So I finished SC2 : Legacy of the Void since my last post here. Not much to add beyond what I already said, SC2 are a great series of game, if a bit lacking in terms of story & characters (even by Blizzard standards). Clumsy would probably how I'd qualify it, it feels like it was written from memory rather going back through SC1 + BW, and so remembered the important story bits clearly, but things are rather muddy on the details, and then there's stuff that was probably remembered during development. Not a deal breaker, but kinda wince-worthy for some that played through the original games a few times.
That they waited so long to make these sequels also made it rather awkward to recap relevant stuff that happened over 10 years prior in real time without being too expo-dumpy. They did the best they could by relegating most of it to optional conversations between missions, but I can't help but wonder if there could have been a more elegant way to go about it (no idea what it could be, but it's food for thought).
Anyway, I plan to see if I can have some fun with the mission editor at some point.
Moving on, I was feeling nostalgic the other day & reinstalled Arcanum : Fallout in steampunk-magic land, but couldn't actually get past the character creation screen, because I had no idea what character I wanted to play. I mean over the years, I've had (from what I can recall) :
- A neutral dwarven tech gunner
- A good aligned human tech warrior
- An evil elven mage
- A good aligned human archer-mage
- A neutral gnome diplomat
- A too-dumb-to-have-an-alignment ogre brute
- And probably a couple other rerolls that I forgot or didn't get very far with
So while I would enjoy revisiting some of those (especially since I didn't finish the game with most of them - Arcanum is big, and it's been a long while since I last played), I was pondering trying something new, what I had in mind :
- An evil barbarian mage-warrior - there's a ton cool magic swords & armors, plus evil-aligned companions that I never really got to try out.
- A neutral halfling thief - I'm not sure how viable stealth is in this game. I'm also afraid of getting bored after a while, so I would probably need to think about branching into something else once I max out the stealth stuff.
- A good tech-wizard - I've heard it's kinda tricky to maintain a balance, and not super-effective, but that's also an appealing challenge.
- An evil tech bomb thrower/pyromaniac - Fun concept, but also afraid of getting bored.
- A (probably evil-aligned) crazy omnicidal maniac - A mage would probably be easier, but a tech gunslinger would present some interesting challenges in terms of logistics & reputation management.
So since I basically have about a dozen different options right now, I pondering whether I should just roll a dice or get some second opinions/recommendations/suggestions. Thoughts anyone ?