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Couchpotato February 5th, 2014 14:59

Dark Souls II - Interview @ PC Gamer
 
PC Gamer interviews Dark Souls II Co-Director Yui Tanimura to talk about covenants, curses, co-op gameplay, and storytelling.

Quote:

PC Gamer: You’ve said that Dark Souls 2 will not be easier. However, it has a bigger budget than Dark Souls, so will be expected to sell more copies. How do you appeal to a wider audience without compromising the harsh difficulty the series is known for?

Tanimura: Dark Souls 2 will focus on streamlining the game play experience to more directly portray the pure essence of the Dark Souls experience. This includes elements such as the strong sense of achievement of overcoming the challenges in the game, and also the “loose” connections players have with other players in the online space. Our goal is to really focus on having players deeply immerse themselves into the world, and fully take on their roles within the game play experience.

PC Gamer: On the other hand, do you think there’s a danger you’ll overcompensate and make the game harder? For example, many people came away from your demo last year saying the Mirror Knight was too hard, and that enemy AI is generally smarter.

Tanimura: Our aim is not to develop a difficult game. Our aim is to tune the difficulty to a level for players to be able to overcome and sense the highest sense of accomplishment possible. With this, the AI will be tuned to react more naturally to the player actions, but at the same time, the player controls and motions will be more natural and fitting to the actions carried out. I hope players will continue to learn from their mistakes and carry out multiple trial and error to conquer the challenges that await, and defeat the enemies that stand in the way. We try to tune so that the games difficulty is not a result of the players reflexes or ability to effectively use the controller, but will be based more on the player’s ability to learn from mistakes and be flexible in strategizing, and paying attention to all that happens around them.

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Lemonhead February 5th, 2014 14:59

"We try to tune so that the games difficulty is not a result of the players reflexes or ability to effectively use the controller, but will be based more on the player’s ability to learn from mistakes and be flexible in strategizing, and paying attention to all that happens around them."

Sounds good to me. I hope they can deliver on that promise.

Ovenall February 5th, 2014 17:11

I got fed up at the notorious New Londo archers. I was loving the game but by then it was getting a bit stale. Getting the archers was going to take several tries, and the amount of running from the bonfire, back killing the winged demons, then all the way to the archers just started feeling like work.

Difficulty is fine. Boring punishment isn't.

SpoonFULL February 5th, 2014 17:58

That's japanese style of gaming - its like the arcade platform games of the past where you have to navigate through one million traps, bombs, lasers and what not to get to the other side of the screen through trial and error, but mainly luck. It looks impossible but there is a way.

In Dark Souls it is similar but at least you can go elsewhere before re-attempting.

I don't mind something that is naturally difficult when the game rules are fair, but when the game rules are unfair or not logical then difficulty is replaced by furstration.

I think that there is this form of game rule 'bending' in Dark Souls in the combat mechanics (as I discussed in a previous thread) and, as the article indicates, in enemy or boss AI just for the sake of difficulty.

Ovenall February 5th, 2014 21:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by SpoonFULL (Post 1061239668)
That's japanese style of gaming - its like the arcade platform games of the past where you have to navigate through one million traps, bombs, lasers and what not to get to the other side of the screen through trial and error, but mainly luck. It looks impossible but there is a way.

I think it's entirely possible to beat. Heck, I made it that far. All earlier bonfire-to-boss runs were reasonable. Then they throw in this one that's just long and mostly uneventful. Boring. By that time I guess I just ran out of enthusiasm for the game.

I'm not saying you should revive right before a fog wall, or in front of the last thing that killed you.

sakichop February 5th, 2014 22:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by SpoonFULL (Post 1061239668)
That's japanese style of gaming - its like the arcade platform games of the past where you have to navigate through one million traps, bombs, lasers and what not to get to the other side of the screen through trial and error, but mainly luck. It looks impossible but there is a way.

In Dark Souls it is similar but at least you can go elsewhere before re-attempting.

I don't mind something that is naturally difficult when the game rules are fair, but when the game rules are unfair or not logical then difficulty is replaced by furstration.

I think that there is this form of game rule 'bending' in Dark Souls in the combat mechanics (as I discussed in a previous thread) and, as the article indicates, in enemy or boss AI just for the sake of difficulty.

It's funny that you say this, I've always compared it to megaman where you fight through the entire level just to get to the boss and inevitably die. Then repeat until you learn the pattern of the boss and beat it so you can continue on.

I'm not debating whether this design is good or bad that's just what it reminds me of.

GothicGothicness February 6th, 2014 09:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ovenall (Post 1061239702)
I think it's entirely possible to beat. Heck, I made it that far. All earlier bonfire-to-boss runs were reasonable. Then they throw in this one that's just long and mostly uneventful. Boring. By that time I guess I just ran out of enthusiasm for the game.

I'm not saying you should revive right before a fog wall, or in front of the last thing that killed you.

That particular part is a tough one, but you can actually find a pretty fast way to do it:

Spoiler


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