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Looking for something new. Medieval Fantasy, party-based games.

I have already tackled the below list.

Every D&D and AD&D game ever made for PC except for Demon Stone and the latest game, forget the name....
All Ultima Games
All Wizardry games
All Bard’s Tale games
All Might & Magic games
All Realms of Arkania games
Pillars of Eternity with expansions
Arcanum
KotoR
Kotor2

Thinking about Tyranny or Tides of Numenera....

Is there anything worthwhile on Steam or GoG?

Any feedback is welcome.

Thanks!

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (action-/party-RPG);

Dragon Age;

Dungeon Siege III;

Sword Coast Legends.

Tyranny.

 

Torment: Tides of Numenera is rather text-heavy (there are 3 battles in the first 15 hours unless you actively seek action; it gets better later, though), but certainly interesting.

I've tried Divinity: Original Sin (2-3 years ago), but haven't finished it yet.



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Wasteland and Wasteland 2 are about as party-based as it gets. You play with a party in Shadowrun: Dragonfall and I can recommend Torment: Tides of Numenera too if you are a reader. You may also consider Darklands, but I never got far with that one myself.



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Tyranny is good

Dragon Age Origins I liked but may not be for everyone

Numenera was just okay in my opinion and it's also magic as technology

Jade Empire I also liked but iirc you can only have one companion with you at a time

Both Divinity Original Sin games but I've never been able to finish them

Branching out a little farther is the Shadowrun games. They are fantasy but set in the future.

 

Dropping fantasy and just sticking with party based there is Wasteland 2 and Fallout 1 and 2

 

more as a think of them

 

PS When I started posting there were no answers and now I've repeated a few other have posted. Whoops


Edited by ShadySands, 10 January 2018 - 06:52 PM.

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Jade Empire I also liked but iirc you can only have one companion with you at a time

That's what I remember too. It's a very twitchy game too and there's not much in the way of customization. It has a nice aesthetic though and the characters are quite good. I wish something like it would be made again, but RTwP, TB, or something similar...


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Legend of Grimrock is a solid successor to the Wizardry and M&M style game. Also did you play M&M X?

Darkest Dungeon is pretty great too. I will second Dragon's Dogma as well.
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Also Legend of Grimrock 2. (I recommend both; both are on Steam & GoG.)

*Both are still getting active modding from their community; and have some pretty impressive ones to play after the official campaigns.  Available from Steam and Nexusmods.

 

Most (that I know of) have been mentioned or pre-excluded, but a couple others come to mind...

  • Lands Of Lore:Throne of Chaos
  • The (several) Avernum series, by Spiderweb Software
  • Thunderscape: An actual turn based fantasy FPS.

Party based, but not quite RPGs:

  • Disciples series (1, 2, 3, 3.5): Not conventionally party based, per se; technically not RPG, as the dialog and interaction is pretty linear, with few choices. The player can have many separate PC's and their entourage/hirelings. Only the party leader PCs can be considered Player Characters, but all members of each party can level up. Both combat and exploration are turn based—similar in style to Age of Wonders
  • Aarklash ~ Legacy: A real-time, non D&D Demonstone~ish game, in the [3D?] isometric format of Temple of Elemental Evil.

Edited by Gizmo, 10 January 2018 - 09:14 PM.


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If you can enjoy japanese style, I can only recommend you Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 1, 2, 3 and Trails of Cold Steel. All with turn-based combat, and all available on GoG.

I can also highly recommend Legend of Grimmrock 1, 2. Also Starcrawlers, though the current version has gamebreaking bug, on which the developer is working on. So as soon he releases patch 1.4, go for it, but save your money for now.

Also Divinity: Original Sin 1, 2, maybe Lords of Xulima, and Dead State, which is pretty awesome zombie RPG crossed with base management.

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Most of the games I'd recommend have already been mentioned. If I had to pick I'd say Divinity Original Sin so long as story doesn't matter too much and there's a tolerance for some silliness and Dragon Age Origins so long as there's tolerance of mid life Bioware tropes (and filler combat).

 

Every D&D and AD&D game ever made for PC except .. the latest game, forget the name....

 

It's..

 


Sword Coast Legends.

 

..but much like its developer it's a goneburger, as of the end of 2017. So if you don't own it now you never will. Well, until Beamdog remasters it in 5 years time.


Edited by Zoraptor, 11 January 2018 - 01:25 AM.


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Nice list you got there! And yeah, I know the feeling.

 

I'm playing Dungeon Siege 2 right now, it's great as a ARPG/CRPG lite, with some party member dialogue, their personal quests/back stories, and a pretty neat story on top.


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Blackguards, The Dwarf Run, Antharion, Legends of Eisenwald, Eisenwald: Blood of November, Dungeon Rats, Drakensang: River of Time

 

Expeditions: Comquistador and Vikings, Geneforge Saga, Avernum, Avadon, Dead State, Hard West, Overfall, Lords of Xulima, Serpent in the Staglands


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Presumably you've played all the IE games, and even Drakensang and the like?

 

Just in case:

 

Knights of the Chalice is a one-man game but one of the most faithful adaptations of D&D ruleset ever alongside TOEE, and it's great fun for some old school tactical combat dressed around the barest trappings of a fantasy story.

 

Realms of Arkania (not HD) is unparalleld in simulating the precariousness of an adventuring party.

 

For newer games, Tyranny is a mediocre, watered-down POE with combat you can literally leave on autopilot, but the setting is unique enough that you might enjoy it. TTON is a subpar derivative and you're better off (re)playing the original Torment. DOS1/2 are nice and far more recommendable.


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TAles of Berseria


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Presumably you've played all the IE games, and even Drakensang and the like?

Just in case:

Knights of the Chalice is a one-man game but one of the most faithful adaptations of D&D ruleset ever alongside TOEE, and it's great fun for some old school tactical combat dressed around the barest trappings of a fantasy story.

Realms of Arkania (not HD) is unparalleld in simulating the precariousness of an adventuring party.

For newer games, Tyranny is a mediocre, watered-down POE with combat you can literally leave on autopilot, but the setting is unique enough that you might enjoy it. TTON is a subpar derivative and you're better off (re)playing the original Torment. DOS1/2 are nice and far more recommendable.


Yes, all Infinity games. Found them to be awesome game experiences. ToEE was another great game, with the Co8 mod an even better experience. The Keep on the Borderlands mod was a stroll back to memory lane as it was the first table top module I played as a young teenager.

RoA series was also time consuming hours of joy! As was Darklands. Have not touched Drakensang as a good friend gave it a bad review. But I am willing to try it. I found Dragon Age to be way overrated so I never completed it or it’s sequel.

Darkest Dungeon I have repeatedly taken a look at but the look of it seems.... almost lame.

Legend of Grimrock games seem just like more of all school Wizardry/Eye of the Beholder styled dungeon delving. Anyone know how deep the story is?

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If you don't like 'blobber' dungeon delvers, that rules out LoG, Grimoire, M&MX, and other recent revivals of in the area. 

 

Knights of the Chalice should be great for you unless it really must have a great story, but then, ToEE wasn't exactly fancy in that area either, so check it out.



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If you are interested in some not mainstream games I would recommend Spiders Web games:

Avernum series
Avadon series
Geneforge series
Nethergate
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Also, LoG was realtime, which made a few puzzles a pain in the ***. I more or less hated it after awhile.



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Wasteland and Wasteland 2 are about as party-based as it gets. You play with a party in Shadowrun: Dragonfall and I can recommend Torment: Tides of Numenera too if you are a reader. You may also consider Darklands, but I never got far with that one myself.

 

He did say Medieval fantasy, so I don't think games like Wasteland or Shadowrun will appeal to him.  Otherwise, they're good options.

 

I couldn't finish Tides of Numero Uno, so I can't recommend it.  Dungeon Siege III is actually pretty good, as long as the OP isn't expecting similar to DS I and II.



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Wasteland and Wasteland 2 are about as party-based as it gets. You play with a party in Shadowrun: Dragonfall and I can recommend Torment: Tides of Numenera too if you are a reader. You may also consider Darklands, but I never got far with that one myself.

 

He did say Medieval fantasy, so I don't think games like Wasteland or Shadowrun will appeal to him.  Otherwise, they're good options.

 

I couldn't finish Tides of Numero Uno, so I can't recommend it.  Dungeon Siege III is actually pretty good, as long as the OP isn't expecting similar to DS I and II.

 

Tides of Numa Numa isn't medieval fantasy either though and they said they were considering playing it, so I figured anything was open to recommendation regardless.

 

If one doesn't mind the fact that it's not medieval fantasy, Dragonfall is a safe bet. Nothing about the game stands out as being bad except for the UI. It has no filler, good writing, good characters, good plot, not bad combat, good pacing, and not excessive stretches of reading or combat only. I wouldn't worry about starting with Shadowrun Returns either... They may be set in the same universe, but you won't miss anything.



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Presumably you've played all the IE games, and even Drakensang and the like?

 

Just in case:

 

Knights of the Chalice is a one-man game but one of the most faithful adaptations of D&D ruleset ever alongside TOEE, and it's great fun for some old school tactical combat dressed around the barest trappings of a fantasy story.

 

Realms of Arkania (not HD) is unparalleld in simulating the precariousness of an adventuring party.

 

For newer games, Tyranny is a mediocre, watered-down POE with combat you can literally leave on autopilot, but the setting is unique enough that you might enjoy it. TTON is a subpar derivative and you're better off (re)playing the original Torment. DOS1/2 are nice and far more recommendable.

I liked Tyranny better than POE






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