For this week’s Dissecting Design, we’re returning to Half Life 2 and how Valve created a unique FPS that still stands the test of time. Valve’s design focused on multiple aspects, not just shooting, to define the Half Life 2 experience.
Stealth design has evolved over the years with varying characters and situations. Recently playing through the game 2Dark, I found its stealth design to be lacking. Creating a good stealth game relies on four key areas of thought and what they mean about playing the game.
For this episode of Dissecting Design, we’re looking at Super Meat Boy. Team Meat’s first major release, the game was an excellent example of doing a lot with a basic set of mechanics. I talked about how the developers used great level design to test the player on all the mechanics of the game.
We’ve talked about the use of RNG or randomization in game design before. When it works, it can give a game a lot of replayability. However, too much RNG and the player has no control over playing the actual game. For today’s post, I want to talk about how developers have found ways large and small to give the player a chance when the RNG Gods are not smiling on them.