Bailter Ray is a single player total conversion mod using Unreal Tournament 3 as a development platform. Made over 12 weeks this is the work of four people Pip Robbins, Paul Smith, Zhao Zhang and Rebecca Wong final year students in RMIT's Game Program.

Bailter Ray is a 2.5D "side scrolling" platform, adventure shooter. Set in a alternate reality where science fiction tin toys exist as living entities. The player controls a tin spaceman Captain Phoenix Valentine, an Astro-Explorer who has crashed landed onto an unknown alien planet. In order to get home the captain needs to retrieve his space ship's power supply (a wind up key) and locate his ship.

The game is a platforming playground of puzzles, enemy robots and alien plants that shoot goo and fire. In order to survive the surreal alien landscape, the player must make effective use of his suit's jumping and dodging abilities.

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Demo Background

Originally Bailter Ray was made with a target audience of children (4 +) in mind, we felt there was a need for child/family friendly UT3 Mods.

We wanted to focus on simplifying game design by scaling the scope of the project to enable a small team to iterate quickly within a short time frame. We spent a few weeks building a simple demo/sandbox to try out some of our ideas, for example the dodging in and out of the 2d gameplay plane. We then experimented with different level design configurations and added a simple UI.
Though we liked what we had, we decided to spend another 12 weeks redesigning the art assets (an excuse to refine modeling/texturing skills), we added power ups, collectable items and a gameplay introduction tutorial.

What we end up with was a kind of portfolio piece 15- 20 minutes of demo gameplay with a fun prototype level as a bonus reward.

Demo Summary

Bailter Ray is a retro style (side scrolling) sci-fi platform shooter. Inspired by games such as Turrican, Megamen and Abuse.

Take control of marooned Astro-Explorer, Captain Phoenix Valentine as you’re compelled to explore, jump and ray-gun to survive the dangerous attacks of an alien planet’s inhabitants.
In order to get home, Phoenix needs to retrieve his space ship’s power supply (a wind up key), and locate his rocket ship.

The player navigates and explores various areas of the level and is rewarded with points by eliminating enemies and finding collectable alien planet “samples”.

Points are deducted for losing lives so a negative score is possible. In the process of exploring, the player discoverers new enemies and learns new skills to progress though the game.

We are:

Paul Smith - Artist, Level Designer
Pip Robbins - Script Programmer
Zhao Zhang - Script Programmer

Contact - Syntheticnest@gmail.com

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MSUC Phase 4 Winners

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Alert: Bailter Ray v2.1 finally here!

Alert: Bailter Ray v2.1 finally here!

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Its taken some time, but the wait is finally over. That's right! Bailter Ray v2.0 has finally arrived. Packed with a shocking amount of new content!

Bailter Ray version 2.0 almost ready

Bailter Ray version 2.0 almost ready

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BailterRay UDK Version

BailterRay UDK Version

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Hi, we're Synthetic Nest the development team that brought you Bailter Ray. After a months work, we've finally ported the Bailter Ray UT3 mod to UDK...

Bailter Ray v2.1

Bailter Ray v2.1

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Bailter Ray v2.1 - Full version Release of Bailter Ray! This update includes many changes and way to much new content to list!

Bailter Ray v2.1 Source

Bailter Ray v2.1 Source

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Source code for Bailter Ray v2.1 - A big thanks to the modding community, we wanted to give something back in return.

Bailter Ray v1.0

Bailter Ray v1.0

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Bailter Ray v1.0 (Beta) Contains all required files. Extract the folder and read the readme for installation details.

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johnpinky7
johnpinky7

i have a problem. it lags A LOT. For some reason, every 2 to 3 or 4 seconds i get a drop in fps, then back to 60. It's extremely annoying when im trying to jump to another platform and it lags. I played the last release with no problems at all. I was wondering if it's me or the game. Anyways thanks for the great mod, you did a good job.

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AudioAlias
AudioAlias

Hi johnpinky7,
This version certainly has more meshes and textures on screen...our team developed this mod on average specification laptops, and have had no lag problems...you could try lowing resolution and turn off dynamic shadows and motion blur etc.
Thanks for the feedback though (we 'll try test it out on a few different systems). Hope you get it running smooth enough to play.

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johnpinky7
johnpinky7

I'm sorry but its not a low framerate, but a lot of skipping and chopping. I get the same results on low quality. No matter what, ever 2 to 3 seconds I get some choppiness. I'm very confused and I would really like to play this very well done mod =)

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Nighteyes22 Creator
Nighteyes22

Strange. I think it's likely to be a issue with your computer.

Here are some general tips I can recommend:

1) Updated your video card to the latest driver.
2) Make sure you disable any programs which are not required.
3) De-fragment your hard drive.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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johnpinky7
johnpinky7

Thanks for trying to help, but the problem persists. I got the 2.1 version installed and the choppiness went down, but it's not completely gone. I'm almost positive it's not my computer, since I can run all next gen games including crysis and the highest settings in 1600x900 res on an hd monitor with my fps never below 50. Even unreal 3 itself. It is playable and I will just have to deal with it, but thanks for the interesting and awesome mod! It brings back memory from when I used to play a lot of adventure sidescroller games =)

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital

Looks fantastic team!
I'm checking this out right now.
Thanks for releasing the source :)

I look forward to your future endeavors.

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Nighteyes22 Creator
Nighteyes22

I have uploaded both source code and the full version download. The full version download is still currently awaiting authorisation. So hopefully it will be up soon for every one to download!

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do365nic
do365nic

release UDK version please

(I have UT3 but installing mods for it is a biatch)

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Nighteyes22 Creator
Nighteyes22

We have been looking to release a UDK version of Bailter Ray. Spent a bit of time yesterday on it, in fact. There have been a few complications so it may take some time.

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Marcus500
Marcus500

Looks fun , downloading

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