What are your favourite Combat Mechanics?
I'm collecting golden nuggets. Please post your favourite combat mechanics (from any game) and what it could add to combat in an MMO (no TT vs AC pls, there are other threads for that)
I don't have much experience in good TT games, so input from these players would be much appreciated.
I don't have much experience in good TT games, so input from these players would be much appreciated.
- [God of War 4] Weight of (melee) attacks feel heavy and impactful: the pose freeze (sometimes a slight camera bump) on impact is a MUST for visceral feedback. The idea here is that the normal momentum arc of a weapon swing or projectile is interrupted on collision and the freeze-frame creates an illusion of “transfer of inertia”. This feels great for a player, and very clearly communicates if a weapon hits or misses.
- [Hades] For timing charge shots: there’s a white flash at the beginning of the timing window. There’s a burst of neon if timed correctly, or the white flash fades if miss-timed. This intuitively communicates if the timing was done correctly or not.
- [Super Smash Bros] Visceral Feedback - freeze frame on hits, fighter flashes white on perfect parry.
- [BDO] Same as above but also camera shake.
- [Titanfall 2] Visceral Feedback - screenshake on trigger, retical blinks/expands on hit. Acknowledges an accurate shot.
- [general] Audio feedback, especially grunts before heavy attacks (comment from Jxshuwu)
- [general] When I get staggered, I only want to notice the big hits, not the little ones (comment from Jxsuhuwu)
- [Conqueror's Blade] Mounted archery - a pleasant experience (comment from Tacualeon)
- [God of War 4] Heavy swings on heavy weapons have big payoffs, but also long follow-through animations during which you are vulnerable.
- [Monster Hunter] Light weapons can more easily interrupt their attack sequences to dodge because the attack animations are shorter.
- [Monster Hunter] You can interrupt your own attacks during the windup phase, but after that you are committed to the full attack animation. Interruptions like this allow for responsive control, without compromise on animation cancelling.
- [Monster Hunter] Depending on the animation, certain abilities can transition the follow-through animation of one attack into the windup animation for the next attack. This creates a powerful feeling of flow.
- [ArcheAge] Archeage animation canceling and mobility with instant cast lighting ancestral skills on mages. Makes mages enjoyable to play since you're not just stuck in place casting abilities with long cast times. Mages are unplayable to me if they're more like a stand still wizard with a staff dropping big abilities type, although the option for that would be good for large scale pvp and pve. (comment from bot)
- [BDO] Auto acquire the target closest to the reticle when a skill is used.
- [God of War 4] Target assist - attacking while out of range automatically makes Kratos step forward as he swings. This subtly remedies situations where you are *just* out of range of an enemy
- [Kingdom Hearts] Tab Target assist - Weapon Swings move you and stretch towards the enemy you have targeted
- [Hades] Auto-acquires closest target in the general direction the player is facing when a skill is used
- [LoL] Aimed skillshots have longer range and deal more damage but are harder to hit
- [Dragon Nest] Ranged attacks for melee champions. Dragon Nest moon lord is probably the most enjoyable melee class I've ever played in an MMO. Action combat skillshot attacks with range to them whether they're projectiles like slinging crescent blades/whirlwind or a melee attack that drags you forward/is a dash. Makes melee feel a lot more fast paced and skillful with the action abilities. (comment from bot)
- [God of War 4] Kratos’ 3rd swing of a combo hits harder but also knocks BACK the target. This forces a short lull in combat, prompting the player to do something else or dash forward to re-engage. This contributes to an increase in macro level combat awareness, and gives the target an opportunity to get back up. In PvE MMOs, knocking back can be used to push mobs together for AoE spam. (emergent gameplay babyyyyy)
- [Kingdom Hearts] Normal combat charges up a “Limit Break” meter. At max, you can “Limit Break” which allows you to enter an ascended combat phase until the meter is depleted. This adds tactical flow to battle.
- [Monster Hunter] Both attacking and dodging uses up stamina. At some point you need to disengage to catch your breath. Your maximum stamina depletes over time, but can be restored by eating. This makes food a MUST for every fight. Also means people will eat during drawn-out fights. Would be really healthy for the food/drink economy.
- [WoW] Monks had an ability like a stance change, it would boost their damage output and convert it to healing for some time. This created moments of hightened aggression between phases of standard healing, and was enjoyable. (comment from Saedu)
- [Hades] Back-strike/Blindspot bonus damage - adds tactical considerations to retreat, assassination, and fighting in general.
- [Hades] Knockback into walls deals bonus damage - adds environmental tactics.
- [LoL] The majority of an assassin’s burst damage comes from the bonus combo effects of their abilities (rather than each spell’s individual effect), so they must use all their abilities together to be effective. After an assassin burns their spells, there is a window of vulnerability during which they are wide open to attack. This forces an assassin to commit to an opportunity, and punishes them if they choose incorrectly/get interrupted in the middle of their combo.
- [LoL] Utility Support Abilities that are useful in the middle of battle: pull a mispositioned ally to safety, movement speed boost for allies, grant an ally temporary invulnerability, transform an ally into a giant
- [LoL] % current hp abilities are more interesting and less abusable than % max hp abilities. (same goes for % missing hp)
- [LoL] Abilities that create/destroy/interact with terrain, like walls etc. - positional and environmental tactics for creating choke-points and blocking exits. (comment from Tacualeon)
- [Monster Hunter] Most weapons have a “charge up” heavy attack ability but this can only really be used in opportune moments when the enemy is immobilized. This motivates awareness of macro-level combat opportunities.
- [Monster Hunter] Ranged weapons have a “sweet spot” range where damage is maximized. Firing arrows point-blank or at maximum range causes damage to drop off. This adds positional tactics to archers.
- [Monster Hunter] Bowmen can change their ammunition: spread, piercing, status ailment, elemental. These types of ammunition are potent but have limited slots in the inventory, making Bowmen use them tactically/sparingly.
- [Monster Hunter] Using consumables made you stand still to consume it - during this time you were quite vulnerable. Most players would retreat to eat. This was recently changed to reduced walking speed while consuming items. Risk Reward.
- [God of War 4] There are heavy attacks that cannot be blocked with a shield or wide swings that can’t be sidestepped, prompting players to change tactics.
- [Slay the Spire] Interesting trade-offs and synergies - could take augments that burn more mana, plus an augment that converts burnt mana into a shield, plus an augment that procs when your mana bar is empty, etc.
- [Titanfall 2] Satisfying doublejump. Can use certain skills mid-air to preserve momentum - mildly higher skill ceiling, feels rewarding, encourages tactical positioning.
- [General] Different types of damage. Slashing, piercing, bludgeoning. I’m a bit tired of just having enemies be weak to fire, frost etc. Sure the result is the same but when magic infused weapons is helping me it takes away the feeling of victory a bit or sense of immersion. Especially when I’m playing a barbarian or a low magic class. (comment from Sunboy)
- [Dragon Next/Cloud of the Ningth Seal] Comboing, Dragon Nest and Cloud of the Ninth Seal are the two best combat MMO I've ever played, both action. What made them so fun was that they were like a combination of fighting games and MMORPG. You got that full 360 battleground experience while being able to use high skill combos. (comment from bot)
- [general] Weapon Reach is more interesting than strictly melee/ranged (comment from Sunboy)
- [NtBSS] wall ability that absorbs damage like Mei from Overwatch - increases player awareness, protects other people, etc. better tactics (comment from Ariatras)
- [Monster Hunter] Heavy Weapon attacks have large hitboxes that can trip teammates nearby. Very effective for anti-zerg. This would be problematic on the front line for 40 man raids if the boss isn’t big enough, but since the backline generally has more space to work with you could put this effect on “heavy spells” so that a mage has to stand a bit further away from their friends when they’re about to cast a big spell. This makes big spells feel special by giving them space to shine and has the added effect of decluttering skill effects on the screen while encouraging players to consider positional tactics.
- [Smash Bros] Only specific skills can hit enemies when they're knocked down on the floor, perhaps you could add a similar limitation on people who get knocked down - so zerging is less effective on people who get knocked down.
- [LoL] Non-linear animation on a CC ability feels much fairer than a linear stun animation. (Nami’s Q lifts enemies in a bubble and then pops. This feels better for enemies than Morgana’s Q which cages you for 3 seconds).
- [Monster Hunter] Status Ailments are not applied until a threshold is exceeded by an accumulated stack of status inflicted attacks. After the first time this happens, resistance to the status goes up and this threshold increases. This limits the repeated use of CC/Status abilities and encourages tactical use of status ailments.
- [Wildstar] Interrupt armor: Was something bosses had which required multiple people in the party to pay attention and simultaneously interrupt a mobs action. (comment from Vhaeyne)
- [Wildstar] CC Break mini game: You could get out of CC faster by pressing the right buttons. Again the system rewards players for paying attention. (comment from Vhaeyne)
- [LoL] Blur/fade out the far end of the telegraph of a long skillshot (Riot uses a curly arrow head to hide a hard edge) because that edge is the most controversial, and people will be more accepting of the server’s decision (also it’s safer to telegraph slightly shorter than the ability’s actual hitbox to give players the benefit of the doubt)
- [Super Smash Bros] Intuitive to learn - consistent controls: A is melee attack, B is special, press it with a directional arrow to do something in that direction. This is why button bashers can sometimes win in this game.
- [Monster Hunter] Lobbed abilities telegraph where they will land, this makes them easier to aim in over-the-shoulder 3rd person view.
- [general] better telegraphing of skills/spells that can be countered (comment from Jxshuwu)
- [Wildstar] Clear telegraphing that is consistent with the game's theme (comment from Dreoh)
- [Blade and Soul/FFXIV] Contextual Abilities - skills that would change on the hotbar depending on the state of the player. Allowed you to fit 20+ skills onto 14 buttons, intuitive to play, very useful for "finisher" abilities. (comment from Leonerdo5)
- [BDO] Mages were much slower paced, in exchange for large bursty skill hitboxes. This is an alternative tradeoff for people with slower reaction times that allows them to remain competitive and enjoy the action.
- [League of Legends] Slow projectiles tend to have stronger effects because they are easier to avoid.
- [League of Legends] Enemy projectiles can be intercepted by teammates - allows “take a hit for the team” tactics and projectile wall shield abilities.
- [League of Legends] “Pull”/”Hook” skills are EXTREMELY powerful and must be avoidable (it lets you force an enemy into a mis-position without risk to yourself)
- [Super Smash Bros] Chaining Skills/Combos start small and lead to a big finish, this gives enemies plenty of warning so they can prioritize avoiding the finishing hit or interrupting the combo, etc.
- [Genshin Impact] Elemental debuffs consume each other to proc bonus effects. For example, a wet enemy hit by an ice spell becomes frozen, and frozen enemies can have their armour shattered by physical attacks. Each character is limited to a single element, and requires a second character of a different element to proc the elemental combination effect. In an MMO, this is a great way to introduce interaction between different players’ skills.
- [Driving IRL] Median reaction time of the population is 205ms. Professional FPS players average 160ms. This is the extreme limit of today’s reaction time benchmark.
- [LoL] Parry/Counter-attack timing windows and WoW's warrior spell-reflect - higher skill ceiling for both attackers and defenders (comment from Tacualeon)
- [LoL] Projectile wall ability - makes ranged dps think twice about when to throw fireballs/other spells. (comment from Tacualeon)
- [SWTOR] Move a boulder that can block attacks/provide cover and then crush your enemies with it - rewarding to master and something that both allies and enemies can play around. (comment from ariatras)
- [ESO] Warden has an ability to grapple to an ally to heal them. Doubles as an escape from danger if your ally is positioned well (comment from glakuns)
- [General] I think mobs should be weak and strong to a variety of different damage attacks, and that the more damage types there are in the game the more robust and varied the mob base can actually be. (comment from Ostaff)
- [Monster Hunter] Requires the player to recognize attack patterns and opportunities. The attacks are executed randomly throughout the fight, requiring players to react to things. The burst windows are opened by the players, not just a specific 'phase' (comment from MrPockets)
- [Dragon Dogma] Dragon Dogma style fighting for big mobs (comment from Ostaff)
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