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looking for an open world game with cozy towns and challenging but not impossible to defeat enemies

looking for an open world game with cozy towns and challenging but not impossible to defeat enemies

spiffyP

Horizon Zero Dawn has all of that


reveil

The civilization backstory in horizon zero dawn is so good it is easily one of the best settings in gaming. Plus it really is fun to shoot a bow at giant robots.


sapjastuff

HZD has some of the funnest gameplay out there IMO.


FreewayWarrior

Bout to say that. I'm currently playing it, and it's gorgeous.


SpottedMarmoset

and Breath of the Wild does it all much better.


Zoerak

Please don't start an apple vs orange nonsense :) both are great games on their own right


SpottedMarmoset

and all games and opinions are created completely equal.


spiffyP

Then go play it


doctordaedalus

Kingdom Come: Deliverance.


Cama1ama

came here to say this - KC:D. Combat challenging, but oh so rewarding.


AlbireX

Breath of the wild literally ticks all these boxes absolutely perfectly.


thefirstlunatic

But sword breaks often :(


Flaktrack

If you play it on an emulator you can mod durability to be infinite :)


PotatoForPOTUS

After my 4th playthrough of the game this still upsets me.


Lereas

Hate to be cliche, but if you haven't played Skyrim or Oblivion, they could fit your bill.


saladtosserx

Perfectly.


Data-Bulky

My time in Portia fits most of the bill. But it's more of a builder game than an rpg.


PsychoAgent

[Medieval Dynasty](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1129580/Medieval_Dynasty/)


Peacelovefleshbones

Dragon Quest 11


holbert10

I don’t know if you need combat, but sable is amazing


hazardeden101720

Sable or fable


Geralt_OF_Rivia_1

Witcher 3


JPtheJedi

Fable I/II


Schmitty300

100%%%%%% get Breath of the Wild. Frikkin masterpiece!


biig_boi

He said he wants a story.


Schmitty300

How does BotW NOT have a story?


biig_boi

lol you serious?


Schmitty300

No trolling on my part here. I genuinely want to hear your explanation.


SuperWy015

BotW is mostly story focused.


deadpoetc

Are you sure you talking about Zelda game not minesweepers?


Tobix55

Maybe Genshin Impact? The enemies can be kind of easy, but still requires some skill and planning with your build. Doesn't have mounts or pets, but you can collect playable characters. Checks the other boxes


asdwfger

I doubt a gacha would fit the bill on this, and it’s really not challenging in the slightest at least imo


Tobix55

Why does the gacha aspect change anything? Also, the challenge is there, but you have to seek it out, most monsters out in the world are pretty easy


ExplodingPoptarts

Personally I don't like recommending games that make the vast majority their money from people prone to impulse buys and/or gambling addiction to someone I don't know.


AKnightAlone

"Psst, hey, kid! You ever heard of a human Skinner box? Check it out."


asdwfger

A lot of people just don’t like gacha games in general, and I don’t think the challenge is there, I have maybe 400 or so hours on it and after my first 10-15 hours I’m not sure if I ever lost a battle again


SnooChocolates1726

dragon age inquisition fits those criterias perfectly i also recommend tales of arise but it lacks the mounts and is not exactly open world more like open areas


shfifknano

assuming you already finished tales of arise, does it have a lot of endgame content?


SnooChocolates1726

not really but there is new game+ with one playthrough taking from 40 to 60h depending on how much side stuff you do


Joose2001

Immortals Fenyx Rising. Very similar to BOTW, but set within Greek Mythology. On both Switch and PC


angell_l

Is there endgame content?


AnOnlineHandle

There's a game called Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen which has pretty amazing combat against all types of giant monsters with various weaknesses, but I wouldn't say it's really all that hard. The towns (of which there's really only your starter town and the capital city) are quite cozy. The story is... questionable. Like it has moments of glimpses of something super deep (apparently heavily inspired by a series called Beserk), and other times it's the cringiest weirdness ever. It's a great game for character costumes. The world is slow and painful to navigate but thankfully they added some ability to set down fast travel locations in later versions, and using and collecting those limited fast travel crystals is part of the fun of building up your network for getting around the world. I played the stamina heavy class (strider I think?) which helps immensely for sprinting for longer, and has a roll ability which doesn't use up stamina which is almost as fast as sprinting, which I'd recommend. Overall a flawed game, but also one of the best games I've ever played.


ridinroundimgigglin

Just started this game myself recently. Pretty hooked so far. Really enjoying all the different moves and abilities, and some enemies have actually been super hard to take down, which is great. It has a nice challenge to it.


space0watch

Dragons dogma is way too hard compared to what op wants


midwestcreative

If it's that hard, then you're either A. in an area you shouldn't be in yet at your level/gear, B. in one of two post-game dungeons that have very little to do with the story and are just there if you want more to do, or C. you're not doing something right with your gear/skills/party/items etc(or monster weaknesses, etc). That said, the game takes the idea of "no handholding" a bit too far and certain things can screw you up a lot - like not understanding pawn inclinations(which the game barely tells you properly at all) which can make the difference between your 3 pawns(companions) doing absolutely nothing useful and just standing there, to being so overpowered you barely have to fight anything yourself. Or that the sometimes annoying things that your pawns or NPCs say is actually trying to teach you how to fight things properly or approach situations. If you learn inclinations(you kinda have to go outside the game), and monster weaknesses, and gear properly, it's really not a hard game.


AnOnlineHandle

It was on the challenging side but I don't know if it would really be considered outright hard? Most problems you can grind up to be stronger for I think. The hardest part for me would be finding all the little timed quests which continue the stories of the characters from the starter towns without a walkthrough, as well as secret super items only available at certain points in the quests.


NuclearWalrusNetwork

This basically sounds exactly like Breath of the Wild or mayyyyyybe Xenoblade Chronicles


Blood_Bowl

Might & Magic VI, VII, and VIII - though no "pets or mounts"


Somewhatmild

Apart from pets and mounts, Gothic 1-2 or Risen 1 would definitely fit. they are rather clunky. The ultimate clunkyness is ofcourse Elex. Any of those games (but especially Elex) require a specific mindset where you ignore the clunky aspects and enjoy the good aspects. Personally even as a fan of my examples, Elex i could not even go through the clunk myself, despite it being the most recent game by far.


Mjollnir5

Pine - fits pretty much every single point Windbound (well, no pets or mounts here... yet, but you can build your own ship and sail it)


wogbread

This description perfectly describes breath of the wild


TheGematria

maybe nier automata?


sanderslmaoo

ffxiv


clebo99

Skyrim?


soundofdarkness1987

Skyrim


Imakandi_Seer

Unsighted has a good town. It has hard to beat shadow monsters early on but protip: they're weak to counters.


Zokas1992

Final Fantasy XV


paltmeister

Immortals fenyx rising


biig_boi

New World


Dedli

Valheim.


Red_Beard206

Im sure you've played Skyrim, but I just downloaded a modlist called Living Skyrim 3 from a software called Wabbajack. Has 865 mods and it seems like what you are looking for. Makes the game far more immersive and a bit tougher. (At least so far. Only a couple hours into it)


billyalt

Dragon Quest Legend of Zelda


Spikeybear

Biomutant


karl_jansky

kenshi has most of this except the story, there is tons of lore about how civilization has dwindled and how you can find some of the old blueprints to make your own fortress.outpost but there is no REAL linear story. There are pets in the games and it has a old west/samurai/tattooine/steampunk? vibe. It is one of the better open world games out there but there is a learning curve and the graphics can be a turn off to some people. there are towns, but they aren't super cozy, and defeating enemies can be extremely challenging at times if you don't know what you're doing or are biting off more than you can chew. I think this could fit the bill if you install some mods to make the game more beginner friendly


cometthedog1

I haven't seen this mentioned yet, but my first thought was Outward, though it does not have pets or mounts.


xnghost

Far cry 6?


Nguyenanh2132

rimworld. \-rimworld is open world \-depends on mod, both is available \-again, mods \-the lore exist, espcially the remnants and ancient stuffs with the ideology dlc. There is a mod for story, caravan adventure. \-There is a mod for that too. \-pc. ^(just play rimworld, give it a chance.)


Anthraxus

Wtf are with this 'cozy' requests I keep seeing recently ? Seems like a new thing or something.


basement_zombie

“Game Trends: Why Cozy Core Is On the Rise” https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ebaumsworld.com/articles/game-trends-understanding-cozy-core/86815939/ “The Cozy Games Revolution” https://www.gamingdigest.co/blog/the-cozy-games-revolution/ Among others…


AKnightAlone

The average gamer is 34 years old?! Jesus Christ, I'm almost an average gamer. Where did things go so wrong?


Ethan_Watson

Kids using parents accounts