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I always build a high end computer, and never even use it. Every AAA game in recent memory has been lackluster for me, Witcher 3 being the only exception. The only games I like anymore are indie games that don't require a beefy computer and don't have any nonsense (Factorio, Stardew Valley, Terraria, etc).

Two AAA games I really looked forward to this year:
- Shadow of War: Microtransactions in a single player game, exclusive XP boosts and bonuses if you link the game to twitch. Boring endgame grind or pay2win to unlock final cutscene. Season pass, pre-order bonuses. Normal/Silver/Gold editions for outrageous price grabs.
- South Park Fracture But Whole: 3 types of DRM, uPlay required, Day 1 DLC, tons of exclusive content/costumes involving twitch prime and uPlay rewards. Season pass, exclusive pre-order bonuses. Normal/Gold edition for outrageous price grab.

Bought both these games and refunded both to Steam after realizing what bloated cash grabs they are. Every AAA game now comes with a Season pass that (usually) offers a fraction of gameplay for $30-$40, as well as exclusive pre-order bonuses. Now games are even having you link to twitch prime/youtube/etc to get extra benefits, you are basically paying to advertise the game for them.

It just doesn't seem worth it anymore, this market seems to have become a cash cow that tries to screw over the consumer every possible way. I miss spending $50-$60 for a game, getting the full experience, and then if it was successful they'd just release a full priced sequel or expansion brimming with content.

I've lost hope we will ever return to those days...
Edited by Murlocke - 10/19/17 at 4:37pm
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Haven't purchased a AAA game in quite a long time myself... I get hyped at first but then I just don't pull the trigger and a while later I do not miss the game... My next pc will be a power house but more in terms of productivity than gaming.
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Plenty of non-AAA titles out there, and a fair number of independent titles that still push hardware. Of course, even limiting yourself to a subset of games that don't require much and finding new hobbies doesn't mean you need to give up gaming...just give up the games and publishers you don't like.
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Haven't purchased a AAA game in quite a long time myself... I get hyped at first but then I just don't pull the trigger and a while later I do not miss the game... My next pc will be a power house but more in terms of productivity than gaming.

The main reason I still want a good computer is for MadVR playback since my PC doubles as a HTPC. I don't see myself getting rid of my current computer, but I don't see myself upgrading it until sometime dies.
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Plenty of non-AAA titles out there, and a fair number of independent titles that still push hardware. Of course, even limiting yourself to a subset of games that don't require much and finding new hobbies doesn't mean you need to give up gaming...just give up the games and publishers you don't like.

Indeed, non-AAA is where it's at right now and that's more or less what I plan to do. I don't see myself upgrading my current hardware anymore, and I will just play popular no-BS indie games. It's just not worth it anymore to spend thousands of dollars to keep playing that rare AAA game maxed at 4K 60FPS. The next good AAA game will probably be Cyberpunk 2077 because they've never let me down.
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My logic regarding this dilemma is this: The only way to go is back. This also applies to consoles (only play/buy Gamecube/PS2/ OG Xbox era and earlier)

Here are a few games I can recommend for PC in particular:

1. The original DOOM released back in 1993-94.

You would be hard pressed to set up a multiplayer match by itself, but with Zandronum (https://zandronum.com), you would be able to play not just in its original form, but heavily modded as well, on servers from all parts of the globe. Main benefits compared to running vanilla are mouse support, massive support for increased refresh rates (works with my 120 Hz setup) and higher resolutions (works in 4K and possibly higher with relatively low requirements).



2. Halo: Combat Evolved on PC.

This listing pertains more to its modded variant, Halo: Custom Edition. It amazes me how large the population of this game is to this day, typically peaking around 1000 players a day. Between the numerous custom maps (which sometimes include custom vehicles and weapons) and general versatility (when used with HAC2, enables automatic map downloads, FOV adjustment, and more), it makes for a great game to go for. If you just want to play the campaign, the 1.10 patch removed the CD-check and enabled support for 4K resolutions. The main drawback is that you will have to somehow obtain a physical copy of the game and (for certain members) you will have to dig up your optical drive again tongue.gif .



3. Renegade X

This is a fan remake of the multiplayer portion of Command & Conquer: Renegade. Unfortunately, it has been suffering from a low population as of recently, with only 1 server being populated at a given time. Here is hoping this post gives it the boost it needs.



4. Recently revived fan project Mechwarrior: Living Legends

After being shut down by what was presumably a C&D by IGP (then publisher of Mechwarrior Online), it has been brought back from the dead, and is better than ever, with new features and fixes. For those who want their Mecha fix and don't want to give IGP (or Piranha Games) any time of day.



5. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2005)

No, not the EA crap version, the real deal. As of a couple weeks ago, it received an update allowing it to play multiplayer online again (since Gamespy shut down).



6. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance Forever

Just as a note, you will require a copy of SupCom:FA in order to use this community maintained version. For those of you familiar with Total Annihilation (which I equally recommend w/ the Total Mayhem mod btw), it is a Real Time Strategy which involves massive armies (upwards of 500 units per player, 8 players max) and the chaos that comes with such large battles.



Honorable mentions of games I was unsure where to put on this list include: Age of Empires 2 (any version), Insurgency, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (via Game Ranger, joystick or controller required or it simply won't start), and Heroes of Might and Magic III: Complete (found on GOG, played online via Game Ranger, best played with the HoMM 3 HD mod).
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