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Over-saturation of Combat scenarios

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by , 03-24-2014 at 03:45 PM (1046 Views)
So, in modern games today, combat is hugely popular.
It's the basis for a lot of the most popular games on the market, and typically if you are in a gamestop,
some 16 year old is having his father buy him the newest Call of Duty.


Games that rely on combat however, have to deal with a few problems with the whole combat system.
Saturation is a huge issue. I am speaking of this from both a market and in-game perspective.


Game designers are having to rework and refine stale game mechanics year after year now, with little in the way of new game function.
Newer games like Titanfall and COD: Ghosts Annihilation mode are a step in the right direction, but the combat outside of these gimmicky game modes
is still as stock ordinary as ever. Could this lead to a decline in the popularity of combat based games? Or will we keep finding new ways to implement the
same gameplay features? Sooner or later, someone gets bored of shooting enemy soldiers, and so moves on to something like DayZ to shoot at zombies.


The reason games like COD can get tiring is because the entire game flow is about how you handle yourself in combat, with little to no puzzles or problem solving.
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  1. VIPStephan's Avatar
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    Well, I’m more a fan of stragtegy games like SimCity, Transport Tycoon (or its open source derivative OpenTTD), or even Masters of Orion, so I can’t really add anything meaningful to the subject of this post. I just wanted you to not feel lonely posting here. :-D
  2. Nerevarine's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan
    Well, I’m more a fan of stragtegy games like SimCity, Transport Tycoon (or its open source derivative OpenTTD), or even Masters of Orion, so I can’t really add anything meaningful to the subject of this post. I just wanted you to not feel lonely posting here. :-D
    You warm my heart. :P
  3. VIPStephan's Avatar
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    OK, to add a little more to the discussion: I suppose with “combat games” you mean stuff like first-person shooter games? I can’t understand why those games are so popular, anyway. I mean, yeah, this can be fun for a while and we all were young and adventurous but as you said, there is barely anything new in shooting enemies.

    However, I think technology is still advancing in a manner that will add new aspects to such games — and what most people are probably longing for in such games is a much realism/immersion as possible. I’ve heard of the company Oculus VR for the first time a couple of days ago when news spread that Facebook bought them for a couple billion dollars, but have seen it mentioned a few times since. Now, with VR goggles and evolving 3D technology there is probably a whole new level of immersion in such games, and therefore this isn’t gonna get boring very soon, I suppose.
  4. Nerevarine's Avatar
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    Yeah, FPS games are (to me) extremely stale. I was hoping that the introduction of more VR stuff would revitalize the genre, but with Facebook purchasing OR, I'm now quite skeptical.