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Best and Worst armor design in RPGs. -- Please use spoiler tags for large images or strings of them

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Meredoth, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. Lacrymas Arcane

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  2. Harthwain Cipher

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    You guys call this bad? Look up Brewster Body Shield. A lot of designs for WW1 body armor look like a joke.
     
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  3. Alphons Savant

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    It's bad because the original design was perfect.
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  4. Nark Cipher

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    Was pretty happy to see it return in NV.

    Much better than Fallout 3's raggedy ass junky looking combat armor. All of Fallout 3's art design is way more junky than Fallout 1&2 ever were.
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  5. vota DC Augur

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    Mechanic wise KCD armor was great too not just by design. Too bad Bannerlord didn't copied it.
     
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  6. curds Erudite

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    Some of the armour on the classic Everquest server, Project 1999, is pretty cool.

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    In general, this is my favourite style for arms and armour in video games: fairly practical and realistic but with a noticeable element of fantasy.
     
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  7. J1M Arcane

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    The best armor design is where you have to make a tradeoff regarding what situations it protects you from, without any of the options reducing your movement speed. (Due to movement speed/action points/etc. having a much higher value than any defense disparity.)

    The worst armor design is found in games like Final Fantasy XII, where changing your armor does not change your appearance.

    Not sure why people are posting pictures.
     
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  8. ShaggyMoose Learned

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    Not an RPG, but some memorable armour.
     
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  9. Norfleet Moderator

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  10. Wulfric Pinewood Arbiter Possibly Retarded The Real Fanboy

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    Gothic 3 had quite fine armors.
     
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  11. curds Erudite

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    Because this thread is about visual design.
     
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  12. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    You sure those aren't just breast massages as she's horny?
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    A lot of my fav games don't have armor visuals and is just text. I guess I could dig up some box art to see if anything matches.
    XYPHUS had an interesting slow build to defense that cost a lot. I always loved selling the armor in Wizard's Crown. Phantasie arms/armor could take some damn high str scores to wield. Weird shit in Realms of Darkness. And the Questron/Legacy series you have to but dozens of sets.
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    The cover depicts that building armor is pricy. Be a hobo/primitive

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    Those people are just idiots. ARMOR does exist.

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    The black Knights clearly sport the best in the game.

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    What is it with 80s box art? No pants or leg armor and nearly no torso protection.

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    I guess they didn't pose in heavy armor for their portraits to be painted.

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    It the desert so pants & vest with shields snd magic rings it is!
     
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  13. Gargaune Magister

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    Fortuitous algorithm calculation, this video popped back into my feed just earlier:



    If anyone's interested in historical armour, I really recommend the channel. He hasn't had new content in ages, but what's already there is best in class. Bonus points for the quip around 9 minutes in:
    And he's right about The Witcher 3, too. It's no KCD, that came later, but it did a pretty fine job with armour designs overall.
     
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  14. Rieser Learned

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    As for worst, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem (what a stupid fucking name) takes the shoulder pad gore to the next level and dare even use it as promo art.

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    Motherfucker has a castle on his shoulders.
     
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  15. Pink Eye Monk Patron

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    Big shoulder pads can be endearing. Take a look at this terminator unit from Warhammer:
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  16. Cugel Literate

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    The best armor designs are the ones that make you look like a shitty Power Rangers villain.
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  17. deuxhero Arcane

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    Here's one I haven't seen mentioned yet
    Worst: Pillars of Eternity
    It tries for a down to earth mundane looking armor style without actually knowing how armor (or human anatomy) works. Everyone's waistline is at their hips, so they have no articulation in their torso and shouldn't be able to fight. Since the armor is so low detail, you quickly notice all these issues as steel bends to accommodate animations.


    You'll notice good action figures have a point of articulation mid-torso, since if they didn't, they couldn't actually do action poses.
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  18. gurugeorge Arcane Patron

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    It's not really big shoulder pads as such that are the problem, it's big spikey shoulder pads that are the bane of armor design.
     
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  19. Tacgnol Shitlord Patron

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    I always find armour design hilarious when it puts big protuberances on armour to get caught on the environment or give your enemy a convenient grappling hold.
     
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  20. The Jester Cipher

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    aCtUaLLY...that's a mini nuke's shell.
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    These people are junkie riders right? so they wear whatever they scavenge. A clever visual story telling if you ask me.
     
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  21. Aemar Arcane

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    The legacy of Warcraft is alive and well. And here I was thinking it couldn't get worse than that.
     
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  22. Netch Novice

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    Personally I'm really fond of the daedric armor in Morrowind; it seems very samurai inspired to me and it's incredibly striking.

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  23. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    Morrowind's Orcish armor was also samurai-inspired in design, and perhaps the most memorable of all the game's armor designs

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  24. Deadyawn Educated

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    I've always loved this armor. Very practical yet aesthetically pleasing

    Edit: I'm a retard I guess. It's the Shadow armor from Gothic
     
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