For those of you who have read my old wishlists, I'm sure you are aware of my reasoning behind why I got Fortune Street for the Nintendo Wii over the more widely known virtual board game, Mario Party. For those who don't, well, the reason is because of how the recent Mario Party games tend to have mini-games that are completely luck-based. Sure, those mini-games usually only give out 10 coins for winning them anyway, so losing out on them isn't that big of a deal. But why waste a completely good opportunity to play a fun mini-game with friends for a "thrilling" snore-fest of a gamble where you place a bet in a race that a bunch of computers play out? Where's the interactivity? Where's the fun? But that's not even the worst of my beef with Mario Party. I guess the biggest issue is with Chance Time. Chance Time, might not necessarily be ALL luck-based, but talk about high-stakes. All the work and effort into earning the coins or stars you've collected in that game can be swapped or given away with some rolls or the likes. If that happens near the end of the game, no matter what you do, the victim of a massive loss due to Chance Time has very little chance at recovering what they've lost, costing the whole game in an instant. Is that fun? Maybe to some, and only strictly as a party game... RNG-screwage is something that any competitive players would want to avoid however.
To be fair though, Fortune Street does have its share of luck-based events as well as a race of their own and such. Usually the prize for winning is nowhere near game changing however, so its impact on the game is fairly low.
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Seriously, what are the chances of that happening? ... Well, here's the math.
Chance of first attack missing * chance of second attack missing * chance of enemy hitting * critical chance
0.13 * 0.13 * 0.56 * 0.02 = 0.000189
In other words, 0.0189% chance of that happening.
In the end, I am just absolutely disgusted with how some games allow random luck/chance to have such a huge impact in the outcome of some games. They seem to outright ruin some otherwise good games. If you wanted to put some high stakes on a luck/chance gamble, the casino is the more appropriate place for that. If not, might as well flip a coin. It'll be much quicker than how some of these games will randomly choose whether if you win or lose anyway.