Alright, enough. I’m done. I don’t care how good it looks when you open it. I don’t care how it sounds as the lock pops open and the contents spill out. And I don’t care what’s inside, either, despite the beams of light and joyful fanfare that suggest I should be beside myself with glee. I am sick of loot.
It used to be fun. I played a bit of WOW, and some Diablo III, and it was a refreshing way of making me want to keep playing. When you find a pair of magical trousers with flames coming off them that do poison damage to anything that gets too close to you, well, how can you complain about that? In isolation, you can’t, but when you’re getting magic-poison-fire trousers in every game, it’s not so exciting.
Suddenly it feels like every game I play has a loot system of some kind. I love
Overwatch, but the more I play it, the more it feels like it’s a game about collecting costumes for virtual action figures that just happens to have one of the best multiplayer games of all time inside it. Some of the group I play with have spent hundreds on attempts to get a new skin for their favourite character, and since the system’s random, they’ve often failed. It sours the game for them – a game that, for my money, is perilously close to perfect. Without loot, it might be, though I suppose it would make less money, and that’s all that really matters.
In Diablo III, it felt novel. In Borderlands and Destiny, I could dig it. But by the time
The Division came around I realised I was tired of the gear grind, but now I look at my PS4 library and it’s just everywhere, from
Alienation to Injustice 2, No Man’s Sky to Tekken 7. Well, no more. From this day forth I will have a zero-tolerance approach to videogame loot. A brilliant game should be reward enough by itself. Everything else is just a flaming pair of silly trousers. Steve Dyson
We’d love to agree with you, but that would mean waving goodbye to such office staples as Destiny and Puzzle & Dragons, which we’re afraid simply isn’t happening. We hope the next 12 months of PlayStation Plus bring you plenty of loot-free fun, though.