The main issue is that the main demographic today are casuals. I got nothing personal about them but they do have a tendency to prefer power fantasies over actual deep RPG systems. Reason being simple... they do not commit to games. They don't or can't invest the time in the game. So they prefer to have all the stuff from the get go. Let's face it... we love the progression not because a level 1 character is fun to play. But because when we hit that high level and start wrecking shit we feel rewarded because we had to earn it. That long journey of micromanaging our character, balancing our equipment and carefully progressing in the environment culminates with our character ascending to near godhood. (Figuratively.) Skyrim... Basicly go. "Hey, you are dragonborn and super special. You litterally succ dragon souls. Now take that knowledge with you and go wreck shit." within what.... the first hour?Ommamar wrote: ↑Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:37 amI see what you are saying, it reminded me of an old defunct game called Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Brad McQuaid the same guy who was given a lot of credit for Everquest's design was the driving force behind it. Great designer but not to good at business as things went south and he ended up selling the game to Sony. Initially in that game you could do really crazy things to mess your build up. It allowed you to make equipment in a certain way where you would be very powerful in certain situations and weak as hell in others. I remember I got a harvester at level 12 to the top tier of the harvestable items the problem was the items where all in high level zones with level 60 mobs, the only way I could play it was with a full group of at least level 55 characters to protect me while I harvested. Once Sony got control of the game that design went away and it came very cookie cutter, very similar to Everquest 2 which was probably one of the main reasons Sony shut it down. I always loved that the game would allow you to gimp yourself if you choice to take that route but that is rare from what I have seen of modern games.
The usual defense I get from people when I bring up that point is: "But, he is the Dragonborn!". Because of wich I cannot help myself but smiles as I reply: "Well, in Morrowind I was a reincarnated Dark Elf christ figure. Well, no... I actually had to earn even that."