I'm broke. I have a crappy laptop, and minimal internet connection. But in the past six months or so I have gotten into computer games. They are inexpensive and I get hours (often weeks, and sometimes months) of fun out of just one purchase.
At first I was playing pretty much anything and everything that came with strong enough recommendations. I went from Saints Row 3, to Syberia, to Arcanum of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (Arcanum), to FTL, to Baldur's Gate (1 & 2 & EE), to Saints Row IV to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR), to Bioshock. But now that I've gotten a feel for what I like and what I don't like, I've become a bit picky which has left me unsure of what to invest my time in next.
So now I'm looking for game recommendations that meet the following criteria:
1) Is old and/or has low graphics requirements. Saints Row the 3rd is the upper limit of what my computer can handle. Actually its somewhat above the upper limit. The entire time I played, the game kept lagging up and my machine was almost too hot to handle.
2) The protagonists should be heroes. Or at least good guys. I'm not one of those people who enjoys being evil in a game setting. In fact for me, its a huge turnoff. I truly didn't find SR3 entirely enjoyable because of all the random acts pointless violence required by the side quests and minigames.
3) Single Player Mode. Again, going online to game is not an option. I have minimal Internet and can't afford an upgrade at this time. So basically I'm looking at console games for my computer.
4) Fun With a Purpose. I definitely prefer games with a storyline or a least a dynamic purpose. I dabbled with Uplink and FTL but couldn't get into them. With Uplink I was like, "Okay this is cool, but should I be looking for something in particular?" FTL told me up front that I was transporting goods to a rebel base (or something like that) but there was no update as to how the "rebellion" was going, which caused me to lose interest.
Of the games I've played so far, I've probably enjoyed KotOR and Arcanum the most but for different reasons.
To me, KotOR had just the right amount of hand holding for an open world environment. It generally wasn't difficult to figure out where I needed to go next. I also liked how the consequences of the side quests were integrated into the main quest on each planet.
Arcanum, on the other hand, is -- in many ways -- a total grind to play. But the lore of the world was so deep I almost didn't mind chopping though the same pack of wolves for the 50th time while crossing the continent on foot for what felt like the hundredth. There is a depth to Arcanum that exceeds even that of the Forgotten Realms. But I digress.
So...that's what I like and that's what I'm looking for. Any recommendations on what I should play next?