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post #11 of 26
Impossible to remember ALL the games I played in the 90's and how many hours logged in on those.... a lot, I'm sure.


But... in recent years:

Kerbal Space Program


Bought it for <$30 and spent over 1,000hrs playing.

Honorable mention is the latest Fallout games (FO3 (xbox and PC), NV and FO4). Combined easily over 1,000hrs.
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post #12 of 26
+1 to the guy who said FF3 remake on DS! I've beat it, but not 10 times! I'd recommend the original (fan-patched) NES game if you liked the remake, the NES version still holds up pretty well today (THAT one I might have cleared 10 times...)

For me I'd say:

Xenoblade Chronicles X that came out at the end of last year. $60 and I'm still playing it now and at 160-ish hours. I finished it in two weeks last December when it first came out, and even that took 100 hours. There's some people that have played this one for 500 hours and still haven't 100%'d it.

The first Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii... again, $60 and like 200 hours of gameplay.

Phantasy Star Online 2... free to play but I spent like $600 on the cash shop... but I have 2100 hours on it.. there's some players I know that never spent a cent and have 6000 hours on it.

The original PSO on Dreamcast/Gamecube/Blue Burst (on PC). On private servers. Never paid a cent for Blue Burst and have probably 500 hours on it. I play on Edenserv.
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BF3, I should get that bucket bronzed come to think of it biggrin.gif
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Eve Online

Total funds spent... $15 x 1 year of subs = about 200 bucks.
Time played - 5000 hours I'd guess.

The reward for this "game" is so far above any other game. It even makes other great MMORPGs look like child's toys with no meaning. I hesitate to call it a game, because it really is a fully functioning player run universe. Actually as a game and only a game, it's sort of haphazard, awkward, and boring. Personally I was a trader, and the experience was unlike any other gaming experience. My experience is that of a trader but everyone has their own perspective. Being able to leverage 8 years of assets into trading operations... there's such a rush from putting so much on the line. Most games get dull at level cap, but when it came to trading there was always another guy with 10x your assets, always another goal post to hit. I came into the game because I read a popular story online about a guy scamming his way into a billion isk, and set that as my ultimate goal. By the time I finally burned (for good? we'll see) out 10 years later I had traded my way into a trillion isk, and it was fun the whole way. Progression of power is what gives MMORPG's longevity, and there's no feeling like buying 1,000 battleships for a trading op when you still have memories of working two months for a single battleship as a new player.

It's a game about freedom, but for most it's about some form of power (of course every player's opinion will differ according to their playstyle). Everything is player produced, everything is lost for good once it blows up. This means everyone is much more invested in Eve than in most other MMORPGs. Even the little guy really cares about the stuff that he has - it means a lot to him because he's worked hours and hours for his ship. This gives player relationships an authenticity that other MMORPG's lack. If I trust a friend enough to handle 10 billion isk, it means I think he won't turn around and take the money and run - because isk has a real value, or at least more of a real value than most games. Indeed, my 8 accounts would have cost $10,000 to run in subscription fees over the entire length of my playtime, but I paid none of that because game time is tradable on the player markets. Cool.

What does friendship mean and does everyone have a price? Are people naturally evil when given the chance? How do economies really work when there are no rules at all? The game asks some big questions and teaches a lot that isn't shown in everyday life.

The game is so indescribably vast, especially for someone who's been part of the history from the beginning. There are books written just on the politics of the game (https://www.amazon.com/Empires-EVE-History-Great-Online/dp/0990972429/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=). And I can say that there are books worth of stories that more solitary professions like traders have that will never be told.

So what killed it for me? Well as you can read the whole trip was a sort of exponential progression for me as a player. And for the first 6 years of the game's life the development of the game was matching this. Subscriber growth was up every year, which was matched by more employees hired, which was matched by an ever more sprawling (albeit buggy) game, and all of this was backed by a vision of becoming the ultimate sci fi simulator, complete with walking in multiplayer space stations, hiring fashion designers to design the avatar clothes - really off the wall and bonkers stuff that sadly was entirely unrealistic and not really what most other player's wanted. Then the financial crisis hit, devs were fired, player's rebelled, and the game was strictly scaled back to be about spaceships, and my passion was scaled back as well. Of course I could go on about a game which took 10 years of gaming life but I'll stop there...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq2oxt7Nrxo


Natural Selection 2

Total funds spent - $20
Time Played - 1500 hours

NS2 is a very well executed hybrid of FPS and strategy. The feel of the game is a nice throwback to the early days of PC gaming. The game is asymmetrical and the alien side is totally unique. Teamwork is more than rewarded, it's mandatory. Every player on the team needs to be using voice comms and coordination to play on a high level. This means that there is at least some sense of community because it's not just silent random pub players throwing memes at each other. Strategy and tactics are rewarded as well, and there is a dynamic flow of play throughout the matches (which are about 5-20 minutes, which I think is the sweet spot for multiplayer matches). The game engine has low latency (on low graphics settings) which I'm sensitive to and makes the game easier to get engaged with. For high end competitive CS players the skill cap is probably too low (it sort of falls apart when CS players who shoot 40% join a team), but for most higher level FPS players it's still a well balanced and rewarding experience.

This trailer sums the feel of it up well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZzW23gAtyY
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Chronological order of games that were truly a joy for me and therefore I spent a ton of time on them- Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Smash Bros, GTA III, Command and conquer Renegades, Guild Wars, Battlefield 2/3/BC2, Day-Z mod, Planetside 2 thumb.gif
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If I enjoy a game enough, then I don't really care how much money I spent. But to answer the question at hand, I would have to choose either Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete (I spent $10, it is an RPG containing one 60 hour main campaign, two 30-40 hour expansions, and another 20-25 hour expansion, plus multiplayer), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (I spent $85), and Fallout: New Vegas (I spent around $10 with all the DLC included). These games just have so much content and replayability, especially when mods are factored in. And the quality of the content in these games, particularly NWN 2 Complete and New Vegas, combined with the quantity, makes them really stand out.

I have around 400 hours in NWN 2 and New Vegas, and somewhere around 800 in Skyrim.
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Natural Selection 2

Total funds spent - $20
Time Played - 1500 hours

NS2 is a very well executed hybrid of FPS and strategy. The feel of the game is a nice throwback to the early days of PC gaming. The game is asymmetrical and the alien side is totally unique. Teamwork is more than rewarded, it's mandatory. Every player on the team needs to be using voice comms and coordination to play on a high level. This means that there is at least some sense of community because it's not just silent random pub players throwing memes at each other. Strategy and tactics are rewarded as well, and there is a dynamic flow of play throughout the matches (which are about 5-20 minutes, which I think is the sweet spot for multiplayer matches). The game engine has low latency (on low graphics settings) which I'm sensitive to and makes the game easier to get engaged with. For high end competitive CS players the skill cap is probably too low (it sort of falls apart when CS players who shoot 40% join a team), but for most higher level FPS players it's still a well balanced and rewarding experience.

This trailer sums the feel of it up well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZzW23gAtyY

Someone else who likes this game? Wow, too bad it's dying out though. Too complex for most PvP FPS fans.

Although I wouldn't say it's a throwback to the early days of PC gaming. The early PvP FPS games like Quake, CS, and UT, were way more simple and weren't really about tactics much less strategy. They were Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, or CTF, like today's mainstream casual shooters except actually competitive. Not unlike CS:GO, but faster.

NS2 is infinitely more complex than any old school multiplayer FPS. Both teams have multiple types of units, and each one requires specific tactics in order to be effective. You build and maintain structures, and you must strategically place them and upgrade them. There is an economy system. Commanders aren't even playing an FPS, they're playing an RTS. The commander must decide on so much, like what structures to build and where, in what order, how to allocate resources/currency, where to distribute power (marines) or spread infection (aliens).

On that note, while I don't rate it with the three games I named above, Crysis represents a game that was an excellent return on investment for me. I paid $50 for it. Played the campaign numerous times, played so many custom campaigns that even cross into different genres, modded the game so much (tried many mods, made many mods both for SP and MP), put a countless amount of hours into its Power Struggle multiplayer game mode (other than Natural Selection, the most tactical and strategic MP FPS out there). I got more integrated into its multiplayer community (and its immediate sequel's) than any other game.
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Mine would probably be Everquest 2

One christmas (cant really remember but I believe I was maybe 13?) I got a new computer, it was nothing special. Just an HP Pavilion and I REALLY wanted to play a fantasy/MMO game. I remember walking around Best Buy looking for a game when Everquest 2 caught my eye and was actually one of the very first games I bought on my own. ($50 or so). Bought it, took it home to find out that you need to subscribe $15 a month to play (that sounded INSANE to me) AND that my computer couldn't even run it. I was going to return the game but decided to open up the box and read the manual to see what the game was about. I remember seeing those 10 or so Discs and thinking... WOW this game has got to be fun with this many discs and i remember looking through the player manual and looking at all the different classes you can play and what they did and all the different places you could go. I was sold, I remember going back to best buy, buying a cheapish graphics card for less than $100 and buying another stick of RAM for like $50 which completely burned most of my saved birthday/christmas money. I remember giving my brother $20 so I could use his debit card to subscribe for a month because I was afraid to tell my parents that this game costed $15 a month just to play, even my brother thought I was crazy but accepted because he made $5 out of it.

I just remember installing all my new pc hardware, installing the game, logging into my account for the first time and hearing that opening music.. It felt as if i was in another world that I have never experienced. I have never put that much effort and time into anything at my life (at the time) and I got nothing but PURE enjoyment in return. I had no biased opinions on what classes were OP and what wasn't, I had no idea on any other better MMOs and how they compared to it. It was all just a crazy, magical, fun experience that I never knew existed, and very glad that I still decided to go through and play.

My total span of playing EQ2 probably went across a good 7+ years with about 2 years played time on my account and it was worth every penny.
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Dark Age of Camelot $20 + 2 expansions 20$ each + 4ish years playing @ 14.95/mo (717.60) = 777.60.

Only game I've ever called into work sick to play. Closest thing I can compare the PVP to would be WoW's battle grounds, but persistant and could be 40+ people from Hibernia vs 40+ people from Midgaard vs 40+ people from Albion. Ridiculous PVP that actually had an affect on gameplay for everyone in the form of realm bonuses for capturing and holding relics belonging to other realms, and the ability to enter the PVP dungeon Darkness Falls when you hold the most out posts. The UI and interface were crap, but once you got used to it, it was the most fun I've had playing a video game.
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I spent $100 to 150 on the original and the expansion/mission packs. But for me I would have to say Starcraft . Played a lot in my college days. Second would be Age of Empires II. expansion packs I dont believe that one ever went over 100. Not that these are the only type of games i have interest in or have invested a lot of time or money in a lot of games. Just dont spend much on them anymore.The vast majority of my games have come from vendor offerings and the infamous AMD game initiative.
   
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Minecraft.

 

Thousands of hours into it for an €14.99 investment.

   
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