People have got way less time on there hands these days and there's much more variety in terms of the activities they can be doing.
Personally with work/commute/lifestyle etc I'm lucky if I get more than a couple of hours of 'me' time on an evening to play a game/catch up on TV shows, or read a book, and the latter are a lot easier to do Vs the former given the physical demands aren't as great (you've got to be in the mood to game after all..playing when your tired/fatigued is the worst thing). Last night for instance I played probably an hour of Digital: A love story, before crashing out with BBCs Supersized earth for an episode and then wound down reading a bit more Cloud Atlas.
Weekends sure offer a lot more opportunity for long session gaming, but that's not gauranteed. I'd say a 8-12 hour game will probably keep me occupied as a 'project' for a good week and a bit. A 30 hour game probably 3-4 weeks. As far a big projects go to play I'm a fair way through HM:A & I have Farcry 3 to get into at some point. Christmas through to Feb provides a nice window of opportunity to catch up on some titles as well as finish off some uncompleted titles (TW2, DS are on the 'to finish' list).
Despite my admiration of TWD will I replay it? There's a strong possibility over Christmas at some point if an opportunity presents itself. However I'm pretty confident that I'm unlikely to ever replay BM:AC, Dishonored, Borderlands 2 (DLC aside), Max Payne 3 or a bunch of other games I finished this year, because once the new titles start appearing like Tom Raider in March there simply won't be the time for that sort of indulgent backtracking.
If you're the kind of person who has the freetime to religiously replay Halflife every year for instance, more power to you. However I'd say you're an outlier Vs the rest of us.
I think i have a theory out of my ass why there is so much negligency today towards gameplay and not story. The thing is, most people prefer to watch games instead of play them(see major mainstream non software games such as soccer, b-ball,etc...), so this somehow broke into games with set-pieces, lots of cutscenes, more easy games,rise of lets play, etc...
You can't deny that sports games have more spectators than players though.
- Jungle Speed
- Ouga Bouga
- Spot It
Some are technically turn-based, but still in real time.
- would you rather cast Expert Bloodlust, a level 1 spell which will give all your units +6 attack skill against everyone, or pay more mana for a level 4 Slayer, which at expert level will only grant +8 attack for ONE unit and only against level7 units ?
- would you rather use your 20 crystals to upgrade cyclops dwelling, or build the behemoth lair ?
- would you rather learn Logistics or Estates ? Eagle Eye or Offense ?
- what use can you find for the spells: Hypnotize, Inferno, Landmine, Sorrow(you have to be bad at math to value this spell), Misfortune ?
When balance in a game is as terrible as in Heroes 3, you suddenly realize a lot of choices the game presents you with are obvious. They don't make a good strategy game. Contrast this to something like the board game "Seasons" (playable for free at http://boardgamearena.com ). In Seasons, you get meaningful decisions every single turn. There are only 2 stinkers out out 50 cards: Balance of Ishtar and Idol of the Familiar.
The bottom line: it's the number of viable, meaningful decisions possible that matters, not all theoretical decisions. I can dismiss my hero on turn 1. Would I ?
What annoys me in computer strategy games is they hide so many numbers from you. Some board games are very nice to play on computers, because they do the tedious work for you (such as shuffling cards very often in Dominion, or moving score markers in Seasons). Later computer strategy games not only simplify and shorten things, they also hide from you and I hate it. For example, how does the Sacrifice spell work in Heroes III ?
Oh really ? Depends - how ? Descriptions like this have misled countless people into thinking Sacrifice is a bad spell. Sacrifice a unit to revive another one ? What a joke ! However, when some digging reveals the formula is:Quote:
Originally Posted by in-game description
Resurrected HP = (Spell Power + sacrificed_creature_base_HP + 0/3Basic/6Advanced/10Expert) * number_of_creatures_sacrificed
You start thinking, and realize the bonus of spell power and Fire Magic skill is the highest when used on numerous low-level creatures.Good luck figuring that out with the in-game description. How about sacrificing Imps to resurrect a week worth of Archdevils (2) ?
Turn 1: Frenzy on Archdevils. Attack enemy Archangels. All archangels die in a single attack. Enemy units gang up on Archdevils and kill them. Turn 2: cast Sacrifice. Use your Imps, resurrect all Archdevils. Mop up.