This year I’ve started to venture out of the MMORPG genre for some of my gaming sessions. MMORPGs remain my favourite style of game by a long way, but I’ve tried a few games in other genres. It’s not the first time I’ve tried something different, we played a good deal of Shadowrun Chronicles last year, but this year we’ve been looking at having at least one cooperative non-MMORPG game to try out for variety’s sake.
Action RPGs: Path of Exile
We played through the campaign in Path of Exile on normal mode in full, finishing just a couple of weeks ago. The game was fun to play as a quick “jump in” game. The story was pretty dark but interesting and more original than Diablo 3’s story in my opinion.
Having finished the first playthrough we’re done for now on the genre. None of us are that loot-motivated and frantically clicking our way through maps of endless monsters doesn’t thrill us enough to warrant a replay of the same story on a harder difficulty level.
Zombie-survival: Dead Island
This is well out of my normal areas of interest but it was a cheap first-person shooter style game that was available on steam to play coop with a friend. The game is brutal, gory to the extreme and the zombie enemies are unrelenting in their numbers. The story is ok, it’s hardly The Secret World, but at least the characters are varied and interesting enough to warrant further investigation of the game world.
The game’s systems and loot are a bit inconsistent – guns are super-rare at first and melee weapons break very quickly but then moving into the second chapter we’re finding more guns than we can even carry.
4X turn-based strategy: Stellaris?
I used to play a lot of Civilisation-style “build and conquer” strategy games. I particularly enjoyed the interstellar space ones such as Ascendancy or Galactic Civilisations II. So seeing posts on blogs about Stellaris has tempted me into giving the genre a go once more. The game is brand new so I’m going to wait for some more reviews or a Steam sale discount before buying it.
Team shooter: Overwatch
Overwatch is the new hotness on the blogosphere and WoW guildmates are chatting the game up. Sadly my PVP shooter days were short-lived and were twenty odd years ago. I have zero interest in PVP thesedays, no matter how slick this game might be. I was listening to the Aggrochat podcast‘s discussion on this game and I concur with those lamenting the lack of PVE campaign for the game. If Blizzard could build on the current game to add a Destiny-style PVE mission system then Overwatch could be a real contender for something different to occasionally play instead of MMORPGs but as it stands I’ll pass.
What non-MMORPG games are you most interested in at the moment?