3 months ago #8
Autosaving is often a great idea except for when it's not. Some games have a habit of autosaving at the most inopportune moments that prevent you from going back. This usually happens in areas where you are just exploring around, and you do something like walk through a seemingly innocuous door that closes and locks behind you even though you weren't done exploring the area. Because of the autosave, you now can't go back to continue exploring. You could have missed a simple collectable, or you could have missed something cool like a weapon, upgrade, useful item or even something like a neat interaction between the characters that helps to explain the lore better.

The Uncharted games are good examples of this. You could pass some kind of obstacle, for example crawling under a large low hanging tree branch, but then the tree branch falls behind you after you pass under it and the game autosaves RIGHT at that point, overwriting your single save file. Oh, you were intending to explore that area a little more to look for artefacts first before progressing? Tough luck, you don't have a choice but to keep pushing forward now.
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3 months ago
Autosaving is often a great idea except for when it's not. Often, the game will autosave at the most inopportune moments that prevent you from going back. This usually happens in areas where you are just exploring around, and you do something like walk through a seemingly innocuous door that closes and locks behind you even though you weren't done exploring the area. Because of the autosave, you now can't go back to continue exploring. You could have missed a simple collectable, or you could have missed something cool like a weapon, upgrade, useful item or even something like a neat interaction between the characters that helps to explain the lore better.

The Uncharted games are good examples of this. You could pass some kind of obstacle, for example crawling under a large low hanging tree branch, but then the tree branch falls behind you after you pass under it and the game autosaves RIGHT at that point, overwriting your single save file. Oh, you were intending to explore that area a little more to look for artefacts first before progressing? Tough luck, you don't have a choice but to keep pushing forward now.