Mob The Virorb Mobs could be This Games "Flood"

Discussion in 'NPCs and Creatures' started by Chucklehead, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Chucklehead

    Chucklehead Subatomic Cosmonaut

    thefluvirus mob idea from the monster monster contest could have there own mini biome that have creatures infected by them. When I mean mini biome, I mean like the meteorite biome in terraria (like a removable breeding ground).The only ones that wouldn't have their own biome would be extremley rare like the ufo virorb or the dna one. When I first saw the description for virorbs, I immediately thought of the x parasites from metroid fusion. The only difference is that they don't all mimic the host but rather cling onto them like leeches. The most common ones should come in swarms and try to attack or latch on to anything that moves. And the baby virorbs could come out of regular enemies you kill in these infested areas. And instead of giving debuffs to enemies they've clinged on to, they do the opposite and make them stronger. I've seen threads that also had this idea and I thought since we already have a cool parasite with multiple variations we could have it as the games "flood" or "xenomorph" enemy:

    Here is thefluvirus mob description:

    Here are the other threads that had this type of idea:


    What do you think? Could this work?
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  3. Zoolot

    Zoolot Existential Complex

    I honestly don't know If I would like this or not..

    Man, the forums are soo slow today...
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  4. Chucklehead

    Chucklehead Subatomic Cosmonaut

    That's fine. It's just a suggestion.
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  5. Pseudoboss

    Pseudoboss Spaceman Spiff

    Depending on their implementation, they'd be quite a nice addition to the game. I love the Flood, they're one helluva lot creepier than zombies to me. If they do latch onto you, there should be a way to get them off, perhaps just sufficiently damage yourself or set yourself on fire would clear them all, and they'd fall off if you were performing poorly in a fight, so that they're more annoying than lethal, but still have the ability to kill you indirectly. Larger ones could take any number of shapes, sizes or roles. Immobile trap monsters would be cool in infested regions.

    Speaking of immobile trap monsters, they can infest ships, so why not entire planets? They'll spread underground networks throughout the world, allowing them easy access to the entire planet and amazing fortifications. Would make a fun level 100 megadungeon planet, running through canals of a parasite that has infected the entire planet, occasionally leaving messages and taunting you, saying that your species is no better, destroying their own worlds to fuel their civilization, the Virorbs are doing the same thing.
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  6. zero-gg

    zero-gg Tentacle Wrangler

    I would definitely want to see this! Every good space game should have its own parasite. :)
  7. Jonesy

    Jonesy Sarif's Attack Kangaroo Forum Moderator

    Do we really need an equivalent of the Flood, though?
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  8. Skudge

    Skudge Void-Bound Voyager

    ehh these creatures needs to be built with a specific scenario in mind. nothing comes to mind with how to integrate it with starbound without feeling forced out gimmicky.
  9. Chucklehead

    Chucklehead Subatomic Cosmonaut

    When I meant the flood I meant the games own unique parasite. for example:

    metroid: metroids, x parasites ect

    resident evil: las plagas

    aliens vs predators: xenomorphs

    halo: the flood

    starcraft: zergs
    This game has virorbs
  10. zero-gg

    zero-gg Tentacle Wrangler

    Aren't they already going to be put into the game anyway? And how would it be too gimmicky?
  11. Jonesy

    Jonesy Sarif's Attack Kangaroo Forum Moderator

    But the idea of a parasite isn't exactly original, is it?
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  12. Chucklehead

    Chucklehead Subatomic Cosmonaut

    The idea of a bird isn't original but it's in the game.The idea of a cat or a dog as a pet isn't original but it is in the game. I don't understand why this is a problem.
  13. Jonesy

    Jonesy Sarif's Attack Kangaroo Forum Moderator

    Birds, dogs and cats exist in real life. I can hear a bird right now. There is a cat sleeping two rooms away. There is a dog next door. I know they exist, and when I see them in media I understand why they're there.

    But alien parasites? They don't exist outside of fictional settings. And what happens when they appear in too many pieces of media? They get repetitive. Like an idea recycled over and over. It's not a problem we have with things we'd otherwise see in real life.
  14. Chucklehead

    Chucklehead Subatomic Cosmonaut

    Sure stuff like parasites, zombies, ghosts,and werewolves can be repetitive in movies and games. I understand that one could get bored with these characters. Regardless, whether my suggestion is taken or not these enemies are already confirmed to be in the game; alien parasites. Just look at this:
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  15. Evangelion

    Evangelion Supernova

    It's not about whether it's original or not, it's about how well it's done.
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  16. Serenity

    Serenity The Waste of Time

    Depends on how it's done I am guessing it will be less flood, and the greater enemy will be Cthulhu esc/ lovecraftian
  17. Pseudoboss

    Pseudoboss Spaceman Spiff

    They haven't been done to death like zombies have, and there's a billion things you can do that'd be cool and original with parasite mobs. Compare the Zerg to Metroids and there's a pretty huge difference, I love seeing old ideas with a new spin to them, taken from a new angle.
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  18. Affero

    Affero Contributor

    I totally get what you're getting at but we can't really expect everything in starbound to be unique and original. :/
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  19. JennShii

    JennShii Pangalactic Porcupine

    Our planet has parasites. If we explored the universe our one planet could spread an epidemic. The common cold could possibly wipe out an entire population of alien creatures we come across. The only way to prevent this is through a crazy process of untested vaccines and other stuff if we were to find aliens. Aliens could find us first and maybe they never thought of that? They could pull the chicken pox back out to their home planet or send us an ailment or disease by mistake. Crazy mutations have occurred on earth and can definitely at least have potential of creating a deadly parasite. Granted said parasite is unlikely to grow up to be a mass-spreading living organism of death but technically it's still possible.

    In a universe where multiple races of intelligent beings can meet there are so many possible deadly viruses etc. Starbound's universe obviously isn't realistic enough and boring where we would have to quarantine people every time we met, but it just seems weird to have zero epidemic/viral/parasitic threats.

    Given that the Virorbs are named after Virus I personally would find it silly for them to NOT be this games "flood". I doubt their spreading will be as deadly as the flood's considering Starbound isn't designed to be a zombie survival game. The Virorbs in my opinion shouldn't spread in real time. Like previously mentioned there could indeed be an infected ship or meteorite carrying the Virorbs to a planet but that sort of thing would be more of a reason the planet has virorbs. If you think about it, Virorbs are planned to be a unique creature (I think) so unlike regular monsters/aliens they can't really exist at random. It would actually add depth to the game to have the Virorbs as a sort of "flood".

    Example start: Without reasons for existence everything will simply be. You can visit a planet and say "there's alien creatures here." You can go around and investigate the unique creatures as much as you want but you will eventually notice a pattern. Even though all the creatures look different there truly aren't very many that are unique.

    2nd part: After exploring more planets you will eventually have the mentality of "okay this one's got charge and that one shoots fire. I know how to fight this easily" and it won't be as adventurous as it once was. But then you find a planet with a unique creature you've never seen before. Now you don't know what to do and it's interesting again.

    Finally she's gotten to the point: After travelling more you'll find that unique creature again. Wait a minute, aren't they supposed to be unique? As in, there's only one? If in this case it's the Virorbs you would be baffled until you find a virorb nest or whatever in a crashed space ship. "Ohhhh!! They were carried here, that's so cool!" is something you might say rather than continue being confused.

    The same idea exists with races like Florans, Humans, Apex, etc. They exist in multiple places for a reason. Space travel.

    You might think I have gotten off-topic. I did but I can piece it all together: Virorbs aren't intelligent enough for space travel on their own. Being a crazy "flood-like" infection/disease/parasite/whatever makes sense as to how they get places.

    TLDR: After typing so much I don't think I will give you this pleasure~ :catface2:

    Edit: OH and +1
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  20. Jonesy

    Jonesy Sarif's Attack Kangaroo Forum Moderator

    You never know. After all, a lot of the stuff is randomly generated. That might count for something.
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