Skyrim-like RPG suggestions?

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  1. zamardii12

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    Hey everyone... I honestly have been in a funk lately and can't find a game I enjoy nowadays enough to play longer than 10 minutes... Is there anything like Skyrim or some sort of fantasy RPG that is maybe a little obscure or perhaps even well-known i've missed?

    Just to get a feel for my taste...

    Tried Diablo 3 and didn't like it... way too monotonous button-masher. Diablo 3 would be good if there was a little more complexity to it like inventory management, slower pace, and a little more story.

    Witcher 3 was incredible. My favorite game of all time now. Loved the combat, story, soundtrack, inventory management, economy...

    Love Oblivion and Skyrim although I would say I like Oblivion more.

    Tried Dragon Age Inquisition but man was that boring... I played like 5 hours and I just stopped b/c just the environment was lame, the character interactions were uninteresting, and the plot just didn't grab me.
     
  2. Lmah2x

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    You might like Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It isn't fantasy though so it has no magic or anything, but it has alchemy and it is a more difficult game than any Elder Scrolls title. It is an open world medieval RPG, with multiple ways to complete quests, some completion routes will surprise you that it was even possible. It does give you a good RPG experience and you can tell the world is completely hand crafted and can be very immersive at times. Some people have called it a medieval simulator.

    You might also like Dark Souls if you haven't tried it, it doesn't have inventory management or economy though and it is 3rd person, it isn't as open world as Elder Scrolls, but more open than something like Witcher 1 or 2.
     
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  3. Denpepe

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    If you don't mind the awkward controls and some bugs the gothic series is not bad albeit a bit old in the meantime.
     
  4. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Don't know what else you've played, but here it goes.

    Since you mentioned Inquisition, have you played Dragon Age: Origins? It's completely different from Inquisition and vastly superior, in my opinion. Origins is closest to the CRPG genre that Baldur's Gate made BioWare famous for while Inquisition is more like a WOW-style western MMORPG.

    Have you tried Dragon's Dogma? It has a kind of Japanese MMORPG gameplay feel to it, but it's entirely single player. The world is vast and open, and the game doesn't hold your hand at all. Once you get past the intro the game is really overwhelming at first as you realize the scale of everything.

    Final Fantasy XV is kind of structured in that way, but it has the classic FF characters and plot in it, and again, the game and its world are massive.

    For an epic CRPG you can't go wrong with either Divinity: Original Sin title. Just be prepared to dump a lot of time into them. These and the previous two titles will have you wasting hundreds of hours of your life, but that shouldn't be an issue if you love Oblivion, Skyrim and The Witcher 3.

    Elex is from Piranha Bytes, who made the original Gothic and Risen series, so it has its quirks. But it is an interesting type of future fantasy western RPG. Some people love it while others hate it.

    Last for now that I'll mention is The Elder Scrolls Online. Yes, it is a MMORPG, but the game is fully enjoyable playing solo while the other players make the world feel alive. It is a lot of fun just joining in radiantly with others pounding away at some world event, too.
     
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  5. Q-BZ

    Q-BZ [H]ard as it Gets

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    Get out of the Hinterlands. ;) Don't stay stuck there. The game definitely picks up. Don't abandon it yet.

    https://www.pcgamer.com/dragon-age-inquisition-why-you-need-to-get-out-of-the-hinterlands/



    You have played some of the best games of these types and we're all waiting for more.

    I could cautiously recommend Skyrim's "cousin" Fallout 4 with some caveats. Agro ai and enemies although similar enough to Skyrim. You can pull a lot of the same tricks and finally: Mods.

    Elex... with a trainer you can get what you want out of it. If you know how Pirhana Bytes works then you know what to expect.

    Kingdom Come Deliverance with some patience but you can definitely scratch some itches here.
     
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  6. Lmah2x

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    I recommend Dragon's Dogma as well, I can't believe I forgot this, you can usually get it on sale for like $6-10, it's really an incredible game. It has a bad story, but literally everything else about it is amazing. Now I want to replay it, I think my last playthrough was 100 hours or so.
     
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    2nd Kingdomecome Deliverance might be boring but it has it's moment and it's a nice looking game. If you want a good top down game RPG try Pathfinder Kingmaker it's awesome.
     
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    I was going to recommend these, Gothic 3 is probably the most accessible in terms of both controls and graphics but I would at least try to start with the first one. The main issue with the controls is that they're not intuitive and the games are not forgiving but once you learn them you have more control than most games. Gothic 4 should be ignored for the most part. The Risen series is even more accessible and a true spiritual successor to the Gothic series but it does feel a little dumbed down for broader appeal.

    DA: Inquisition isn't a bad game like DA: 2 but DA: Origins is the one truly great game in the series. It is a dialog heavy game though and you have to appreciate good characters and dialog to enjoy it to it's fullest, combat is very strategic and requires a group that fits that strategy.
     
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    Outward is sort of like a Mount and blade in first person. Sort of like Skyrim but it is fun imho.
     
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    Have you tried all the big story mods for skyrim? There are some really good ones and way more than a typical game's worth of content. And if you want something similar to Skyrim, well you can't get more similar than the actual thing.
     
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  11. Mchart

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    I have pretty bad ADD and AC Odyssey is one of the few games that will hold my attention.
     
  12. termite

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    Definitely check out DA: Origins. Yes, it is old, but it is a great RPG. DA:2 is only worth playing if you want to go into DA:Inquisition with "your" story line. Also DA:Inquisition is worth sticking with in my opinion, but many people get bogged down in the Hinterlands, thinking they need to clear every are before moving on, you don't, you can move onto other ares relatively quickly. If you stay in the Hinterlands, you will burn out.

    Another recommendation for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It is a great game to loose yourself in.

    If you are ok with playing older games Knights of the Old Republic is fantastic.

    I'd also recommend looking at The Elder Scrolls online. Yes it is an MMO, but it is absolutely soloable, and you remove all UI elements that you do not want like chat boxes and whatnot. It has its issue's, but they did a good job of keeping The Elder Scrolls lore intact and they are still updating it with new areas.

    Kingdom of Amalur: The reckoning is another one you can check out. It has kind off graphics, that are WoW like, which always put me off. However it has a good story.
     
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    I'll throw in a second for Kingdom of Amalur, it definitely has a "lower budget" skyrim feel (it's too bad the dev had no idea about what a budget was).
    Another in the same (but crappier?) vein is Two Worlds: Two.

    You may like Grim Dawn (though it's a diablo clone).
     
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    Does Dragon Age Inquisition require Dragon Age II from a story line perspective?
     
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    From what I could tell DA3 is setup to basically be stand alone, you don't need DAII at all.

    If you are wanting to play the DA's, just get an Origin Premier subscription. You'll get access to all of them, all of their DLC, for only $100 a year or $15 a month.
     
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    They're each different arcs with different protagonists, so you get three different perspectives that are loosely stitched together- which means variety of location.

    There's ample crossover there too, with characters in party as well as various NPCs. As a series it's not as coherent as say Mass Effect and winds up being quite a bit larger.
     
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    I also have to recommend elder scrolls online.
     
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  18. termite

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    No. Inquisition will start you out with the "canon" back story. Or you can use Bioware's Dragon Age Keep website to setup your intial starting world, either manually, or by importing save games.

    If you played Dragon Age, and then imported that end game save into DA2, you can then continue with those decisions in Inquisition.

    I carried the same world state from DA:O and DA:2 for my first play through of Inquisitions. I did the same for Mass Effect, it keeps true to "my" play through that way. Subsequent play throughs I tweaked the world state to see how different decisions change some of the story, or Male/Female versions of the protagonists.
     
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    The souls games (demon and dark)
    the lord of the rings games (2 currently they work on part 3 I believe?) shadow of war/mordor .. I personally preferred the 1st one for getting "lost" in playing where part 2 I found as much frustrate as anything cause they keep
    popping out trying to steal your cookies when you stealing someone else's lol
    mass effect / fallout ( similar games ofc but guns instead )
     
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    Check out Enderal


    It also has its own Nexus site for mods, like Bethesda games. It uses Skyrim's assets too so I assume a lot of the texture mods found in Skyrim would would work also.
    https://www.nexusmods.com/enderal/mods/trendingalltime/


    Also check out Carved Brink for Skyrim, its a stand alone DLC sized mod that has its own story and new characters / Locations

    "This mod adds to Skyrim: a daedric plan of Peryite - The Pits, and an unknown part of Oblivion - Faceted Stones. One of the many Daedric pocket planes hidden throughout Oblivion. Many years ago, it was inhabited by Snow Elves, but now this place belongs to another race - Goblin. Embark on an adventure for treasure, make unusual acquaintances, and be tested with the trial of the Daedra".
    https://www.haemprojects.com/

    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/96862
     
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  21. Heavy_Nova

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    Divinity original sin 1 & 2.
     
  22. Armenius

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    I picked up a Oculus Rift. lol. Been playing with that quite a bit... it's cool to be able to play games in a different way instead of playing a different type of game. Thinking of picking up Skyrim VR, but a part of me doesn't want to purchase that game again for like the 4th time... however the idea of playing Skyrim in VR sounds interesting.
     
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  24. Lmah2x

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    I started modding Skyrim 3 weeks ago, didn't finish yet though so I haven't started playing. I haven't played in years so I had to relearn all the tools and take a look at like every mod that came out in the last 4 years or so.
     
  25. Armenius

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    Do mods work in Skyrim VR? I've been thinking about picking it up as well but without mods the game kind of sucks.
     
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    Another vote for Elder Scrolls Online. The latest expansion adds more story / lore (Dragons!) as well as the Necromancer class (this was just a few days ago).

    You can play the base game for free (I think, not sure) but all the expansions have to be bought separately. Or you can subscribe monthly and get everything as well as some additional perks (like storage for your crafting materials). They also sell alot of convenience items (extra character slots, outfit slots, stuff like that).
     
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    Morrowind rebirth 5.0 was just released.
     
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    from what I have heard others state, Skyrim VR is absolutely best served via a proper high spec PC.
    PS4 while "cool as hell" unfortunately suffers from limited view angle/distance.

    from playing my brothers one for all of 5 minutes I could not stomach it anymore. (popin give me bad headache, which I rarely ever get from anything)

    I suppose best way I can try to describe.

    look outside the window of a reasonable moving vehicle, you still see "some" detail of the ground beneath, it does not just "autofocus" when it is a scant few mm away, for slower moving stuff, where you take the time to look and appreciate, they did A LOT of work to get the PS VR to work as it does, but, the texture pop-in or what have you utterly destroys the "aura"

    to go from effectively "plastic" appearing textures to all of a sudden BAM high res skin/texture is just terrible. at least for me....

    I could really go for some VR ala DnD online (or a nice racing/flying setup) .. sadly no one has made such a game that I am aware of, RPG in all their glory have need of that paradigm, which would be VR, Fractals, pathfinding and all the yummy stuff... hell, it might take a solid run of AI (machine learning) for a few months, to really amp up make things much more "realistic" not gamey appearing/acting

    ^.^
     
  30. muz_j

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    There are plenty of good suggestions on this thread.
    I would definitely agree with the recommendations re:

    1) Kingdom Come Deliverance (it's obviously medieval and has a realistic slant to it, but if a first person RPG set in medieval times with a realistic angle appeals, then definitely check it out - I rate it highly and I'm a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series).
    2) Enderal - it uses the Skyrim engine, it's stand-alone and has it's own world and vibe to it and it's well made. Look at a couple of YouTube reviews and I'm pretty sure you'll be convinced it's worth trying.
    3) Dragon Age series - my own opinion (apologies to anyone in advance) is number 1 - Origins is a really good RPG and it goes downhill from there. Origins does have a decent amount of DLC, so I'd recommend that. I don't like the game systems and changes made with the series as it progresses - but that's me.
    4) I saw the comment re: Pathfinder Kingmaker - if you're into isometric / top down style classic RPG's - then I'd definitely recommend Pathfinder Kingmaker and the Pillars of Eternity Games. Both are excellent and there's lots of reviews available to back that up.
    5) Slightly off topic - but in terms of an immersive RPG / FPS hybrid - I have always loved the STALKER series of games. There's a ton of mods out there for them - but honestly, they're a love 'em or hate 'em kind of thing. It's an acquired taste and they don't appeal to everyone. STALKER Call of Pripyat , Lost Alpha DC (completely free) or STALKER Anomaly (again free) are good places to start for someone who's not used to the series. Obviously they are not fantasy RPG's like Skyrim.
    6) I note Spaceman has mentioned Morrowind Rebirth 5.0 has just been released. I was not aware of that, but I'm off to check it out now (thanks for the heads up spaceman).

    Personally I really, really dislike turn based combat in RPG's, but if that's your thing you might want to check out divinity original sin 2. I hate it, but it's highly rated by people into turn based combat RPGs.
     
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