For years I have been under the impression that I’ve never been and will never be a fan of loot-based games. You know, those titles that all you do in them is loot. Loot for more powerful gear. Loot for more items to trade or just loot because you love having the shiniest thing to show off. Please do not misunderstand me in any way, I am not knocking down loot-based games at all. I am merely trying to point out the fact that loot-based titles can sometimes be obscure or perhaps just have been right under your nose all this time and you’ve never noticed it or perhaps refused to take notice…this is me.
Indeed, titles such as (thanks Wookiee for opening my eyes) Destiny, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Tom Clancy’s The Division and to my biggest surprise Monster Hunter all have one thing in common: looting. We begin the games looting to create bigger/stronger armour, weapons or gear only to reach a certain level within the games to loot some more to create, surprise surprise, bigger/stronger armour, weapons or gear. Obviously, each of these games also has a story entwined within them so that helps obscure the looting however when it boils down to it the core mechanic or principal of the titles are looting. Take one of my favourite franchises, for instance, Monster Hunter has you looting from the get-go. Once you slay or capture a monster you can carve it for loot and the game awards you loot after every successful quest. Once you’ve reached the end of the story within the game what happens thereafter, well many Monster Hunter fans will agree with me when we say that this is where the true game begins. The objective is simple, keep looting for stronger items to craft even more powerful gear that’ll allow you to take on even more powerful monsters that are often introduced post game. Of course, in this case, your loot fights back, quite literally. So, my burning question this week is perhaps a simple yet intriguing one – do you play, like or in any way a fan of loot-based games? What do you think of them in general and like me, have you just never noticed?