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Single person RPG's?

SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Games and Technology
Since I've just completed the main story in Oblivion I decided to put this game on the shelves for now. The problem is that I'm still in the mood for RPG's where you play as a single character. I like party based RPG's as well but I prefer games where you are supposed to build a single character and play through as him/her all the way through the game.

The games I've currently played that fits my single person RPG need are:
- Deus Ex
- the Fallout series
- the Elder Scrolls series (Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion)
- the Gothic series
- Arx Fatalis.
- Bloodlines
Are these prettty much the best games in this genre or are there games that I may have missed? I don't care if the game is a multi million dollar project or a basement programmed indie title, any suggestion(s) would be appreciated.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Fallout 2. You can deny anyone from joining you. Not sure if that's the kind of RPG you'd enjoy or not, but it's a great game... That's all I can come up with now.

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    MagnumCTMagnumCT Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    You hit it right yourself. If you haven't played Deus Ex, cease all activity not related to the acquiring of or playing it this moment.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    My bad, I forgot to add the Fallout series. I've rectified that mistake in my original post now. Otherwise it was a great suggestion, urahonkey.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Deus Ex.

    Now.

    Edit: wait, you have played Deus Ex?

    In that case, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.?

    I am going to edit in Vampire: Bloodlines so it looks like I came up with it first, because it is a damn good suggestion.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Yeah, I've played through Deus Ex more times than I dare to admit. S.T.A.L.K.E.R would be intersting but I'm not quite sure if my current computer can run it properly.

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Escape Velocity. It may say "100 crew" in the little ship description, but you're the only character. It's a great and really big action-RPG. Multiple storylines, too! It's like the X series but instead of being annoying and sim-like, it's fun and RPG-like.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    STALKER is less an RPG and more of a FPS.

    Hmmm.... I'm at a loss. I don't know if I can think of another one. Final Fantasy Tactics (for the PSP/PSX) allows you to select the number of people in a battle, and if you're daring... You can set it to just Ramza.

    The Witcher is a 1 man RPG for the PC. Not sure if you'd like that or not.

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    captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you're worried about STALKER, the Witcher will definitely take too much machine.

    Vampire: Bloodlines might work though.

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    MagnumCT wrote: »
    You hit it right yourself. If you haven't played Deus Ex, cease all activity not related to the acquiring of or playing it this moment.

    Can't, sound keeps cutting out

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    captaink wrote: »
    If you're worried about STALKER, the Witcher will definitely take too much machine.

    Vampire: Bloodlines might work though.

    Fuck. How did I forget Vampire? Get that game now if you don't have it. It's only $20 on steam. So it's cheap and easy to find.

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    XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and Planescape: Torment are by far and away the best games in the genre.
    Play them.
    Play them now.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Arcanum. A bit buggy and unbalanced and dated nowadays, but it is still a blast to play through. Outstanding setting and great music and a whole lot of rpg goodness.

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    HeirHeir Ausitn, TXRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Have you played Oblivion's predecessor...Morrowind? Great game, imo better than Oblivion overall.

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    Grid SystemGrid System Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Eschalon: Book I is a great indie title with a single main character and no party system at all.

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    HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I know it was already mentioned, but Bloodlines cannot be stressed enough; it's exactly what you're looking for.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    quest 64

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    KVWKVW Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Wouldn't Zelda games count? Single player, many RPG elements, no party members required, huge worlds to explore and multiple quests. Not exactly an Oblivion style game, but similar enough in nature at least. Shadows of the Colossus would count if you ask me. Few games are you so engrossed in your role as that character, which is what I'd consider the definition of an RPG.

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    ultrapeanutultrapeanut Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Another vote for the Witcher, if you can run it at some point in the future. I upgraded for it, and it was more than worth it.

    VtM: Bloodlines is a great suggestion, but be sure to download one of the fan patches in order to not tear your hair out due to the unfinished nature of the game at 1.2.

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    RichardTauberRichardTauber Kvlt Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Reading comprehension people. If you can understand what I mean.

    Diablo is my vote.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    quest 64

    Every time someone recommends this game, I end up having to buy a new set a pants. Thank you for wasting $20 of my money!

    (I love Quest 64, even though people HATED that game when it was out.)

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I've played through Bloodlines as pretty much every clan, but it's an excellent suggestion. Anyone who haven't played this yet really need to try it out.

    Ditto with the Baldurs Gate series and Torment, although I can't really call them single person RPG's since the games themselves were made with a party in mind.
    Arcanum is a great game as well but I'm afraid that I've completed that one almost as many times as I've played through Deus Ex :P

    The Witcher is another great suggestion and I'm currently playing that one right now.

    Regarding Eschalon: I've read some nice reviews about it and it looks pretty interesting. Is the story any decent?

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    quest 64

    Every time someone recommends this game, I end up having to buy a new set a pants. Thank you for wasting $20 of my money!

    (I love Quest 64, even though people HATED that game when it was out.)

    I'm glad I'm not crazy. I loved the game during the initial release. Unfortunately, I barely remember it now.

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    Grid SystemGrid System Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Silpheed wrote: »
    Regarding Eschalon: I've read some nice reviews about it and it looks pretty interesting. Is the story any decent?
    I haven't gone very far into it I think, but what I've seen is pretty generic, storywise. Your character wakes up, not knowing who or where he is, but soon discovers that he has a destiny or something. You run around doing fetch-quests and the like, leveling up and all that. It's supposed to be an "old-school" experience, and from what I gather it does that pretty well.

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    Tim JamesTim James Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Roguelikes. Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark.

    P.S. Game suggestion threads suck when people don't properly list the games they've played. :( You didn't even answer whether you've played Morrowind.

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    BeenieWeenieBeenieWeenie So Delicious So NutritiousRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    quest 64

    Every time someone recommends this game, I end up having to buy a new set a pants. Thank you for wasting $20 of my money!

    (I love Quest 64, even though people HATED that game when it was out.)

    I'm glad I'm not crazy. I loved the game during the initial release. Unfortunately, I barely remember it now.

    Man, that was a long time ago. I loved the game too! I thought everyone hated it and was semi-embarassed to even admit I played it.

    I think it's time for an EBay raid to see if it's cheap there...

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    JeffyJeffy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Quest 64 pissed me off when you need a memory thing to save. Fuck that game.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Tim James wrote: »
    P.S. Game suggestion threads suck when people don't properly list the games they've played. :( You didn't even answer whether you've played Morrowind.
    Wasn't my listing of The Elder Scrolls in the OP clear enough? In case people doesn't know that Morrowind and Oblivion are part of the Elder Scroll series I'll edit that into the OP now.

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    NoelVeigaNoelVeiga Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    System Shock 2 is a nice precursor for Deus Ex, but there's less character interaction, if that's what you seek in RPGs.

    If you're willing to go oldie and Ultima 7 rings a bell, look up a game called "Veil of Darkness". It's one of my all-time favourites. Also the Genesis version of Shadowrun (can we hope for a VC version? I no longer have it in cart form).

    Also, why not, Mass Effect. The party elements notwithstanding, you still get to build up your own character and role play quite a bit. It fits the Fallout niche pretty well. And, hey, look up the Infinity Engine thread for hints on how to run the Bioware classics on modern PCs and make them look nice.

    Also, since you're fresh off Oblivion, why not go into the MMO genre? Oblivion is kind of MMO-y, anyway.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    quest 64

    Every time someone recommends this game, I end up having to buy a new set a pants. Thank you for wasting $20 of my money!

    (I love Quest 64, even though people HATED that game when it was out.)

    I'm glad I'm not crazy. I loved the game during the initial release. Unfortunately, I barely remember it now.

    Man, that was a long time ago. I loved the game too! I thought everyone hated it and was semi-embarassed to even admit I played it.

    I think it's time for an EBay raid to see if it's cheap there...

    It's almost always on a magazine's list of "top 20 worst RPGs ever made" and sometimes "top 20 worst games ever made". But they are magazines. Their opinion is null.

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    HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Neverwinter Nights, maybe. Just don't pick up any party members.

    Might be difficult, though.

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    Tim JamesTim James Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Silpheed wrote: »
    Tim James wrote: »
    P.S. Game suggestion threads suck when people don't properly list the games they've played. :( You didn't even answer whether you've played Morrowind.
    Wasn't my listing of The Elder Scrolls in the OP clear enough? In case people doesn't know that Morrowind and Oblivion are part of the Elder Scroll series I'll edit that into the OP now.
    Sorry, I just did a page search. At least I have a reasonable excuse unlike some others here. ;-)

    Still, roguelikes? Neverwinter Nights? Gotta think of these things when writing suggestion threads.

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    BeenieWeenieBeenieWeenie So Delicious So NutritiousRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I burned out on MMOs after Guild Wars. I played it for a while, along with like 8 other free games, and finally decided... "I'm just doing the same shit over and over again.". I mean, it's obvious that it's just a grindfest from hell, but it was somehow so enjoyable...

    Also, as previously mentioned, Deus Ex. The first one.

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    Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    NoelVeiga wrote: »
    Also, since you're fresh off Oblivion, why not go into the MMO genre? Oblivion is kind of MMO-y, anyway.

    I'm resisting the urge to drive to your house and strangle you with your mouse cord. Oblivion is nothing like an MMO.

    Vampire Bloodlines is the only game I can think of that matches your requirements.

    I can't remember if Jade Empire and KoToR gave you the option of running around solo, if so, they may also be what you're looking for.

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    MechMantisMechMantis Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Arena can be gotten free from Bethesda's official site. DOSBoxable. Fun, somewhat, although a little antiquated.

    Battlespire's worth a runthrough if you can find it, a little more action-y than the standard Elder Scrolls offerings. Also, multiplayer. Not sure if it runs in XP.

    (Yes yes, I know they're part of the Elder Scrolls series. Sue me. And who the fuck knows about Battlespire?)

    Might and Magic: World of Xeen. The Might and Magic Millennium Edition has a CD version with voice acting which is pure awesome. You can get it running on DOSBox without too much trouble. Moriveth is doing a Let's Play of it in SE++ here.

    EDIT: Yeah, it's a party, but it might as well be one person. Still, worth it.

    Anvil of Dawn, if you can find it, is another gem. VERY difficult, though. Shouldn't be too hard to get working under DOSBox, either.

    I'm sure I'll think of more.

    EDIT 2: Don't know if this would fit, but Might and Magic: Dark Messiah. VERY action-y, but if Deus Ex is something you're looking for, then this isn't all THAT different.

    It just doesn't have many interesting characters.

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    ThelloThello Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    I can't remember if Jade Empire and KoToR gave you the option of running around solo, if so, they may also be what you're looking for.
    The one person you could have in your party in Jade Empire was mostly worthless, so you might as well have been playing by yourself.

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    ThelloThello Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Whoops, double post.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Battlespire and Daggerfall were AMAZING games. I wish the newer ones were like them.

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    SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Nah, you're forced to take others along, and they auto-resurrect even if you constantly waste 'em.

    Not really worth getting at this point if you don't have it, but if for whatever reason you've got one of the old Game Boy Final Fantasy Legends games, one-man teams are actually doable, if not a challenge/pain-in-the-ass.

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    NoelVeigaNoelVeiga Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    NoelVeiga wrote: »
    Also, since you're fresh off Oblivion, why not go into the MMO genre? Oblivion is kind of MMO-y, anyway.

    I'm resisting the urge to drive to your house and strangle you with your mouse cord. Oblivion is nothing like an MMO.

    Vampire Bloodlines is the only game I can think of that matches your requirements.

    I can't remember if Jade Empire and KoToR gave you the option of running around solo, if so, they may also be what you're looking for.

    KOTOR didn't, I haven't played Jade Empire.

    So, wait, how is Oblivion not MMO-y? Huge land to explore, quest-or-hunt structure, crafting, open skillsets... TES felt like an MMO before they were invented. The most MMO-y one is probably Arena (you could argue that provinces in that game play like different servers).

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    MechMantisMechMantis Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    Battlespire and Daggerfall were AMAZING games. I wish the newer ones were like them.


    Hey, maybe we should get our copies of Battlespire working and play some multiplayer over Hamachi.


    It could be a good time.

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