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Posted By: Zorax Companion relationship should matter in battle - 19/10/20 03:55 PM
In BG2 there was the possibility that Aerie could become the witch of Minsk. When Aerie was hurt severely or even died Minsk could enter a berserk rage in which he was faster and did more damage (but was also not controllable anymore as far as I remember). Is it possible to add specific combat behavior to companions if they have a certain relationship with the player or with each other like:

- specific passives
- status changes that will trigger under certain conditions (see above)
- additional skills

Be creative (but keep it close to DnD 5e to not introduce further balancing issues). BG2 has shown it's possible and it would add another layer to personality of the companions if their relationship actually matters in battle as well.
Hell. Yes.
+1. I totally agree.Party members should give more feedback in battle and outside of it. There's literally one case where Astarion reacted in the middle of a conversation to say something he deemed important. Apart from that most of the time the only feedback I get is if I ask them for general feedback at the end of the day.

They should be reacting more to our decisions when they happen. " Astarion/Gale approves" from time to time is just not satisfying enough. Would be way better to have him comment on my actions.
That's mostly what made BG2 companions so cool to deal with. They felt organic. DOS2 had the same issue tbh.
Ooooh, nice! I want this!
A relationship based panic-like system would be pretty cool, where if they didn’t like you they’d routinely disobey commands.
Originally Posted by virion
That's mostly what made BG2 companions so cool to deal with. They felt organic.


Bioware was also very clever in the way they built their story. Act 1 was tutorial. Act 2 was very open world and meant to gather your companions and define what kind of character you want to play. Act 3 and later were more linear with a stronger focus on the main story which meant less side quest and diversions. But that made it also easier for the developers to implement companion reactions (BG2 example: male character; relationship with aerie; when that female drow forced you to sleep with her). And the whole vampire thing at the end. And the relationship even continued in ToB. That's an entirely different level compared to many games where romance is just "One companion quest, sex scene, done".

But when Minsk entered berserk rage because of Aerie that was just another of these great moments I even remember more than 15 years later.
Yeah it's a nice touch. Dragon Age Origins had it as well
Yes. Also for a simple thing - voicelines upon companion death. "And the mad wizard falls! Saves me the trouble!"
+1
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