The durability of weapons and its application in sports have long been a hot topic among sportsmen. Some love it, some are fine with it, and others hate it. And those feelings depend on who you’re talking to about the subject. I think of games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when a weapon gains durability, as this was a hotly debated aspect of its release (I personally didn’t mind it at all).
Love it or hate it, weapon durability is one feature that will never die out in games, and that’s okay because when done right, it’s a helpful way to push players toward something new. It is possible In 2011’s Dead Island, weapon durability was a big part of the experience, and the feature will return in Dead Island 2 when it hits PlayStation and Xbox consoles and PC. on 28 April, As for why, it’s because developer Dambuster Studios sees it as a useful tool in guiding players.
“With sustainability, we’re not too rigid about it,” game director David Stanton told me during my Dead Island 2 cover story trip. “We’re not trying to be a survivor simulator or survivor horror game. It’s meant as a means so that we can encourage players to go back to the workbench, and to repair or match their weaponry.” Instead, maybe I’m level 10, and that favorite weapon that… a few hours ago was my favorite is still level 5. Do I really want to pay the matching level cost for that weapon, or really Maybe I’ll spend the money at a vendor and buy a new pre-modded weapon. Or maybe I’ll spend the money to implement this new mod and some materials I have.
“It’s about giving the player options and encouraging them to go back to the workspace and try something new.”
As someone who played about 8 hours of Dead Island 2 – you can read my full thoughts on that experience here newest sports informer cover story here – I agree with Stanton’s assessment of what weapon durability is doing in the game. To be honest, there really wasn’t a moment where I thought too hard about a weapon’s durability. The combat is frantic, fast-paced and chaotic. When I was in the middle of killing a horde of zombies and one weapon broke down, I’d switch to the other via my large weapon wheel, which is no longer viable due to its durability.
Sure, there were moments when one of my favorites was essentially unusable because its durability had run out, but I almost always had a second favorite ready to go. I imagine it would be easier to get involved with weapons in Dead Island 2 — I especially loved my Slaying Cremator Cleaver and Enhanced Impactor Improved Hammer — but in my eight hours with the game, I probably got more involved than 100 other people. had to face. If one of your weapons breaks, a new favorite is probably not far away.
For more information about the game, Read my Dead Island cover story here and then head sports informer Dead Island 2 Exclusive Coverage Hub For stories you can’t find anywhere else, like Why the game is set in a city that isn’t an island or the detailed description of the two survivors of Dead Island 2, donor And ryan, You will also find exclusive gameplay in videos like this How Dambuster Studios records the sounds of zombie guts in Dead Island 2 and updates about our hands-on time Dead Island 2 cover story discussion episode game informer show,
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