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  • thelittleface 8 May 2013 11:42:03 3 posts
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    Hey everyone! I am a games dev student and currently doing a research assignment into a chosen genre. I have chosen to research RPG's and could use your quality opinions into what makes a good RPG or a bad RPG. Please tell me what mechanics make a good game and any of your favorite RPG titles
    Cheers!
    LittleFace

    N.B. Useful posts only, please. This is qualitative research.

    Edited by thelittleface at 11:51:28 08-05-2013
  • Murbal 8 May 2013 11:42:49 22,221 posts
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    Pirates.

    That and deja vu.
  • Murbal 8 May 2013 11:42:50 22,221 posts
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    Pirates.

    That and deja vu.
  • LeoliansBro 8 May 2013 11:42:56 44,236 posts
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    ...really?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • SparkyMarky81 8 May 2013 11:43:47 565 posts
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    It's not about any particular mechanics but rather how well they are implemented in my opinion.
  • neilka 8 May 2013 11:53:19 15,947 posts
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    Just how little is your face? This is qualitative research.

    A map is like comparing velocity and speed.

  • Commander-Keen 8 May 2013 11:56:10 808 posts
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    "Hello everyone. Please do all my work for me while I ask vague and unfocussed questions and then go out for a beer".

    If you want some good answers, then you need to put a little bit of effort into the asking. Otherwise you'll find the useful posts on here or anywhere else very few and far between :)
  • Alastair 8 May 2013 11:59:40 15,753 posts
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    Commander Keen wrote:
    If you want some good answers, then you need to put a little bit of effort into the asking. Otherwise you'll find the useful posts on here or anywhere else very few and far between :)
    But especially here!
  • Jeepers 8 May 2013 11:59:50 13,181 posts
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    My favourite mechanic:

  • Concrete 8 May 2013 12:00:29 581 posts
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    A good RPG should be easy to use with as little training as possible by a single individual, have good armour penetration ability and be easy to carry and maintain. Reduced back blast and reduced launch signature are also desirable.
  • bubwy 8 May 2013 12:06:23 3 posts
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    @Commander Keen have you ever done market research? you rely on the knowledge and understanding of others in order to get anything... especially qualitative work.
  • Deckard1 8 May 2013 12:06:57 27,982 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    My favourite mechanic:

    I'll see your cooter and raise you a

  • PearOfAnguish 8 May 2013 12:07:29 7,296 posts
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    Where are you studying? Is this a proper university or some kind of mail order thing.
  • bubwy 8 May 2013 12:08:37 3 posts
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    @Concrete you win sir.
  • Armoured_Bear 8 May 2013 12:11:26 11,239 posts
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    Cameltoes, I told you already ffs

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  • DaM 8 May 2013 12:11:52 13,208 posts
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    Eh, can you lot not read?

    He said "Useful posts only, please. This is qualitative research"

    This is SERIOUS!!!
  • bubwy 8 May 2013 12:14:35 3 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear no, please.. never comment again
  • Deckard1 8 May 2013 12:16:26 27,982 posts
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    Yeah we've been saying that for years
  • Cappy 8 May 2013 12:20:00 11,940 posts
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    Hello!

    Are you on the same course as the person who made the Survival Horror research thread?

    As for your question, it depends on what sort of RPG it is, there is no one, correct answer. Random battles are generally considered bad these days, but they manage to sneak into games even now and some people even profess to like them. I would consider them least tolerable in games where you have to explore and search locations for knick knacks, there's something particularly enraging about running into two or three battles just crossing a room to get to a treasure chest.
  • MadCaddy13 8 May 2013 12:32:34 1,924 posts
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    My advice for a good RPG would be these three words

    Linear, linear and linear. You will get an A+. Is this for your SATs?
  • BillMurray 8 May 2013 12:36:42 7,739 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Jeepers wrote:
    My favourite mechanic:

    I'll see your cooter and raise you a

  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 8 May 2013 12:37:44 6,654 posts
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    I like when you have to level up
  • DFawkes 8 May 2013 12:37:53 22,969 posts
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    Mandatory grinding = bad. Optional grinding just to make yourself more powerful because being powerful is awesome = good. That's the key for me. I do like grinding to raise my level and get items/cash as long as I'm not forced into it by a difficulty spike.

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  • Salaman 8 May 2013 13:09:42 19,066 posts
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    Always online! That's key for me.
  • spindle9988 8 May 2013 13:14:25 3,590 posts
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    Blue hair and short shorts
  • Armoured_Bear 8 May 2013 13:16:47 11,239 posts
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  • Alastair 8 May 2013 13:18:48 15,753 posts
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    A plot twist where the big baddie turns out to be your twin brother, or similar can be fun. (Not really)

    Random battles are a scourge on gaming.
    Scaling enemy difficulty is a bit shit. Morrowind did it well, Oblivion and Skyrim not so well. imo.
  • Ror1984 8 May 2013 13:23:40 3,349 posts
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    Orphans.

    Orphans with amnesia.

    FFXIV: ARR - Khroma Midgard, Odin.

  • MrTomFTW Moderator 8 May 2013 13:37:17 38,202 posts
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    Lots of waist high walls to crouch behind and plenty of pew pew shooting.

    It also should be called Mass Effect.

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  • ibenam 8 May 2013 13:44:07 1,425 posts
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    Horse armour.... and lots of it.
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