You know, wouldn't it be interesting, if instead of having meats and consumables drop off normal monsters you actually "Battle" you had to "Hunt" for them, and mine for them, and fish for them, etc? Instead of getting slime oil off of a blob that starts hitting you, you get it from going into mines and pipe lines and sewers and collecting it.
Instead of getting Meat off of random monsters you fight, you would hunt certain types, that are less... Well... Monstrous?
I dunno, just an idea. It would add more diversity to what you fought and why in my opinion, and I think they could work off that. But I also see that this has flaws and I'm not saying I'm right. Just an idea.
That brings up a good point, in most MMOs anything and/or everything you could engage in combat always then engaged you even if they are no match. There should be cases where you have to stalk wild-life(such as sheep) that would flee when they are/felt they were in danger. The only game I've played that had such aspects was Monster Hunter where certain herbivores would run away, a few agros, and some did both, some ran away when a much larger carnivore came around.
The only case of this in FFXI was when fighting the Qiqirn Rangers, but that was only for the sake of making them harder to solo for BLMs.
Things like this would and otherwise shake up the otherwise typical "target, hack&slash, repeat" formula. They also wouldn't have to bother beefing up this mobs to create a long battle if they bothered to be evasive rather than aggressive. The time could be sunk into the stalking and chasing rather than standing around until mob dies and attack mode deactivates.
They could also increase how much one could gain from kill rather than just a sheep skin, or sheep meat, or sheep skin, they allow to get all these things in one or a few kills.They wouldn't have to gimp drops if they didn't design the game around carrying tons of crap in the first place lol
It'd turn the hunt into another game rather than just something you do to survive economically. Edited, Aug 15th 2009 3:00am by baltz