Best Video Games for Fantasy Nerds – Part 2
Battle For Middle-Earth
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan and enjoy video games this is the game for you. Battle for Middle-Earth is an RTS (real-time strategy) where you can battle to the death against online players or your friends on the computer next to you! You can level up characters like Tom Bombadil, Gandalf, Sauron, and much more! You also control factions like Elves, Uruk-hai, Men, and Dwarves. I used to play this game for hours with my brothers and my dad growing up, core memories were definitely made. It’s a slightly older game, in fact, I still have the old CDs in bulky plastic boxes. There is also a second game with more playable characters and an upgrade to the overall UI. While the original EA servers permanently shut down in 2010 you can still play on unofficial servers, and more excitingly a fan team is working on a remaster of the game called “Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged” in the unreal 4 engine!
Lost Ark is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG in which you are on a quest for the Lost Ark. In Lost Ark, you can play a variety of fantasy classes from a Sorceress wielding elemental spells to a Shadowhunter with a demonic form (which happens to be Clever & WTF’s characters, respectively). The characters are highly customizable and have stunning outfits and gear. The game world contains beautiful fantasy settings, from a sea where sirens might try to lure you in, to an island full of fairies. Not to mention, the combat mechanics are fun and easy to learn. We both recommend playing this magical game!
Diablo/Path of Exile
I included these games together because, while they are very different, the game mechanics are somewhat similar and Path of Exile was inspired by Diablo. They’re both top-down perspective action role-playing games that have a dark fantasy theme. If you’re a Fantasy Nerd, especially if you like more gothic-style gruesome fantasy, these games are for you. In both there are different talents/abilities you can choose to unlock, the gear you can find, and endless dungeons to crawl through and decimate enemies all while following an intricate storyline. If you’re up for a challenge Path of Exile is the way to go, the builds are more complex and there is a higher learning curve but that just makes it all the more rewarding! Diablo is easier to grasp and the cinematics are insanely cool, take your pick and try one out!
Now I know what you’re thinking, this is an old kids’ game, right? Here’s the thing, that may be true, but Neopets has a lot of in-depth storylines and to this day I still play it regularly. I adore the fairies, the items, different pets and petpets you can collect, and the vast number of other areas you can click through and discover. It’s definitely a game you can play relatively idle, but can also suck you in and hours will pass by without you even knowing it! There are many secret rooms, storylines, and quests you can discover. Even after playing for 20 years I still haven’t gotten access to all of the game. They’re making Neopets mobile-friendly now so I highly recommend checking it out or getting back into it!
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