Here are some thoughts about small things Epic could do to make the experience of playing 2k7 more pleasant.
This thread is not about weapons balance, map design, or gameplay issues, including gametype objections or ideas! It is dedicated to smaller, asthetic changes to make the game better regardless of what your UT preferences are.
Here are some of my ideas:
1.) Loading screens: I've heard that these will be a thing of the past, but, if not, how about a pre-recorded walkthrough of the map, while we wait, rather than a static image?
2.) Audio fades and persistance: Don't have the music cut in and out. When a map begins, fade in the music. When it ends, fade the music out, rather than clipping it. Also, with menus, let the music fade in and out.
3.) Localized voices: When a player or bot speaks, have the voice come from the location of their actual mesh, as well as over the radio. That way, you could hear opposing team chatter, if you were close enough. Characters within 512 units should only have their voices from their locations, and not over the radio.
4.) Interactive tutorials, ala UT99. We've all seen the people who apparently don't know what they're doing. Put some effort into training levels. Tutorials could exist for every gametype, as well as basic skills such as weapon use and movement.
5.) A far more flexible HUD. Every element should be independantly moveable, sizable, alpha-shiftable, and removable. A skinnable HUD interface would be nice, too, allowing elements to be altered or added. Only Epic HUD elements would be considered "official" for tournament use, of course.
What other game-immersion changes can you think of?