Two things have made progress slower: the way that the RPG Maker VX Ace uses tiles and how RGSS Ruby code thingamajig is documented and handled.
First, RPGMVXA uses things called autotiles that are supposed to speed up the tile mapping (=making level out of tiles) progress – and they do, provided that you don’t have to make them yourself. However if you want have to use custom graphics, things come very time-consuming - especially if you have to animate the tiles. The RPGMVXA does not come with tool that could assist with creation of these tiles, which is a bummer.
Second problem with tile mapping is that there is no foreground layer (layer that is over the character, fences and such, important for feeling of depth). This somewhat crazy considering that DOS-based rpg-editors from over a decade ago had this function. You can overcome this handicap with coding, but it is another time-sink that should not exist.
Speaking of coding, everything that is just Ruby seems to go without a problem, however when it comes to integrating that with games own libraries, methods and classes – things get somewhat frustrating. Documentation of these seem to me be rather poor. This combined with lack of fast debugger that could check the code before you run the whole game, form a nice test of patience.
What I have got done:
Xbox 360 controller support
Check point system that is separate from the save-function
Designed basic structure of the inner demon –system (fusing them is possible)
Template tileset that I can easily build most things that I want
Draw some fake Japanese ads
Game Over –system that can have situation based events
Draw some concept “art”
Draw really neat icon graphics for various things (like used panties that are purchased from vending machines and can revive your fallen allies)
Some character stuff:
Jeff is the only one who can change and use multiple inner demons (these are represented by RFID-implanted toy figures). He is the leader and has abilities relating to that, like enemy analysis-skill in the battle.
Brad is Otaku-class (normal rpg: monk) character. He is week against sleep and death. He has learned hand to hand combat techniques from anime movies and has very useful skill that can heal any ailments from the entire party. Brad is also only one who can understand Japanese, making him very useful outside of the battle - too bad he is leaving soon.
Patrick is a White Knight-class (normal rpg: paladin) character. Enemies are more likely to attack him. He is unlikely to be affected by silence-status.
Alex is Lone Wolf-class character (normal rpg: thief). He can dual wield pistols. He can go all Nicolas Cage and start ape-shit crazy stuff in the battle (during this: multiple attacks in a turn – no player control).
TLDNR; still working on it - nowhere near complete.
I been playing around with RPG Maker VX Ace that I got from the humble bundle and this game idea has formed in my head:
The Raid Quest
Story: Crew of the Giant Bomb goes to Japan to get some video games. Due to a series of unfortunate misunderstandings at the Tokyo airport, crew has to scatter and avoid the police. Also somehow Yakuza has taken over the whole second hand video game market and leaking nuclear reactor is mutating plants, animals and people into monsters. Jeff has to gather his crew together, defeat Yakuza, fix the reactor and solve the cop problem.
What it is like: It is more about the adventure. Light puzzles, lots of inter actions and small amount of battles. There is also relationship system- think simplified version of Persona 4's link system. Speaking of P4, I think it will use P4-style GB-portraits made by @supernormalstep (if he is OK with it).
Of-course there is plenty of familiar characters, so playable, some not.
Status: Just testing systems - trying to find easiest way of doing things. It is unclear if I have time or patience to see this thing trough.
So, I finally got the chance to play and finish this game. I had been reluctant to try it because the demo was really bad, the original is probably my all time favorite video game and I did not want be disappointed. I have sank countless of hours into the DOS version of the U.F.O: Enemy Unknown, played it to death on the PS1 (which, due to the problematic save system, was on constant iron man mode) and I even made a livestream of it:
When the XCOM:EU was free with PS+, I had no excuses to play it. At the start I really liked it a lot. Cover based system with different class types fitted extremely well to the core of the classic UFO. Some things were as bad as they were before, like sometimes confusing rules of the line of sight (Rebelstar for the GBA had this sorted out). Environments were changed for worse: they are smaller, flatter and too much alike. There is very little variation between same surroundings using the same tileset and too few tilesets.
Biggest problem is how buggy the game was. Corrupted saves, whole PS3 freezes, teleporting aliens, aliens dropping into the void, graphical artifacts and whole lot of other glitches. The further the game progressed, the more it bugged out. Every mission where Ghost Armor was used, something went wrong. If this is how it is for everyone, my hat is off for those who have finished this with iron man mode - you must have patience of a saint or mythic level of luck.
All said and done, it is a good first effort. Not as good as the original but close enough to warrant the buzz. I am hoping that the sequel expands the core gameplay and mechanics with more variation and more customization options. Also, how about more than 1 alien base per game. In the original it was terrifying to find out that some area was infested with several alien bases.
Yes, the knock of version of the popular feature strikes back:
This time Jeff Bestman from the gigantbomb .ru(?) talks about V.I.P, a game based on the TV-show starring 90's super babe Pamela Anderson. Bryan Davis makes a return on the later part of the video and he has some (drunken?) insights on the new Xbox One.
If Jeff and the crew play Demolition Girl and Fighting Angles - the Russian bootleggers have something to counter that. If you are not familiar with gigantbomb.ru, they have previously made counterfeit versions of Encyclopedia Bombastica, featuring games like Miami Vice (ps2) and the ones that the crew just got from the mail, Demolition Girl and Fighting Angels. It seems that Jeff throwing down the gauntlet and promising to play those games on the air, has pushed Russians to dig (deeper) into the bottom of the barrel:
I wanted to like it, and I did - for a while. Opening intro set great mood and first few levels very interesting enough. I could make processes, learned and experienced new things. Than came the Firelurker. It took few fights to get familiar with it's patterns, but at some point in every fight the camera would make a unsuspected twist or got stuck into something and death followed fast. After this happening over 10 times, I had to say I had enough. There were other things too, like the fact that my Wanderer armor sucked and the guy who sold better armor vanished from the game, black phantoms that should drop important item ran into a bottomless pit and levels started to seem really dull after playing trough them the 10th time over. Was the game too hard? Maybe. For me it seemed too much as test of players patience - which I don't seem to have.
I don't know how it happened, but there I was sitting in front of a monitor, speaking to no one while playing the Darklands and broadcasting it to somewhere.
Whole thing was surprisingly easy to set up using the OBS program that Jeff mentioned in the one of the I Love Mondays episodes. There are some strange glitches but program is free and the bugs give some ideas for commentary.
I know, I am doing bit of self promotion here, but if you are interested how well large diaphragm condenser mic that I mentioned in one of the threads works for this kind of thing OR you really love Darklands, check my stream at http://www.twitch.tv/gaming_uncle. I am doing another Darklands broadcast at 3:45 p.m. (GMT +0) if you are into that sort of stuff.
Our protagonist is captured by freaks that try to brainwash him into buying the Atari Jaguar. 30 minute horror short tries to get you to do some math (or is that meth?) and to convince that with Jaguar you too will get laid.
Starring Leslie Nielsen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Perry and new Karate Kid Hillary Swank to name a few!
It is so 90's that you have to watch it for educational purposes - especially if you are too young to remember this horrible period of history. Bonus points for commercials (one of them starring Paul Reiser).