posted on Sep, 22 2013 @ 05:11 PM
Ah... and here I thought I was alone on this one.
I know EXACTLY what you mean.
I grew up on adventure games - both going way back (Apple IIe, when I was 5), and back to the first game I ever bought with my own money (The Secret
of Monkey Island), then moved in to RPG's (because I love story-driven games with depth, and character progression), and finally toward a single MMO
(I hate the MMO model, but LOVE Lord of the Rings Online).
These days, though? Very little holds my attention. I still play LOTRO, and love it - but the new content is rolled out a little too slowly to keep
me invested all the time...
...but I struggle to find things to fill the gaps, too.
I miss old RPG's. Planescape Torment. Baldur's Gate. Icewind Dale. Neverwinter Nights, even Dragon Age.
Those games had depth to them, great storylines, amazing characters... and in Icewind Dale's case, some of the best music I've ever heard. Man, I
loved that music.
Look around. Gaming has made a real shift toward Indie content these days, and there are some great games out there. The downside to the Indie
movement is that a lot of those games are shorter - more of an example of what can be done conceptually than a full experience. There are exceptions,
though. Someone mentioned Braid earlier - that's a great example of an amazing concept done well. The Swapper is another good example of a similar
What genres are you into? You say you've played MMO's... the reason I like Lord of the Rings Online is because it's story driven, and because the
action in that game all centers around a known and loved narrative for me. Even recent expansions (they recently added a region called Wildermore),
some of which really have no relation to the books whatsoever, draw intelligently and sensitively from the lore, and complement it nicely (I had low
expectations, but was very impressed!).
Beyond that, though - why not revisit some games that perhaps you've missed over the past few years? If you haven't played Planescape Torment, you
MUST. It's utterly unique, one-of-a-kind, and truly inspired. If you like adventure games, try the Monkey Island series - the Special Edition
remakes are amazing if you haven't got the stomach to play the earlier, VGA editions, and the episodic content released recently is great too. If
you like RTS, there's always the classics - try Starcraft, Total Annihilation, Dune 2 (you can find a remake of this on Sourceforge that is ported to
If you like Action RPGs, try Diablo (1 & 2), Titan Quest (amazing Diablo-type game set in a mythological context, Greek & Roman), or even some of the
older titles (Entomorph is one of my favourites, another unique old RPG!).
If you're into FPS... well... you're spoiled for choice there. Half-Life 1 and 2, Bioshock: Infinite (that's a MUST PLAY), Dishonored (another
MUST PLAY)... OR, go tactical and play Tribes: Ascend (an excellent MMOFPS with tactical elements - and the best in the series since Tribes 2)...
Man. I could go on, and on, and on... there are so many classics. Search around, play things that perhaps you've missed in the past. There IS
great content out there, it's just hard to find sometimes!