Good games not obssessed with fighting and violence

Hi,
First of all let me point out I have no problem with violence in games and I really enjoy TF2 online and such it's just I want a game with something different besides shooting/fighting. I recently bought The Orange Box on Steam and I'm playing through the games on it (I've already completed Portal before though). I'm also playing Shogun 2: Total War. I'm getting a bit bored of all the constant shooting and bombardment of enemies in these games though and I feel like they're getting too repetitive. What I'm looking for is a game with a world which I can explore but don't necessarily have to go around killing everyone. Basically I want a game with a really well driven story (Like ME) but without all the constant action. So I was thinking something like Fallout 3 or Oblivion but is there still a huge amount of fighting/shooting in these games? because I want something new which I won't be bored of immediately. Please note I'm not looking for a puzzle game or something like that I want the game to have a story but focus more on exploration and other things besides fighting.
Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hello,I would suggest you to try assassins creed 2,but what you are saying here is yet to come.So you can settle just by playing any of the rockstar games,its got a lot of exploring,killing,story,everything.I still play gta sanandreas as first of all its got a awesome story line and secondly you can almost do anything.Have you played batman arkham asylum?
  2. Yeah I completed Arkham Asylum and look forward to Arkham City. The combat in that was really innovative I thought and decent story line. I've played Assassins Creed 2 as well but could never get into Brotherhood so I sold it. I might get it and have another go though. I'm not a huge fan of GTA but I really liked Red Dead on PS3. There is a game called Bully on Steam by Rockstar, have you ever played this and if so is it any good.
    Thanks.
  3. While I haven't played it, I think you'd enjoy L.A Noire. It's a very story driven game but I'm not sure if it has the same exploration element you are looking for like Oblivion. However, you do a lot of killing in Oblivion and it is mostly hack and slash.
  4. Yeah that's is what I was afraid of with Oblivion. I never liked the look of the combat. But if there was a break between the fighting were I could just explore and interact with characters and stuff that would be cool. I played L.A Noire and didn't really like it I thought it was repetitive and I really didn't like Cole Phelps, the player character. I could just never get into the story of it and I don't actually think it's that well written or cohesive.
  5. this has to be 1 of the saddest topics ever. not because the op wants violence free games, but because there isnt many withing the criteria he has laid down...

    who am i kidding. ARE YOU NUTS!!!... :D

    seriously pal if you want violence free games play pokemon tiles or something then again the implied violence would probably be to much for you...

    games are based on fantasy and most of the time it will include some level of violence. if you take out the hack and slash from a hack and slash game, what have you got. some pretty pointless gfx...

    what your after just doesnt exist in the real world of games because they just dont sell.
  6. As I have already said I don't have an aversion to violence or anything. I just think games are very repetitive when all you are doing is running around blowing heads off. But don't get me wrong I often enjoy blowing heads off in Team Fortress 2 or slaughtering thousands of fleeing enemies in Shogun 2. My point is I'm looking for something different and actually there are games created by modders which do fit the criteria I'm looking for. So maybe you should insult me for no good reason without knowing what you're actually talking about?
  7. I would have said Portal 2, but you got there first - unless you've only played #1? Get #2 ASAP if that's the case.
    If it's not the violence but the gameplay that's the problem, what about whole other genres, like RTS? Starcraft FTW.

    Yes, Hexit, if you take the hack and slash out of hack and slash you're left with nothing. That's just why he doesn't want hack and slash.

    I'm sure there are excellent sandbox games out there, but I don't have a large game vocabulary.
  8. Minecraft has a no-enemies mode, just build away. Also the now dated MYST series. Also you could try some racing games / flight sims.
    Portal 2 is awesome...
    or you could stop playing games and just read a book.
  9. You could try Civilization if you like strategy
  10. Yeah I have only played Portal but I am going to get Portal 2. I'm not really looking for a strategy game more of a first/third person story. Some combat doesn't bother me at all except I would just like there to be a break where I can walk around and do stuff or interact with the characters or even lengthy cut scenes. A stealth game would suit these requirements and I think I might give Thief a go? Let me explain more: A game like the MGS series on console, which is by far my favourite game series, I enjoyed taking time and thinking about how I could get around the enemies or silently killing one enemy and then hiding him and such. Also I'm pretty sure there aren't any other games like Heavy Rain which I really enjoyed, that had a great story but didn't get boring because you had different things to do rather then shooting everyone. I don't see why people seem to think that the only possible thing to do is shoot people in games and if I don't like to constantly kill people I shouldn't be playing games. There is so much scope for other genres of gameplay which devs just don't seem to want to touch.
  11. your rite in that there are so many different games, but 90 percent or more have 1 thing in common. violence.

    i reccon you would like splinter cell. you can play most of them none lethal.
  12. This is more like a riddle. Try The Path or Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
  13. Oblivion - Great game with a beautiful world to explore. I'd still recommend it despite your reservations about the fighting. It's great fun to play.

    Fallout 3 - Great exploration too, the fighting is more tactical than most games and the way you can make you own weapons, buy your own house etc really helps create an immersive experience.

    X3 Reunion - Space trading\fighting\mining game. You can set yourself up as a trader\miner and steer clear of dangerous systems etc. The graphics are beautiful and you can play the game in whatever way you want.
  14. The Sly Cooper series sounds like it's for little kids, but it's actually really fun. There's not total chaos and it has a good storyline. You can find all three games in "The Sly Collection" game. The game is rather old, but it was made by SuckerPunch, the same people who made Infamous, so you know it's good.
  15. I recommend the Hitman series.

    It is a first person game and yes it does have violence, but you decide on how much violence you want to apply in the game. You can kill all the "bad guys" and be labelled a Mass Murderer (or something like that), or you can focus on just killing your primary target and earn the title Silent Assassin.

    There is a lot of strategy and stealth involved while trying to evade patrols or looking for a disguise (if one exist in the level). That is if you are going for the stealth approach.

    If you are good, then you can figure out a way to kill your target without firing your weapon which is possible in some levels. The number of shots fired will be used in figuring out if you can obtain the Silent Assassin rank. Hint... you need to fire your weapon as few time through out the entire game as possible.
  16. OK, Thanks to everyone for their recommendations and I'll try these games out. I completed Hitman Blood Money and loved it I also played Sly on PS2 back in the day. X3 Reunion sounds pretty cool and I'll have a look at that as well eventually trying out Oblivion and Fallout.
  17. X3 Reunion and the X3 Terran Conflict are good games where you can ignore the story and play it in sandbox mode where you don't even need to fight. I concentrated on both combat (which includes fleet building) and expanding my industrial empire.

    The only bad thing is the game is single threaded, meaning it will only run on one CPU core regardless if you have 2,3,4 or 6 cores in your CPU. But it is beautiful to fly through.
  18. I'd recommend TOMB raider Legend & underworld... :bounce:
  19. Haha, I actually loved Bully back in the day of my old PS2, or Canis Canem Edit as I believe it was renamed to.

    It's got a great setting (school and nearby town) and has lots of nice little features in it and quite a long story. It's also quite sandbox, and there are a lot of unlockables and fun things to do that don't necessarily revolve around fighting. I'd go so far as to say I preferred it to GTA IV, but that's just me. However there is fighting in this game (I remember one stage that required you to win a fist fight to end the term.) Also, a lot of the more "fun" pranks to play are things such as pushing people into lockers, stuffing them in bins, firing at them with your slingshot, etc. However, you do go to classes (minigames), you can go around exploring, you can cycle, you can buy clothes/tattoos, you can sneak into the girls common room, you can interact with school members, you can steal things, etc etc etc.

    -Nih
  20. Try Rig N Roll, and the old one hard truck 2. good games to play if you have a steering wheel. also consider the strategy games such as anno 1701, sims 1 & 3 and stronghold 2
  21. GNCD said:
    This is more like a riddle. Try The Path or Amnesia: The Dark Descent.


    I agree... try Amnesia: Dark Descent. There are no weapons in the game at all. If you are seen, you need to run and hide, lol!
  22. You could try Stronghold - that has a civic development campaign which focuses on building and maintaining your castle, and has no combat. It also has a free build mode which is quite fun.

    I'd suggest the original Stronghold over Stronghold 2, as I found Stronghold 2 was a bit rubbishy, but you can try whichever you want.

    -Nih
  23. Some Tycoon game (Mall, Zoo, Rollercoaster, etc) or Sims game.
  24. dunnywoods said:
    I completed Hitman Blood Money and loved it...


    I'll give an early recommendation for Hitman: Absolution. It is expected to arrive sometime in 2012.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5-m06HYUvg

    http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/06/09/e3-2011-ign-live-hitman-absolution?objectid=14348845
  25. MARIO PARTY .. that game is an awesome competition game and no violence or fighting
    u can get the game on a nintendo EMULATOR for PC pretty easy just google

    Project64
  26. I extremely recommend Oblivion as although the main story lines do involve a lot of violence they only take up a small percentage of the total experience. Download some recommended mods such as realism and I guarantee you will be blown away.
  27. In Oblivion there is always the option to run around hack n' slashin everybody. The combat has much variety. you can use an assortment of weapons from bows, blunt weapons, slashing weapons, large sheilds, poison weapons, or use magic, or you can use chameleon magic to sneak by some enemies completely.

    There is violence in the game, no lie. How much of it is really up to you.
  28. You could always try Wurm Online.
  29. Tetris, but you have to make up your own storyline.

    Sample storyline is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTFG3J1CP8
  30. GNCD said:
    This is more like a riddle. Try The Path or Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

    +1 on Amnesia; you will have to take frequent 10 min breaks while playing -its that scary.
  31. FlintIronStagg said:
    +1 on Amnesia; you will have to take frequent 10 min breaks while playing -its that scary.



    I could only play that game 10 minutes at a time. You're against something that cannot be killed and you only have a lamp with limited oil and limited tinderboxes. Hands down, this game bitch slaps ALL the supposedly horror games I've played.
  32. GNCD said:
    I could only play that game 10 minutes at a time. You're against something that cannot be killed and you only have a lamp with limited oil and limited tinderboxes. Hands down, this game bitch slaps ALL the supposedly horror games I've played.

    I see a few people saying " It sucked, I didnt get scared!" but i think thats means exploring the castle and trying to solve the story and such was out of their range of fun and they would rather barrel down the hallway with a shotgun blowing zombies away... oh what have you done to horror games capcom?
  33. FlintIronStagg said:
    I see a few people saying " It sucked, I didnt get scared!" but i think thats means exploring the castle and trying to solve the story and such was out of their range of fun and they would rather barrel down the hallway with a shotgun blowing zombies away... oh what have you done to horror games capcom?



    YOU LEAVE CAPCOM OUT OF THIS.

    ID was doing that to the "horror" game genre long before anyways.


    My biggest horror game is civ V

    OH GOD HE'S GOT INFANTRY FUUUU-
  34. internetlad said:
    YOU LEAVE CAPCOM OUT OF THIS.

    ID was doing that to the "horror" game genre long before anyways.


    My biggest horror game is civ V

    OH GOD HE'S GOT INFANTRY FUUUU-

    Im sorry, Im just over capcom. been there for a long time
  35. FlintIronStagg said:
    Im sorry, Im just over capcom. been there for a long time


    They're kind of up and down. Better than EA. Not as good as Namco.
  36. Just like to add one more non violent game. Fahrenheit: The Indigo Prophecy. It's an old game but is worth the time. At least for me.
  37. GNCD said:
    Just like to add one more non violent game. Fahrenheit: The Indigo Prophecy. It's an old game but is worth the time. At least for me.


    I played Indigo Prophecy up to the point with the bit in the office and you had to press the keys in order, i died like 10 times in a row and just never played it again.

    It was an interesting, but flawed, game.
  38. 1)Amnesia
    2)Civ 5 (gets boring for me though since I always play conquer the world, wife likes it when she plays to goals)
    3)Angry Birds! fun for the whole freaking family!!
    4)X3 or even Free Lancer (a little old and simple but you can finish the game and sand box for ever)

    Older series such as Thief or even Deus Ex are fun with a mesh of simple limited violence and lots of exploration/sneaking but if your on a Win7 I think both have issues even in compat mode..

    Would love to hear where you settle in at..always looking myself..quite often it's the older gems I end up having the most fun with and amongst those the RP's that involved non-comp type guys in thier development are usually the best I find, we tend to be a little to fixated at times.
  39. You might try Mirror's Edge.

    It's worth playing for the art direction / unique environment alone. One of those games where it's cool to just stand there and look around sometimes (when you're not being chased.)

    Even though it's referred to by some people as an FPS (I really don't get this).....it's more like a first person running game. If you try to stand around and shoot anybody you're going to get taken down. I do like a lot of the movement ideas presented in it, though.....I think it would be interesting if they incorporated some of the concepts into a more "traditional" FPS.

    To say games require this or require that (such as typical combat) is just small-minded.

    I also hear the same kinds of people say "you don't play FPS for a good story" and other crap like that. It's that mentality that keeps FPS in a box. I'm ready for bigger stories and more RPG elements incorporated into the genre (thank you S.T.A.L.K.E.R.).
  40. I can't go with the violence free requirement, but if you want a story-driven game, try The Witcher series (start with 1; #2 is a continuation of the story).

    They are based on a compilation of short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who was an international trade broker before becoming a breakout author, and is now one of Poland's best-known authors.

    The Witcher is about a man named Geralt who has undergone rigorous training and some genetic mutation to become a monster slayer, a Witcher. Witchers travel from village to village, hoping to make some coin by slaying any number of supernatural monsters that haunt the people.

    The games keep the books' settings perfectly, and there is no right or wrong choices, although you are constantly evaluating your morality and motivations. The games are known for this and each choice has consequences later on down the road.

    The games (and books) also cater to a more mature audience, and tell a much darker tale than today's contemporary fantasy (LotR, Harry Potter, WoW)--the storyline deals with racism, genocide, terrorism, rape, and revenge. And there is sex, which isn't so much for titillation as enhancing the believability and authenticity of the games.

    If you are looking for something a little deeper than today's mindless violence, I highly suggest TW1 and TW2.

    And Good Ole Games (GOG.com) has TW1 for $9.99. Can't beat that for what will be 40-60 hours of rich storyline.
  41. I would suggest Silent Hill - The Room and Silent Hill - Homecoming. Very immersive storyline, great atmosphere and superb background score. The gameplay is not that great though.
  42. dunnywoods said:
    Hi,
    First of all let me point out I have no problem with violence in games and I really enjoy TF2 online and such it's just I want a game with something different besides shooting/fighting. I recently bought The Orange Box on Steam and I'm playing through the games on it (I've already completed Portal before though). I'm also playing Shogun 2: Total War. I'm getting a bit bored of all the constant shooting and bombardment of enemies in these games though and I feel like they're getting too repetitive. What I'm looking for is a game with a world which I can explore but don't necessarily have to go around killing everyone. Basically I want a game with a really well driven story (Like ME) but without all the constant action. So I was thinking something like Fallout 3 or Oblivion but is there still a huge amount of fighting/shooting in these games? because I want something new which I won't be bored of immediately. Please note I'm not looking for a puzzle game or something like that I want the game to have a story but focus more on exploration and other things besides fighting.
    Thanks in advance.



    You should play Mass Effect. There is fighting and stuff, but there is a lot of story and stuff like that. Especially in Mass Effect 3, you can play it on story mode, so you do minimal fighting, but do still have to do a little bit, but there's a lot of really good story and character interactions / choices to make.
    Enjoy!
  43. HEXiT said:
    this has to be 1 of the saddest topics ever. not because the op wants violence free games, but because there isnt many withing the criteria he has laid down...

    who am i kidding. ARE YOU NUTS!!!... :D

    seriously pal if you want violence free games play pokemon tiles or something then again the implied violence would probably be to much for you...

    games are based on fantasy and most of the time it will include some level of violence. if you take out the hack and slash from a hack and slash game, what have you got. some pretty pointless gfx...

    what your after just doesnt exist in the real world of games because they just dont sell.



    You're such an idiot! it's fine to have an opinion but slagging someone off for not wanting to play same old boring shooting/fighting/killing games is just pure immature PAL.

    Games like that do exist, something like Sims, or Sim City, Anno, Cities in Motion. There is just not enough of them
    Go back to your mum's basement
  44. im an idiot. im not the troll who dug up a year+ old topic just top have a rant on a forum. the OP had no issue with what i said so why should you.... daddigle...
    what a surprise. your first post as well... what a numpty...
  45. Since this thread got rebooted, I've got one more for it.

    https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/

    The only "violence" in the game comes when you crash a ship, the kerbals, obviously, die. If they meet the ground without a spacecraft (IE eject with no parachute) at too high a velocity, they will disappear in a puff of smoke.

    The entire game is based around designing, building and flying spacecraft and aircraft. At the moment you can set up satellite arrays, orbiters, space stations and missions to destinations to moons and planets. It's alpha at the moment so much like early minecraft there isn't a clear "point" to the game other than goals you set for yourself. You want to go to the Mun (closest moon)? Do it. You got there? How about trying there and back. What about the second moon? Another planet? Want to fly directly into the sun? Go for it. Make it happen.
  46. kerbal is great fun... 10 thumbs up
  47. whiteshadow_22 said:
    Oblivion - Great game with a beautiful world to explore. I'd still recommend it despite your reservations about the fighting. It's great fun to play.

    Fallout 3 - Great exploration too, the fighting is more tactical than most games and the way you can make you own weapons, buy your own house etc really helps create an immersive experience.

    X3 Reunion - Space trading\fighting\mining game. You can set yourself up as a trader\miner and steer clear of dangerous systems etc. The graphics are beautiful and you can play the game in whatever way you want.



    X3 Is amazing, so is Masters of Orion 3, can straight diplomatic the whole game if you want to. lol
  48. X3 is great. I built up an industrial empire with ships to protect it. Though I do miss having a cockpit like in X2.

    The only non violent game I currently play is Cities XL 2012.
  49. Check out the walking dead episodes 1-5. I can honestly say I've never been more attached to video game characters and how their story unfolds more than these games. In all seriousness, when I got to the end of episode 5 I almost shed a tear because I cared so much. The greatest emphasis is on story and decision making. There is some exploration but not in an open-world sandbox sense. If you have time, I think its worth a try. If not for anything else, to try a different style of game.

    Start from the beginning episode 1, all decisions you make affect the story path of the following episodes.
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