As the gaming world presses on video games have been getting larger and large. However, some concepts of the gaming world of yesteryear still exist in even today’s video game landscape. One of those concepts is known as invisible walls. What is an Invisible Wall you ask? Well glad you asked because that will be our discussion today.
As always, we here at Honey’s Anime have already donned our comfy teacher outfits—metaphorically by the way—and are ready to teach you all What is an Invisible Wall. Our article will run you through several video games and explain not only what those games are—in case you potentially never heard about them—and how the concept of an invisible wall works within that specific game. By the end of this article, you all will understand how invisible walls work and why they even exist in games in the first place. Now then students of Honey’s Anime, sit down and let us teach you the gaming knowledge we know. Don’t worry unlike most classes textbooks, notepads, notes and tests are not required.
Game worlds aren’t always endless
Games with large scale worlds can take minutes to hours in real life to roam around and see everything. In these games, it could almost seem like the world you’re in has no end and you could go literally anywhere. Unfortunately, most gaming worlds have an end or a point that developers don’t want you to get to and this is where invisible walls usually show up. To better explain what we mean, we here at Honey’s Anime have decided to use Grand Theft Auto V for our first example of What is an Invisible Wall article. Plus, we’ll talk more about Grand Theft Auto V in case you’ve never heard of that game either.
1. Grand Theft Auto V
- System/Platform: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
- Developer: Rockstar North
- Publisher: Rockstar Games
- Release Date: Sept 17, 2013
Welcome to beautiful San Andreas filled with tons of places to explore, things to do and ways of committing crime. Three strangers who have lived extremely different lives—Trevor Phillips, Michael Townley and Brad Snider—are about to meet each other for an ultimate crime team up. Will these three be able to pull off this tremendous task or will they all find a new life behind prison bars? In beautiful San Andreas almost, anything is possible but success is based on how much you’re willing to work for that success.
Almost every single Grand Theft auto game is known for giving players large landscapes to explore. However, as large as these places are there are limitations due to various reasons such as the developers lack of money and or the limitations of the system they are developing for currently. This is the same for developer Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto V which is their largest title to date offering hundreds of hours of exploration in their large game’s world. Despite the large world, there are tons of invisible walls that block off places just because past those points nothing exists. This can be seen if you fly all the way into the ocean in Grand Theft Auto V and if you go straight up into the sky. Both of those paths will have your character hit an invisible wall and thus you won’t be able to go much further thus showing that even a big game like Grand Theft Auto V is no exception to using invisible walls to block off areas that just don’t exist.
Grand Theft Auto V: The Official Launch Trailer | PS4 (Official Trailer)
Block certain areas off
In real life there are millions of places to explore and various areas to see if you’re an avid fan of exploring. However, just because you see a house or cave in front of you in real life doesn’t mean you can just open the door and or wonder in and enter it. This equally applies to video games. In video games, developers might just put up invisible walls in front of certain places to prevent curious players from entering that domain or area. Two perfect examples of this can be found in the Dishonored series but namely Dishonored 2 and Destiny 2. If you’re confused by what we mean, continue reading and we promise it will all make sense after.
2. Dishonored 2
- System/Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: Arkane Studios
- Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
15 years ago, Dunwall was very different than the Dunwall of today and that’s thanks to Corvo Attano actions. While Corvo was unable to save the queen from being killed by assassins, he was still able to rescue Emily—her daughter—and thus in turn has led Dunwall to become a nicer city than ever before thanks to Emily’s leadership. However, peace in Dunwall is destroyed when one day during a festival celebrating the late queen, Dunwall is attacked leaving Emily and Corvo seen as the possible reason for this attack. Will either Corvo or Emily be able to clear their names and save Dunwell from being taken over by Duke Luca Abele of Serkoos? Find out in Dishonored 2 and be prepared for a new deadly war to begin anew.
Dishonored 2 might be a large world filled with hundreds of possibilities—in terms of gameplay—but even developer Arkane Studios title isn’t free from invisible walls. Players might see some nice-looking building in the distance and hope to enter it but unfortunately getting into it will just be impossible as an invisible force will keep you from reach it. This isn’t to punish the curious player mind you though, the reason for this invisible wall might just be the developers just never made anything inside that house. Invisible walls never impede a player in Dishonored 2 with the main story and or side quests but if you’re looking to go into every place in Dunwall you’re going to be a bit disappointed.
Dishonored 2- Official Launch Trailer (Official Trailer)
3. Destiny 2
- System/Platform: PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Activision
- Developer: Bungie
- Release Date: Sept 6. 2017
Earth has always known conflict and suffering and even with The Travelers presence things haven’t changed. However, thanks to the Guardians continued fight humanity has continued to live and thus continues to have a future. Though what if the Guardians were to disappear and the Earth loses their powerful defenders? Well this nightmare scenario is happening when a powerful Cabal legion—known as the Red Legion—attack Earth under the leadership of Dominus Ghaul. Wanting the power of The Traveler, Ghaul has begun his attack on Earth and has stripped the Guardians of their powerful light given to them from The Traveler. Though for reasons unknown, The Traveler has given one Guardian—your character—their light back and now this Guardian must somehow save not only their fellow Guardians but also save the Earth from being taken over by Ghaul’s Cabal forces. If the Guardian should fail this mission than Ghaul will gain powers no one in the galaxy will be able to fight against…
Once a player boots up Destiny 2 they will immediately see places to travel and areas they may wish to explore. The good news is that Destiny 2 is indeed a large-scale game and there are tons of secrets hiding in various areas for gamers who love exploring. The bad news though is that Destiny 2 is filled to the brim with invisible walls that block off various cave areas and even some parts of the various planets you will go on. Developer Bungie has even made some of these areas kill off players if they happen to wander too long in some places which in some form is an invisible wall though with more deadly results. Though if you’re a clever explorer in Destiny 2 there are some areas that can be glitched through with the right amount of patience and timing. Goes to show you that even invisible walls can’t always block an area from a player who wishes to explore.
Destiny 2- Official Launch Trailer (Official Trailer)
Invisible walls in games can be seen as kind of annoying by most gamers. However, as you now are probably aware, invisible walls are pretty important in most video games. Will there ever be a game without invisible walls, probably one day but for now invisible walls exist in most games and hate them or not there here to stay. What are some games with some invisible walls you’ve experience and do you have any funny stories associated with invisible walls? Comment down below and share these stories and share some ideas for other gaming terms you may want us to explain. As always folks if you loved our What is an Invisible Wall article we have even more articles like it on our site here at Honey’s Anime so feel free to check them out!