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Well bascially i've been out of gaming for a while, spending most my time only on Heroes of Newerth. I have a Ps3, xbox 360 & Gaming PC. I'm just wondering what some games are that i should be after, i like games that are pretty Epic. So for example, dramatic storylines, games that really get you sucked into them.

I don't actually have many games for my consoles, and hardly know about the new games, so welcome to all suggestions :)
 

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PS3:
Metal Gear Solid 4
Resistance: Fall of Man
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.
God of War collection
Assassins Creed 1 and 2

PC:
Oblivion
Crysis
Bioshock
Half Life 2 + Episodes

360:
Halo 1 2 and 3
Gears of War 1 and 2
 

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Oh yeah for PC:

Mass Effect
Knights of the old republic 1 and 2
Overlord 1 and 2.
 

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For any of the three platforms - Oblivion and Fallout3 were the most epic/addictive for me.

I suggest you get them for the pc because mods have been developed for both of them which mods take the gameplay to a whole new level (ie new quests etc)
 

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I know this is an old game, but Half-Life 2 and the two sequels are about as epic as they come :rockout: and I've played each of them at least twice over (HL2 three times).

Basically, I've got every Valve game ever released and they're all worth having. Check them out on www.steampowered.com, you might find them at a good price for all of them as a bundle.

The one game I keep coming back to is Unreal Tournament and UT2004, if you like fast shooters. In particular, it's amazing how the original UT99 still looks and plays so fantastically well after all these years.

I've got Fallout 3 too and can second BP's suggestion.
 
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Oblivion gets my vote too. Along with Dragon Age: Origins. Have yet to try The Witcher, but I heard it was an excellent game.
 

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Oblivion gets my vote too. Along with Dragon Age: Origins. Have yet to try The Witcher, but I heard it was an excellent game.
The Witcher got old quickly for me. The storyline is good, but the combat got boring.
 

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Play Dwarf Fortress. Will take you a while to learn (days), take you longer to understand (weeks), but once you do (months) you will be having the best time, plus, nobody has any idea what the hell the game is.

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

 
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I forgot all about the Witcher. I bought it for like 5 bucks and never downloaded it.
 
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No offense but that dwarf fortress game looks pretty awful. It looks like a bunch of coding all over the screen :laugh:

I have played the witcher a few years back, it was one heck of a game!

I was thinking about Divinity II or Risen. Anyone played either of these and know if they are good and which is better?
 

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Well bascially i've been out of gaming for a while, spending most my time only on Heroes of Newerth. I have a Ps3, xbox 360 & Gaming PC. I'm just wondering what some games are that i should be after, i like games that are pretty Epic. So for example, dramatic storylines, games that really get you sucked into them.

I don't actually have many games for my consoles, and hardly know about the new games, so welcome to all suggestions :)
Here is a list of games that you are likely to receive on this forum:

Mass Effect (1+2)
Oblivion
Fallout 3

To my tastes, every single one of the above are mammoth overrated boring pieces of crap. I tried forcing myself to get into them but just couldn't.

For my money, the most immersive game around at the moment is Risen. The story is simplistic, the answer to most problems in the game is 'yet even more violence', but the main story is beautfully woven into one of the most stunningingly artistic fantasy worlds you will ever see and combining this with the brilliant arcade combat action, you have an absolutely wonderful immersive game. I am currently totally lost in it spending far too many hours per day running around the volcanic island of Faranga. However, I would recommend only the PC version (console is shockingly low quality in comparison) and I would also advise that I wouldn't expect that you would get particularly fantastic performance on your rig (so if you are a 60FPS only guy like I am, I would avoid this one for now).

Apart from that thier is Gothic 2 Gold, which is a very old game (DX8), but when I played through it for the second time (last year) I found it to be every bit as immersive as the first time and certainly got far more entertainment value from it than I have from most other modern games. You will be able to get hold of this game very cheap by now, but if you go for it, then you will need to be prepared to do a bit of ini file tweaking (only MEM cache really) in order to get good performance on a new system.

Another game I did quite like was The Witcher. Out of all the games being mentioned above, this one has by far the most mature and sophisticated storytelling elements in it. However, even with the Enhanced Edition, this game has some terrible performance bugs in it which were evenough to make me not want to play it further than the 4th Chapter.

So my recommendations:

Risen or Gothic 2 Gold

Witcher (also very good but buggy as hell)

Stalker (felt like it could be a class game but performance crippling bugs also prevented me playing it)


Avoid:
Mass Effect(s), Oblivion, Fall Out 3, (ZZZzzzZZZzzz.....despite crazy over the top critical acclaim)
 
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mount & blade warband. there's not much of a story but it's very, and i mean very addictive.
 

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No offense but that dwarf fortress game looks pretty awful. It looks like a bunch of coding all over the screen
Dwarf Fortress is a masterpiece of Ascii game coding ... and it makes us old farts all nostalgic.

For PC, Planescape:Torment is a classic.
 
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For PC:

Fallout 3 + DLCs
STALKER series (Soc, CS, CoP (Just finished CoP, amazing))
Crysis + Warhead
Half-Life 2 + EP1 + EP2

Play all them and you'll be one happy bunny.
 

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PC:

*Dragon Age: Origins
*The Orange Box (Half-Life 2, its episodes, Team Fortress 2, and PORTAL)
*Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (more so sucks you into the world, not so much the plot. Some mods are essential)
*Neverwinter Nights 2 and NWN2 Mask of the Betrayer
*Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

PS3:

God of War 3
Star Ocean 4

PS2 (If you have the Fat Daddy PS3):

Suikoden 3
Suikoden 5
Prince of Persia (all three)
God of War 1 and 2
Star Ocean 3
Metal Gear Solid 3

Universal:

*Fallout 3
*Bioshock 1 and 2
*Batman: Arkham Asylum
*Mass Effect 1 & 2
Addictive but not really Epic:

Left 4 Dead 1 and 2
Borderlands
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
World of Goo
 
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Here is a list of games that you are likely to receive on this
For my money, the most immersive game around at the moment is Risen. The story is simplistic, the answer to most problems in the game is 'yet even more violence', but the main story is beautfully woven into one of the most stunningingly artistic fantasy worlds you will ever see and combining this with the brilliant arcade combat action, you have an absolutely wonderful immersive game. I am currently totally lost in it spending far too many hours per day running around the volcanic island of Faranga. However, I would recommend only the PC version (console is shockingly low quality in comparison) and I would also advise that I wouldn't expect that you would get particularly fantastic performance on your rig (so if you are a 60FPS only guy like I am, I would avoid this one for now).
I'll support Mat here about Risen. It(for the most part, or at least near enough) looks like you're running around a middle ages/Spanish inquisition version of Crysis(you'll notice a lot of familiar art/texture use!).

You just have to give it a few days of playing and get to moving about the island to understand what you're doing and etc. While the game play is a bit arcadish, that also works in your favor. The combat is simplistically repetitive, which is good, considering you can melee combat or use magic.

The story is also pretty neat and twisting. For a while you think and act in a very short-sighted manner, worrying about things that seem important, but as the story unfolds and you realize the true nature of things, those once imperative issues become petty.


Mount and Blade
was also great. It's proper medieval combat but with the feeling of an MMO. Of course being offline, it's your world all to yourself. The key to this one was the combat. Now if only they could make an actual MMO like Mount and Blade. I believe the closest we had was Darkfall or Mortal, but they fell victim to MMO woes.

My last recommendation would be Fallen Earth. The main story is actually quite deep and stays with you forever based on your nature. While the game is still a modern MMO at heart, with similar redundant pitfalls and foundations as it's competitors, for most people it's still different enough that it's worth the hours you put into it. And by that I don't mean lots of hours. Rather I'm speaking quality vs. quantity. You can achieve so much in the game compared to other MMOs in such a short time - because of the different things you would do or want to do. That doesn't mean things are easy or fast or 'extreme,' rather that there's lots you can focus on (or NOT focus on).
The 'world' is very expansive and large, almost desolate and infinite feeling. Combine that with the fact that you can make yourself completely self sufficient and independent from things like auction houses, merchants or other players, and it's almost like an offline game, with the benefits of patching, maintenance and content additions. To me that's pretty awesome. After years of group and clan dependent games, doing things by yourself is great. Thus the time you spend is all about you, hence quality vs. quantity.


Ones i won't recommend are :

Aliens versus Predator: If you love the series and or the old games, you'll enjoy it but also be very disappointed. It doesn't have the same suspense or feeling 1 and 2 did. It's kinda like this: In the first two games, as a Marine, your pulse meter was your lifeline, literally. You would hunker down in dark corners of the colony base tunnels and just sit for minutes on end watching, praying there were no blips on your pulse display. In this version, you run around in rather bland areas, and you see/hear a blip. Instead of freaking out, you sorta just shrug your shoulders and take the aliens head-on. Something about punching an alien in the face that actually hurts it, doesn't seem plausible. -Rent or borrow from someone

Bioshock 2: Story wasn't eventful nor twisting. Plus the action didn't make sense given that you play as a Big Daddy, and furthermore, you knew what to expect from the world of Rapture. In Bioshock 1 you didn't and thus you were surprised. -Rent or borrow from someone

Mass Effect 2: Fun, but not as involving as the first one. Again, probably like Bioshock, it's because you knew what to expect. I will say however though that "involving" isn't necessarily the same thing as "immersive" in this case. You don't really get INTO it, but the story has some epic moments for sure. Buy it if you like the series, if anything so you can beat the game and prepare for Mass Effect 3.

STALKER: COP : Like always, it's a niche game. I didn't find it overall better than Clear Sky, but it has some advantages/benefits. Unfortunately you're reduced to having to use third party mods in order to make it play like it should, and that's just not right - not after they've had three tries to get it right. -Buy it if you like the series, otherwise just use Clear Sky with mods.

Metro 2033 : Obviously a contender for most graphically challenging game title at the moment, however has some serious base flaws. It's extremely linear - which would be ok if the action and story supported it, but it doesn't. The action is cool at the start, especially when you encounter bandits or militant groups, having to bob and weave through the dark, and listen for footsteps and watch for crossfire and etc. In amongst the environment(s) the action gets intense. However as the game goes on and the story unfolds, you run into hordes of mutant creatures that more or less swarm in silly numbers and run around jump-slapping you in the back of the head as if they're just toying with you. You spend most of the time spraying all over the dark trying to stop the onslaught. If they'd strayed from the book/story and excluded the mutants, and kept it about civil/militant post apocalyptic strife between humans, then it would have been really great.
Additionally the story, much like book makes no sense. And when it's over, you're kinda sitting there thinking 'what the hell?' -Rent or borrow from someone

Borderlands : Very cartoonish game play, and supported by cartoonish art. The original visuals were far superior. It's got some neat weaponry and gun play, but they hyped it up a bit too much with the discussions about 'free roam' and etc. -Rent or borrow from someone

Battlefield 2 : Don't get this game with only single player in mind. While it's got some moments of decent action and there are some environments(like the daytime field run back in the 1940s sequences)which are nice looking, it's almost like a poor man's Call of Duty. A few visual features are better than CoD series, but it doesn't pan out like a lot of the screenshots would suggest. This is for online play really, much like the CoD series, but at least with the latter day CoD games, while their action is horrendously face paced and awfully unrealistic, it at least at times can be dramatic(whether single or multi). Bad Company 2 has a few moments there, but mostly falls on it's face.
 
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I think you'll have a lot of fun with Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2. :)
 
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Battlefield 2 : Don't get this game with only single player in mind. While it's got some moments of decent action and there are some environments(like the daytime field run back in the 1940s sequences)which are nice looking, it's almost like a poor man's Call of Duty. A few visual features are better than CoD series, but it doesn't pan out like a lot of the screenshots would suggest. This is for online play really, much like the CoD series, but at least with the latter day CoD games, while their action is horrendously face paced and awfully unrealistic, it at least at times can be dramatic(whether single or multi). Bad Company 2 has a few moments there, but mostly falls on it's face.
I can agree with all the points about single player, but the Multi-player for Bad Company 2 is better IMO than CoDMW2. It is much less exploitive, much more engrossing, and much more realistic. While I can spend several minutes in CoDMW2 in dead silence even though there is supposedly a battle going on, Bad Company 2 makes sure you feel like you are always on a battlefield with the sounds of war. And the sounds or war are not artificially created, but from actual fighting going on around you. I could say more, but I will not.

For those that play the game, you will understand when I say WAR TAPES FTW!!!
 
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Well bascially i've been out of gaming for a while, spending most my time only on Heroes of Newerth. I have a Ps3, xbox 360 & Gaming PC. I'm just wondering what some games are that i should be after, i like games that are pretty Epic. So for example, dramatic storylines, games that really get you sucked into them.

I don't actually have many games for my consoles, and hardly know about the new games, so welcome to all suggestions :)
PC:
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Dragon Age
Half-Life 2 and the episodes with Cinematic Mod 10

The first two are the pretty much the new bar in CRPG storytelling, while the third one is more of a classic CRPG experience, but with some epic battles thrown in. I only got to Half-Life 2 recently, having completely missed it when it came out due to being in the army. The original graphics are dated, but with Cinematic Mod 10 it looks decent. Gameplay is a bit dated for a shooter, but the game does draw you in.

PS3:
Valkyria Chronicles (Unique graphics, good gameplay, interesting storyline).
Final Fantasy XIII (I haven't been that hooked up on a game since I did five runs through Mass Effect 2 during the three weeks after it came out).
 

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Bioshock, COD4, Half-Life 2.

All quite old actually.. hint hint game devs!