Can I be real for a sec here. Smashing cars was one of the best parts of City of Heroes. Being rewarded for destroying them in Mayhem missions was especially cathartic. But even if I couldn’t get my destruction on, just seeing all the people milling around and cars driving down the road sold the world as a real place.
“To do this, we have to decide: how many NPCs should be active in a given area? No one wants to play in a ghost town, but each NPC adds a little more strain to running the game. In the shot below, there are over 100 civilians in the Arch Park, and at any given time, a player can see about 20. We think this strikes a good balance between immersion and FPS. As a supporter of SoH, feel free to weigh in with your opinion in the forums on whether this is the right density of civilians.”
The whole piece is worth a look – just remember, this superhero city is on a spaceship. The cars float.