Quake 1 looked pretty damn good 15 years ago.
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I understand for a lot of cheapy free 2 play games that this kind of feature is acceptable because there isnt any real immersion in those types of games. However, games where you're meant to felt like you're in that world and like you're apart of it, and then offered if you'd like to add your credit card info and buy a 2$ in-game item totally derails the experience of being in that world you're supposed to be immersed in.
How can someone feel immersed when they're pulled back to reality for a second, and asked if they want to spend their real world money that they made in their real life. It's impossible to escape if you're reminded of the real world for a micro-transcation is what I'm trying to say and it's a real buzz kill for me and others I'm sure.
Just a quick rant I suppose.
Micro-Transactions are a trend in games that I'm really opposed to. Not because I think they're stupid or pointless, because that's not true. I know there are many players willing to spend 0.99$ on something in-game and that's okay because I don't care what other players do with their money. I've never been against another player having an exclusive in-game mount or piece of gear or better gun because they payed for it, I think if they wanted to spend their money that way, then they're entitled to that of course.
However, my main beef stems from the immersion of a game like Planet Side 2 or Dead Space 3. These are games where you're supposed to feel like you're really in that universe when you're playing. And for most people, games can be a means of escaping the real world, forgetting about what's going on in your life and being able to focus and feel lost in another universe and enjoying that experience.
Thisphenomenon is completely ruined however when you include a micro-transactions page in a buy menu or shop tab in any game. While I'm trying to immerse myself into a games world and enjoy it, all of a sudden I'll be reminded of the real world when I see a $ and this totally kills it for me. It's extremely hard to ignore this little detail, but that's just me, perhaps there are some of you who might agree with me or felt this very same thing.
The Elder Scrolls Online happens to be a game I'm very much looking forward to. This is a game I seriously look forward to completely immersing myself into because I'm a huge fan of the world and the lore in TES games. It would kill the whole experience for me to see the option to buy a relatively better item than the one I currently posses for 1.99$ USD, that would kill me... I'm seriously hoping that this game doesn't follow a F2P model because that would guarantee micro-transactions. I'm even hoping that it isn't a one-time purchase game model either, I think the closest way to secure a micro-transac free game would be if ZeniMax Online were to follow a subscription based model, similiar to any other MMO in the past decade or so.
I haven't played any of the painkiller games however I'm unsure whether to just try the newer one "Hell and damnation" with more modern graphics or should I play painkiller black edition and try the classic? Just looking for someone who's played both to give me their opinion, it looks like an interesting game and I can't believe I haven't tried the painkiller series yet because it's right up my alley.
So damn unprofessional.
I'm willing to give it a try once it comes out. However, it better be heavy on TES lore because that's a large aspect of the game I'm looking forward to. I'm not one to read up on every game's lore but TES lore is by far my favorite of any video game. If TESO manages to immerse enough in the universe instead of the traditional MMO design where it feels like a game, then perhaps this could be a real outstanding MMO.