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« on: October 23, 2008, 02:06:49 AM »

I'm going into the hospital for about six weeks for a couple of surgical procedures.  I'll have Oblivion and Fallout 3 by the time I go into the hospital...so I'm looking for the most immersive RPG you can recommend that ISN'T one of those two.  I'm bringing my desktop setup from home, so system specs aren't an issue.  Recommendations, please?
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 02:30:33 AM »

The Gothic Series, The Witcher Enhanced Edition, The first Fallout's.
If you're already bringing your gaming rig, why not bring a 360 and Get Fable II as well.....

Also, to extend time, make sure you do EVERY side mission for Oblivion and FO3..... smile
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 02:33:57 AM »

I just want photos of how you're planning to play your desktop set up from a hospital bed.  saywhat

I do wish you smooth procedures and a smooth recovery, and of course your desktop a pleasant hospital stay.  The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 02:34:58 AM »

Cordless mouse/keyboard.

I have a good laptop, but it doesn't have near the kick my desktop system does.  I'm a graphics whore smile.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 02:41:04 AM »

If online games are an option, I think an MMO would be perfect for helping 6 weeks in a hospital bed fly by.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 02:52:12 AM »

The hospital has free wireless internet throughout--but I don't know exactly how fast the conn is.

Anyway. I think I'd be better off with single-player stuff that I could jump out of quickly, or jump into for short bursts if i need to get offline for boring medical stuff smile.
The most MMO'ish thing I'll be playing will probably be Hellgate London--assuming the servers are still up frown
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008, 03:13:37 AM »

Quote from: Punisher on October 23, 2008, 02:30:33 AM

The Gothic Series, The Witcher Enhanced Edition, The first Fallout's.
If you're already bringing your gaming rig, why not bring a 360 and Get Fable II as well.....

Also, to extend time, make sure you do EVERY side mission for Oblivion and FO3..... smile

I tried The Witcher when it first came out.  I can't get used to the weird combat system.
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008, 03:20:07 AM »

The first STALKER game is great, and then there's Neverwinter Nights 2 with all kinds of content.
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2008, 05:00:25 AM »

In addition to the original game and first expansion, there is the new Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion coming out in a few weeks. 

Also, best of luck in the hospital!  I hope everything goes smoothly!  I can't imagine spending 6 weeks there, but at least you get to bring your PC.  smile
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2008, 05:44:18 AM »

Have you played the Baldur's Gate games, specifically 2? That could take up 6 weeks right there. If you're a graphics whore you may not want an old game, but it's one of, if not the best RPG ever.
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2008, 10:12:48 AM »

Quote from: cheeba on October 23, 2008, 05:44:18 AM

Have you played the Baldur's Gate games, specifically 2? That could take up 6 weeks right there. If you're a graphics whore you may not want an old game, but it's one of, if not the best RPG ever.

I may throw BG2 on there to give it another try.
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2008, 10:25:41 AM »

Yeah, I like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Masks expansion. You can beat it, then try another class (I am an alta-holic and I LOVE making DnD characters).

For something a little different, you could try The Guild 2, if you like economic based games. It is a medieval life sim, and is fun and non-ending.

I doubt, unless you are in Europe, that you can get your hands on Sacred 2, but I imagine that would be a good game to play for a long time. The demo seems fun, and I hear the full one is pretty good, although you might want to reserve your online time for DLing the patches they have. It is already out in Europe but won't be out in the States until November 11.

Do you only play RPG's? For a long stay in the hospital, I would suggest games like Galactic Civilizations 2: Gold (with expansions), Sword of the Stars (with expansions), Europa Universalis 3 (ahem... with expansions), Sins of a Solar Empire, and King's Bounty. All of these can be played again and again with multiple races/character/nations, you can take vastly different strategies, and you will find something new every time you play. Just a suggestion, of course, as these provide me with the most bang for my buck.

Hope your procedures go well! 6 weeks in the hospital is a LONG time, so I hope that things are not so serious! Best wishes and get better soon!  icon_biggrin

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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2008, 01:10:44 PM »

You said you couldn't get used to the weird combat in Witcher...try again.  It is different but it is actually pretty fun once you get the hang of it.  The story is great so it is well worth the time to get used to the combat.

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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2008, 01:52:01 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on October 23, 2008, 01:10:44 PM

You said you couldn't get used to the weird combat in Witcher...try again.  It is different but it is actually pretty fun once you get the hang of it.  The story is great so it is well worth the time to get used to the combat.



+1.  The Witcher is well worth getting into.

I'll also heartily second the recommendations for the Gothic series and Baldur's Gate 2 (grab the mods that allow for playing at high resolutions).  Also NWN2 is definitely a good bet and since the hospital has wireless you can always download additional modules beyond even the original campaign and the expansion. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2008, 03:07:31 PM »

Mass Effect if you haven't already played it on a console.
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2008, 03:14:14 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on October 23, 2008, 01:10:44 PM

You said you couldn't get used to the weird combat in Witcher...try again.

Or have the docs graft on an extra appendage or 2 while your in there.
That should help.
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2008, 03:21:32 PM »

Gothic 1 and 2 sucked me in harder than any other RPG game. With that said, you mentioned earlier that you couldn't get into the Witcher because of the weird combat, so unless you are willing to adjust to a new combat control style you may want to steer clear of Gothic. I think anyone who isn't willing to get used to the Gothic controls is missing out though.
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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2008, 03:32:26 PM »

I'll echo the Baldur's Gate 2 recommendation... also, Icewind Dale is a great one.  Maybe find a cheap copy of the Temple of Elemental Evil.

KOTOR, KOTOR 2, Mass Effect... all great.
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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2008, 03:35:30 PM »

actually since you're going to have a internet connection you might want to check out Gametap.  there's all kinds of stuff on there.
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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2008, 05:53:40 PM »

You say you love graphics, I would definitely jump into Mass Effect if you haven't already. Looks great and is one of the most immersive games available.

I'd also suggest an MMO, that way you could still socialize with actual people rather than NPCs and hospital staff slywink
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2008, 08:02:48 PM »

Mass Effect
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2008, 09:55:46 PM »

Baldur's Gate 2

I'm going through this one for the first time (I'm on Throne of Bhaal now) and I have to say it really is a wonderful game. It has a bit of a learning curve if you're not familiar with D&D (I'm still not entirely sure if Weapon A does more damage than Weapon B, and I still suck at spell casting) but it's well worth the effort.

Knights of The Old Republic

Taris drags a bit but once you get beyond it the game opens up and becomes much better.
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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2008, 03:38:54 PM »

Also, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2008, 03:51:04 PM »

No one has mentioned Planescape Torment yet?  I thought this was an actual gaming board!  Tongue  Seriously though, it's got the best story in gaming history, and with the widescreen mods it's also one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen.  Sure, the character models are rough, but every one of the hand-drawn backgrounds is a work of art.  Amazing stuff.  Played through it recently, and was blown away by how good it was.
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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2008, 07:43:42 PM »

Then, there's that, eh. Ark, Arken...something- the steampunk, faery tale game where you get people to join up as well, lots of stats, great story, awesome music and oozing atmosphere...I even seem to remember someone mentioning it being redone somehow? Anyways, someone please correct me/Darkstar towards the name of the game :-D

Also, BG2 is a surehit winner and Arx fatalis is pretty great as well! Kotor 1 and 2 are pretty damn fun as well!
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« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2008, 08:22:44 PM »

Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.  icon_cool

Plus there's a wide-screen mod for it, IIRC, from the same folks who did the one for PT.
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« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2008, 08:55:20 PM »

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 25, 2008, 08:22:44 PM

Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.  icon_cool

Plus there's a wide-screen mod for it, IIRC, from the same folks who did the one for PT.

thanks!! thats the one! awesome game! :-)
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