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Liberty's Edge

So I am about to dive headlong back into PC gaming after about 10 years of Playstation.

The machine I'm putting together is pretty hefty and will run any AAA at top settings. But beyond the Destiny 2s and BF1s of this world, my question is what essential games have I missed over the last 10 years that I need to jump back into?

I'm assuming some usual suspects like Skyrim and Witcher 3 will make this list, but what else is there that has passed me by?

As a guide, I enjoy FPS and RPG games mostly. Divinity Original Sin 2 is probably the game I am most excited about playing this year.

Sovereign Court

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Mankind Divided is not as good)
Mafia 3
Doom
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Also Old Blood)

For starters


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Skyrim, Fallout 3, 4, New Vegas, XCOM 1 and 2, Dishonored, Kerbal Space Program. There are a lot more than that, but it is a start.


Pillars of Eternity - for the old Baldur's Gate feel, but updated and modernized.

Endless Legend - fantasy 4x game, just very well put together.

Civ 5 - needs the expansions to be worthwhile, but if you find the bundle on sale, it's a really good game.

Dark Souls series - though I hestitate to recommend the PC version. I heard the gameplay was fine, but there was a hack where someone could corrupt your save in multiplayer and you'd get flagged for cheating. If that's been fixed though, the series is worth the time and frustration (it's very frustrating at times, you just have to put in time and learn how to play the game).


Shooters - Doom and Overwatch, the former for eye candy alone and a surprisingly good story.

Strategy - StarCraft 2, all three of them.

RPG - Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2 (for straight isometric classic goodness). Dragon Age Inquisition and Witcher 3 beyond that.

Plain fun - Telltale's Walking Dead seaon1-3 games are unbelievably good.


I'm primarily a console gamer but I'll second the recommendation for Pillars of Eternity. Divinity: Original Sin was also a lot of fun if you haven't already played that one!

Life is Strange might be another good one to check out.

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Irontruth wrote:

Pillars of Eternity - for the old Baldur's Gate feel, but updated and modernized.

Endless Legend - fantasy 4x game, just very well put together.

Civ 5 - needs the expansions to be worthwhile, but if you find the bundle on sale, it's a really good game.

Dark Souls series - though I hestitate to recommend the PC version. I heard the gameplay was fine, but there was a hack where someone could corrupt your save in multiplayer and you'd get flagged for cheating. If that's been fixed though, the series is worth the time and frustration (it's very frustrating at times, you just have to put in time and learn how to play the game).

I've played through all of the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne on console (because I'm a masochist I guess!) and loved them all. Great, challenging, games.

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Sunderstone wrote:

Shooters - Doom and Overwatch, the former for eye candy alone and a surprisingly good story.

Strategy - StarCraft 2, all three of them.

RPG - Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2 (for straight isometric classic goodness). Dragon Age Inquisition and Witcher 3 beyond that.

Plain fun - Telltale's Walking Dead seaon1-3 games are unbelievably good.

Played through Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, both fantastic. I at the end of season 1 I got some dust.... or something in my eye...

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Lady Ladile wrote:

I'm primarily a console gamer but I'll second the recommendation for Pillars of Eternity. Divinity: Original Sin was also a lot of fun if you haven't already played that one!

Life is Strange might be another good one to check out.

Divinity: Original Sin is probably the best D&D/Pathfinder representation I have played in a video game. And has nothing to do with either.

It's because the turn-based and action system was just a perfect port of the tabletop experience in my opinion and I am very disappointed that Pathfinder: Kingmaker has decided not to go that way.


On the bright side, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is almost done.


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JamZilla wrote:


Played through Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, both fantastic. I at the end of season 1 I got some dust.... or something in my eye...

Odd, that game threw dust into my eyes too, I must have tried to wipe the dust away with an onion though. ;)


from this year

NieR: Automata
Torment: Tides of Numenera
Vanquish


If you can get your hands on it, Baldur's Gate is an old classic. Both the first and second game.

Liberty's Edge

Ok awesome, thanks for the suggestions guys. The PC order is in! Now to wait 5 - 7 working days....


Dead Cells

rogue-like, metroidvania
Enjoy.

For FPS, Prey.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Late, but stuff I didn't see mentioned:

If you like Diablo-like games, I strongly recommend Torchlight and Torchlight 2 (especially the latter). Another great indie action-adventure RPG is Bastion.

Of the more recent Fallout games, Fallout: New Vegas has the best story and quest build and is my favorite Fallout game, period. For exploration/world build, I found that Fallout 4 is great (I also really liked its settlement building system which people loved or hated). (Both of these opinions are controversial, YMMV).

Of the not RPG/shooter stuff I feel is still worth a mention:

If you like/remember the old "tycoon" type games and especially like creative/building aspects thereof, I strongly recommend Planet Coaster (a newer game--came out last year--by the makers of Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and is well supported with frequent free updates). If you want something more like Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2, check out Parkitect (does not need a new rig to play).

If you like the old Master of Magic game, I recommend Warlock: Master of the Arcane and its sequel (sequel is better, but original has good stuff going for it).


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