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I was listening to some YouTube today, when I came across this...
If you do not have time to watch, I can summarize it thusly...Nick feels frustrated with games that offer class choices (ala FFIII, FFV) or recruit monsters (DQIX, SMT: Strange Journey) that force you to have certain monsters/classes/builds/etc. For example, he mentions the cave in FFIII where you to use magic only... so it forced him to change and level up a job on several character he doesn't care for... black mage. In SMT: SJ, he got slaughtered on bosses with specific weaknesses and strengths.
I think this is a great discussion to have. I recall Rya saying, in a much earlier post, that he preferred games with no choice to games with choice. While I didn't agree with that broad stroke opinion, I will say that I prefer a game with no/few party/skill/class choices to one that gives me plenty of choice, but punishes me for choosing the 'wrong' thing by forcing me to replay hours of content to try something different.
I replied on Youtube and wrote, "I totally agree with you, dude. I had the exact same issues with Shin Megami Tensai and early Etrian Odyssey games. When a boss or area kicks your butt over and over because you didn't pick the right skill, choose the right class, or recruit the correct monster/demon, it frustrates me to no end! Like you said, it feels you have to use a walk through, and I do NOT want to use a walk through! I want to feel like I beat that boss on my own terms...not on exact terms the game demands through nearly arbitrary rules/invulnerabilities/etc.
This is super frustrating in games like EO where respecing your skills/classes/etc is not a possibility or super time consuming or hard. Losing hours of progress to re-do a game or level up a new class is NOT fun. My time is limited, and I do not have the time to rerun games. This was the reason I did not get far in early Diablo games, but I love Diablo III. I can re-spec/change my skills at any time in that game, and find out what works best for me on the fly without missing a heartbeat.
Thank you for taking the time to create and share these videos! "
What do you all think?