Don't bother with Exile (if it is the same Exile that I think you are talking about). The early Avernum games are re-makes of those anyway.
Yeah, I'm aware. I've played both Exile and Avernum way back when. Exile has a different feel to it.
Yes, KotC is very combat-heavy, the story is simple and nothing special (but not bad either) and while the game offers enough free exploration, there aren't many sidequests, so in a way it's a bit sandbox and
So I tried the demo and I really need to read up a bit more before trying again because I got my ass handed to me by just about everything. Including the bear.
Is there a campfire anywhere in the demo? I kept running out of mana but finding nowhere to rest.
EDIT: Seems there are a lot of votes for Driftmoon. Wish people would give a little more than "+1 for Driftmoon" to back it up though.
EDIT2: Totally forgot...in RPGs, I like:
- Some exploration.
- An interesting story (I can easily look past this if the gameplay is fun).
- Interesting characters.
- Challenging gameplay that doesn't easily get overwhelming. I enjoy making it to the top of the mountain but I am not one that will probably ever successfully climb Everest.
- A decent length (I'd say 30 hours or more for a decent length. Persona 3 FES was around 120! Might and Magic Worlds of Xeen is said to be around 400!).
- A decent amount of freedom. Doesn't have to be sandbox but I enjoy not being railroaded the way most of FFXIII is.