ESF is a fast paced, 3rd person fighter based on the hit anime, Dragonball Z. Select your favorite character and fly, power up, transform, melee, and beam your enemies into pulp. Each character is given signature moves and abilities to compliment different style of play. Some are stronger in hand to hand combat, others are better with energy attacks. Play in three different game modes, deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the dragonballs. There is a learning curve so newbies beware. This is not your normal Half-life mod.

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Simple Melee has been a core component of ESF ever since its inception in Beta 1.0. There have been many changes to the system such as damage and melee block-back distance, continuous hits, collisions; and now with a new special attack system on the way, bonus points.

Posted by Mastasurf on Mar 7th, 2010

Short history of the Simple Melee system

ESF Beta 1.0:
-First introduction of Simple Melee
-Lock on required to swoop with only forward swoop possible
-Head-ons won by lower ping players
-Blow back length and speed enough to cover half of the map
-Chance for unlimited areal combos

ESF Beta 1.1:
-Head-ons won by player with more KI remaining

ESF Beta 1.2.X:
-Lock on removed in favor of the double tap swooping system
-Blow back speed and distance decreased drastically
-2 hit limit for areal combos implemented to cope with easier chaining of hits
-Head-ons changed to both players hitting each other and being blown apart

Damage and Blow back

In the past damage and blow back dealt from a melee hit was consistent no matter how the hit was done. In ESF: Final the blow back and damage dealt with simple melee will depend on 2 things. The first is speed, meaning that the faster you go the more damage blow back is done. The second is power, which can be considered the power level difference between the two players. Whether a player is stronger or weaker than an opponent will affect how much damage and blow back are dealt. Of course limits have been set as to how much damage may be dealt to players.

Continuous melee hits
The two hit limit has been reverted back to the infinite hits for simple melee.. To balance the system out each new hit you do will cause a bigger knock back to the opponent so it gets harder with each hit. Getting the second hit is relatively easy, but with the third one it'll become harder as knock back speed and distance increases with each hit.

With the incorporation of head-ons in ESF Beta 1.2 players that simultaneously attack each other with the same attack would be knocked back from each other. The system was further updated to include improved visuals.

Bonus points
With the addition of special moves a system was added to allow players to earn bonus points and then use them to “buy” special attacks. Bonus points are earned by performing actions in the game, such as simple melee hits. The system is designed so that more advanced actions are given a greater reward. For example, a simple melee hit will give you 1 point; the second hit will give you an additional 2 points, third hit 4 points, fourth 8 points and so on. Of course this only counts for continuous hits. If the target recovers from his blow back your point multiplier also gets reset.

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Bio.☣ Mar 10 2010 says:

2 hit simple melee limit?! I THINK NOT! I made my way up to 7 :P At normal form of course ^.^

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Grega Mar 10 2010 replied:

ESF has a 2 hit limit (rolling doesnt count as it isnt in the air). The EVM team dissabled that using AMXX.

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druidsource Apr 17 2010 replied:

Thank god. Haha

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OTPIdARP Mar 10 2010 says:

WoW!!! thats cool, I think this attack buying system will be superb.

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Flazor Mar 11 2010 says:


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Myloman Mar 12 2010 says:

Looking really polished, solid progress. I'm loving the sound of the bonus points system, neat idea :D.

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