There are many tooltips in the game that follow different standards of implementation, terminology, and some obscure information, while others display it proudly.
One of the big examples of this is seen in damage bonuses and damage increases
When a talent or ability can deal a second instance of damage(such as in the case of Giant Killer, Thralls's Alpha Wolf, or Maiev's Blade Dance), then the term "xx bonus damage" should be used, so Giant Killer would actually be unchanged, but Thrall's Alpha Wolf and Blade Dance would be changed to say they deal bonus damage, rather than additional in the case of Alpha Wolf and just generic physical damage in the case of Blade Dance. This is something that is already mostly in place, but it's good to set a standard for it. The key word here is bonus.
When a talent or ability increases or reduces the damage that something already does by a flat number(such as in the case of Illidan's Unending Hatred, Varian's Lion's Maw or Hanzo's Target Practice), the term "xx additional damage" or "xx more damage" should be used. In the case of a reduced damage, the term "xx less damage" should be used. Other variants could be "an additional xx damage", the key words are additional, more and less.
When a talent or ability increases or reduces the damage in an additive format(Such as the case for Medivh's Arcane Charge, Whitemane's Judgment Day or Illidan's Sweeping Strikes), the term "damage dealt by Y is increased by xx%", and when something is meant to amplify or replace this damage bonus(as is the case for Illidan's Battered Assault or Samuro's Crushing Blows), then use the terminology "increase the bonus damage provided by Y to xx%", in the case of a reduction, then "damage dealt by Y is reduced by xx%", or "reduce the bonus damage from Y to xx%". The key words are increase and reduce.
When a talent or ability increases or reduces the damage in a multiplicative format(Such as in the case of Sgt. Hammer's Splash Damage, D.Va's Defense Matrix and Ablative Armor, or Samuro's Harsh Winds), the term "deals xx% more damage" be used when the damage is increased, and the term "deals xx% less damage" in the case of a reduction. for things that modify these bonuses, "reduce the damage reduction from Y to xx%", "increase the damage reduction from Y to xx%", "increase the damage bonus from Y to xx%", and "reduce the damage bonus from Y to xx%", but I'm pretty certain the only instance of this happening is Sgt. Hammers Advanced Artillery, so it woulds say "Reduce the damage reduction from Siege Mode's splash damage to 50%, and increase its splash radius by 25%.". The key words here are more and less(the same as the flat bonus, because these are functionally having the same result, it's okay to overlap)
Now, next up, this is something that I'm going to directly link to a great post by /u/Veliaphus, which you can see here. In this, they go into some amazing ideas, like colour-coding abilities to help things pop out more, standardisation of the several terms across quest tooltips, and just all around general improvements that make tooltips easier to read.
Lastly, Shields. The tooltip consistency here isn't too big of a deal, as a shield is a shield, but it's still something worth pointing out.
There's no consistency here, some use "grants a X point Shield for Y seconds", while some use "grant Z a Shield that absorbs X damage for Y seconds", and then there's "Z gains a X Shield for Y seconds". What I propose is to use the terminology "Gain a shield that absorbs up to X damage for Y seconds" for flat shields, and "Gain a shield that absorbs damage equal to XXX% of Z for Y seconds"
More about Heroes of the StormPost: "Improving Tooltip clarity – establishing a set of “rules” follow to reduce confusion." specifically for the game Heroes of the Storm. Other useful information about this game:
- Wednesday Esports Discussion – June 9
- Talent change ideas for some heroes (long)
- Say that we got Fighters of the Storm, and each character had a super move akin to what you see in Injustice 2 or Mortal Kombat 10/11. What would you have the super move be?
- Johanna Rework – Design Analysis & Feedback
- Heroes of the Storm hits its highest Twitch stats since December 2018 while Blizzard support drops to all-time lows.
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