First of all, the Project Eternity wiki source for Modes.
In a discussion on Xenonauts forums (great game by the way, it's still Early Access but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys tactical turn-based games) I'm discussing an Ironman suggestion and what it means to me. No one agrees with me over there lol, partially because I'm probably intruding on their established community circle regardless... it made me curious to see what people stand on the subject of "Ironman" over here.
What is Ironman to you?
To me, in fact I didn't really know what Ironman really was up until 7 or 8 months ago. I had seen it but I had stayed away from it, or played it and not fully understanding it. I researched it and got excited about it and now I always play it whenever the option is available. Only 1 Save, Permanent Death, Save File gets deleted and so and so forth. In a sense, in terms of risks, it is the most realistic mode as there is no "turning back" when or if you make a mistake, in a way a la "in real life you can't ever save".
To me Ironman means this:
- No Auto-Saves (No Checkpoint Saves)
- Only Save & Quit (Single Save File)
- When you load the game, the Save File is Deleted
- Save Scumming = If you Copy the Saved File and put it somewhere safe
- Only 1 Life (If you make mistakes you tread on and do the best out of it), Rogue-like-ish
- A true incentive for tactical, careful, strategical and slower paced gameplay because of real risks
- Arcade-like-ish (Get to the final boss, die, start over from the beginning)
What ticks me off about Xenonauts Ironman is, it is not the Ironman I researched or that I have experienced in other games. Death of my units is not permanent because I have a save file from an earlier state. It Auto-Saves after every mission you do, and you can Load the Save file whenever (And when you Load it, it isn't deleted). So Xenonauts is using a sort of "Light Version" of Ironman in my opinion. It is not too much of a big deal really, as I can manually delete save files (alt+tab and save file folder) to get the real Ironman experience I am looking for.
The topic makes me curious though: Is this what "Ironman" is today? Auto-Saveman? How will Eternity play on Ironman? Will it Auto-Save every now and then like Xenonauts? Does Save Files get deleted when loading? When can I Save? Could I get more insight into this from anyone of the Devs? I'm also curious what the community thinks about Ironman here.
The suggestion is as follows:
If Obsidian feels uncomfortable at putting "No Auto-Saves", "Save & Quit" and "Delete Save File Loading" in the game, could it be possible to at least add it as an optional "switch" thing in a text config file?
Default values (if Obsidian feels uncomfortable about it, which the Xenonauts developers seem to be):
Auto-Saves = 1
Save & Quit = 0
Delete Save when Loading = 0
Ironman values (to me, which would have to be manually adjusted by opening the config file):
Auto-Saves = 0
Save & Quit = 1
Delete Save when Loading = 1
Edited by Osvir, 27 September 2013 - 05:00 PM.