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Rowdy
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« on: November 07, 2014, 11:16:07 PM »

I got a new job last year that dramatically affected my free time at home, and when I am home there's much more priority on spending time with wife and kids and then home projects, so gaming has really suffered.  Down to a couple hours a week usually.  However, I'm taking three weeks off around the holidays and I'm determined to waste some days sitting in front of a video game getting lost in a virtual world or two!

My favourite genres are 4X, good solid story based single player RPGs, anything with a huge world to explore, and occasional FPS, although I'm not too hardcore and get burned out on them quick. 

I'm just starting to get bored with Assassins Creed IV - not really a AC fan, but I love the pirate theme and open world.

Next?  Options:

Shadows of Mordor (although this might require me to go buy a XB1, something I haven't felt there's been a good reason for until now...)
Endless Legend PC (getting a ton of good press!)
Civ: BE (reviews seem to be kind of meh, but I'm a Civ 5 junkie)
Witcher 2 on 360? (been sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me for years - seems like a good time to get into it with Witcher 3 on the horizon)
Dragon Age 3 (pending reviews)

resub WoW to play Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenar? (love exploring the world in WoW, but the time sink... can I get my money's worth playing hardcore for a few weeks and then trailing off again...?)

Other choices? 

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 03:57:36 AM »

If you like Civ V, you will like Civ:BE in my opinion. It has a very similar feel and is very addicting so you will feel quite at home with it. It does lack in the richness of Civ V after the expansions, and it does bog down late game, but there is enough new stuff to keep it interesting. The aliens in general make the early portion of the game much more interesting, because you can't do much against them at first and there are a lot more of them. Also, city building can be interesting because by late game you can make pretty large changes to the tiles, but they are expensive. You have to learn to juggle everything a bit differently. All in all, it's fun.

Not much help on your other ideas. With my winter gaming time I plan to focus on Wasteland II and Might and Magic 11. Plus maybe some Far Cry 4 if it's good.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 04:11:16 PM »

Thanks, Lee.  I forgot about Far Cry 4... that sounds appealing too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 05:10:38 PM »

I'm not your type of gamer, but my choice out of those would definitely be Shadow of Mordor (or Far Cry 4, if that's on the table). 

I've heard several people say they were disappointed that Civ:BE was far too much like Civ V.  That could be good if all you want is more of the same but bad if you're looking for something that actually changes the formula a bit and does something interesting with space.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 09:58:46 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 12, 2014, 05:10:38 PM

...something that actually changes the formula a bit ...

Not the thread for it, but that is what BE does, it changes the formula a bit. icon_razz
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