Games Like Those of Yesteryear

You ever get that nostalgic itch that you scratch and scratch but it never goes away? I do. Oh the itchiness.

Years ago, when I were a wee nipper, I made the discovery of a lifetime- gaming! Which in turn led to my creative pursuits. It’s a funny world when you consider everything is interconnected, or, if you will, tangled like a ball of twine.

Over the many years and the many systems I have played I have uncovered a number of gaming gems. Classic titles that boast mechanics and stories unequalled. However, these days, it seems to be hard to find a really good RPG experience like those of yesteryear.

So here are a few titles that offer those experiences of yesteryear without needing to be run in 800×600 resolution.

Legend of Grimrock was a rather spontaneous purchase late last year and if you can get past the grid based movement and combat system then you’ll probably enjoy it immensely if the above tickles you. Or if you enjoy grid based movement and combat systems you’ll probably enjoy it, too. One thing I really love about this title is, while there isn’t an open world, or any kind of world map for that matter, there are a number of things to explore and puzzles to solve. There is a lot of content and party management as each of your party members is required to successfully overcome the dangers you’ll face along the way.

The sequel Legend of Grimrock II takes an almost opposite approach to the basic elements. Now you have more classes, more races, an entire island to explore, lots more loot, lots more customisation, and more varied encounters. It’s an amazing step up from the first and will take you some time to work through the puzzles, traps, bosses, and the secrets hidden along the way. You will probably really enjoy it if you enjoyed the first- but there’s no requirement to play the first- save one achievement and secret found in the game. Really. It’s one of the best RPG experiences I’ve had in a good long while.

Lords of Xulima, an indie game, if I am correct, is a title that throws back to the days of Icewind Dale. You create your party of people, start with limited equipment, control each in turn in battle, and you explore the island you have sailed to. There is an enormous amount of content and the classes are quite interesting. There are many different takes on the development of each class and the battles are balanced but tough. You will get killed more than once and there is a little luck to it. However, for the price, you are getting an experience which boasts a number of developed systems and delivers on each one without fail.

Divinity: Original Sin is a game you have probably heard a lot about already if you’re following RPGs. If, however, you don’t like the Divinity series in general, or you live under a rock- this game is an absolutely stunning experience. The music, the visual style, the party banter, the questing, the exploration, the inventory management, the crafting system, the need to uncover every string of conversation, and to explore every last location is without equal. It starts a bit slow and features sometimes unforgiving combat but it also gives you a lot of freedom of choice and offers a lot of additional experiences if you explore.

If you’re in the mood for something of an RPG nature and don’t know what to get- give these a try. You might be surprised!

Have a nice week, all!

Moggie

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