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Games To Play Between Installments

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This should be a good one to return to. Recommend games to play in the meantime instead of waiting for Walking Dead. I'm not going to suggest genres or whatever, but for mine I'll start with substitutions in case someone wants something similar. Feel free to suggest anything else.

Games Like Walking Dead:
Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy: Two names for the same game. Pretty linear and tough to lose. Control three different characters in a story about cults, mystic powers and a missing third act. Dialogue trees aren't bad, choices don't matter much and QTEs are handled by a Simon Minigame. (PC, PS2, XBox, 360)

Heavy Rain: The spiritual successor to Fahrenheit. Every choice seems to do something and the story can go to many places along a linear track. Everyone can die in the finale and the game will still go on to a satisfying ending. (PS3)

Silent Hill Shattered Memories: In Silent Hill 1, you played as a guy who went to a foggy hell to rescue his daughter. This is that story again, but told through therapy sessions and chase sequences. You change the world by periodic evaluations and by interacting with the world (ie, the game takes notes if you ogle sexy images). It's survival horror, which may turn some off but has some good replay value. (Wii)

The other side of this is the adventure game. Point and click your way through a (usually funny) story, solve puzzles and check Universal Hint System when something doesn't make sense.

Adventure Games
Tales of Monkey Island: You're Guybrush Threepwood, a seasoned Mighty Pirate, and you fight your old nemesis LeChuck in the 5th installment of a series of 4 good games (1, 2 and 3 were good). Point and click through 5 COMPLETED episodes. Yay. (PC, Wii)

Full Throttle: Don't want something so silly? Play the story of Ben, the leader of the Polecat biker gang. Flying cars are phasing out bikes, so it's up to you to protect the last manufacturer. Most puzzle solutions involve injury. (PC)

Psychonauts: Want the depth of an Adventure Game without the wonky control? Psychonauts is an action platformer where you play as a kid at a psychic summer camp. Learn to burn things with your mind and earn the title of Psychonaut. Come for the pretty colors and silly designs, stay because the world is batshit insane and stay out of the secret room. (PC, PS2, XBox)

Any other suggestions?
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  • I want to play heavy rain, but unfortunatly that is not on the 360, I'm also waiting for borderlands 2 that will be good hopefully. Trying to find other games.
  • I actually regret selling my copy of Indigo Prophecy. I knew it was a special game. They had it for purchase on steam a while ago, but it is gone now.

    Have yet to play Heavy Rain, but since I already know the ending so that kinda killed it for me. Read a spoiler...

    Since I like tactical thinking and politics I am a huge fan of the Civilization series. That holds me over, many a afternoons.
  • Heavy rain sounds good. I'm playing Sam and Max to hold me over.
  • and don't forget mass effect thats a great rpg
  • similar games? or games in general?

    -resident evil 5 was pretty fun. gotta wait until october for '6.

    - im alive. 3rd person action adventure, arcade game, featuring stamina based platforming/climbing. end of the world scenario. not necesarily survival horror, but definetly focuses on survival, in the sense you must ration your inventory, & keep a vigilant eye on both your health & stamina. encountering other humans isnt always a good thing.

    -i hear dead island is a good time. looks like its 20$, brand spankin new.

    -left 4 dead comes to mind. pretty solid coop (mp) 3rd person shooter.

    -dragons dogma supposed to be legit.

    -i picked up el shaddai, new for 20$. its pretty solid actually. not necessarily for everyone though.

    -also new for 20$, final fantasy XIII-2 is pretty fun, time traveling & rpging. story is a little weird, but yknow.

    -diablo 3. i hear mixed things about. the originals were epic on the pc. heard it just recently led to the death of an 18 year old kid though so im guessing its mildly addictive.

    -max payne 3. very good customizable mp, featuring up to 2- 32 players. not for the spawn killing squeemish however. gota love bullet time, especially in a rockstar title.

    new games to check out include:

    1. darksiders 2. post apocalyptic, 3rd person action/ adventure game. 1st one was very zelda-esque. this one looks to be even more refined.

    2. borderlands 2. fps with rpg elements. 1st one had my attention, for awhile.

    3. transformers fall of cybertron. 3rd person action game. 1st one was very cool. customizable mp transformers. this one look to be equally great, with the inclusion of dinobots, etc.

    4. sleeping dogs. (aka true crime:hong kong) 3rd person gta type game, featuring chinese gang related warfare. mixes elements of fighting, shooting, & driving.

    5. persona 4 arena. fighting game. never played them, but fans tend to rave about them. atlus usually makes real good, real underrated games. includes a free copy of the soundtrack, apparently. graphics look pretty amazing, for a 2d button masher.

    6. hitman absolution. this is the on im waitin for. heh, heh. gonna be awesome.
  • "Skiddley Whiffers"

    Best game ever!
  • I guess I could include the games I've actually played between installments.

    I recently spent some MS points on some Indie offerings, one in particular stood out, the "Decay" series. It's a point-and-click horror with a very eerie atmosphere. You start the game hanging from a noose, you get down and start trying to figure out who you are and why you were trying to kill yourself. The first episode is pretty short and only a buck (80 points), the three subsequent episodes are $3 (240 points), so $10 total, but well worth it in my opinion. Over the four episodes, I'd say there's about 4-5 hours of gameplay spread over the episodes. Story is kinda lacking but the vibe is genuinely creepy, has some light puzzling as well.

    Also, there's "Without Escape", another point-and-click horror that's relatively short (~1 hour) but is only 80 points. Like Decay, horror-and-inventory with some light puzzling.

    I've also played through Binary Domain. It's a cover shooter for PC/360/PS3, but IMHO a very good and underrated one. The story is surprisingly deep, and well-acted. It's based in the semi-distant future where robots are commonplace, but heavily regulated. Then, "Hollow Children" start popping up, robots that are so life-like, they lived among humans for decades with no one knowing, not even the robots themselves. The "Hollow Children" start losing it in public places, once realizing that they are robots, despite thinking they were human for years, and have genuine, emotional breakdowns over it. Your character and team are tasked with raiding the company suspected of creating them, and the story gets a little long-winded, not unlike this reply.

    Just a few suggestions as long and we're covering the topic.
  • I'm Alive and Dbuster's games sound really cool. I want to play FFXIII, but the PS3 is in a room I can't always use. Wah.

    The entire Max Payne series is great, even if you're not into shooters. It's just a real fun story.
  • Alan Wake is an awesome game, 360 exclusive with a great story and atmosphere. Has its scary moments, but plenty of funny stuff in there too. It's a bit repetitive in terms of combat, but the atmosphere, characters, gameplay (it might be repetitive, but its still fun!), story and more a just so great in my opinion. One of my favourite games.
  • Go watch Gabriel Knight on youtube.Theres a 3hr video of it.Its a Dos game from the 90's.
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