Author Topic: Games with lots of mindless collecting  (Read 1748 times)

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Games with lots of mindless collecting
« on: September 06, 2021, 11:37:58 PM »
My favourite way to relax is to put a podcast on and play a game where I can completely ignore the story missions and roam about the environment finding all the collectables that actual gamers complain about as adding nothing to the game. The recent Assassin's Creeds have been good for this, RDR2 was a standout too with its hunting. I've also just spent 3 days photographing all the cars in Forza Horizon 4. I think the two greatest examples of this I've ever played were Crackdown with its orbs and Just Cause 3 with the blowing up of buildings etc in occupied villages. Can anyone recommend me some more games where I can ignore the main story and just mindlessly collect things? I'm on Xbox and have gamepass.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 11:40:44 PM »
Psychonauts 2 is essential playing for this.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2021, 11:44:03 PM »
Skyrim? You can get weapons racks in your house to display all the swords and that. Decorate your house with your plunder. Saw a let's play where a dude was trying to collect a set of all the clothing.

Minecraft?
« Last Edit: September 06, 2021, 11:56:32 PM by Cold Meat Platter »

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2021, 11:52:42 PM »
Terraria is good for that, there's tons of collecting and making pretty if you like that kind of thing.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2021, 11:58:29 PM »
That's pretty much No Mans Sky. Explore aimlessly, collect every resource.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2021, 12:03:12 AM »
That's pretty much No Mans Sky. Explore aimlessly, collect every resource.
Cannae get into it for some reason, even though the whole concept is something I've wanted for ages. Just downloaded the new update so might give it another go. Going Bzzzzzzzzz at rocks for ages.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2021, 12:07:22 AM »
My favourite way to relax is to put a podcast on and play a game where I can completely ignore the story missions and roam about the environment finding all the collectables that actual gamers complain about as adding nothing to the game. The recent Assassin's Creeds have been good for this, RDR2 was a standout too with its hunting. I've also just spent 3 days photographing all the cars in Forza Horizon 4. I think the two greatest examples of this I've ever played were Crackdown with its orbs and Just Cause 3 with the blowing up of buildings etc in occupied villages. Can anyone recommend me some more games where I can ignore the main story and just mindlessly collect things? I'm on Xbox and have gamepass.

All three modern Tomb Raider games are brilliant for this. Saint's Row 4 has about 1000 "clusters" to collect and loads of other stuff to find on the map

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2021, 12:16:44 AM »
Cannae get into it for some reason, even though the whole concept is something I've wanted for ages. Just downloaded the new update so might give it another go. Going Bzzzzzzzzz at rocks for ages.

Heh, Same sadly. The concept appeals to me and every new update looks good then I reinstall it and get bored after zapping 100 identical rocks and plants. :(

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2021, 08:02:55 AM »
Agree on Tomb Raider reboot series, I got 100% on the first one twice and loved it. The Mad Max game was great for this as well. Actually that game was well good

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2021, 08:09:41 AM »
Psychonauts 2 is like 60% collecting nonsense, 30% dialogue and 10% combat, so yeah, that.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2021, 09:21:08 AM »
I fucking loved going orb hunting in Crackdown 3. Walking along the monorail and listening out for that incredibly satisfying noise. Still missed about 12 though :(

Going to have to recommend Subnautica again here. It's like No Man's Sky but underwater and good. In the second one you can build a jukebox in your base and go round collecting records for it.

Both MGSV and the last two Wolfenstein games allow you to go record collecting too. Well, 80's cassette tape collecting in two of those.

Prey is good for this as well. Finding all six of the hilariously dreadful Starbender Cycle novels is fun, so is getting the achievement for finding every human on the station as that forces you to explore every corner and find new stuff. Finally managed to platinum that one when I replayed it a couple of months ago.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2021, 10:58:04 AM »
Er... Tranz Am?

Spent a lot of time in RDR collecting flowers. Gave the game a real Brokeback Mountain vibe.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2021, 11:21:13 AM »
The concept appeals to me and every new update looks good then I reinstall it and get bored after zapping 100 identical rocks and plants. :(

That's probably because you didn't take a glance at the fancy ants

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2021, 11:40:43 AM »
Psychonauts 2 is essential playing for this.

First one that came to mind.

Donut County is great as well. It's basically a game where you are a giant hole and have to collect stuff. Very short but fun game.

And maybe the Katamari games?

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2021, 11:50:30 AM »
Elite dangerous is my go to for listening to podcasts just fly around exploring/mining I haven't played it since they added in all the first person walking around bits, that aspect doesn't really interest me

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2021, 12:42:41 PM »
I'd say FF 12 has loads to collect, loved chaining enemies so they'd drop that one piece of rare loot. Once you've worked out the gambit system, combat is really smooth and enjoyable. All kinds of hunts and rare enemies to find as well. Gilgamesh's fishing rod. The bazaar where rare loot can be turned into ultra rare weapons, armours, and accessories.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2021, 12:46:48 PM »
I used to love collecting all the packages in the GTA 3 / Vice City / San Andreas games. It was a nice way to explore the world without it feeling aimless.

As to jonbob’s post above, I also like collecting materials in Elite Dangerous. The Odyssey dlc has added way too many new things to gather though. It’s an eternal grind.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2021, 12:50:47 PM »
My favourite thing in Elite was mapping undiscovered systems. Took me hours of jumping and sun scooping to get out of mapped space though.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2021, 01:01:38 PM »
The Batman: Arkham... games have all the Riddler stuff. I think I found all of them in the first two games, but sacked off Arkham Knight, as there was just a ridiculous amount.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2021, 01:02:33 PM »
Any of the Lego games, but probably Lego Marvel - piss about a big open city smashing bins with your little yellow claws for studs and also you can fly

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2021, 01:28:32 PM »
Everything. A game where you can play as literally everything, rolling around finding more things to be while listening to Alan Watts talk about how you’re made of stardust or whatever.

https://youtu.be/JYHp8LwBUzo


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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2021, 02:59:57 PM »
If you've never played No Mans Sky before it could be good for this sort of thing. Flying around aimlessly collecting stuff, minerals and whatnot.



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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2021, 04:20:01 PM »
It's fun going to a planet in NMS to scan all the flora and fauna and then rename them all to have themed planets.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2021, 04:25:32 PM »
Saint's Row 4 has about 1000 "clusters" to collect and loads of other stuff to find on the map
Yup, and I like how you upgrade everything you could possibly want to upgrade after you've collected about 3/4 of the clusters, so the rest of it is just a bit of a laugh. I remember one in a tunnel (and the lack of any height indication on the map) tricked me for a while, but I got em all.

I fucking loved going orb hunting in Crackdown 3. Walking along the monorail and listening out for that incredibly satisfying noise. Still missed about 12 though :(
Favourite thing in all the Crackdown games. Getting to the maximum jumpy distance was a lot of fun just on its own.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2021, 09:35:10 AM »
You do need to push the story to a certain point, but the Yakuza games are top for this. It even encourages you to do it. Eat everything at every restaurant, catch all the fish, find all the locker keys, track down all the stray cats, play all the arcade games.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2021, 11:07:40 AM »
Playing InFamous Second Son at the minute and just cutting about a gorgeously coloured gloomy Seattle collecting things until the story forces me to progress. Gets my vote.

Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2021, 11:52:02 AM »
Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie are on the Rare Replay collection which I believe in on Game Pass. They have a fair few collectables.

Aside from Crackdown 1, the Spyro games were always my favourite collectathons.

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2021, 10:18:58 PM »
I love looting in games, there's something weirdly satisfying about it. In Fallout 3 I spent many pointless hours stripping buildings of every last scrap of loot, even stuff that had no value or use in the game. I just hoarded it all in my shack. 
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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #28 on: October 01, 2021, 01:05:06 AM »
I suppose ARPGs would be a version of this, would they?
The comforting repetition. Mindlessly riding the carousel, the pretty flashing lights. Watching the slot machine reels spin, familiar sounds keeping you sedate, pushing the buttons, hoping for a decent payout.

I don't think I've ever had that compulsion to "catch 'em all", but that dangling carrot of "slightly stronger trousers" has had me grinding thin gameplay loops that had long since lost their sheen.

It's part of it, I think. You get into that well worn groove and those shallow, unfulfilling mechanics, they stay the same, but become something more through your perseverance.
The game is like a pestle and mortar, and your elbow grease churns that shite into a sort of medicine.

I remember talking to Boghog, the mechanical star astra guy about a prototype he was working on, calling it compulsive and he seemed really affronted. I had to reassure him that he was using his powers for good!

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Re: Games with lots of mindless collecting
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2021, 01:13:29 AM »
I love looting in games, there's something weirdly satisfying about it. In Fallout 3 I spent many pointless hours stripping buildings of every last scrap of loot, even stuff that had no value or use in the game. I just hoarded it all in my shack.

I tried to loot as little as possible in Fallout/Skyrim because I read once that every item you pick up makes your Save Game larger and make loading screens longer. No idea if that was true, but it felt like it.

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