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[WSIB] instead of Borderlands 3 (on Steam)

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I was going to get Borderlands 3 on sale, but I then realised it's probably not for me, because:

  • I dislike grinding and/or games that pretend to be action-oriented but the outcome is effectively decided by (and only by) stats – looking at you, Dragon's Dogma.
  • Even though I liked Bl2 overall, it wasn't very deep.
  • I would be playing Solo and apparently the story is terrible.
  • I don't want something "mindless".
  • The humour doesn't appeal to me at all.

I fully intend to get Hades (and Molek Syntez now I have learned of its existence) but I figure I might as well take advantage of the offer (Spend >=£30, get £5 off).

I have a really wide taste in genres, so just about anything's*on the table! I like fighters, puzzlers, fps', tps', flying, racing, rhythm, arcade, action, RPG, action RPG, RTS, TBS/4X, city-management… it kind of just goes on!

Really though, one of the three would be much appreciated:

  • A game that challenges you to think.
  • A game that is generally just really fun/engaging/satisfying – especially if it progressively builds mechanical skill.
  • A "podcast game" – the sort of game that's a great game in its own right, but allows you to wind down, put on a nice podcast, and enjoy.

I want to avoid games that are disrespectful of your time (lots of filler or grinding), and I'm not looking for a multiplayer game at the moment.

On my radar:

  • Cities Skylines' DLCs – Loved the base game as a concept, but felt it didn't really… do very much? It felt almost too easy and not very engaging. I don't know that the DLC's remedy that.
  • Total War: Warhammer 2 – I quite like TW:Three Kingdoms, but I only have ~40 hours in because it just sort of peatered out mid-campaign as things started to stabilise. Is WH2 any better in this regard?
  • Sniper Elite 4 – I like the idea, but I wasn't sure how fun or challenging this would be? I feel like it would be too easy to be particularly engaging.
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales – I wasn't a huge fan of Gwent in the base game, but if it's done right I think I could quite enjoy this – I just don't know if it is engaging?
  • Ni No Kuni – I've had an eye on this for quite literally years, but it's still quite expensive on Steam at least, and I really wasn't sure if the combat would be any good?
  • Hitman 2 – I'm not sure I'd get the replayability out of it, but I love the concept.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – I think conceptually this is up my alley, but it seems very derivative and the typical formulaic "Ubisoft Open World" game.
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I was going to list some games I didn't like, but the only recent game I've played that I genuinely disliked is AC: Odyssey, for its tedious, poorly done combat, medicore questing and horrible pacing.



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