Looking for a new electronic timewaster
March 18, 2014 1:44 PM Subscribe
Looking for PC game recommendations. Something big, open-worldy or sandboxy, and non-twitchy—a virtual world that I can spend hours exploring (in terms of both discovering new places, and experimenting with different game mechanics). Snowflakes inside.
posted by escape from the potato planet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (25 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I really like games that give you a massive open world, full of diverse stuff to find/collect/do, that let you explore freely and make your own goals. Skyrim (and Oblivion), Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress (and kin), Don't Starve, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas: these are my jams.
The "massive open world" part is probably less important than the "full of diverse stuff to do" part—whether I'm exploring the countryside in Skyrim or planning the minutiae of my fortress in the more confined world of Gnomoria, it's the depth and freedom that I like.
As you can probably tell from my examples, procedural generation and other roguelike(-like) elements are welcome (but not required).
No MMOs. Their sauce, it is weak.
No GTA or Saint's Row type stuff, either—I've never played them, but I've seen plenty of gameplay, and they don't appeal to me at all.
No "early access" games, unless they're either free, or far along in development.
Nothing that takes control away from me every four minutes to show a scripted cutscene.
Games in this vein I've already tried (other than the aforementioned): Cube World, Rust, State of Decay, Terraria, DayZ, The Dead Linger, Mount & Blade, Dead Island, Far Cry 2, Miasmata, Project Zomboid.