I have recently dived back into some Euro Truck Simulator 2 as a bit of a respite from some of the heavier games I've been playing (and the world in general) when I reached the point, which I wasn't expecting at all, where I had suddenly become stupidly OP. It was one of the stranger feelings of being over powered in a game I've had and it got me thinking what were my favourite and least favourite feelings of being OP. Then, with the oddness of the ETS2 OP decided to fit the question around a Korean Western film title (because why not?).
The Good: Fallout 3/New Vegas - This was tough, there are a good many games that make the feeling of being OP a great deal of fun but I plumbed for Fallout 3/New Vegas. I love those games, but I really don't enjoy the combat in them at all. First playthrough, I thought I would try to ignore levelling combat based skills and focus on the dialogue stuff and I made the end game incredibly tough for myself as a result. Playthrough two, still adding to speech, I also lumped everything I could into unarmed combat. About halfway through the game I was punching anything in my way into a bloody mess and charming the pants off everything else. OP, yes, but it still made the game fun, if a little silly. (Honourable mention to Metroid Prime - I loaded it up again on my GameCube not too long ago, and after a bit of a battle to get used to the controls, I really like the way it gives you all your tools back, makes you feel like a badass going back through early areas but still chucking the odd challenge in there too)
The Bad: FF Tactics - This was also quite tough, I realise I quite like being OP in games, probably a fallout from growing up in the 8-bit era and cheating my way through any game that was even close to challenging. I loved the FF Tactics games, but I would struggle with maps at the beginning. So, I would grind out the levelling of my characters, get a big enough roster with as much of the equipment that I could and ended up taking the Tactics out of the game. I can't remember the particular character type, I think it was monk, but I'd use them to just tank and counter, tank and counter until there was no one left on the map. It really took the fun out of the game and were I not so invested in the story I'd have just drifted off to something else. I wholly accept that there is an element of my choices that made the game too easy, but then it could also be argued that there were a few sudden jumps in difficulty that led me down that path too. (Honourable mention, any metroidvania that chucks too much at you too soon making it just an action platformer rather than a discovery game)
The Weird: Euro Truck Simulator 2 - So, I really liked the first 20 odd hours of ETS2. Picking the right job so you didn't strand yourself somewhere without enough money to get the fuel to return if there wasn't a suitable job at the destination. Timing the length of the job so you can get those bank loan payments back off in time. Driving with due care and consideration so that the job actually turns a profit at the end and isn't just wasted on fines. The tilt moment was when around the time when my employee drivers got into double figures. Suddenly I was making more money than I needed and any fast travel would just drop €200,000 at the very least in my account. Now I just drive around like a lunatic, very rarely with a job, just to carry on filling in all the roads on the map and I'm buying up a garage every town like it's a pack of sweets and filling it instantly with drivers and lorries to make even more money. I can't say that I dislike this feeling of being OP but it has altered the base way I play the game so much that it feels like a completely different beast. I'm like some Rupert Murdoch-esque character, so rich I just behave how I like, which it would seem is terribly for anyone around me.
What about you? I found it easy enough to come up with the good feeling OP and was sure there would be more bad feeling ones than came to mind. But, as I said, I grew up a terrible game cheater so maybe I'm just wired that way.