In regards to the EGO meter, my idea is that that is a representation of nanomachines Duke got injected with for a super Soldier program and the first “spell” is about getting a Shield passive and you unlock the ability to get temporary plus 50HP increase, Bullet time, Berserker mode, Double damage, Freaking weapon boosts like Bulletstorm Blood Symphony(foes explode into ludicrous gibs), AOE Novas and more can be unlocks for the EGO meter as well as gaining several charges of Ego through interactions or Socializing. Feeling good increased Duke’s Ego, which is why I suggested that the Babes in Duke’s life get a more prominent role. this also allows for satisfying fetishes like standard things seen in the DNF Digs and you can add Monster Babes to that as well as a plot point or some such. Even a asskicking action babe would be someone Duke would like.
I mentioned James Bond as a influence to Duke’s character because he too has a duty to crown and country, but had hidden depths and even cares for the women he beds. Bond even got married once. Point is, I do not think that duke caring for the women is out of character. Hell, it makes a twisted sort of sense that Duke is a guy with a harem, but in the case he falls in love he will stick to a babe.
Holoduke like in DNF(Decoy out and you are cloaked), Beer, Sterioids, Night Vision, Jetpack, protective boots and more are equipment items with their own select screen.
With DNF, the weapon carrying capacity was limited to the quick switch button for 2 guns, which was increased to 4 guns on Pc. Now you have a 8 slot weapon wheel, so Duke getting a varied arsenal of both melee and ranged weapons to equip/fund/buy and use would work so much. As well as all the reference possibilities in weapon names alone.
Duke is a “Action movies the Parody&Reference character” so making his arsenal a love letter to action movies would be good. Even humble Film Noir to Westerns and up to 70’ties and 8’ties and 90’ties action movies would be good. Sci Fi from realistic-ish Spy movies like 007 to more outlandish ones could work. Cross promotion would Bullestorm could also work by adding the Leash as a Equipment item with the Slam as a alt fire and it could use EGO for resource.
We could have Duke’s known Arsenal be good and have certain advantages, for example the Ripper is a light(meaning less movement speed penalty when firing) two handed Heavy assault class weapon but it can be used underwater, while something like Tittyyana(Hail to the Icons DLC weapon) is better on land and lowers your max speed while using it and cannot be used underwater.
Duke always talks about going Medival on Alien asses, so why not include a arsenal of Medieval weapons like daggers, clubs, swords, longswords, halbeards, spears, crossbows and even arquebusses two handed and handgun form? Even gauntlet augments that you can carry that change your punching effectiveness would be good.
Wild West type of weapons could also work in Duke’s favor, the iconic Colt Navy could work as well as the Winchester 1887 shotgun, the pump action Winchester the Lever action 1995 Rifle and others could be good.
Modern stuff could be regular things like a crowbar, bat, combat/trench knife, batons, andhandguns could be .44 Magnum, Berreta M9, M1911, Deagle 50. cal, Mateba 2006/chiapa Rhino handcannon version, SMGs MP5, Tommy guns, SPAS 12 and shotguns the Remmington 850 and a double barrel shotgun, Assault rifles like the M16 full auto with the American flag wrapped around the carry handle a Assault rifle with a underbarrel grenade launcher, SMGs like the Uzi, Scorpion machine pistols, sniper rifles, rocket and grenade launchers, and much more.
Sci Fi stuff like the Shrinker, the Freeze and Flamethrower could work, as well as the Railgun and laser weapons with the advantage of working in outer space. the Laser pistol could have a charged shot, shotgun a singe shot alt fire, Assault laser rifle can do AOE damage, plasma rifle can cause arcing energy, loads of ides are possible. Even the Static Rifle from Doom 2016 MP being a thing would be great. the DNF would also be good.
For alt fires, Single action revolvers could get a Fan the hammer where you switch to firing as fast as you can pull the tripper, while Pistols get Dual wielding and shotguns could get slug rounds(Remigton and Double barrel shotgun), semi auto fire or dual wield(1887) where appropriate, M16 and and so on.
Light upgrading where you improve functionalities or add new stats like damage over time effects thanks to hollow point rounds and elemental modules could work.
A weapon wheel you can fill up with weapons like in Borderlands and shadow Warrior would be good.
I suggested dashing and dodge rolls and the like since I saw the direction SMART FPS Action shooter were going. The conclusion: Player agency allowed withing reason and allowing for wonderful traversal mechanics. We could even have ledge climbing, bar swings, wall climbing, even freaking grappling kooks that use the EGO meter!
Dashing on WASD plus shift in First person could allow for short range evasion to avoid damage as well as reposition yourself in a fight quickly and even using the jetpack for shorts bursts in height or in air. Third Person dodge rolls could allow for more distance between the atacker and you, plus it is better for melee combat.
Secrets are a definitive must and with the return of the jetpack, it allows for more secrets to find and get goodies from. Prefereably a loot chest of some sort?
what do you think of this?