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FPSC Classic Showcase / [x9] The essence of Live - (full version)

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mgarand
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Posted: 7th Feb 2010 21:56 Edited at: 10th Feb 2010 16:36
The Essence of Live


This game is made my : Mark de Boer (aka Mgarand)

Why did i made this game?

basically because i was bored and i wanted to not make a zombie shooter. (nearly) everybody is making zombie games and i got enough of it, so i made this medieval/adventure game

Story

Ages ago, 2 wizards made a stone, called ''The essence of Life''. If someone owned this stone, he would have the eternal life. But the stone was so powerfull, the wizards died and the stone was gone.

200 years later, you want to find this stone, and get the eternal life. It will be a dangerous mission...

Good luck

some features

- unique game
- costum models (and retextures)
- 5 awesome medieval levels
- nice costum models (with shader)

Download link

http://uploadhyper.com/file/25206/new.zip.html

Video to aid you in the first quest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo3T7ylDSkc

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It was fun to make this game and i hope people have fun to play this. I would appreciate if you leave a comment.



(sorry for my English, dutch )



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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 01:22
Reminds me of Oblivion.
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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 05:17 Edited at: 8th Feb 2010 05:18
I tried it out and it started very very promising....

....until I had to do a dozen succesfull jumps to continue.

I dont want to hurt your feelings but FPSC is probably the WORST game engine to do TR-style jump action. Shooters are alltogether not suited for this kind of playstyle, not even HQ games like Stalker dare to include more than a little jump here and there.

But maybe its just me and I am too clumsy for your game (although no TR game so far posed a problem - but hey...now that I think about it..Lara is played in 3RD PERSON and she can GRAB THE EDGES )

In case you find my grammar and spelling weird ---> native German speaker ^^
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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 07:10 Edited at: 8th Feb 2010 07:11
lol thanks for the comment, i know fpsc is a bad tr-style jump action engine, but i tried to get rid of the collision errors if you get stuck try ''c'' (crouch) to get free. I am bad in game where you need to jump, but i managed to do it . do you get collision problems?

Because if more have collission problems, i will delete the jumping parts



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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 07:18
Nice, downloading!

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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 07:27
I didnt have collison problems...

...I simply jumped to death a dozen times before I gave up

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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 07:29
ah i see, lol after 100 times of testing you get used to it

Try to use run (shift) and jump if everyting is right you can manage it . if its really to hard i will chance it



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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 12:51
Quote: "not even HQ games like Stalker dare to include more than a little jump here and there."


thats not strictly true... games such as half life include masses of jumping and they are some of the greatest games ever made...

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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 13:50
like the look of this thats cool (the fact you could build)

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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 15:35
Thanks for the comment guys!



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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 16:03
Downloading!!!!!!
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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 17:49
cool !



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Posted: 8th Feb 2010 22:43
how can i jump to one pillar to another how i cant pass the part (first level) of the jumping thing

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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 02:51
yea, well, i tryed it and could not make the jump either, I think trull you should change it. good graphics and good music with a good story.

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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 03:38
My computer is to weak to play this game ):
mgarand
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 07:12
Quote: "how can i jump to one pillar to another how i cant pass the part (first level) of the jumping thing"


if you go to the second pillar, look to your left, there is a kind of concrete bare. you need to jump with shift+spacebar.

Quote: "My computer is to weak to play this game ): "


I maybe upload another version for low-end computers



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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 08:43
Quote: "I maybe upload another version for low-end computers "

You sir, are awesomeness!
WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 13:27 Edited at: 11th Feb 2010 16:58
I have error. (download screen)
Can you unpacked this and send to my email?

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whitewolf22@o2.pl


Error screen:
Edit: Delete screen

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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:14 Edited at: 9th Feb 2010 16:18
Error: The Zip file could not be found



EDIT: OK, I made a mistake extracting the files without relative paths. Game is launching now, sorry

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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:35
Hey guys!

News:

- Made a ''light'' version of the game for low-end computers, will upload it tomorrow.

- For people who get stuck in the first level, i made a video to aid you in your quest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo3T7ylDSkc

@ Whitewolf, I never saw that error, try to re-download.

@DOMINIK, have fun



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WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:36 Edited at: 9th Feb 2010 17:06
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mgarand
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:41 Edited at: 9th Feb 2010 16:41
like i said, try to download again.
and could you maybe delete the screenshots or resize them



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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:49 Edited at: 9th Feb 2010 16:49
Ok, tested it.

Shaders appear quite experimental, in this game less would have been more, I guess.

Spoilers ahead...



Finally, I'm sorry to say... but I find it unplayable. It looks good and I can see brilliant ideas, can't say I wouldn't see potential in it, really!!! But the level design is not thought-out to merge with gameplay, and seems not to be tested in any way - the collision problems take all fun out of it for me.

Hope this helps you to improve future designs and won't harm you, it's meant to be honest, constructive ciritcs

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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 16:56
thanks, I dont have any collision problem (but thats me)

About the monster, i know he have some problems yes, i will edit that one. and i will make the jump thingy easyer



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WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 17:05
@mgarand
redownload and this still not found
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 17:53
Ok

Level 1 is fine as it is, but I would suggest to at least consider a complete re-draw from scratch for level 2. Maybe leave the pillars out (use only planks) and strictly seperate the "jump area" from the "monster room". Just some thoughts that came to my mind

Good luck with this

WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 19:00 Edited at: 9th Feb 2010 19:01
All game packed witch vishnu not work on my pc. (screen of my simple bulid game package witch vishnu)

Can you unpacked this and send to my email?

Email:
whitewolf22@o2.pl



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Posted: 9th Feb 2010 21:43
@ whitwolf, i will help you soon
@ DOMINIK, thanks! i got some ideas, im going to delete the pillars, and add a gate (no wall to break) to the monster, if player is in the monster room, door close. and i will edit our little monster baby



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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 11:30
It wasn't too hard... The jumping. But when the giant got there, I really didn't know what to do, becouse it was impossible to beat ont those bridge kinda things where you are jumping.

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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 14:23 Edited at: 10th Feb 2010 14:23
@mgarand

Thanks... but when
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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 15:12
First i am going to chance lvl 2 after that i will help you



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@mgarand

How you can help me?
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what?



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WhiteWolf PL
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You send to my unpack game or something else?
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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 16:23
like i said, i will find a solution for you but FIRST i update the game



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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 16:37 Edited at: 10th Feb 2010 16:37
News

I have edited lvl 2 and i think its okay now, only a small lighting error. You still have to jump but it's easyer and the monster cant fall in the pitch

http://uploadhyper.com/file/25206/new.zip.html



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WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 10th Feb 2010 19:09 Edited at: 11th Feb 2010 18:34
You can use Game Cover 2 to pack game.
http://download.fpsfree.com/n79q24t66ks8/more/Game-Cover-2.zip
WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 12th Feb 2010 15:58
You find help me?
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Posted: 12th Feb 2010 16:48
I will help you, do you have msn?



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WhiteWolf PL
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Quote: "have msn"


what? no
WhiteWolf PL
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You can't send to my email unpack game?
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i will send you a special link tomorrow



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I wait
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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 12:29
Since the jumps are doable now I could finish (and replay) the game and here is my review (in the usual GBU format).

The Good:
- Leveldesign. Especially the starting town was done very nicely. Different light settings made levels/places distinctive from each other.
- Atmosphere. Music, sounds, menu and load screens all helped to create more RPG feeling than the usual FPS game does.

The Bad:
- Monsters. Just cannon fodder, dumb but annoying but no challenge.
- Shields make no sense if you cant dual-wield. Sword/Shield blocking didn't have any effect although blocking animations where displayed.

The Ugly:
- Font. A different type would have made the game MUCH more fantasy
- Entity mix. Egyptian Guardians, Cyclops, Goblins, SciFi-teleporters....

Overall its a game with some shortcomings but also lots of potential to become BotB one day

In case you find my grammar and spelling weird ---> native German speaker ^^
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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 14:56
Thanks mate, about the ''bad'' things,

Monster - Yup your right, it's hard to make a good AI for a monster
Shield - You can dual-wield. And they dont block i know, you can use it to smash.

Font - Well actually i dont agree, but i think it's my tast
entity mix- I like to add variaty to my game, but i don't know what's wrong with the coblins....

Thanks for your review, and i will look at the things you dont like



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WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 15:50
Quote: "i will send you a special link tomorrow"



you send to me this?
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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 16:12 Edited at: 13th Feb 2010 16:12
Quote: "entity mix- I like to add variaty to my game, but i don't know what's wrong with the coblins...."

There was nothing wrong with the Goblins, its just the whole mix that didnt seem to fit - to my taste

For the monster AI there are workarounds (spoiler)


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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 16:34
Thanks for the advise, will work on it



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WhiteWolf PL
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Posted: 13th Feb 2010 17:59
I have to you fantasy font (download)

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