I thought I’d start a video game thread because I have a few questions that I want feedback on and they don’t fit neatly into a single category,
and I figured this could serve as the BB water cooler for video games in general.
My first question: I need a new system. i’m trying to get back into gaming and I am pretty desperate for something that will run current games. My system is totally bottlenecked in all possible ways when it comes to the latest Doom. I was wondering if people here recommend saving for a gaming PC or buying a console and if console, which one? Advantage of a console is that I can buy one sooner, but advantage of a PC is that I can upgrade for a while and it probably has better resale. But then… I kind of like knowing that my system will run a new game if I buy it. Then again, the types of games I enjoy aren’t always well adapted for console play.
If I do go the PC route, which graphics card manufacturer offers the best quality for price?
Second question. Any slightly older games people can recommend I get in the meantime? It might help answer both questions if I give the kinds of games I’ve really enjoyed in the past. I’m dating myself somewhat here, but these are just the “biggest hits” in my mind and I feel like a lot of modern games still don’t quite match up. In any case, I’d also like to see other people’s “Top Tens” because it’s fun.
Almost anything in the early Baldur’s Gate/Forgotten Realms series. I feel like it started to go a little downhill in Neverwinter Nights, but I could be convinced that there are newer games in that series that might be worth looking at.
The Curse of Monkey Island. I know they don’t make these anymore, but it tops my list.
Zelda series, though at this point I’ve lost track of the mythology.
Civilization. I am actually somewhat addicted to the series.
Command and Conquer: Before Command and Conquer 3 which was utter shit.
Quake II Which I’ve literally played a few hundred times by now and I still like to pop in the CD and play through even now.
MDK: What can I say? I like quirky games.
Skyrim: Which was my introduction to the Elder Scrolls series, and I like it for the same reasons everyone else did.
Mass Effect series: Because Bioware.
Assassin’s Creed when it was new. I think the series is starting to wear the premise a little thin.
Thief I and II.
Half-Life series: I demand to know how Aperture is involved in the resonance cascade event damnit! HL-3 needs to happen. Don’t make it into another Duke Nukem Forever.
Good games that don’t quite qualify for top
Halo series. A little too multiplayer oriented.
XCOM series: A little bit all over the place, but I apparently like micromanagement in games (See: Civilization.)
Deus Ex: Just the first one.
Max Payne: Again just the first one.
I think that’s enough controversy fodder to get the thread started.