Monday, January 23, 2012

Age old complaints

Complaining about a ten year old game that is an admitted classic is probably a bit low. It actually feels a little skeevy to have complaints about Diablo 2 since it is my fault that I am playing when I am playing it, but the one real issue I have is (I assume) a design decision and not a hardware/software/game engine limitation. It is also not limited to old games and a few modern RPG's do it as well.

Saved games in Skyrim record you characters stats, abilities, inventory, quests, and most importantly his or her location in the world. Think that there is doom waiting behind a door? Save your game. If you die (and you will) very little progress is lost. In Diablo 2 when you save your game your location is not recorded, only your character. This means that every game starts out in the hub area for that act, and if you did not find the checkpoint in a new area prior to saving then everything you have done is lost. I found this out the hard way the first time and ended up slogging through a pretty large area a second time. Last night, knowing what little use saving really is, I quit playing about twenty minutes early just to make sure I didn't have to do anything over.

The only explanation I have is that Diablo 2 was designed primarily around battle.net. Only then does this make sense, because saving your location in an online world where death can be permanent defeats the entire purpose. But I am not playing on battle.net, nor will I ever, so this save system is an annoyance.

I would put money on this being how Diablo 3 is going to work as well, which does not excite me.

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My remaining list from last year is shrinking quickly. With the completion of Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, the backlog is as follows:

Dead Island (just shipped today)
Assassin's Creed Revelations (shipped today as well)
Batman: Arkham City
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Forza Motorsport 4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Goldeneye Reloaded

That is actually looking manageable. I just pulled off the Halo re-issue because, well, fuck the flood.

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