Originally posted by Dakkon
Heh what game are you talking about here, Nwn or WC3?
If NwN than you are right on, the game has no playability what so ever, after beating the game twice, you realize that you just threw away 60 bucks for a week of pleasure, there is no randomness what so ever to the story line,
Randomness in the storyline? Who was discussing that?
I was discussing linear gameplay. There's nothing of that in the WC series. There's never any ability to choose a variety of attacking areas, as in Warlords Battlecry, to gain different strategic and tactical advantages in the form of different allies, bonuses, etc. Nor the ability to choose two out of five lesser ally groupings as in Dune 2000, while your enemies select two others. And while you can carry over your heroes (they finally learned how popular that was from observing W:B2), the results still don't let you vary your units or production anywhere near as dramatically as in the Kohan series. Even by RTS standards, which are normally pretty rigid, WC3 is set in cement.
As for NWN, of course there isn't randomness "in the storyline." I never claimed there was. I'm personally not particularly interested in a storyline that has one side or another winning at the end; I want something different *while I'm playing,* and something more than just a group of supposedly different units. NWN gives you the illusion of non-linearity through a plethora of quests that tend to disguise its purpose--no, definitely not as well as PS:T, Ultima VII or BG2, but still well enough to make it feel fresh to me. And as for this--
every thing is the same, maybe some super weapons will generate at some other location but thats about it.
...well, that's just wrong. You have fairly large differences between professions, as well as five henchmen who also affect the progress of the game. I'm by no means a tremendous NWN supporter.
But it's hardly as dreary as you make out; while my reflections upon WC3 were simply asking for another reply to the poll that allowed one to enter a negative opinion about the game. Isn't that allowed? Or are we only supposed to walk forawrd in lockstep, and acknowledge that WC3 is the greatest?