If Everyone Hates Encumbrance in Video Games, Why Is It Still a Thing?

If you've played a lot of open-world fantasy RPGs over the past 20 years, you've almost certainly encountered the encumbrance game mechanic. You know the one, where you're looting a dungeon and you pick up one too many items, and all of a sudden your character feels like they're walking through molasses.

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gangsta_red516d ago

I hate stamina bars...I hate running and then having to stop and wait for your stamina bar to refill before running again. it makes no sense, especially in RPGs with an open world design and wanting to get through a place quickly.

-Foxtrot515d ago

I suppose it depends on the context

An everyday average joe character, he could run out of breath fast

Someone athletic, a soldier, marine, etc could do it for longer

Super soldiers, characters who are magical and the like…I don’t understand it to be honest.

RPG wise I think it makes sense at the start of the game but then it depends on how your character grows

isarai516d ago

Encumbrance is annoying, but the overall annoying thing is the refusal to include immediate solutions like scrapping items for parts, sending to a stash, or combining items to increase stats. Many RPGs have done it, i dont get why it isnt a standard.

TiredGamer515d ago

Encumbrance, as annoying as it is, does add some tension and a strategic element to games that otherwise would be lacking balance in some way. It has its place.

poppatron515d ago

I 100% agree, it’s meant to be annoying, you need to have limitations you work to overcome, that’s why it’s an rpg.

There’s plenty of games without an encumbrance mechanic out there

jznrpg515d ago (Edited 515d ago )

I don’t mind it so much if it makes sense . It makes you manage things if don’t properly . When it’s done poorly it is annoying

FPS_D3TH515d ago

You can make an arguement that any level of difficulty is annoying to some degree. Encumberence is usually a gameplay balancer or difficulty adjuster depending on its use. You can make it in some games that you can carry more loot or wield weapons outside your characters skill level, but it’s essentially playing on easy mode or even cheating.

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Fallout 4 jumps to No.1 across Europe following TV show launch

Four Fallout games break into the European Top Ten following TV show launch

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Obscure_Observer1d 12h ago

Truly impressive!

European Weekly Top 10 (Digital + Physical)

1 Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
2 Helldivers 2 (Sony)
3 EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
4 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
8 Fallout 76 (Bethesda)
9 Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)
10 Fallout 3 (Bethesda)

anast1d 3h ago

RDR2 in the top ten is impressive. Bethesda games will drop off the list in a month.

thesoftware73019h ago

Lol, you hate Bethesda so much now because they are owned by MS, not realizing that those games are all on PS, that most likely the reason they are back on the list, which by the way is excellent for 3 single players games that is really old...so your salt means nothing, we don't expect them to be on the list for months, shit we didn't expect to be on the list now given how old they are.

Bravo to a successful franchise and now T.V show.

anast18h ago(Edited 18h ago)

I'm not lying. The longevity of RDR2 is impressive. The Bethesda games will drop in a month.

KyRo7h ago(Edited 7h ago)

@Thesoftware. No people people have disliked Bethesda way before MS. Ever since Fallout 3 they've released buggy, broken, graphically dates, poorly animated, terribly voice acted games. The difference is the scale of the game when FO3 dropped was still fresh. In 2024, games standards have risen and people won't give Bethesda a free pass whilst the rest of the industry has got betterans in many ways surpassed them.