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April 5th, 2012, 07:36
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a Wot I Think for Grimrock and it seems they really enjoyed it. Looks like Almost Human might have an indie hit on their hands:
But overwhelmingly itís a superb experience, characters levelling up at a perfect rate, agonising choices about which skill to improve becoming like knife wounds when you struggle to find the right type of weapon Ė the game is so cleverly sparing in its distribution of everything, so something as simple as finding a mace can feel like a mad victory. And talking of which, there are few games where Iíve felt so elated at figuring out a puzzle that Iíve punched my arms in the air and declared to the house, ďIím so brilliant at games!Ē Along with all this, it does a splendid job of creating a creepy atmosphere, and a deep sense of weirdness. Also, it understands the need to carry skulls.
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April 5th, 2012, 07:36
the game is so cleverly sparing in its distribution of everything, so something as simple as finding a mace can feel like a mad victory.
Yes! I love that in a game, when equipment is handled realistically and really makes both gameplay impact and a lasting impression. The diablo(and later wow) inspired glut of "loot" of the last decade or so, turns me off completely. Last game that did this right was Gothic 1 really, imo(*)

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Also, it understands the need to carry skulls.


(* Honorable mention is the Witcher 1, although it could have done with a bit of variety in some areas and a bit less in some others. Alas, player whining made them go way too much in the opposite direction for #2)
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April 5th, 2012, 09:53
I'm pretty sure Diablo would be boring with this kind of loot system, though
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Well, yeah sure if the genre does it for you it goes without saying that you would go for the whole package (My dalliance with it pretty much stopped with Diablo 1 really).

I just don't see why these features (like the loot overkill and any sort of character system being replaced with skill trees) have to be plastered over most recent RPG's
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I agree that in a traditional CRPG - loot should be something earned and it should be something special. Diablo loot systems should stay with Diablo games - or at least games where loot is the primary entertainment factor.
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Well in my opinion, Diablo 1 did the loot just right - no leveled items, few item attributes, low frequency.
Also, Baldur's Gate 1. Getting that +2 sword was something.

I couldn't finish Torchlight because all that crap the game was throwing at me - I worked hard to ignore the most of it, but I was overloaded anyway (strangely, I couldn't find the mod for lowering the loot frequency and couldn't be bothered to code my own).
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April 5th, 2012, 16:01
They are actually *very* different kinds of games. RPG can be an ambiguous label sometimes.
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Baldur's Gate 1. Getting that +2 sword was something.
Oh god yes.. magic items were a wonder indeed in BG1 (and the earlier SSI games). I miss those days… good to see LoG following that approach.
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April 5th, 2012, 17:29
My favorite loot systems in modern crpgs were Gothic 1-3 and The Witcher 1. Significant weapon and armor upgrades should be an achievement.. not something that happens every 15-20 minutes.

I've cleared my calender for April 11th.
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I felt The Witcher 2 did an admirable job of this as well. The Witcher definitely had a great pacing to loot though, and it made the narrative that much more important.
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April 6th, 2012, 01:05
The less that LoG resembles Diablo, the better it will be. Fact. I'm liking what I hear about the loot and puzzles, so far.



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