Video Game recommendations?


  • Dec 01, 2015 7:04 PM GMT
    Hey Guys!

    Among my hobbies are playing video games, but because of my lifestyle, I don't often have time to really get into the majority of them. Additionally, as I've grown older, I've found a number of them to be lacking--in fantasy it's the same Tolkienesque tropes, in science fiction its zombies, zombies, and more zombies, and with First Person Shooters, it's (disturbingly) only the military. I'm more for story myself, but so many RPGs end up along the aforementioned Tolkien sphere (it's actually why I couldn't stomach Game of Thrones after three seasons).

    Which is why I was skeptical of the hype around Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us," even though my housemates couldn't stop raving about it after playing the remastered edition the year before. I sat through let's plays of it (I don't do well with the zombie genre as a whole--too many implications at play with the whole genre) and I have to say, just watching, I was hooked.

    I want to delve back into video games, but am still super turned off by the proliferation of military games and Tolkien-inspired fantasy (unless of course they are doing some significantly gutsy--after playing a bit of Bloodborne, I am stoked for Dark Souls 3). Do you guys have any recommendations for me? What are some of your favorite games, and which are you most excited for?
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    Dec 01, 2015 7:53 PM GMT
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    Dec 01, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
    Bethesda's Oblivion was my most favorite. It has elves and orcs but they're just two of the various races that you can choose to be and interact with. What's great about it is that it's open ended, you're not required to follow any specific track and can wander all over its entire world exploring and do stuff. There are also many many side quests you can do while ignoring the main track, in fact, it's better to find and do all of the side quests before you take on the main track.

    The successor to Oblivion is Skyrim which I didn't find as fun or enjoyable as Oblivion. And I never did finish Skyrim. The game engine in Skyrim is newer and better but the writing or something just isn't as good as it was in Oblivion.

    There is also the Fallout series which uses the same engine. It's based in a post nuclear holocaust world and is supposed to be sort of tongue in cheek making fun of the 1950s, 1960s, etc. fear of a nuclear holocaust between the US and the Soviet Union. Having lived through that period it's not amusing for me; it took me a while to realize that the reason I got depressed when I played that game is that it was too real and brought back memories of those scary times. (Maybe if you're lucky and the scientists are wrong someone will be able to do a post global warming holocaust game.)

    If you can find Oblivion in a used games store for little to nothing it wouldn't be wasted money. But you'd need an older system since I don't think it plays on the current Xbox or PS4.
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    Dec 01, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said...
    Very useful when you're playing Oblivion or Skyrim:
    http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Main_Page
  • SkeletonKey

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    Dec 01, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    For PS4: The Last of Us, Infamous Second Son, Tales of Zesteria, Transistor

    For Xbox One: Tomb Raider (One of the best)

    Steam is one of the best sources for good games too.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    My video game tastes are at about an 8 year olds level. I love Mario games and Lego games.
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:54 AM GMT
    Demons souls, Dark souls and Dark souls 2 greatly surpass Bloodborne...I was highly disappointed with that game. I recently purchased ps4 and have yet to play a game that has made me feel hooked. The last game to do so was The Last of Us, my most memorable games were for the PS2 mainly, and some for PS3 (Souls series).

    The games I would recommend the most would be the Walking Dead Season 1 and 2, and The Wolf Among Us, both Telltale games. WD fits the zombie generation cliche, but it is highly gripping.

    Action wise, I have loved the Ratchet & Clank series since it started a long time ago, so if you haven't played it, you should.
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    Dec 02, 2015 2:16 AM GMT
    Just 3 recommendations I'm sure you'll enjoy: Day of the Tentacle, Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, and Machinarium.
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    Dec 02, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    Two of my all-time favorites are Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for GameCube and Metroid: Other M for Wii, both for story reasons above all.

    Currently playing Bravely Default on 3DS, *not* for story reasons (gag) but for its success in transcending the original Final Fantasy mechanics while staying perfectly true to them at the same time.

    Edit: If you're willing to substitute "concept" for "story", you can find 2D Boy's World of Goo and/or Little Inferno for a variety of platforms. Affordable Space Adventures for WiiU is interesting too. All three are quite short, so if you don't have much time for gaming they're good choices.
  • tigrisblue

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    Dec 02, 2015 4:07 AM GMT
    Also from Naughty Dog, the Uncharted Series (PS3/4) is very well-done and quite fun, particularly if you're into Indiana Jones clones and dashing rogues.

    I haven't seen anyone mention the Mass Effect series, which I find surprising. As far as space operas go, it's one of the better ones. Xenosaga (PS2, I think) is up there as well, but being a JRPG, it can drag at times, and the second installment of the trilogy was weak.

    The Bioshock series explores Randian libertarianism and moral/ethical egoism, as well as other, related philosophical questions. It also mostly takes place in a 50's era undersea metropolis, which is just pretty neat.

    L.A. Noire is a pretty engaging mystery thriller that's mostly loyal to the major Film Noir tropes.
  • BloodFlame

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    Dec 02, 2015 6:01 AM GMT
    Well I might be able to help because I never got into the FPS craze and military style games bore me to death lol But some of these games may either be too old or out there for your preference but hey, doesn't hurt right?

    In general
    -Ratchet & Clank series (If you haven't tried the games yet, I highly recommend them. Yeah, they are third person shooting but the game feels like you're playing through a cartoon, especially the PS3 titles. Funny dialogue, likable characters, and in the PS3 games, a compelling story. You won't be disappointed!)

    -Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (If you don't mind fighting games, I'd recommend the latest game in the Tekken series. It can be oodles of fun).

    -Jak & Daxter trilogy (If you're open to PS2 games, I highly recommend the Jak series.)

    -Devil May Cry Series (Another one of "those" games but really, the action combat can be quite addicting when you get the hang of it.)

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    Dec 02, 2015 7:05 PM GMT
    Timbales saidMy video game tastes are at about an 8 year olds level. I love Mario games and Lego games.


    Me too and proud of it! Always will be a Nintendo fan. I always get the latest Mario and Zelda games.
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    Dec 03, 2015 2:58 AM GMT
    I'm kinda in the same situation myself. I don't play video games much anymore. Although 3DS titles look pretty amazing like the new Zelda remakes/ports (major as mask, ocarina of time), also chrono trigger has been released.. amazing, amazing game, it's an RPG but one of the best ones of all time IMO
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    Dec 04, 2015 12:29 AM GMT
    If you're looking for a story driven rpg, I highly recommend the Mass Effect trilogy. It's a modern version of star wars, but very interactive. You control the gender, appearance, personality and even sexuality of your character throughout the three games. Your choices matter. Depending on what you do, your character can potentially die and not be imported into the future game. Pretty epic right?

    If you like zombie apocalypse then you may enjoy walking dead telltale, season one.

    I'm pretty excited for the new mass effect game coming out next year. I'm a big bioware fan. Mass Effect and Dragon Age, have both been great series.
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    Dec 04, 2015 12:30 AM GMT
    Erik101 said
    Timbales saidMy video game tastes are at about an 8 year olds level. I love Mario games and Lego games.


    Me too and proud of it! Always will be a Nintendo fan. I always get the latest Mario and Zelda games.


    super mario rpg will forever be my favorite rpg/mario game lol
  • badbug

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    Dec 04, 2015 4:38 AM GMT

    To me, civilization 4 is still the best game ever. I think it was released in 2005. It doesn't sound from your post that turn based strategy games are your thing, but if you did manage to get hooked you would be a very happy camper as the game has nearly unlimited replay value. If you're a fan of history, it would be hard not to like this game.


    If you are just looking for a fun time waster that doesn't take long but is addictive enough, the first two kingdom rush games are free online. A cute tower defense game where you do have to move your mouse a bit so you do feel a part of the action, good music and enough things happening at all times to make you want to click the next tower upgrade.



    I am not into FPS or zombies and quests and shit. Not sure why they just bore me to death after a few hours. Also, i would totally kick everyone's ass at tekken, any tekken. icon_smile.gif

  • Apparition

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    Dec 04, 2015 5:18 AM GMT
    myst, if you are smart
    leisure suit larry, if you are smart for dummies



    +1 for ratchet and clank of course
    I mean really...how much CANT you love him?
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    And if that is not enough...it has a GROOVITRON, the best weapon EVER.



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    Dec 04, 2015 8:04 AM GMT
    tmac said
    Erik101 said
    Timbales saidMy video game tastes are at about an 8 year olds level. I love Mario games and Lego games.


    Me too and proud of it! Always will be a Nintendo fan. I always get the latest Mario and Zelda games.


    super mario rpg will forever be my favorite rpg/mario game lol


    Are you talking about the RPG for SNES? If yes, you have more patience than me. After playing the Zelda games, no other RPG games compare. icon_biggrin.gif But then again, not really sure if Zelda is a true RPG. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 04, 2015 9:20 AM GMT
    Apparition said


    And if that is not enough...it has a GROOVITRON, the best weapon EVER.




    I totally agree with this! Groovitron is awesome!
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    Dec 04, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
    Erik101 said
    tmac said
    Erik101 said
    Timbales saidMy video game tastes are at about an 8 year olds level. I love Mario games and Lego games.


    Me too and proud of it! Always will be a Nintendo fan. I always get the latest Mario and Zelda games.


    super mario rpg will forever be my favorite rpg/mario game lol


    Are you talking about the RPG for SNES? If yes, you have more patience than me. After playing the Zelda games, no other RPG games compare. icon_biggrin.gif But then again, not really sure if Zelda is a true RPG. icon_confused.gif


    Orcarina of time is one of my favorite of the series but I don;t think it counts as an RPG. Yeah. I'm referring to SNES, legend of the seven stars. I dont think any other mario rpg has been as good.
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    Dec 04, 2015 12:26 PM GMT
    The Witcher 3. It's fantasy but I don't think it's particularly Tolkien-esque.

    I've spent ages playing it so far and I'm not close to done with it.

  • Dec 04, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    Hey Guys!

    Thanks for your input! I've played a number of the games you guys have mentioned (Mass Effect is one of my favorites) and i appreciate the bringing of new games to my attention (I've not heard of Demon Souls, but I have head of the Dark Souls series.)

    My house is currently playing Fallout, which looks fun, but everytime I try to sit down and play it on my PS4, I lose interest--fast. Has anyone else felt that way? I'm thinking it may be an interface thing.

    I'm also a fan of the Civ games, although I play Civ 5, and not 4.

    Thanks for the recommendations!
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    Dec 04, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    I also didn't find Fallout engaging or compelling, but that was the previous version. And irrespective of it making me feel blue. It's sort of similar with Skyrim. Maybe Oblivion really grabbed me because it was the first time I had played a game with such an immersive environment.
  • badbug

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    Dec 05, 2015 5:20 AM GMT

    Civ 4 is superior to Civ 5 in many ways. It's worth checking out Civ 4 Beyond the Sword, if you haven't. I think you can get it on steam for like 8 bucks.





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    Dec 06, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
    This question is so damn complex.

    So many video game cultures and genres.

    RPGS, Open Worlds, Shooters, Rhythm and Music games, Puzzles, Handhelds etc.