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What have I missed (video games)

Dread Pirate ArbuthnotDread Pirate Arbuthnot OMG WRIGGLYT O X O P L A S M O S I SRegistered User regular
edited February 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So I've quit WoW. I've been playing on and off, mostly on, since day one. How long is that even, four years? five years? Point is, I've quit.

I was never addicted to the point where I was peeing in coke bottles and then drinking it for hydration, so I have a gym membership at my university and I have some hobbies, and although I do plan to spend some time on those, what I'd like to do is catch up on some fantastic games I've missed during the last few years.

I generally like platformers, action adventure games, role playing games (but not JRPGs). I'm open to anything though. I suck at FPSes but I'll try one if the atmosphere is good enough!

I have a PC and a 360. My library for the 360, with the games I really enjoyed...
I love the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. I tried KOTOR and it didn't click for me, though. (I liked Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines too)
I liked Fable 2 a lot.
Dead Space was really fun.
I have Grand Theft Auto IV, but I really wanted to just screw around and do less missions. I didn't like the uber realism.

Bonus for games that have been out for a year or three and are now super cheap!

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    Ed321Ed321 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you prefer the "screwing around" part of sandbox games then you should definately get Saint's Row 2.

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    MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Ed321 wrote: »
    If you prefer the "screwing around" part of sandbox games then you should definately get Saint's Row 2.

    I can vouch for screwing around in Saint's Row 2. There is a lot of screwing around to be done in that game.

    Also, I recently came across Red Faction: Guerilla, which is very fun to screw around in, also.

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    Dread Pirate ArbuthnotDread Pirate Arbuthnot OMG WRIGGLY T O X O P L A S M O S I SRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Oh! I completely forgot! I have a DS as well, so I'd love to know some games to pick up for that.

    Thanks for the suggestions thus far

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    Funguy McAidsFunguy McAids Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Best game in 10 years for me is Fallout 3.

    I haven't played anything singleplayer remotely close to as long as i've played fallout 3 both modded and un.

    Plus after I reformat my computer i'll install it again, mod the fuck out of it and repeat my entry to paradise.

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    DusT_HounDDusT_HounD Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    @the scurvy sea dog Dread Pirate Arrrrbuthnot:
    Hrm, have you tried going back into casuals?
    Since you want to spend more time on your other interests, is it worthwhile trying some games where you can have a 'complete' experience in a shorter session? I know many people who are into WoW like you were, and yeah- it never ends until you decide it has to stop.

    So how about some shmups? Since you're on PC, you have access to a vast and endless sea of games there, each with its own subtle nuances and quirks, and best of all, they can be experienced in, what, 20 minutes per session? Then learning to max your score etc can be done at your leisure. Recommendation-wise, you can't go much wrong by trying Cho Ren Sha 68K, or Warning Forever, then the epic, wondrous, Genetos. Even better, they're all free.

    Platformer-wise, why not try Noitu Love 2? It's cheap, and a wonderfully-production-valued, over-the-top, balls-out actioner.

    Uh, after that, i'm out... sorry!

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    virgilsammsvirgilsamms Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Cave Story.

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    AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you like multiplayer and team games where sharpshooting skills aren't so important, consider Left 4 Dead 2. Situational awareness (a bit like WoW bossfights in a way) is more important and teaming up with your infected mates to bring down the survivors is always satisfying and good for laughs.

    RPG wise, The Witcher is fantastic. Geralt (the protagonist) is incredibly badass and the story choices in this game will have you ponder for a bit.

    Arkham Asylum is one of my favorite games of last year. Excellent presentation (and voice acting) of the batman story, interesting action.

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    FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    if you're able to find a copy og Henry Hatsworth for your DS at an acceptable price, buy it!

    it is the best platformer i have ever played

    even though i'm not usually a fan of games with puzzlin' in them

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You say you like platformers, now is a great time to buy a Wii and play New Super Mario Bros and Mario Galaxy, since Galaxy 2 is coming out this summer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrR1boS-DkQ

    Other good platformers/action games on the Wii include A Boy and his Blob, Megaman 9 (Megaman 10 coming out on Monday!), Muramasa: The Demon Blade, de Blob, Wario Land Shake It, NyxQuest and Lost Winds on Wiiware, and the entire back catalog of Virtual Console games.

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    DunxcoDunxco Should get a suit Never skips breakfastRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you're a fan of Zelda-esque exploration and some light Devil May Cry/God of War style combat, Darksiders should keep you going a good 12-20 hours, depending on how thorough you are.

    Dead Rising has been out for a while now, and that game is made of screwing-around-in-a-sandbox situations, coupled with zombies. Win freaking win.

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    Hey AshtrayHey Ashtray Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Psychonauts! Psychonauts! Psychonauts!

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    joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Ace Attorney

    Those games are the reason to own a DS

    And even though you said you don't like JRPGs, The World Ends With You is just absolutely fucking amazing. I hate JRPGs with a fiery passion (particularly with spunky teenage kids who save the world from the ultimate evil), but TWEWY is just great all around. One of the most original games I've ever played, and worth risking a try IMHO.

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    THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Pick up Portal.

    You will enjoy it.

    Seriously.

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    Ed321Ed321 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Sid Meier's Pirates! - the remake of the old 90s title - is also kinda a sandbox game, with very limited emphasis on the realism. I mean it helps if you pay attention to wind strength/direction etc. in the ship battles, but it's not all that important at the lowest difficulties. I found it a lot of fun.

    £6 on steam atm.

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    BladeXBladeX Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Assassin's Creed is now 20 bucks and pretty fun. Note that it's a love it or hate it game, I find it fun but it does get repetitive. Bonus is, by the time you finish it and the other games you are catching up on, Assassin's Creed 2 will probably be less monies!

    EDIT: Dead Rising has been mentioned but it's worth repeating. Just remember with that game that the goal is NOT to try and run through and beat the whole thing on the first run as you will get extremely frustrated and most likely throw it. It is really built for screwing around, gaining levels, and starting over when you die (as your level carries over to the new game). So by the time you get used to the game you're a high enough level to actually beat it.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    There have been some fantastic games mentioned, so I won't bother repeating them here. But I will add a few.

    Earth Defense Force 2017 - Imagine if your favorite b-movie from the 50's about alien invasions was turned into a video game. It's a clearly low-budget game from the outset, but it's a perfect storm of win, as they hit every note perfect. It's also split-screen co-op, which is the perfect way to play.

    Rainbow Six: Vegas - Squad-based tactical shooter with cover mechanic. Nowhere near as sim-like as the previous RS games (but still more realistic than your average shooter). The co-op on it is brilliant, and if you enjoy it, the sequel is already out as well, so you can plow straight on into that one.

    Gears of War - Another shooter with a heavy emphasis on using cover, but more steeped in sci-fi tropes, and ridiculously over-wrought testosterone. Also has co-op, and the sequel is out should you enjoy the first one.

    Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena - The exception that proves the rule. This was one of the first licensed movie-tie-in games that was actually excellent. Well, technically Escape from Butcher Bay was the tie-in, but this includes a remake of Butcher Bay as well as adding another full-fledged game on top of it.

    Ghostbusters: The Video Game - There's something uniquely satisfying about holding a ghost in stasis with your neutron particle accelerator, and wrestling him into a containment unit that you've laid out yourself. Plus you get to live out your child-hood fantasies. It's also written by Akroyd and Ramis, so the humor in the game is top-notch.

    Halo: ODST - Halo is extremely polarizing, so fair warning. That said, I was completely burnt out on Halo when I tried ODST, and found myself really, really pleasantly surprised. It feels like such a more concise, and personal game than any of the others in the series, and since you're playing a lowly ODST, instead of a Spartan, some mild tactics have to come into play since you'll be more likely to die.

    Prince of Persia - You mentioned platforming, and this series is really top of the heap for me when it comes to platforming. All three games on the original oXbox should be stupid cheap by now (just beware of the tone from the second game, but know they learned their mistake when you play the third one). Or if you want, jump straight to the 360 offering. It's a brand-new prince, with a brand new story. Game play has been changed around a bit, so there aren't any nuisance enemies anymore, and though enemies are less plentiful, those you do come across will really put up a fight, and you'll feel like you're against a boss. This one, unfortunately was really polarizing as well though. A lot of people complained that it was too easy. They replaced the time-rewinding mechanic with your companion just saving your ass should you jump off a cliff. The platforming is almost more like a rhythm game, as are the fights, so the challenge is more in doing everything when you're supposed to do it, and now figuring out puzzles.

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    Dread Pirate ArbuthnotDread Pirate Arbuthnot OMG WRIGGLY T O X O P L A S M O S I SRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Do I need to play the Halo games to understand ODST?

    Hell, should I play the Halo games just for the single player?

    Some of the game mentioned (The World Ends With You, Assassins Creed, Henry Hatworth) are in the boyfriends collection, so I'm going to wheedle those out of him. That should be a good start!

    Prince of Persia sounds like an amazing suggestion - I remember hearing so many good things about it but never actually picking them up.

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    SniperGuySniperGuy SniperGuyGaming Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you have a friend that can sit down and co-op the Halo games with you, you will have a blast. Just run 'em straight through in order. Halo>Halo2>Halo3>ODST

    Decent way to spend a weekend.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    ODST is a stand-alone story, so you don't need to play the others to know what's going on, but if you have a friend to play with, they're all really fun co-op.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited February 2010
    Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena - The exception that proves the rule. This was one of the first licensed movie-tie-in games that was actually excellent. Well, technically Escape from Butcher Bay was the tie-in, but this includes a remake of Butcher Bay as well as adding another full-fledged game on top of it.

    Butcher Bay was my GOTY for... whenever it was out on the original Xbox. 2004 maybe. Awesome experience. Dark Athena has a bit too much shooting to make it equally good, but it's still great. They're both available as the same game (BB being an updated remake) on Steam.

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    CasualCasual Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Flap Flap Flap Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Bioshock. Yes it's an FPS but not the CoD4 twitch reaction kind, it has RPG elements and atmosphere oozing out if it.

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    Ginger MijangoGinger Mijango Don't you open that Trap Door!Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Crackdown, Mercenaries 2 and Red Faction:Guerilla for the fun in a sandbox stuff.

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