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4. Re: No subject Sep 26, 2005, 10:28 Moonbender
 
Reading that paragraph on action-RPG versus "pure" CRPG, I realized that really, TES is many things that I don't want in an RPG: First (or third?) person view instead of an overhead isometric view. Single-character versus the IMO far more entertaining party-based gameplay, which is more in line with the fantasy fiction and encourages specialised characters. Direct control of the action instead of (turn-based) indirect commands. I still think it's awesome, though - why? I think mostly because of the beautiful, gargantuan world; exploring is just half of the fun I get out of RPGs, it's always been that way.

Sorry for the rant.

 
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