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Help!! I got a request from a friend regarding computer games for his kids (age 12 and 8) and am drawing a total blank, as everything Mr Psmith does is MMORPG or at least requires online access and it's been years since I played anything like this myself (xyzzy, anyone?).

He's looking for (and I quote) "WOW style game they can play (for PC or Wii) that doesn't have too much blood or naked fornicating Orcs, but does have a fantasy feel with some combat, interaction, quest for glory, etc. Multiplayer isn't really an option for us because our internet is spotty at the best of times."

Thoughts, suggestions, ideas?? Your input eagerly anticipated!


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Sep. 12th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
No idea. But your subject line has made me all nostalgic!
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
There is a dwarf here with a little axe.
The dwarf throws the little axe!
You die!
Sep. 12th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they still make them (I still have a super nintendo from the early 1990s!) but I always enjoyed the Legend of Zelda games. Questing but not bloody or sexy.
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Ah, Zelda. Great idea :)
Sep. 12th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oooh, umm. By WoW-style do they mean they want an RPG or just that kind of world? Torchlight did immediately spring to mind, which *is* an RPG but has a different (simpler, really) play-style to WoW.

Skyrim isn't *especially* gory but I will admit that I kind of live for the cinemaic kills (which are a little more graphic) because, y'know. They're cool. It's a lot less dark-themes heavy than the previous installment, though.

Orcs Must Die is also great, and definitely a lot less gory and more cartoon-violence-y. It's also an RPG and closer in playing style to WoW.

Magicka might be another option but it's more like Torchlight, less like WoW.

My brother also likes Dungeons of Dredmor, which is a bit of an 80s-style dungeon crawler but with much better graphics. It plays a bit like Zelda (which is also a good option if they don't have it, come to think. And the only Wii game I can think of that actually performs well enough that I could recommend it).

If it doesn't have to be an RPG, Dungeon Defenders would be *great* for kids and also, it's a tower defence game so it teaches strategy. This is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

Overlord and Overlord II are also cute and not particularly gory, but the premise is kind of disturbing? I mean, not 'oh god I'm scarred for life' but, I mean, you are sending minions to their deaths. I guess it depends on the particular kid's sense of empathy, because I always feel bad when my minions die and I can imagine that wearing a lot on someone more invested in a fantasy world.
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm going to second Skyrim. I actually read an article a while back about someone who was playing Skyrim with his young daughter, and found that building a mage character was excellent way to make it more kid-friendly and less gory.

Sometimes clothes disappear, though. My female helper was wandering around in her undies for a while for no apparent reason. Then her robes randomly reappeared. I don't know why...
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Or, put on a robe, then remove it and only remember to put on chest armour and run around with no pants on for ages without realising because you're in first-person view.

Or that might just be me :3
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Nope, totally done that as well.

"Huh, I've got my horned helmet of awesomeness on, but am wearing nothing but a bra..."
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
That's a terrific recommendation, will definitely mention that :)

By "terrific recommendation" I of course mean Skyrim w/mage character, not the random vanishment of clothes. Although the boy might enjoy that part. Sometimes I think Mr Psmith plays female characters on WoW and Guild Wars just so that he can undress them LOL!
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! Will send them all on. If the kids are anything like their dad, killing off minions won't bother them ;)
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Never heard of Kingdom Hearts but I googled it and hey, it's a partnership with Disney so no doubt wholesome goodness. Thanks!
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
A hollow voice says, "Fool."
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
*snerk* "It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."
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