Recommendations: co-op, distinct roles, cool powers, light inventory management, and more
I am wondering what sort of games are out there that hit a lot of the boxes I'm thinking of:
-Co-op: The focus of the game must be on co-operative play. A single player mode or single player with AI filling in for human teammates is fine, but the game should have a well-realized co-op mode. The game should be pure co-op, rather than team vs. team competitive multiplayer.
-Distinct Roles: Each player should have a distinct (mechanical) role in the group as a whole, rather than each player being able to do every task. The players should work together, rather than each player essentially doing what they would have been doing in a single-player game. These roles can be pre-determined by the game, or self-selected by the players.
-Cool Powers: As a corollary to the above, players may be differentiated from one another by the abilities or powers that their character has access to that other players might not (or players choose a small number of powers from a larger set which forces players to differentiate their characters).
-No (or minor) level disparities: Someone who has put 30 hours into the game should still be able to play with a new player without a huge imbalance in the game mechanics, and preferably without having to repeat a lot of the same content by starting from scratch.
-No (or minor) inventory management: Many MMOs will hit lots of these points, but I find myself often irritated by inventory management in the way of equipment, potions, crafting, etc. In-game time should be focused on the group engaging one another, not being buried in a menu comparing one sword to another.
-Players can switch up their character or role: As nice as it is to put a hundred hours into one character, I like being able to try the different roles available to play. If one person can't play on a particular night, it shouldn't leave the entire group without an integral role.
-Player progression: Let's face it: getting new stuff is awesome. Getting more powers or perks over the course of the game can open up a player's ability to fill a distinct role for the group.
If you can think of any games that might be of interest to me, post it below and make an argument for it!
- [+] Dice rolls