I’ve searched and not found this particular subject before, so if it’s been discussed, my apologies.
I just recently started playing Gothic 2 (with NOTR) for the first time, and after about 60 hours of play, hundreds of savegames and reloads, I’m really having a ton of fun with it. I’ve owned this game for years now, but put off playing it because some have said that it had a very high learning curve (HLC), and I guess I never felt I had the time to devote to it.
Similarly, I’ve got a handful of other games in my backlog that I’ve heard great things about, but I’ve put off playing for far too long because I’ve heard about their HLC. I definitely want to play them, but want to devote a great deal of time to them in order to get over the curve and start really enjoying them as I’m now doing with G2.
This got me wondering if there are any other games I’m maybe not aware of that have a high learning curve, but are very much worth the effort of taking the time to learn.
Also, I wonder if some HLC games are “more worth the effort” than others. For example, I’ve read that Battlecruiser Millenium (which I own but haven’t played yet) is a game with a very HLC, but is NOT worth the effort of learning because once learned, does not provide much fun. Conversely, I’ve heard that once you read the lengthy manual and learn how to play Dominions 3, it is one of best TBS games ever made.
So, is anyone aware of games that are very difficult to learn at first, but are so fun once you learn them, that it makes the time and effort spent very much worth it? Are any “more worth it” than others?
Thanks for any input.