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I'm just about to finish my (third? fourth?) replay of Deus Ex
Poll #1522551 Next Game

Which game should I play next?

Dragon Age: Origins
Fallout 3
Mass Effect
Extra information which may or may not be useful:
  • I own all three already (presents from my wishlist) so cost isn't a factor
  • I'll be playing on a PC
  • As the above list suggests, I like RPGs. I like open-endedness and player freedom, but I'm willing to forfeit a measure of them for good story (I enjoyed KOTOR for this reason)
  • I already started Mass Effect a while ago and didn't really get on with it (interminable wandering around an easy-to-get-lost-in space station, plus dialogue options that didn't come out the way I meant them) but I'm willing to give it another chance if people think it's worth it
  • I tend to play as a fairly moral character - not killing things that aren't a threat to me; trying to talk my way out of trouble before attacking - but some fighting is still fun
  • In general, I prefer shooter-style combat where you just aim and fire/hit where the stats are hidden than ones where you're queuing up special moves
  • I like games where the stats actually mean something - where gaining XP allows you to decisively trounce a foe who was previously super-tough to beat. I didn't get on with Oblivion chiefly for this reason
  • I'm going to be playing in short-ish bursts (probably 30 mins to 2 hours) and may go a week or two between plays


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Feb. 7th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I've no idea, but if it ends up being Fallout 3, let me know how you find it: I bought it a while ago, but haven't got round to taking the wrapping off.
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
I think both DA:O and F3 are excellent games. DA:O has some very interesting party/social dynamics, including literally the FIRST romance subplots that I have EVER encountered in a game that did not seriously fucking enrage me. Fallout is resolutely solo, which is fine by me as well, but it makes for a much bleaker in-game experience (which is appropriate for the nature of the world).

Fallout has a much better combat system IMO. Combat in DA:O can be incredibly stupid and frustrating; I am planning to write a rant about it in my own journal, but in short it is pretty much impossible to get your party members to choose targets intelligently. Fallout also has a more creative and interesting skill system, which rewards people like us who prefer sneaky/talky characters to fighters. (I really like the hacking and lockpicking minigames, but I warn you they're not for everyone.) Finally, Fallout has a really amazing world to explore; DA:O is basically a series of "maps" that you visit in sequence in order to do quests. DA:O doesn't give very good sandbox, in other words; it's much more railroady. But at least the railroad is a fun one to ride.

I like both games and have sunk a lot of hours into both. But to my mind Fallout is a marginally better game. I have only just started playing the first Mass Effect and am enjoying that too. When you pick your game, let me know what you think!

Feb. 10th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I agree that from what you say Fallout 3 sounds closer to my ideal game; but from the other comments it seems like playing Dragon Age now would be a good idea as there will be more people to enthuse about it with, whereas Fallout 3 can be enjoyed anytime.
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm just about to start Dragon Age myself, so I have a certain bias. =)
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
i've just started dragon age and Nick has just started fallout. i have enjoyed both so far but i am a bigbig fan of bioware stuff so i have to vote for them even though i have also heard some of the combat is frustrating. but it has CLAUDIA BLACK voicing a character. sadly cos i'm a girl i can't romance with her but i am already plotting a second (eviller) playthrough just so i can get it on with her. yum.

oh also dragon age seems to be a 'pause then sort out what all your characters are going to do' type of game. i think fallout's combat would suit you better but hey - you can play both!
Feb. 8th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Dragon Age allows homosexual relationships! So you can romance anybody you want to! (Though good luck getting Morrigan interested in you; that woman is COLD.)

Thank heavens Bioware's learned its lesson since the big pile of genderfail fuckery that was Baldur's Gate. I'm still annoyed thinking about that.
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
i think only certain characters are open to homosexual relationships. i am plotting an evil man character to attract Morrigan (cos i want to hear Claudia Black say sexy things to me).

awww i loved Baldur's Gate. i don't mind that they were restrictive with the romancing options. they weren't exactly great romances.
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
It wasn't just the romancing stuff that infuriated me about Baldur's Gate. Everything about the gender was fail -- from the prostitutes to the succubi/harpies/whatever they were. There were, like, no normal women to be found :( I was told it got better with later games/expansions, but I was so skeeved out that I stopped playing the series :(

tl;dr, I'm touchy about that stuff. Which is why I was so excited when DA:O did it (mostly) right. I didn't realize that you couldn't make every party member into TEH GAY, though. I was kind of hoping to play a guy on my next pass through and, like, convert Sten!
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
I've only played Fallout 3 out of the choices (I did get Mass Effect from the Steam Christmas sale but haven't tried it yet), but I'd generally rather follow up a setting-heavy game like Deus Ex with something far removed so the fantasy option gets my vote.
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