I used to love RPGs. They have been my bread & butter since the Apple IIe.
That is no longer the case. I played Dark Souls II for a few days and was bored to death. I can only play the Witcher 3 in very short amounts before feeling like I could be doing anything else and it would be better.
I partly at least blame it on the games getting more “open world” like. Sure, it may be great to have more options, but really?! I’m supposed to be the hero. I’m supposed to stop the evil villains. But wait, this guy needs me to rescue his puppy. I’ll do it since you never know, this puppy may show up at the final boss battle and distract it by piddling under its feet so I can win!
Herbs you say, oh let me go collect them for you.
There’s a bounty for this Chimera, get out of here! You know I’m on it! I’m sure the evil villain(s) who plan to destroy the world as we know it will wait until I go find the bait and deal with this nuisance first so I can build xp and collect some coins.
Do the main storyline first you say and then do the sidequests after. Umm sure……I’ll be the former hero who saved the world and now collects Druffalo* dung for the local farmers because yeah! Or I can go rescue someone’s balloons that floated away. That’s what I’m all about….because I’m not a real hero until I get Platinum.
Maybe there are some newer good ones out there or someone can convince me this “open world” thing is good for RPGs.
*Why the f##k don’t they just call it Buffalo?
Last I knew the NWF wasn’t prosecuting anyone for using real animal names. They should prosecute those who can’t think of unique animals/names but think changing a letter makes it feel more fantasy-like.