I love space combat....they narrowed that down well. Perhaps the only thing that would truly make this game better would be commanding that combat from the bridge. (Salivates).
The problem with ground combat is:
- Its boring
-The rewards suck
-It is incredibly...mind numbingly repetitive
To solve this, look at other games that successfully use combat, Halo, Fallout, Star Trek Elite Force, etc...there are a few key things that they do that spice things up.
-Rather than have pocket after pocket of the same enemy...replace a pocket with one mini-Boss. Have the last one on the planet be a boss. AND..more importantly, make that boss different and not just another bad guy with a new title and different clothes. A good example would be how on a early Romulan mission you were fighting Romulan after Romulan and then POOF....there were some Remans. That was a good change.
- Two, ground combat needs to be faster paced, nuff said
- Three, the rewards need to be worth bothering to pick up. When all i usually get is "Synthahol" or "Plomeek Soup" or "a tribble"...the experience seems very much like a waste of my life. Give some big rewards for bosses or bigger baddies....something that at least you can resell (like the perk of a impulse engine or deflector dish). Give us grenades, give us a cool weapon, give us a new piece of armor or headpiece that has a special power.
- Fourth, how about some spontaneity. Why not see a wild animal run past occassionally. What about some new environments...like fighting STREET TO STREET on Bajor, or under the shadows of Skyscrapers on Romulus or in the middle of a farm. Some new landscapes besides "Oh look...I beamed into the middle of a forest for the 100th time."
Fifth and finally....vehicles. I know others will hate this idea. But that is what better loot like grenades or a phaser bazooka could help with. Maybe a tank here or there, what about a ATV, or a shuttle firing on you as aerial support. What about being able to call down a strafing run by your runabouts?
These are just ideas but Ground needs some help. I think these would really make the game fun. Also, rather than have large hypos...lets make use of bridge crew and have a Chief Medical Office do your healing.
Being chased by a vehicle? Beam us 20 km away or beam us to the ship.
Sorry, Captain. The technobabble of the week has blocked the transporters for the fifth time in a row.
I fully support changing our current ground tactic, "Walking around unprotected so the Borg can assimilate us more easily", with the potentially more effective "Run over drones in a tank while giggling madly."
They are working on completely redoing ground combat, and I think/hope they are also working on gernerally improving the environments. The games you listed are mostly FPS games though, they play differently to mmo games.
Ground combat can be involving in STF, where you are required to use abilities for cc/defence/healing or you get spammed with hold etc (not that I like that method/the borg, it's boring to get held then use a hypo just to get held again for 20~s). However the problem with the rest of the game is that the AI is crap and enemies are all very trivial. Even the bosses don't require that much effort (other than that reman one).
Ground combat can be fairly fast depending on target mobs though, currrently Eng + Medic type enemies can take a stupidly long time though and Borg can as well, although they should. I personally don't want combat to become too fast though, because you begin to remove strategy (well, it will if they improve AI) with faster fights and the end result will just be more mobs and more grind.
Loot tables could do with being redone, the 'anything can drop anything' thing is meh, it makes it harder to farm certain items as well (I can't just go kill escorts for tactic consoles, or swordsman for dual pistols/batleth) and is a bit wtf when borg drop cat food.
I don't like the idea of strafing runs by runabouts (orbital/space station/in a cave shot is bad enough) and tanks are a bit iffy because we've never seen them and they don't really fit in with trek, the closest we've seen was that lolbuggy from nemesis. It would be fun to have vehicle combat though.