Why don't you play building games that make you feel warm and fuzzy?
>Sim City 4 (too griddy)
>Cities XL (too laggy)
>Rollercoaster Tycoon (too old)
>OpenTTD (did everything that is to be done)
Real purpose of this thread is finding more building games to burn though
Almost forgot about pic related. Used to just build and build and build and not worry about destroying the enemy
Cities in Motion is a thing that exsits, but I haven't played it yet.
>final level/skirmish mode
>one enemy building left
>cover the map with bases of different factions
>go full autism mode and occupy all buildings, while plotting defenses of all sorts around every oil refinery
And there went my Saturday afternoons.
sidescroller shit like Craft the World or Terraria
The Guild. Europa 1400 (technically not a building game and more of a tycoon game but your house and businesses have a medieval, homely vibe)
I'm going to be that guy and say there are tons of interesting mods (or modpacks) to give the game a new spin and feel. I personally enjoyed enhancing on the RPG feel a lot but then sometimes switch to a technical pack when I want to build endless arrays of machinery as part of complicated production chains. Setting up automated nuclear powerplants in hopes they are safe makes me feel warm and fuzzy, too.
>cities in motion
Tried before, didnt like, will try again
Played shit out of it, dunno why I left it out of OP
>Dungeon Keeper, The Guild, Europa 1400
Buying it now ifyouknowwhatimsayin'
great stuff guys, get to procrastinate some more!
If you don't mind an RTS and are autistic enough to enjoy numbers go look at AI War: Fleet Command. To me it's pretty cozy. It's hard as fuck as you fight a steadily more dangerous overpowered AI and try to pry system after system from its hands. There's a ton of shit going on and it's very tactical and heavy in numbers (thousands of units) but you generally fortify your position and slowly push your way through giant maps to kill the AI Core at its homeworld after having disabled all shield generators around the galaxy.
Looks really hard to get into - is it as bad as it looks?
Looks intredasting, giving it a shot
>Life is Feudal
Is this game too pre-alpha to be cozy as fugg?
Not a building game but grand strategy like Crusader Kings 2 allows you to construct an empire. You technically "build" a dynasty by marrying, fucking, raiding, assassinating, conquering, imprisoning, executing. The fun part is how everything entwines and your current character dying splits assets between eligible offspring/siblings and you have to make sure those are loyal or can be killed easily to keep your realm together. Then there's a ton of politics, religion, culture, upgrading and other stuff going on.
Dunno why I mention it tbh but evolving an empire over decades just feels incredibly good.
Game looks like DLC-hell first but it's just mostly character portraits/icons and music with the exception of 3 actual expansions.
I spent a million hours playing Europa Universalis III, very cozy. Is CK2 different enough to warrant getting into it?
>Looks really hard to get into - is it as bad as it looks?
Yes, you need to study a lot of lenghty tooltips with tons of stats and understand how damage, specials skills, armor and hitpoint numbers affect shit. It's a complicated game. Small size, you can quickly pirate it (think there's also an official trial/demo) to check it out. UI and visuals are not great but it makes up in planning/building depth with lots of quirky mechanics and shit to do and optimize within the game if you can get off on that.
Europa 1400: The Guild is pretty nifty and holds up to this day gameplay wise. Really a fun game of dynasty building and business simulation.
The sequel was just not the same and i can't point my finger on it why.
>Warm and fuzzy
>Constantly dealing with enemy agents fucking your shit up
>While having to watch the mission screen every 5 seconds to make sure people don't get busted
>And the chain fire explosions in the power room just spread out across the base
For example I would play it as Holland, shaping the country as it is now, and just improve those few provinces with all possible buildings, never leaving it, preventing war wtih everybody. Makes me feel warm, hard to describe
You know, i enjoyed The Movies. It was so relaxing and warming to see the eras changing in always sunny Hollywood.
Yeah, at the beginning.
Then, you move to a new island.
That's when super agents and army dudes fuck you up. And they destroy every single thing in your hotel. Fuck them and saboteurs, seriously.
I always play the county of my real life city where i can, otherwise i play practically anyone.
Tried playing as some murrica indian tribe in EU3 i think it was. But it got boring real fast.
>400 years of civil war every time the leader died because i took other tribes
>Can't colonize, research is utter shit, just waiting for euros to come along
>They can easily take my shit and does so because AI hates playing along
I tried playing my city (Cologne) in EUIII but it was hard as balls.
Played an asian nation and it was really fun. Put everything into research so I could go explore, then sailed to Europe and sold my shittest province to Portugal, giving me a Western neighbor and allowing me to fully Westernize.
>Never build hotels
I learned that the hard way. So I just capture tourists and fuck them up with interrogation instead.
Super Agents are a big problem though. I never found out the James Bond guy's weakness, and over the years I replayed that game like 4 times.
CK2 is more of a political conquest and diplomacy simulator where EU is simlar to Hearts of Iron in being about treaties, economy and military.
You are the king. You declare war against a nearby country and conquer its provinces. At the end you are victorious and imprison the enemy king's wife. You take her as concubine and have a bastard son but forget about him. You die. Your actual son you had with your proper wife is now your new main character. The bastard son you had has a legal claim to certain regions and will try to maneuver him into a position where he can either rebel against you and pry the lands from you - or he offers himself to a foreign king so he enforces the claim on your lands and the bastard becomes a vassal under the other king.
Generations down the road people you crossed, people whose family members you murdered will try to fuck your shit up. Your task is to sort through these ties. Breeding of character stats/traits also plays a role, so does marriage to gain alliances or lands/titles generations down the road.
You can only control a limited amount of regions yourself and have to put someone in charge of the others, often several people. When you die only few titles can be directly inherited to your heir but you have to keep your domain together. Then there's religion, given you unique (dis)advantages - in case of the Catholic Church you can engage in a politics side-game to issue cardinals to influence the pope and have him declare crusades or excommunicate rivals. Fun shit.
The actual combat and economy part is fairly boring like in the other grand strategy titles from Paradox. CK2 has no sea battles, ships are just transports.
Bond doesn't have any weaknesses. He's the only one that can't be defeated. If you have him in a cell when you complete your doomsday device though, you get an additional cutscene with him tied to the rocket.
Muslim or Indian counts are awesome.
Or try it the hard way and try to make that single spec of Judaism into an actual religion while everyone around you hates you for having a different religion.
I blame it on controlling your dynasty members like sims in the game world, along with getting rid of AP in favor of actual time. It somehow killed the atmosphere.
That and there's just less content. Less professions, items, can't even build city structures as a mayor etc
I don't like playing as muslims. That debauchery (or something like that) thing really ruined it for me as i grew bigger, i'd rather not execute every single family member just because. Haven't tried indians yet.
Playing as vikings are fun. On my current game, the world gone turned into a whole different history. As you can see, orties have destroyed islam (no idea how it happened even, i was paying attention to scandinavia for most of the time) and Tengri got reformed. First time i've seen an AI reform a religion. So now Catholics have competition on all sides.
This game is so gonna get ported over to EU
Oddly enough, there's a single province left in western Sahara that is a heretical shia, while it's leaders are west african.
Play pic related
Tons of fun and the last (I think) game that use the mechanics of Zeus
Playing it right now and having a blast
Look for the widescreen "mod", pretty easy to find
MUCH better. Instead of micromanaging a guy, you have action points to spend on what you personally do without having to move here and there manually, and it really works well. Also less focused on 100% realism. You can be a gypsy or a gravedigger making dark magic items to use personally or sell, and when you build a palace, you can fire your tower cannon at those fucking assholes who made sure you weren't voted into an office.
Just make sure the city laws lets you blast away or you're going in the slammer at worst. If you are the lawgiver though, you can change those laws yourself.
Because i'm not in the hood. I'm stuck in Norway currently waiting for a chance to screw Sweden over and finally make Scandinavian empire. Still got about current 350 years left before game is over so who knows.
SC4 is griddy as fuck but the fun comes when you experiment
honestly rush hour was probably the last time I've ever bought DLC from EA, and it was 100% worth it
also OP try Haiemont's games like Glory Of The Roman Empire or Tropico. They're not perfect but it's the closest we got
The first one is far better in terms of gameplay and content but it feels/looks a bit old by now. Might also have issues with certain new graphics cards but as it's not demanding at all you can run it even on CPU integrated ones just fine.
Just pirate the game, the dev studio doesn't see a dime anyways.
A small hint in regards to the interface: The F-keys are hotkeys to switch between different important buildings.
I've just got in to Sim City 4 this week and I've played around 30 hours. I fucking love it.
I'm finding the modding scene difficult to interpret though, and I have no clue what I'm supposed to do with tree controllers.
Also I'm getting this bug for some reason.
[spoilers]All I want to do is make comfy rural Japanese towns[/spoilers]
The music made it comfy. Simcity 4's soundtrack focused on the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Just listen to that music.
Also, play SimGolf, OP. Just remembered that game.
What about theme park or theme hospital?
Also are there any games where you can be god kinda like that?
I remember an old win95 demo of something like hell and heaven or some shit, that you build your own paradise or hell and gather souls.
Also something like Act riser where you can go as a character into your town to fix problems
The game is broken as fuck m8, if you play as a count or duke you are forced to abuse to system in one way or another unless you want to wait hundreds of years for a window to open.
>I have the deluxe edition.
Right on, I used to play the shit out of SC4 years back, didn't understand a fuck about it, wasn't that young but still, me building a city is the worst idea anyways, unless it's a shanty city.
But you made me wanna play it again, so time to get that big box and install the shit out of it.
Thanks bro, now I'm gonna try to play with out money mods/cheats.
Well, you know, to each their own. I enjoy taking the slow route sometimes, and I enjoy blobbing like a madman and doing a world conquest in 50 years as the Magyars or Mongol Empire. Sure, you can exploit the shit out of the game and powergame like fuck, but the game is just as fun if not more so when you don't.
Over 2000 hours and counting on mine, I've had the same disk set since I was in my early teens
No I was serious man.
And putting up a shitty screenshot with no AA or other fancy shit to make Sims 2 look uglier aint working.
Even that fucking crystal looks better in the Sims 2.
My biggest problem with SimCity 4 was the stability. I always have issues when I go to the large maps, and can have problems on the smaller ones if I don't build it up fast enough.
Personally I have no problems, that city has traveled from multiple computers and ran fine on all of them, though of course I always turn off shadows and it seems to improve it a lot.
The shadows are pretty ugly in my opinion anyway.
Anno series is comfy. With the exception of 2070 because it has silly cliché factions and nukes. Pic related.
There's a satistfaction knowing that you can impress everyone by superbly beat the game in record time without breaking a sweat.
If i wanted real challenge i'd cut off all my fingers except the thumbs
The best tycoon coming through. Are there any other games that give similar feeling to TH? It's so fucking comfy, every game with sweet isometric graphics is.
Seriously, niggers? Shit is comfy as fuck.
2 > 4 > 1 > 3 in terms of titles.
>mfw when you said that Rollercoaster Tycoon is too old
I can do that too. I've done world conquests as one province countries surrounded by infidels. I have over 900 hours played in CK2. The game isn't really challenging anymore, unless I do self imposed restrictions. Blobbing all the time gets boring, fast.
In my current game, I started as a duke in the HRE, formed Germany, got independence, claimed all the rightful German lands and then stopped claiming land for my country. All further land gains were given to dynasty members outside of my control. There is an incredible satisfaction having your kinsmen as the leaders of 10 different kingdoms, knowing that any time one of them is attacked each and ever other one will rise up and put down the aggressor with overwhelming force. It's the most fun I've had in CK2 in a long while.
It's pretty much an exact copypasta of 2 but with 3D graphics. So yeah, it's good. But I am an old fuck who started with 1, so there might me notalgia goggles.
Very good. If you're going to try it, install the addon as well.
Speaking of settlers, look what i found while looking for the remake.
I've had it as a reoccurring problem on 3 computers and gone through all the different 'fixes' which involve disabling multithreading and stuff. Booted it up not long ago and a city that kept crashing on me ages ago was working reasonably fine, but yeah it's hit and miss some days
>have to make a huge room just for 3 things
I always hated that
This is still a grid, retards. Just because there are curves and fractionally angled roads (which you can also have in simcity 4) doesnt make it any less of a grid.
I have never played a city building game before in my life, since I'm more of a grand strat. man... But is there any game that lets me start with a small as fuck rural town that I will be able to expand until it's a fuckhuge modern city?
Well its made by the same people using the same engine. So...
Also itd look nicer if the person making it actually made an appealing looking city. Those bland voastlines make the entire image an unrealistic snoozefest.
You can deal with the super agents by shooting them til they feint and interrogating them in an endless loop. I juggled Jet Li, that Russian chick and super slut in my base for awhile til I could get rid of them
Only if your some simpleton who only builds basic shit. They built a fucking working calculator in the game and this guy is complaining that the building is repetitive? Only if he doesn't like living in an ever changing fort of badassery.