Can you recommend a PC game for me?
November 9, 2017 6:49 PM   Subscribe

I really like doing missions in GTA Five involving shootouts with police, drug dealers, etc. Nothing fancy or complicated, just like shooting targets while trying not to be shot. Call of Duty and other war games seem like they might be too much for me to do (I am not a very talented gamer!). Suggestions?
posted by 8LeggedFriend to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know you said PC, but this stuff can be bought cheap now. To this day the best shooter games I've ever played are the early Halo games. Go on eBay and get an Xbox 360 and then find these games:

Halo 3
Halo: Reach (the best game I've ever played besides The Last Of Us on the PS4)
Halo 3: ODST

The Halo series isn't like the Call of Duty, etc stuff where it's feels like their designed to overwhelm the senses. The Halo games are more immersive.
posted by LoveHam at 8:35 PM on November 9, 2017

Saints Row 2 thru 4. They start as over-the-top GTA clones, and escalate ridiculously. Dumb, funny, forgiving shooty fun.
posted by figurant at 8:42 PM on November 9, 2017 [4 favorites]

i'm extremely, comically bad at shooters, but the recent wolfenstein game was single player and i played it on the easiest possible difficulty and it was fun. challenging in parts but i never felt like i couldn't get through it.
posted by vogon_poet at 8:55 PM on November 9, 2017

Disclaimer: I've never played GTA so can't compare the gameplay, but my husband really enjoyed the Far Cry games. Seems like you can play it stealthily or go in guns blazing, depends on your style. The older ones are quite cheap now on Steam! I think he played Far Cry 3. Oh, he also enjoyed Borderlands 2!
posted by tinydancer at 10:23 PM on November 9, 2017

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 aren't the easiest, but they're super fun. Same with Just Cause 2 and 3. Not necessarily always easy, but they ramp up and it's all about the mass destruction.
posted by cnc at 10:45 PM on November 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

Sleeping Dogs is in the same genre as the GTA games and I really enjoyed it. The shooting is probably not as good as GTA V's (which I haven't played), but it should be cheap enough on sale.
posted by ODiV at 11:39 PM on November 9, 2017

Fallout 4...or even fallout 3/fallout new vegas...lots of fun shootouts with zombies and super mutants and giant roaches and cannibal raiders and radioactive giant scorpions and robots and fire-breathing ants and military dudes in power armor and dinosaurs and crab people and replicants and etc etc etc. Also it has a really neat targeting system that (after you figure it out) gives you some breathing room so it's not all about reflexes. There's also a lot of RPG elements to it so you can customize your character any way you like...every time you level up you get to pick a 'perk' (and there's over 100)...things like specializing in heavy weapons or explosives or swimming or having the bad guys explode or melt into green goo. There's a bunch of characters in the game that just send you on shoot-em-up missions or you can just wander around blowing up stuff. And the weapons are all super weird and fully customizable...everything from pistols and shotguns to laser rifles and atomic bomb catapults. Also it's just a HUGE open world like GTA if that's a plus...
posted by sexyrobot at 12:04 AM on November 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

I also came in to say Saint's Row 2-4 (+ Gat out of Hell), all of which are periodically Very Cheap on Steam. The way I understand them is that in the various GTA games you play a criminal, but in Saint's Row you're basically a Batman villain. 2 retains a thin film of "gritty realism" but 3 onward are very, very silly.

Also the Borderlands series, which is often described as Diablo with guns. Note that you really really want the DLC for Borderlands and Borderlands 2 -- Borderlands didn't really figure out what it wanted to be until The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and the Dragon Keep DLC for Borderlands 2 is the thing that puts a bow on the first two games.

IMHO Fallout 4 is the only one that works well as a shooter; improving the mechanics was apparently a big focus as Bethesda. New Vegas is okay but F3 only tolerable -- frex, in F3 you can't look down the sights of a weapon. If you like shooters, the best way to play F3 is to get the all-dlc-included versions of F3 and F:NV and then install the "Tale of Two Wastelands" mod which drags all of the content of F3 into the F:NV engine, which improved the shooting mechanics considerably. It also means that you'll start F:NV heavily leveled up though.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 4:01 AM on November 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Never played any GTA / Saints Row but watched an LP of SR2 and can attest to its mayhem induced comedy potential. SR 2+ are probably the titles most resembling what you're looking for, being GTA clones and all.

But my real suggestion is EDF4.1. Instead of police and gangsters you shoot giant bugs, robots, UFOs and kaiju with ludicrous weaponry. It's third-person with simple controls and the only objective in almost all levels is kill everything, by whatever means necessary. Playing split-screen co-op of other titles in this series is the most I've ever laughed at a videogame.
posted by Bangaioh at 6:07 AM on November 10, 2017

Since Saints Row 2 has been suggested a few times I need to point out that its PC version is a technical mess: crashes, stuttering, weird performance issues that can make the game run too slow or too fast, bad sound quality, and game-breaking scripting & physics bugs. While it's a cool game, it's so much trouble to play on PC that I can't recommend it at all. The third and fourth games run beautifully, though. 3 is like a silly cartoon version of GTA, and 4 is an even sillier GTA in the Matrix with superpowers.
posted by skymt at 9:39 AM on November 10, 2017

I don't feel like I'm very good but I really like PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds). It's a multiplayer online battle royale (if you weren't familiar) that's really fun. YMMV.
posted by ancient star at 10:51 AM on November 10, 2017

Saints Row 2 is a mess on PC. Great game but I wouldn't really recommend the PC version.

Saints Row 3 and 4 are generally a lot "shootier" (and sillier!) than GTA. Highly recommended. SR4 has a bit less emphasis on the shooty bits because you have superpowers instead.

Just Cause 2 and 3 are great action games, and you can play them as such, but they're more about swooping around with the grappling hook than taking cover, so that might violate the "not fancy" requirement. YMMV.

Sleeping Dogs is a fun and underrated GTA-alike but there's not much shooting. More kung-fu.
posted by neckro23 at 12:06 PM on November 10, 2017

I bet you'd like Skyrim if you haven't played it yet.
posted by TomFoolery at 2:09 PM on November 10, 2017

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