Please help out a tattered gaming veteran. ;)
...Mount & Blade
...Mount & Blade: Warband
...Mount & Blade: Fire and Sword?
(My chief worry is whether it will manage to be engaing and avoid "farming" XP or gold or using recycled content since it's sandbox mode.)
(Dunno what to ask about. Just share how you find it please. I've recently discovered a love for samurai films in me and I like this game genre, so it might work.)
...Europa Universalis 3 with its countless add-ons
(Is it engaging? Is there irreverent content? Is it possible to have fun playing without setting out to conquer the whole map under the first lame pretence that pops up to annex everybody? What about relations with the papacy and influencing papal elections, if present, then how is it handled?)
...King Arthur: the Roleplaying Wargame?
(What about the presentation of Christianity in the game? Is gameplay engaging enough? What about difficulty balance? Is the game reasonably bugfree?)
...Dirt 3? Or any decent car racing game, anything? Preferably that doesn't use the cliche of illegal city racing at night and all that gangsta jazz? (I'm mostly in for the views while driving.)
...Age of Empires 3 (with addons) but seem from 2011 perspective: as in I've never played it yet, it has so happened, so I'm wondering if it'd be worth buying to through the campaigns (but no multiplayer).
...Alpha Protocol (just because it's ridiculously cheap online right now).
With any of these games, a very important issue is effectiveness of the time spent playing. I can and even should play computer games due to my specific job but I'd rather avoid having to survive prolonged dull moments. I also want to avoid occult content or irreverent use of Christian references or symbols.