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November 12th, 2013, 18:05
Originally Posted by TheSHEEEP View Post
Well, it is what a remake basically has to do. Rebuild the world. This time it is from 2D to 3D which has some potential improvements. But can also end up looking far worse. The character models alone will never look as convincing and atmospheric as the hand drawn portraits and scenes in the original. And I'm not even talking about the nightmare inducing models the game shipped with. Those are "legendary" on their own. The towns look better, sure.

There will be modding tools to allow 2D pictures but apparently you have no idea how time consuming 2D pictures/art at this point while a 3D polish can be easier. All those stuff has been thoroughly discussed in the proper places and it is a bit late for that unless the game can be supported financially. A remake is a remake, it does not have to rebuild things in 3D with beautiful visuals. If I made it with the exactly same way in copy paste towns, it would be a remake also. And NPCs will look better as well.

That kind of depends on what you define as event. For me, an event is something like a random encounter. A scripted "something" that might happen when visiting towns etc.
All of this is flavor to me. Sure it will be nice if there is more of it than in the originals, and it would make the game better if it reached the originals quality in all other aspects. But really, I fail to see where this is a major improvement. Or a significant impact on gameplay. For that, you would have to significantly change the gameplay, not just add more of the same. It's more like an enhanced edition (like the new Space Rangers or The Witcher: EE).

Everything you encounter in an Arkania game is an event, from countless dungeon encounters to small city encounters. The original games had a handfull of them, with vast, uninteresting towns. The original games had not any significant negative attribute checks, hence people could easily min/max some attributes and have no real downsides. And there are and will be more negative checks in this game. It is not enhanced edition. It is fixing the original and making it more beautiful.

User created content is really cool. I like that, I'm a great fan of modding and supporting modders.


I am pretty sure I have thorough knowledge of the originals, thank you.

You are welcome.

You fail to realize that not everybody criticizing the remake or Crafty Studios is blinded by nostalgia. The originals were good games, sure, but they sure had a load of problems (really, a lot). Though I do not remember many bugs.
The only ones blinded here seem to be those that somehow defend this kind of business practice.

Originals were decent games, but was a great waste of potential. I did not like Riva much to be honest. And Star Trail did not have the charm of Blade of Destiny….if only Blade of Destiny was not so empty. Of course you do not remember any bugs, because you have no way to find them or you'd have no patience to playthrough it 20 times. And we do not defend business practice, developers are aware of their mistakes and they are trying to make amends. And your kind just whines like petulant childs and throw another kick to the goat who is trying to get up by itself.

Supporting the ideal of releasing unfinished games for the full price without clearly stating that they are unfinished or without giving any proper reason why they were released in such a state, except blatant lies*? What an ideal to support, really. It might even encourage more devs to follow that very road. Great idea!
Where I come from, this "ideal" is called fraud.

Kickstarter sells you dreams, non-existent games and many of them are disappointing. And they are not entitled to give reasons everywhere at every forum sheesh. Otherwise they'd have no time to make amends in form of developing the game. If you want blatant lies, don't make me speak about many spell and talent entries of RoA original games which never had a use but simply wasted your experience points. It is a real kick in the head when learning there is nothing to Drive or no Animal to Train or Necropathia will not work since there is no dead to talk etc etc. "Ideal" is to support creation of such games more. Supporting Crafty Studios after they show signs of amendment is a solid investment. In a year your criticism will not be remembered.

Or do you mean the ideal to create remakes? Well, this is currently "the shit" in game development, it seems. Instead of coming up with your own stuff, just copy/clone/remake something. Also, a great ideal to follow. EA will agree.

Sure TES: Arena was copied for last 4 games with a few minor changes and graphics. If I look from your logic…many games are mere remakes of each other. Sure instead wizards, there can be technology freaks, or instead an evil overlord there can be a computer pulling strings. Well they have been successful, selling same stories in different forms. And no this is not copy/clone/remake simply.

Or do you mean the ideal of creating RPGs? Well, I see no lack of those at the moment. With more coming up.

Really, what ideal are you speaking of? I can see none that is worth supporting here.

Ideal of having a good Northland Trilogy. But spare me your theatrics

If there is no next time for Crafty Studios, it is entirely their own fault and they do not deserve pity for that, and let's hope it would discourage other devs from following their "ideals". If there is a next time, fine, and let's hope they have learned.

Let's hope one day you will fall into a situation where you make a similar mistake, and while you try to amend it with concrete steps they would just turn their faces away from you. Constructive

A few months back from now, you couldn't even finish all quests. It is even in Fluent's review which is not months old. Not sure why you would call that complete from the "core" perspective. Or playable.

A few months back from now, it was finishable and playable. When you patch things up, new bugs appear and they may affect some occurrences. Apparently you don't know anything about programming.

That is a good sign. Really. For all the shitstorms they deserve and get, this speaks for them, if they managed to maintain a positive atmosphere there.

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Conclusion: Heh.
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