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Old 01-04-17, 05:46 PM
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Video game help

Hi All, Looking for a game or two for my alienware 15 R3.

Seeking:
Great graphics (realistic looking characters)
Single player
Shooting
Driving
Logical

Not seeking:
Aliens
Zombies
Cartoonish
Over the top violence

Have Assetto Corsa and I like it pretty much. I know, asking for a lot.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by LuckyPierre View Post
Hi All, Looking for a game or two for my alienware 15 R3.

Seeking:
Great graphics (realistic looking characters)
Single player
Shooting
Driving
Logical

Not seeking:
Aliens
Zombies
Cartoonish
Over the top violence

Have Assetto Corsa and I like it pretty much. I know, asking for a lot.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Just wondering how you're gonna get "shooting" and "realism" without "over the top violence...."

Essentially you are asking for a Disney shooting arcade.
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Skyrim, one of the best videogames yet.

There's a new special edition with upgraded graphics. I'm getting a new video card because I've added so many mods my 7950 can't handle it anymore, and I don't have the special edition. It can't handle the new edition without any mods..

I can talk about it if you like, there are several mods that help without changing the game. Like Follower Trap Safety, without it the guys you command will walk right into traps, which will render them useless and let everyone nearby know you're there.

I have dozens of mods. If you decide to get, and you want me to, I'd be glad to talk about it. PM me if you do. One of the big appeals is just being in Tamriel, sometimes I just stop and admire the view. The fighting is good for this sort of game.

The first time through, try the plain vanilla game. If you wander, and you will, you will find yourself running away. One time a pissed off Mammoth chased me for what seemed like half the map. I found this fort that had been taken over by bandits. I ran into a shadowy corner, and let the bandits and the mammoth duke it out. Lesson learned, don't shoot at something big before you get weapons that can take him down.

Best weapon is the bow.


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Just wondering how you're gonna get "shooting" and "realism" without "over the top violence...."

Essentially you are asking for a Disney shooting arcade.
A lot of games are like Doom, where you are most all the time shooting at something. A game like Skyrim has resource collection, a number of types of crafting, smithing, making money so you can buy stuff (esp. skill training which can get crazy expensive), puzzles, etc.

One thing the game has that is unusual is that you can play diplomat. I don't care for the ego and squabbling, so I got a Mod that allows me to bypass that. The other alternative in the game is to join one of the sides in the civil war. But I don't much like either side, and both have you doing things I don't want to do. In one mission, you sneak into the bedroom of the king's adviser, and blackmail him into helping you. Not my style. But that's one of the great things about the game, you can play as a thief or a magician, a massive warrior wielding equally massive weapons, or a swordsman. I do wish the swordplay was better, but I have yet to see better in any game.

There are thousands of mods. You can configure the game to reflect your tastes, and change it in minutes to try something completely different. Some of the user generated missions are quite good, and very useful when the game starts throwing tougher guys at you. You can do side missions, and user generate missions for a while until your skill level is high enough to deal with them without dying every 5 minutes. Or you can add mods like Improved Combat AI, and make it so tough you have to be a teen to survive all the adrenaline.

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Let's approach this from a different angle...

You usually can't have it all.

I've only ever enjoyed one sword and sorcery game, and that is Skyrim. I am assuming you have seen my posts, and thought it was unrealistic.

Here's the deal, reality sucks. The problem is simple, the closer you get to reality, the more you compromise gameplay. The opposite is also true, if you're not chasing realism, you can structure the game experience to be more enjoyable. I am oversimplifying things to make a point.

How that plays out for me is that I liked Call of Duty a lot. I enjoyed CoD2, avoided 3, and didn't much care for 4.

Take racing games, I want to blast around having fun. I don't want to spend hours fiddling with the guts of an imaginary race car. Perhaps you do.

I also don't want to buy a wheel. I've had a number of joysticks, but I used to love flight sims.

You might want to give us some more detail about your preferences.
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Right now I really don't know what I need. Hours of searching, viewing, and getting frustrated.
I think I will take a break and revisit at a later date. Thank's for the assistance.
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Ever played Portal? Yeah, it's older, and no driving. But there's nothing else quite like it for problem solving and immersive experience, with very little violence.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post

Ever played Portal? Yeah, it's older, and no driving. But there's nothing else quite like it for problem solving and immersive experience, with very little violence.
Awesome game, if you don't mind your brain melting and pouring out your ears
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Right now I really don't know what I need. Hours of searching, viewing, and getting frustrated.
I think I will take a break and revisit at a later date. Thanks for the assistance.
Don't feel bad, I buy maybe ten games before I find one I actually play. Finding something you like can be a real PIA, you know what I mean.

My suggestion would be to forget the eye candy, buy a bunch of old games. Steam has a lot of sales, and that helps. Too bad you didn't get Skyrim before the SE came out, you could have gotten for ten bucks. I spent more than the current price, but that's how it goes.

What do you have for a video card? I need to get a new one, but I can't figure out which way to jump. Next year, I am hoping to get a VR set, I am waiting for second gen headsets to come out.
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I find it quite useful to read older game reviews. A lot of times games that were hot on the consoles will come available a couple of years later for PC. Older titles also give the advantage of having loads of reviews and being cheap. Won't particularly showcase your gaming rig there, but hey....

If you like Asseto, it goes without saying that you will likely enjoy Need for Speed titles as well, although limited for PC still. Hot Pursuit is still quite fun for the price.
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