Hey, I'm new here, I actually just finished beating Rainbow Six: Lockdown; I used to play the old school ones back with Windows 98.
Aside from the game being buggy(flashes not working except on me, of course; my team being stupid; room clearing generally being a complete and utter failure) I liked the game.
Also, this is kind of way nerdy, but I actually liked the mission planning stage of old school R6. You need some kind of gameplan, right?
Anyway, AI. I'm a CS major with a specialization in it, and what I saw in Lockdown made me sad. You would think that when I sent my team into a room, they might find a terrorist. But no, they act all tough and say, "LET'S MOVE!" and then stand in the middle of the room while a T gets half a clip off before they say to themselves, "Hey, how about that, some bullet holes, OH MERCY I BEEN SHOT, WHO COULD HAVE DONE THAT." And half my team is blown away before someone goes, "Oh hay guise thar's a dood up thar with a gun." God forbid they actually have to shoot the guy, don't aim for his head or anything, that would be too easy. That's the end of my rant.
All that stuff I read about how NPCs is sweet. I too would like to see a goal-based AI. Even if a T only has two goals in his short lifespan of staying alive and killing you, that's still pretty realistic. In example,
- You bust in his room and own 3 of his friends, his expected chances of accomplishing both his goals just went down the tubes, so he goes with the more important one: staying alive, thus drops his gun and cries like a baby and puts his hands in the air.
-He turns a corner and sees 4 dudes, clad in black with big scary guns coming toward him, his twitch reaction is to try to accomplish both goals at once, so he blindly looses half a clip as he runs away down the hall. Naturally this seems kind of unfair as a stray bullet has a chance of entering your skull and shattering inside your brain and turning it into mush, but hey, life comes at you fast.
- You're a bad shot, and shoot a T in his shoulder. To most sane gentlemen, this is a clear indication that the odds of accomplishing both goals are fading fast, as a clear and distinct advantage can be seen from the rounds in his shoulder. Also, as all terrorists are huge ###### like we know them to be, the aforementioned bleeding-through-his-shoulder terrorist cries like a baby and begs for his life.
-And, of course, you will have the stubborn few that won't give up.
Am I just talkin' crazy? Credit to my geek side, I was worried about the extra calculations. I also wonder if a general procedure for finding cover would be terribly lengthy. Ah well, what do I know, it's 5AM.
Your project looks mega awesome.