I’m sorry, you haven’t researched post titles yet.

I, like many other people, bought starcraft 2 recently. I was pleasantly surprised to find in addition to the purchased upgrades in the armory there was also a research “tree” in the laboratory. Now I use the term tree loosely here since it didn’t really branch but it is at least as much of a tree as one of the royal family variety.

Despite the linear path It require choices of the player which gave it an advantage over other tech or research trees where you can get everything given enough time. I’m a big fan of informed choice. The research choices made here give the player a way to customize their game play experience.

I imagine it would be interesting to have a similar system instead of class based systems in first person type games. Spend too much time researching fire based spells and you lock yourself out of the more powerful ice based ones, that sort of deal.

I was going to go into a bit more about that but its late and I need to get up early to go to the doctor tomorrow. What games have your favorite research and/or upgrade systems and what do you like about them?

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