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RPG Battle Systems - Adjusting to the Times?

What do you want out of the battle system in the latest and greatest RPG? That's a bit of a broad question, eh? It's highly subjective; based on each gamer's perspective and interpretation. But, what sort of gamers tend to gravitate to what type of battle system? You have your real-time battles, action-based battle systems, turn-based, strategy, a mixture of all of the above and more. Why the RPG focus? Because most games outside the genre usually have a fairly standard genre-wide flow to battles, even though the specific mechanics of battle differ greatly. Take first-person shooters, for example. They're all "the same", in that if you pick up an FPS title, you pretty much know what you're going to be getting into. You have a good idea of how the game is going to be played, even though the specifics might change from one FPS to another. The same goes for third-person, action-oriented titles like Grand Theft Auto IV or Infamous. However, if you pick up an RPG without ever reading anything about it, it's a toss up. I know the phrase is overused, but it really is like a box of chocolates given to you by your sweet old aunt - you never really know what you're going to get, and sometimes it might be scary.

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BROOKLYN N-M-E3140d ago

I think that the RPG genre by far provides for the most versatility in terms of gameplay than any other genre.

iiprotocolii3140d ago

Personally, I'm a fan of the old-schooled turn-based battles only because if feels more strategic. I do welcome the real-time battles too, though, because it adds an element of surprise and tests your reflex thinking skills. But overall, I would have to stick with turn-based; only because it can offer quite a bit more measure with regards to battle.

BROOKLYN N-M-E3140d ago (Edited 3140d ago )

Agreed, nothing tests your skills and reflexes more than real time strategy.

BROOKLYN N-M-E3140d ago

impatient people that can't sit through rpg's!

iiprotocolii3140d ago

Although some people might hate them, offer the broadest form of gaming there is simply because it can be so versatile as compared to other genres of gaming

Chadness3140d ago

This is a good point! I never really thought of that angle.

SpoonyRedMage3140d ago

A certain amount of flashiness is something I like, the combat needs to look epic, even if you are just clicking attack. I think if say Lost Odyssey came out but there was variation in the animations of attacks and looked cool it'd be a big improvement(not that LO was bad).

I'm not a big fan of Action RPGs personally, mostly because I suck at them. There's a few ARPGs that I enjoy though.

DatBoiDrew3140d ago

was too slow of a game. I love turn based rpgs but damn the loading in LO was atrocious!

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