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Part of the problem may also be that every one of them looks the same - they have no life story to tell. Designers tried to overcome this with the Mariska Lutz and Masha logs, but that didn't work for me
This just seems like an excuse for them to not bother re-doing the AI.
'You didn't think it made sense for Splicers to attack you on sight all the time? NOW IT DOES!'
That small amount of optimism created by the rumours that 2k Marin split from Boston because they disagreed with Levine's design decisions has been utterly snuffed out. Way to go.
I did some research and it turns out you're right! Allow me to rephrase. Escort missions suck except when they don't suck.
That's weird... The saying also exists in German, but there it's definitely "proves" in the sense of "confirms". Would be interesting to see how this has developed linguistically and across languages/nations/cultures...
In French, the word is "confirme".
Anyway, even if I know it's not the original meaning of the saying, I like to think it means an exception confirm the fact a rule exists (as in "generally accepted"), instead of meaning that an exception proves the rule is true. It makes more sense to me
I'm thinking - anyone sees any connection of the previous Sea of dreams trailer with the current news? I see none.
So was the trailer just meant to raise interest in the second Bioshock, or was there a different concept previously, replaced by this current one? In any case one Czech game server brings us the news that the Sea of dreams codename was removed from the name of the game.
I took the teaser film to be evocative and atmospheric rather than a literal representation of the game's plot - which is fair enough, I think, if done well.
Good point, I guess.
But yeah, I never understood moral choices in games because inevitably I'll just choose the choice that most benefits me.
And what the fuck is with the Big Sister? What practical purpose does that diving suit offer? It has fucking PAULDRONS for gods sake. How does that serve any purpose whatsoever underwater. Why couldn't women just use the male diving suit? I mean god, their boobs couldn't fit into the huge fucking thing?
As an example of choices due to moral considerations, I can say that, with Deus Ex, I was happy to kill Sandra's pimp. I knew it could be dangerous (read : annoying because I would have had to restart the level if my character died), I knew it probably wouldn't benefit me in any way, but I felt it was the right thing to do. Under the presented situation, killing that bastard felt good. Same thing with the two guys who killed the homeless person (on the basketball court in hell's Kitchen). I felt bad for not helping him the first time I played, so you can be sure I always saved him after that. And of course, on a more general note, after The Statue of Liberty mission, I was trying to avoid casualties as much as possible as I wasn't sure anymore of anything. It's only with MJ12 soldiers that I restarted to be trigger happy.
BTW, I understand why the little sisters didn't provoke an emotional response from a lot of people, but they did for me (the fact that I'm an older player may have helped). For me, because of the way it was presented in the game, killing a little sister was not really an option because of my moral system. And when I reached Tenenbaum's safe house, when I saw those little girls I saved (this is how I interpreted it), it was probably the most emotional moment I had in any video games.
I understand LS and BD are a "Selling point" of the series now, nothing likely to be removed.
Still, the resource management didn't really work in BS1 - either you gain more from harvesting or will get nearly the same amount of Adam later through gifts. So the choice is not resource management based. It will be based on my response to the game's weak emotional/moral stimuli.
Maybe it would make much more sense if the concept was not cut in half. Splicers need Adam yet I didn't see the ecology force them get any. I saw mindless attacking AI. If there was "me or them" maybe there would be another attribute added to the choice - either them harvesting the LS or me saving her.
Edit: Maybe the lack of resource gain on the dark path is just a result of political correctness of the authors. I would not be surprised if it was.
I also think that escort missions in this context could actually work. Unlike other games it's not like these are plot important characters that absolutely need to survive and hence you fail the game if they die. They could also implement some kind of carrying/pickup mechanic where you could get the LS to climb on your back or you could grab her and put her someone safe. Edit: Just read the preview and it does just look like it's going to be scripted attacks rather than a more 'organic' experience which is pretty shitty.
That said I'm really unsure how they could make a whole game based the BD concept. The thought of a BD going around completely objectives, picking up logs, weapons etc seems, well, completely stupid.
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would you kindly not ask the game designers difficult questions
Very good, Scots.
And I find it curious that you said that the moral choices seemed to have more weight on you as you're older. For me, with video games, I feel like the more I get older, the harder it is to get immersed in the game. Back in the day, I could play a completely lifeless and flat game like pokemon on a handheld with no color and feel like I was traversing a very vibrant and tangible world.
As to how I was able to get into the story, as I said many times, it was playing with Vita Chambers deactivated and no save (except for the automatic saves between when changing levels). Playing this way made BioShock a difficult game. The result was, instead of looking at all the flaws of the game, my mind was busy thinking about how to survive. It's the old magician trick who is moving his right hand so no one watches the left hand.
Having said that, BioShock is not a repayable game. I tried it and there was very little emotion left. So if you already played it with Vita Chambers, I guess the game is simply ruined for you.
I like new concept art: http://www.gametech.ru/sadm_images//...thesisters.jpg
Ah, Jhonen Vasquez. Invader Zim was awesome, fuck Nickelodeon for cancelling it.
Thanks for the link, Ostriig.
As for how this would reflect on the Bioshock franchise, I've gotta admit, as far as publicity stunts go this might turn out to be pretty good.
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