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The Blackangel

Spots in games you never could have made it through without a guide

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Everyone has to have been there at least once. You get to a spot in a game, and spend possibly months trying to advance with no luck. The path forward is hidden so well that nothing is giving you any clue forward. I've been there. As I'm playing FF8 right now there's a spot on disc 1 that made me think of this topic. Quistis, Zell, and Selphie have just gotten back to Caraway's mansion to apologize to Rinoa and are now locked in. There's a painting in the room that is supposed to be a clue, albeit one that is not any form of good. How the hell are you supposed to know that taking a glass off the shelf and putting it in the statues hand will open a secret passage? If I hadn't had a guide in the beginning, I would never have made it to disc 2. There is no possible way that someone would look at that and instantly know what to do.

A guide was required. Also some of the GF's are so well hidden and the items needed to get them are so well hidden that you're shit out of luck without a guide, unless you're the luckiest person alive.

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On 1/8/2020 at 9:19 AM, The Blackangel said:

. How the hell are you supposed to know that taking a glass off the shelf and putting it in the statues hand will open a secret passage?

That is EXACTLY the sort of thing that sends me to the internet looking for a solution. I am not a huge fan of puzzles in general, but if they have a clear, underlying logic to them, that’s usually something I can deal with. But like you said, how the hell were you even supposed to think of taking those required random actions to access the passage? What thought process was supposed to make you go, “Oh, obviously I need to do this?”

I can’t think of specific examples, but there were a couple of those for me in Skyrim, and also in Dragon Age. Once I understood what I was supposed to be doing, I could complete the puzzles without further assistance, but I had to look up what I was meant to be doing in the first place. I really resent when these things crop up out of nowhere unexpectedly, as it is a massive disruption to my gaming.

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