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    All the Bethesda games. I love (most) of them, but I don't think anyone can argue they require intense concentration.
    This is true. Fallout 3's setting is a little dire to relax in, but I've had such calmative experiences simply existing in Morrowind or Oblivion, skipping the various forms of fast travel and just walking from place to place, happening upon waterfalls or sunrises or villages in the wilderness, or huddling up somewhere during an intense rainstorm. Oblivion turns really beautiful with the right atmosphere mods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    I think you mistake this forum for one of those places where people ask advice, and everyone feeds them gross disinformation for the lulz.
    I think you mistake my advice for gross misinformation given for "the lulz."

    However, I mistake RPS for nothing. I've been coming here and responding to blog posts for four years now.

    So spare me the attitude, skip.

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    It's a real shame FC2 can't be modded. If you could remove the enemies and weapons, up the number and variety of animals and give you a camera it could be a fantastic pure exploration game with all the different routes you can take through the maps. As it is, having jeeps full of angry men suddenly roar at you is hardly relaxing, although I still enjoyed the game a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalpadda View Post
    It's a real shame FC2 can't be modded. If you could remove the enemies and weapons, up the number and variety of animals and give you a camera it could be a fantastic pure exploration game with all the different routes you can take through the maps. As it is, having jeeps full of angry men suddenly roar at you is hardly relaxing, although I still enjoyed the game a lot.
    I have high hopes for FC3 since AC1 had a lot of the same problems as FC2, and then Ubi went and nailed AC2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman Jim Stacey View Post
    I think you mistake my advice for gross misinformation given for "the lulz."
    So what exactly is it for then? The OP Skalpadda asked for relaxing games to unwind to. Driving from one guaranteed gun battle to the other in FC2 hardly seems like anything other than a case of attempting to pass off Turkey as Ham.
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    turkey ham and cheese toastie. yum

    nearly fell asleep playing space chem, does that count.

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    I am shocked and disgusted that nobody has mentioned it yet: Aquaria.
    to wound the autumnal city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman Jim Stacey View Post
    I have high hopes for FC3 since AC1 had a lot of the same problems as FC2, and then Ubi went and nailed AC2.
    Here's hoping. But I doubt it will offer the same elements that made FC2 so potentially brilliant. It looks like they are going back to FC1 for inspiration, rather than fixing the faults of 2. Still, looks like it could be good.

    As for relaxing games, the suggestions already offered are good ones, particularly management games (be it Anno/Caesar style or The Sims.)

    If you are looking for point and click game, how about something from TellTale Games? I've only played Tales of Monkey Island (bought Sam & Max complete a few weeks back, but not got around to it yet,) and enjoyed it very much. Difficulty was low, but not completely without challenge, and it was fairly well written.

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    Flight simulators. Plop yourself somewhere in free flight mode, and float around the world, swooping and wheeling and all sorts of loveliness.

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    Anno 1404 is quite relaxing, although i recommend only playing with easy AI because everyone else will either try to kill you or take all islands before you even know how to produce spice.
    I also like Just Cause 2, just driving and flying around, looking at the beautiful landscape.
    Well that were my two €-cents

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    The atmosphere of the Settlers games are quite nice to chill out to - a serene feeling of calm comes over me when I'm watching those little pixel men harvesting their crops.

    Hmm actually, relaxing while the minions break their backs supporting my kingdom - that's a bit wrong, isn't it?

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    Zuma / Zuma's Revenge have almost meditative qualities. It's a game I play when I need to think.
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    I think Zen Bound 2 is pretty relaxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeiterJakab View Post
    I think Zen Bound 2 is pretty relaxing.
    I knew it, kg and quinns leave and all the deviants leave the comment threads to post in the forums.

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    So, I googled that, is it really a game about practising bondage on wooden moose?

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    Yes (and other wooden objects), and it's only $1 on steam right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalpadda View Post
    So, I googled that, is it really a game about practising bondage on wooden moose?
    You almost make it sound perverted. It's not just bondage, you also splatter paint on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airtekh View Post
    Osmos is a lovely little indie game which I find quite relaxing.

    The objective is to make your little cell bigger by absorbing other cells of lesser size. The soundtrack is brilliantly soothing.
    Osmos started out as lovely soothing ambient bubblebath until a huge bloody difficulty curve kicked in a few levels later and I rage-quit and I had to go man-shooting in order to calm down.

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    I second Settlers and Just Cause 2.
    The first just lets you puzzle around and optimize stuff, but it's a real time-killer. Just Cause 2 can be relaxing for just enjoying the sights and zooming around if you don't have a real beach around.

    Also: Mount & Blade. I wasted hours listening to music or podcasts or a good radio show and playing that game. I felt pretty relaxed afterwards and also had expanded my musical experience.
    Just turn down difficulty and enjoy (which seems to be the key for enjoying a lot of games for me recently).

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