I'm at the point in the game where I need to find two other habitats. (Not that far in, I know.) But I am not given any clue to where they are, and I am left to crawl the Martian landscape blinding looking as far as I can tell.
I wish there was a document I could find, in the landing crafts or the first habitat, that could give me a general direction to try to find the next habitat.
Started a new game today, got the systems up and running. Finally got enough O2 to go explore for more supplies. I took a walk and found 4 boxes of supplies. There were only 3 food items among all the other items found. As we can not eat when in the EVA suit, I picked everything up and returned to the hab.
I ate the food I had when I got back, but it was only about 400 calories worth. This will not provide enough energy to find more boxes or another hab. I was already out of food when I went exploring.
I'm thinking that the rate of food consumption is too fast. Water is constantly being made so is not as much of an issue. Increasing the starting food quantities seems like a good idea, as well as making at least the largest box in the caches full of high calorie foods. Foods which only give 100-400 seem to be a waste of time as they offer little gain. Astronauts would have high calorie foods on hand to prevent excessive weight and storage needs. I'm thinking 400 calories minimum for any food, and 800-1200 should be the norm. Call it a meal maybe? The escape pod should have some type of food and medical supplies in it. I did not find anything in the pod's storage when I ran across it again while exploring.
Also, not being able to eat while in the suit is an issue. If I am starving and find a box of food but can't eat until i make it inside a hab then I die. OK, I can see having to plan your trip and eat before you go. But with long exploration trips required to explore most of the map, we need to be able to eat when in the suit.
I suggest that 25% or so of the foods be in a tube which can be plugged into the helmet and we can eat as we are in the suit. Limit this type of food so we have to save it for when we are not in a hab where we can eat other foods. May want to do this with water too. Perhaps water could be recycled in the suit. There could be filters we need to replace in the suit to keep the water recycling working.
The map should give some indication of areas that have been explored, either by using 'fog of war' shading or by simply displaying all of the players GPS tracks on the map.
Running has a hidden stamina meter that is also influenced by how exhausted you are (how long it's been since you've slept). Would be good to have a way to show the player their stamina while running, but that's hard to do in a "scientific" way like all the other survival stats. Open to suggestions.
Relating to the tricky to deal with encumbrance issues....
When dealing with carrying a bunch of gear across the Mars-scape, it would stand that the following would be useful for moving loads.
A constructed/improvised travois (structural tubing and space tape):
Or the Para-cassion... which was an ammo carrier with wheels that could be attached and connected to an airdropped container. This would work well for the existing supply crates allowing the player to extend a draw bar and attach 2 wheels for moving loaded crates around.
Here's what was used apparently on Apollo 14.
These would be ideal for some of the supply drop items that are spread around and would mean that a player could extend his carrying capacity over long distances.
Obviously it would be a pain to maneuver over rocky steep ground and ledges but far easier if the terrain was shallow grades and martian regolith.
If a system fails while crafting it wont be visible until the lights go out or other catastrophic failures, so if your suit is empty you cant even go outside to fix the problem because neither hab or suit has any power, this needs some warning or maybe blue lights when the power drops below 10% on the hab.
Sometimes if you install an electrical component into a module it will fail if the power to the unit has not been turned off first. I will add a tutorial notification so that this is explained. It is in the equipment manuals, but it should be more clear.
Originally posted on the Steam forums: http://steamcommunity.com/app/252090/discussions/0/1291817208488007288/
Do not know if they are necessary, but could the black screens be replaced with a message when something is repaired or a component is replaced? Perhaps something to the effect: Component Repaired... or Component Replaced. I imagine it is used to simulate the passage of time,however, with the above suggestion perhaps a note that so much time has passed or is it even necessary. Maybe the time counter could just add on some time. The black screens are somewhat of an immersion breaker.
While on EVA and using the scanner it would be great if there was an indication of what is "discovered" vs "undiscovered. For example, an undiscovered waystat would be a red triangle, a discovered waystat is a triangle with a dot in the center. A dot could be added to all of the scanner indicators.
It would enhance gameplay if markers and more information were available on the map for the minor sites. Supply caches and rad flags should be visible on the map after they are found. It would also be useful you could access the supply status of locations on the map once they are discovered. After all, once you access the container, you know what is there. Why make the player take notes?
At a minimum, allow the player to place permanent markers on the map with notes.
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