So many games, so little time

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Jacob Marner
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I am a long time fan of CRPGs and after recently reading Matt Burton book Dungeons & Desktops I felt inspired to contribute to Armchair Arcade.

After reading about all those old and new CRPGs a began longing to play them all - even those I completed back in the day. I began writing up a list of the CRPGs I would like to play, but after listing more than two hundred I realized that there are just too many of them - and I gave up. There just is so many fun games out there and so little time to play them. With a full time job and family there just isn't enough hours in a day to play.

And that is just CRPGs. Then we have adventure games, shooters, indie games, you name it. And then there is my other hobbies just as comics and movies. It is futile to hope that I will ever complete all these games, but for some reason I buy them anyway. I have almost every game on GOG (450+) and more than half of games on Steam (1100+).

I have almost become a game shopaholic. When I see a game that I would like to play and dream about playing it and by buying it and somehow delude myself into thinking that I might play it someday. And for many old games I buy them for new machines for nostalgic reasons - thinking it might be cool to play them again.

These days I am playing Bard's Tale - Tales of the Unknown (the Amiga version) and Baldur's Gate 1+2 (not the Enhanced Edition, but the GOG edition with the mods recommended by GOG installed)

Bard's Tale is simple, has some core fun but is an extremely lengthy game to complete. I started about a year ago and is now more than half way through. I think I have spent 200+ hours so far. This game is hardcore in way moderns games will never be again. I am trying to avoid cheating and are mapping out each dungeon by hand to get the original experience. Just to avoid being masochistic I am using the state saving feature of the Amiga emulator (I am using Amiga Forever 2012) just to allow me to save any time - a feature that otherwise only was added in Bard's Tale 3. And the game was not made easier by the fact that the Amiga version has a bug for Warriors - they do not get multiple attacks as they increase levels - this makes them useless later in the game. So I had to restart my warrior as a paladin quite some time into the game.

Baldur's Gate is fun. I started early November playing the GOG version after being impatient waiting for the Enhanced Edition to be released. Given the bad reviews of Enhanced Edition I think this was a good choice. I have been playing it a lot and are now almost done with Tales of the Sword Coast. I am fighting through Durlag's Tower at the moment. It will probably be a few months before I am done with the entire saga.

But then there is the other Infinity Engine game, the Gothic games, the Might and Magic games, and many more. It makes me a bit sad that I will probably never play all these grand games. Am I the only one feeling like this?

/Jacob

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Dark Souls

I heartily recommend Dark Souls. Don't let the difficulty talk scare you off - it's intelligently handled in the game, and it makes every accomplishment really exciting.

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Well temper that.. I must say

Well temper that.. I must say now days I play much more differently then i did in the past. Take bards tale, or Black Crypt, i savored every minute.. and while Im not sure, i doubt i left a secret door untouched. In those days spending many hours on a single level, even days was no unheard of. Some designers where EVIL (in a good way).. mapping with grid paper left you to wonder why there was a big EMPTY area on your map.. you must have missed a secret.. days later with no room found you give up.. only to find out later there is nothing. Now days i tend to finish games. The side stuff isnt as important unless i really love the game (fallout3/ skyrim) then I spend way more time just exploring and running around then i do questing the main story line.

yes i guess there are plenty of games to play.. but I would like more Like Grimlock and less like Ultima (the 3d isometric style).. I have a real love for the ACTION RPG's (Skyrim, Dark SOuls) but they can get bland fast without a good hook. Alamur is one.. its really just Skyrim (or oblivion) with a different combat system and colorful, but un memorable cast and world. I was going to say better combat.. and it is in most ways.. but whre a miss in Skyrim can be due to the clumsy controls.. a miss in Almur is much more unforgiving as it uses a "dance" combat system.. swing swing, block, swing swing block.. you just "learn" each attack and.. dance to it. Thats ok, but it fails when they add a DODGE .. the spider queen battle is one of the first "hard" battles Alumar throws at you.. you roll around like a weeble and swing now and again.. WIN!.. I tried some basic combat.. blocking and learning.. but she spams random spiders to stop that. You can never count on any "dance" working as the nuisance spider stun/stop any rythem. SO resorted to non stop dodge till i got to a ideal location and could do some DMG, rinse repeat.. no skill.. heck i didnt even focus on direction.. and soon found this worked for most "hard" battles. so while I liked the combo's and more precise combat, i felt the lose harder to master combat of Skyrim was better (but would give good money if Beth improved it). that is why i love Dark sould and Demons Souls so much.. simple but amazingly deep combat, and if you die its your fault.. not some cheap game mechanic.

Jacob Marner
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You have played a lot
clok1966 wrote:

But no I have not played um all.. but a dang lot of them :)

I am impressed. You have played a lot.

Well at least it doesn't seem like it is a huge problem that not enough CRPGs are coming out. And I think that they will keep flowing. The Indie scene and Kickstarters seem to have increased the flow after some years with only a few coming out.

With any luck I will be able to catch up before I die of old age... :)

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not all
Jacob Marner wrote:

And what about all the new ones coming out? On 2012, the following titles spring to mind: Mass Effect 3, Torchlight 2, Elderscrolls: Skyrim, Diablo 3, Game of Thrones, Risen 2, Legend of Grimrock, The Witcher 2, Kingdoms of Amalur, Final Fantasy XII-2, and Inquisitor. And then there is more borderline CRPGs like Dragon's Dogma and Dark Souls. And then I have not even listed the many smaller one like those from SpiderWeb software. So I don't think there is any shortage of RPGs these day.

And as I mentioned I like other games as well. Life is simply to short...

/Jacob

Well I'm sure I haven't played them all... There where several in the C-64/Apple II days I didn't care for. As for your list..
Mass Effect 3- no.. wont use ORGIN, so I havent played it ( but did play the first two)
Game Of Thrones- is there a RPG one? i have played the Strategy one (not very good)
Final Fantasy XIII-2- ( i do assume you missed a "I" )have not played it yet, but do have it.. but.. I like FF, XIII was not good to me.. I was ready to kill the skiny kid and girl about 20 hours in.
Inquisitor- no.. I think somebody else mentioned that here too... may have to look it up

all the others i have played and finished (Well, not Skyrim.. i need to finish the main quest and its done.. but I keep wandering around skipping it so I can keep playing)

Dark SOULS and Dragon Dogma.. Demons SOUL and Dark SOULS are probably the best ACTION RPG's i have played in years.. (i loved their Kings Field games on the PS2 too) I still play them both trying different classes from time to time. Dragons Dogma.. its sitting on my 360.. to play.. But I started Atelier Totori first.. its next after that..

again.. IM in ND.. no outside fun for me anymore.. single.. so lots of time.. not a huge TV person.. (last TV show i watched on TV regular was MST3K.. I got lots of time :) OH spiderweb.. NO.. i have several on STEAM, and did Finish Avadon:Black Fortress (kinda short i felt) but haven't played the rest of his.. I did put a few hours in GeneForge1 and plan to get back to it.

But no I have not played um all.. but a dang lot of them :)

Jacob Marner
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I don't understand. Are you

I don't understand. Are you saying that you have played every single CRPG out there? I have continued my list of interesting or noteworthy CRPGs, and it contains about 500 games now. Are you telling me that you completed every game in the Dungeons and Desktops book? If so, I am amazed.

And what about all the new ones coming out? On 2012, the following titles spring to mind: Mass Effect 3, Torchlight 2, Elderscrolls: Skyrim, Diablo 3, Game of Thrones, Risen 2, Legend of Grimrock, The Witcher 2, Kingdoms of Amalur, Final Fantasy XII-2, and Inquisitor. And then there is more borderline CRPGs like Dragon's Dogma and Dark Souls. And then I have not even listed the many smaller one like those from SpiderWeb software. So I don't think there is any shortage of RPGs these day.

And as I mentioned I like other games as well. Life is simply to short...

/Jacob

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I have a problem in the same

I have a problem in the same vein.. I did play all those, now there are very few new ones.. so I worry will there be more ? Being Single helps (more free time).. don't worry, you will have time, kids grow up.. houses do eventually (sort of) not need constants stuff.... they don't make new ones very often anymore.. Worry about that :)

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