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« on: February 17, 2015, 08:10:41 PM »

[crossposted from OO]

PSN is having a big sale this week on a lot of good stuff. I'm going to buy one game, just not sure which one. I'm picking one from the list below. Which do you guys recommend? I'm leaning towards either Shadow of Mordor or Dragon Age but can be persuaded otherwise. I like shooters, 3rd person games like AssCreed and Last of Us, and have dabbled in the occasional RPG but wouldn't mind getting into one (not sure if DA:I is the place to start though).

NOTE: prices are in CDN $ so subtract a few $$$ to get the US equivalent. Should also be noted that full retail price for games here in Canada are $69.99.

Dragon Age : Inquisition - $42
Shadow of Mordor - $35
Wolfenstein - $24
Far Cry 4 - $42
Call of Duty: AW - $46
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 08:24:54 PM »

From comments and reviews you can't go wrong with Dragon Age: Inquisition 90% 81 hours of play, Shadow of Mordor 86% 14 hours of gameplay, or Far Cry 4 84% 16 hours of gameplay.  

Tough choices but it is a good situation to be in!  

Since they are different kinds of games perhaps you should decide what you are in the mood for.  A pure RPG with tactical elements, an action RPG, or a shooter. 





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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 08:26:38 PM »

The cheapest is Wolfenstein, and it is a great game. I'd start there. You really can't lose with any of the games on that list, it's more a matter of what genre you feel like playing right now.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 08:27:31 PM »

A couple thoughts:

1.  Dragon Age was my personal GOTY for 2014.  An absolute blast from start to finish.  It would be my #1 recommendation.
2.  I'm on the fence with Shadows of Mordor.  The atmosphere is really fantastic and the Nemesis system is very unique and interesting.  However, I could never quite get the hang of combat and always found myself getting killed by the warchiefs (?, I think that's what they were called).  As a result, the enemies kept getting stronger and stronger, which caused me to lose to them again, rinse, repeat.  I ended up getting to the point where I felt like I was facing enemies far stronger than me every single time I turned around.  The game got incredibly frustrating as a result, and I threw in the towel about 10 hours in.  I'm guessing that if you have any competency with action games, you wouldn't run into this issue and would probably have a blast.    It just kicked my ass, even on the easier difficulty settings.
3.  I thought Wolfenstein was a completely generic FPS.  Outside of the alternate reality setting, there really wasn't anything particularly unique or interesting about it.  Played about halfway through, then simply got bored.  That said, I'm not a big FPS fan to begin with, so YMMV if that's your thing.

Haven't tried either FC4 or CoD.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 08:35:32 PM »

Out of those I'd say Shadow of Mordor is the clear winner to me.  I enjoyed Far Cry 4 and Wolfenstein, but Mordor is the best of the bunch.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 08:47:21 PM »

COD is terrible. Just terrible.  Worst of the franchise.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 08:52:54 PM »

Both SoM and FC4 will take more hours to complete than just what the site estimates, which for me, was about 50 hours in FC4, completing about 85% of all activities and 40hrs in SoM to complete everything for the platinum.  It's a pretty tough call which I enjoyed more, but due to the MP, Far cry has more initial longevity, assuming the mp hasn't died out.  Neither game has a lot of replay value though as the main campaign has little to no variation beyond the Nemesis system in SoM and some minor choices in FC4.  

DAI, while I haven't played to completion has an almost insane amount of replayability through various characters, races and quest options, but given as that isn't one of your primary game types, a little harder to recommend for you specifically.  
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM »

I really want to get DA: I if only because I want to get involved in a big, deep RPG. But there is no guarantee I'm going to like it since it's been years since I've played a tactical RPG. SoM, however, is right up my alley. I really like Action RPGs. So I *should* get that to stay in my comfort zone, right? But I've heard such good things about DA: I. I want to experience that joy too!!!!

I've ruled out the shooters as I just realized I still have BF4 left unplayed from the last sale. So that will have to scratch my FPS itch for now.

Decisions, decisions.
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 09:18:36 PM »

Maybe you should watch a stream of DA and see if it's the kind of game you'll enjoy.
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 10:00:29 PM »

Any friends that'll let you 'share play' DA for a bit to see if you dig it?
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 10:19:02 PM »

Shadow of Mordor is really good!
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2015, 10:20:51 PM »

Yeah, meant to add that I just grabbed 'Shadow of Mordor' this past weekend and am loving it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2015, 10:55:54 PM »

Quote from: tiktokman on February 17, 2015, 10:00:29 PM

Any friends that'll let you 'share play' DA for a bit to see if you dig it?
excellent idea.  jaydee, hit me up on PSN and I'll set this up for you.

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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2015, 01:10:06 AM »

Quote from: JayDee on February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM

I really want to get DA: I if only because I want to get involved in a big, deep RPG. But there is no guarantee I'm going to like it since it's been years since I've played a tactical RPG. SoM, however, is right up my alley. I really like Action RPGs. So I *should* get that to stay in my comfort zone, right? But I've heard such good things about DA: I. I want to experience that joy too!!!!

Keep in mind DA:I can be played very much like an Action RPG if you so desire.  If you play on an easier difficulty and allow your other part members to pretty much do whatever they want, combat can have a pretty action-y feel to it. 
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2015, 08:59:46 AM »

SoM or Wolfenstein are the two best options here. DAI will still be there when you finish with those two games, and will be even cheaper, not to mention patched more fully.

I feel you should probably at least look at some videos of DA1 and 2 to catch up before going into Inquisition. I do think DAI is okay to start from, but you miss out on so much context if you go in blind. Then again, it could still be interesting to play DAI, then go back if you find yourself drawn into the world to see what's the deal with all these characters you're meeting.
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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2015, 04:38:59 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on February 18, 2015, 01:10:06 AM

Quote from: JayDee on February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM

I really want to get DA: I if only because I want to get involved in a big, deep RPG. But there is no guarantee I'm going to like it since it's been years since I've played a tactical RPG. SoM, however, is right up my alley. I really like Action RPGs. So I *should* get that to stay in my comfort zone, right? But I've heard such good things about DA: I. I want to experience that joy too!!!!

Keep in mind DA:I can be played very much like an Action RPG if you so desire.  If you play on an easier difficulty and allow your other part members to pretty much do whatever they want, combat can have a pretty action-y feel to it. 

+1, this is the way I played it.  Having to go into tactical mode for every encounter would have driven me absolutely bonkers.
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2015, 08:15:53 PM »

So I ended up going with Shadows of Mordor. I read through the giant thread over on OO and watched some YouTube videos and the gameplay seems right up my alley. Also, with two little kids at home my gaming time is usually in 45 minute to hour long bursts and SoM seems to ideal for that type of situation. I haven't tried it yet as I had to wait for it to download last night but I hope to get a bit of time in tonight. I'm still going to try DA:I one day, but as was mentioned above it'll probably be cheaper in a few months when I'm ready to dive in. SoM should carry me over until The Show 15 comes out and then that game will eat up most of my time.

Thanks to everyone who offered their thoughts and opinions! They were helpful.
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2015, 09:31:48 PM »

Great choice. I'm only a couple missions away from finishing SoM, and I've loved every minute of it  icon_cool
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