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May 8 2013, 3:10pm Anchor

Dear Community,


As the thread-title already tells, I am looking
for an open world RPG, or a space colonization game.

The space games I found have a hard focus on combat- and that is definitely not what I am looking
for. I'd like to play a space trade/empire/political game. Maybe some of you know some good games worth a see? ^_^

Coming to RPG games, I do not look for a special
setting in particular. The game just should be open world or at least give me
some nonlinear freedom.

I tried Kenshi, but…it’s bugs are disturbing.


I am open for Indie and “usual” games.

Edited by: Genhito

May 8 2013, 3:48pm Anchor

The only thing I can think of that fits your criteria is a game called Kerbal Space Program. It's indie, and can be described as basically NASA mixed with the 3 Stooges with a cup of Orbiter folded in. With the ability to make you learn things whether you want to or not.

Kerbalspaceprogram.com

I'm currently engaged in a large scale colonization effort of the Kerbals' homewrld's inner moon, if that tells you anything. It's got a free trial you download before you make a decision. Just remember to extract the .zip file somewhere you can easily find. I made the mistake of not doing so and I had to download it again.

If you DO decide to buy it, buy it soon, it goes up in price with every release (did I mention it's somewhere between an alpha and a beta?) (as in, I got it for 18 bucks and it's currently 23).

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May 8 2013, 3:58pm Anchor

A colleague and former class-mate told me about that game today.
Seems like a good fit to what you describe. However, Kerbals is currently a sandbox game afaik since there are no game objectives. It's all about exploring and building space stuff (stations, landers, probes, etc), kinda in the same way as Spore he told me.

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May 8 2013, 4:39pm Anchor

Endless Space is a reasonable 4x. It does include a military component, but it's entirely possible to win through diplomacy.

May 9 2013, 12:36pm Anchor

I always end up going back to Galactic Civilizations II for Space Empires. The combat is very simplified, and more like a chess match than action combat, and it's more fun to design and spec out your ships than actually fight with them. It's basically my space-setting answer to the Civilization series as it's turn based empire building in space. It also has a lot of additions and mods developed by the community.

May 9 2013, 1:35pm Anchor

Don't Starve is a fairly charming Free-form survival game that is great until you find yourself looking for tips/guides/wikis. It's a game that is most fun while you figure it out so it's geared towards those who like to figure things out. It is not in the Minecraft league of unhelpfulness, you will usually know what you can do but it does not tell you explicitly what THOSE things exactly do.

HIGHLY moddable BTW, if you can stomach Lua.

While I'd like to recommend good diplomacy games, there really aren't any until you delve into grand strategies like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Total War. The Guild series is sometimes mentioned but I haven't checked it out. Galactic Civilizations I haven't touched but Alpha Centauri was reasonably good.

The best Space game of the sort you are looking for is EVE online, though it's MP only and there's not much AI to speak of. Also it's subscription based until you get filthy rich in-game.

May 9 2013, 1:36pm Anchor

It's old school, but...

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May 9 2013, 1:54pm Anchor
somonels wrote:The best Space game of the sort you are looking for is EVE online, though it's MP only and there's not much AI to speak of. Also it's subscription based until you get filthy rich in-game.

EVE is also the epitome of player-vs-player combat. There's a reason that people joke about EVE standing for "Everyone Versus Everyone". The OP doesn't want that kind of game.

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May 10 2013, 12:23am Anchor

First of all, thank you for all the replies. I never experienced such "devotion" for a forum. Amazing! ^^

leftcoaster wrote:I always end up going back to Galactic Civilizations II for Space Empires. The combat is very simplified, and more like a chess match than action combat, and it's more fun to design and spec out your ships than actually fight with them. It's basically my space-setting answer to the Civilization series as it's turn based empire building in space. It also has a lot of additions and mods developed by the community.

I have heard about Galactic Civilizations II but... I'd like to hear more from someone who has actually played it. I heard and read about it but I'd like to get some more info regarding this game- directly addressed to me. I am afraid that th AI(or UI) wouldn't be challenging, not fitting the standards of an present-day player. What I want to say is, what are your feelings about this game? I can... live... with bad graphics, but what's the gameplay like?

ambershee wrote:Endless Space is a reasonable 4x. It does include a military component, but it's entirely possible to win through diplomacy.

I watched a game-play about Endless Space. It's turn-based, isn't it? I somehow- don't blame me ^^- dislike turn-based strategies. They bore me. But, but, if this game does offer more then just Research-kill-or-die I'd be willing to try it! Tell me :P

somonels wrote:Don't Starve is a fairly charming Free-form survival game that is great until you find yourself looking for tips/guides/wikis.(...)

Yes, I am into Paradox Interactive. I play it since.... since ....I can't remember! But it's been a damn long time by now!
Survival games are also fun. I just checked the games intro-video. The style- crazy. It reminds me of the TV SHOW called Sothpark(right?). Survival rpgs/sandbox games are fun, but... that draw-style is just too much. Hehe

TerranAmbassador wrote:The only thing I can think of that fits your criteria is a game called Kerbal Space Program. It's indie, and can be described as basically NASA mixed with the 3 Stooges with a cup of Orbiter folded in. With the ability to make you learn things whether you want to or not.

Just read about it. This partially fits my criteria! I'll make sure to check this game out! Thank you!



Isn't it easier to just give sgive you some examples of what I have already played, so you can get a picture of what I enjoyed?!

RPGS:

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Dragons Dogma(PS3)
Yakuza(PS3)
Kingdom of Amalur( I've actually liked it. It was not an openworld or a sandbox game, but it's been O.K)
Kenshi( Nice, but... an Alpha with many bugs)
Two Worlds II( even that the NPC's seem dead)
Fable( It's an advanture, and I usually do not like them, but this one was good as there was some freedom along with a story)
Skyrim( I like it ^^ )
Guild Wars



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Gothic( Noooo.... please no.)
Diablo(Don't get mad ^^ BUUUU!- I truly, deeply, hate Dungeon-based games)
Fallout( Zombies? ....grrrr.....I think teen-players like that genre. Me, absolutely not!)
You see, Fallout would be great, if there weren't any Zombies.
Dragon Age II( umm.... why does nobody talk to me? T__T Did someone cut their tongues? I feel pity for all of them! T__T )

Space/Staregy/political games:

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Paradox games! All... really all. All DLC's, all mods played! ALLLLLL of them!
Rulers of nations, Masters of the world, , Sins of a solar Empire, Anno 2070

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Civilization(turnbased, which is a minus), Stardrive(nice try, but it's just so stupid, not really a deep game), Diplomacy( A world based on icons? No, sorry)

RPG SUM UP:
Basicially I like open world games. There is no need for a storyline as I like Sandbox games, too. - But storylines also attract me!
I like the following kinds of things in games:
A RPG-game COULD include, which means it doesn't need to include every single thingI am going to mention. It's just some ideas I like in games: houses, marriages, my own store, company, empires, my own mansions/castles, slaves, postapocaliptic settings, basebuilding/country management games. I also like to explore the countryside, the jungle, the galaxy!!!!XD. RPGS should be in 3D/RPG/SANBOX. 3D....

STRATEGY/POLITICAL Genre- SUM UP:
I guess there is no need to dig out every single thing I would like to see in Strategies/Political-sim's. Fact is, I do dislike games like Diplomacy, where you have the feeling that the only changes you apply are affecting Icons, because there is no "map". I enjoy over-deep and complex games. I know there are few because people mostly hate this kind of games. People like simplicity. It's only natural ^^
I do not like those BUILD A SHIP AND FIGHT-THE-GALAXY games. Don't get me wrong! I like fighting, haha, but there is a difference between a hacck'n'slash combat rpg/spacegame/strategy/political sim bla bla and a multi-goal game. A game must not consist of fighting alone. It's...boring. I mean, all the GO-KILL Games remind me off ta popular game called ... Counter Strike(?). The only difference between such games is the map/the arms used to kill and the same idea/logic. haha
I like some depth. But, again, don't get me wrong, I like battles. :D

Gush, I hope there is hope! What do you think, guys/ladies? ^^

EDIT:

Yep, Eve is amazing- the political aspect of that game. But as I have no friends there I won't pay for nothing. NO, NO, NO! The OP says: NO! haha

TheHappyFriar wrote:It's old school, but...

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Ummmm..... tooo old-school'ish for me. Not really deep. I do not see much complexity in this game. ^^ But, thank you very much for trying to help! I appreciate it!

Between, where do you guys search for games? Indie DB does not seem to have every game listed.

Niteshade wrote:A colleague and former class-mate told me about that game today.
Seems like a good fit to what you describe. However, Kerbals is currently a sandbox game afaik since there are no game objectives. It's all about exploring and building space stuff (stations, landers, probes, etc), kinda in the same way as Spore he told me.

Hahaha.... Spore!? I played it a few months ago. I was overwhelmed. It was actually so sweet. There was no real diplomacy or engaging battles, but I liked it. I mean, sooo sweet. xD

Edited by: Genhito

ambershee
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May 10 2013, 5:56am Anchor
Saibagami wrote:
ambershee wrote:Endless Space is a reasonable 4x. It does include a military component, but it's entirely possible to win through diplomacy.

I watched a game-play about Endless Space. It's turn-based, isn't it? I somehow- don't blame me ^^- dislike turn-based strategies. They bore me. But, but, if this game does offer more then just Research-kill-or-die I'd be willing to try it! Tell me :P


It's a lot like Civilisation in some respects; you can win through the strength of your economy, through diplomacy, through research or through conquest or territory. It is turn based, and it is pretty slow, and there's not a great deal of on-screen feedback outside of menus, so if that's not your kind of thing, you may want to skip it.

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