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Ok, in games of course, in MMOs if you want. First: if you prefer to be Uncle Owen, that's entirely fine with me. Just don't come here and fill this thread this "I DON'T want to be a hero.
So, you wanna feel heroic. How? What makes you feel like you were a real hero of sorts?
Ok, I begin. To feel like a hero, first off I need to feel powerful, special beyond what everybody else can. Else = NPCs, Mobs. I need to feel more than a pawn with a pitchfork. So when I surround a boar with 5 or 6 "hero" players, that is NOT heroic. Heroic is when me VS 1 mob would kill that poor pal easy away. So where is the danger, you ask?
Well in masses! Take Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli or whom. They don't fight ONE Uruk-Hai. They fight DOZENS of them, hunddrets, they mow them down in legions, and still it looks like tough work. That's what it feels like to be a heroic adventurer. Or take Dynasty Warrior. You mow down enemies by the thousands, the enitre battle field is loaded with enemies, everyone is running, many things are going on at the same time, and you have to respond fast! General X is in danger, Guard Tower Y is surprise attacked... you have to be fast. When I play DW6, my adrenaline is pumping, and even tho I dash damage to hundrets every moment, it is still difficult. Most levels at least. Now you don't have to like the Asia setting. But that is what makes *me* feel heroic. When I win one of those difficult DW6 battles, I feel like a hero. It's not so much thinking, it's more instinct. Feel, not think. Sounds quite Jedi-ish.
I want to dive into epic battles, where huge things are at stake at any moment. Always new things happen around me while I am in battle. I mus decide, do I rush back to strengthen the base, or do I press forward to push the advantage? Do I walk with the masses, or take a sideway to make a two-pronge attack?
I do NOT want to stand in front of some nailed down boar/bear/badger and do whack whack whack and then move on to the next one.
Of course a cool looking "costume" helps. I want to look unique. Like in the superhero games CoX or CO. There I felt like a hero because of the looks. I wasn't one of 1000 more or less identical people. Or if you play Guan Yu in DW, you know it's Guan Yu, not someone else.
So, what makes you feel heroic? ^^