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#1 Posted by RedCream (779 posts) -

I know there is a thread a while back about this but I can't find it. What games have generic sound design that turning off the sound would not be such a big deal? I find Torchlight to be one of those games but I burned through it after around 3 full bombcast. So any suggestions?

#2 Edited by BeachThunder (13351 posts) -
#3 Posted by A_Talking_Donkey (264 posts) -

All sports games ever.

#4 Posted by Neurotic (635 posts) -

Borderlands (both of them but 1 more than 2), at least after you've heard a lot of the dialogue and stuff or for when you're just doing side quests. Also, any fighting game.

#5 Posted by BeachThunder (13351 posts) -

@Neurotic said:

Borderlands (both of them but 1 more than 2), at least after you've heard a lot of the dialogue and stuff or for when you're just doing side quests.

NooOOOOoooooOOOOoooooooooooooo, Borderlands' music is wonderful though.

#6 Posted by Zaccheus (1848 posts) -

I played a lot of XCOM while listening to the Octoberkast. That worked out fine.

#7 Posted by Bell_End (1234 posts) -

anything that doesn't require me to listen to the game.

but i usually listen to the bombcast whilst biking to and from work.

#8 Posted by s10129107 (1365 posts) -

Meat Boy

Borderlands

Diablo

Starcraft

Civilization

XCOM

Company of Heroes

Street Fighter 4

Demon Souls

Dark Souls

Fez

Majicka

Burnout / NFS games

Fallout games

Skyrim

#9 Posted by FTomato (245 posts) -

I usually play PathPix when listening to podcasts. Available on iOS and Android. Highly recommended.

#10 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

@Neurotic said:

Borderlands (both of them but 1 more than 2), at least after you've heard a lot of the dialogue and stuff or for when you're just doing side quests.

NooOOOOoooooOOOOoooooooooooooo, Borderlands' music is wonderful though.

I've always turned the music in Borderlands off, could never stand it. Too repetitive.

That's definitely one of my favorite podcast games though. Also gathering collectibles in AC3, and working through Forza Horizon races are other good times to listen to podcasts. JRPGs too, since there's always some kind of grind or slow spot to push through.

#11 Posted by Teoball (688 posts) -

I just played Assassins Creed 3 for 4 hours while listening to the bombcast. Just doing the side stuff like collecting almanac pages, feathers and boxes. Also hunting.

#12 Posted by SomeJerk (3750 posts) -

With a proper soundcard (if PC) and/or speakers/headphones there is no problem listening to bombcasts while playing anything, unless the game has terrible sound design like MW3.
 
Just wanted to add that, that your audio experience can get a lot better. I'll play games with music and head the footsteps of my enemies, like.

#13 Posted by Nux (2569 posts) -

Any MMO ever.

#14 Posted by Fredchuckdave (7684 posts) -

Most strategy games unless they have excellent music, any Diablo 2 clone (nearly unplayable after a while without something else to listen to alongside). Most every game on any playthrough but the first. I will say the Souls games are extremely atmospheric and relaxing on their lonesome and having a podcast on doesn't work out so great on the first run.

#15 Posted by BBAlpert (1878 posts) -
#16 Posted by Lazyaza (2320 posts) -

I find the best games to play while listening to the bombcast are rpgs such as Torchlight 2 and Borderlands 2. Any game where you don't really need to be hearing the audio or concentrating on it too hard is best.

#17 Posted by Otacon (2255 posts) -

I usually pop in a driving game, burnout paradise used to be my go to bombcast game, though I tend not to play and listen at the same time anymore.

#18 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12963 posts) -

Turn based strategy or something that requires a lot of grinding.

#19 Posted by JasonR86 (10044 posts) -

@RedCream said:

I know there is a thread a while back about this but I can't find it. What games have generic sound design that turning off the sound would not be such a big deal? I find Torchlight to be one of those games but I burned through it after around 3 full bombcast. So any suggestions?

Really any game except ones where you want to focus on the story and it is given through spoken dialogue. I'm doing it now with my re-play through of Okami HD.

#20 Posted by Animasta (14827 posts) -

I usually play Crusader Kings 2 though that's probably not what you're looking for

#21 Posted by Toxeia (745 posts) -

"Go to <location> and <kill or gather> <number> of the <creature or item>."

If it's got that kind of objective in it, there you go.

#22 Posted by Nev (600 posts) -

I almost always play either WoW, Guild Wars 2, or a Bethesda game. Years back I played some Sims 2 or 3 (along with WoW), as well. I'll also second Borderlands, decent game to just kick back and shoot stuff while listening to the Bombcast.

So yeah, MMOs, and MMO-like games, are my suggestion. Or simulation games. *shrug*

#23 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -
#24 Edited by jozzy (2053 posts) -

Trials is the perfect game for it. You need games that don't require thinking, just muscle memory.

EDIT: At least that's true for a terrible multitasker like me. If I am playing XCOM I am not able to really listen to what the guys are talking about.

#25 Posted by fox01313 (5178 posts) -

Just about any game where sound isn't crucial or necessary. Lately found that Dungeons of Dredmor, Delve Deeper, FTL, Xcom & Guild Wars2 works fine for this.

#26 Edited by believer258 (13032 posts) -

For me, it's generally either Borderlands or a multiplayer shooter. Call of Duty is really good for it, but since I don't currently have any of those games on something that isn't an Xbox, I've been playing CSGO's Arms Race mode.

Also, I've been really thinking hard about delegating Darksiders 2 to "podcast game" territory. It seems like a good enough game to zone out to.

EDIT: Also, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning seems to have a lot of "go to the circle" quests. If you've already beaten it and/or you don't care about the story or dialogue, then that might be a good one.

#27 Posted by TobbRobb (5243 posts) -

League of Legends has been a constant throughout the last 2+ years, i also podcasted a lot while playing Dark Souls on PC a billion times. Currently I play X-Com. Torchlight 2 and Diablo 2 are also good bets, but i burned out halfway through TL2.

#28 Posted by Blackhebrew2 (78 posts) -

Dungeon defenders is perfect for it, horde mode in GOW? , Meat boy is good too.

#29 Posted by DeF (5236 posts) -

@Neurotic said:

Borderlands (both of them but 1 more than 2), at least after you've heard a lot of the dialogue and stuff or for when you're just doing side quests. Also, any fighting game.

Funny story, I actually listened to my first Bombcast(s) while playing the original Borderlands back in the day.

#30 Posted by flasaltine (1876 posts) -

Quake Live FFA. The game pretty mindless and the is already in the browser.

#31 Posted by doobie (612 posts) -

i often have my speakers so loud when im gaming i would be able to hear the podcast.

#32 Posted by Phatmac (5923 posts) -

I usually listen to it when playing multiplayer games. I listened to this week's bombcast by listening to the bombcast.

#33 Posted by DoctorWelch (2817 posts) -

Any shooter.

#34 Posted by Soap (3750 posts) -

I play a fair amount of easy ass games while listening.

Hell I'll even watch quick looks if it's really simple. Fifa is a good example of where sound isn't really needed. (or any sports game for that matter)

#35 Posted by Robot_Sneakers (418 posts) -

I tend to listen to it whenever I play a fighting game, and if I'm playing a second playthrough or a fetch quest in Skyrim or Borderlands or really any RPG and don't care to feel immersed. Also any Dynasty Warriors game.

#36 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2072 posts) -

Fallout is great for that!

Isn't there even a Radio Dave mod with the podcast from when the entire server farm to which Giant Bomb belonged to went down?

#37 Posted by mao16 (112 posts) -

Civilization

#38 Posted by Pepsiman (2768 posts) -

@EquitasInvictus: You would be correct! Assuming the links are still active, you should be able to nab the Radio Dave mod for New Vegas at this thread.

Anyway, here's my personal list of Bombcast/general podcast games:

  • Dark Souls. This has been my most recent addition to the lineup. Sometimes my concentration has to be much more closely focused on the action since things have a knack for getting hectic in that game, but listening to Jeff Green on the Octoberkast last week while playing this game made for some delightful times.
  • Tokyo Jungle. I love Tokyo Jungle and although the soundtrack can be pretty good, when you're doing two hour-plus runs for high score, equipment, or animal unlocks, there are stretches of that game that can kind of drag when you get good enough to complete what you need to do years ahead of schedule. Having something like the Bombcast on in the background, I've found, is effective for keeping your mind occupied while waiting for your next move.
  • Burnout Paradise. Probably one of the more universally recommendable games since it doesn't often require quite as much concentration. It's a great game for turning on podcasts so the time you're taking while completing objectives goes by that much faster.
  • Geometry Wars/2. For whatever reason, podcasts sometimes get my mind in just the right sort of meditative lull for me to do really well in these games without necessarily trying a whole lot. Naturally, that's less true the more hardcore in mode type you skew, but at least they're pretty screensavers to look at and play while listening to hours and hours of talking.
  • Persona 4 Arena. I tend to only listen to podcasts when I'm just casually training and not doing any serious matches, but since you don't exactly need the sound in that game to review combos or anything, I've found that having podcasts on while playing is usually okay. I've actually gotten surprisingly far doing challenge mode while tuned into a podcast, though, despite how intense the AI gets.
  • Binding of Isaac. Like Geometry Wars, the harder things get, the more difficult it can be to pay attention to the podcast itself at times, but it's another one of those games where having something else to listen to can put you in the right meditative state to make it to the end in my experience.
#39 Posted by benspyda (2127 posts) -

Grinding in any MMO, Borderlands or a racing game that isn't too intense (I'm finding Forza Horizon perfect for this, like previous forza games).

#40 Posted by FierceDeity (364 posts) -

Hmm I would think a "Bombcast-friendly" game would have to do with more than just sound design, though. Specifically, I was thinking it would need to be a game that requires.... (not in a derogatory way) not very much thought. For example, trying to play a multiplayer RTS match while listening to the Bombcast would be ridiculous - most people couldn't effectively process both those things at once. Unless you just like the sound of the guys' voices. o.O

#41 Posted by owen99 (55 posts) -

usually play fifa while listening to a podcast or if on the go drop7 on iphone. also Strategy games are good games to listen to podcasts whilst playing, played alot of civ and total war listening to bombcast

#42 Posted by TehJedicake (947 posts) -

Hehe the guy who said sports game is spot-on, not only are sports games good for the bombcast, I even watch episodes of old tv shows while playing Madden 13.

#43 Posted by laserbolts (5482 posts) -

Halo and Call of Duty unless you are super serious about it.

#44 Posted by GERALTITUDE (4637 posts) -

I never turn the sound in my games off, just down. What a waste of music/effects.

Civilization is my go to but anything that's slow/can be paused is normally a good pick for me.

#45 Posted by Apathylad (3234 posts) -

I've done grindy stuff in MMOs and JRPGs while listening to podcasts.

#46 Posted by Vod_Crack (806 posts) -

Any of the Earth Defense Force games are dope.

#47 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2519 posts) -

If I'm doing side stuff in any Assassin's Creed game I'll usually rock some podcasts. If you've got a lot of rooftops to climb just to collect dumb things it's a must-have.

#48 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (471 posts) -

Karnov

#49 Posted by borkran (28 posts) -

Sim Golf, dudes!

#50 Posted by 1momosauky (253 posts) -

skate (any really)