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Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by wideman, Nov 10, 2020.

  1. wideman Barely Literate

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    Hi Guys,

    I am looking for some RPG game recommendations, because I have now lost all hope in this genre :o

    Ok, maybe losing all hope is a bit of an exaggeration, but I just can't seem to find the right RPG's to play nowadays.

    Let me tell you what games I like and what I am searching for. First of all I am huge fan of top down RPG's, I guess you call them Isometric rpg or Eagles Eye view. I have enjoyed most of Black Isle Studios games. I have done multiple play-trough on Icewind Dale 1/2, Baldurs gate 1/2, Fallouts 1/2 etc. Also I liked the more H&S likes like Diablo, Dungeon siege, Torchlight and to some extent Titan Quest as well as Grim Dawn. I liked the BG games for their character building and tactical gameplay and the H&Slashes for the faster pace of story.

    So what I am looking for is some more recent titles that would combine the turn based (tactical) system and quick progression of story. I am really not interested in all those recent trends of friendship building, romancing, talking with every single soul in larger cities just to get a silly quest for 50gp reward.

    I recently picked up Dragon Age Origins. While i like the gameplay and the combat system, I really don't enjoy all the quests that are throwing me around the map or the detailed decision making. I am really not into that stuff, I want a tactical dungeon crawler. I would put Pillars of Eternity in the same boat. While the game art is super nice and combat is how I like it. The sheer amount of text is just off-putting. I want to play not read, I do my reading outside my gaming time. Don't get me wrong, its not like all dialogue is useless, but for most of the games it is just a bit too much. I like the balance of gameplay vs dialogue in games like Icewind Dale or Temple of Elemental evil.

    So yes, maybe after reading this bit of a rant, maybe you can advice me on what rpg's to give a shot?
    To sum up:

    * preferably isometric game
    * preferably with party management
    * fast story progression
    * something released past 2010
    * preferably turn based combat
    * preferably some replay value (different classes, weapons, party setups etc.)
    * preferably fantasy setting

    Another thing came to mind, when it came out I really like the Witcher game. I liked it so much so that it was my favourite game at the time. So I gave it a shot again, and man, the game is a drag :D I have lost any interest in going to game taverns, getting drunk, gamble and fight. All those things I can do in real life. What I cannot do in real life is gather a party of 4 and slay some beholders or trolls.

    Anyway, I will appreciate if you can give me some suggestions on what to try.

    P.S. Don't suggest Pathfinder Kingmaker, Newerwinter nights, Fallout, Skyrim or Pillairs of Eternity 2

    Thanks and Cheers
     
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  2. lukaszek the determinator

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    deterministic system > RNG
     
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  3. Taka-Haradin puolipeikko Prestigious Gentleman Filthy Kalinite Patron

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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Bubbles In Memoria
    Heroes of Steel.
    Blackguards.
    Dungeon Rats.
     
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  4. AdolfSatan Magister

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    KotC, and if that isn't enough then kotc2: rapelands.
     
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  5. Egosphere Magister

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    I'd second Dungeon Rats. That may interest you.

    If you're ok with a tad more reading, the Age of Decadence, by the same dev.
     
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  6. moleman Savant Patron

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    I suggest Pathfinder Kingmaker.
     
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  7. Seigneur Locklear Savant

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  8. NJClaw Ontopolover by choice Patron

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    Expeditions: Viking and Expeditions: Conquistador.

    Knights of the Chalice and Knights of the Chalice 2.

    Divine Divinity (?).

    Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and The Black Pits mode of the enhanced editions of BG and BG2.

    The upcoming Solasta: Crown of the Magister.

    But, honestly, you could try playing Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pillars of Eternity, and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire without paying attention to the dialogue. Just read half of the first line and half of the last one, and you should still be able to experience the combat and exploration. I mean, especially in PoE, you clearly aren't supposed to read everything.
     
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  9. wideman Barely Literate

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    Hi!

    Wow, so many replies in so little time.

    Thanks to everyone replying so far.

    Few notes, I don't think I will be playing those Knights of the Chalice games. I sort of would like to have a different direction in art style.

    I will put Divine Divinity (and Divinity Original Sin) and Blackguards on my wish-list. For now I will try to finish my DA:O run.

    Alternatively, anyone has anything good/bad to say about Tower of Time or Torment: Tides of Numenera? Are those worth playing?


    Cheers
     
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  10. Butter Arcane

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    Shadowrun: Dragonfall
     
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  11. Kalin Arcane Zionist Agent

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    Ah one of these threads again.

    Hot avatar though.
     
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  12. <3sRichardSimmons Arcane Patron

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    If you're willing to forgo the isometric camera view there are plenty of great blobbers out there that fit most of the other criteria; MMX fits them all. Most of the Codex loves to shit on it, but it has a small cadre of defenders here (myself among them). I think it's a great little game.
     
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  13. Angelo85 Magister Patron

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    Already some good recommendations in this Thread. A few not mentioned thus far that I personally liked and might be of interest to you, too:

    - The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk - don't be fooled by the looks, it meets pretty much all of your criteria except perhaps replay value.
    - Avernum trilogy remakes
    - new Shadowrun trilogy
    - Wasteland 2, Wasteland 3
    - Dead State (features perhaps a bit too much story for your taste)
    - Hard West
    - Troubleshooter: abandoned children
    - Low Magic Age
    - Atom RPG (does *not* have fast story progression IMHO)

    more for the category Hack 'n Slashy/non-isometric:
    - Dragon's Dogma
    - Technomancer
    - Elex
    - Two Worlds II
    - Mad Max
     
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  14. Flying Dutchman Educated

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    I know it's not an RPG, but Slay the Spire is good fun.

    Is Two Worlds II better than the first one? The first one was really hard to get into.
     
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  15. Contagium Learned Patron

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    Sorry, no one likes games here. Good luck with your search.
     
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  16. Gregz Arcane

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    The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk

    Knights of the Chalice

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    Shadowrun: Dragonfall
     
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  17. OldSkoolKamikaze Arcane Patron

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    Codex 2012 Codex 2013 Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    You won't find a lot of love for Torment: Tides of Numenera here. It's mediocre at best, but most would say that's being way too generous. I wasn't able to finish it myself. It's also more dialog heavy than what you seem to be looking for.
     
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  18. sys0nar Educated

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    Chess.
     
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  19. sorinmask Just like Yves, I chase tales. Patron

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    Try Kenshi.
     
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  20. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    If you're willing to play squad-based tactics games with RPG elements, then I'll second the mentions of both The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk and Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children.

    Otherwise, try real RPGs, such as the two Legend of Grimrock games.

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  21. Egosphere Magister

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    numenera doesn't fit your criteria, and it's much worse than planescape torment
     
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  22. NJClaw Ontopolover by choice Patron

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    It's... acceptable at best. Once you figure out what strategy works best for you, it gets repetitive really fast. Still worth a playthrough in my opinion, but it will leave a sour taste in your mouth due to its wasted potential. It's 60% off now on Steam, and 8€ is an okay price.

    That's... the exact opposite of what you asked for. 1% game, 99% useless walls of text.
     
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  23. deama Liturgist

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    Dungeon rats is a straight up isometric dungeon crawler with little dialogue, pretty good one I'd say.
    I found the divinity original sin games pretty good for combat.
    Could try Tales of Maj'Eyal, it's a roguelike, but has good tactical isometric combat.
    Tale of Wuxia is a chinese tactical rpg, pretty interesting I'd say.
     
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  24. eli Educated

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    this game has about 4 hours of main story content. i will suggest.
     
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  25. Lord_Potato Arcane

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