I would like to hear what people here think: Would this game benefit from some sort of built-in achievement system?
Obviously this game is about discovery: The community very quickly discovered the futility of creating wiki pages for each individual animal and planet, because we realised that every such seemingly unique discovery was just a recombination of certain known prosaic templates. So people smartly agreed upon animal/plant/planet/system/galaxy/crafting materials/ships shape category names, and documented and discovered these instead.
Certain types of “discoveries” can be literally found in the game files, if we wanted, we could look up how many template pieces exist. We know there is not one more type of exotic planet or of hazardous plant, and there is a fixed number of Hacked Factory Puzzles, Celestial Archive Records, and Remembrance Records, etc., they could simply be read in the game files, correct?
On the other hand, there’s the funny text descriptions of animals, or the mission summaries, or the little snippets you get when scanning sentinels: They sounded unique until we noticed that they are just a recombination of the same x sentences with some words swapped out. That’s a case were I don’t feel I need to track and discover all snippets - but maybe others track them?
The (fixed number of) Observatory and Factory puzzles (and their answers) are one thing that people probably most commonly look up on the wiki. Some are too easy (after you figured out the pattern), but for others, it forces you to learn a language first to get the hints. Not sure in which category these belong - do you feel solving these is a mini-achievement each, or not?
My point is: Most enjoy finding these themselves, and at the same time, we are aware that someone else of us literally has the file open in front of them and could tell us whether there are more or not. — It’s such an odd clash of worlds where one’s fun is the other’s spoiler. (Obviously the data miners here are nice and mark their threads as spoilers. )
In this context, do you think this game would benefit from some sort of built-in achievement system? (Either per account or per game save)
HG halfways started such a system when they created this Discoveries page that lists all craftable and tradeable products. We know to stop looking when the list is filled in with icons.
Only that it doesn’t contain icons that show you “you just discovered the last of x types of exotic planets!” Or what about a built-in “book of records” that looks like x empty lines, and every time we visit a celestial archive or what ever, it fills in one more line? So we feel we have discovered it, and at the same time, we see whether we have “the full set already”, without having to navigate dangerous spoiler threads?
Would you want to know (and have it shown in your discovery page) that you have discovered all of a type?