Originally Posted by CheapLikeAFox
What are some older games that are like FTL? Maybe something in a bundle before? I hear so much praise for it, but I look at it and just doesn't look like something I would enjoy so I'd rather give something I already own a spin to see if I would like that style of gameplay.
I'd watch some YouTube videos on it. It is the type of game that absorbs your life in a one more turn type of way. Graphics are simple but gameplay is great. It's on many game of the year lists.
I will try and describe it but it's hard to do it justice. Basically it's a space exploration rougelike. You are a good citizen and need to inform the military fleet that you rebels are coming. You hop planet system to planet system trying to evade the rebel fleet and other dangers. You will lose the game many times before beating it.
What makes it great is the journey getting there. You will encounter various random events and have to choose how to act. You find a pirate attacking a civilian ship, do you help, leave, offer to split the profits with the pirate, etc. you encounter a colony with a distress signal, they have had a plague do you help or flee. The risk and rewards are great. Helping may net you an extra crew member or a new weapon but it may also give your entire crew the plague and kill them. There are lots of interesting scenarios.
I normally don't like rouge likes because I like a sense of progression and hate starting over. This game feels ok to me because you can unlock new ships and upgrades as you make certain choices in the game that can carry over to the next game.
Also combat is intense, strategic, and fun.