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Incline Things in RPGs that make you happy

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by RatTower, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. RatTower Arcane Developer

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    Kind of anti-thread to this one.

    What are the little details you like about RPGs?

    The things that make you go "Wow, I didn't expect that would work!"
    Even things that are not necessarily crucial for gameplay, just nice little additions.

    I for example was always a big fan of the item combination mechanics in Ultima 7 and Ultima Online (also Arx Fatalis).
    You could just experiment with the items to see which could be combined and what the result was. It felt much more like something out of a PnC adventure game. Crafting felt like a proper extension of the gameplay mechanics instead of a gimmick that was just tacked on.

    Also: Secrets, hidden quests & treasures. The monolith puzzles of Might & Magic or secret walls in Dark Souls - doesn't really matter. There aren't enough of those. I always took a shovel with me in Arx Fatalis because I thought I could dig up a treasure somewhere.
     
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  2. undecaf Arcane Patron

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    There is no "Happy" with RPG's. It's only about what's less shit that the other ones.

    Anyway, heavy doses of characterbuild based interactivity and reactivity (sometimes less expected than others) with the world, objects and NPC's is always on a more positive side.
     
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  3. jarmaro Liturgist

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    - good character progression
    - being able to get powerful artifacts/items that are better than stuff from shop
    - many dialogs that have reason to exist, not some filler
    - being able deceive in quests
    - freedom in moving through world, not necessarily open world
    - no cliche characters, that you can know how they will act and what they will say only by listening to them 10 seconds
     
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  4. gay sex
     
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  5. Fedora Master Arcane Patron Edgy

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    To crush my enemies, see them driven before me and hear the lamentation of the NPCs.
     
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  6. Falksi Arcane

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    Just a good ol fashioned interesting & exciting main quest, which takes me away from reality & makes me feel like I've been on an adventure.

    Good side-quests which compliment the main story and give the game depth help too.

    It's frightening how rare these basic elemts are overlooked in modern games, for elements which are essentially gimmicks such as open-worlds.
     
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  7. Elemental_wanamingo Educated

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    - when the game builds the world in such way that visiting new places, seeing new npcs, fighting new enemies and finding new items is exciting.
    - gray characters
    - when you finish the game and you get to see some images or even just text what happened to that place or that npc.
    - character development is nice if you can make different playstyles work.
    - if the game offers you a choice that the game actually respects your choice and doesn't railroad you to the one possible outcome anyways.
     
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  8. Gargall amb Mocs Novice

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    I have such a moment everytime I play DivOS. Coming up with clever mechanical solutions to little obstacles will never get old to me. Teleporting to a place I am not supposed to be at yet (or am I?) or beating a tough boss by charming him and watching him go after his minions, shit like that makes me happy.
    The game is also full of sweet little touches, like the bard telling stories to a bunch of animals while Kyrill plays the lute in the background and you can actually switch the music by talking to him, its just really nice.

    Ultima 7 is another game that is full of little touches that make me feel happy feelings. I love the tone shifts and the enviromental storytelling in that game. Finding a huge pile of dead bodies in a dragon's lair and then checking them and finding that all those bodies have Fellowship medallions on them, or finding crates full of silver venom in secret chambers in a mine full of gargoyle slaves, beating a druid in a thunderstorm in the forest and then finding an altar with a dead baby on it, its stuff like this that makes me go 'Oooh!' thats really memorable.
     
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    That strange and sudden feeling of not playin an ugly surrogate of a strategic game, or an action one, or a CYOA.
    Some nights is harder, but when I see Wasteland 3 I know I'm not wasting my whole life on a lie. I found other hobbies indeed.
     
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  11. mbv123 Savant

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    Cat fights between party members for your affection
     
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  12. Zakhad Savant

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    Doing something creative and discovering that the game lets you do it and doesn't railroad you into bad decisions. Few games achieve this. And maybe simulationist (Looking Glass style) games do it better than RPGs a lot of the time.
     
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  13. Tito Anic Arcane Shitposter

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    -Character progression
    -Unique items
    -Open world
    -Turn based
     
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    Persistent, killable & scheduled NPCs.

    No spawns or respawns.
     
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    - Reactivity
    - Interconnected and varied in gameplay side quests
    - When your character must suck in a skill or an attribute to be a master in another
    - non-binary C&C
     
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  17. jarmaro Liturgist

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    Sidequests that are big and may affect main storyline
     
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  18. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    When it's a game, and not an interactive movie.
     
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    Killing gay characters.....and trannies too,some times even black people also purging liberals with fire.
    That reminds me to download and try Inquisitor.Does anyone knows if it is an ok RPG?
     
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    -Intimidate option
    -Being able to jump

    That's it really.
     
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