Phew, hade ominlämning av första delen på examensarbetet i fredags och jag hoppas att resultatet duger. Fixade till en hel del så godkänd borde den bli iaf! Hur som helst är det skönt att bli av med den tillfälligt, nu gäller det bara att fortsätta med projektdelen. Har ett fungerande AI-system men det riktigt jobbiga börjar nu när mina runda små medhjälpare ska anpassa sig efter spelaren på ett bra sätt. Så många småproblem man inte har tänkt på som dyker upp hela tiden. Det gäller verkligen att ligga i om man ska hinna med allt!
Här nedanför är ett screenshot från mitt spel som fungerar som experimentmiljö i projektet (använder Haaf’s Game Engine som grafikbibliotek). Den lila, turkosa och blå bollen är de AI-styrda medhjälparna (den vita är spelaren). Spelet går ut på att samla guldklimpar och undvika minor/bomber som sprängs (de röda stora fläckarna som egentligen är animationer). Yes, grafiken är givetvis gjord i Paint. Förutom bakgrunden då.
Screenshot från mitt extremt avancerade spel.
I helgen passade jag iaf på att spela en del SF X Tekken men mest blev det ME3. Har inte kommit överdrivet långt i ME3 eftersom jag har lagt en hel del timmar på multiplayer-läget, vilket jag för övrigt tycker är riktigt roligt och då spelade jag bara med randoms. Det är framför allt ett lätt sätt att prova på olika klasser; hittills har det mest blivit Sentinel och Engineer men i single player kör jag Adept och i ME2 körde jag Soldier och Infiltrator. Har svårt att avgöra vilken jag tycker är roligast men just i single player visade sig Adept inte vara det bästa valet för mig. Jag är mer “vapentypen” så att spamma biotics hej vilt känns segt i längden, men det är ändå kul att prova på något nytt. Funderar dock på vilken klass det blir under insanity-rundan. Lutar åt Infiltrator igen eftersom jag tycker den var hur kul som helst men funderar på om inte Vanguard kan vara ballt också. Svårt val! Det lär i vilket fall som helst bli sjukaste utmaningen eftersom AIn är bra mycket intelligentare nu jämfört med i 2an.
Nu är det dock dags för mig att försöka göra min egen AI lite mer avancerad! Ciao ciao.
Last week I completed Mass Effect 2 on Insanity, which felt great. It was definitely a greater challenge than Dead Space on Impossible. I found the “Collector Ship” mission to be the hardest one since I was forced to go there earlier than I wanted; my squad members were not prepared at all and I pretty much had to go through that mission on my own (yes, the baby-sitting failed miserably :D).
The earlier stage of the tedious boss fight on Horizon was almost as exciting as the fights on the Collector ship but only because of the Husks. They are extremely annoying, especially together with Scions. Same thing about the “Reaper IFF” mission where Husks are EVERYWHERE. Oh dear.. I never saw the end of them there.
No. I don't like you and I don't like any of your friends. And yes, that includes the pyromaniac ones.
The challenge really went up and down though. Apart from the three missions already mentioned I only found the boss fight on Miranda’s loyalty mission and Jack’s recruitment mission hard (as in insane). Of course there were some parts harder than others but they were not nearly as challenging as the main missions (except the “Suicide Mission” which wasn’t very suicidal at all). I’m not saying it’s a bad thing for the main missions to be harder than the others, they should be, but it’s a bit annoying when the degree of difficulty between missions goes from low to sky-high.
BUT otherwise, it was great. I really had to focus and come up with strategies in most fights. Especially the fights involving YMIR Mechs; they were so much fun and thrilling! Playing as Infiltrator at least which, by the way, was a totally different experience than playing as Soldier since sniper became my main weapon. As Soldier I only used it a few times.
Boom! YMIR Mech in action.
END OF SPOILERS!
Anyway, now I feel ready to welcome Mass Effect 3 any day! “Lucky me” the release is a couple of months away; my school work is piling up and my presentation in game physics next week is far from prepared. This one will be impossible to improvise too, maybe I’ll just run away or something. :D
Last week I played a lot of ME2 and finally finished my first round (played as Soldier). I’ve also finished all DLCs except Firewalker Pack and want to share some opinions:
Overlord. Felt very tedious at first but the later part is pretty cool (and touching) and made up for the boring beginning. In the end I enjoyed it!
The Arrival. I did the mistake to play this DLC super early, it is definitely made for endgame. I found it interesting anyway and it had some fun achievements.
Lair of the Shadow Broker. Pretty long DLC with some strong characters and exciting story. Liked it a lot.
Kasumi – Stolen Memory. Short but charming!
Zaeed – The Price of Revenge. Always fun with a new playable character but besides that, nothing interesting.
During the weekend I actually started a new character, this time as an Infiltrator on Insanity. I know this will be an awesome challenge but the biggest challenge will probably be controlling the squad members; they can be such a pain in the ass. Wouldn’t hurt if they were more on the defensive.. But I guess it’s part of the game to baby-sit them. :]
My new geisha/samurai-inspired Shepard:
I haven’t played Mass Effect 2 since the beginning of September and I blame Gears of War 3, work and studies for that. But today I returned to duty! I decided to take on the Shadow Broker DLC since I’ve been curious of it for a while, though it feels like I’ll never continue on the main story this way. Oh well, it was a great DLC and Liara’s voice acting is awesome; thumbs up! :] Tomorrow I have to do some school stuff but after that I’ll try to at least do Miranda’s loyalty mission and maybe one side mission or two.
Regarding Gears 3, Horde Command Pack – the game’s first DLC – was released recently. I love Beast mode but Horde mode? Not so very much. It doesn’t matter though since I’m gonna buy it anyway and with four friends even Horde can be fun. :]
School started today and the two courses for the first part of this semester is database systems and AI so it’s definitely a good start. This week has also been an introduction week for the new students so it’s been some busy (but fun) days taking care of them.
Other than that, I’ve been playing a lot of Street Fighter 3: Online Edition. Only trials so far though. Got the “Practice Makes Perfect” achievement (complete 55 trials) earlier today, which has been a great obstacle for me to overcome since I’m generally bad at beat ‘em up games (I still love them though, obviously):
When I get temporary tired of SF3: OE I’ll continue on my ME2 save; it’s a great game and I want to finish it properly before ME3 is released. I actually believed myself when I wrote I would also start playing Alan Wake this summer but I blame Dead Space (<3) for that. :]
After not playing for almost a week (been a bit tired lately), I have now begun my adventure in space. Customizing my Shepard was quite fun and after trying to re-create my own face (which failed miserably) I created a super cool (at least I think so!) African American:
Doesn’t she look hardcore? I think this face fits her personally too. :]