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Ok, first of all this is purely an idea, constructive criticism is appreciated!
The whole map allows you to continuously gain rift energy.
As in Battlefield 3, you have your spawn zone as an off limits area to the enemy team. This zone is a 'hangar' with sidewinder dispensers that you cannot build structures in.
Instead of building stuff inside your spawn zone, you HAVE to go outside to make a central base and move about the map if enemies invade your base. Tanks cannot go within a certain radius of your hangar so that you get a chance to get away. Your hangar is also inside a 'bowl' shaped canyon with multiple exits.
This would solve the problem of base ravaging.
MB's 101 ways to stop the base rape.
Note, these suggestions are provided with a pinch of salt. Not all of them have merit, or even a hint of decency, and most a aimed at prevention of base raping rather than solving it after it's happened.
OK, that was 12 and not 101. That's just how I roll.
- (as above) Remove the spawn location from the map and radar.
This is the most logical place for the devs to start and the easiest to implement.
I do think, though, that the biggest problem is not related to the gameplay but the way servers are hosted. As I mentioned in another thread, there are too many people deliberately setting up unbalanced games and stacking one team with veteran players.
In ranked servers you should not be able to turn off random teams or team balancing.
In fact, I'm not convinced that team balancing is functioning correctly, it seems to put people from the same clan on the same team all the time regardless of numbers. For example, if there are 11 people in the game and 7 are from the same clan then the game will commence with 7 vs 4 which obviously distorts things from the get-go.
I would really like to see some official servers with stricter balancing rules or the addition of a 'Split Clans' option in the servers settings.
I don't understand why we need the base and players lit up like christmas trees! Whenever I look on the map I see enemy players regardless of having the perk or not. People should only appear on the map when shooting! We could also have random sub base locations perhaps that are unmarked on the map perhaps that we can spawn at like a pre built outpost...
Or what if bases change when they are conquered? You overwhelm the enemy base and the spawn locations are changed for both teams. So if you take over a base, you take it at the cost of losing all your team structures in the old base and become unable to spawn there. Then the losing time can spawn safely and are given more rift energy upon spawning when losing by a certain score. This gives them a chance to fight back!
Thats a good one.
And yet so simple, i really don't see how this got implimented in the first place.
The first thing i said to myself when i saw the visible spawns,
"Wait, what, I can see where they spawn?",
"How cheap is that" ... :smileyindifferent:
I then played a few rounds and noticed how it ruined the game, I haven't touched the multiplayer since.
Players need to be encouraged to leave the base - this could be increased XP for setting up team based objects such as the spawn beacon, or getting good XP for team mates spawning at your beacon or on you if you have the perk.
There is a medal for having 10 people spawn on your beacon, can't remember what it's called but I've earned it a couple of times, I think it gives you 75xp. It wouldn't a bad idea to reduce the requirement and award it every 5 spawns.
It's been mentioned by others, but perhaps each maps should be dotted with Rift Rich energy sources which waiting to be tapped? Like zones, but different - this will encourage exploration and fighting to maintain other areas of the map other than your base (for CTF and TDM, obviously)
I don't see why there can't be one permanent winnable zone in the middle of each map, the large maps are so enourmous I think it could be incorporated without detracting from the Build & Battle system.
With regards to the 'Rift Rich energy sources', we already have Rift Barrels so perhaps they could contain a lot more Rift (or maybe there could be a couple of über-barrels in prime locations), encouraging people to fight over their control.
oh, and more maps please - I feel short changed with what we have - especially with no infantry DM or very small map variants
Couldn't agree more. In Warhawk I loved maps like Grinder, Urban Strike, Garden Showdown etc., they were perfect for small-handed infantry battles. It's a real shame there's nothing like that in Starhawk.
I think you should get 10xp every time somebody spawns on you/your SB - then an award at 10 or 5 as you suggest
I would rather get rid of the rift barrels and install rift fissures (whatever you want to call them) which need to be tapped - basically it's captuarble zones with gifts!
Some of the maps are just too damn big and fighting from one end to the other with nothing in between is a boring slog
Small maps are definitely needed to break up the gameplay of the large maps - I wanted to re-ignite the MMMM night, but without small maps I don't see the point
Evidently Troop and Tank DMs are on the way, as is the free Cypress map pack.
Personally I'd like to see the option of non-ranking games.
I think Morgo is on to something with bonus points for team-based activities and buildings (especially spawn beacons) although I think if you hand out points for players using your structures, then people will recall them and put theirs down instead to claim the points.
Yep, I think we've gained 3 solid ideas here that should definitely be put forward to the developers!
I mean seriously put them forward. Spam them if you have to but MAKE SURE they take notice!
1.) Having spawn locations/bases off the radar
2.) Having fissures instead of barrels) although some people could argue that this makes zones pointless...
3.) More teamwork points! I know it was suggested that people would claim the points themselves but I can't see this happening if it's implemented properly and they're equally distributed. Points for the people that supply stuff and points for using stuff too!
The game could turn into 'xp farming' but perhaps they could do a Battlefield 3 and make the levels take a relatively long time to level up! It would make the game last longer for most people too. Plus they're planning more levels anyway so that'll be good! If you work harder for your bonuses it makes you appreciate them more!
Oh and I still think it would be a good idea for outposts to have some defensive structures with them to protect them because they're quite fragile! Or they could just buff their health up...
jumped in on the usual problem yesterday, Dust Ground pounder.
joined the game to find our spawn with loads of Enemy tanks , a shield , and even a supply bunker.
team were desperatly trying to land on the tanks without success, so i spawned straight into their supply bunker started shooting the tanks with rockets, eventually after a couple of respawns, managed to clear out the enemy tanks, so i built a tank depot, inside the enemy shield next to the supply bunker.
all was well until the noobs on my team all spawned in , shot the hell out of the ememy shield and destroyed the bunker i was using.
just in time for the enemy to roll up with a new batch of tanks, and level our spawn area again.
A SHIELD IS A SHIELD IS A SHIELD. if your up against the wall, use the enemy shield to protect your tanks.
we could have cleared the enemy out by spawing a few tanks and hiding behind their shield.
then replacing it with our own , when we had earned enough rift.
Honestly you cant help some people.:manfrustrated:
I think people are throwing out too many ideas where only a couple need to be implemented to change things The Outpost is being reduced to 4 rift cost. that means more outposts and more spawning, which means more XP from spawners. If we also add more XP for peope spawning on bases, and even more energy lying around on top of the skills, we introduce more imbalance. Everyone will ahve stupid amounts of energy, skills will be useless, XP farming will become an objective, etc.. The usual response of people to correct a problem is typically to go too far in the other direction, and I'm seeing that now. Let's see how the hotfix changes the experience first, before suggesting large-scale changes are needed. The Beta was working with the current mechanic and in theory we just need tuning to get back to that sort of tight, varied gameplay.
Great post! People get quite carried away with ways to change the game, when I imagine it is incredibly difficult for the developers to balance. Every tweak is bound to have a knock on effect, so the first port of call is surely to make subtle adjustments to existing variables, like weapon strength, spawn times and rift costs and see what happens (which they are doing). Plus these things can probably be changed relatively easily, rather than programming in new game features and changes to the actual battlefield. If the tweaks to existing factors don't work, then they can start to look at new mechanics. I have some faith that LBI know vaguely what they are doing and the game will get better and better, I just hope everyone hasn't jumped ship by then!
Some things could and maybe should have been picked up on in the latter stages of the beta, but having said that, they couldn't balance out everything, no developer in their right mind would release a complete set of in-game elements free of charge (albeit on just a couple of maps), when they are about to charge £40 for the final game.
The devs should have some test servers or something that people can join to give direct feedback to the devs and test out balance tweaks for them! Then they'll know what works and what doesn't with direct involvement from the playerbase! So it's like on Steam where they have beta updates that you can try... except on Starhawk, they would be beta servers!
This would solve the problem of base ravaging.
It'd also change the nature of the game.