Magnificent Ornk Student of Trinity Posted March 1, 2013 Share Posted March 1, 2013 I ranted about this years ago, but why not do it again. There are a few new people around who might have new reactions. My biggest disappointment with the whole Geneforge series is that it had a golden opportunity to lampshade the biggest absurd convention of RPGs, and didn't take it. It could have lampshaded leveling, and it didn't even try. The situation is totally absurd. You start out as a peon, who can barely take out a goblin/rat/crawler/whatever. Pretty soon you're taking down ogres and stuff, and by the end of the game you're duking it out with demon lords and what not, and single-handedly saving the universe. You complete this unbelievable ascension within a few short weeks. That's almost as good as Bowflex. And in most games, the NPCs still treat you as an ignorant peon right to the end, even though you could take out their entire nation state without raising a sweat. Apparently it can only happen to you. Otherwise, whichever Bob is enlisting you for whatever quest would just never bother. They'd go out, beat up a few goblins, level up a bit, and then go do the job themselves — and raise some loot from those monsters, instead of having to give it out to you. Amirite? Seriously, what's with that? Well, Geneforge could have actually done this thing right. It would have been easy to start each game with some sort of bizarre Shaping accident, that happens to catch the PC. It leaves you infected with latent Geneforge godhood, whose effect will be triggered by cycles of stress and relief. So, because uncontrolled Shaping has warped your mind and body, you will gain strength and power after every successful fight. The benefits of adding just a few more bits of text to the games, to describe the above, would have been great, in my view. Firstly, the absurdity would have been done away. Secondly, the games' great theme of power and chaos would have been concentrated, by bringing all the gamer's munchkin instincts into the game. You're hungry for loot and XP? That's the Geneforge talking, sonny. You'll take every quest you can get, from every possible side? It's in your blood. Don't want to be warped and corrupted by uncontrolled Shaping? No power for you, then. Enjoy running madly from every Fyora, and not getting out of zone 1. It would have been a win from many angles. I'm still bummed that Jeff never did it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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