The roleplaying genre is steaming ahead, with flashy graphics, dramatic storytelling and increasingly intuitive interfaces. Yet BeefJack's editor misses the old days – and not because RPGs are “dumbing down”...
good article. i know exactly what he means.
I just don't see why we cant have both. Vaiety is what made the early days of gaming great
We still have variety but those games dont get a lot of hype from the gaming media so few know about them.
I find a lot of the writing and lore/history for today's RPGs (notably the medieval/fantasy esque ones) really lack the "magic" of older RPGs.
Older games had to rely on good story/mythology to be a great game. Now they just add more visuals and testosterone and call it a game. (not all, but a lot)
HA! I absolutely agree with you.
i definetly agree with the comments about visual style.
thats why I still love my my DSI XL. It has plenty of old school Snes type pf overhead and action RPS's Those games have a great feel that makes me time warp back to the good old days, and the music is the best!
modern rpgs are hardly better
Beefjack is saying this after witcher 2 - Dragon age 2 scoring partiality.LOL!!!
I know exactly what the author means. There is something so 'magical' and 'charming' about the style of the graphics and the look of the pre-rendered backgrounds in older RPGs. I still get wow-ed when I see the locations in games like Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX. (Yes, even FFVII. Even though the character models looked like lego, some of the pre-rendered locations were quite pretty.) While graphics have come a long way nowadays, it's a shame we'll never see that sort of old-style look in games ever again.
I'm still waiting for an rpg that tops Baldurs Gate 2.
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