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What DID you play during the Great cRPG Drought?

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Eyestabber, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Invictus Arcane The Real Fanboy

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    To be honest I never felt the decline.
    I had an older PC throught the 90s so I mostly replayed Darklands, Wizardry 7, Gold Box games, X-Com, Master of Magic (maybe my favorite strategy game still) Quest for Glory series, Ultimas and Might and Magic 3-5 as well as as many JRPG I could get (Squaresoft mostly but a few beloved classics like Lunar) so by the time I managed to get my hands on a proper gaming PC on 2002 (almost exclusively to play Morrowind and Freedom Force) I had a HUGE backlog of classic games I never got to play.
    So I played Baldurs Gate, Planescape, Icewind Dale, Gothic 2, Fallouts (yes later on even 3) System Shock 2, Thief games, Wizardry 8, Warcraft 3, a whole lot of Strategy (Total War games and later Dawn of War) and too much Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty (before it was console crap) that was a pretty good time... Then I got out of college and had to get a job so
    Later I got into the KOTORs, Witchers, Bloodlines, XCOM, etc
    Between that and a few consoles like NCAA football, Red Dead and the Metal Gears, I basicaly I always had something cool to play so I never felt the Decline
    Hell I even have some pretty good oldies I never got to play still waiting for me like Jagged Alliance, Temple of Elemental Evil, Fallout Tactics and the new wave of Incline games like Divinity Original Sin, Underrail, etc
     
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  2. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    It's not like those types of games benefit much from AAA budgets. I don't know how you can even run out of those games anyway, shmup oughta be the most populated genre of videogames.
     
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  3. RhodokMasterRaceOfficial Savant

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  4. Azarkon Arcane

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    I think they'd benefit a lot from AAA budgets, given the emphasis on explosions and eye candy in those games. And the entire genre does survive in Japan, where a lot of them still get made. It's inspired a recent indie revival in the West, too, which I'm glad to see. But back in my day, "AAA" shoot'em ups were everywhere. Nowadays you only see them in the indie sections of Steam.
     
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  5. majestik12 Arcane

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    Morrowind (played the hell out of it), Civ III & IV, Bloodlines (much, much later than it was released), replayed Fallouts and Arcanum, M&B, a bunch of early 90s titles when I discovered DosBox, Ascension to the Throne: Valkyrie, NWN 2, The Twitcher and New Vegas. Also, GTA III and Saints Row 2. Absolutely hated Gods: Lands of Infinity and Gothic 3.
    Looking at that list, I'd say for me the worst of the decline was between 2004 and 2007.
     
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  6. CryptRat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Developer

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    JRPGs mostly because "at least it's turn-based". And old stuff of course.
     
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  7. bloodlover Arcane

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    There wasn't really a drought for me to be honest. My parents did not buy me a PC when I was very young because they thought it would interfere with my school so by the time I got one I had a lot of catching up to do. I had a lot of time back then to play whatever but alas, I was very young and times were different. These days I's rather stay home with some coffee and play something but then I was in internet cafes all the time, usually playing Counter Strike or Red Alert on LAN. And when I wasn't there, I was at home studying or playing on my PS1. It feel strange thinking how much time I had back then and could have used it on some more time demanding games yet I played CS or Tomb Raider while these days I can barely play Underrail from time to time. I mean luckily the winter holidays came or I have no idea when I would have finished Fallout 2.

    I don't stress it though. I used to make lists of games I want to play, books I want to read and movies I want to see but the damn things always got bigger and bigger. So now I am just play/read/see whatever I feel like it, when I can.
     
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  8. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Yes, there was. There was a drastic reduction in CRPGs released in 1994-1996 compared to the years before and after. And the best CRPGs during those years were even indies: Nahlakh and The Aethra Chronicles.
     
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    Jesus how many CRPGs you finished every year back then to even notice that?
     
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  10. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Not that many.
    But I've played lots the past five years or so.
    When you make a chronological play list, it's very easy to see the trends: 1990-1991, for example, saw a vast number of CRPGs being released, but very few of them very good. 1992-1993 were the glory years, with lots of quality titles. 1988-1989 was also a good period, with a high quality to quantity ratio.
     
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  11. Azarkon Arcane

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    Okay, I'll give you that.

    I was playing Doom at the time.
     
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  12. Higher Game Arcane

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    Roguelikes. :obviously:
     
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  13. pippin Guest

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    You had a PC and a PS1 at the same time or the PC came later? Weird parenting logic at work if they allow you to have a PS1 but not a PC. Parents gonna parent I guess.

    When FO and BG were released, people often noted how the crpg genre seemed to be slowly dying, with less and less releases every year. It wasn't as bad as squad based tactics and turn based games though.
     
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  15. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Old RPGs.
     
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  16. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I'm pretty sure the number of CRPGs released in 1997 and years following were quite a bit higher than in 1994-1996. It was not only FO and BG, but also the resurrection of the Might&Magic games, as well as the whole action-RPG genre (or Diablo clones).
    I haven't made a list of the CRPGs from 1997+ yet, but my recollection is that there was an influx of quality CRPGs released those years.

    I recall Real Time Strategy games were really dominant for a period, with HoMM 3 and Age of Wonders being among the very few strategy games to go against the trend.
     
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  17. pippin Guest

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    RTS games were everywhere in the mid 90s. So much, that people got quickly burned and the genre "died" very fast... When Age of Mythology was released, Computer Gaming World said it was probably the last big RTS people would see for a long time.
     
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  18. sser Arcane Cuck Developer

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    I've always been more into strategy stuff since I think those games have SUPERIOR GAMEPLAY, but they took a massive hit heading into the 2000s so I started looking for other things. It was about then that I discovered Morrowind and Fallout 2. The notion of "immersion" only had a loose framework with me. It was mostly Half-Life's intro and me just watching Homeworld resource harvesters gently float around a serene spaceplane like a bunch of metal manatees while cool Middle-Eastern drums piddle-paddled in the background. (Still works on me, btw.)

    FO2/Morrowind brought more of the feeling that I was partaking in another world. Definitely some of my better times with gaming, that's for sure. It was new and I was impressionable. To be frank, these games took advantage of me and I'm moving a case to the civil courts for a lucrative settlement.
     
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  19. Polanski Educated

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    Civilization (especially the Fall from Heaven mod for 4).
    Football manager
    Magic the gathering
    alcohol and drugs
     
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  20. Jedi Master Radek Arcane

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    I am shocked there are people on the Codex who say there was no decline:decline:
     
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  21. Eyestabber Arcane Patron

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    Yeah, this is bugging me as well. You can say you never felt the Great Draught because you had enough :incline: stockpiled to last you two decades. But saying there was never any draught is just nonsense! The fact is that there were no NEW titles to play.

    If you were always a well-informed guy that knew about every piece of :incline: released before the draught, I FUCKING ENVY YOU. It hurts me to this day that I only knew about Jagged Alliance 2 after joining the Codex in early 2015. FFS, that game is a :5/5::5/5: to my taste and would've lasted me AT LEAST two years. :argh::argh::argh:
     
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  22. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    I waited a decade after Morrowind for Legend of Grimrock and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen to end the drought (though I suppose it was just 7 years after my last playthrough of Morrowind). In between, I spent some time revisiting old classics, both RPG (e.g. Dungeon Master, Pool of Radiance) and otherwise (e.g. Thief: The Dark Project and Thief II: The Metal Age). Somehow, I had missed both Deus Ex and Planescape: Torment (I know, I know) and played these games about a decade after their release. Also, some older games I had never played (e.g. some of the later Gold Box games). Civilization IV did quite well on and off for a few years. Japanese consoles had several great non-RPGs: Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls.
     
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    Doom
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    I also got really invested in Command & Conquer again and played lots of RA2 and Generals online (theres servers & mods etc).
    Saying this i kinda wanna play Yuri again, spinning away.
     
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  24. Talby Arcane Patron

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    A lot of semi-recent games that I never played when they were new, like the Troika games which I never heard of until about 2008 or so.
     
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  25. POOPERSCOOPER Prophet

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