Long ago and far way, I played what I believe was one of the earlier survival MMO’s, was called Xyson, which was recommended to me by someone here.
I recall when playing being annoyed by the game play which consisted of me being dropped in the world naked and afraid, and having to craft literally everything from the ground up like some sort of prehistoric man, though there were the ashes of civilization to use for parts.
I did not like the game, I found myself spending all of my time trying to hunt food, make containers to store water in, create weapons and clothing, and dodge people ganking me.
Fast forward to the present day, and I play my first “survival” game since then, Fallout 76. Yes, I know people said it was “survival” lights, but that was one big appeal, I’m not interested in rebuilding civilization from the ground up as in Xyson, so I thought I’d be good.
So while it’s great I can pretty easily find serviceable weapons/armor everywhere, it still has one big “flaw” IMO, I spend much of my time gathering/hunting foods, cleaning and storing water, and curing myself of various ailments and afflictions.
I find it pretty hateful that I’m always dying of thirst, starving, trying to find enough rad away to clear my radiation poisoning, etc, surprised I don’t have to find the time to receive myself every hour.....just like in real life.... (getting old sucks).
I’m only level 17, I haven’t learned whatever secrets others have which have them already like level 126 or more. I have had to devote fare more perk choices (6 or 7 at least) than I care to at this point to get a couple ranks of lead belly, cannibal, and slow metabolism etc just to try and reduce the time spent on “bodily functions” rather than exploring the world and killing stuff.
Fallout 4 was nothing like this, I never had to eat or drink anything, chems were purely optional and I rarely took them as I “don’t do drugs”.
So, I have to ask, who really finds this part of survival games “fun?” People have said they often thought survival games were what MMORPGS should have become, but I have to disagree.
It reminds me of playing the early RPG’s, one reason I did not care for the early Ultima series vs Might and Magic or some others is you always had to “feed” your characters, at an annoying rate IMO.
So time for a poll, who really enjoys this mechanic, or are you more like me and could do without even the level Fallout 76 uses?
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