A co-worker of bookahnerk’s is thinking of trying out an action RPG. He has never played a game in this genre and asked him if he could recommend Grim Dawn. He had apparently seen it in some “Let’s Play” and it looked interesting. Since I’ve been playing it a lot more than bookahnerk, he asked me for advice. What I didn’t know at first was that he’s never played such a game and doesn’t know if he’ll really like the genre.
So then it got me thinking: Would I recommend Grim Dawn to a beginner? And yes, I assume that he is smart enough to figure out features on his own, do google searches, read through forums, and understand the game – or any game. So it’s not about “can somebody without prior ARPG understand this game?” – Of course they can! But the thing here is: I think that Grim Dawn with its dual-class setup and devotion skills is not exactly the easiest to play and get a feeling for the genre. Yes, it’s an amazing game! But I wouldn’t say it’s a good game for somebody who wants to see if he likes action RPGs. Once they have decided that they do, I would definitely recommend Grim Dawn!
But back to somebody who’s wondering “Do I like action RPGs”: My mind immediately came up with Torchlight or Torchlight II. It’s much easier to find your way around in this game (and the game’s world). The story is easier to follow, if you ask me, there aren’t dual-classes and in general less classes to choose from. So, it’s easier to jump into the game and focus on whether you’d like such a game or not. In fact, you start the game, create a character, hop in and play and don’t need to think about anything at all or search the internet etc.
On the other hand, maybe starting with a more complicated game than Torchlight is exactly the right thing to do? Because a lot of these game are more complex and it’s part of their allure. That is, a lot of them don’t allow you to respect whenever you wish. It’s part of the experience to carefully plan your character!
Obviously, I would also recommend Diablo (1 or 2, maybe even 3 – hey, I like it!), because you don’t know action RPGs if you’ve never even played the original Diablo games if you ask me. But should a beginner start with that? – Now that I see this question written here… it’s not a bad way to start. Bookahnerk went and bought me Diablo 2 several years ago, because I said that I’d like to play some RPG game. I did have to search the internet a few times, but it wasn’t that bad!
We’ll definitely still recommend Torchlight 2 to him! Because if it’s your first action RPG or not, it’s a good game (as is Grim Dawn, as are the original Diablo games…).