I Fantasise about a Fantasy Game

Witcher 3 was, and is, one of my favourite video games. I’ve played it twice, finished the expansions. I love this game. I also adore Dragon Age: Inquisition. Finished it twice. I thought it was a fun time.

I’ve essentially been waiting for two years for the next big fantasy game to come out and it hasn’t happened yet.

Yes, I could play Final Fantasy XV, but it isn’t a traditional swords and sorcery type games. It’s far more Japanese. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. It also technically won’t fully update for awhile, so I want to wait for it to finish. I want to play the best version of that game.

I want to play a video game where I have sword and slay magical creatures. I want a game with a great story, where I’m the hero. Where I can get the girl. Where I save the day.

This is one of the reasons why I loved Skyrim. That game was great, even if it was thin on the story front. I’ll never get over the killing butterfly mechanic. A strangely fun aspect of the game. The vampire expansion was fun too.

Other than Dragon Age 4, I can’t think of another traditional fantasy game on the horizon; and you know, that really sucks. I really want to play another one of those games.

I want meaningful choices. I want an expansive world with it’s own unique lore and intricate cultures, I want to see different people from different places unused to each others customs. I want to feel uncomfortable in certain situations because I’m not sure how to react to these other ways of life.

I want to see frictions between people because their nations are at war.

I want a world that just breathes with life. Political intrigue. Fascinating twist and turns. So on and so forth.

I just don’t see a game that’s anything like that coming out.

It’s probably a miracle that video games like this are ever made, because it’s a tall order. Yet when they are made, it really is a beautiful miracle.

The closest game that I think of that might be like this is God of War. We’ll have to sit on that to see if it really will be that kind of game.

I should probably pick up Dragon Age: Origins. I played it once but never finished it. I might have to give it another go because I have an itch that needs to be scratched. I also am waiting on the Switch, so it’ll be awhile before I can give The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a proper play. Even then I’m still unsure if it’ll scratch the itch.

So Fantasy games, where are you? I’m getting a weird rash without you.

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3 comments

  1. terraasymmetry · January 4, 2018

    A few games you should consider that I liked quite a bit:

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (friction between factions, high fantasy, difficult choices) has God of War-like combat system

    Elex (friction between factions, real role playing choices, skyrim-ish but with a jetpack, high fantasy + sci-fi +steampunk western all colliding) is janky (Fallout: Vegas quest brokenness) and difficult but has many similarities between The Witcher and Dragon Age, including a fighting companion system.

    Dragon’s Dogma (climb giant beasts & chop off body parts, travel with a few other pals, action combat)

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  2. Strings · March 19, 2018

    I think from a story perspective you could look at games like Horizon Zero Dawn, I know these are not mythical figures but the story of a strong female character has attracted me. Assassins Creed origins is a strong contender with the many downloads available and still coming. I played some of the older games like the Dark Souls II and III which I quite enjoyed. Skyrim is an remains one of my favorites with the mods, Witcher 2 and 3 are awesome and Project Code Red deserves all the credit for a great story line. I think it is the storyline and the crafting with the “Father – Daughter” relationship that would attract people to this type of game. There was fun with the unicorn and the ladies of Geralt. I expect a lot from God of War for 2018, a new game called Detroit become Human. And of course we are all waiting for a new Uncharted. I have always found the games having something mystical and fun for me, like to explore, like to potion craft, like to develop my armour and my companions.

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