Please Recommend Good PC RPG Games

I need some recommendations guys. I want to get some new games so I’m searching for worthwhile RPG’s that I could sink my teeth into. I figured I’ll ask everyone here and see if I can get some good recommendations. I’m looking for semi-recent stuff but classics are fine too. In fact one of the recommendations I hear all the time is Fallout. So that game is definitely on my list – I just need to get around to locating a copy somewhere. Something more recent with bit better graphics would be nice though.

I don’t mind more action oriented games which require some button mashing during combat. Some people don’t like that proffering more of a strategic approach but I’m not one of them. For example, some of my favorite PC RPG’s are Morrowind and Jade Empire which do have a more or less twitch oriented combat. However, I don’t mind turn based stuff either. For example I loved Knights of the Old Republic.

Setting doesn’t matter to me. In fact fantasy seems to be sort of the default setting anyway. Something different like Scifi or Cyberpunk is always welcome though. Once again, Fallout seems to be an interesting choice here so I will definitely check it out. :)

I loved the openness of Morrowind – being able to go anywhere, complete side quests and level up without worrying that much about the main mission was great. Anything with that mode of play would be nice, but I don’t mind a more structured approach either. Btw, I haven’t played Oblivion, but I don’t think my dated hardware can handle it so that one is a no go.

Feel free to recommend MMO’s, but I’m really more interested in single player stuff. I just don’t feel like paying a monthly fee. I tried WoW and it was fun, but not $15 a month fun. But I’m willing to try new stuff if it offers a free trial the same way WoW did. One MMO that looked interesting to me was Tabula Rasa but alas, no trial. :(

Oh, before you recommend it note that I used to play Guild Wars but at the moment I’m completely bored with it. Maybe one day I will dust off my Necro but for now… Meh…

So, is there a game that I should definitely pick up? Which game really had an impact on you? What game would you like to see me review here? Let me know. I need tome good recommendations. :mrgreen:

Yeah, yeah – it’s a crappy post about nothing. It’s Monday, give me a break. It might still end up being a good resource for everyone if we get some good recommendations here!

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21 Responses to Please Recommend Good PC RPG Games

  1. jambarama UNITED STATES K-Meleon Windows Terminalist says:

    I’ve been playing “duels” for a few months, and I’ve enjoyed it. No nice graphics, no immersive environment, just a browser based, no-download, social game. You can play for 5 minutes, then walk away.

    Check it out at http://duels.com , and if you like it feel free to message me, I’m http://duels.com/jambarama

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  2. Keith UNITED STATES Konqueror Debian GNU/Linux says:

    Anachronox fits your criteria fairly well. It’s on the older side (2001), built with the Quake II engine, but still looks good and is incredibly fun to play.

    “Together with his friends, Sly Boots will discover a great mystery and prevent the destruction of the universe. Set in a futuristic world, the game is a console-style RPG for the PC, that also contains elements of a humorous adventure á la Space Quest. Controlling Sly and six other party members, you’ll explore many planets, and fight enemies in Final Fantasy style battles – a mixture of real time and turn-based combat. There are also many mini-games and plenty of side quests scattered around.” – MobyGames

    While there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of or played Anachronox, most likely I’d bet you’ve at least heard about if not played Deus Ex. Deus Ex, released in 2000 and based on the Unreal engine, “is a cyberpunk-themed action role-playing game … which combines gameplay elements of first-person shooters with those of role playing games.” This game is almost completely open-ended allowing you to accomplish goals in any way you see fit. You can avoid combat altogether, in the style of Thief, or you can run into the middle of combat in the spirit of the Doom Marine. The story does in fact change depending on the actions you take (one example is that there are three different possible endings to Deus Ex).

    Both of these games are a lot of fun and a few of my favorite ones. Coincidentally, they both come from the now defunct Ion Storm, which also brought us Daikatana.

    Finally, I might suggest Septerra Core (1999). I enjoyed it but it’s definitely not quite up to the quality or as fun as Anachronox or Deus Ex.

    Hope this helps or gives you some ideas.

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  3. Dax UNITED STATES Opera Windows says:

    If you are interested in older games I’d recommend System Shock, Icewind Dale, or Baldur’s Gate.

    Recently, I had a pretty good time with Battle for Wesnoth. It has a little bit more micromanagement than I like in turn-based strategy games, but it was still fun.

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  4. D.Taylor GERMANY Internet Explorer Windows says:

    It looks like Travian [ http://www.travian.com/ ] is the rage over here. (Germany) As well as (maybe) the States. It’s free(?) It’s supposed to be a browser based Game. But, I haven’t had the time to play with it. So I’m probably am not helping much. -d

    p.s. I like the grafic (rappelz.gpotato.com) that’s a part of the Google Ad directly below this.

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  5. Teague UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Fallout 1 & 2 rock. ’nuff said.
    The Baldur’s Gate stuff is great, as mentioned earlier. They and the Icewind Dales are AD&D rules.
    In the BGs you start as one character, then can add recruitables as you encounter them. There is a main storyline, but they both offer a TON of side stuff. I especially liked that the game took out the recruitable that matched your chosen class, to avoid redundancy. ie, I played as a Ranger first time through, and had recruited a Paladin character, then played as a Paladin and the one I recruited before was gone, and I encountered a recruitable Ranger that wasn’t there the first time.
    In the IDs, you put together a party right from the start. It has a very “you meet at a tavern” feel to it. Also, while the particular areas have a little side stuff you can do, it is very much on rails. Oh, and I don’t think there are any “wandering monsters”. What they scripted is what you get, period.
    Both the BGs and Ids have level caps.

    The fantasy RPG that I like best, but gets no love elsewhere, is Wizardry 8. It’s party-based, with recruitables. ie you start with 6 and can recruit up to 2 more. There are tons of recruitables, and some won’t/can’t go into some areas of the world, depending on race, class, personality, faction ties, etc. It’s really unique that way.
    The character system is class-based, with point-based skills. You can change class at level-up. The spell-casting is a great mix of mana points and skill levels and attributes, giving a wide range of effectiveness from caster to caster.
    There is a main storyline, but with TONS of side stuff. The main storyline even has permutations depending on what faction(s) you take up with. You can go anywhere, generally, although some areas will be too tough if you go too soon. Most enemies are “wandering”, with some being set to the “level” of the area, and some to the “level” of the party. This is yet another hybrid system that works brilliantly to keep it from being totally boring when you have to go back to an area from earlier.
    The view is “first person”, so the party moves as a group, but in a tactical formation that you can set and modify freely both in and out of combat. You can switch combat from turn-based to “continuous”, even during a fight.
    I could go on and on. The graphics are good for 2001, although the character portraits are kinda sucky.
    More later, as I think of them.

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  6. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    @jambarama – I’m not a big fan of the browser based stuff, but thanks for the suggestion. :)

    @Keith – wow, thanks. Anachronox looks interesting. I never heard about it before. Deus Ex seems to be one of those staple classics that I have yet to play. I might need to check both of these out.

    @Dax – talk about staple classics. System Shock and Icewind and Baldur. Yep, these were on my list for quite some time now, I just never get around to playing them. :P

    @D.Taylor – thanks, but once again – browser based stuff is not my cup of tea.

    @Teague – wow, never heard about Wizardry 8, but the way you describe it, it seems like worth checking out. Thanks.

    Keep em comming guys! Let’s see if we can get a nice collection of worthwhile games here. :)

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  7. Teague UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Planescape:Torment is very unusual (in a good way, I think), and got lots of props over the years. Good luck finding it, too.

    Arcanum:Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is another quirky one that you might like. As the title suggests, there’s magick and steampunk, with the 2 being mutually exclusive. ie the more a character delves into one, the less aptitude he has for the other. IIRC it is another where you start as one and pick up recruitables.

    Oh, and have you heard of Wizardry 8? ;)

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  8. Muhammad SINGAPORE Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Heya Luke!

    I think I posted the link to Rampant Games long, long time ago in a post far, far away. Do check it out! Notable games I’ve tried are Eschalon: Book 1 and Depths of Peril.

    The former is a turn based 3D isometric RPG. I think Shamus had a few write ups on it on his Twenty Sided blog.

    The latter is an action RPG, like a diablo clone, but with a lot of twists and turns. You start a “covenant” and are fighting for the control of a barbarian town from other CPU-controlled covenants. Yes, it even has some strategic elements. You can trade, negotiate, initiate alliances with the other covenants. But the main selling point, for me, is the dynamic world. Quest objectives may change from time to time, And if you are not fast enough, it may have been completed by others.

    I’ve also heard of Avernum 5, but I have yet to give the demo a whirl.

    If you want to try Oblivion, how about using the Oldblivion mod? How’s your system specs?

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  9. Dax UNITED STATES Opera Windows says:

    Depths of Peril is supposed to be a fantastic game. It won RPG of the year in 2007 and was the #2 game of the year in 2007 over at Game Tunnel. I actually have the demo downloaded and have yet to play it.

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  10. Alphast NETHERLANDS Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Apart from my serious addiction to Morrowind (still playing it after 6 years…), I must confess a good addiction to the Dungeon Siege series as well as the various mods created for it. It is a bit repetitive, but the hack and slash does include some dialogs, character upgrading, multiple quests, etc. And the management of several characters is really well made.

    I should also mention a very ugly but very addictive game: Soldiers of Anarchy. Ok, it is more of a tactical game than a real RPG (apart from the use of the homonymic equipment), but there is also some character upgrading and a nic plot. And if you like good metal, the music is pretty ok. But the graphic design is antique at best. It is 3D, but barely better than BG.

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  11. coaster AUSTRALIA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    You can try here for lots of free rpg games – must have something you like
    Good Free RPG Games

    (strange, it says I am posting using Firefox but I am really using IE7)

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  12. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    @Teague – I heard good things about Planescape and I think I just saw a torrent on mininova :twisted:

    @Malachite – heh, I saw that image before. I guess now I need to experience why is it true. :P

    @Muhammad – I read Shamus’ review of Echalon but it didn’t really make me want to play it. I don’t know why. It just seemed a bit generic. Go figure.

    Depths of Peril sounds kinda promising.

    Btw, thanks for the link to the Oldblivion mod. I wonder if it will let either me or my brother run the game on our aged machines. It would be awesome if it worked.

    @Alphast – I still play Morrowind too. I actually own both the expansions, and my copy is always heavily modded (better bodies, better heads, world of faces etc…).

    Embarassing detail: I have never finished it. :( I just always get bogged down in details – I tend to take over a leadership of a guild or two, build the mansion and max out 2 or 3 of my key attributes before I even start thinking about the main mission. One day I will beat it, and then there will still be like millions of things to do.

    My brother’s character actually has a rocket-louncher ring – it fires a fireball which has the maximum allowed radius of effect. He enters Balamora, fires one off and everyone you can see on the screen dies. :P

    He plays more than me.

    @coaster – I think I actually saw this site before. I might have tried one or two of the games listed there but none really captured my interest. Thanks for the link though. :)

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  13. LadyBlue PHILIPPINES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I suggest you visit my site for RPG classic games. I am collecting RPG classic style games and providing free downloads for everyone.

    Now, you don’t have to search for classic RPGs over the internet because I’m compiling them under one roof. It isn’t complete yet but I have uploaded about 10 games at least.

    Thanks… Hope this helps…

    http://best-rpg.blogspot.com

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  14. Alphast NETHERLANDS Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Hi Luke,

    Same for my Morrowind: both two expensions, loads of mods (but absolutely none which unbalances the game). And I play just a little bit every week or month, so I actually never finishes the main quest either. I love all the secondary quests way too much.

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  15. Adam PHILIPPINES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    You should try the game: The Witcher. All the recent rpg games pales in comparisson to this in my opinion. And I am in fact a single-player RPG fanatic. So pretty much when I played this, everything else became… well just see for yourself. :)

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  16. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    @Alphast – Morrowind FTW!

    @Adam – the Witcher looks great, especially since I read the novels (well, not all of them and not in order but hey…). I actually want the game with the original Polish version because I heard the US release got so badly censored half of the game makes no sense. :)

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  17. Adam PHILIPPINES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    You speak the truth. :(
    I don’t know which version I have but the walking naked nymphs was a turn on for me. Haha, well anyway, regardless of which game version you take, I’d advise you to wait 2-3 months for a new version of the game, I think they call it, Special Edition or something. It contains a lot of new models(– you run into a lot of same-faced npcs that its annoying), revamped pixels, promises of lesser load times, they also said something about re-doing the voice-overs. Which was a good idea. There was this part where, I talked to a scared npc and I took on a nice guy approach, so yeah the when I did that, the voice was nice and all and mellow, a bit of empathy without losing his cold masculinity, but then when he asked “how” or “why”, I was shocked since it seemed he slammed his voice at the poor npc for no apparent reason. Oh well, I guess the just re-used a lot of lines from previous takes. Good luck with your game.

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  18. USAViper2127 UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    http://www.combatgrounds.com/page.php?id=697898 is a great game. It has been going for 3 years. It is text based but there are alot of stratagy’s you have to go through. when you get to be a top player there are also alot of polotics. For the top 5 players you get medals on your profile and you get turns (the more turns you have the more you can do). If you take 1st place you can win up to $2000!

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  19. Jakob DENMARK Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    If you want to try the fallout 1 and 2 games, go to http://www.gog.com/en/frontpage/ where they sell plenty of old pc games (which runs great on xp at least, no DRM and plenty of extra).

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  20. Glamdringob UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I’m hurt ppl, all those suggestions and nobody mentioned my favorite, NWN(Neverwinter nights)!!!!!I’m sorta a 3rd edition lad myself, plus there is no lvl cap, and running a druid/sorceror or a fighter/cleric/sorceror/rogue/ranger/barbarian for the hell of it is sometimes fun…rarely effective, but sometimes fun.
    I’ve found this list helpful, because my pc is a fossil, I can’t even run KOTOR, let alone NWN 2 or Oblivion. I have a thing against mmorpgs, basically they rarely have a main goal, you don’t beat the game, you hit the lvl cap or beat other players. not to mention wow took up a hell of a lot of space.
    anywho… other suggestions…
    Fable… kinda cartoony, but it did take a step away from tradition, and you have the oportunity to practice polygamy… possibly the only decent game windows ever put out…
    Anything by Black Isles… and point of clarification, IWD 2 is in third edition, not 2nd(AD&D)
    and I can’t find system shock, only the sequel, is it any good?

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