Yeah its basically the “screw it do whatever you want” solution.
Edit: I get why the decision to allow evil spells makes sense from a financial/dev resources perspective. It’s infinitely easier to just let players “shoot” baddies and clear them from the game world than have a ton of incapacitated enemies hogging all the memory or needing to explain why the poachers you defeated 3 weeks ago are still tied up. And going the other way, building real in-game consequences for using Dark Arts would cost more and add more dev time, etc, and you’d still have to explain why evil Harold Puffer can blast enemies into smithereens and still get kudos from all the teachers.
It just doesn’t make much sense at all from a worldbuilding/lore perspective.
Agreed, and Hogwarts itself is an interesting enough world to not even bother with the outside, it reminds me of Richie Rich’s mansion in the comics, it was so big you could always write a new “wing” and have it be completely novel and funky.
When I first heard about this game, I was pretty neutral about it. Then as I heard more and more I started developing a bit of an interest, to the point where I thought I would probably get it, no questions asked.
But for some inexplicable reason, the final trailers have somewhat dampened my interest. And I can’t quite say why. I’m trying to figure myself out, even after 65 years! I’m no super HP fan so I don’t have any philosophical quibbles with killing people or how the game implements the universe. And I feel like I can hold an opinion on Rowling’s views and evaluate the game in a separate mental box. So it’s just… I’m not sure. Something about the game makes me wanna hold back and see reviews and gameplay from actual people as opposed to scripted gameplay demos and trailers.
So I’m looking forward to the game release and the flood of information that will bring, but I’m not completely on board yet.
Me too, pretty much. I’m intrigued, but I want to see what a bigger set of players feels about it. Particularly, I’m interested in how much exploration/physical world building there is around Hogwarts itself. I’m hoping it’s more than a Potemkin village.
I got to the same place. I’ve only looked at a few of these previews to see if I’d want to pull the trigger but there is clearly a bias from them that they are Harry Potter fans. I’m looking for honest opinions before I decide to pay full price.