That's actually something i've been thinking of for a long time.
Although, I wasn't too sure how people would feel about me making run
the default in Mysteries of the Ancients. Although, it seams more people
do use the run command more than the walk command.
A number of mainstream games I play have run as the default movement
command. In most of the Tomb Raider games they have it set up so if you
push up arrow by itself Lara Croft will break out into a run which is
good for fast movement away from enemies, or just to get around the
level faster. However, to get her to walk slowly up towards a ledge,
sneek up on an enemy, you would press the shift key with up arrow and
she'll move slow so she can avoid certain traps, navigate ledges, and
other dangerous situations. All and all it is a rather nice feature, and
in those games walking or running is more a part of a strategy rather
than an option.
Case in point. In Tomb Raider Last Revelation there is a room full of
spikes. You can't run through them, obviously, and you can't jump over
them. However, do to the fact they are spread apart if you put Lara in
walk mode she will slowly step over and around them until she makes it
safely to the other side of the room where she'll find, wonder of
wonders, a lever to lower the spikes. This is a matter of using the
right movement command for the situation rather than simply choosing to
move faster or slower through the game levels. There is a reason for
doing both in the game.
When you mentioned a sneek mode you reminded me of Tomb Raider Angel of
Darkness where this feature comes quite in handy. There is this one part
on the first level where Lara is walking along a ledge, outside this
apartment, when there is this guard standing outside, well, guarding the
place. You can have Lara sneek slowly up on him, and knock him out
before he even knows what hit him. In later levels it becomes harder to
do that sort of thing, but there are plenty of cases where it comes down
right necessary to sneek around crooks, cops, and anyone else you don't
want to spot or hear Lara as she tries to recover the paintings and
clear her name.
I'll be watching this thread to see how many people agree with you. I
certainly agree, this is something I'd like to do, and we will see.
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