8/22/2014 5:34:46 AM Permalink[quote]Does the Mos with an attack over twice the Maverick's have a higher absolute Impact value? Or do both hand cannons have about 80% of the max Impact value of [i]all hand cannons[/i] in Destiny? Or do they have about 80% of the max Impact value of [b][i]all weapons[/i][/b] in Destiny? [/quote] I'm not sure if a concrete answer for this is floating around yet. They both do 80% of the possible damade, but I don't know if that is 80% max hc damage or 80% possible damage. But what I DO know is that they will both do the same amount of damage to a low-level enemy. The attack stat compares against an enemy's defense stat, and determines If a gun hits the enemy for full damage or not. It does not make the gun do more damage, it just reduces the effect of an enemy's defense. You can almost think of it as "armor penetration."
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It would be helpful to include numerical values in addition to graphical bars when showing stats for loot. I'll use weapons as the example, but this applies to any gear that has "stats bars". [url=http://destiny.wikia.com/wiki/Hand_Cannon?file=Maverick_Mk._32.jpg]link[/url] For example, at the link above, the Mos Ardus IV and Maverick MK. 32 hand cannons have bars for Impact, Range, Stability, etc. that look relatively similar. But their attacks are numerical values of 169 and 75, respectively. Since there are no values for Impact, all we know is that both Impacts are about 4/5ths or 80% of a full bar, but we have no perspective. Does the Mos with an attack over twice the Maverick's have a higher absolute Impact value? Or do both hand cannons have about 80% of the max Impact value of [i]all hand cannons[/i] in Destiny? Or do they have about 80% of the max Impact value of [b][i]all weapons[/i][/b] in Destiny? Is 80% relative to an absolute value, or relative to a relative value? [b][i]Or[/i][/b] is Impact a [i]modifier[/i] of some other value, such as the velocity or mass of the hand cannon's fired projectile (note that these hand cannons do [i]kinetic[/i] damage, as opposed to other types of damage in Destiny [url=http://destiny.wiki.fextralife.com/Damage+Types]link[/url] It's bad enough that the stats aren't granular enough (is it 78% or 81%) but worse, there is no perspective: 80% [i]of what?[/i] I get that Bungie would want to keep the game simple, uncluttered, and approachable, but there should be [i]some way[/i] for pedantic stats geeks like me to dig a bit deeper. The obvious fix is just to include numbers with the graphs, but here are some additional suggestions (again, weapons are referenced, but applies to armor and other equipment): 1. Ability to pull up stat comparisons from the weapon switching screens (where you can see all your carried weapons) [i]and/or[/i] at the Vault (stored weapons). 2. Grimoire cards that explain game mechanics like how weapon stats are calced and compared, and what those stats mean. 3. Tutorials at the Tower Armory (gun range) where you could experiment with the effects of various stats. I.e. crank Range up and down and see how it modifies bullet spread and damage at various ranges. 4. Granular control of numerical stats during weapons crafting (which has been hinted at in the beta). 5. A "Maker" subclass or crafting perks that would give players the ability to create (level-appropriate) gear for themselves and/or others. Any other wonks out there? Add me on PS4: clayeponym