I think hand-held shields would be very useful while traipsing around terror sites, bases, and UFOs.
I'm not sure if the armor and weapons system changed a lot from X-Com, but here's the stats I had in mind:
-requires one hand to use.
-When held, adds 75 addtional armor to front armor *only*.
-When held, gives 20% penalty to accuracy, in addition to the penalty you get when you have the other hand occupied while using two-handed weapons. It's because it's big, cumbersome, and gets in the way of your vision.
-Takes 3 alien alloys and $20,000 to manufacture
-Weighs 20 weight units.
-Takes up the entire backpack in inventory space.
-Available right after researching alien alloys. Come on, it's just a sheet of alien alloys flattened into a shield-like shape.
So basically, you'd give it to your scouts in bases or UFOs. It'd be real handy on the door opener. It wouldn't make your soldier totally invulnerable, not even from the front with the best armors, assuming weapons still do 0-200%, but give them a real good chance of survival. And it'd give a reason to use the otherwise crappy personal armor because soldiers won't die from one hit anymore with that and the shield equipped.
Edited by mmcc, 06 April 2005 - 11:49 AM.