Blaze is a retro/minimalistic styled sci-fi first person flight/shooter action game. The game can be played almost single handedly with just mouse. It's about shooting a lot of alien things (in semi-randomized missions?). The alien things are trying capture all your base, and have already captured at least half of it. You have to defend the base and capture the alien controlled areas back. Or something like that...
As usual, the project changed, and then when you just thought it wouldn't change anymore, it changed again. Uhh.. so now it's a zero gravity action flight game with a retro/minimalistic style. I used this kind of style in the beginning of the summer with some other thing, and it was pretty fun and fast, and still is.
In about 3 weeks I've done the player model, 2 enemies, all the item models, bullets, beams and missiles. I borrowed the texture pack from that other thing. The sounds are based on my earlier stuffs. Enemy flight code edited from some older stuff too.
The game is played almost with just mouse. Keyboard is useful for weapon changing. Player moves automatically forward a bit. Holding down the "Move" button accelerates. Double click + hold activates a Turbo move. Aiming is fast, but it takes some time for player to change the move direction to the aiming direction. This allows some sideways strafe like movement and up/down hovering.
Player can fire 2 weapons simultaneously. There are 5 Main Weapons and 4 Support Weapons. It's also possible to ram the craft into the enemies. The main weapons generate heat when they're fired. If they're too hot, they don't fire. The support weapons don't generate heat and can be fired any time. Other stuff can increase the heat level: taking a dive into lava or getting hit by explosives. Being in water keep the weapons cool longer.
The crosshair changes color if player points it toward an enemy. It stays red for a while if the target was locked for missiles. The HUD also show the targeting/locking status and the target's hitpoints and distance.
All bigger projectiles/etc can be shot to make them explode sooner. The mines are kind of easy to destroy or escape from. Pretty sure the missiles aren't going to be that easy, which is why the mines are also intended be anti-missile weapons. Now I just need to add a missile shooting enemy...
There's a whole lot of items. All have some glowing areas for making it easy to find them even in darkness. Smaller ones can be dropped by enemies when they get destroyed. There are 6 powerups. Most of them function limited time. Collecting more of the same powerup adds more time for it.
And since all the item models are done, the next things to do are more enemies, textures, sounds and levels.
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