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Thread: Arkane Studios Releases - Dishonored!

  1. #226
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: LTSI
    I know it's easy to miss, but the game actually has a narrative, confused and unresolved as it may be.

    Now please punch yourself in the face for saying "storyfag". Trust me you'll feel much better. Your dignity as a human person restored and all.

  2. #227
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    So when you said that Hard Reset wasn't exciting you were talking only about the story, and not the game as a whole?

  3. #228
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Seeing as how a signification amount of gamers will re-play a game they enjoyed, divergent content can at the very least be viewed as a mechanism to introduce variety into that.

  4. #229
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: LTSI
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    So when you said that Hard Reset wasn't exciting you were talking only about the story, and not the game as a whole?
    Lacking story, lack of interaction. The shooting is fun enough. But with that setting it always feels like there must be an awesome crime noir story around the corner, of which I only ever see the action part for some reason.

  5. #230
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    Registered: Mar 1999
    Location: I can't find myself
    Quote Originally Posted by Ostriig View Post
    And that it lends a lot more weight to the choices I made that led me through the other path in Chapter Two.
    This. Allowing the player to experience everything in the game results in either the player having no choices, or choices that don't mean anything in the context of the narrative. Both of which constitute worse design than in Yakoob's hypothetical game.

    The question is: Was the story you played complete in and of itself? Did the journey you took the player character on have a proper beginning, middle, and end, and did you derive satisfaction out of it? If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, then quit your bitching.

  6. #231
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    Registered: Jun 2004
    Briareos H, I stated that my beef is with how much new vs. repeated stuff is, but your choice of example clearly shows you didn't get that:

    The game closest to your idea of bad design I can think of is The Witcher 2. The narrative in The Witcher 2 unfolds radically differently if you choose to side with one faction leader or the other.
    If it unfolds radically different, then you are getting a ton of new content on a 2nd playthrough, ergo, it's how replay value SHOULD be done. And I think an extra dimension I want to add here that you made me realize is whether the "extra" content stems from a conscious and logical choice, or an arbitrary one. In both Witcher and SoC, the results you get follow organically from your gamestyle, rather than being an arbitrary restriction.

    A better example would be Alpha Protocol ending in the base. I was facing two doorways at one point chose the one on the left. As soon as I crossed the doors behind me slammed shut and the game autosaved. Oh well, I went through the endgame and never as much as even heard the mention of Mina, my partner and lover through the whole game.

    Reading some threads I found out that she was in fact behind the other doors and going through them FIRST would lead to a conversation uncovering extra info and including her in the ending, and then make me go take the same door I took on my playthrough and continue as normal.

    Because the doors randomly decided to shut themselves and the game autosaved, I "missed" this content for no other reason than arbitrarily choosing the wrong door. This isn't replay value. This is bad design. And I was pretty pissed about it after.

    EDIT:


    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    This. Allowing the player to experience everything in the game results in either the player having no choices, or choices that don't mean anything in the context of the narrative. Both of which constitute worse design than in Yakoob's hypothetical game..
    Hmm, you are right, I am NOT opting for the player to have to experience "everything" in their playthrough. My Skyrim character is a strong warrior/mage hybrid, and I am perfectly content never experiencing the "stealth" gameplay or clearing every single cave. Likewise, in the Witcher I was glad when I sided with one side and saw the gameplay unfold involving it, rather than doing the Deus Ex IW thing of "do every quest for every faction because they will take you back no matter."

    Lol, I think I am managing to confuse myself a bit here. I think what I was originally getting at is "poor design" is content that you miss due to arbitrary restrictions or poor explanation of how to access said content, that only matters if said content is of significant value or impact on the overall game. I guess placing secret dungeons somewhere on top of a random mountain in Skyrim is ok because you have about 500 of those so if you miss one it's fine. But making me miss a key character and skimp on ending because I arbitrarily chose the wrong door in Alpha Protocol and had no choice of backtracking was just annoying.
    Last edited by Yakoob; 18th Mar 2012 at 21:32.

  7. #232
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    Debut Trailer



    Story looks intriguing enough and it's giving me Game of Thrones-vibes(though that's probably largely because I'm reading A Clash of Kings right now). No actual gameplay footage but if it ends up playing like the pre-rendered footage looks then I'd be ok with that.

  8. #233
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    Great! I think you can get a decent idea of what the gameplay will be like from it. We've got Assassin's Creed & Thief and some Bioshock... open levels, roof hopping & sneaking past guards, the special powers... World is more original than usual. Definite colonial-era vibe from it, 1890s-1910s.

  9. #234
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2006
    Location: Vienna, Austria
    CGI crap. sad face.
    First developer interviews, the game informer hub, then gameplay shown behind closed doors.
    Then media blackout to further work on the game, take in the feedback, a few screenshots/art videos get released ...
    I myself was so waiting on an updated game show video "different ways to play a level" and then again nothing....and now...this. bleh
    Don't get me wrong, I still like the design/atmosphere they are showing
    and I like the tagline: revenge solves everything but pleaaaase: gameplay. this does not cut it at all

  10. #235
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    Registered: Feb 2003
    Location: On my bicycle \o/
    Is the website new too?

    Anyhow, swanky trailer. Love the themes, the imagery and the mood. But given that this is 2012 and not 2002, I'm not quite brave enough to hold my breath for a stunning game to go with it.

    (also, chappy in the wagon has an awesome nose.)

  11. #236
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    This is what I posted in another forum on it:

    I think we can guess quite a bit about the gameplay (they also talk about gameplay in some of the other videos, and show a few in-game clips, enough to make some guesses). It's probably going to be first-person (whether you can flip to 3P, not sure). It's mission based. You have to make your way through the streets into a building, assassinate someone, and get out. Leaning & swimming(?) are in.

    The actual mission design is more like Thief (TDS) than Assassin's Creed; there are usually 3 or 4 different routes to get to your target -- like the roof, from underground, a water route, the front door, back windows.... Levels are apparently made & tested for the possibility of ghosting, so you can ghost every level if you want (minus your target). But you're equipped enough to fight your way all the way in.

    You've got Bioshock-like special abilities. The ones they talk about in the commentary are the freeze time one (you see in the video), a warp (jumps your character about 10 feet in some direction), a possession (you click towards an AI and temporarily possess their body to walk around for a minute or so as them; apparently physically posses so your body is somehow "inside" them for the duration?), then probably attack powers like BS had.

    In a commentary they mentioned jumping off a building and at the last moment possessing a guard just before you'd hit the ground, and another one was using a speed upgrade to jump from one roof, and mid-jump you warp yourself across to another distant roof, which the devs didn't think you could do but left those kinds of possibilities in if someone is clever enough to figure them out (that's more Thief-like mission design; it's more tactical than arcade, so it doesn't matter what path you take or if you go somewhere "you're not supposed to", if you can get there).

    And I think the video gave you an idea of all the tech gizmos, the mask probably lets you zoom-in and see x-ray a short distance and stuff like that, a mix of sword fighting, bows, and some old fashioned guns, I bet there's some kind of grappling hook or rope arrow... There's a lot you can get from what they've released.
    Last edited by demagogue; 17th Apr 2012 at 23:51.

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  13. #238
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2006
    Location: Vienna, Austria
    and they confirmed it will be first person only. thank god for that.

  14. #239
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    This is what I posted in another forum on it:
    That's nice. Care to break it up into paragraphs so that it's actually legible? Cheers.

  15. #240
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town
    and yet you manage to be more obnoxious than his lack of line breaks, gj

  16. #241
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    Happy now, shitlord?

  17. #242
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    using a speed upgrade to jump from one roof, and mid-jump you warp yourself across to another distant roof
    Hah, yeah I did that a few times in Skyrim too. Used the Whirlwind Sprint to zoom from one highpoint to another, useful for keeping bandits at a distance when sniping them with arrows.

  18. #243
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2007
    Location: Finland
    Even more so than before that trailer has convinced me that this might be the most beautiful game in a while trumping Bioshock's art deco easily.

  19. #244
    Taking a break
    Registered: Dec 2002
    Nice shoes.

  20. #245
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: Gibsonia, PA
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Hah, yeah I did that a few times in Skyrim too. Used the Whirlwind Sprint to zoom from one highpoint to another, useful for keeping bandits at a distance when sniping them with arrows.
    There are a few dungeons with areas that are only accessible by doing that.

  21. #246
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    Registered: Jun 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    We've got Assassin's Creed & Thief and some Bioshock...
    Hah, that's exactly the game I thought of, except I'd throw in HL2 as well. But no surprise at this point.

    At first I rolled my eyes at the CGI dungeon narrator, but it quickly grasped my attention, particularily with the opening of the dock - they got the atmosphere down right. If the gameplay lives up to the teaser, this will be one hell of a game

    Not sure how I feel about the guards just randomly attacking / killing a crowd of people, though. Doesn't seem very... logical or rational (a simple "move away" would've been better). Seems like it's just setting up the excuse for the player to mindlessly kill left and right with the people being effectively just "filler" like in most sandbox games. We'll see.

  22. #247
    Taking a break
    Registered: Dec 2002
    My impression was they killed the "mob"(who were apparently infected or w/e) to let the Important Guy pass.

  23. #248
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    I very much like the look of this game.

  24. #249
    Taking a break
    Registered: Dec 2002
    Technically, you didn't see the game yet

  25. #250
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    True, but I am guessing the video is related to how the game will be in some way.

    I take your point, I was just having a little bit of girlish excitement.

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