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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Koa » Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:23 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:If there's more than just button mashing in combat, that sounds kind of fun.
I haven't played it myself, but this video starting at around 8m talks about the combat system.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Breakfast » Tue May 31, 2016 2:22 pm UTC

I'm looking for any game that's similar to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Not the Assassin's Creed bits though (though that's okay). I want the huge map to explore in a nonlinear way with lots of things to collect and some cool movement gimmicks.

Might not exist though... Reason I mention AC: BF (instead of something like Batman) is that I also love the island / jungle setting.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Echo244 » Tue May 31, 2016 2:28 pm UTC

Just Cause 2? (Possibly also 3 but I haven't played that) No clambering around on things, but you *do* have a grappling hook and a parachute, can steal all sorts of vehicles (and then grappling hook them together), loads of upgrades to collect and target objects to explode...
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Tue May 31, 2016 3:45 pm UTC

Breakfast wrote:I'm looking for any game that's similar to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Not the Assassin's Creed bits though (though that's okay). I want the huge map to explore in a nonlinear way with lots of things to collect and some cool movement gimmicks.

Might not exist though... Reason I mention AC: BF (instead of something like Batman) is that I also love the island / jungle setting.

Saints Row 4, InFamous, and Prototype come to mind, as each had their own sort of movement mechanics and a large-ish map. Though all three are superhero-ish sort of games, so there's that.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Breakfast » Tue May 31, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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Breakfast wrote:I'm looking for any game that's similar to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Not the Assassin's Creed bits though (though that's okay). I want the huge map to explore in a nonlinear way with lots of things to collect and some cool movement gimmicks.

Might not exist though... Reason I mention AC: BF (instead of something like Batman) is that I also love the island / jungle setting.

Saints Row 4, InFamous, and Prototype come to mind, as each had their own sort of movement mechanics and a large-ish map. Though all three are superhero-ish sort of games, so there's that.
Echo244 wrote:Just Cause 2? (Possibly also 3 but I haven't played that) No clambering around on things, but you *do* have a grappling hook and a parachute, can steal all sorts of vehicles (and then grappling hook them together), loads of upgrades to collect and target objects to explode...


Don't care for InFamous or Prototype but I'll be looking into Saints Row 4 and Just Cause (Just Cause 1 & 2 is bundled for less than $20 on Steam...)

Any preferences between the two?

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Obby » Tue May 31, 2016 6:19 pm UTC

Breakfast wrote:I'm looking for any game that's similar to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Not the Assassin's Creed bits though (though that's okay). I want the huge map to explore in a nonlinear way with lots of things to collect and some cool movement gimmicks.

Might not exist though... Reason I mention AC: BF (instead of something like Batman) is that I also love the island / jungle setting.

In a different setting than the other recommendations, take a look at Rebel Galaxy. It's basically just the ship combat part of Black Flag, but in space. There's a trading system between planets and systems, many different ships to purchase and customize, a decent (though admittedly simple) story. Honestly, the combat basically carries the whole game and it's totally worth the $20 or whatever price point it's at on Steam in my opinion.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Tue May 31, 2016 7:17 pm UTC

Breakfast wrote:Don't care for InFamous or Prototype but I'll be looking into Saints Row 4 and Just Cause (Just Cause 1 & 2 is bundled for less than $20 on Steam...)

Any preferences between the two?


I've not put a lot of time in to Just Cause, but I have in to Saints Row.

Saints Row is a self-aware tongue-in-cheek semi-parody of the Open World Games at this point. You, the player, are in a game series that started as a Grand Theft Auto 3 clone but at this point is so far removed from it that if you're in vehicles it's because you're either in the first couple of minutes of the game or are needing an attack helicopter - the cars are completely irrelevant as you're faster and better protected *outside* of vehicles than you are in them.

That said, it is a "humor" game, meaning that if you aren't of the mindset to find that style of humor funny, you'll not enjoy the jokes. For example, in an early sequence where you're the president of the US, you meet a guy who is a bit of a dick - your options on how to deal with him are [Punch a dickhead] or [Punch a dick in the head] - aka suckerpunch to the face or crotch. You're presented with two bills, one that solves world hunger and one that funds the cure for all cancers, they're named Let Them Eat Cake and Fuck Cancer. Here, watch this bit and see if the humor style appeals at all

There's also some mythology jokes going on that kinda mean you have to have played the earlier games to get them (like modern BusinessShaundi meeting old StonerShaundi, or the point of the side-scrolling Gat levels and why Gat even matters, etc). Not that they're unplayable or incomprehensible otherwise, but it's sorta like watching Jedi without having seen A New Hope or Empire.

Just Cause 2, the one I've played the most of, is a "Serious" game. I put that in quotes as while the dialog and actions are presented with the utmost seriousness, the voice acting is so over-the-top scenery chewing as to be hilarious. Like, everything Bolo says. Watch this for a minute or so.

As far as gameplay goes, it's kinda what I'd imagine if Spider-Man and the Punisher were the same person.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Koa » Tue May 31, 2016 8:01 pm UTC

I would recommend playing the demos of Just Cause. One of the things that isn't really communicated unless you play it is how pointless a lot of the destruction feels, and how the rapid response military makes it a little frustrating. If you decide you want to liberate some town by blowing up the Oppressive Fuel Silostm, you need to do it quickly and then flee the scene otherwise you're probably going to die to an IFV or attack helicopter. It's better that opposition shows up rather than not, but still, the gameplay is at odds with itself.

SR4 is more fun in general imo, though the world is kind of dreary. Not much to explore. There are thingies to collect, and they're unusually fun to collect because of the movement mechanics, but it stresses Point A to Point B gameplay. Which is okay, because the movement mechanics never get old. I like running around in SR4 much more than I do exploring SR4, if that makes sense.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Echo244 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:40 am UTC

Koa wrote:I would recommend playing the demos of Just Cause. One of the things that isn't really communicated unless you play it is how pointless a lot of the destruction feels, and how the rapid response military makes it a little frustrating. If you decide you want to liberate some town by blowing up the Oppressive Fuel Silostm, you need to do it quickly and then flee the scene otherwise you're probably going to die to an IFV or attack helicopter. It's better that opposition shows up rather than not, but still, the gameplay is at odds with itself.


...or you can grappling hook the helicopter, hijack it, and use it to blow even more things up, much quicker...

I'd have agreed with you when I started playing Just Cause 2 - I was trying to pick off soldiers and secure an area before trying to complete objectives, and with endless waves of reinforcements, that worked poorly. But then I started learning to (a) concentrate on the fun bit of Blowing Stuff Up and (b) use the military's escalations against them, blow lots of stuff up very quickly, and then zoom off somewhere else to rinse and repeat, and the game got a lot more fun.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Koa » Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:54 pm UTC

It does force you to be a sort of drive-by saboteur commando. To be more clear, the exploration aspect of the large world is at odds with everything else. You can explore in peace, but if you want to do much of anything then you need to run, in which case you're locked out of being able to explore for a while. Sometimes I would want to check out that neat looking town over there, but there would be a mob chasing me so I would need to keep going somewhere else. And by the time I would lose the mob I no longer remembered or cared where that town was. I often felt like I had little to no control over where I was going or where I ended up. That can be fine but it's a different sort of experience than what you might get out of ACBF.

Anyway, do take advantage of the demo. It's one of the few times you can anymore.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:08 pm UTC

I'm basically looking for Halo 3: ODST or Halo: Reach single player campaign, but on PC.
Other good points of reference might be the shooty-bits from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, or the Crysis games.

Basically, a shooter that's a bit more deliberate and tactical than this years flavor of Call of Duty, but maybe not quite *so* deliberate and tactical as a Rainbow Six or Splinter Cell game.

Something I can pick up and quickly get into the action, but not feel like I'm missing anything if I don't fully explore the hub areas and talk to all the NPCs. And if I drop it for a week or two and come back, I don't want to have to spend too much time figuring out what I was doing and where to go next and what's happening in the story.

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A good story
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:51 am UTC

Maybe look into Metal Gear Solid V...? Has more emphasis on stealth than gunplay though.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby EdgarJPublius » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:00 am UTC

MGSV is a game I am interested in as something to really sit down and play at some point. But it doesn't really seem like something I'd be able to pick up and put down real easily.

From what I've seen, it seems like the sort of game where I'll pick it up wanting to go shoot some badguys, and I'll find I last left off at some part where there's tons of stuff I feel like I have to do before I start the next mission, like upgrade the base, find some collectibles or other junk, complete some objective that'll make the mission I actually want to do easier or whatever.

Also, it looks like something where if I put it down for a week or two and come back, I'm gonna have no idea what's going on. Aren't MGS games also full of long cutscenes? That's not really ideal for what I'm looking for as something to easily pick up and put down.

I could be wrong on any of this stuff though, I haven't actually played the game.
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Postby Xanthir » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:48 am UTC

MGS5 is much better on the "long cutscenes" thing. Only a few spots where they go long; most of the game is nice short stuff.

And nah, it's actually pretty good to pick up. Your only *real* resource is money, and it's never really spare even with pretty casual play, so you can do whatever without feeling bad. Heck, casual pick-up play means the real-time research delays for the higher-level things and the team missions don't mean as much; you just set them off and then pick up the results next time you play.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby PeteP » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:01 pm UTC

I want something player versus player with short matches (I don't want to have to commit to spending an hour when starting a match), as for genre ego shooter aren't really my preference (and better with a team of people you know but when I am playing with others we have games I am looking for something that is fun alone). I tried the http://www.tumblestonegame.com/ demo and that was kinda fun in mp, so something like "solve puzzle faster than opponent" would work I guess. MP isn't absolutely necessary, sp with short games work too but mp often makes games more entertaining.

Second request: I kinda like leveling in games or buying upgrades but that can often shifts the balance between skill and time investment. Any good recommendations for a game with levels/upgrades where skill makes a huge difference

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

For your second request, have you tried FTL? It is absolutely fantastic, really hard, your choices are critical to your success since enemies keep getting stronger, and each run is just two hours long.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby KnightExemplar » Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:44 pm UTC

PeteP wrote:I want something player versus player with short matches (I don't want to have to commit to spending an hour when starting a match), as for genre ego shooter aren't really my preference (and better with a team of people you know but when I am playing with others we have games I am looking for something that is fun alone). I tried the http://www.tumblestonegame.com/ demo and that was kinda fun in mp, so something like "solve puzzle faster than opponent" would work I guess. MP isn't absolutely necessary, sp with short games work too but mp often makes games more entertaining.


There's always Puyo Tetris.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9uaBQbq01I

Play Tetris faster than your opponent == winning. Double clears == 1 damage, triple clears == 2 damage, Tetris == 4 damage, TSpin single == 2 damage, TSpin Double == 4 damage, TSpin Triple == 6 damage. Ren (aka combo) bonus is +0 / +0 / +1 / +1 / +2 / +2 / +3 / +3 / +4 / +4 / +5 / +5 (onwards is always +5). All Clear = 10 damage.

In contrast, Puyo Puyo is one of the best competitive puzzle games ever made, matches last less than 2 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitwE6CXlko#t=5s

The exponential damage system means 6x combo is literally 2x stronger than a 5x combo (A 2x combo is closer to 4x stronger than a 1x combo btw). I mean, its really exponential (not just super-linear, but each combo does double your damage), so you want to hit those high combos. Big O of (2^combo-length), as you can add various bonuses to actually make the damage grow much faster than that (color bonus, 5+ matches, etc. etc.)

So the play between "short harass" and "deep-combo damage" makes Puyo Puyo one of the best competitive puzzle games I've ever played.

The combination of Tetris vs Tetris, Tetris vs Puyo, or Puyo vs Puyo, or even Swap mode and Puyo-Tet mode means this is the ultimate Puyo and Tetris game ever made. All modes support 4-player free for all, 4-player teams (3v1 or 2v2), as well as handicap matches to better even out skill levels.

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The one-player experience is as you'd expect. Standard Tetris modes (40-line clear, 150-line Marathon mode (aka the rocket-ship), Practice Mode).

As in the PuyoPuyo tradition, you've got your 7-hour+ character driven story mode, which is unfortunately Japanese only although fan-translations exist. Its a silly story, but it does add character development and some character growth to an otherwise silly puzzle game.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby DaBigCheez » Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:43 pm UTC

PeteP wrote:I want something player versus player with short matches (I don't want to have to commit to spending an hour when starting a match), as for genre ego shooter aren't really my preference (and better with a team of people you know but when I am playing with others we have games I am looking for something that is fun alone). I tried the http://www.tumblestonegame.com/ demo and that was kinda fun in mp, so something like "solve puzzle faster than opponent" would work I guess. MP isn't absolutely necessary, sp with short games work too but mp often makes games more entertaining.

Atlas Reactor can be kind of entertaining - it's sort of a blend of turn-based tactics and a MOBA, with actions locked in simultaneously and then executed all together. Games usually take about 20 minutes. Teams are 4v4; playing it with randoms works fine, but there's plenty of room for teamwork if desired. It has a "free mode", which some describe as free-to-play but I'd call more of a "fully-featured trial" (you have all the game's features except ranked play, but are limited to a smaller subset of the heroes).
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Izawwlgood » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:30 pm UTC

So I kind of finished Salt and Sanctuary, am sort of dicking around with another play through using whips/pistols, but I'm feeling fairly spent on it. I preordered Warhammer: Deathwing, but in the mean time am sort of back to not having anything cool to play. Metroidvanias are fun, so I started Valdis Story again, but it hasn't grabbed me yet.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:09 pm UTC

Have you played Dust: An Elysian Tale? It's a fun little platformer that might have some of the stuff you're looking for. Very bright graphics, and a very... furry-like design (everyone's an anthropomorphic animal...).

And I always recommend Mark of the Ninja. It doesn't have an open-world feel of a metroidvania game (it has distinct levels, but they're long), but it's super fun to play, there are lots of great skills you can learn, and you can play it in multiple styles.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:41 am UTC

I'll check out dust. I loved mark of the ninja, and might need to replay it now that I have a steam controller.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby PeteP » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:02 am UTC

Yeah played FTL great game. Maybe I will do some more runs sometimes though not at the moment.

Puyo Puyo sounds like it might be fun, thank you.

Atlas reactor hmm depending on the details that could be fun, I will check it out sometimes, thx.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby KnightExemplar » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

PeteP wrote:Puyo Puyo sounds like it might be fun, thank you.


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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby PeteP » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:10 pm UTC

Upon further checking it seems to be console only and I am pretty much PC only so no can do I guess.

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Postby KnightExemplar » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:13 pm UTC

PeteP wrote:Upon further checking it seems to be console only and I am pretty much PC only so no can do I guess.


Ah darn.

Puyo Vs is a free PC clone, and NullPoMino is considered one of the best free Tetris PC experiences you can get btw. There are internet matchmaking systems if you work at it, but they're relatively underground.

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For a more turnkey solution, 10,000,000 is a good single-player matching puzzle game I can recommend on the PC. Its basically a series of short puzzle dungeons for ~2 to 5 minutes of gameplay segments.

Second request: I kinda like leveling in games or buying upgrades but that can often shifts the balance between skill and time investment. Any good recommendations for a game with levels/upgrades where skill makes a huge difference


Yeah, 10,000,000 is one of those games. There's the skill in learning how to match-4 better and faster, and then there's the level up system where matches do more damage (allowing you to fight harder and harder monsters)

The only thing 10,000,000 is missing is multiplayer unfortunately. So I personally found the "lifetime" of that game to be ~2 or 3 weeks or so. But its a very good game on the couple of weeks that you obsess about it.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Ptolom » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:41 pm UTC

I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life. Something with exploration and adventure, rather than twitchy arcade gameplay.
I tried Another World, which could so easily have been great but is so awful to control and so miserly with checkpoints that I had to give up before it drove me mad.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:42 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life.



The only on-spoiler way I know to ask this - is your inventory mostly or completely filled in?
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Postby Ptolom » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:51 pm UTC

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Postby rmsgrey » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:23 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life. Something with exploration and adventure, rather than twitchy arcade gameplay.
I tried Another World, which could so easily have been great but is so awful to control and so miserly with checkpoints that I had to give up before it drove me mad.


At risk of being too obvious: A Link Between Worlds.

It's more-or-less a direct sequel to LttP, with a lot of the same geography, but some interesting new mechanics.

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby LaserGuy » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:04 am UTC

Ptolom wrote:I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life. Something with exploration and adventure, rather than twitchy arcade gameplay.
I tried Another World, which could so easily have been great but is so awful to control and so miserly with checkpoints that I had to give up before it drove me mad.


Secret of Mana? It's halfway between Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy (the good ones).

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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby headprogrammingczar » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:25 am UTC

It's a bit of a lazy way out, but the Occarina of Time "series" would fit nicely. The "sequels" are Majora's Mask, Windwaker, and Twilight Princess, which all exist independently for timey-wimey reasons. Majora's Mask and Windwaker in particular are the best examples of what they attempt that I have ever seen.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:56 pm UTC

Any mobile gaming recommendations to scratch a kind of empire building/resource management/econ simulator itch?

I picked up Shipping Manager, Last Vikings and Achikaps, which are fun but not super engrossing. Most of the 'empire builder' games are just cash grabs, that seem pretty boring and all the same.
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Postby phillip1882 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:25 am UTC

i have rim world, and banished, i need something classy (read little to no gore) and fun.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:15 am UTC

Now, when you say little to no gore...


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Is this image of a dwarf who died from beheading after having an axe imbedded in their torso too much?


...because Dwarf Fortress. Or KeeperRL.


Otherwise, Pixel Survivors?


You interested in other genres at all?
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby phillip1882 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:40 am UTC

the genre isn't my big concern i play everything form racers (burn out is a blast) and mmorpgs (dig world of Warcraft) to city builders (sim city 4) and adventure games (Legend of Zelda ocarina of time was as all time favorite of mine) just no shooters or horrors.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Angua » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:55 pm UTC

So, my brother has offered to get me a game on Steam for my birthday (he gets Steam credits from random stuff) and so I need a recommendation. I like games where you have to solve puzzles (like portal and mirrors edge) and RPGs (have Dragon Age and Tales of Zesteria).

Any good ideas?
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Zohar » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:05 pm UTC

I'm playing Rime and enjoying it, it's a nice-looking puzzle game.
I really loved Abzu (or if you have a PS3-capable device, Journey is fantastic) but it's very short - it's less puzzles and more exploration.
Valkyria Chronicles was lots of fun as a strategic RPG game.
You might also like Mark of the Ninja, it's a stealth game - you can play it action-style, but it encourages you to not kill enemies and find how to go through a level without alerting anyone.

Do any of those sound good?
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby HES » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:05 pm UTC

Flicking through my game library, The Witness, The Talos Principle, and Q.U.B.E all tick the puzzles box
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Angua » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:31 pm UTC

Awesome, quite a few of those sound pretty intriguing.

I have directed my brother to this thread so that he can make the final decision.
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Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Postby Xanthir » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:48 pm UTC

HES wrote:
Flicking through my game library, The Witness, The Talos Principle, and Q.U.B.E all tick the puzzles box

Those were the three I was going to suggest (and they're all good, in my experience). Also: The Swapper
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