A while back I came across a discussion talking about combining the 3 different versions of the Ion Blaster into one weapon. I thought this’d be too much of a change, so instead I proposed that the Original and Flash versions of the weapon be made unlockables. So I decided to redesign them.
This is a revision of the original post, based on CIU weapon balance program - Part 1: Ion Blaster. The power levels were rebalanced to exactly match the raw damage potential that the Ion Blaster would have if these changes were implemented (and also to remove the unnecessary 11 upgrade that I originally added).
The Original Ion Blaster from Chicken Invaders
The Ion Blaster in the original Chicken Invaders had one particular property that the current Ion Blaster does not have. At 6 and 7 the sidemost projectiles are spread out much further than the rest.
This was also the case in CI2 on 20.
The main point behind this version is that, due to the side projectiles being fired at a wider angle, it has more spread than the standard Ion Blaster.
One of the changes that @1galbatorix1 proposed was to replace the dual projectiles of the Ion Blaster with two single projectiles close to eachother. Since the Ion Blaster in CI1 only fired single projectiles, this version probably shouldn’t have any of the projectiles grouped together at all, and instead be more uniformly spread (the only reason I didn’t do this on the image above was because I couldn’t be bothered to do all the copy-pasting) to better recreate the original’s looks.
The yellow Ion Blaster from the flash version of Revenge of the Yolk
Unlike the previous version, this one is more focused than the standard Ion Blaster. Projectiles are fired in groups of up to three which, apart from the color, is the main aesthetic difference between it and the standard version.
Also, unlike the Original Ion Blaster, the projectiles of the Flash Ion Blaster should be clearly divided up into groups of two and three projectiles, since the triple projectile is one of the things that made the Ion Blaster in the flash version more unique.
And now, poll time.
If these two variants of the Ion Blaster (or any other modifications of any other weapon) are to be added in this form, how should they work?
- They should be added as mods that can be applied to a mission slot or hardpoint.
- They should be added as separate weapons.