Top 10 Most Complex and Involved Games
I vacillated between Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Disgaea, and many of the other great tactical / strategy-RPGs out there. All of them are grand games where you have to create armies to shape the destiny of nations and empires, and in the case of Disgaea, the Netherworld. With the ability to level up your characters to 9,999, numerous missions, and hilarious cutscenes, I knew people who spent more than a year dedicated to finishing it! With the Dark Assembly to create characters and Item World Gateway along with New Game Plus mode, Disgaea was an immersive experience.
7. Final Fantasy VII and XII
If you were like me as a kid, getting a new game was a big event. I couldn't afford many, so I had to spend a lot of time planning which one I would get, hoping the game would last me for half a year to a year. One of my best investments was the original Final Fantasy. The game was huge for the time! Now, having followed it through twelve sequels, the two I'd say were the most involved were VII and XII. FF VII had an amazing story, tons of sidequests, and the chance to raise a Gold Chocobo! FF XII had bounties, paradigms, gambits, and just about everything you could imagine. XII is by no means my favorite Final Fantasy, but it stays with me as one of the most complicated and involved in the series.
8. Fallout 3
War... war never changes. And at times, it felt like Fallout would go on forever. I spent so many hours playing the first one, I had to get glasses because my eyes hurt so much! The postapocalyptic world is a scary place, and brought to life in 3D for the third iteration, it was an all the more phenomenal trek through a bleak future. With skill points and perks to assign, as well as countless NPCs to interact with, the world of Fallout 3 is one of the most scarily involved out there.
9. Diablo II:
Do I need to say more? Well maybe. Diablo III will probably take its place when it releases.
10. Civilization and Romance of the Three Kingdom Series
I used to spend sleepless nights playing these two strategy games. Civilization was the never-ending game, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms let me play as some of my favorite characters in history. These games lasted hundreds of hours as you used your brains and your wit to conquer your foes, gather resources, and strengthen your armies. Have you checked out Civilization V? Talk about involved...
I know time is precious and every one of the games on this list requires a commitment— a long-term commitment. As I've gotten older, I've realized I have to delegate and juggle my time better, because I can't get any of it back. However, when I reflect on the hours I spent on these games, I have no regrets. They were rich experiences, no less than any movie, book, or board game. I only wish I had some more time so I could play some of the other lengthier games like Dragon Age and The Witcher 2. Where's the New Game Plus option in real life?
He has been working in film and games for over a decade. On his off time, he likes to travel the world. His short story collection, Watering Heaven, was just published by Signal 8 Press.
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