Give me a sneaky-bow-and-arrowy-talky-fantasy game.
Skyrim was nice enough, but in the end it was still always about killing things. The Speech skill is pretty much useless, and you still just shot at people until their health bar ran out.
I want a game where most of the time I’m not killing people. Where I have to sneak around, talk to people, steal things (without getting caught and if I do it’s not just “run around the corner and hide until they forget about you), wear different outfits (that I choose for myself, not just ones that the games chooses for me), have options in how I get people to do things for me (like persuading them, scaring them, bribing them, and each one has a different effect, and isn’t just “which one of my stats is the highest?”), and then when I DO have to kill people myself, it’s realistic about it. If I shoot someone in the leg, it doesn’t just take away hp, it makes them fall down and have to crawl away, but also able to call for help. And I’ve been reading about the Secret World (an MMO that’s gonna come out soon), and it’s doing some pretty cool stuff in terms of non-action game play, like researching (using the actual internet and stuff), writing down notes, and talking to a shit ton of people.
Games where you just go into a room, kill everyone, go into another room, kill everyone, and keep doing that until you beat the game are just getting boring. I still like multiplayer FPS’s (like TF2), but that’s because I have to play against people and not just shitty AI.
I got excited by Watch Dogs, but then the shooting started. And while a part of me hopes that the shooting is kept at an extreme minimum, I’m extremely doubtful that that will be the case.
I want something new to play.
i dont think that the game industry is advanced/adventurous enough to make games that don’t rely heavily on violence. there’s some article about this in the latest EGM if you’re interested; there was a lot of discussion on how the Uncharted games were fun in themselves but they added combat just because “video games need combat!!!!.” and now nathan drake is pretty much a “mass murderer” :’D
skyrim & oblivion are probably the closest to what you want
i’ve heard good things about Thief but i’ve never played it; Dishonored is really sneaky/fantasy/inventive but still about violence
fallout 3 & New Vegas have sneakiness and the speech skill is really useful (you can talk yourself out of boss battles and stuff. and fallout 1/2, from what i’ve heard, it’s actually totally possible to do a peace run). and shooting different body parts does change the AI’s response. buuuut… they’re definitely not bow & arrow fantasy games
mirror’s edge is more about avoiding combat than engaging with the enemies, which might be interesting to you, but it fits none of your other desires