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[PC Games] Show me ya moves.

starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
My new computer is pretty badass. Because my last computer couldn't handle newer stuff very well, I stopped paying attention to the PC's ebb and flow. My only other console is a wii, which is not in my current geographic location, so I have not experienced many of the xbox or ps3 cross platform stuff. I am looking for the best PC games to come out in, oh say, the last two years. Minimum requirements aren't a big concern.

I will play anything, but I sucksucksuck at RTS. This may not stop me from trying Dawn of War II. All I have been playing is TF2.

Oh, and just to save people from posting "omg you have to play this" and writing essays on it, I have heard of bioshock and will attempt it.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Orange Box is a great deal though at the very least get Team Fortress 2. Half Life 2 and Portal are great games, but you can sink days of playing into TF2 if you play with fun people. But with The Orange Box you basically get all of them half off.

    Also, Fallout 3 which is a spectacular RPG set in a post apocalyptic world, Left 4 Dead is a pretty fun online shooter if you have friends to play it with. Not so much with strangers. And, while it doesn't require much at all by way of resources, Braid is a neat platformer.

    And pretty much all of this I got through Steam which I'd highly recommend if you don't mind not having a physical copy.

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is an amazing experience that you should give a try. It's not often that a game comes around that has such a complete environment that does not give a shit if you live or die. I recommend modding the hell out of it -- there's a thread in G&T with a lot of suggestions with regards to that. Oh, and genre-speaking it's a first person shooter with light RPG elements.

    The Witcher is a pretty fun linear PC RPG that can be had for as cheap as $15 off Newegg. From there, there are official patches that make the game really awesome. It has a level of moral ambiguity and consequence to every action that most RPGs fail completely to capture. Choices you make in the game will affect how things happen later on. The combat is a bit... well, it's not great, but the rest of the game is pretty great.

    Mass Effect is a pretty fun slightly-less-linear-than-The-Witcher-but-pretty-much-linear PC RPG that can be had for as cheap as $20. The sequel is coming soon, so you probably want to give this a try. It has a wonderful dialog system, and looks pretty great. The combat is a mix of an action game, with extremely light squad based elements and some good ol' fashioned shooting.


    To balance out the rather heavy RPG-like suggestions I've made... you should also give World of Goo a try. It's not going to tax your system, but it's got a really interesting gameplay mechanic that simply must be seen. There is a demo available. The game comes on sale often (it's usually $20, I think I paid $7.50 for it), so if you don't feel full pricey for it, you might feel half pricey for it.

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    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    BioShock came out for PC about two years ago. I really enjoyed it, though it is a very linear shooter.

    Call of Duty 4 came out around the same time. If you're looking for an online competitive shooter, it's a pretty solid pick. I prefer TF2 personally, but I also know people who like CoD's realism more than TF2's cartoonish style.

    Dead Space is another fairly highly rated game available for PC, came out last year, it's kind of a 3rd person shooter / survival horror hybrid.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum is getting released on PC as well, this Tuesday actually. Early reviews seem to indicate that the PC release is every bit as good as the PS3 & 360 versions.

    And finally, to switch gears I'll also recommend Braid, which came out for PC in April of this year. It won't stretch your hardware, but the art is exceptional and the puzzles can be extremely challenging.

    I'll also second the Orange Box, FO3, Mass Effect and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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    .Tripwire..Tripwire. Firman Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    And finally, to switch gears I'll also recommend Braid, which came out for PC in April of this year. It won't stretch your hardware, but the art is exceptional and the puzzles can be extremely challenging.

    And if you're wanting to give this one a whirl, it happens to be Steam's current weekend sale for $5.

    Bioshock is also on the cheap side at this point, you shouldn't be spending more than $20 for it (in terms of what price is common).

    A recent game that I had a surprising amount of fun with was the new Prince of Persia, but I think people's opinions of this game is markedly divided. I thought it was visually beautiful and narratively engaging (not deep or complex, just interesting). Others complain that it was too linear and too easy (there is no actual "dying", but there are failures just the same that require you re-attempt sections of play). If you can tolerate quick-time events, you might want to give this title a try. I liked it when I thought I wouldn't.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I've included some stuff that's older than 2 years (including some stuff that's waaaay older) if they're classics of such caliber that to not play them would be to ignore the entire concept of gaming in the first place. Or if I really liked them. Aside from that I've just listed fun games for the PC. I haven't listed any RTS games, but if you're looking for some, Company of Heroes, Men of War, World in Conflict, and Dawn of War II are good to look at.


    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
    No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2
    Planescape: Torment

    On GoG.com:
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Descent 3
    Fallout and Fallout 2
    Freespace and Freespace 2
    IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
    Jagged Alliance 2
    Tex Murphy

    On Steam:
    Assassin's Creed
    Audiosurf
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Beyond Good & Evil
    Braid
    Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, Earned in Blood, and Hell's Highway
    Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4
    Civilization IV
    Crysis and Crysis: Warhead
    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
    Dead Space
    Deus Ex
    Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
    Empire: Total War
    Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout 3
    Grand Theft Auto IV
    GRID
    Hitman: Something or other
    IL2 Sturmovik: 1946
    Jagged Alliance 2
    Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2
    Left 4 Dead
    Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
    Mass Effect
    Mirror's Edge
    Monkey Island
    Mount and Blade
    Oblivion
    Orange Box
    Psychonauts
    Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
    Splinter Cell and all its sequels
    Tomb Raider: Whatever the good ones are, by Crystal Dynamics or whatever
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
    The Witcher
    World of Goo
    Zeno Clash

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    CasualCasual Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Flap Flap Flap Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    My new computer is pretty badass. Because my last computer couldn't handle newer stuff very well, I stopped paying attention to the PC's ebb and flow. My only other console is a wii, which is not in my current geographic location, so I have not experienced many of the xbox or ps3 cross platform stuff. I am looking for the best PC games to come out in, oh say, the last two years. Minimum requirements aren't a big concern.

    I will play anything, but I sucksucksuck at RTS. This may not stop me from trying Dawn of War II. All I have been playing is TF2.

    Oh, and just to save people from posting "omg you have to play this" and writing essays on it, I have heard of bioshock and will attempt it.

    Don't. For the love of god just don't. Go to G&T and read the DoW II thread if you need convincing. Even the people who "like" that game hate it.

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=97723

    The single player isn't without it's charm I got a fair few hours of entertainment out of it but nothing like as much as I got out of the first game. If you're only interested in the campaign and you're willing to shell out the money for just that then fine, but the multiplayer and skirmish is so horribly broken I wouldn't subject yourself to it.

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    SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Really guys, no mention of crysis? It's the best FPS to come out in the last 2 years, and especially if he mentioned getting a monster PC, it's also the best showpiece to show what PCs are capable of.

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    i wanted to keep my list of recommendations short, and couldn't really recommend crysis (as i don't even own it myself).... waiting for maximum edition to a) go on steam and b) be included in a steam sale :)

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    Foolish ChaosFoolish Chaos Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    You are in for a huge treat. Here is, in my opinion, the best of the best from the past few years:

    -The Orange Box
    -Fallout 3/Oblivion
    -Crysis
    -Bio Shock
    -Mass Effect
    -Mount and Blade

    If you haven't played HL2, then the first thing you should do is buy the Orange Box. Even if you have, $30 for both EP1 & 2, as well as Portal and goddamn Team Fortress two makes the Orange Box the best deal out there. Buy it.

    Edit: Whoops, just saw that you have been playing TF2. Guess that means you probably already have the OB.

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    starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I have OB and beat the crap out of portal and play TF2. I still have never tried HL2 because of a poor experience with HL1. I figure now that I am solely a PC gamer I should give it a run.

    But thanks for all the suggestions so far, guys.

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    You can get Bioshock and Oblivion in a box-set now as part of "game of the year" deal thing. $23 bucks from Amazon, you could probably find it cheaper if you looked around.

    Seriously, you can't go wrong with that deal.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Spoit wrote: »
    Really guys, no mention of crysis? It's the best FPS to come out in the last 2 years, and especially if he mentioned getting a monster PC, it's also the best showpiece to show what PCs are capable of.

    You need to get on Crysis ASAP.

    There'll always be detractors saying it's just a graphical showcase. Ignore them, those guys never really understood what it was about.

    I'll second the opinion that it's one of the best FPS's to come out in recent years. To a large extent, the gameplay is focussed around dumping you on a series of different island locations and telling you to get on with your objectives. How you do them is pretty much up to you. It's incredibly freeform in how it allows you to approach each situation, stealth or gunplay, distract and evade or head-on assault, it's almost always viable. As soon as I played the demo I knew I wanted the game, and in the short space of time between that and actually getting the game, I played through the demo about a half dozen times, each time choosing an almost completely different approach.

    There is a caveat though, it's really not like a traditional linear FPS, and if you treat it like one it's going to be just as dull as one. Crysis really is a game where you get out of it the kind of creativity you put into it. At their best, Crysis and Warhead are like summer action blockbuster where you direct the action and what happens is according to your script. More than most FPS's it's really more of a sandbox, where they give you the toys to play with and it's up to you how you apply them.

    There's a good video that helps spell out some of the stuff I'm talking about (comparison between CoD4 and Crysis):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyQTCeobZlg

    Warhead changes the formula somewhat, but it's really sort a flipside to the same coin. It exchanges some of the non-linearity and stealthiness for a more direct and action heavy focus, and that's sort of reflected in the two protagonists of the games as well. I'd easily recommend them both.

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    CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    It all depends on what you like of course.

    Fallout 3 has a version coming out next month I believe that has all the DLC included with the game itself, if you haven't played that definitely worth checking out. The PC version due to all the mods is the superior version.

    Civillization 4 came out with a version with all it's expansions and is damn fun I find.

    Sins of a Solar Empire is a cool space RTS game.

    The Witcher is definitely one of the best games to come out in the last few years.

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