What's your favorite presentation style for RPGs?

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Chip Hageman
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I was going to make a poll of this but I can't seem to figure out how to do it.
So here goes...

What's your favorite presentation style for RPGs?


1) Top-down (Ultima/Tile style). e.g. Ultima 1-5.
2) Isometric Tile (3/4 View) e.g. Ultima 6-8.
3) Turn based 3D. e.g. Bard's Tale, Wizardry.
4) Pseudo Real-time 3D. e.g. Eye of the Beholder I-II-III, Lands of Lore, Dungeon Master I-II.
5) Real-time 3D. e.g. Ultima Underworld, Elder Scrolls III, Elder Scrolls IV, Dragon Age.

Personally, I've always been partial to Top-down tile views. My favorite Ultima's are 4 and 5. They ran very well on my system at the time. I found Ultima 6's technology really got in the way of it's great story. Now, most of that is because my PC wasn't able to handle it, but I also felt the game could have been done just as well with U5's engine and been accessible to more people.

Tainting Garriotts great engine... I still haven't forgiven Chris Roberts (Times of Lore) for that. :-)

-Gandalf42

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Chip Hageman
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Phantasie Series

I completely agree, Phantasie was a great RPG series. I had a lot of fun with those games.

-Gandalf42

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Bill Loguidice
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If I had to pick one, it

If I had to pick one, it would be 1 for me, though certainly my bias can come from the first CRPG I fell in love with, Phantasie, and my general preference (applicable to more than just CRPG's) for the unbeatable clarity of overhead viewpoints.

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clok1966
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Would be 4 for me, The first

Would be 4 for me, The first computer RPG I played was Ultima II, and I was hooked. Since then I have played most. But the ones I played in my early 20's where ehte ones I remeber fondly. EOB1 and 2, Dungeon Master, and My all time favorite BLACK CRYPT (why they never finished the PC port..... they should have). I also have a soft spot for the Might & Magic WORLD of XEEN set of 3 games (actually playe throuhg um all again a bout a year ago) I believe they are M&M III and IV (and combined make another game). Nowdays the Oblivion games are pretty Impressive.. I am not the fan of Dragons Age most are, its a good game, but for me is missing something, I'm not sure what, but its just not what I hoped it would be. Personally DEMONS SOULS for the PS3 is the best RPG (lose translation, its a bit more action) I have played in years, its 100% dependent on my skill, not a roll of the dice. If "I" see the trap, if "I" dodge the attack, if"I" use the correct weapon or attack.

Mark Vergeer
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1 (including 3) and 5

I would have to go with 1 (combined with 3) and 5. 1 has always worked for me on the old computers and 8 and 16 bit consoles.
On the PC I am very partial to 1 for turn based and c&c like games and 5 for the explorative adventure games. The latter is often contaminated with FPS tendencies though.
Good poll.

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