Darksiders has a pretty cool thematic premise for an action game, but borrows heavily from God of War and Zelda mechanics. I played it shortly after finishing DmC: Devil May Cry and have to say its combat system isn’t quite as polished or nuanced, but i still enjoyed it. These are some random notes i jotted down while playing. If you agree or disagree with anything, let me know – but please read the two disclaimers at the bottom first.
• Relatively slow placed action, with a fair variety of weapons and abilities to unlock.
• Lots of blind exploration in dark areas! ○ It was less tedious when collectibles were all visible on the map in the introductory Vulgrim level. Why can’t that feature be on all the time? What’s the downside?
○ Or if the dungeon map needs to be an item (or in this case, two items: Map and Hoardseeker), then why not at least show those two chests on the starting map?
• Checkpoint placement seems kind of inconsistent.
○ Having to travel halfway across Anvil’s Ford on foot through three doors to fight Special K for the tenth time was frustrating. He’s practically a secret sub-boss!
○ Not restoring any Wrath meter on checkpoint reload is disappointing too.
I mentioned recently that Harpies were my least favorite enemies in DmC: Devil May Cry. I’ve been trying to pinpoint the exact reason for that – and i think a big part of the problem is their appearance. Even though they’re pretty damn tough to kill, they look like minor nuisances.
When you come across a group of them, your mind is usually in “I just want to get through this” mode rather than “Man i need to focus on this battle!” It doesn’t help that they’re fliers, which means they’re typically far away and appear tiny on screen.
Of course that perception makes it harder to be patient and look for counter-attack opportunities, so Harpies end up doing more damage than they should – especially when grouped with other enemy types. On the other hand, Dreamrunners in DmC look like deadly ninjas so every encounter with them feels like a miniboss fight. That’s the magic of ninjas.
Most enemies in action games can be separated into two categories: The ones that you’re supposed to beat with straightforward knowledge and the ones that challenge you with a proper mixup. The latter group definitely needs to have imposing aesthetics that demand respect, so the player buys into holding their ground every time.
Lately i’ve been jotting down thoughts and observations while playing random games for fun. A few friends expressed interest in reading my notes, so i’m posting them here in case anyone else cares. Who knows, maybe some fun conversations will come out of it. Today i’ll be delving into DmC: Devil May Cry, developed by Ninja Theory.
Disclaimer #1: This is not a review of the game. These scattered notes are just my personal impressions as a player. Please don’t take them too seriously.
Disclaimer #2: I’m not trying to say i could do better by any means. If i point out a flaw, it’s usually because i think it’s interesting; not to criticize anyone involved. There are countless reasons why a feature might be imperfect, buggy, or incomplete. Game development is a chaotic human endeavor, and it’s very rarely easy to figure out why something went wrong. Anyway it’s a safe bet that the dev team thought of most ideas or solutions i might suggest, but they couldn’t be implemented due to some unfortunate constraint.
• Combat feels crisp, responsive, and satisfying.
○ The Demon Pull and Angel Lift mechanics are awesome. Controls can be hard to remember at first; but if you make a commitment to the game, it’s an incredibly fun and versatile system.
• Level design is often spectacular and exhilarating, especially during dynamic environment transformations. The church exit and car chase were both amazing experiences.
○ Those must have been an interesting challenge for the environment art team. I can’t think of anything quite like it in prior games.
If you were at Evo2k15 or watching the live stream at home, you may have seen the premiere of a trailer featuring giant robots beating each other up. Guess what? I helped make that!
Rising Thunder is a new PC fighting game developed by Radiant Entertainment in Northern California. It’s entirely free to play, built from the ground up for online competition with GGPO3 netcode. We’re a small (but dedicated!) team of FGC and game industry veterans – led by Tom and Tony Cannon, founders of the Evolution Championship Series.
Of course it’s still early in development and we have a lot of work to do, but our Technical Alpha opened today. Sign up now for a sneak peak at what we’ve built so far! The first wave of players are already queuing up for matches and experiencing the game firsthand. We’ll be activating more accounts daily as we monitor server load.
As some of you may have heard, i’ve been working on a PASBR balance patch with the extremely talented crew at Santa Monica Studio. In implementing these changes and prioritizing bugs to fix, we incorporated as much of the community’s feedback as possible.
Hopefully the end result is a more fun and balanced experience for the entire roster. Without further ado, here is the complete changelist for v1.12 of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale!
• Isaac’s alternate “Engineering R.I.G.” costume and Zeus’ alternate “Young Zeus” costume have been unlocked.
• Every character’s throw attempts have been standardized to 9 startup frames, 3 active frames, and 18 recovery frames, with the exception of Isaac, Kat, and Ratchet.
• The minimum effective range of throws has been increased to 1 meter (previously 0.75m) for all characters except Parappa, Sackboy, and Toro.
• In online matches, jumping out of an opponent’s throw attempt is now resolved through the throw clash system.
• Every character’s air dodge has been standardized to 27 invincible frames followed by 9 vulnerable frames (previously 29 invincible plus 7 vulnerable).
• Every character’s directional rolls have been standardized to 18 invincible frames followed by 16 vulnerable frames, with the exception of Fat Princess, Spike, and Zeus.
• Characters can no longer perform actions for 3 frames after landing from air idle.
• Characters can no longer double jump during down tech.
• Landing during down tech or down tech canceled into air dodge now triggers the same recovery as landing during an attack.
• Getting hit in the air no longer renews a character’s double jump ability.
• All timed transformation Level 2 Supers can now be ended manually by pressing L2. Read more…