Looking for good PC games to play

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by nose, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. nose

    nose First time out of the vault

    Dec 1, 2011
    I've been thinking of buying some new PC games. I want something which immerses the player continously with ease and brings forth strong feelings (a game which does that constantly is just perfect). The feelings can, but doesn't have to be in the form of a rush, it could also be something like a constantly present, scary, dreadful feeling. I prefer grinding, downtime and other boring stuff to be minimized as much as possible; it should often be exciting and surprising. And the quality experience should come from the graphics, sound and gameplay working together, not from story cutscenes and such. It's also good if the game has some complexity, if it's excessively simplistic it quickly gets boring. I'm not interested in games like Minecraft and Spore as they provide no emotional excitement. Only games which came out after the beginning of 2009 are interesting. Except for freeroamers which can go as far back as early 2007, fighters back to SSFII and RTS which can go as far back as the latter half of 2006. Not under 80% on GR or Metacritic (by critiques) for any game, not under 84% for FPS (excluding FPS freeroamers), not under 85% for RTS. If online is a big part of what makes the game worth it, it better still have quite an active online community which will remain active for at the very least another 3 years. If it's single player then I prefer it to have a total of 15 hours of gameplay or more.

    So I've been looking at different genres. I would like to know which genres fit what I described in the first paragraph best, in general. RTS try to offer deep, complex gameplay but seem very spammy and boring overall. And you jump back and forth, its just not the same as the singularly focused experience of first/third person. There's quite a lot to chose from, but I think I would take something fast paced, tactical, really good like Company of Heroes 1, DotA, or SCII. So I'm wondering what some other good RTS are and if RTS sounds like a good genre, going by the first paragraph. Maybe I should just try chess instead, but then again that takes long to learn.

    Then there's freeroamers. I'm looking mainly at Skyrim, New Vegas, Mass Effect and the 3 S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. I have not played the first two, but it seems to me (wrong?) Bethesda/Obsidian and Bioware appeals mostly to casuals, instead of thrill and challenge? There's mods, but the core game remains the same... Also, many battles seem very "messy" and at times very onesided. Haven't played any of the STALKER games either, but they're said to have challenge and an unique, engrossing and at times scary feel. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, does one actually feel very emotionally lively while playing them? Also, does Clear Sky really suck so bad in comparison to to SoC and CoP? I haven't so much checked Saints Row, GTA and the like but they don't seem to go well with the first paragraph?

    I have the impression that SSF4AE beats out BlazBlue and KoF13 (should it come to PC that is) in terms of popularity, repetitiveness, online and overall quality, but what say you? I might as well ask the same regarding SF x Tekken and MvC3. MvC3 has many 'different' characters, but is it just me or does it often devolve into much overly drawn out spam, extreme animation and extreme combos, which would reduce depth?

    Racing games, racing sims, flight sims. I know there are several of all of those and I haven't tried any of them, but am I mistaken to think they're actually not very exciting? Actually I would like to ask the same regarding "superhero" games like Prototype. Also there's singe player adventure/shooter/stuff like Assassin Creed, Bioshock, FEAR, dunno what to make of them though.

    And finally FPS w/ multiplayer, which there is an humongous amount of, Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, L4D2, TF2, BF3, MW3. Should I just get MW3 as it's "hot" and very quick way to get in at action, or check out something else? I mean, MW3 seems cool and tactical, you die real quick and often though, and something like that really puts a damper on things (or doesn't it?). Also the special abilities seem kind of generic, e.g. take up laptop and then have a missile land somewhere on the map killing someone. That doesn't matter if the game still manages to stay exciting and varied, but I can't help but ask if it makes things a bit less exciting. Actually I already tried MW1 quite a bit, never bothered to get good so I don't know how it feels to really be playing at your best while you're actually good, or which MW game is best. But I can easily aquire MW1 very, very cheaply.

    I named quite a few different games as examples but if I missed some good games or genres then please do mention them!

    For gaming in the next few years, especially with Windows 8, will 4GBs of RAM be a probable requirement? More and more seem to have 2GB as minimum, and 3GB computers seem unusual.

    Is having a 64bit OS becoming standardized in the near future? Will it be a requirement for gaming and such?
  2. Verd1234

    Verd1234 Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jan 16, 2009
    What about Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City?

    These games seem to fit the stuff you want in a game that you wrote in the first paragraph.

    Bioshock 1 also is very good and you should try that...

    Also, are you only interested in new games? There are some old games that were released before 2009 that are still good even though they are old...
  3. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Boom Boom Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    I think this should be in the Gaming thread, but what the hell do I know? :wink:
  4. mobucks

    mobucks woof Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    In my experience no other genre offers continuous "I can hear my heart beating" moments. From chasing down another pilot online in IL2 1946 to having that pesky opponent filling my rearview mirror in GTR or RACE, nothing compares to the satisfaction of trying to master the steep learning curve of a well done simulation.
    Word to the wise, the learning curve is steep, which is what turns most people away. I assume spinning out every corner or being shot down at every opportunity isn't the experience most people go for. But if you stick with it, you WILL get better, and then it really pays off.

    As for RTSs, have you played any Total War games? I think they're great. Some are deeper than others, all have great graphics, as well as strong modding communities.
  5. Loxley

    Loxley Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Apr 11, 2003
    If you want a constant feeling and some complexity I have heard Amnesia is a good one. Based on what I have seen, I is afraid to play it myself but I have heard it is extremly scary.
  6. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I would say Bloodlines, but it fails to meet some of your more arbitrary criteria.
  7. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 10, 2011
    That's a great game. I recommend it OP.

    It also has some of the most disturbing/terrifying moments of any video game I've ever played if you're into scary games (the haunted hotel and the prosthetics shop come to mind).

    Edit: Excellent voice-acting as well I might add. The combat is a little wonky at first but you'll get used to it.

    Edit: Although like UW said it fails to meet some of your arbitrary criteria. Why do you care if a game came out before 2009?
  8. Makenshi

    Makenshi Ahoy, ye salty dogs!

    Jul 28, 2006
    The Assassin's Creed series did that for me (especially the first game).
  9. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Antediluvian as Feck

    Sep 14, 2009
    You know good - gaming thread please...
  10. eom

    eom Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 16, 2004

    yeah, that looks pretty creepy -- but why doesn't the guy hiding in the closet use his +5 vorpal sword, or whatever?

    and if anybody knows some good co-op mp pc I can play on lan let me know.
  11. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Nose, I think you should first try to look for the right forum. Reading is something very essential these days.
  12. gotithot

    gotithot First time out of the vault

    Dec 20, 2011
    my list

    Batman Arkham City
    DIRT 2
  13. brandonhart61

    brandonhart61 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 24, 2011
    I've heard Deus Ex is one of the best pc games made.
  14. Richwizard

    Richwizard Don't ask Orderite

    Jan 18, 2010
    Why has no one in the NMA forums mentioned Fallout?! Do you have Fallout? If not, then classic Fallout and Fallout 2! (with Killap's FO2 patch or F2RP)

    Oh, he said "new" games; the new Batman games, Bioshock is not quite "new" but classic, I enjoy New Vegas. There are ratings threads here in the forums. Check them out.