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About to start Avadon series. How's it compare to ave/gen?

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After playing through Avernum remakes and Geneforge & old Avernum prior to that, I'm about to start with the Avadon series.

 

How is it compared to Avernum and Geneforge?  What can I expect in terms of combat mechanics and more importantly, story?


Finally, which of the three is the best in your opinion?

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Extensive story with lots of history and factions to deal with and explore.

 

Combat mechanics gets harder in later games where Jeff removes exploits that allow you to evade damage even on the hardest difficulties. There is some dispute on which are the better classes because picking abilities is very important in fighting. You are forced with the class skill trees into different characters unlike the other games.

 

I liked the second game in that it has the funniest material and all 5 classes.

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I would say that the second is best, but if you think that you might end up playing them all, I would play them in order.  While they do each stand alone and you do not have to have played one to play another, the story makes more sense in sequence.

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IMO, the first is the best -- the story is fresher, and the game mechanics are more balanced than in the later installments.  But the second one definitely has its strong points as well, including some of the more interesting characters.

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Having a lot of factions is interesting in theory, but unlike in Geneforge where each game is mostly open and you can aid factions depending on your ideological preferences, in the Avadon games you're basically on rails and your options are "do what you are ordered" and "do what you are ordered, but grudgingly". 2 is the only one of them with any sort of actually branching story depending on your choices, and the "branch" essentially amounts to playing through a different map halfway through the game.

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