Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Are RPGs becoming the kings of Gaming?
Forget your Call of Duty's and your Battlefields, there is a genre that seems to get stronger with every title another company releases. Recently, more RPGs have been bigger and better in quality than most of genres of titles, so what makes me think that RPGs should be the most celebrated of all games? Well, you have to look no further than companies like Blizzard, From Softwate and Bethesda for an answer.
Take Blizzard, the company behind Diablo, more recently Diablo 3. How it knows what it is to have to work as a team and select the right powers to go with the right attributes. In most cases, it's a vase of knowing how different classes and skills compliment one another and working with it. Blizzard are now taking on the FPS genre with 'Overwatch' which already looks 100% better than the last four Call of Duty's combined. Even knowing the basics of an RPG has helped them create a FPS worthy of challenging FPS heavyweights.
Fallout and Elder Scrolls have an affinity to have a rich backstory and lengthy lore that you could spend years studying and still not know certains points of history. Fallout in particular seems to be running out of story ideas, which is a shame as it is such an RPG juggernaut that we expected more than a rehash of Fallout 3's story just being inverted.
Lore is important to an RPG and that's what makes a lot of the fun, learning about the world around you and in a lot of cases, learn how to exploit it for your characters own gain. It's something other genres struggle with, Alan Wake almost managed the same immersion value, but didn't follow through with it completely to the letter.
It's all down to PvPs in some of these games as well. Take the skillful builds of MMORPG 'The Elder Scrolls Online', okay, so if you're old enough (like myself) to remember Dark Age of Camelot, you'll know it's just a carbon copy, but look deeper and you'll see it's a tactics based drawn out war for Emporership. It's something, quite a few shooters can't replicate. 'Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege' did really well with teaching people who to tactically draw players to their doom. It still doesn't quite match the political scheming of TESO's multiplayer however.
I'm going to mention the series that I think is the king of all RPGs. Dark Souls. The Souls games are brutally hard and make you really think about how you are spending your well earned souls on your character. Not only that, it has the grandest boss battles that makes Resident Evil blush. Another title with a ton of lore to find, the difference here is it can be vague and open to interpretation, just like real life history. Making it a whole lot more interesting to find, knowing your friend may find a different meaning.
Tie in to it Demon's Souls on PS3, which was such a devestating explosion of offence at the outright start. Even it's spiritual cousin, Bloodborne gives a similar experince, even if it is a little easier than any of the Souls games.
Then you have the JRPG, games like Final Fantasy, Lost Odyssey and Infitie Undiscovery. Normally turn based, but in some series (FF) you get a few action orientated titles hidden in there. It's games like this that Mass Effect and Dragon Age took as a basis for the tactical battles they love to showcase.
Lost Odyssey in particular is a hidden gem that alot of gamers overlooked and really shouldn't have. It has some great story techniques, it even encompasses dreams in to the game to give a deeper meaning to its main character. JRG are something that western companies won't be able to replicate properly. You really need to play these if you want to give RPGs as a whole the time of day.
You find a lot more gameplay hours, content, enjoyment and even storylines worth exploring. It truly has the quality that modern shooters are lacking now a days.
Games you should try:
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fallout: New Vegas
The Elder Scrolls Online (MMORPG)
Tom Clancy's The Division (MMORPG)
The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Final Fantasy (any of them, you can't go wrong)
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Mass Effect 2
Demon's Souls (PS3)
Dark Souls 2
Dark Souls 3
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)