I clipped these from a locked thread I had posted in, before it went apeshit and started to become a flame war. Having very little to do with the original thread, I thought it would make for an interesting topic.
Originally posted by delta38: i think modding is cool for this game since it gets pretty booring after a while and needs a ton of fixes - like WHY CANT i block with duel swords?????
I agree wholeheartedly. This is a flaw in many games where dual-wielding is allowed, and a bit of a pet-peeve of mine. You take a defensive penalty if you choose to dual-wield...which is utter crap. As a medieval re-enactor who dabbles with dual-wielding, I can tell you: The opinion that twin weapons is a purely offensive style is terribly flawed. Just as you have twice as much chance to deal damage, you have twice as much chance to block. There is an entire fencing-style based on dual wielding and the offhand weapon, usually a short sword or long dagger is primarily a defensive weapon. Is it as effective as blocking with a tower shield? No, of course not. However, it's a helluva lot more maneuverable.
azxcvbnm321 Feb 26 @ 5:18am You can't block while dual wielding for gameplay balance reasons. Dual wielding is powerful enough, allowing blocking would make all other fighting styles so inferior that they would never be chosen except for role playing purposes.
I understand the balancing point. However, I disagree that dual-wielding is any more powerful than a fire ball, two-handed weapon, or a stealth kill that does 3-6x the normal damage. I understand a slightly decreased defense, because as I said, there's not much that's more effective at blocking than a tower shield. Not to mention weapon-blocks in this game can be broken through. Furthermore..I can block with a bow, smack someone with a bow, but not block with my offhand weapon? That's silly. Anyone who has used a bow should know that if you go hitting someone with it, or try to block with it; there's a good possiblity that said bow will shatter, due to the tension the string puts on it. For example, I love the show Arrow. Possibly one of my favorite comic book characters...up there with batman and wolverine. But here he is with a clearly custom bow, that likely cost thousands of dollars, and he's running around whacking people with it. Ok it's a custom job, probably reinforced, but at the very least, it's liable to knock the bow out of alignment. For someone who depends on accuracy and precision, this seems silly to me. (Ok all the assassins running around catching arrows is just as silly. After all it is based on a comic.)
That being said, I know it's just a game, and I love said game. One of the best in it's class. That doesn't mean it's not flawed. That's what mods are for ;)
And it is like I said above: The idea that dual-wielding is purely offensive, is well...offensive to me ;) From my experience it's a very popular game style, and my favorite. Part of the reasom for that, I think, is well it's a very difficult style to master for real, which is why it was reserved for true weapon-masters. In games, you can pick up two swords and start swinging them like a pro right off the bat. And it looks really cool and badass! ;)