Weaving aimlessly through the woods looking for a single POI or something is getting kind of old. I’m okay with the no player map marker, I can handle that, but trying to find a specific grave or something got pretty frustrating quite a while ago. Overall I’m enjoying Hardcore Mode but this is one feature that is just too frustrating.
Exploration is a nifty, fun aspect of the game (I would say it’s one of the biggest). But exploration without any benefit of map markers to ‘magnetize’ the player towards interesting things is just kinda shitty. This is the one and ONLY feature of Hardcore that feels actively antagonistic towards the player. I’ve actually found locations in-game that don’t even reveal themselves, because I didn’t stand in the magic pixel to uncover the marker, and I can’t even use the compass to find where that magic pixel is, since they don’t show up unless you’re literally standing right on top of them.
This is just pure irritating frustration that adds remarkably little except making exploration so tedious it’s almost actively discouraged. The thing is, the hardcore mode doesn’t even say that it’s going to do this. It suggests that the map no longer showing your location coupled with no more fast travel is what is changed. I doubt anyone asked for or was expecting the actual in-game locations to be so restricted that I don’t even get a map marker for a point of interest I’m literally standing six feet away from.
That’s just being shitty to the player for the sake of being shitty to the player. And frankly it reminds me all too well of most “”""“hardcore”"""" mods you see for other games, where the ‘hardcore’ features transcend ‘let’s do this to add a challenge to the player’ and actively become antagonistic towards the player, saying ‘fuck you for playing our game’.
Please give me back my map markers. I don’t care about not seeing my location on the map, or not having fast travel, but zig-zagging for 8 hours through the woods trying to find some grave hidden in a bush until my shoes literally fall apart is the opposite of fun, or compelling. It can’t even be said that this is a challenge, because it’s not like I’m under any kind of threat or danger while doing this. It’s just sucking away god knows how much of my precious time because how dare I want to go exploring.