Games with interactive world and higher end graphics?

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Games with interactive world and higher end graphics?

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I recently bit the bullet and bought a reasonably good desktop computer because it will be useful for my blueprinting class and the free download of Inventor Autodesk allows students.

I've been off my high graphics video game addiction for some years now, and am happy to report that there is relatively little temptation to return to it. Even Skyrim and such games are nothing but glossy repeats of rpg's and 1st person fighters or shooters I was playing in the mid 90's. I'm not saying they aren't much prettier and so forth. I'm just saying they don't offer the experience Minetest and Minecraft do of interacting with the environment.

I wonder if anyone is aware of any games besides Minetest and Minecraft that actually Do include that interactive environment aspect? I don't know if it is wise for me to open that Pandora's Box, but I would so very love to see a high end graphics game that also allowed me to go dig holes, mine minerals, build houses from wood I chopped down, etc...

Some sort of sim perhaps?

Sorry, hope this is not terribly off topic for the community. But I thought at the least there are probably a few kindred spirits floating around here who might have a suggestion.

Not really talking about Roblox... something that looks realistic.
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by Topywo » Post

I didn't check if there are mentioned realistic games you're looking for, but I remembered this link:

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Thanks!

So far Mythurna looks promising, and it brings up the question of what exactly could be done about the look and feel of the world. Apparently this concept of block engine world generation (I guess we're calling it voxels now) is key to making the environment random and interactive, but the novelty has completely work out for me now. I want the world to look like Skyrim but play like Minecraft. Possibly going to be some years before amybody gets there.

There are some pretty hot Minecraft mods that make Minecraft look better, but nothing so far makes it even begin to approach photorealism.

Mythurna is not Open Source, and the originator seems intent on eventually making it a standard pay to play business model. Not necessarily a game killer for me, but I would prefer to somehow tie the ideas there into Minetest and have an open source version with someone (ideally me) taking donations for managing marketing, creating the specific version of it and using profits to sort of drive development in economically viable directions by paying developers to develop that which the customer base seemed most interested in seeing implemented.
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Buildaworld is a voxel game with nice graphics.

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try wurm online if you don't need voxel game.. It is also sandbox game, but with much more posibilities
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Anyone else interested in this thread, I found Cube 2 and Tesseract to be promising for those with an eye towards graphics and less concerned about keeping the game playable on old hardware. (Thanks Topywo for that thread. Very much what I was looking for.)

I now get why Minetest tends to veer away from the very thing I am interested in. Makes sense... Making the game available to the light computer user who doesn't want to spend money constantly upgrading to keep abreast of graphics is a legit software engineering goal.
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Pitriss wrote:try wurm online if you don't need voxel game.. It is also sandbox game, but with much more posibilities
Do like, but appears to be a pay or play handicapped sort of business model. Not horrible, but not what I want.

Damned tempting though...

P.S. Was downloading the client and while I was willing to play slightly handicapped, not being able to build with stone at all sort of nudged me off the cliff. I dunno how much 7 Euros a month is, but likely close to the $10/month range, which I'd just as soon not.

P.P.S. After watching some videos, Minecraft PVP is more interesting than wurm pvp.... Voxel graphics are more inspiring than the graphics on Wurm... Too flat.

It is definitely in the vein of what I wish I could find, but has a different set of problems.
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Two Words: Dwarf Fortress.

P.S.: You might wanna nix the graphics requirement...
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Enke wrote:Two Words: Dwarf Fortress.

P.S.: You might wanna nix the graphics requirement...
I LOVED Dwarf Fortress but... alas, really am not amenable to their continuous beta status and, well... the clunky interface that results from the aforementioned lack of graphics.

And... an indie game, in interminable beta... with relatively low support for linux.... not open source...?

Just wore me down.
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Another golden treasure from the earlier thread.

http://procworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Voxelfarm... not sure where it is headed, but it is pretty.

Looks like it is being marketed as a tool used in combination with other game development software, and predictably not open source.

http://voxelfarm.com/vfweb/engine.html
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I heard about a game called Synthetic World, I havent played it but Ill see if I can find a link...

http://www.staudsoft.com/index.php?id=65

That is the official website. I think this has some pretty good graphics. I havent played yet but I plan to soon!
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GingerHunter797 wrote:I heard about a game called Synthetic World, I havent played it but Ill see if I can find a link...

http://www.staudsoft.com/index.php?id=65

That is the official website. I think this has some pretty good graphics. I havent played yet but I plan to soon!
Mmmm, pretty. But weird license? Use it free, distribute freely, but cannot use for profit and cannot distribute anything after adding to it?

I am not seeing how you would get the source either.... by the exe extension on the download I Am guessing windows only too?

If you play it, maybe drop by and give me an update?
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by LionsDen » Post

If you aren't looking for an open source game, you might like 7 Days to Die. It's still in beta but is looking very good to me. I wouldn't mind getting it myself, just can't afford it at the moment. :)

Here is the link:

http://7daystodie.com/

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Does anyone remember Terasology, it's open source, beautiful graphics and has physics.
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Try Nethack! It's open source, you can interact with everything, and it has the best graphics engine on the planet: Your imagination! That's about as high-end as you can get!
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Enke wrote:Try Nethack! It's open source, you can interact with everything, and it has the best graphics engine on the planet: Your imagination! That's about as high-end as you can get!
I still toy with the idea of making myself a Coffeemud. Best more or less open source mud software I know of. I've started two or three times. It gets better and better too. Bo is still hacking away at it. Sooner or later it may do what I am trying to get it to do. Basically, his initial focus was on the standard level based playing system.

Still, the point of this thread, in the title, is "higher end graphics". =)
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Mcc457 wrote:Does anyone remember Terasology, it's open source, beautiful graphics and has physics.
Yep. Looking at it. It is mentioned in the thread by Topywo. It's not any more graphics focused really than Minecraft. Some of the texture addons for MC in fact look better than Terasology. I do like it being open source. But it is still very blocky.
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LionsDen wrote:If you aren't looking for an open source game, you might like 7 Days to Die. It's still in beta but is looking very good to me. I wouldn't mind getting it myself, just can't afford it at the moment. :)

Here is the link:

http://7daystodie.com/
Watched a video. the idea of plugging up windows in a house with blocks of amorphous looking wood is not really where I want to go with this.

I just want to take a moment here though and thank folks. Seems like I am just shooting down everything. LOL! I appreciate the info. It's fun looking at all that's being done. I am just a little shocked at the dearth of games that really focus on a sort of live action feel to interacting with the environment, resource gathering, etc. Basically all I am really thinking here is a sim, right? Wonder why it is so difficult to get the world interactive to where you can mine or build?
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Reading this topic I knew there should be a topic about making minetest less blocky and luckily guessed right it was started by MirceaKitsune:

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Edit: Typo.
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by LionsDen » Post

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I think you can build a house if you want. I don't have the game so I'm not sure but you can mine and build things and I believe that you can build a building if you want to. You just have to constantly watch out for zombies so if you don't want the mobs I think you are out of luck.

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LionsDen wrote:
I think you can build a house if you want. I don't have the game so I'm not sure but you can mine and build things and I believe that you can build a building if you want to. You just have to constantly watch out for zombies so if you don't want the mobs I think you are out of luck.
I love your use of the spoiler tag....

What I am saying is one way to secure a house, for example,. is to just plaster over the windows with rock segments you are carrying around, which I find to be a poor enough game design flaw that it sort of puts me off spending a lot of time and energy getting into it.

I just recently got Assassins Creed iV basically thrown at me for buying computer parts, and I like the look of it, so I will just say... something like Assassins Creed only with an environment interactive enough to allow for mining, foresting, etc, is more or less what I am looking for. Even if it were pay to play, I imagine I would play it, but ideally it would be open source or some combination of the two. (I would be happy to pay to play, for example, a game with an open source engine where a ton of work had been done to create the actual game.)

I honestly don't think it exists.... I'm shocked that it doesn't, but seeing as Dwarf Fortress, for example, has been around for ages and no one has bothered making a good knockoff of it with decent graphics, I fear that civilization just in general is opposed to the sorts of things I really enjoy.

:-S Cynical? Me?
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by LionsDen » Post

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Thanks about the spoiler tag. :)

Try looking at Clockwork Empires by Gas Lamp Games. It is said that it will be somewhat based on Dwarf Fortress but I don't think it will quite as in depth as it. They are a smaller studio and I don't think a small studio could pull off a Dwarf Fortress clone that has good graphics. From what I hear there is way too much that can be done in Dwarf Fortress to make it easy to recreate a graphical version. For sake of disclosure, I own the Dungeons of Dredmor game that they put out and have enjoyed it quite a bit even with some of it's quirks. The company does respond to the community and have done a lot that keeps the communities good will going strong.

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I looked at Clockwork Empires and it does indeed look quite interesting. I could definitely stand to play that game. I'll look more in depth over time and see if its mining and building apparatus push my buttons!

Thanks for that link!
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by Enke » Post

I recall a top-down shooter called voxatron. Might wanna look that up.
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You may be interested in Zero-K. it is a RTS with the ability to modify the landscape and the graphics were powerful enough to not work on my older computer. It sounds like the type of game you might be looking for, although the specifics for a single unit perspective don't really exist. I am not 100% sure it's virus free though, so be warned.
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