Hypervolt#4192 posted (#post-223520) said:
- A Zoom Feature: I have seen many people ask for a zoom feature on the minimap. While it is not clear, I have noticed that the minimap tends to be different sizes on different ships, meaning that the size of the minimap is balanced to match and balance the ship you are playing (ie, artillery cruisers can see the most of the battlefield). Unless this is just me seing things, it is an interesting feature that negates the purpose of a zoom out / zoom in feature. I am going to connect this to my next point:
- Showing the full Battlefield: This is probably the only thing I completely disagree with- if you could see the whole battlefield on the minimap, there is little purpose to have a visual of your surroundings. It makes hiding behind terrain less useful and removes tactical and strategic positioning from the game. The reason it is shown in conquest is to show territory, not to show enemy ships. That being said, the maximum amount I believe that the minimap should show is aproximately a quarter of the battlefield, potentially even less. If the distance is increased, then I think that a zoom feature should be enabled for players (like me) who like to see closer up on the minimap in order to avoid being flanked
The point of having zoom is to give every player the option to see as much or less, as he want. This does not mean, that the player expect to see enemy units, that are out of radar range or hidden by terrain (or the good old fog of war), nope, such units would still pop up out of nowhere, if they get in visible range. You must differ between seeing the map/the landscape and seein all units on that map too.
To make it easier to understand, imagine a map size of 50km, your ability to see enemies on your map too depends on your ship radar and may be 5km for this scenario, so you would only see enemies within 5km radius (evenif you can see their ship silhouette from way further away). However, the minimap zoom would allow you to show more than just those 5km of the map, even if you cannot see then enemies on it, that are further away. So you could zoom your minimap from showing just your radar range - 5km to... lets say 8 or 10km. This zoom would not affect your radar range.
It helps to have a better overview over the general terrain, and where to go next.
- Add a Hotkey to Enable an Overlay of the map On-Screen: While I like this idea, I can't see it being useful. I wouldn't mind if it's added, but I would personally never use it- takes your attention away from the battle
Its for respawn and reorientation. if you respawn at worlds end, and have no clue, where everyone is, because your minimap just shows a little piece of the full map, then its hard to get back to the action. But if you could open an addittional map, that shows the full level and just highlights your allies (and maybe the enemies within their radar range), then you know within seconds, in which direction you have to fly.