I'm actually joining these forums only to post in this thread.
Ringwraith wrote:That's exactly what I'm telling you as it's the truth, they wouldn't have been able to release the game with such an array of unmoderated user-made content otherwise, and at least some of the functionality is better than none at all.
Even though they might have been forced to by strict in their restrictions, they could still have done a much better job. I have plenty of complaints regarding the mapmaking itself, but what completely kills the whole idea of being able to play other player's custom maps is the fact that you have no way of telling what kind of map "map x" is, what kind of rating "map x" has etc, etc without actually pressing on every single darn map and having the screen load for a while each time. I figure these silly restrictions prevent NISA from letting players actually name the maps themselves, but heck... at the very least they could incorperate a map-naming system similar to the "description/hobby" stuff. Of course, I'd appreciate if people could name their maps something more informative than "Prinny Juice".
Something as incredibly simple as being able to tell whenever this is a "grinding map", "boss map" or "puzzle map" before you actually load the map would do a lot. And perhaps a selection of at least 50 different additional words to give your map's title something a little unique. It took me two seconds to think of such a solution, and I'm 100% certain that NISA would have no trouble allowing something like that.
Even if the actual map creation had no limitations at all, the activity of custom online maps would die out quickly without the ability to tell maps apart before going through a loading screen a million times. I could see myself scrolling through a list of maps and suddenly stopping at "puzzle map - bacon", but why would anyone bother when the absolutely only thing you see is strength-ranked numbers? This part could have been handled better, with little additional effort and no risk of allowing players to be offensive.
Regarding the map creation itself, it really do feel more crippled than it should need to be. I can't think of a single reason to disallow two boxes being placed beside and/or on top of each other. Sure, if you could place hundreds of boxes however you wanted, you could create a giant penis out of them or something like that. Then, just set a limitation to the amount of "connected" similar objects instead of disallowing them being connected completely.
And I wouldn't have as much of an issue with the premade parts you build your maps with, if they had actually been better thought out and made any sense. There are so many parts that can't be connected to other parts in a way that makes it look natural. Certain parts could really use a "mirror" option rather than just turning them around, since it's absolutely impossible to create something symetrical out of non-symetrical parts otherwise. And to be honest, if they were forced to use such ridiculous restrictions for the parts, how come they were even able to allow geo panels and geo blocks? Even without kuroineko's hilarious screenshots, it doesn't take much to figure out that geo panels are far easier to use for "bad purposes" than actual terrain in any shape or form.
Finally, I will admit that I have seen and played a few actually good custom made maps that I was able to enjoy and find interesting. A very few, but at least they exist. Too bad others won't be able to easily find them without going through an incredible amount of garbage and pure CP-farming maps, but oh well.
Ringwraith wrote:Seeing as the naming is in-engine, it would have to built completely differently to accommodate different names, not to mention the way is it works is that it takes the names of the characters you put in it, so even the normal naming system would be restricted using this method of pre-set words and names.
Even so, I doubt they would have lots of trouble simply incorperating a function that allows you to pick online aliases for your characters, combining a maximum of two words/names from a list.
Ringwraith wrote:Also, you can't really put a filter in, as people will always find always around it, so it won't do much.
People will always find their way around it, just like they will always find their way around absolutely anything - like the map parts and exploiting geo panels. So the only way to be safe, is to simply make all these online-related things DLC. Make it free DLC, and it's actually a quite good idea that I would approve of if it allowed more freedom in map creation and making your pirates unique by giving them your very own names.
I know this is the first time Disgaea has online features and allows map making, but... my expectations were so high before I actually tried these features out that I was left with a massive disappointment when I found out how many ridiculous restrictions there was.
When all is said and done, I have found some enjoyment in Disgaea 4's online features. But the shortcomings and all the limitations that I feel shouldn't even be there brings down something that could have been freaking amazing, to just being "average". Unless NISA finds a better way to pull it off in Disgaea 5, I'll seriously import the japanese version instead and just watch the story scenes in english on YouTube (assuming I it would be possible to go online with a japanese version of the game on a PAL PS3). In fact, I would probably have gotten the japanese Disgaea 4, if it wasn't because I've already spent a little over 200 hours on this game and really don't feel like starting from scratch ( I doubt my PAL savefile would work on the japanese version ).
...okay, I'm done with my long rant now.
Oh, and I might as well take this opportunity to say that if anyone ever duels Shads777's pirates or plays on Shads777's maps (and yes, that's me), know that the big, beefy black Baciel with over 300 million HP has a real name, which is "Artificial Ass". And he got that name because of an accident in the bathroom, when he was taking a dump. You see, when he was going to wipe his ass, he accidently tried to use his gun-arm to do so. Big mistake. Lacking health insurance, he asked Mao to help him quite literary "save his ass". Even bigger mistake.