//== Description
Blaze is a first person shooter action game using the DarkPlaces Engine. There may also be an extra model pack for some Doom engine(s) later. It is heavily inspired of Abuse, Doom and Quake series. The game environments will be sci-fi tech bases, alien hives, hell, etc.

My plan/hopes are that I would be able to sell this game when it's done. It would have a free demo/shareware version too, which should still have quite a lot stuff like Doom, Quake, etc sharewares.

//== Story
Earth is destroyed/ruined in a nuclear war. People have moved to Mars. There's some research going on in the Mars colony about making Earth habitable again, clean the environment and decrease mutations. Of course there's some people who have a different agenda on what to do with the research. Or maybe someone just screwed up real bad... Whatever it was, some sort of aggressive mutagen was introduced to the general population, and people started changing into dangerous mutants.

Anyway, one day, the day when the shit went real bad, there was this janitor cleaning up some armory in the Mars colony, when suddenly the guards became mad and tried to kill him. The janitor got lucky and defeated the guards. He started hearing lots of screams and gunfire outside the armory, so he thought he needs some more protection. The janitor donned the prototype armor suit and grabbed a plasma power sword. Stuff exploded and he had to get out before being able to pick up more weapons.

Now it's up to this one janitor, who somehow is immune to the mutagen, to clean up the mess before it destroys the whole Mars colony. (and then the game begins...)

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3 comments by J_C_A on Aug 12th, 2014

The Aliens behave about the same as the Ants in Abuse. They can claw and pounce at you, they can fire missiles and lasers as well. No ceiling walking yet. Different colors fire different weapons, though it may be a bit difficult to spot the different colors from colored lighting.

It is possible that the missile, laser, etc firing will be part of some other enemy instead. But for now, it will be part of these enemies. They're firing the stuff from their eye/mouth thing (also known as "skul gun").

They don't have new sounds yet. I may animate all the monsters first, and then do sounds.


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And a few more aliens More Aliens Ingame

I was also experimenting with some energy, stamina, air, respawn stuff for player, but eventually that felt a bit unnecessary. Now it's just Powerups, Weapons, Energy, Health and Ammo. The powerups and Shield use the energy. If you take lots of damage, you can't use the powerups for a while, or if you use the powerups long enough, you don't have shield. You can have one powerup at a time. The powerups could be: Flight, Speed, Invisibility and Regeneration.

Player's health and energy regenerate on their own very slowly. But this is more like, you have 99 health, and some 10 seconds later you have 100. This way you wouldn't accidently pickup some medikit and waste it. It would take 16 minutes 30 seconds to get back to full health from 1, so better find those medikits then.

Player can stay underwater indefinitely. Pretty sure that space battle armor suit has more than 60 seconds of air. Self damage from explosions is removed. Falling damage is removed. Player can jump some 128 units high (maybe it's a bit too much?). The speed powerup also allows double jumping.

RAWRRR...
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Roger_the_mutant
Roger_the_mutant Aug 5 2014, 9:45am says:

Really impressive work!! Looking forward to a release

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J_C_A
J_C_A Jul 28 2014, 9:34am says:

It seems the Color Palette GLSL shader is really slow on older computers, 10 fps at 1280x800, while on my current I get 200 fps at 1280x720.

The Posterize shader is ok on old computers too. I'll use this effect instead.

Lots of monsters was also a bit bad.. 100 monsters actively attacking player dropped framerate to 40-60 fps from 100 fps when they were just idle, empty level was 150 fps, staring at a wall was 300 fps.

I've thought that 50 monsters would be max in one scene, and fights that involve more than 50 monsters would spawn new ones when old ones die. Corpses would probably need to vanish too...

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J_C_A
J_C_A Jul 28 2014, 2:05pm replied:

The amount of colors in the Color Palette shader was 64.

My old computer could handle 16 colors in the shader with framerate at 150 - 180 fps.

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J_C_A
J_C_A Jul 29 2014, 9:31am replied:

I found a faster way to do the Palette shader, that performs about the same as the Posterize shader, and could have more colors than 16 on old computers.

16 colors just doesn't feel enough for colored lighting, sort of becomes some yellow/red/green vomit with colored lighting. Need at least 32 colors for colored lighting to work at an acceptable level.

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ceriux
ceriux Jul 19 2014, 12:37pm says:

have you worked on any of the monster ai? iv been real curious about your monsters, they look so awesome!

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J_C_A
J_C_A Jul 19 2014, 7:16pm replied:

No, not yet. Maybe I should have them ingame sometime...

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Innerdeadly
Innerdeadly May 25 2014, 8:11pm says:

I can already see the Doom aspects of it shining in your game, though I have some concerns with some of the items you portrayed in the video, if this isn't the final version.
- The gun sounds are pretty choppy, or just plain annoying to listen to for a long time.
- Some of those weapons, in fact MOST of them seem like guns taken from those 3 games, are these the only ones we'll be able to see? What kind of new element are you bringing that will differentiate yourself from those games?
- The storyline might need a bit of touch ups, I can almost taste the used up ideas there.

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J_C_A
J_C_A May 26 2014, 7:55am replied:

The Sounds... I'll improve the sounds. Half of them were done pretty fast, just so there's a different sound for each weapon. It's been sort of a long time since I've made sounds, but I'm getting better ideas how to do them. I'm also considering getting some sample pack (buy or download free ones).. at the moment I'm limited to what I can record at home, software synths and drawing the soundwaves.

The Weapons... they were more or less meant to be the basic FPS weapon set, and all FPS games have the same weapons anyway.. A "ZorgBlaster from planet X" might just be a basic assault rifle under all the weird looks. The projectiles the weapons fire will change however, so they aren't just different colored particle beams.

The storyline... it's basically Doom+Abuse story mixed together. It will still need some goal for player, like how does killing the final boss at the end solve the problems at the Mars colony? And what exactly is the final boss going to be? Or is it just some massive battle against the regular enemies?

It's all sort of intentionally unoriginal. But I hope it's still going to be something fun and unique.

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cybermaxrus
cybermaxrus May 14 2014, 2:45pm says:

When I can download and play?

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J_C_A
J_C_A May 17 2014, 12:15pm replied:

It will take some time... If things go well, maybe something playable before the end of the year.

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