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Pl a t f or m: PC De v e l ope r : CCP Ge nr e : RPG, St r a t e g y

I fyoul oveandpr i or i t i s et hec ombati ni s omet r i cRPGsoveranyt hi ngel s e, youc an’ tdomuc hbet t ert hanConf r ont at i on. I fi t ’ samor es t or ydr i ven exper i enc eyou’ r el ooki ngf ort hent hi si s n’ tt hegamef oryou. ea mf r om a s s embl edi ndi v i dua l s ,ea c hwi t ht hei rown i mesIl i k e bei ng out s i de t he c omf or tz one;t r y i ng ownt Somet s omet hi ngt ha tl i t t l ebi tdi ffer entt owha tI ’ m us edt o. I ’ m not qui t es ur ewha tmyc omf or tz onei swheni tc omest oga mes , howev er , butwha t ev eri tma ybei s omet r i cRPGsdon’ tf a l l i nt o i t . Iunder s t a ndt ha tma nyoft hegr ea t es tRPGsofa l lt i mea r e i s omet r i c ,buti tdoes n’ tmea nIdon’ t ndt hem na us ea t i ng. T hei nt er f a c e, t heUI , t heba t t l es y s t em –whi l eal otofi tc a nbe putdownt ot hea geoft hega mesi nques t i on, I ’ my ett o nd onet ha tha sc l i c k edwi t hme.

s t r engt hsa ndwea k nes s es .Doy ougof ora l loutda ma ge?A s t r ongdef ens i v euni twi t hhea l i ng?Per ha psas qua dwi t ha l a r gea mountofc r owdc ont r ol ?Oraj a c kofa l lt r a dess qua d, whi c hi sa tonc et hes a f es ta ndmos tr i s k yoft hec ombi na t i ons . L uc k i l yy ourpa r t ymember sc a n, wi t ht heex c ept i onofc er t a i n c ha r a c t er sa tc er t a i nt i mes , bes wa ppedouta sl ongy ou’ r enot i n ac omba ts i t ua t i on,a l l owi ng y ou t ot es t out pa r t y c ombi na t i onsi nv a r i ousc i r c ums t a nc es .

Conf r ont at i on,ba s edont heuni v er s eoft heboa r dga meof t hes a mena me,i samoder nt a k eont ha tf or mul a .Hopef ul l y , t hen,i t ’ d‘ moder ni s e’or‘ s t r ea ml i ne’t hos eel ement soft he genr et ha tIs t r uggl eds oma nf ul l yt hr oughi nol dereffor t s . T her e’ snodeni t i v ea ns wert hough; Conf r ont a t i oni sc er t a i nl y moder ni na r ea s ,t heUIi smuc hs l i c k erf orex a mpl e,a sy ou mi ghtex pec t ,t hough c er t a i na r ea sr ema i nt r ue t o genr e s t a pl es , f orbet t erorwor s e. Gonei st heempha s i sons t or yt ha t ga mesl i k ePl ane s c ape :Tor me ntwer eher a l dedf or ,t hi si sa muc h mor ef oc us ed ex per i enc e.T he s t or yi sna r r a t ed on l oa di ng s c r eens ,wi t ha c c ompa ny i ng t ex tt el l i ng oft he c ha r a c t er spr ogr es st hr ought hewor l d; i t ’ sc er t a i nl ys omet hi ng t ha t won’ t pl ea s e ev er y one,t hough Conf r ont a t i on i s n’ t boa s t i nga ni mpr es s i v es t or yors t or y t el l i ngt ec hni que.

T hebr ea da ndbut t erof Conf r ont a t i oni si nt hec omba ts y s t em; onet ha tf a nsoft hegenr ewi l l effor t l es s l ys l i pi nt o. I t ’ sv i s c er a l a ndex t r emel yt a c t i c a l . Gonei st hes pa mmi ngof t hel ef tmous e but t on, t houghIs t i l ldoi tonoc c a s i onoutoff r us t r a t i on, a nd i t ’ s a wel c ome r et ur nf or t he s pa c e ba r .Pa us i ng i n Conf r ont a t i oni sv i t a l ,ev enont hel owerdi ffic ul t ys et t i ngs . E nemi eswi l lc ha r ge,pr ov ok e,s t un,i nc a pa c i t a t ey ourpa r t y member sf orf un,a ndev ens k i r mi s hesa ga i ns tas ma l ls qua d c a nqui c k l yba c kr ei fa ppr opr i a t es t epsa r en’ tt a k en.Us i nga c ombi na t i onof y ours qua d’ sa bi l i t i est ona v i ga t et hes ec omba t s i t ua t i onsi sex t r emel yr ewa r di ng; y ouc a nev enbui l dy our

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Pa us i ngi svi t a l ,e ve nont hel owe r di f fic ul t ys e t t i ng s .Ene mi e s wi l l c ha r g e , pr ovoke , s t una ndi nc a pa c i t a t ey ourpa r t yme mbe r sf orf un.

T hec omba ti sba c k edupbyahef t ya mountof s t a t i s t i c sa swel l ; wi t hea c hc ha r a c t erha v i ngnumer ouss k i l l sa nds t a t s ,nott o ment i ona r moura ndt wowea pons et s( ea c h! ) , a l l ofwhi c hc a n beupgr a deda sy oul ev elupa ndc ol l ec twea pona nda r mour poi nt s . I t ’ sa nex t r emel ydeeps y s t em, a ndonet ha ti s n’ ta ta l l i nt i mi da t i ngt opeopl enotf a mi l i a rwi t ht hegenr e.S t a t sa r e br ok endownwi t hades c r i pt i onofwha tea c hdoesa ndhowi t a ffec t sy ourc ha r a c t eri nc omba t .T ha ta l one i s one of Conf r ont a t i on’ sgr ea t es ts t r engt hs ;i tt a k est hos eel ement sof i s omet r i cRPGst ha tpeopl es t r uggl edt oc ompr ehenda nd, whi l enots i mpl i f y i ngt hem, ma k est hem ea s i ert ounder s t a nd. T ha t ’ swher emyunder s t a ndi ngoft hes et y pesofga mesf el l down.Iwa s n’ tl ook i ng f ora ga me t os t r ea ml i ne t hes e mec ha ni c s ,nort oma k et hi ngsea s i ert opl a y ,butt os i mpl y ex pl a i ni t sowns y s t emsc l ea r l ya ndc oher ent l y . I nt ha tr ega r d Conf r ont a t i ons houl dber oundl ypr a i s ed,t houghi tc er t a i nl y i s n’ twi t houti t sf a ul t s .


Conf r ont a t i on

FI GHT!F a nsoft hegenr ewi l l effor t l es s l ys l i pi nt ot hec omba ts y s t em. I t ’ s v i s c er a l a ndex t r emel yt a c t i c a l .

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AWELCOMEI NCLUSI ON: t hegame eveni nc l udesanar mypai nt ert o c us t omi s eyouruni t s .

Gr a phi c a l l y , Conf r ont a t i oni sa dequa t ea tbes t , a ndwhenI dug t hr ought heopt i onsl ook i ngf ora n‘ a dv a nc ed’ t a bI l ef tpuz z l ed a ndf r us t r a t ed.Ia s s umedI ’ dmi s s eds omet hi ng,t houghwa s a s s ur edf r om a not herpa r t yt ha tIha dn’ t . Af ewmor eopt i ons woul d ha v e been ni c e,es pec i a l l y gi v en t he des i gns i n Conf r ont a t i on, bot hofy ourownpa r t ya ndoft heenemi esy ou enc ount er , i sex c el l ent . S uc hi st hea t t ent i ont odet a i l , a nd f a i t hf ul nes st ot he s our c e ma t er i a l ,t ha tt he ga me ev en i nc l udesa na r mypa i nt ert oc us t omi s ey ouruni t sa ndwhi l ea l i t t l emor ev a r i a t i onwoul dha v ebeenni c e,i t ’ sawel c ome i nc l us i on.

As t r ong e r na r r a t i ve a nd mor e de fine d c ha r a c t e r s c oul d ha ve e l e va t e dt heg a met obes omuc h mor e .

Conf r ont a t i on’ sbi gges tf a i l i ng,i fi t ’ sf a i rt ot hr ow t ha twor d a r ound, i si ni t ss t or y . Whi l e, a sI s ugges t edea r l y , Conf r ont a t i on nev ert r i est opr es enty ouwi t ht oos t r ongas t or y , t hemer ef a c t i tha sbeen r el ega t ed t ot hes ec t i onsi n bet ween c omba t s pea k sv ol umes . Whi l ei t ’ sa dmi r a bl eont hedev el oper ’ sbeha l f t oma k et ha tdec i s i on,t hes t r onges ta s pec toft hegenr ei t r epr es ent sha sa l wa y sbeeni t ss t or ya nd,ul t i ma t el y ,i t ’ swha t s t opsConf r ont a t i on f r om bei ng agr ea tga me.A s t r onger na r r a t i v e el ement ,c oupl ed wi t h mor ec l ea r l y dened c ha r a c t er s a nd per s ona l i t i es c oul d ha v e el ev a t ed Conf r ont a t i ont obes omuc hmor e. T a k enot hi nga wa yt hough; Conf r ont a t i oni sa nev i deoga me. I f y oul ov ea ndpr i or i t i s et he c omba ti ni s omet r i cRPGsov era ny t hi ngel s e,y ouc a n’ tdo muc hbet t ert ha nConf r ont a t i on.I fi t ’ samor es t or ydr i v en ex per i enc ey ou’ r el ook i ngf ort hent hi si s n’ tt hega mef ory ou.

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