This is not about general environment of the whole area of the game but smaller locations as the thread name implies.
For starters, i have only a couple ideas and ill leave the rest to all of the members, naturally.
be sure to point out how the environment of the location would affect gameplay too because its not just about the looks of the thing.
First, since reading about the main story of the original and seeing some youtube videos i thought that if it wasnt a part of that first game (watching lets play now so i dont know) The Citadel Starbase would be a very, very cool location to visit.
Of course i dont know if that would be possible but as an idea it seems very interesting to me although i realize how ambitious it is. It seems like it had some mysterious events playing out there that started the war. Obviously, a lot of stuff is waiting to be dug up there.
I dont know if that was revealed in the first game.
I guess someone will correct me if players went there or know more about it in the first game.
The second location i would like to play through is something very similar to "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" environment of toxic fungal jungle, full of weird creatures and different fungal / mushroom ecosystems.
It can bring a sort of fresh air of a uniquely alien landscape and creatures full of its own laws and rules.
Of course i wish it isnt a direct copy of that movie design but rather an original take on the subject, which is common in many good science fiction (i mean of the serious kind) literature.
It doesnt need to be a direct reference to the manga or the movie made on it at all but i wouldnt mind a few easter eggs either. I also recommend seeing this movie because it is rather good as are the rest of Miyazaki animated movies.
(i mean if there is anyone out there that hasnt)
So, put forth your suggestions, big and small, weird and "normal", usual and unusual. The design team is watching this.
I just saw this on Brian Fargo twiter :
Brian Fargo @BrianFargo
I've always wondered if people really wanted the Mars storyline to come into play. It's funny but way outside the genre.
Yes please! i dont see why not.
Be sure not to overblow it and do it good and it should be great. Especially if you can simulate the difference in gravity at least to some degree.
...which by the way... would be great addition to "my" idea about Citadel Starbase visit.
Give me Valles Marineris location, Mount Olympos, North pole! There are amazingly beautiful and interesting places on Mars (Martian Red here:P).