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Looking for isometric, open world, adventure

BlueProteusBlueProteus Member UncommonPosts: 85
People ask this question every once in a while, and I'm looking again in case there's something new I'm not aware of.
I've been playing games like Wolcen, Last Epoch, and Grim Dawn, (haven't been in any MMO's lately) and while they all have aspects I like, I'm hoping to find something that is isometric but involves more actual harvesting, crafting, and building.

Bonus points if it's skill-based, and the more you do something, the better you get. Another way to describe it might be a Terraria type game but isometric in nature. That level of crafting.

Also, I'm a *little bit* of a graphics snob, so would like to avoid any ascii art, Minecraft blocks or retro pixel art.

I'd consider an MMO or single player, if it ticked most of those boxes.


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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 7,553
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  • AkulasAkulas Member RarePosts: 2,699
    Outside the obvious UO maybe Ashen Empires or RPGMO. But graphics will be the problem there. Not sure if there is any modern skill grinder games out there. Pretty much LoA.

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  • achesomaachesoma Member RarePosts: 1,360
    Albion Online. 

  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 18,364
    I figured your request was impossible,asking for features and a quality game but on an isometric budget.

    So then i thought ok i'll simply Google "best isometric games" and the list was pretty much what i expected.

    What you are going to get is 1990's game design and everything will be less enjoyable to watch with the eyes which is the purpose of a VIDEO game.You won't even be able to enjoy your character because it will be puny and with very low detail.If you are looking for a rpg experience but have a low end PC and that is the WHY,sure i understand.

    Upon a BEST OF Google search you are going to see all the marketed games,all given inflated reviews by websites and people that make money off of these games.You would be playing inferior games in every possible way.

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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member LegendaryPosts: 4,013
    You might like Balrum, it isn’t that pretty though. Not that the other suggestions are  ;)

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  • tzervotzervo Member RarePosts: 795
    edited June 2020
    Albion Online and Foxhole come to mind.

    - Albion Online is EVE Online Fantasy Lite, skill progression where you get skill points on what you actively do (be it fighting gathering or crafting). Combat is MOBA style, not great but passable. It has some building on islands/hideouts/city plots. It is full loot OWPvP with some safe zones that gradually get less restrictive to PvP to ease you in. Good game if your stomach can handle that.

    - Foxhole is factional warfare MMO. Hundreds of players join colonials or wardens in a single shard war with victory conditions on a huge map that lasts usually around a month. WW2 style setting. Deep building and logistics system that includes gathering and manufacturing supplies for the frontlines. No progression apart from a rank system. If you don't mind the lack of pogression and the resets it is a fantastic game and a true MMO - think GW2 WvW but with deeper tactics, more interesting "sieging" and meaningful logistics and building.
  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 7,553
    lahnmir said:
    You might like Balrum, it isn’t that pretty though. Not that the other suggestions are  ;)


    Balrum is a very cool litle RPG
  • chilltime99chilltime99 Member UncommonPosts: 50
    If you haven’t tried it out, I’d suggest divinity original sin 2. It’s isometric, open worldish, and an excellent adventure. 

    Its not an ARPG or hack n slash game. It’s turn based. But the combat isn’t boring. 

    Character building and development is is deep. You can play as a premade adventurer or create your own hero. There are endless class combinations. 

    Be be prepared for a lot of story. It’s an RPG in every sense of the word. 

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