwritten Tales Series, Deponia series, Memoria/Chains of Satinov, etcetera (for a dead genre Point and Click adventure games have had a real good last couple years even before kickstarter really)).
     
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    Baldur's Gate Reloaded module for NWN2.
     
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  8. Gregz Arcane

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    Shadowrun: Dragonfall
    Dark Souls I & II
     
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  9. Angthoron Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    For the strategy/4X section:

    Eador
    Legend of the Endless

    Also, seconding all the non-troll posts, those games are good, even Binary Domain, a popamole done right. Bulletstorm can be amusing. Far Cry 3 (or 4), if you can ignore UbiSoft's attempts at being deep (and get a trainer to skip the "voluntary" upgrade grinding).
     
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    "Hey GAF please tell me what I should play!!1"

    Wrong forum, nomask7.
     
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  11. Stokowski Arcane

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    If you haven't played any games for years then you could become a professional gaming journalist.
     
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  12. GrainWetski Arcane

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    Not any game that should be in this section.
    Hmm..
     
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  13. Morkar illiterate

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    modded Gothic 3
    modded PotC (New Horizons Mod)
    modded New Vegas
    Wasteland 2
    Shadowrun Dragonfall DC
    Dead State if you like zombies

    and I guess a lot of other games I haven't tried. Fun times for you ahead.
     
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    Based on your recommendations, previously played titles, titles mentioned by others and recently released titles I would possibly recommend to people, only Xenonauts might be worth your while, and then only if you loved the original X-Com games.

    Otherwise there is nothing to see here, move along.
     
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  15. dbx Arcane Patron

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    Mmmm...

    Wasteland 2
    Xenonauts
    Crusared Kings 2
    Europa Universalis 4
    Hearts of Iron 4 (probably playable by now)
    Assetto Corsa

    But i'm probably missing something.
     
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    Don't forget Mass Tard 3, the ending was especially well done.

    :troll:
     
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    trying too hard
     
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  18. phtmyr Arbiter

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    Path of Exile
    Very good Diablo clone. It's Free-to-Play and they only sell cosmetic upgrades. You can co-op with random people or friends if you so desire.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    It won't give you the Deus Ex experience but it's an alright game. Features terrible boss fights.

    Dishonored
    First person stealth game. Your dude have access to some special powers and gadgets that make the game really easy. There are multiple ways to do the missions and you can do them without being seen or killing anyone. Interesting setting.

    Added representative gameplay videos to the following to save you the trouble.

    Antichamber
    First person puzzle game. Really like the unique puzzle design.

    Stanley Parable
    First person exploration/puzzle game. There's a free demo avaiable.

    Hotline Miami
    Fast paced (with a lot of premeditation) 2D top-down murdering game with an visual style that's not so easy on the eyes. Nice, driving soundtrack.
     
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  19. Bester ⚰️☠️⚱️ Patron Vatnik

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    Definitely Dark Souls with mods for a resolution unlocker. Probably the best game since VtMB. Must use a controller even if you never used one before. It may sound uneasy, but just do it and you'll never regret. The atmosphere, the setting, holy shit...
     
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  20. nomask7 Arcane

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I brofisted the high effort responses, but thanks to all who bothered.

    I tried Dark Souls once but it was awkward to play on PC (with a controller) and I couldn't even get out of the starting dungeon. It seemed pretty railroady anyway.
     
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  21. Dreaad Arcane

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    It's like the opposite of railroady.

    But fair enough, it's definitely not for everyone.
     
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  22. Lyric Suite Converting to Islam

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    Takes a bit to get used but you should be able to manage in no time. If you can, get an Xbox 360 controller since the stick is easier to use than the pad. Plus you need something durable to take all the punishment you are likely going to inflict on it. Also, don't even bother trying playing without DSfix. Aside for the graphical and frame-rate improvements, i would also recommend toning down the ambient occlusion or whatever that shit that makes everything look blurry in the background is. This is my current DSfix configuration, which you can probably use as is, just change the resolution with one that fits your monitor:

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    I was pretty skeptical too at the beginning, particularly since the signs of consoltardism are apparent right away (camera control remains a bit of a chore through out the entire game, but doesn't really brake the experience), but eventually i had to eat my shit. The game isn't great at everything, but what it does it does really well.

    BTW, one of the reason the controls feel awkward at the beginning is probably because you are picking something like a knight or a class that begins with heavy armor, but doesn't have enough stamina to move around at full speed, so you feel sluggish and slow because you are encumbered by the weight. Take the armor off and move around a bit to get used to the controls, or pump your stamina to a point where the weight you are carrying is at least below 50% of your current maximum.

    The world is actually quite open, but keep in mind that this isn't an explorationfag game. Indeed, the pace of the game is very slow, almost methodical. You have to essentially inch your way bit by bit and the environment itself is as much of an enemy to you as the enemies you encounter, which is where the brilliance of the level design can be found for the most part (its best to try to pick up all the goodies you find just to get the most out of the level design), particularly since each area focuses on one specific trick or caveat so whenever you feel like you have mastered the game for going through a particularly difficult map you go back to being a retarded n00b whenever you enter a new area, which is great.

    But basically, the game is better in execution than in concept, so you cannot really get a sense of how good it is by reading a description. It would like explaining why Doom is so great to somebody who has never played it before. You cannot explain why the game simply "feels" so good, you have to try for yourself. And the same is for Dark Souls. The basic elements of the game are top notch. The animations are well done, the move sets, both your own and those of the enemies you encounter are varied and creative, the levels are challenging and the designers showed a great deal of resourcefulness in the amount of tricks they were able to throw at you. Essentially, this is a game made by people who understood what games are supposed to be, which you'd think would be a given but is actually pretty rare in this day and age.
     
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  23. Bester ⚰️☠️⚱️ Patron Vatnik

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    Yeah, first time I played DS, I played it till the second boss and couldn't understand what the fuss was about and dropped it. Tried again a few years later and made it further in the game and it's now one of my most favorite rpgs. You need to play a little longer to understand it I think.
     
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  24. Tehdagah Arcane

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    If you like Doom then you should download Zandronum and play a fuckton of custom maps and mods online.

    For people who understand what games are supposed to be, they have a lot of trouble understanding 3D camera placement :troll:
     
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  25. Zibniyat Arcane

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    Not sure how you like total conversions, and I am not in a mood to explain or review stuff... but the last good game I've played (apart from that addiction Dominions 3 and 4) was Nehrim At Fate's Edge total conversion for Oblivion (Elder Scrolls IV). Its world, mythology and pretty much everything, with the obvious exception of the engine and art assets (though many are new), have nothing to do with either Elder Scrolls or Oblivion. Also, the sequel is under way as well, this time for Skyrim, and is literally the only game I am looking forward to playing, after not playing much for the last several years. There were other games as well in the same universe, for Morrowind, but I haven't played them, although the events of those prequels are often referenced.

    Anyway, although it may be ill-advised to praise a game/mod with reference to Oblivion, especially for a potential popamole-lover like myself, Nehrim had substantially better plot, atmosphere, quests (although they were fewer), landscapes, and some seriously spectacularly built dungeons, with even mythology having internal consistency.

    There are some philosophical elements as well, though pretty basic - or in other words - light years ahead of 99 % of games, even RPGs out there, though that doesn't say much. Without spoiling anything, I must say I didn't quite like how faith (of religion) was portrayed, as I've felt it was too direct, with too little subtlety and not much "objectivity" (too one-sided overall view of religious things).

    Still, I have enjoyed it a lot, it was far better than Oblivion in, well in my opinion, every way. To the point actually, as I have said, that the sequel is very much the only new game I may play in the next 5 years... Also, one advice - do not read reviews, watch LPs, or anything, just download it and play.

    So, like I said, this isn't a review, just my impression of the game, which doesn't guarantee you anything, but still... And yes, you need to buy Oblivion first. Nehrim has its own installer but it relies on some Oblivion's assets, as well as engine.

    If you have Oblivion (best to have clear, non-modded install, but it isn't a requirement), links are:

    http://www.moddb.com/mods/nehrim-at-fates-edge/downloads (the mod)

    Nehrim Creature Idles mod that fixes creature animations. The only "fix" you really need and that it doesn't interfere with mod's vision.

    That's all from me.
     
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