Things Wiz8 did notably well: Party building (both statistics and personality wise), strategic/difficult combat, exploration (esp searching for items), NPC interaction (minimal Bethesda cookie-cutter NPCs, best implementation of a text parser I've seen)... And the Unreal Tournament graphics are even appealing to me somehow.
I've played a bit of Wizardry 6/7, but I can't get into them because they're TOO archaic. They don't explain what any items/skills do, or whether a lot of status effects are even currently active, there's not really any audio to speak of, the UI is actively annoying, and the WHOLE game is pretty much a dungeon. It was a dry experience.
The PS2 Wizardry was very good, but lacking in depth.
Please don't recommend Legend of Grimrock. Just... don't. --- http://www.facebook.com/chaosframe
#2JowyBlightPosted 3/2/2014 5:31:12 AM
Game has many problems of its own but still. --- "Riou...you came. Just like you promised. ...here we are ...here once again."
#3MadPinoRagePosted 3/2/2014 6:06:03 AM
Check out Legend of Grimlock. --- Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. -Albert Einstein
#4samuraigaidenPosted 3/2/2014 6:13:14 AM
Anvil of Dawn (it's on GOG.com)
Shinning in the Darkness (it's on Steam)
Shining the Holy Ark (not officially available on PC, but...)
You should ask Professor @mattbarton on Twitter. He's an expert on all CRPGs.
#5Hi CPosted 3/2/2014 6:25:11 AM
Wiz8 was the only game before Grimrock and MMX that took the old dungeon crawler mechanics and modernized it by directly porting it into better technology without screwing with anything.
There really isn't anything like Wiz8 to this day. --- You'll be my John G.
#6dekouPosted 3/2/2014 7:17:00 AM
Might and Magic 6-8.
#7GodspokenPosted 3/2/2014 7:34:18 AM
Try Paper Sorcerer. --- Currently playing: Bravely Default (3DS) Raiiiiiiinbooooooow!
#8EGMRULZPosted 3/2/2014 10:23:46 AM
Check out Legend of Grimlock.
Grimlock was okay. Tried awhile ago. It's pretty much a point and click dungeon crawler but what was impressive was the development team was like 4 people only. --- PC & Consoles > Everything
#9BendoHendoPosted 3/2/2014 12:22:33 PM
Might and Magic X
#10NingishzidaPosted 3/2/2014 4:51:52 PM
Hi C posted...
There really isn't anything like Wiz8 to this day.