You mean the guy is part of the NON-ELITE squad? It's surprising to me that he's the one who makes the most frags with a pistol.
Scientists going crazy? Maybe you could put in an intro where you just follow the place your squad goes to, get ambushed and then you find a pistol from a dead body. After that the real game starts. This would be a nice nifty touch to the game. Also make lots of the area dark so you have to use your flashlights often. With the flashlight you can't hold 2-handed weapons. Make ammo really scarce in he game. And don't put random lava stuffs anywhere. Hopefully you know where I'm going to
The part where you don't meet your squad at all and being the sole survivor is pretty lame, since there's TONS of people that used to be there and all of them sonehow got killed while you were left to survive. I don't really care if you can't control them and make them help you, just make up a sceneary where one of your squad or any other friendly unit is being ganged up by huge numbers of monsters. You could choose to outrun the monsters or help him, although he'll die before you could kill all of the threats You can steal his item though just to mention a few
Easy mode should start with 125 HP, Normal 100 HP, and Hard for 75 HP. If you defeat the game in hard mode you'll get to see all the cutscenes and understand more of the story line. While if you play in easy mode you'll barely understand what's going on. Sounds like programming nightmare to me if you ask
Pistols can break after certain amount of shots (like let's say you shot with a pistol 100 times, it breaks) and you need to repair it with repair kit or find another pistol. Chainguns, punch (obviously ), BFG, and plasma gun should not be allowed to break. Now you would need to put some weight limits on the game so easy would be carrying 200 weight, normal 150, and hard at 100, making you to backtrack and come back for some weapons or ammunition later.
Weapons are allowed to be upgrade up to a total of 5 times (except BFG and punch. BFG is already too strong anyway). They can upgraded at certain areas in the levels on the computer terminals and will ask which weapon to upgrade. Upgraded weapons have gets come of the following attributes: Lesser recoil, lesser spread, more powerful, shoots faster, weigh less, and is able to withstand more before the weapon breaks.
I could keep on more suggestions though. Anyway keep this mode up and it could be better than the werivar mod. I'm not experienced in graphics or modding (except maybe the weapons ) however experienced with lots of other games (lookie me name ).
Can't wait for the next mod drastically changed