Are there any good first-person sci-fi RPGs where you don't have shoot all the time?

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I just started playing Mass Effect Andromeda, and it made me realise, that while I love the theme of exploring strange new worlds, I really don't care about the combat part of it at all. I've never really played FPS games, I find the whole point of quickly aiming and shooting, finding cover, using tactics, etc. just irritating; it doesn't excite and it feels like a chore. Yet most of the sci-fi RPGs I've played have combat and shooting as an integral part of them. Are there any good sci-fi RPGs where you could just explore stuff and meet people and use diplomacy without having to fight all the time?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:33 (seven months ago) link

Are you looking for games that don't use shooting (or a variant of "point camera at thing and press button") or games with no combat, or games that have combat but give you options around it?

There are plenty of immersive sims that allow pacifist stealth runs but that falls under "combat" broadly. Most Deus Ex games probably? There are RPGs where you could build a diplomatic character to avoid combat but there aren't many in the FPS era that I know of. Outer Worlds might allow it? Don't remember how possible it is in Fallout New Vegas, I know you can pacifist it but that might block off some content.

As for first person scifi RPGs that avoid any sort of combat altogether, there aren't any that I know of. Unless you're counting something like Tacoma, which I don't believe has living NPCs to interact with or character progression.

, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:59 (seven months ago) link

Maybe the Outer Wilds (which famously is different from Outer Worlds)?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:10 (seven months ago) link

no man's sky

na (NA), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:15 (seven months ago) link

outer wilds is a mystery/puzzle game, not an RPG

ciderpress, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:17 (seven months ago) link

i hear Cyberpunk 2077 is great

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:19 (seven months ago) link

Mass Effect: Andromeda isn't a first-person game. /sic

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:46 (seven months ago) link

outer worlds can be completed with a diplomatic character iirc.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:49 (seven months ago) link

they apparently ported myst to oculus...

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 20:03 (seven months ago) link

outer worlds can be completed with a diplomatic character iirc.
So this means you don't necessarily need to fight in it? I've been meaning to give it a try, and it's on sale in Steam right now...

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 20:26 (seven months ago) link

Are you looking for games that don't use shooting (or a variant of "point camera at thing and press button") or games with no combat, or games that have combat but give you options around it?
Games with no combat, or with combat that you can avoid would be ideal, but basically I'm interested in any good sci-fi RPGs that don't have FPS aspect in them. Fantasy RPG style melee combat is okay if it's well done, I just hate the aiming-and-shooting-while-running-around-fast mechanism, because I'm not very good at it and I don't find it interesting.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 20:31 (seven months ago) link

Have you tried setting the difficulty to 'narrative'?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 21:14 (seven months ago) link

plenty of first person perspective non-rpgs that don't heavily involve combat, plenty of non-first person rpgs that don't heavily involve combat, but not many games i'm aware of that do all three things at once

if narrative/story mode is fine for you, Prey (2017) is a very good scifi immersive sim with a story mode

, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:02 (seven months ago) link

Alien: Isolation doesn't have combat and is obviously sci-fi, but is still probably more of an action game than rpg? I haven't played it but I gather it's very tense.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:47 (seven months ago) link


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