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Choices within games and their effect on the player's path through the game

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Do most people want the ability to "do everything" the first time they play thru a game or are people willing to have the choices they make limit the path they take thru the game? I personal think players like the idea that the choices they make have an impact on the game.
For example Mass Effect (original) you have to choose which character dies.

I ask this because I am at a cross roads in a game's development and either option is do able.
Therefore, any feedback is more than helpful!
Thank you.

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The problem is when the choices only affect a small part of the game play, especially if the changes don't affect the end or the beginning. It's lame to be expected to replay a game for 15% differences or less.

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The problem is when the choices only affect a small part of the game play, especially if the changes don't affect the end or the beginning. It's lame to be expected to replay a game for 15% differences or less.


Conversely if choices are too important players will whine and bitch that they didn't get to do every exact thing and have every exact outcome that they wanted. And god forbid making poor choices affects your ability to finish a game instead of altering some random story aspect.

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