Is it worth playing a game if all of it's story has been spoiled?
I have personally been heavily spoiled when it comes to certain games, Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shadow of the Colossus (in both story and how to beat certain bosses.)
Would you say that there is even a point to playing story-driven games if you've never played them but have already seen the entirety of the story?
Let's say for example: Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger, if you've never played them but already know the entirety of the story, every twist, turn, and sidequest through stuff like Youtube, Gaming Magazines, etc, would you say they're worth playing at that point?
I feel this is wayyyy different then someone who's beaten the game and decided to play it again, as you've already gotten through the game at that point.
Honestly, my vote is yes, they are or can be worth playing.
In the case of FF7, unless you've watched a full, 40-odd hour lets play of the game, you're not going to see everything. You're not going to get all the little character interactions and see the plot unfold the way the characters do. Sure, you might know what's coming, but it's the getting there that's interesting. Plus there are other things to appreciate in games like that. FF7 has a combat system a lot of people really like, and a fantastic musical score that accompanies your gameplay.
I'll give another example. A "divisive" game like Last of Us 2. I was, like a lot of people, spoiled before the game came out. Now, I didn't much care because at the time I had, iirc, little desire to play it. But I eventually did play it and while I still think the story and characters are largely shite, I do like things like the gameplay, the world design and such.
I do think the question is a relative one, but for me the answer is yes. Play the game, form your own opinion on it.
I mean, it still depends, would you still watch Citizen Kane if you knew Rosebud was a sled? I can't imagine many who would, it's a great movie, but that's the big twist and it would ruin a lot of the movie for you.
How can you honestly say reading a book online or irl is different then experiencing them? It's not, not really.
With video games it's an interactive medium, making a lot more detrimental if anything, and they take a lot longer to get through then movies and even books 99.9% of the time. So if the big pay-off of the game is "this person did this", or "that person did that".
This is more about "journey vs destination". But some games ARE the destination, having an ending ruined sucks.
Like Shadow of the Colossus, most of the fun is the gratification you get from learning how the bosses work on your own. I remember the instant feeling of shame I had after I looked up how to beat a certain Colossi. I ruined it for myself, and it ****ing sucked, especially once I realized how easy it was to beat said Colossi.
But I do agree, these shouldn't stop you outright from playing or even beating the game. It does remove majority of what could've been a magical first-time experience though.
In this day and age it's almost impossible to avoid spoilers though. Imagine trying to play Final Fantasy VII for the first time in 2021, lmao. Everyone knows who the villain is.
Citizen Kane is a bad example. People do not watch Citizen Kane repeatedly because of the twist ending.
A better example would be The Sixth Sense.....it's a good movie but the twist is the main reason why it was so popular....people wouldn't talk about it if the twist wasn't one of the best during that decade.
I think games are slightly different than other media......you can still enjoy the game if you enjoy the gameplay. Books are all about the story...movies can be about the story and the cinematics.....games is about story but more importantly, the gameplay.
LIke I know how Mass Effect ending...but I still want to play the Remastered version. I know how Dead Space ends...but the gameplay keeps from coming back.
Though in the case of a game, the "experience" is entirely dependent on the gameplay if you already know the entire story. If it's got shit gameplay, and you already watched every cutscene, no point IMO.
Fuk no lol. You've got that backwards.
Most jRPGs have shitty cookie cutter anime type stories, with anime tropey @ss characters. I'm 100% there for the badass turn based combat (for those that have them, anyways). The depth jRPGs offer in this category is ridiculous.
Last edited by Arachnid1 on Apr 2nd, 2021 at 09:08 PM
I get that. I just don't consider most of Skyrim's gameplay to be that exceptional. I mean, the world is great, and there's lots of little things to find and all that, but I don't rate the gameplay as a whole to be on the level he's saying it is.