What is the point of making games that are so damn hard they cease to be fun?
I thought I'd get straight to the point so that people don't have to read the rest of the rant.
I've recently been playing Heroes of Might and Magic 2 (yes, it's old, I know - it runs on 32mb RAM for christ's sake which is about twice the size of a typical youtube video just to put that into some perspective). It's a great game. The graphics aren't perfect and it's not 3D-rendered (which is considered almost a sin in modern gaming circles) but the gameplay is brilliant and great fun to play with others using an old school LAN network. The classes and characters are interesting and distinguishable, the maps are well thought out. In fact, the game as a whole is just... lovely. It's not art, but I know what I like.
So why did they have to get the campaigns so HORRIBLY HORRIBLY WRONG? There is HUGE computer bias towards the AI - to the point where in one particular campaign the AI enemy has - get this - a simple town with NO mines - AND YET - can manufacture 55 cyclopses (the most advanced and hard unit for the barbarian class) - AND - the enemy hero has managed to level up MONSTROUSLY despite NOT stepping a foot outside of the tiny isolated island they inhabited.
Do you know what a good example to compare to is? Placing a foreign nomad tribe in the middle of a random, barren wasteland of an island, giving them sticks to build with and then 2 years later you come back and they've not only manufactured nuclear weapons, but they're all up-to-date with the latest global fashions and everyone is obsessed with Kate Moss, thinking that she is some kind of fictitious mythical being descended upon the world from the Heavens.
My analogy sums the whole bloody campaign mode up. Sad thing is, it's not like anyone can do anything about it and fixe this horrific error. HoMM2 was released in October 1996 - 11 years ago - so I'm almost 100% sure that the game developers responsible for the mess that was campaign mode have either been bought out by EA games (along with everyone including your nan) or have been lynched by fellow campaign-mode haters.
Anyone else have any gaming horror stories such as they? *sigh*
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