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  1. Coptering

    Coptering was never limited by stamina in the first place, since you can do it as long as you have even a sliver of stamina left. Even in a brave world of no stamina, it still makes sense to keep coptering because it's fluid and efficient. Some people say it looks silly and breaks the flow of the game... I say, I'm too busy looking at the terrain and planning my moves at high speed to care what it looks like.  My deepest fear at the moment (well, one of them) is that DE will remove coptering and force us to use only the new wall running and flinging mechanics, which cannot possibly be as flexible and intuitive to use.  It would be like adding Melee 2.0 but removing the quick attacks so that every melee action was a combo: extremely specific to a given situation.

     

    As far as movement speed, I think it's fine now. What's really needed isn't a nerf to player mobility, it's more incentive for them to stick together and work as a team.  Parkour 2.0 won't bring that, it's just going to change who's really good at playing the mobility game and leaving everybody else behind.

     

    Spy

    I'm okay with spy missions being mainly solo.  There's other mission types that are mainly team oriented, like Defense or Interception. Giving players who want to play solo a mission type that feels like it was designed for them, instead of always fighting the system and having to be ten times better than other players to play without a team in a team-oriented mission, can only be a good thing. Variety, choice, etc.

     

    Completionist

    I haven't *completed* my codex, only because there's some things that are virtually impossible e.g. there's only one place we can find an Arcane Machine and it's not farmable.  And I don't think I've ever seen an arid eviscerator eximus.  In general I feel compelling to complete most things that give me gameplay advantage/alternatives, or contribute to the game's story. The codex falls into both categories, since some enemies have interesting background and scanning things also helps me find mods I want. An example of something I don't collect are noggles. Purely cosmetic and kind of goofy. I want to be immersed. If you want me to be amused, then amuse me with characters, not goofy.

     

    Balance

    Warframe is all over the map as far as gameplay balance. Without a clear sense of whether weapons are supposed to be equal-but-different, or tiered, it's impossible to say objectively whether something like the Kraken should be buffed up. My yardstick is whether weapons are fun to use and well represented in the player base (equal but different: under used, Kraken buff = yes), but it feels like DE is perfectly willing to abandon things to languish while introducing newer, slightly better weapons (tiered: old and easy to make, Kraken buff = no). Weapon stats are very bad at understanding the difference between theoretical and applied DPS, and also understanding the difference in opportunity cost for slow or awkward weapons compared to really user-friendly ones.

     

    And for warframes...   The most pressing balance problem in Warframe, IMO, is the prevalence of "press 4 to win" type frames and tactics. Killing enemies should be the result of players showing skillful, interactive manipulation of the game. Screen-clear nukes and literal aimbotting make some frames completely and utterly dominate missions at "low" (like, less than 40) levels, to the point where no other players are necessary...or even encouraged to play.

     

    Enemy factions...  Infested are a nightmare to fight compared to the others. Just way too much synergy going on between the constant knockdowns and grapples, time-dialating goop, bugs, shield-penetrating damage (in a game where only 1/10th of frames have easy healing ability). In general with monsters the thing DE needs to keep in mind is that most of the time we face things in hordes. It's nice that your designers want to make cool monsters with buffs and interactive attacks and stuff, but when you bring that design into the actual gameplay where there can be 30 monsters at a time...

     

    Rewards need to distributed more evenly across mission types. Like currently there's no practical way to get a ton of fusion cores other than Triton excavation. Too much "Sigh, we got this useless thing AGAIN??" going on in most reward paths. Won't comment on void drops since you already have big plans in that area.

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  2. Stamina

    Good riddance. Remove it entirely.

     

    Stamina affects sprinting, but not air melee or coptering which means it has no effect on mobility for veteran players and only punishes newbies. It does not affect melee strikes since you can still swing your weapon even without having any in reserve. Theoretically influences wall running, but I can't off hand remember the last time I ran out of stamina trying to perform a wall run. The only thing that stamina really strongly affects right now is put an upper limit on how long you can block damage with your melee weapon, but it's designed in a way that it doesn't scale in any kind of useful way. The higher level the enemy i.e. the more you would actually care about blocking their attacks, the less you can actually do it because the stamina cost is based on damage.

     

    Melee blocking will need some kind of rework to prevent players from blocking indefinitely, but that could just as easily be a time-based thing.  Maybe fast weapons can establish a block faster, but bigger weapons can hold a block for longer.  Green Chroma will also need something else.

     

    Star chart

    Or really the "nav chart" since there's only one star on it. Too many mission nodes right now, very difficult for new players to find people to clear with. Very little differentiation from one to the other aside from level. I'm hopeful that condensing the map into fewer choices will result in higher player density per selectable option and make it easier to actually get a game going.

     

    As far as what I would like to see: A "landing zone" for each planet. This is an area kind of like a relay, where you can have a bunch of players in a common area. Think of bunkers, camouflaged outposts, trenches, undocumented machine spaces on ships. Each landing zone would have commanders that give missions. Every landing zone would have an alert that rolls over on an hourly basis with increased rewards, plus a handful of other missions that might roll over weekly or possibly after invasions, tac alerts, or infestation outbreaks.. "Craftable missions"  should be a thing where players can earn the right to play the enemy of their choosing on a mission type of their choosing, if they are active enough on the planet in question. Opens the way for new story telling as well, with refugees, mercenaries, procurers etc trying to meet with the Tenno or calling out to them in passing. Hire companions, receive praise from people you've rescued, get intel on upcoming special loot drops. Lots of possibilities.

     

    Trials

    I think some degee of complexity and obfuscation is fine. Many games with this kind of content rely on players to figure out or research how to finish the mission. There's a satisfaction to "knowing stuff".

     

     

    Life after 30

    We already have after-30 progression in the form of Forma.

     

    If that's not enough for people, consider having it be that after reaching 30, a warframe or weapon might slowly unlock new augment slots. In the case of Warframes that would literally be augments for abilities, while for weapons that can be purely utility stuff like increased magazine size or faster reload. I'll call it Paragon levels for the sake of discussion. For Warframes this will make increasing amounts of sense in the future since DE has stated they want to ultimately have multiple augments per each ability, and for weapons it opens up the potential of arcane-like enhancements in the future (e.g. "Cannot be disarmed while using this weapon", "Chance to regain energy on head shots", "50% damage reflected to attacker when knocked down with this melee weapon" etc etc). Plus people would be a LOT more interested in utility modifiers if they didn't have to sacrifice damage, since damage output functions as a level cap on where you can use a weapon.

     

    The method of unlocking these new slots should be to actually use the item in question, completing challenges, getting kills etc. Absolutely no passive leveling should be allowed for this kind of Paragon-level advancement. If you want to make it really special:  Only one frame and one weapon for each slot is allowed to be Paragon. You can advance your favorite weapon to even crazier heights, but only your favoritest of favorites.

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  3. Huge shader memory optimization (DirectX 11 sees reductions up to 500MB!). This is intended to solve rampant out-of-memory errors for 32bit Windows, especially when entering large levels and relays. Memory reduction has also improved load times for all platforms.

     

    MARKED improvement in loading behavior. Game used to hitch several times even after getting into game as things loaded. Now it doesn't: load, spawn, smooth sailing right from the start.


  4. - good, too, that it is totally useless now (max range/efficiency  frost bubble does the same, just better and with less work)

     

    Sorry, but you're flat out wrong on this.

     

    Snow Globe has a limited amount of health, and the only way to make it a reliable defense in the late game is to re-cast it every 4 seconds so that it's always in absorb phase. This means that Frost basically cannot do anything other than cast snow globes. And he has to stay inside the one single globe he's maintaining, because it's "one sided" and multiple globes on the field make things worse rather than better.

     

    Electric Shield covers a smaller area but it is an absolute defense. It will block anything, at any level, until its timer is up. You cast it once and then you're free to engage the enemy while hiding behind your shield. Or shields. From either side. Increases damage (slightly) of all outbound attacks, and doubles the crit multiplier on crit based weapons. And the duration is quite long as well, so as long as you have a hallway or a corner, electric shield is tremendously energy-efficient to keep up.

     

    Shield is not obsolete. Not even remotely.

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  5. Devstream about parkour means I get to ask:

     

    Can we get more details about exactly what is going to change, if anything, with coptering? It's a controversial topic. Some people think it looks silly and breaks immersion, but to others it has become synonymous with Warframe in much the same way that skiing became synonymous with Tribes. Every time you guys hint at changing coptering, a sizable chunk of your community gasps in horror.

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  6. Boss creep

    I agree with the observation that bosses seem to be power-creeping in terms of their evilness.  This is a problem that a lot of games have.  DE should not be afraid to have bosses that are satisfying to kill due to an involving story rather than simply making the stakes enormous. It's ultimately better for the game's world if we have bosses that are not all "cosmic threats", but rather that we want to kill and feel good about killing because of things they've done to us personally or done to people we know.

     

    Prime mods

    Several of the prime mods released so far have been very disappointing. What makes a "good" primed mod is 1.) has practical applications i.e. actually has at least some usage scenarios where it is better than existing options and 2.) has to be good enough to justify the extraordinary cost in time/resources to rank it up. Most recently, primed slip magazine is a terrible primed mod because it fails both criteria. It doesn't really compete with Ice Storm while simultaneously being many times more expensive. Runner up for "particularly bad" is primed fast hands. These mods are bad primarily because the performance of their base variant is so bad.

     

    Mods that should never be primed...anything that's already rank 10 or that already has a maximum practical effect at its current rank (e.g. Handspring).  Personally I feel like nightmare, corrupted, and augment mods should all be excluded from consideration from prime as well since these are already their own "families" and have a lot of traction in people's builds already.

     

    Archwing

    Honestly the biggest problem I see with archwing right now is that it feels disconnected. It's like a whole other (kind of mediocre) game that's bolted on to the side. There's no sense of continuity. It would be a much superior thing if it were woven together with the regular infantry action by both gameplay and world building. Second biggest problem... the scale versus speed of combat is weird. It's trying to be a high-speed long-range jet fighter game, but with pixel-precise weapons that require careful aiming.

     

    Avatars

    The ultimate would be to let us use the in-game arsenal to make our character how we like with weapons and colors and cosmetics, then take a picture for the forum.

     

    But since that's really unlikely, vote for companion avatars? Sentinels and dogs, with a nice selection of variation (sentinels with wings/tails, kubrows with different color patterns)


  7. Weapons as crafting material:

    Don't have a problem with this conceptually, but, the weapons you create absolutely must be an upgrade. Consuming a Miter to make a Panthera was a bad deal, and it's really debatable whether the Aksomati measure up to the Akstilleto. Considering how much time it takes for most players to make these, and the fact that they have implicit costs in inventory space as well, weapons that build up into new weapons should have reliably have a sense of improvement or "second generation"-ness.  (logical extension: the best weapons to use as a base for this system are weapons that nobody uses because they don't perform well)

     

    Augment slots:

    I only use a couple of augments, because in order to justify being on my warframe build, the augment must be at least as good as something I might use instead, like Handspring or some Quick Thinking. Having a dedicated slot just for an augment means that augments would no longer be competing against anything except other augments. As time goes on and we get more and more augments, especially multiples for the same ability as is rumored to be the case, it's going to become more and more absurd that we have to give up so much to use even a single one.

     

    Super forma:

    I don't see the necessity. Sure using a whole bunch of forma on a weapon is somewhat time consuming, but everything worthwhile should or else there's no sense of accomplishment.


  8. For many veteran players, the most recent void trader offerings have not lived up to the promise of making it rewarding to turn in prime parts we don't need. It's nice to give everybody a fair chance at getting the primed mods they want, but, could we get the void trader to offer consumables like fusion cores, eximus specters, keys etc to make the mod repeats less disappointing for those who have already them?

     

    The new Grineer Maniac enemy is extremely frustrating sometimes, in that his unbreakable and very deadly slapping attack seems kind of randomly applied. Would you consider tweaking his behavior to make the attack better telegraphed/more avoidable?

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  9. To those who still think it's the same if you throw in ammo mutation, you're forgetting you're sacrificing damage for it.

     

    I took my Synoid into a T4 survival, and found that it was having real trouble at only enemy level 50ish staying fed with a regular ammo mutation. Constantly had to scoop every bit of ammo in sight.   I have a feeling that anybody who is arguing that it's fine the way it is now has invested an unholy amount of resources into primed pistol ammo mutation. .....  Which is silly since there are other weapons that can achieve similar damage output with a lot less cost.

     

    (They may also be using millisecond-pulse firing macros, which are NOT something that everybody has access to, and weapon performance should not be predicated on such.)


  10. You have a Primary and a Melee weapon.

    No one should rely ONLY on their Secondary

     

    Except there are secondaries that are efficient enough to be your "primary". Therefore, any that are not, are underpowered by comparison.  The painfully slow weapon switching is not conducive to a style of play where we transition between weapons a lot.


  11. "7.5x ammo is quite a bit. But it's definitely manageable."

    It isnt, not without ammo and scavenger mod

     

    ....And anybody who seriously considers bringing pistol ammo scavenger to high level gameplay in the void (which is where most of the high level games happen) doesn't understand that corrosive projection is not optional.


  12. yet another weapon that was complained about and nerfed

     

    Let's be honest here, the Synoid was overpowered.  It did need to be turned down. But not turned down to the point that it's only arguably better than the weapon it's supposedly an upgrade of.  At this point, giving Synoid the same 50 damage/5 per second profile as the standard Gammacor would be a buff.

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  13. I dont see people dropping 100 threads a day, stating that vipers need a buff - because it's still a decent secondary
     
    I actually quite like the single viper with the viper augment, but I use it for the look and feel, not the raw power. People don't complain about the viper because nobody expects it to be endgame material. It's a cheap weapon that anybody can get pretty easily. They do expect the syndicate weapons that cost 100K reputation points to be endgame.
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  14. Synoid Gammacor

    28 damage (base)

    *3.2 (base + Hornet Strike)

    *4.6 (base + four elementals at 0.9 each)

    *2.8 (base + barrel diffusion and lethal torrent)

    = 1,154.048 damage at a rate of

    15 rounds per second (base)

    *1.6 (base + lethal torrent)

    = 24 rounds per second

     

    Burst DPS: 27696.

     

    Magazine size divided by the rate of fire = time to empty (TTE), and TTE/(TTE + reload time) = continuous modifier (CM). In other words the portion of time that the gun is actually shooting instead of reloading; the multiplier to change burst into continuous dps.

    75 / 24 = 3.125;  3.125 (3.125 + 2) = 0.61

    Burst DPS 27696 * CM 0.61 =

    16,894.56 continuous DPS

     

    Synoid Gammacor used to do over 40K sustained DPS, but the massive increase to rate of fire has reduced ammo efficiency to the point that you must have ammo mutation and drop rate of fire if you want to use this gun for any length of time. Also drains its magazine seven times faster than it used to, whacking the CM, which used to be extremely forgiving.

     

    But what was that nonsense about the Gammacor?  Because it's so much more ammo efficient, we can afford to afford to replace that Ammo Mutation with Gunslinger, increasing its rate of fire dramatically and still not making the ammo usage completely impossible to manage. Observe...

    Gammacor

    50 damage (base)

    *3.2 (base + Hornet Strike)

    *4.6 (base + four elementals at 0.9 each)

    *2.8 (base + barrel diffusion and lethal torrent)

    = 2,060.8 damage at a rate of

    5 rounds per second (base)

    *2.32 (base + lethal torrent + gunslinger)

    = 11.6  rounds per second

     

    Burst DPS: 23905.28

     

    mag/ROF = TTE; TTE/(TTE+reload) = continuous modifier

    50 / 11.6 = 4.31;  4.31 / (4.31 + 2) = CM 0.68

    Burst DPS 23905 * CM 0.68 =

    16,255 continuous DPS

     

     

    So the Synoid Gammacor now does a whopping 3.6% more sustained DPS than the Gammacor in "real world" (game) terms. Synoid must use ammo mutation to be practical, while Gammacor gets almost twice as much oomph out of each ammo and even WITH Gunslinger still doesn't touch the base fire rate of the ammo-hungry Synoid. .  The Synoid flavor does have Entropy built in, so there's AOE damage (which is pathetic magnetic type and useless against everything but shielding) and a little bit of free energy (no longer scales to your max energy capacity).  So there's that, I guess.

     

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    Did Suda players ever think they would be looking with envy at the Rakta Ballistica?

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  15. AFK System

    There are a few cases that still need to be addressed (like, if you are dead for 2+ mins at the end of an alert, the alert is marked as finished even though you didn't get anything) but for the most part I think a 2 minute timer before you are considered AFK is perfectly reasonable. Though it should consider other forms of input than just movement.  If a player is relatively stationary but aiming at and killing enemies with accurate ranged fire, especially near a mission objective, then they're not AFK.  Energy income and reward drops should both be blocked; the first to preempt macro activities, and the second to preempt leeches who just want free stuff.

     

    I'm sure there are a few circumstances under which a player might be punished by such a system unfairly, but it difficult to imagine that it is a larger group than those rightfully punished.

     

     

     

    Frost

    Frost does one thing really really well, making him an effective (in some mission types) but boring frame to play. He needs more flexibility and utility in his powers to be a good frame.

     

    My ideal Frost overhaul is still:

    1.) Freeze: AOE explosion on impact. The primary target is Frozen, and enemies within a few meters receive standard Cold proc.  Primary target is broken free from the ice if they take more than 1/4 of their health in damage, but receive a fresh Cold proc when this happens.

     

    2.) Ice Wave: Damage reduced to 100. AOE as a fan, rather than a column.  Pushes away and ragdolls enemies while inflicting a Cold proc. (basically Sonic Boom with added Cold for twice the cost).  Augment mod unchanged.

     

    3.) Snow Globe: Nothing needed to base ability.  Augment: Frozen Wastes. Ability range and duration are increased by 50%, covers the ground with ice and snow, but there is no globe to block enemy fire. Only a large and persistent "slow zone".

     

    4.) Avalanche. Boring nuke with poor damage and no utility.  Replace with "Blizzard":  50 energy to cast, then a sustain per second to keep it going.  A circular zone centered around Frost and attached to the player so that it can move with them.  Enemies inside of the Blizzard zone have reduced range (i.e. they have difficulty shooting the players unless they are close by, due to white-out conditions), and take increased damage from Cold based attacks.  Augment mod: Driving Snow. Adds a chance that affected enemies will be randomly knocked down or cold procced.

     

     

     

    Capture the Cephalon

    Not a PVP gamer. Pass.

     

     

    Sniper rifles

    The current problem with sniper rifles is that they are not consistent.  Critical hits are devastating, and frequent, but not guaranteed. When you line up a shot and everything checks out from a player skill end, but RNG randomly decides to roll a non-crit and the target survives, it's tremendously frustrating.  The change: Sniper rifles should always automatically crit on head shots, or target's nearest analog. Very high "bang per buck" solution, allowing players to achieve consistent deadly results with skillful use of the weapon. (some way to opt out of high zoom factor scopes would also be nice.)

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  16. Very highly unlikely. The typical strategy of DE when it comes to updates, is that the PC platform gets it first. The consoles get it some time later because the companies that own and control the consoles do not allow the same kind of on-the-fly patching frenzy that the PC allows, and demand that a higher standard of stability and reliability be met. This means DE uses the PC as the beta test, and the consoles get an update after it's been patched up based on what the PC players find.


  17. Market

    I don't see the unregulated market as a bad thing. It simply means that it becomes the buyer's responsibility to know what they are buying, instead of relying on a bank or a government to police the system on their behalf. The extent of DE's involvement in market prices, if they get involved at all, should be to report rather than proscribe. It doesn't even really fit the theme of the game to do more, since the only authority the Tenno recognize is Lotus and she is very hands-off.

     

    A persistent auction house would destroy prices by making the process of market saturation exponentially faster. You would end up with a situation where every primed weapon and warframe could be bought for peanuts, trivializing both player's individual growth and your own market. Games with active and successful auction houses typically have dynamically generated gear with class or level restrctions, meaning that there is a dizzying number of possibilities for who wants what, and when...and also a much smaller chance that loot you get is relevant to you. They also tend to have super-rare items or items which are both hard to get and consumable so supply is constantly being used up. In Warframe, there are no restrictions on equipment and no rare consumables, meaning the supply of goods to sell is absolutely massive and people only need to buy once.

     

    Syndicate allies

    Useful most of the time.  If we had a feature where we could "interact" on them to toggle between follow/no follow, then it would be great.

     

     

    Silly things

    I don't like silly things, but I don't begrudge other people having them so long as it doesn't interfere with my own gameplay experience.

     

     

    Volt

    IMO Volt is a mostly excellent frame. Shock, Speed, and Shield all have significant benefits and let this frame do a lot of things. However: Overload needs help. The reliance on destroying environment objects to work properly makes the result of using Overload wildly variable, and strictly one-use-per-tile.

     

     

    Ally energy bars

    Yes please. Extremely useful for Trinity, and moderately useful to get a better sense of what other people are doing. ("They have 2hp...how big a battery do they have for quick thinking and should I be worried about them?"   "This player isn't doing the thing that seems obvious to do in our situation, are they out of energy?")

     

     

     

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