crispy4000 Posted October 18, 2018 Share Posted October 18, 2018 Playing so much DQXI recently got me thinking about this. At least on the surface, I've learned I'm more interested in games that aren't afraid to lead with a lighter tone. Maybe it's just a comfort food thing, but I'd rather 'live in' a world that's not always so bleak and grimy, especially over an extended period of time. When I'm choosing what games to play or buy next, I almost always pick ones that are more 'spirited' than gritty. That's not to say I don't get dark vibes. The obvious benefit is that the stakes can feel higher, and better fit within a genre of choice (ie: horror). But in those games, I welcome comic relief or a distinctly 'video game-y' soundtrack, just to cut the edge down a bit. I almost never play straight up horror games. This time of year reminds me of that. Another thing 'lighter tone' games tend to be able to do better are tonal shifts. As the stakes raise, the visual style and plot can easier change to reflect that. There's more room. Life is Strange is a masterclass in it. To the Moon as well. Come to think of it, there's a lot of games that do this really well. Terranigma might be one of my all time favorites, for revealing that the peaceful starting town was Spoiler literally hell. What do you prefer? Which are you more drawn to on the surface? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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