Okay, I respect your reasons. Number 1 will definitely affect gameplay. The uncertainty of whether they're really done, the technical difficulty as the enemy slumps behind props and is much harder to target, the tension as you approach the body for a better shot, I get it. Numbers 2 and 3 will apply to some players but not others. It depends on how much the player invests into mechanics vs story vs role-playing vs social, etc. If you're aiming for just the niche that are into that, cool. If your aim is more general it may negatively affect some players.
Okay, I have a few minor issues with this one.
1. I am concerned with making good games, what the market wants is a secondary concern at best. If I wanted to pander to the market I'd be making a shitty piece of "casual gaming" shovelware with match-3 or tile flip mechanics. I'll be fine with whatever audience I get.
2. It's a bigger audience than you think, otherwise games like Dark Souls wouldn't be so popular.
3. I admire more artistic games, especially those good at using mechanics as metaphor or giving setting information, lore and story without ever shoving it down your throat. Dark Souls is one example, so is Spec Ops: The Line. For quicker examples for you to Google and know what I'm talking about in ten minutes, try "Freedom Bridge", "Loneliness" or "Every Day the Same Dream". That's something I enjoy in games. And that's what I want to do, but with my own themes and messages.
I was more thinking along the lines of shotgun or improvised weapons when I spoke of bones deflecting the projectiles. What sort of distribution of weapons would be available, e.g. military vs household vs improvised?
Well, that's a complicated question, actually. For firearms, you can expect to find mostly "civilian" weaponry, but the alternate history in the game's background leaves Europe, especially central Europe (the game is in Germany), stocking up pretty heavily on firearms all the way to the '90s and that means that, if most of them hadn't been untouched and unmaintained for a couple decades now, the guns you find would be likely to be of quite high quality in addition to high quantity. But as it is, most are in pretty crappy shape and those that still work tend to be older, more reliable, manually-operated models. Unless you're looting the corpses of recently fallen soldiers, which is dangerous like you would not believe but if you can pull it off is pretty rewarding.
I completely feel your pain, it has happened to me numerous times on numerous websites. These days I treat any comment box that I write more than a paragraph in as unreliable. My suggestion is to occasionally copy/paste to something external like Notepad to prevent disaster. I'm doing it right now.
Taken to doing the same after that fiasco. Seriously, one misclick and when you go to delete a word you find yourself on a previous page. That's how I finally got try #4 through and how I'm doing this.
And please do your best to keep the temper in check, even though it can be trying.
I'd blame the frontal lobe damage, but I'm better than that.
Sorry, low blow on my part, I was just highlighting the use of the word war rather than making any relevant point.
Eh. You're still better than Acharis, at least. And Paragon. And at least one other whose name I can't recall at the moment.