Make Lifeform Analyzer readings flash or more visible.

Discussion in 'Game Mechanics' started by ShadowTiger, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. ShadowTiger

    ShadowTiger Official Terrarian

    The Lifeform Analyzer is a beautiful, beautiful thing in the game. It's made it possible to scout out ... well, exactly what it says it does.

    But how many times have we completely missed a rare lifeform because we were in the middle of combat for the duration of its existence, and the words "Lost Girl" or whatever were only temporarily there.

    If the words flashed or strobed, it would be infinitely better and virtually impossible to miss. It's not really something that people are keeping an eye on all the time, now is it? Something like the compass or depth meter is a lot more casual. But not this, no. You don't just give the thing a casual glance and then forget about it. If you're looking for a rare monster, your eyes are constantly trying to read it. At all times. That's a huge distraction from gameplay.

    Another thing that kinda irks me a bit is that there is absolutely no indication of where the thing is. If I had a dollar for every time I saw "Bound Wizard" or "Martian Probe" on the thing, and couldn't find it anywhere, even with a Hunter Potion, I'd be a fairly rich individual.

    A tiny arrow pointing to the direction it lies in would be so helpful. If that's "overpowered" in any way, perhaps it could be a benefit of having a R.E.K. 3000. Its functionality could be boosted. Sure.
  2. Varsia

    Varsia Spazmatism

    But it'd be eternally flashing, because mimics are "rare" but they are common as hell.

    Can't support.
  3. plantszaza

    plantszaza Plantera

    Maybe it could show how far that "rare monster" was.
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  4. Varsia

    Varsia Spazmatism

    That would be brilliant and I would support that, as long as it doesn't have that flashing stuff.
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  5. speak

    speak Terrarian

    I agree, a more visible indication of rare monsters would be great.
  6. Trimerion

    Trimerion Terrarian

    support for the direction finder on rare mobs, not so much with the flashing though
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  7. ShadowTiger

    ShadowTiger Official Terrarian

    It doesn't need to flash - It just needs to be made more visible. What would be better than flashing, but worse than nothing?
  8. Varsia

    Varsia Spazmatism

    That pointing idea suggested earlier would be nice.
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  9. Lumini

    Lumini Terrarian

    Yes, we could use this, support and +1.
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  10. Azu

    Azu Retinazer

    Instead of just flashing, it could easily just pulsate from it's original to either a brighter white or another color. Not so in your face and still easy to tell it's active.
  11. Alucard3598

    Alucard3598 Steampunker

    I'm not sure a brighter white is possible, but a different colour might work.