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I recently picked up Dragon Age and love it. Its a great big tip of the hat to older style RPG games with a sensibility to streamline some of the tediousness of detailed RPGs.

I used to play CRPGs in the early 90's before I had a CD rom and they were fantastic. The wizardry series specifically. Also easier, yet still fantastic RPGs such as the first few Final Fantasy games.

I have not followed RPGs since the first Diablo. I found Fallout 3 to have a laughable RPG implementation.

Are there any good ones coming out or recently released that I should check out?

And I'm talking about throwback RPG style stat management, resistances, complex combat, strategy, plethoras of items and armor and enemies, etc.

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Borderlands.


Oh wait, I thought you said mindless grinding for $50.
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If you like Dragon Age, try their previous games. KOTOR I/II and Mass Effect. There's another one I haven't played, baulders gate I think.

p.s. dragon age is awesome
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I was thinking about going back through the Baldur's gate series, albeit that they are quite dated at this point.

And if people can have fun playing Borderlands then great. But I can't stand the trend of slapping RPG on anything that involves more than a trigger finger. Good for them for introducing more to it, but really, it's a half ass effort.

Just because you have *some* options in the game doesn't make it worthy of the title RPG in my mind.

You make more choices in RPG character creation than you do in most games front to back.
    
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I thought Neverwinter Nights 2 was an awesome RPG. I really enjoyed that story/game play.
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If you like Dragon Age, try their previous games. KOTOR I/II and Mass Effect. There's another one I haven't played, baulders gate I think.

p.s. dragon age is awesome
well, DA:O is the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate so i'd get that (there was a box set a while back with BG 1 and 2 and expansions all in one box). From Bioware there is also Mass Effect (more like Fallout 3, from the 6 or so hours i played of it), KoTOR, and Mass Effect 2 is out in Jan next year.

you could also try and find Icewind Dale (i don't know who developed it) or The Witcher: apparently it got rave reviews for sticking to the older 'classic' RPG formula and the graphics are pretty good as is the diversity in character creation. The Fallout trilogy is another potentially good buy. much more of a classic RPG (in terms of the over the top view, the non-vats, non FPS/TPS view sense) - be wary of Fallout Tactics, though: it didn't get such great reviews

Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale as well as the Fallout Trilogy may be rough to stomach due to their age... and considering that DA:O may be the RPG of the decade, i'm not so sure if even the old legends will be able to match DA:O in terms of the complete package...
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As others have said, Mass Effect and KOTOR would be great, but they do show their age.

Another one is Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Definitely an old one, but is damn fun and very well done.
    
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You might want to check out Torchlight. It's sucked me in hard this last week.
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I thought Neverwinter Nights 2 was an awesome RPG. I really enjoyed that story/game play.
+1 Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2 are both really good RPGs.
    
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Well, if you have an OLD PS1 disc for Suikoden, I think you can buy it on the PSN store, if you have PS3. It's an amazing RPG form Konami. Or if you can Emulate one. That works too. Either way, try it. Amazing game.
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