I quite like playing story heavy action adventures / casual rpgs in the vain of Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed, Watch Dogs etc The better known Im aware of and already played most of them but my question is: do you know of any that haven't made the ign front page?

I've played Venetica, The Last Templar and just now Rise Of the Argonauts and am looking for similair games. The focus for me would be on setting / story rather than an elaborate fighting mechanic or graphics. Maybe some of you came across some hidden gems?

Any recommendations appreciated :)

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I can't help with a recommendation, but you could always search the Steam store for story rich, action, adventure, select "games", and sort by rating. Then you can scroll down the list skipping the ones you recognize and check out the highly rated ones that are new to you.

I think this link should do that:
https://store.steampowered.com/search/?sort_by=Reviews_DESC&tags=1742%2C21%2C19&category1=998

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Thank you. I feel just browsing the steam categories or steam suggestions I miss good stuff that is burried somewhere deep in steams algorhythm ;)

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... You can search the Steam store using multiple category tags?

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The category is the type of product, like game, software, DLC. But yes, you can select multiple tags. Steam's search actually fairly useful.

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Middle-Earth Shadow series? Despite not being exactly what you asked, OneShot has a similar premise and is great!

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Played the first Middle-Earth game and liked it. The 2nd one I didn't get when it came out because of all the microtransactions it reportedly included but might take another look. Thank you.

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If you aren't bothered by older games I can recommend you:

Jade Empire, The Saboteur, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Infernal, Second Sight, Total Overdose, Shadwen.

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Shadwen, I own! And Shadwen I just put in the "to play" folder :) Thank you.

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The Saboteur has nothing special. Just an usual so-so game that very similar to Just Cause series. Psi-Ops is too old to try it today

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I already said they're older games, most of them won't work without fixes. The Saboteur even though it doesn't have a great story it's still unique enough to be worth a playthrough. It's set in Paris during WW2, it has a lot of good looking cars from that era, good songs on the radio too. Most of the game is black and white until you liberate zones from the nazis, it's open world, climbing mechanics like in Assassin's Creed. It's 11 hours long so it doesn't outstay its welcome. It does have explosions and mayhem but it's more similar to Ass Creed + Mafia than Just Cause. Also the guy didn't ask for masterpieces. He said he's looking for hidden gems, The Saboteur is the definition of a hidden gem, even if you like it or not.

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I checked your library and you have a lot of cool games that you haven't played. I enjoyed playing these games: Resident evil 4, Bioshock, Mad Max, Spec Ops: The Line,Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

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Mad Max I've played and really liked. Same for Bioshock and especially Indigo (although the latter is a category of its own...). Castlevania is on my "next to play" list. Thank you.

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I really like Spec Ops and Castlevania!

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Agree on Spec Ops one of best shooters i played not cause of grapich of course just the way of gameplay its awesome loved it so much u should give it a try :)

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gameplay and the great story!

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It's already in my library and I'll definitely give it a go!

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Two Worlds / Two Worlds II might fit what you're looking for.

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Thanks, and yes on paper it looks like something I might enjoy but for some reason I've never gotten into it. Maybe i should try II? I'll keep it in mind.

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Thanks but the link won't work for me :/

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oops! fixed

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Thanks. Bookmarked

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Binary Domain
Enslaved
Killer is Dead
Ruiner
Remember Me

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Thank you. Enslaved & Remember me were both fantastic. I'll have a look at the other ones.

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Risen
Arx Fatalis
Blades of Time

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Blades Of Time seems like it could be a good fit for me. Thanks!

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Deadfall Adventures

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Looks like an Indiana game; nice! Ty

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This one was probably on IGN, but PROTOTYPE is extremely good.

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Seems good. Thank you

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Right off the bat:
Bound By Flame
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge
Darksiders 1-2
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Tales of Zestiria / Berseria

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Loved both Darksiders (esp 2). All other suggestions wishlisted :) Thank you

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How about Darksiders 3?

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I was going to ask too. I know a lot of people are pissed off with it but I enjoyed it. It's a departure from the previous games but not in a bad way, at least to me.

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Some early Spiders's games might be a good fit:
Mars: War Logs
The Technomancer

While not the direct sequel/prequel, but both should be placed within the same universe.

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Both wishlisted. Thank you

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You may enjoy Bound by flame or Greedfall (not really unknown) if you liked Dragon Age. Also can recommend Elex.
Also someone recommended Risen, can be good choice, also if you never played Gothic, it is good time to start, cause THQ wants to do remake of game.

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Played Gothic 1 and 2 way back when but skipped 3 because it launched with a myriad of bugs. Elex I'll have a look at. Ty

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You did just well by skipping third, I have installed in like 5 separate mods and patches which makes it connected to end of Gothic 2 and fix bugs, now it do not feel as such pain as I am hardcore fan.

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Yeah I had a go years later going through the nexus mods and just gave up. It's a shame really because the first 2 are such iconic RPGs. I hope the new installment will be better but last I've read wasn't too promising :/

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From what I seen in teaser I am afraid Gothic universe will get ruined. They made it in way of new AAAs, but I do not see old good Gothic in it. I really hope they will recreate it as they promised

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it's a world war 2 setting, and not text based but more Tomb Raider style, but The Saboteur on gog might fit.

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2nd recommendation for Saboteur. Will definetely check it out- Thanks.

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Yes, Saboteur is worth a try.
I have been really well surprised when i played it.
I don't know how it aged though.

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it's not bad on Win 7 pro 64 bit. A few CTDs, but not many and nothing major. it felt a bit like a AC game but without the Aspergo weirdness.
I was sad when it ended, especially knowing that there will probably never be a sequel now that the studio is gone.

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"without the Aspergo weirdness" sounds really good! ^^

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Yes, it is!

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You're welcome!
The reason I specified GOG is that while the game is also on Origin Access, the Origin version never worked for me while the GOG version did.

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CrossCode perhaps? I mean, I wouldn't call it casual and it does have some very elaborate combat and puzzles (it does have the options of lowering the difficulty significantly). But it also has a really good story, rich setting and likeable characters.
I dunno- check out the Demo if you want. (It's pretty outdated and only covers some of the tutorial but it should give an idea of the game's setting.)

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Not really what I had in mind but looks like a nice retro RPG. Whishlisted ^^ Ty

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Alpha Protocol is awesome according to some, and horrible by others, for me it was super enjoyable. Give it a try if you want some secret agent action. ( Just mind that accuracy is heavily affected by your skill with the respective weapon, you can keep your crosshair on someone's head and still constantly miss if you re untrained with the weapon)

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Already played it and I'm one of those who really enjoyed it :)

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For me, Enclave is one of those gems that are hidden in plain sight :D
So many people own it because it was bundled and given away for free multiple times, but only a few actually gave it a try I think :)
I played it a few years ago and I still have fond memories of it :3

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It's in my library so I must've gotten it from some bundle or ga. :D Thanks for the tipp

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It is not really a lesser known game, but maybe Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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Played and enjoyed it :) Ty

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Killer7 comes to mind. It's arguably not much of an RPG, but it is a story heavy action/adventure game.

I suggest looking through a database of PS1 and PS2 games. You can find a lot of old forgotten stuff there, Much of it isn't for sale but you can emulate most of it if you have a decent computer.

Vagrant Story is a good one too.

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Wishlisted Killer7. Ty

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But, yes. Like others have said. "Spiders' games are good.

Bound by Flame
Mars: War Logs
Technomancer
The Styx games and his origin game—Of Orcs and Men
Greedfall. Though, that one is pretty well known.

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I really had fun with this game !

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Put it on my "to ply" list. Looks promising. ty

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Skyrim Special Edition
Fallout New Vegas
Fallout 4
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt has a good story as well

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Not really "hidden gems" are they? ;) Witcher 3 is arguably my favorite atmosphere wise!

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Beyond: Two Souls, although I wouldn't call it lesser known.

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Saw that it'll be on epic. It looks promising. Ty

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I played it on Steam

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Disco Elysium I had an eye on from when it came out. The other I've never heard of but sounds really good. Thanks

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The Darkness II from your library is so damn good, also L.A. Noire, imo.

Another one that I'd recommend is Mafia II, although if you can only purchase the Definite Edition, I'm not sure if it activates Mafia II (classic) on your account as well... if it does, do yourself a favour and play the classic .

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LA Noire & Mafia II I've already played and liked them both. Darkness II is now officially on my "to play" list :) ty

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Here's few ideas...

Apsulov: End of Gods
Beautiful Desolation
Bound by Flame
Demonicon
Divinity 2: Ego Draconis
Drakensang & Drakensang: The River of Time
Gujian 3
Kenshi
Mars: War Logs
Outward
Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Risen 2 & Risen 3
Seven: The Days Long Gone
Shadowrun: Returns
Spellforce 3
Tainted Grail
The Technomancer
The Waylanders
Tokyo Dark
Tower of Time
Zoria: Age of Shattering (Upcoming)
Solasta: Crown of Magister (Upcoming)

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Really enjoyed the demo for Solasta. :)

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Wow, thank you for your effort. Quite a few titles I've never heard of!
edit: Beautiful Desolation, Tainted Grail & Tower of Time all look great!

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Just a small warning: while I've absolutely enjoyed Beautiful Desolation (happy backer here), this one is a pure adventure game (well, there's a little bit of optional turn-based combat, but that it: definitely no action here). Shadowrun: Returns (and its two sequels that are both so much better) are turn-based RPGs. As for Tower of Time, it might be up your alley, yep. Also, I wouldn't recommend skipping the first Risen, I played it for the fist time somewhere in 2018-2019, and I must say that it's aged well.

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