Before I begin, I have been playing SM over the course of almost 3 years now (Stopped playing for a while when Torsos stopped giving extra action points). Over these years I have had and gathered a lot of ideas for what could make this more game more interesting, some of these ideas also come from other players which I will credit them. Sorry if I use your idea and forget to give you credit (its mainly because there are so many ideas out there that I am unaware of)
I will begin with the classes, there are three main classes and two subtypes for each class, they are Physical, Heat, and Energy with the subclasses Light and Heavy (Credit to Forums User: 25352).The most distinguishing feature of these classes is that they can only use Physical, Heat, or Energy weapons (and Shields) according to what type of damage those weapons deal. For example, a Physical Mech could use a Blaster since it deals physical damage but cannot use energy drain since it deals damage that isn't inside of its class. You might be thinking, "But X class has overpowered weapons!, this idea would never work!". Keep reading this and I'll explain how it could work. As for a solution, these following various measures could be implemented.
A Physical mecha would have an overall boost in total Hit Points (15%), a boost in Physical damage dealt (10%), a slight resistance to Physical and other class attacks (3 Heat Resistance, 6 Phy Resistance, and 3 Energy Resistance unless modified by a torso), and a 15 bullet storage (stacks with any bullet storage that the torso may have and has weighs nothing) along with the usage of bullets (meaning that this class cannot use rockets, only bullets) and both types of shields
A Heat mecha would have an overall boost in Max Heat and Cooling (Torso base Max Heat + 25 and Torso base Cooling + 10), a bonus for a two action point cooling (if you are forced into a cooldown for 2 action points in a row, you gain a bonus 15% extra Heat Cooldown), a slight resistance to Heat and other class attacks (5 Heat Resistance, 4 Physical Resistance, and 1 Energy Resistance unless modified by a torso), and a 15 rocket storage (stacks with any rocket storages that the torso may have and weighs nothing) along with the usage of rockets (meaning that this class cannot use bullets) and Heat Shields
A Energy mecha would have an overall boost in Max Energy and Energy Regeneration (Torso base Max Energy + 25 and Torso base Energy Regeneration + 10), a bonus for "Red-lining" Energy Regeneration (Basically if your Energy Points are 0 and you do nothing (cooldown) for both action points you gain a bonus 15% extra Energy Regeneration), a slight resistance to Energy and other class attacks (1 Heat Resistance, 4 Physical Resistance, and 5 Energy Resistance unless modified by a torso), and has the usage of rockets, bullets, and energy shields
Next are the subclasses, when you choose your main class you are then prompted to choose either to be a Heavy or Light Mecha. Each has their respective bonuses and not-so-bonus-y features.
Heavy Subclass: Can't take more than 1 Knockback at a time and can't move more than one title at a time or jump over mechs, teleportation takes more effort making the energy cost 1.5~2.0x depending on the amount of damage your teleport does, Heat generated from Charge is increased (Regular heat generated from that charge + 10 Heat for each title traveled), damage from the charge is increased by 25%, Teleport, Grappling Hook, and Charge can only be used once (if the item allows for a second use, instead it gains a 50% damage bonus for the first use), each level up (since supposedly the admins are adding a higher level cap) gives you +3 Max Weight, and you get a 15% bonus to total Hit Points with five extra resistance. This makes transportation a challenge but has rewards for people who are willing to deal with it.
Light Subclass: 900 Max Weight limit, Charge deals 25% less damage, Grappling Hooks have infinite range, Teleports can be used if you have no energy (Energy cost of the teleport x 3 converted into Heat instead), all Legs equipped can jump one title, title movement is increased by one (if a Leg item can move 2 titles, instead it can move 3 titles), 15 Bullet and Rocket storage (storage doesn't apply if your class can't use that ammunition), 10% bonus to Cooldown and Energy Regen, and 15% bonus damage to all classes. Has a little more agility than our previous subclass, comes with a lesser Max Weight but also has increased damage and ammunition storage.
Anyways back to wrapping this all together, with rocket and bullet restrictions, class/subclasses buffs, and if you keep reading the mythical tier of Heat and Energy Shields (explained later), I will take the liberty (it's 4th of July :3) to say these for the most part balance each other out. If you disagree at the end of reading this post please write some feedback I will make changes accordingly.
Next I will go into Items, for rebalancing Mythical Items:
Metal Shredder I & II would be reworked into Gauss Rifle Mark I and II
85/95 Physical Damage, 4/5 Physical Resistance Drain, 20/25 Heat Generation, 55/60 Weight, Side Weapon
Lavaspray I and II (Nerf): 2/3 Heat Resistance drain, 35-45/38-48 Heat Damage, all other stats are fine
Steel Barricade (Nerf): 105-115 Physical Damage
Armor Breaker I and II (Nerf and Buff): 85-115/90-120 Physical Damage, 9/10 Physical Resistance Drain, other stats are fine
For the additions to the Mythical Items, the Shields are especially important since Heat mecha can only use their type of shield (same for Energy mecha). Each new shield has a unique stat which makes both classes have their own allure.
Reflection Shield (Energy Class): Maximum of 30% of Damage Blocked, Reflects 40% of taken Damage to opponent, damage caps at 75 Hit Points per turn. 2 Points of Damage per Energy used, 52 Weight.
Heavy Shield (Heat Class): Maximum of 60% of Damage Blocked, 2 Points of Damage per Heat generated. 82 Weight
Negation Shield (Energy Class): Maximum of 10% of Damage Blocked 1 Points of Damage per Energy used, generates and uses 100 Heat and Energy when activated for the first time, 50 Heat and Energy cost for each extra activation, negates all basic Damage from all classes at no cost (Stomps, Teleports, Grappling Hooks, Charges, all damage from common, rare weapons), 65 weight
Stasis Rifle Mark I and II (Energy Class): 35-50/38-52 Energy Damage, 1 Use, 20/22 Energy Drain 40/44 Energy Consumption, 3/4 Energy Resistance Drain, Immobilizes opponent for 4/6 total action points, 2 Range
Sniper Scope (Drone): 75 Physical Damage, 10 Bullet consumption, 22 Heat Generated, 3-9 Range
I'm going to timewarp to items for a few seconds so that this can all come together. These will be the following stats for non-mythical shields:
For reference here are the revised common~legendary shields stats (couldn't find a better place to put them):
Shield I: Maximum of 10% of Damage blocked: 4 Points of Damage per Heat/Energy, 6 Weight
Shield II Maximum of 15% of Damage blocked: 3 Points of Damage per Heat/Energy, 10 Weight
Shield III: Maximum of 20% of Damage blocked: 3 Points of Damage per Heat/Energy, 14 Weight
Shield IV: Maximum of 25% of Damage blocked: 2 Points of Damage per Heat/Energy, 20 Weight
Shield V: Maximum of 30% of Damage blocked: 2 Points of Damage per Heat/Energy, 26 Weight
Shield VI: Maximum of 35% of Damage Blocked: 2 Points of Damage Per Heat/Energy: 34 Weight
Shield VII: Maximum of 40% of Damage Blocked: 1 Points of Damage Per Heat/Energy: 42 Weight
That's all for Items, next is a relatively minor topic: Music
This was brought to my attention when I was redoing all the campaign missions on Hard and Insane, I think that each territory boss should have a different theme than the normal music when fighting to give it a more of a "boss/final boss" feel. Also in PvP you should be able to chose (from the already small selection) of tracks to play.
That is all I had in mind for music, next is the general everyday functions in SM and how they could be improved. I would suggest adding a training zone that you can chose what mech you want to fight (you can set the variables against you), another suggestion is that when you are matched against another player in PvP ranked, you can see their basic stats like total EXP of that player, mecha Hit Points and resistances, and their guild name (if they have one), next is the SM coin reward for being the top player in ranked, if I'm correct it's 100,000 SM and a mythical item or 2 power kits, I think that buffing this value to 1 Million SM with one 3x Mythical Box would make things more interesting and competitive for players, also adding some sort of trading function into the game overseen by a authority figure such as an admin would be helpful, a premium account should give a small discount for boxes purchased (10~20%?), and lastly a boost to SM from daily missions would be nice considering you get less than 20k from doing them (maybe 5k-10k SM per mission?).
Lastly comes the Rework of the Shop (it needs an overhaul really badly >.<)
Adding purchasing of lower level item boxes would be sweet to improve weight usage efficacy, adding colors kits back and adding color kit removers in case you accidently used the wrong color kit, add multiple item box purchasing opening options when doing so, add the feature of selling items from boxes to SM coins and tokens (Common = 1,000 SM, Rare = 5,000 SM, Epic = 10,000 SM or 1 Token, Legendary = 20,000 SM or 5 tokens, Mythical = 500,000 SM or 50 Tokens), adding back the old shop is my ideal complete overhaul but is unlikely for some unknown reason, and lastly, adding vouchers for premium boxes for a Ranked win streak, campaign victory, or randomly choosing a player would encourage more players to participate in those events.
This concludes a large portion of my ideas for SM, please note that all values in here are subjected to change via your feedback that you give me, post here and I will make changes accordingly. Also there are most likely a decent lot of spelling errors since English is not my best tongue and I wrote this kinda quickly.
If you want to contact me you can find me in top ranks chat IGN: FullMetal
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