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How to approach an open world game effectively?

Ok. I've never played an open world game that I got completely immersed in. The closest I've come is FFVIII after it opens up just before the final boss and I really loved it --- but I played with a walkthrough that was organized perfectly in a way that allowed me to play the open world in a linear manner.

I like linear/closed games but I want to enjoy an open world game.

To do that, I started with Dragon Age Inquisition (just got it yesterday) as my first current gen open world experience. This would also be only the second western style RPG I've ever played (the other one is Mass Effect 1 and 2 - which were still somewhat linear and not as open).

TBH, I'm having the exact same problem already ... I've just gotten past the opening boss and gotten a few quests but I'm already roaming around aimlessly and directionless.

I want to keep playing because the game does seem genuinely interesting .. but there's just so much already that it's kind of embarrassing to admit that I'm already overwhelmed. I know that I can enjoy this game.

Things I enjoy:

1. Hunting
2. Crafting
3. Grinding
4. Progressing the story after every 5-10 side-quests
5. A distracting but enjoyable mini game

Things I don't enjoy:

1. Fetch quests and back-tracking around the same areas
2. Searching for specific items
3. Item collecting (basically, I'm ok with hunting down 1-5 units of something that would give me a big boos)
4. Retreating back to camp for every little thing.

Given this, can I even enjoy Dragon Age - cuz I'm already noticing that in order to complete quests I have to return to the quest giver .. which is something I don't like.

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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

I find that fetch quests/side quests in RPGs can completely ruin a game. I personally never go in with a 'I NEED TO DO EVERYTHING' mentality, and I use fetch quests mostly as a way to grind/level up. Then, when I am a high enough level, back to the main mission.


I say give it a bit of time. Dragon Age is very character driven, so you might feel more invested once you get used to the world a bit more.



Also, I'd really recommend giving Witcher 3 if you have an opportunity. Only game were everything I hate (most of the things you mentioned) are enjoyable.
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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

Try Witcher 3, you'll look at sidequests differently afterwards

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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

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Ok. I've never played an open world game that I got completely immersed in. The closest I've come is FFVIII after it opens up just before the final boss and I really loved it --- but I played with a walkthrough that was organized perfectly in a way that allowed me to play the open world in a linear manner.

I like linear/closed games but I want to enjoy an open world game.

To do that, I started with Dragon Age Inquisition (just got it yesterday) as my first current gen open world experience. This would also be only the second western style RPG I've ever played (the other one is Mass Effect 1 and 2 - which were still somewhat linear and not as open).

TBH, I'm having the exact same problem already ... I've just gotten past the opening boss and gotten a few quests but I'm already roaming around aimlessly and directionless.

I want to keep playing because the game does seem genuinely interesting .. but there's just so much already that it's kind of embarrassing to admit that I'm already overwhelmed. I know that I can enjoy this game.

Things I enjoy:

1. Hunting
2. Crafting
3. Grinding
4. Progressing the story after every 5-10 side-quests
5. A distracting but enjoyable mini game

Things I don't enjoy:

1. Fetch quests and back-tracking around the same areas
2. Searching for specific items
3. Item collecting (basically, I'm ok with hunting down 1-5 units of something that would give me a big boos)
4. Retreating back to camp for every little thing.

Given this, can I even enjoy Dragon Age - cuz I'm already noticing that in order to complete quests I have to return to the quest giver .. which is something I don't like.
I don't think open world games are for you then since the things you don't like are in most if not all open world games in one form or another, especially back tracking to turn in quests and searching for an item or something.

Open world games are not meant to be played in a linear fashion.

I do agree with jericho , try Witcher 3, that may be what you are asking for.
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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

There's really no effective way to approach the genre, it all comes down to preference. Personally I tend to do as much of the side quests and collectibles as possible before proceeding with the main story, other people are different though.

It does sound like the genre just might not be for you. Don't force yourself to play it if you're not enjoying it. Starting with Dragon Age: Inquisition is like jumping into the deep end of a pool, it can be an incredibly overwhelming game to get into considering the scope and size of it, you're also required to do some of the side quests before you can proceed with the main story.
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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

In open world games I love being distracted from the main quest. In series like Fallout or Elder Scrolls I can play hundreds of hours and barely touch (or care about) the main quest. That's what I love about those types of games. I can basically go anywhere I want and just have fun doing it.
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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

Role play. Who are you? What are you trying to achieve?
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Role play. Who are you? What are you trying to achieve?
That's an interesting point. I'm so used being given what to do that I've never really thought about approaching a game this way.

I'm already pretty bored with it - but willing to give it a shot. The story is great so far ... Maybe I'll do a speed run at first on casual and after putting in a few hours restart it on a higher setting.

I actually would have started with Witcher 3, but I don't actually have a next gen console. I'm playing the PS3 version ... Beggars can't be choosers. Considering that I haven't played western RPG's since Diablo II, I'm not complaining about the graphics and frame rate issues everyone else is in the community

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Re: How to approach an open world game effectively?

If only open world games has many solution to solve quest like these one.



So much possibilities, it doesn't really matter how you approach in this quest because the game will act accordingly. (limiting by your stat ofcourse)

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For me, I find open world RPG's more enjoyable when the game encourages the player to be curious. A game series like The Elder Scrolls does a fantastic job at this. From the moment you leave the tutorial areas, you're brought into a brand new world full of (seemingly) never ending lore with a huge variety of tasks, characters, dialogue, history, and consistency. I love exploring these little bits of information and if anything, I find doing that much more enjoyable than completing the main plots (unless it's The Witcher, in which case it's heavily driven by the story).
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