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Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Flake Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:07 pm

I am trying to get together a list of games where the time affects the gameplay, be it the time of day or the year or the month...

I know NiGHTS and Animal Crossing do this. What are some other significant titles with this kind of gameplay convention?

EDIT: The list so far as provided by you kindly folks

Animal Crossing Series
Boktai
Mana Khemia
NiGHTS series
Nier
Pokemon Series
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by AppleQueso Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:10 pm

you should probably clarify whether you want examples of games with time travel plots.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Gooseberrysoda Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:12 pm

Pokemon G/S/C do, if you get the Pokerus. Too bad that almost never happens.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Flake Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:14 pm

AppleQueso wrote:you should probably clarify whether you want examples of games with time travel plots.


I am talking about gameplay conventions, not plot. I am curious about games where an internal clock or some other manner of determining 'when' it is affects the gameplay to include changes in game presentation, changes in actual gameplay, changes in difficulty, etc.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by noiseredux Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:15 pm

not a "clock" but I feel inclined to mention Boktai with it's solar sensor determining how many vampires will be out and about.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Anapan Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:24 pm

Mana Khemia on PS2 has a clock that affects what enemies are around (sometimes), how tough they are (night time makes everything much harder), and which items you can find/farm/mine/catch. The plot is advanced by time as well. I think the other games in the series have the same game play gimmick.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by YoshiEgg25 Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:24 pm

Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal (GBC), Diamond/Pearl/Platinum (DS), and HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS) have different Pokemon depending on the time of day, have different Pokemon depending on what day it is, and G/S/C/HG/SS have certain people appear that give you gifts depending on the day.

Along with Animal Crossing (GCN), don't forget Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) and Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii).
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Czernobog Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Nier on PS3 that has an internal clock which definitely affects some of the side quests like......gardening.......and.....fishing maybe.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by MrHealthy Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:27 pm

Gooseberrysoda wrote:Pokemon G/S/C do, if you get the Pokerus. Too bad that almost never happens.


Ummm, time of day / day of week also affects wild pokemon battles, and certian trainer battles and NPC locations.

This is true for all latter hand held pokemon games too. So R/S/E on GBA (to a lesser extent), D/P/Pt on DS, HG/SS on DS and B/W on DS.
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Re: Games where the time affects gameplay?

by Gamerforlife Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:33 pm

Sort of obscure, but I remember a Dynasty Warriors game where you could decide the kinds of bodyguards the game would generate for you by playing around with the clock or date on your system

There's a quest in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin that can only be completed when the little hand on your DS clock is on 12
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