What's your favorite PC SciFi action RPG?

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#1 Posted by trollslayer69 (25 posts) -

Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

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#2 Posted by Mehfuz (10290 posts) -

Deus Ex series is my favorite

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#3 Posted by KABCOOL (1147 posts) -

Deus Ex series is my favorite

Mehfuz

Yea I was going to say either Deus Ex or the Mass Effect series.

Edit: Somehow forgot about KOTOR. Easily my favourite Sci-fi rpg of all time, not so much action, but it is definitely my #1 Sci-fi game.

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#4 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
There should be more sci-fi adventure games. Syndicate when it was on sale $5 isn't too bad. I put in about 3 hours last night. I've tried it a few times and I just could not get into it but it's kinda fun this time around. I enjoyed the first boss fight. Games nowadays shy away from challenging boss fights. Reminds me of the first boss fight in Deus Ex HR. My favorite goes to Deus Ex: HR, easily. And then the Mass Effect series. Ya'll should give Hard Reset a try.
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#5 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Mass Effect is definitely the first one that springs to mind. I'm thinking of playing through ME 2 again now.

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#6 Posted by TheFatPerson (1806 posts) -

Am probably gonna have to go with Deus Ex.

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#7 Posted by fend_oblivion (6511 posts) -

Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

trollslayer69
Anachronox is pretty good. Old game but still good.
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#8 Posted by Ballroompirate (25480 posts) -

Have to go with Mass Effect.

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#9 Posted by Fire_Wa11 (600 posts) -
Mass Effect 2 for its super fun combat. (though the 1st one was less "streamlined" and way more immersive.). Dead Space 1 is space-horror perfection. (haven't played the newer ones.). Deus Ex: HR was wonderful and since it didn't get hyped as much as some other big box titles,really floored me with how good it is! (And not to be a jinxy-jinx-it Johanne but a certain Polish game developer who made a game that rhymes with -- oh, let's say The Zitcher Voo -- is working on a sci-fi title. /happy dance.)
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#10 Posted by --Anna-- (4591 posts) -

Deus Ex series.

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#11 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25162 posts) -
Mass Effect series. Specifically ME2. So good.
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#12 Posted by bigbeebis (705 posts) -
Mass Effect.
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#13 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

There are hardly any games that even fall into that category. Anways Deus Ex by a long shot. The original with texture mods and shifter.

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#14 Posted by WaterSphere (203 posts) -
Mass Effect series is good.
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#15 Posted by PetJel (3725 posts) -

There are hardly any games that even fall into that category. Anways Deus Ex by a long shot. The original with texture mods and shifter.

Grimlim
This, you're being way too specific. Scifi rpg is a really underused combination of genre's nowadays. Your choices are pretty much Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Borderlands, Fallout. Remove the rpg requirement and you can probably find another few scifi shooters.
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#16 Posted by BattleSpectre (7989 posts) -

That's easy, Mass Effect Franchise hands down.

On a side note i could never get into Dues Ex: HR and after playing it only for an hour i put it down, after i beat Saints Row 3 i'm jumping right into Dues Ex again and giving it another chance, i think i'm going to enjoy it this time around.

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#17 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

There are hardly any games that even fall into that category. Anways Deus Ex by a long shot. The original with texture mods and shifter.

Grimlim

Yup, totally.

Well, besides the dozen or so games already mentioned (Fallout 1, 2, 3 and NV, Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3, KOTOR 1 and 2, Borderlands 1 and 2, Deus Ex 1, 2 and 3).

Oh, and the spy thriller Alpha Protocol.

Oh, and a bunch of classic PC titles like Wasteland, Blood.net, Sentinel Worlds, Megatraveller, etc.

Oh, and some modern indy titles like E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, the Star Wolves series, etc.

Oh, and upcomming games like the new version of Shadowrun.

Oh, and a bunch of MMOs like SWTOR, Eve, AO, Fallen Earth, Hellgate, Star Trek Online, etc.

Yup, totally non-existent game category. :P

-Byshop

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#18 Posted by bussinrounds (2724 posts) -

[QUOTE="trollslayer69"]

Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

fend_oblivion

Anachronox is pretty good. Old game but still good.

This was turn based, no ? OP said sci-fi ACTION RPG.

And what a fail that nobody even mentioned System Shock 2 or Star Control 2.

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#19 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

And what a fail that nobody even mentioned System Shock 2 or Star Control 2.

bussinrounds

I wouldn't call either of those RPGs. Great games, but not really the same genre as games like Mass Effect or Deus Ex.

-Byshop

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#20 Posted by bussinrounds (2724 posts) -

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And what a fail that nobody even mentioned System Shock 2 or Star Control 2.

Byshop

I wouldn't call either of those RPGs. Great games, but not really the same genre as games like Mass Effect or Deus Ex.

-Byshop

Idk, those games have some deeper RPG mechanics than the Mass Effect games, say. I guess if we're going by the modern definition of RPG meaning.... it must have romances and choices in cinematic dialog that lead to the same conclusion, then no, they're not RPGs.

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#21 Posted by -wildflower- (2997 posts) -

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[QUOTE="bussinrounds"]

And what a fail that nobody even mentioned System Shock 2 or Star Control 2.

bussinrounds

I wouldn't call either of those RPGs. Great games, but not really the same genre as games like Mass Effect or Deus Ex.

-Byshop

Idk, those games have some deeper RPG mechanics than the Mass Effect games, say. I guess if we're going by the modern definition of RPG meaning.... it must have romances and choices in cinematic dialog that lead to the same conclusion, then no, they're not RPGs.

I agree. Using Mass Effect as a benchmark for anything "RPG" is a huge stretch. Then again, the term "RPG" has been so abused by developers and gamers that is has become almost meaningless. It seems EVERYTHING is a RPG these days.

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#22 Posted by Ricardomz (2715 posts) -

Mass Effect.

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#23 Posted by flipin_jackass (9763 posts) -
KOTOR, maybe Deus Ex HR. I wasn't crazy about Mass Effect.
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#24 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (7348 posts) -

well if you claim Deus Ex to be an RPG (i call it a hybrid) the n System SHock 2 should be in the list aswell, especially since they pretty much share a ton of things in the RPG department.

The first Mass Effect is decent as an RPG, the others are decent games, but I can not bring myself to call them RPGs.

I would toss in the Fallout sereis aswell (strictly they would be parralel timeline sci fi apocalyptic dystopia, in setting, but you know)

I would suggest looking into Vampire the masquerade: Bloodlines, it is not Sci fi, but set around nowadays (well it were set in 2004 I think still, as far from fantasy as you can get with the exception of Alpha Protocol).

Koror is in without any discussion what so ever.

Ofcourse I consider the Deus Ex to be able to be in the list aswell (but like SS2 it is more of a hybrid)

How depressing it may be, I can not really think of any other games right now, that might fit.

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#25 Posted by Moloch121 (677 posts) -
Witcher 2 is amazing. So much love went into that game it really is a fantastic piece of work.
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#26 Posted by KHAndAnime (17123 posts) -
Deus Ex. That is all.
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#27 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

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There are hardly any games that even fall into that category. Anways Deus Ex by a long shot. The original with texture mods and shifter.

Byshop

Yup, totally.

Well, besides the dozen or so games already mentioned (Fallout 1, 2, 3 and NV, Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3, KOTOR 1 and 2, Borderlands 1 and 2, Deus Ex 1, 2 and 3).

Oh, and the spy thriller Alpha Protocol.

Oh, and a bunch of classic PC titles like Wasteland, Blood.net, Sentinel Worlds, Megatraveller, etc.

Oh, and some modern indy titles like E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, the Star Wolves series, etc.

Oh, and upcomming games like the new version of Shadowrun.

Oh, and a bunch of MMOs like SWTOR, Eve, AO, Fallen Earth, Hellgate, Star Trek Online, etc.

Yup, totally non-existent game category. :P

-Byshop

Sorry I should have specified "good games."

I don't really consider fallout to be scifi, and I barely consider deus ex to be an action scifi rpg. Kotor is fine. Borderlands i don't really consider scifi (it might be scifi but it isn't the kind of sci fi that i think of when people say it) mass effect... ok. The classics ones you named aren't very actiony. Upcoming games don't count... MMO's are often not good, especially the ones you mentioned.... So yeah...

It is a small game category

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#28 Posted by DevilMightCry (3547 posts) -
Easy. Kotor and Mass Effect Trilogy.
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#29 Posted by fend_oblivion (6511 posts) -

[QUOTE="fend_oblivion"][QUOTE="trollslayer69"]

Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

bussinrounds

Anachronox is pretty good. Old game but still good.

This was turn based, no ? OP said sci-fi ACTION RPG.

My bad. Still, it is a pretty awesome game.

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#30 Posted by -Unreal- (24650 posts) -

Try System Shock, Mass Effect or Deus Ex 1 + Human Revolution

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#31 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

Sorry I should have specified "good games."

I don't really consider fallout to be scifi, and I barely consider deus ex to be an action scifi rpg. Kotor is fine. Borderlands i don't really consider scifi (it might be scifi but it isn't the kind of sci fi that i think of when people say it) mass effect... ok. The classics ones you named aren't very actiony. Upcoming games don't count... MMO's are often not good, especially the ones you mentioned.... So yeah...

It is a small game category

Grimlim

Post-apacolypse is a category of sci-fi so yes Fallout is sci-fi whether you think of it as sci-fi or not. Handheld laser and plasma weapons, nuclear powered cars, and raditation mutated monsters are all science -fiction- last time I checked. Same goes for Borderlands.

How is Deus Ex not action sci-fi rpg? Real time combat, detailed upgrade system, non-linear gameplay, side missions, detailed story with branching dialog choices, cyberpunk setting, character development. The character development in the DE series is way more detailed than in the ME series which you said was "ok".

Whether you personally think those MMOs are good, they all pretty much fall exactly into the cagerory the op is asking about.

-Byshop

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#32 Posted by bussinrounds (2724 posts) -

KotoR isn't an action RPG. And neither are games like Wasteland, Bloodnet...

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#33 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

KotoR isn't an action RPG. And neither are games like Wasteland, Bloodnet...

bussinrounds

Eh, KOTOR at least has realtime combat. Fair enough on wasteland and bloodnet though.

-Byshop

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#34 Posted by bussinrounds (2724 posts) -

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KotoR isn't an action RPG. And neither are games like Wasteland, Bloodnet...

Byshop

Eh, KOTOR at least has realtime combat. Fair enough on wasteland and bloodnet though.

-Byshop

BG has realtime with pause combat too, would you call it an action RPG ? . It's not like you can manually block, or move out of the way at the last second. You input the commands and the cpu makes the dice rolls. Just because it's not turn based doesn't make it an action RPG. An action RPG plays like an action game, or a shooter say. Games that rely on character skills/stats instead of players skills/reactions aren't action RPGs.

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#35 Posted by RyuRanVII (4254 posts) -

Albion. It isn't an action oriented RPG though.

Albion

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#36 Posted by Fire_Wa11 (600 posts) -

Mass Effect 2 for its super fun combat. (though the 1st one was less "streamlined" and way more immersive.). Dead Space 1 is space-horror perfection. (haven't played the newer ones.). Deus Ex: HR was wonderful and since it didn't get hyped as much as some other big box titles,really floored me with how good it is! (And not to be a jinxy-jinx-it Johanne but a certain Polish game developer who made a game that rhymes with -- oh, let's say The Zitcher Voo -- is working on a sci-fi title. /happy dance.)Fire_Wa11

What the h*ll am I thinking? I only forgot every one of my favorite sci-fi RPGs in my first post. (Starting out a new year stupid is no way to start out a new year.) So, yes, the above games are great. I'd also throw in the mind-f*ck that is EyE: Divine Cybermancy as I did play that one for over 100 hours but my all time favorite sci-fi RPGs would be:

1.) City of Heroes

2.) Fallout: New Vegas

3.) Fallout 3

Nothing really scratches that itch for me the way those 3 did. Other games are games but CoH and the newer Fallout games are almost like a meditation, combining excitement AND relaxation. I hope something else comes along that mesmerizes me like those did. And not to be a Snarky-Trolling Santos but to the person who said Witcher 2: that is a fantasy game, not sci-fi action.

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#37 Posted by bussinrounds (2724 posts) -

If your gonna take the ACTION part out of the equation (like alot of ppl seem to be doing) then...

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

Albion

Hard Nova

Planet's Edge

Anachronox

Mars Saga/Mines of Titan

Bioforge

Shadowrun (Genesis version > SNES one)

Bloodnet

Starflight 1&2

KotOR 1 & 2

Space: 1889

Centauri Alliance

MegaTraveller series

2400 A.D

Star Command

Hired Guns

Whale's Voyage 1/2

Captive and Liberation

Space Rangers 2

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#38 Posted by koospetoors (3548 posts) -

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Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

fend_oblivion

Anachronox is pretty good. Old game but still good.

GET THIS GAME

Its very old and the combat system downright sucks but the story and characters and humour (one of the funniest games ever) absolutely make up for it.

And did I mention that you get a freaking planet as a companion? And that your mouse cursor is a character? Seriously, Anachronox is brilliant.

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#39 Posted by Fire_Wa11 (600 posts) -

[QUOTE="Fire_Wa11"]Mass Effect 2 for its super fun combat. (though the 1st one was less "streamlined" and way more immersive.). Dead Space 1 is space-horror perfection. (haven't played the newer ones.). Deus Ex: HR was wonderful and since it didn't get hyped as much as some other big box titles,really floored me with how good it is! (And not to be a jinxy-jinx-it Johanne but a certain Polish game developer who made a game that rhymes with -- oh, let's say The Zitcher Voo -- is working on a sci-fi title. /happy dance.)Fire_Wa11

What the h*ll am I thinking? I only forgot every one of my favorite sci-fi RPGs in my first post. (Starting out a new year stupid is no way to start out a new year.) So, yes, the above games are great. I'd also throw in the mind-f*ck that is EyE: Divine Cybermancy as I did play that one for over 100 hours but my all time favorite sci-fi RPGs would be:

1.) City of Heroes

2.) Fallout: New Vegas

3.) Fallout 3

Nothing really scratches that itch for me the way those 3 did. Other games are games but CoH and the newer Fallout games are almost like a meditation, combining excitement AND relaxation. I hope something else comes along that mesmerizes me like those did. And not to be a Snarky-Trolling Santos but to the person who said Witcher 2: that is a fantasy game, not sci-fi action.

Ah, yes. Perhaps I'm not starting the year off that stupid. I initially included ACTION Sci-fi RPGs. Not to be a Troll-War Travis but City of Heroes, Eve Online, FO3, FONV, Kotor, etc. are not what I would consider to be action.

I should maybe tack Borderlands onto the above list but I would like it better if more of my friends were gamers. I would also perhaps add DC Universe Online which I initially thought was one of the most underrated games of all time until I got to the end where it turns into a frustrating gear-grind. (F*ckin' SOE.)

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#40 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

BG has realtime with pause combat too, would you call it an action RPG ? . It's not like you can manually block, or move out of the way at the last second. You input the commands and the cpu makes the dice rolls. Just because it's not turn based doesn't make it an action RPG. An action RPG plays like an action game, or a shooter say. Games that rely on character skills/stats instead of players skills/reactions aren't action RPGs.

bussinrounds

Fair enough, but I don't completely agree with your last statement. Some combination of skill/players reactions make up the best action RPGs. Deus Ex 1 handled this in a really interesting way by making your character really innacurate with any of the guns that they don't know how to use unless you hold still for an extended period of time. The combination of real first person control plus character development is something I'd love to see more in games. Besides the Fallout 3 and later games, Alpha Protocol, and Deus Ex it might also be worth mentioning Vampire Bloodlines. Not a sci-fi game per se but it's a straight up action RPG in a modern, non-fantasy urban setting and is based on a rich pen and paper RPG.

-Byshop

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#41 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

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Sorry I should have specified "good games."

I don't really consider fallout to be scifi, and I barely consider deus ex to be an action scifi rpg. Kotor is fine. Borderlands i don't really consider scifi (it might be scifi but it isn't the kind of sci fi that i think of when people say it) mass effect... ok. The classics ones you named aren't very actiony. Upcoming games don't count... MMO's are often not good, especially the ones you mentioned.... So yeah...

It is a small game category

Byshop

Post-apacolypse is a category of sci-fi so yes Fallout is sci-fi whether you think of it as sci-fi or not. Handheld laser and plasma weapons, nuclear powered cars, and raditation mutated monsters are all science -fiction- last time I checked. Same goes for Borderlands.

How is Deus Ex not action sci-fi rpg? Real time combat, detailed upgrade system, non-linear gameplay, side missions, detailed story with branching dialog choices, cyberpunk setting, character development. The character development in the DE series is way more detailed than in the ME series which you said was "ok".

Whether you personally think those MMOs are good, they all pretty much fall exactly into the cagerory the op is asking about.

-Byshop

I agree they are technically sci-fi but when someone asks for a sci-fi game I wouldn't think that post apocalyptic games in a wasteland are what they want (i could be wrong though). I said Deus Ex is an action rpg (barely), but I also consider it a stealth game before an action game. And with the MMO's (and any other game really) it depends on what you consider an action game. A literal action game I guess would have action (like many games do). But like others have said you wouldn't really consider BG2 to be an action rpg, at least not in the same realm as diablo or torchlight. Most mmo's have action, but don't really play like action games.

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#42 Posted by Byshop (17264 posts) -

I agree they are technically sci-fi but when someone asks for a sci-fi game I wouldn't think that post apocalyptic games in a wasteland are what they want (i could be wrong though). I said Deus Ex is an action rpg (barely), but I also consider it a stealth game before an action game. And with the MMO's (and any other game really) it depends on what you consider an action game. A literal action game I guess would have action (like many games do). But like others have said you wouldn't really consider BG2 to be an action rpg, at least not in the same realm as diablo or torchlight. Most mmo's have action, but don't really play like action games.

Grimlim

I answer the ops question by giving them all the info and letting them decide for themselves. I get what you're saying about a post apocolyptic setting not being what a sci-fi fan might be looking for but I'm not going to presume to know what the op's preference is and these games do technically fall into that category. Deus Ex isn't a stealth game because stealth is not required, it's merely one way you can choose to play the game. You could run and gun the whole game if you so choose.

-Byshop

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#43 Posted by PublicNuisance (4582 posts) -

Deus Ex series and Mass Effect series. Hoping to get some suggestions for like minded games from threads like these.

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#44 Posted by PublicNuisance (4582 posts) -

[QUOTE="fend_oblivion"][QUOTE="trollslayer69"]

Hi everyone, I've played the standard fantasy RPG's for years and am a little burned out on those, but I still love the RPG genre. I'm wondering what Scifi RPG's you guys really like, something with a good story preferably but not nessecary. I have Win 7 mid range setup if that helps. Thanks.

koospetoors

Anachronox is pretty good. Old game but still good.

GET THIS GAME

Its very old and the combat system downright sucks but the story and characters and humour (one of the funniest games ever) absolutely make up for it.

And did I mention that you get a freaking planet as a companion? And that your mouse cursor is a character? Seriously, Anachronox is brilliant.

You know I saw that game on GOG today and thought it looked interesting. Picking it up soon for sure.