As more and more of these puzzling chracters keep appearing on the market one has to ask themselves if this method, old as gaming, is still worth using.
Excellent, article. It's about time the gaming industry had a conversation about the silent protagonist. I never really understood the appeal of silent protagonist. I absolutely loved games like HL, HL2, Skyrim etc etc But I think games where you have a vocal protagonist are some of the more immersive games out there. Interms of story telling and interaction, compare Bioshock 1 and 2, with Bioshock Infinte. Dead Space, with Dead Space 2. Or look at games like the Mass Effect series. I think a vocal protagonist adds considerably to the storytelling and immersion. Nothing more ridiculous than a silent protagonist in a game where the NPC are constantly conversing with the character... without the player character being able to respond in anyway. Yeah, I think it's time for that gaming trope to die.
its immersion breaking hearing a voice that isnt yours
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