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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:03 PM
Title says it all.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:40 PM
Depends on the sub genre, there are the arcade style FPS like Serious Sam that keeps you immersed by mixing up the combinations of enemies and throwing in the odd puzzle and there are tactical narrative driven experiences like almost any of the modern shooters that use the pacing of story telling to keep you buried in the killing without losing your taste for it. Many decent shooters mix these elements. In the case of a zombie shooter its more the Serious Sam style of play. Arma goes another direction by keeping you busy with tactical and strategic focus, taking the player away from the gun just long enough to make them think they understand the battlefield. Elder scrolls could technically be considered a FPRPG but it deserves to be mentioned that other genres can be married to the genre to immerse gamers as well.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:09 PM
Brown colour palettes, macho characters that swear too much, first-person cut-scenes, quick-time-events and tonnes of dirt and blood on my camera lens.
Yes, just kidding
Fluid or realistic motion of your character always makes me feel much more connected to the character.
I love in the Arma games that you can independently move your head and your gun -- your mouse will just move your gun until it's moved to some (configurable) threshold value, and then your character's body starts to turn. Also, you can hold alt to just turn your character's head without turning their body. If you're really into it and own a TrackIR (or use free-track), then that increases immersion immensely, as after a while your own head/neck become a direct game peripheral linked to your in-game head/neck.
After playing Arma too much, now when I play other games, I instinctively jerk my head to the side by a few degrees to check my periphery and for a moment wonder why my in-game camera didn't rotate, it's become that natural I wish every FPS supported these devices...
Arma also breaks from FPS tradition of the first-person weapon being drawn over the scene at the end, and instead your entire 3rd-person body is visible in 1st-person mode -- your arms/gun/legs/chest are visible to yourself exactly the same way that they're visible to others. It always annoys me in a regular shooter, say Counter-Strike, where you think you're hidden behind that crate, but to other people, your gun is sticking out around the corner -- there's no way for you to know, because your 1st person view of yourself is completely different to the 3rd person view of yourself that others see, so you never really feel fully connected to the environment.
Unfortunately many of Arma's other animations are really poor and jerky, like jumping over fences, changing stances, or reloading, which all make you feel very disconnected from your character...
Other examples of fluid movement that I love are FarCry 2's crouch-slides, or BF3's vaulting of obstacles -- when you sprint at a concrete barrier and jump over it, you actually see your character place his hand on top of it and see your legs swing over. The camera also bobs the right amount to make you feel like you're actually connected to the world and the character.
Edited by Hodgman, 12 January 2013 - 10:12 PM.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:03 PM
Sound weird, but the story.
A good story built around a solid FPS engine is great for me. Kind of lots of places to explore, traps, tricks, quests, and more.
This. My favorite FPS games are all ones which had a strong story and interesting characters. If you combine that with some interesting gameplay (such as Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun), you have a winner.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:04 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:58 AM
Edited by Bluefirehawk, 13 January 2013 - 04:00 AM.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:32 AM
I would have to say a mix of story and atmosphere.
One of my favourite classics from the 2000's era was Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. The game suffered a botched PC port which had some nasty bugs in it, but when the game ran stable, I can't think of anything else that really immersed me more. It really sets a dark, sombre, long-time-ago tone and it holds you in there for however long it takes you to get through the game. I think that's one of the things that also made Half-Life and Deus Ex so magical. They had these unique environments with just the right kinds of colours, characters, and story etc and as a result it really drags you in, starts to get you believing in this beautiful non-existent place.
Story and characters also plays a huge role. If you get emotionally in touch with the characters and their emotional plights (Half-Life 2 etc, and although it's not really an FPS, a game like Mass Effect would set a great standard for characters), it really helps bring you into the world. It makes you want to really visit that place! Even if it doesn't exist. You want to visit that place, you want it to be real, and to be that protagonist, interact with those people, characters, and explore this world which seems to be so well thought out that it could almost exist. I guess the more thought that goes into making it seem believable or just beautiful, really seems to help create a more believable experience, and combined with the right art style, can create incredible immersion.
Sound design and music, ambiance also plays a huge role. I guess in the end, pretty much every aspect of games design (the models, animations, sound design, music design, story, characters, locations, even the engine itself) all play vital roles in making an immersive experience.
Edited by James Miller, 13 January 2013 - 08:34 AM.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:31 PM
I've noticed games that have pretty long segments of no shooting tend to be the most immersive. Half Life 2 and Halo:CE I have good memories of just wandering around for a little bit experiencing the world without being distracted by things trying to kill me like clockwork every 30 seconds.
-Mark the Artist
Digital Art and Technical Design
Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:59 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:39 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:39 AM
And what about the story dude?
The story was quite good in that game, and was well presented, mostly through a series of recorded log messages you find throughout the game and contact messages you receive. A good story can probably help with immersion, but in this case the quality audio stands on it's own -- the game was immersive even in the multi-player mode with no story.
- Jason Astle-Adams
Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:55 PM
I wrote something in my journal/database (evernote) on what I enjoyed about FPSs while working on my RPG concept. Yes it sounds off topic but that is because of what is offered in my concept for that RPG lol..
ToG:DoaNF is the RPG equivalent of an FPS. The instant sense of skill felt when taking out an enemy with your hand eye coordination in an FPS is unique if not rare across all genres. I want to be able to recreate that feeling within a RPG by making the player feel more involved in the commands issued as opposed to setting a command and watching it play out.
There are many reason a FPS can pull me in. It all depends on what content/aspect within that game I am taking into account.
- In multiplayer (PvP not CoOp), functionality/intuitive design of the controls is among the top things I look for.
- In CoOp I focus on the use of the space within the screen and how effective their pairing of a HUD or split of the screen is played out.
- In single player campaign I am more critical of the aesthetics (graphics, sounds, music) as well as how well the story progresses (flow, not so much the quality of the story).
But ya, like I tried to say in the quote without the rpg fluff: The instant sense of skill felt when taking out an enemy with your hand eye coordination in a FPS is unique if not rare across all genres. There are very few genres which give nearly as much of that instant sense of reward for your dexterity,reflexes and hand-eye cordination. Ultimately this is what immerses me in a FPS.
Edited by SinisterPride, 20 January 2013 - 07:28 PM.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:23 PM
Gameplay. I can generally look past a sub par story or graphics if the controls are solid and fun to use. Bulletstorm is a good example. Im not a big fan of the whole tongue and cheek writing and story, the game was so fun to play It kept me coming back.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:31 AM
Title says it all.
Having a threatening mysterious environment where things will be sprung on you (and probably kill you if you dont react)
Even better, having various visual/audio clues that something MAY be there ready to do the above.
Apprehension to keep you on your toes (and make you forget various limitations of all else that is shown to you).
An extention of the above would be a game that wont play the same way (on replay) so that onece/twice thru you learn all the secrets and a static/deterministic game path WILL make the same again - losing that apprehension/threat factor.
Even if you face similar opponents with similar behavior, varying the where/what/how will keep you from becoming complacent (and thus lose interest).
Edited by wodinoneeye, 21 January 2013 - 09:34 AM.
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