Some people can simultaneously juggle multiple games with little issue; I am not one of those people.
As I’ve been writing about lately, I’ve got three games going at the same time: The Last Guardian, Titanfall 2, and Dishonored 2. Not to mention I’ve been replaying the original Borderlands, as well.
None of that would be much of an issue…if it weren’t for the drastically different control schemes for each of those games.
Most shooters have a uniform control scheme. If you’ve played one, you can likely pick up another and play it with little difficulty.
Borderlands is second nature to me. I will always be able to pick it up and play it. Destiny, too. Titanfall 2 is mostly similar, except for the titan controls. Just thinking about it right now, I can’t tell you what the various buttons do differently for my titan as opposed to my pilot when he is on foot.
And, sure, I can figure out the controls fairly quickly again, but there is always that supremely awkward interim where everything feels wrong, or just wrong enough to keep me from (temporarily) enjoying the game.
Add in more drastically varied control schemes and you have me wondering how to get my brain to turn one off and turn the other on.
The Last Guardian already has a somewhat antiquated control scheme. On top of that, the controls themselves are mapped strangely. It feels daunting to hop back in when I know I will be less focused on what’s going on, and more on how to get my character to do what I’m trying to get him to do.
Dishonored 2 is another game with a unique control scheme. It also has the addition of otherworldly powers which throws a bit of a wrench in the mix. I can’t remember which powers I’ve already unlocked, let alone which to use when. Again, I’m sure I’d figure it out in quick time, I’ve just been psyching myself out about hunkering down and doing it.
Next Tuesday, two games are releasing (on the same day!) that I’m incredibly excited to play. If I haven’t wrapped up these other games by then, I will have far too many sets of control schemes floating around in my mind palace and it will become even more of a cluster.
Yakuza 0 is getting a lot of early praise and it looks like just the right amount of weird for me. I’m a huge fan of absurdity in games (both in, or out, of place), and it sounds like Yakuza 0 has it in spades. It already has my attention.
But then I am always down for horror and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks atmospheric as hell and plenty tense. That also speaks to me. How will I choose which to play first? Or do I start them both and hope for the best, bouncing between two very likely disparate control schemes?
Do you struggle with varying control schemes if you juggle multiple games simultaneously? Or are there other issues? Or no issues? I’d love to discuss.
Have a safe weekend out there, friends.