Other Ways to Create Self-Created Stories

We've looked at a number of ways of giving the player the feeling that he or she can create his or her own story. Let's review that list and expand upon it a bit:

  • Multi-path structure, so that the plot actually splits

  • Different ways of accomplishing your missions

    • Choosing different weapons, armor, spells, and so on

    • Choosing different characters to play, with each role offering it's own abilities and choices of weapons, armor, spells, etc.

    • Different styles of accomplishing the mission, such as stealth or force

  • Giving a game with a story some additional non-story ways of playing, such as:

    • Optional side-missions

    • The ability to explore environments (and usually find something of potential use or acquiring skills or ranking that allows you to pursue either story mode or non-story mode activities more effectively)

    • Mini-games (games within the game), which can be quite creative in nature. GTA III and Vice City allow you to steal police cars and get assignments to track down and kill criminals; you can grab an ambulance and rescue people; you can cause mayhem on foot or in cars in numerous different ways.

  • Changing the game environment

    • Changing the sound-track

    • Changing the physical environment you play in

Creating Emotion in Games. The Craft and Art of Emotioneering
Creating Emotion in Games: The Craft and Art of Emotioneering
ISBN: 1592730078
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 394

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