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Wolf Kanno
04-17-2017, 06:11 PM
The opposite of the other thread, name some games you only play because you love the story but generally hate the gameplay or at least know it's the weak link.

inb4 someone mentions Xenogears.

Lyndis Highwind
04-17-2017, 06:39 PM
Crisis Core. I enjoyed the story but I did not like the game play. Watching the DMW wheel limit breaks every battle was soooo annoying.

Pumpkin
04-17-2017, 08:22 PM
The opposite of the other thread, name some games you only play because you love the story but generally hate the gameplay or at least know it's the weak link.

inb4 someone mentions Xenogears.

Xeno...

Oh :(

Also Chrono Cross

krissy
04-17-2017, 08:29 PM
i liked chrono cross! lots to explore! rpgs are mostly about environments and exploration for me anyway, and the fights are honestly just things that get in the way

Pike
04-17-2017, 08:33 PM
Undertale, I'm not a fan of bullet hell but the characters and story were super charming.

Dragon Age Inquisition - I liked the gameplay in this game the least of the entire series but I pushed through so I could see the series' story wrapped up to its current point. (I won't lie though, the first two games were much better in both the gameplay and story/character department)

Formalhaut
04-17-2017, 08:53 PM
Strangely, I'm the opposite: Dragon Age II had the least fun gameplay for me out of the series, yet the story is probably the best, tightly compacted one there is.

Other games where the plot is great but the gameplay is only 'good enough' include the First Mass Effect game. Story was fantastic, but the gameplay was only not excellent. It had good moments, though.

Pike
04-17-2017, 08:55 PM
Strangely, I'm the opposite: Dragon Age II had the least fun gameplay for me out of the series, yet the story is probably the best, tightly compacted one there is.

Nah that's totally not the opposite, I agree with you 100% on the story and the gameplay wasn't my favorite either (it worked well enough, though). (DAO has my favorite combat in the series because it's old-school and we all know I'm a sucker for that)

Wolf Kanno
04-17-2017, 09:04 PM
Thought of another one: Silent Hill.

The Team Silent entries have great stories and characters, and I'll agree the interactive nature of the medium helps make the world and events even more unsettling, but I would seriously be lying if I said that actual gameplay/puzzle aspect of the game was the primary draw of these titles. Considering the games carry over a lot of my least favorite elements from other games like tank controls, contrived door lock puzzles, and shitty auto-aim; I sometimes wonder how I made it through some of them.

Spuuky
04-17-2017, 09:29 PM
Really only Xenosaga Episode 2.

Sephiroth
04-17-2017, 09:45 PM
Beyond Two Souls
+ Life is Strange
+ Heavy Rain
+ Shenmue
+ Shenmue II
+ ...
_____________
Cinematic Movie Games

I am glad that there is at least some gameplay.

Psychotic
04-17-2017, 10:09 PM
All the Telltale games. Choices that mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things interspersed with QTEs? Ehhhh. Much prefer to watch LPers play them now.

Mr. Carnelian
04-17-2017, 11:21 PM
Halo Wars. Good story, gorgeous cutscenes, snoozeworthy gameplay.

krissy
04-17-2017, 11:57 PM
Im not a big fps fan but after watching mirrors edge playthroughs I got the game

FFNut
04-18-2017, 01:35 AM
All the Telltale games. Choices that mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things interspersed with QTEs? Ehhhh. Much prefer to watch LPers play them now.

I hate the games too, but do enjoy the stories. Also love the Assasins Creed stories, but movement and combat is just really glitchy.

KleinerKiller
04-21-2017, 03:17 AM
Thirding Telltale games, though I have more tolerance for the basic gameplay and think the "meaningless" choices get far too much flak -- I can't often get immersed in the master-class storytelling and characters if my hands aren't on the controller. Most environmental narrative games / "walking simulators" and plot-focused indie RPGs like The Crooked Man or To The Moon, as well.

Really, the pick that always jumps to mind for this subject is Asura's Wrath. The story and fight cutscenes are some of the most grandiose, outlandishly scaled, and yet strangely moving stuff I've ever seen, and the world and characters are pretty interesting and unique. All the same, the best parts of it are barely interactive beyond admittedly satisfying button prompts, and the active combat sequences are repetitive, wafer-thin, and free of challenge. It's one of few games I can think of that provides exactly the same experience whether you're watching a good playthrough on YouTube or playing it yourself.

Pumpkin
04-21-2017, 03:21 AM
Yeah I personally have never thought of the choices as meaningless in those games. They may not change the plot much but it always allows me some introspection, especially when I have a limited time to make the choice, and I end up learning stuff about myself in the process.

/cheesy ramblings over

Mister Adequate
04-21-2017, 08:34 PM
I also fell away from Telltale affection. At first the "everything works out the same, but your approach and attitude changes" was good, largely because the first TWD was fucking incredible and Lee's an astonishingly good character who could believably have vastly different attitudes and opinions. The Wolf Among Us was really good as well. Afterwards it got progressively less interesting, though whether that's a change in the games or in me, I can't say.

Mass Effect 2. Some great characters and plots, but the gameplay is boring has hell and both times I've played the game through I've progressively reduced the difficulty to get through combat faster.

Forsaken Lover
05-21-2017, 06:38 PM
There's this game called Persona 2....

Don't play it. Ever. Just watch cutscenes on YouTube.

Galuf
05-21-2017, 06:59 PM
Ff9.



Couldnt steal anything.