Hey guys, I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations on good games to play while listening to podcasts or music. There was a post from a couple years ago but it didn't have many recommendations, not to mention not current. Pretty much something that doesn't have a whole lot of story or other modes to play. Like Jeff always says about Dynasty Warriors is the definition of that but I'd like something modern with guns and preferably offline but doesn't have to be. Stuff I got that I play while listening are Minecraft, Dungeon Defenders. Black Ops 2, RE6 and just got Starhawk. I'd love something kind of like Mass Effect 3's online but offline with some form of progression. Was thinking about getting that God Mode game, that's mindless fun.
Borderlands or some old Unreal Tournament works great for me.
Destiny should also be right up your alley too. The beta was an A+ podcast game.
Also, while not a shooter, pinball is really awesome for listening to podcasts while playing as well, and Pinball Arcade Season 1 is currently half off on Steam.
Dwarf fortress is my go to. I find any rouge-like works really well too.
Stuff with guns, and offline with minimal story though... Boarderlands, Hard Reset, Rage, or Fallout 3 would good choices. You could also go old school, and play through Doom and Heretic.
WoW when I played that. GW2 whenever I play that. Roguelikes like ToME and dungeons of dredmor. Civ 5, europa universalis IV, crusader kings 2, dwarf fortress and prison architect as well. Oh, and clickfest dungeon crawlers like Diablo 3, Path of Exile and Grim Dawn, as well as "sports" sims like the golf club and pool nation.
- Borderlands 1 and 2
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Arms Race mode (it's a good idea to have sound for actual fucking Counter-Strike)
- Practically anything that's like Diablo. Torchlight 1 and 2 and Diablo itself.
- First person dungeon crawlers - Might and Magic X, Wizardry 8, Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
- Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei IV are both third person dungeon crawlers, but still very similar to their first person roots in a lot of ways.
- Pretty much any JRPG with long grinding segments. Persona 3 and 4's dungeons, Final Fantasy XII, Ni No Kuni's sidequests, Pokemon, etc.
- Doom, Quake, pretty much any FPS that's light on story and heavy on shooting stuff. And where sound isn't really necessary (so Left 4 Dead probably isn't going to be all that great).
- Maybe Skyrim. Get a lot of those miscellaneous quests out of the way, or do a bunch of alchemy/smithing/enchanting.
Civilization and X-Com might be decent podcasting games for some people, but I find myself paying attention to them instead of the podcast. I don't know them well enough to play them absentmindedly.
I want to listen to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, a Western Civilization 101 course from some college, the Bombcast, Cheap Heat and sometimes just music I'm exploring while doing something with my hands. Saints Row and Assassin's Creed and other open world Collect Shit games are great for occupying my hands while I think about the information I'm listening to. Lately I've been grinding through achievements on Abyss Odyssey (which everyone should play because I'm basically Abyss Odyssey's PR street team at this point), grinding through Final Fantasy 8 and screwing around with Nidhogg. Nidhogg is an excellent Thing To Do With Your Hands.
I can't play a game with a story while listening to podcasts, so SWTOR doesn't work for me.
It might work for you though.
I just wish more people played SWTOR doe
When I played SWTOR, after the first 20 hours or so, I muted the music and would play whatever. If I was listening to a podcast, I would pause it during dialogue.
As someone that primarily only plays on console, the games that I have been playing recently while listening to podcasts-- both things like the Bombcast as well as news, etc..-- are:
Rouge Legacy (PS4)
Don't Starve (PS4)
Tomb Raider (PS3) Multiplayer, solo XP grinding because I want that platinum and the MP is dead as ****.
Should've put for ps3. I do have Diablo 3 that is a great one, I think once I beat it I'll use that. Like the hear all the voice acting first. Its kind of a weird OCD thing. Also got Hearthstone and barely played it and Magic as well. Think I'll give Hearthstone some more love. Need to get Rouge Legacy too and Binding of Isaac on ps3 since my pc version runs like ass.Thanks guys!
I don't really have any specific go to games but I usually like to try to get the platinum trophy when I play a game so I often listen to a lot of podcasts when I finishing up some of the more repetitive/mindless trophies. For instance I just platinumed Watch Dogs and was listening to podcasts while doing most of the fixer missions, criminal convoys, gang hideouts, and online stuff.
I must be weird, because I can't play games while listening to a podcast. I mean, I can, but then I totally end up focused on the game and miss everything they said on the podcast. So for maximum podcast enjoyment, I try to listen to them while driving.
The trick is to play something you know well enough that you can auto-pilot in, in the same way you go into auto-pilot when u drive.