Full disclosure, I do not own Season Pass 2 and have never played Arms Race, nor am I interested in the mode as it is currently described.
So from what little I am seeing on recent threads, some people enjoy the new mode, but think it will be short lived. Some people can’t stand it based on its core concept and design (i.e. lack of skills and higher end gear, set in an enclosed, timed theatre, etc.). Many have not even bothered to buy/try it (myself included).
But what I find interesting are the suggestions that there may be a core idea here that could be built on and once I thought about in that light, my mind started taking off in different directions with possibilities, some of which I will share here and will hopefully spark some creative ideas from the community that GBX could make use of.
What if they took the “Game Show” idea and expanded on it, really ran with it, making it the focal point of the DLC? Think American Ninja Warrior or American Gladiators or even Holey Moley (the mini golf show). Keep the two VH as hosts (maybe have guest appearances from other NPC’s or even the hosts of The Borderlands Show). Then every month, or three months or whatever, they change up the maps and the game theme by releasing a new “Episode” (these could be limited run “events” or re-playable “missions” - I prefer re-playable missions myself).
Galactic Vault Hunters
- The Pilot Show / first mode presented is Arms Race as is (or with a few tweaks on the rewards side, but still stripped down, low level gear centric and timed).
- The next “episode” could then be a vehicle race, with all kinds of whacky obstacles or whatever. Again, with loot appropriate incentives to play.
- The next episode could be puzzle challenges, with vaulting, sliding, jumping, sharp-shooting, melee, etc. contests.
- The next one could be… [fill in the blank].
The point of my idea is to take the core concept of a Game Show with Vault Hunter contestants and run in a different direction with it while still maintaining the integrity of the original Arms Race concept (that someone on the dev team or upper management apparently thinks is fun/cool). The original “Arms Race Mode” would then stay as simply one of the many different “episodes” / game modes that the overall “Game Show” would make available. These could be rotating like events or part of an overall re-playable package with a grand prize to all who complete all of the challenges in all of the modes. Lots of opportunity here for jokes from the commentators and plenty of varying challenges for players with a little something for everyone .
As I provide these examples, I realize that each mode could actually showcase a different part of gameplay - guns/gear, vehicles, common physical skills, etc.). One mode could even highlight skills themselves. Maybe a final mode then combines all of them in some massive X-athlon.
And if this core idea takes off, GBX could turn it into some sort of E-sports where you watch and root for your favorite VH Player, with ladders, etc. Or maybe open to all players during a “season” and have a special ladder match at the end for the top standing players that can be watched. Or whatever makes sense. Not something that I particularly care for mind you, but some might like it and it could interest the GBX execs.
Anywho, that is my basic idea - expand Arms Race into a full-blown game show and add all kinds of different modes as “episodes” to give it variety and increase content while salvaging the core concept.
Thank you for reading through this (novella). I now invite you to present your ideas of what some future version of Arms Race could look like (bonus kudos to those who can do it while maintaining the integrity of the original concept). I am looking for honest brainstorming here from the BL community, whether you have bought/played it or not and whether you are a fan of it or not.
Please keep the following in mind when responding:
- What part(s) of the current Arms Race concept do you like? This includes other people’s ideas (like mine) presented here.
- How would you expand on the current concept to make it better? Again, including other people’s ideas if you are commenting on them.