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A short summary of what makes our game, and the two things you do with your grapple. (Gameplay Video)

Posted by AnotherOne1 on Sep 27th, 2009

Hey all!

I am Alex the programmer working on Tension. Basically I'm the one in charge of implementing these new game mechanics and making sure the game is simple and fun to play (although Cooper has more sweet job titles). Coop and I have been working on this game for a while now and since we finally got this ModDB page up I thought I'd tell the community a little about our game and where it stands so far.

First off, the gameplay is based on four mechanics:

In this post I will be talking about the two we currently have in the game which are the “Swing” and “Pull”. They are the two actions that can be performed with the grapple. The other mechanics I'll discuss at a later date with their own respective news posts. Let's jump in!

I figured a short video demonstrating the swing and two uses of the pull would be more effective then trying to explain it via text, although shorter text descriptions are available below the video.

Note: The textures and models seen in this vid are temp or rough drafts.

The Pull:
The pull is the action of using your grapple to pull you directly at a surface, or on to the top of one. Used to ascend buildings and sometimes ensure a precise landing on top of them. Player moves fast and in a perfectly straight line.

The Swing:
Fairly simple, the player is attached to the hooked surface with a springy, stretchy cable and swings from it with any force he is already carrying. Player moves slower than pull in a more controlled arc.

These two ideas may be simple but when strung together they can get quite complex, not to mention fun.

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MatthewD Sep 28 2009, 1:23am says:

Dude you should use this grapple hook sound effect I made awhile back, I think I mixed some half-life 2 and DoD:S stuff and it turned out pretty cool.

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DELTΔ Sep 28 2009, 3:49am replied:

very nice sound a bit loud though and may need some tweaking to make all the timing right other than that good work

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Henley Staff
Henley Sep 28 2009, 1:46am says:

Very nice concept, will be interesting to see where you run with this.

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56er Sep 28 2009, 2:48am says:

Yeah sounds need a rework - sounds like a rocketlauncher.
Thr rest is freaking awesome...

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Greenagainn! Sep 28 2009, 5:19am replied:

Im pretty sure it is using the stock rocket launcher sound as a place holder..

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AnotherOne1 Author
AnotherOne1 Sep 28 2009, 10:38am replied:

Haha, yeah all the sounds are stock RPG sounds.

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razorb Sep 28 2009, 7:30am says:

yea cool stuff :)

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Gosthy Sep 28 2009, 8:41am says:

The player should run faster, I think. Or maybe you could make the system where you run even faster if you move without stopping like here: Youtube.com

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AnotherOne1 Author
AnotherOne1 Sep 28 2009, 10:38am replied:

Already in the works. ;)

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ThatTrunkMonkey Sep 28 2009, 1:36pm says:

I can't even begin to imagine how many Gmodders are gonna request this as a SWEP the day it's released.
Good job, I really look forward to playing this.
Now, it would be better if it were multiplayer, but it's still great.

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187DevTeam Sep 28 2009, 2:52pm says:

Wow looking forward to this watching.

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Spooboy Sep 28 2009, 2:57pm says:

I havnt in my entire gaming expernce found palyer created content that made my jaw drop. What you have acheived here is something for the mod history (not that grapling hooks havnt been done, but to actually make then for a mod that works and looks promising), Im tracking this. Hope it doesnt die, and there are some future updates soon.

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emetalce Sep 28 2009, 2:58pm says:

WOW, that's awesome. I really cant wait to see where this goes!

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Kamikazi[Uk] Sep 28 2009, 3:20pm says:

Nice to see you guys concentrating on Gameplay machanics first instead of all mods tend to do visual side which i found out the hard way sorta lol.

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Person- Creator
Person- Sep 28 2009, 6:27pm replied:

Trust us, fighting the urge to make the game pretty is veeery difficult. We promised not to touch anything graphical or audio until we were swinging through an orange city. :)

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awesomepossum Sep 28 2009, 3:39pm says:

Awesome, Looks like you already have your game mechanic working nice and smoothly. Great job!

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Elhrrah Sep 28 2009, 5:09pm says:

I'm liking this. The swing/pull mechanic seems pretty polished, and I can see how the air brakes and jump jets would integrate as necessary features.

What sort of material do you have lined up for the visual style and setting? Solid mechanics are great, and a solid backstory makes things even better. I'd be really interested to see what you have in mind.

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Nebcake Sep 28 2009, 6:11pm says:

That is very impressive, looking forward to more updates

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SweatbackSTEEN Sep 28 2009, 10:17pm says:

i think i could entertain myself for a couple of hours with just those two moves and some plain dev maps

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AnotherOne1 Author
AnotherOne1 Sep 28 2009, 10:40pm replied:

I think i can speak for the rest of the team when when i say. Oh yes, you can. Haha

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russelld35 Oct 7 2009, 12:42pm says:

Its like a first person Bionic Commando =)

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Danboe Oct 17 2009, 11:20am says:

This is looking fun!

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