No, because by the time you get those armours, you typically already have at least around 10k max bionic power and a reliable power source (since they are considered endgame stuff). I personally have all the power sources, but the Light Power Armour set eats about the same amount of energy as my Ratchets generate. And the only point in keeping the PA online is, actually, walking around. Nobody cares if the PA drains twice, or even five times more energy, when, firstly, Bionic Power is ridiculously easy to get and, secondly, it is not even necessary to turn the set on. Getting a Heavy PA set and a Browning MG is as easy as pie, and you can just tear any horde to shreds while sitting on one spot. So please don’t tell me about the protection you need to kick hulks in melee, these things are sports, not the easiest way to deal with dangers, and any sport SHOULD be challenging. Like having to deal with 10 shocker brutes while having a hoe and a gardening outfit on you in the endgame instead of feeding them some lead from a safe distance.
Yes, but needs to be dependant on the STR stat. An athlete is gonna fare much better with all the dead metal around him than some wimp (like myself).
No, no, NO. ZERO. ABSOLUTE ZERO FOR ALL PA TYPES
This is the ONLY reason to turn the armour on, and more importantly, Power Armour as a concept is all about freeing the person wearing it from any concerns regarding the weight and bulk of the gear (and maybe even giving the user some more strength and agility, in advanced armour designs). Power Armour IS normal armour with added servos and/or a forcefield.
Since DoubleTech Power Armours are just protective sets with servos, all of them should be non-encumbering while powered. The Rivtech armour, as the description reads, is a non-rigid armour, fully relying on the projected forcefield, therefore it lacks all those alloys, steel and kevlar and is not encumbring regardless of being online or offline.
(Well, okay, I can agree that Basic PA, being the first generation, can be a little encumbering. But not the second generation)
What’s the point? I’m honestly surprised that the PA already lacks gas protection. It does have the Climate Control capability, but lacks filters. Come on, that helmet is an ideal place to put some filters into.
No electrical protection? You kidding me? A whole set made of steel - and the shock runs through the human body? This suit is a walking Faraday Cage, powered or not.
Radiation? Probably. Don’t really care, though I’m used to wearing the ANBC suits and having no concerns about what’s happening around.
Acid? Come on, alloys are resistant to acids, and any engineer that has a diploma is going to cover all the joints in the armour with some sorts of rubber or plastics, as it always happens in any equipment with moving parts that is being exposed to the elements.
And probably nobody can. This armour is cool, sleek, awesome looking and completely useless. Nobody is going to try to kill a hulk with a 200 L drum while wearing underpants and slippers (unless it’s one of those challenges ), and nobody is going to use rare fuel to get something achievable without the use of that fuel. Come on, face the truth - the RM13 set is useless in the way it is present ingame today. It is either going to use renewable fuel, or rest peacefully in the back of the dusty shelf. Like you said, survivor suit. No need to search for the rarest RM13, when you can make the same thing by hand.
I guess you can’t wear anything along with the PA not because you really can’t put a holster around your leg, but because once the piece of clothing is on you, it can be freely moved closer to skin or farther away, thus breaking the rule of direct skin contact for the PA itself. So, man, this is frustrating. The inventory gets filled with things I used to keep in holsters/belts/harnesses/whatever. Add at least a single jerrycan for the fuel siphoning and here you go - 30 Liters of storage turn into nothing. This is definitely the thing that needs to be reworked.
And, finally, the Power Armour Suit is an exoskeleton. This way it MUST allow its user to shoot heavy (~6 kg for Laser Cannon lol can’t see why it can’t be fired just like a normal rifle) weapons without any support (i.e. act as a support for coding purposes).