oodyboo wrote: And primarily it's too easy because all the non-spell attacks are simple instant clicks so only mages take any player focus with the potential of interrupting the player's strafing rhythm. Strafing gets much tougher when you have something else to focus on, and that's why I would personally try to make the attack system more engaging.
This is key right here. The goal to make combat more fun is to distract the player more while circle strafing because lets face it, its as intended. One way I see it is to make warrior/rogue characters more engaging, as mages can already be distracting so much so many people only cast one spell they pre prepared before the fight.
Different Ideas include
Special Attacks instead of making them auto instead make them player skill based. Which goes into my other idea
Instead of having characters attack on click instead give characters a two click attack. The first click prepares an attack with the equipped weapon or PA (prepare attack) and the second click releases it or AR(attack release). Give the characters a generic power meter, I would prefer a circle of course but a straight bar works just as well. Each bar will have a moving sweet zone
that you need to time the AR to hit. Circles imo would fit overtop the character portraits better. Points into skills will of course either decrease the speed of the attack bar or increase the size of the sweet zone
. Special attacks from weapons will only proc on sweet zone
With this idea you move special attacks to something the player has control over (ie direct player involvement) plus you make attacking something that the player needs to concentration on which in turn will add additional distraction to the game. Make it an additional mode and call it "Pro Mode"
So dex as a core stat will make attack bars (or circles) easier to use, while str will increase the dmg of these attacks.
Now it could be implemented with or with out die rolls for to hit, thus a sweet spot
is always a hit or it could take into count the enemies evasion values and even a sweet spot
hit could still miss or some form of that.
Outside of sweetspot hit (0% - 40% of to hit)
Close to sweetspot
(70% - 80% of to hit)
(90% - 100% of to hit)
Direct center on sweetspot
(110% of to hit)
With the above example the game would still calculate hits to the enemy in the normal way its done now, but players would have control on how much of a to hit bonus they get on there attacks.
Things to discus about this idea
1. Attack speed
Normally you would want as skill goes up attack speed to increase but the idea that skill goes up its makes it easier to use the Power Meter
could go against that?
Possible solutions to this that I can think include that the speed of the Power Meter
never changes but the size of the sweetzone
does increase. This could allow for the faster combat people enjoy with out much change in the current skill trees regarding attack speed.
Another solution is that at lower skill levels the Power Meter
instead of being fast is just inconsistent. Sometimes you get a slow attack other times you get a fast attack ext. Meaning you can't have consistent timing on the attack bar, vs at higher skill levels the attack bar becomes eventually perfectly consistent and at a fast speed (coupled with the increased sweet spot
zone to make your character better able to handle faster attack speeds, (hopefully with the idea that you trained your hand eye coordination to an appropriate level with playing up this point).
2. Power Meter
How should the power meter
be displayed to the player in the ui for both comfort, utility and ease of use at the same time not distracting the player?
This is of course all opinion and taste really. I myself would prefer it as a circle that appears over the character portrait that is using it.
Will this provide engaging combat with out changing the games core combat?
I think it will but we should discuss if this would be in the spirit of the game itself. I think it might be a neat addition as a game option mode maybe as like I earlier called it "Pro mode" or maybe "Combat Pro Mode" or such.
Do you think this is adequate distraction to the player to undermine both there dancing technique (2x2) and there memory (back tracking the dungeon while attacking)
I feel it will be more so to the point that it might be to much for some players (hence why I think it should be a game option)
So as with everything discuss the idea.