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The Battle That Rages for Centuries – Or Feels Like It

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The Battle That Rages for Centuries – Or Feels Like It

Editorial - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Wed 1 December 2010, 12:53:27

Tags: Frayed Knights

Jay "Rampant Coyote" Barnson hates Wizardry 8. Or, to be more precise, he hates fighting wesps in Trynton alongside a few Trynnie patrols because these stupid encounters can steal hours of your life while being absolutely lame. To be even more precise, I hate that, he didn't even mention it. But it was the first thing that came to my mind after reading his piece on the topic of needlessly drawn-out combat encounters.

I’m a fan of turn-based combat in RPGs. Not to the exclusion of real-time combat, but I love the little tactical mini-game of turn-based combat. I’m one of those people for whom the original X-Com might as well have been brought down from Mount Olympus itself by Promethius (in the hand that wasn’t holding a torch).

But even I have my limits. My number one complaint about Wizardry 8 – which was otherwise a stellar RPG that seemed written specifically for me – was the length of its combat.  The seemingly interminable final battle in Persona 3 almost (but not quite) spoiled the game for me, especially as I failed so close to victory the first time and had to replay the whole thing – which took me well into the wee hours of the morning. Stupid save-points. And my love of the classic “Gold Box” games – and their signature tactical combat in the style of miniatures-based 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons games – is tempered somewhat by the memory of some really long, drawn-out fights against random encounters. Particularly in the first game, Pool of Radiance.

Spotted at: RPGWatch

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