[Project V’] Story & Characters

Story

In year 202X, human solved the energy crisis by creating a new break though cutting-edge technology called Perfect Energy Converter (PEC). The PEC can nearly capture all of heat from any object and convert it into electricity. By combine this energy converter technology with fusion reactor technology from 2000s that had overheat and meltdown problem. With both technologies in hands, human can harness massive energy. The PEC also used to help reducing global warming issue that human was facing in 2000s.

Because of PEC technology can convert all the heat into electricity, the now-rare resource such as oil are become a subject nation compete for. Even with higher price, oil still is a good choice to use for produce energy when combine with PEC. Despite for technological advanced, human conflict still persist nowadays. The technology has been developed during past several years, including war technology.

One of the most notable war technologies is called Advanced Combat Suit (or ACS armor). The ACS armor has three core technologies. The first is the combination of portable fusion reactor and PEC and made it smaller enough for one person to carry. The next is the thermal sensor and fast-processing unit that capable to percept any living organisms, especially human. The last is the Liquid Skeleton that has similar functions to hydraulic power engine but far smaller. The ACS armor wearer has significantly far combat performance when compared to conventional soldier.

Global Resource and technology competition attracted many private corporations. They are willing to enter the battlefield and take control of better resource and power.


 

Aston

Aston_Pose

žA Mercenary commissioned to a certain company to test their Advanced Combat Armor. His task is to look after Vesper.

Fighting Style : Run& Gun + Crowd Control

 

Aston is a capable shooter. His plasma energy arsenals help him keep his enemy at length. He also uses a plasma stake to fend of or kill an enemy who got too close to him. However, almost every of his actions consume reserved energy. He is not capable to continually spam all the attacks with out waiting for energy to be recharged.

 

Vesper

Vesper_Pose

žAn Experimental Android created by the same company that Aston working for. She often sneak out from facility to look around when she is bored of the Internet.

Fighting Style : Close combat

She is agile and her attacks are really strong. She can quickly disable an enemy unit with her combination kicks. However, due to the time she need to use to gain momentum for her attacks, she is easily exposed to multiple enemies.

 


 

 

Unmanned Drone Soldier

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A remote-controlled drone is operated by human stationed far from the battlefield. These drones are products of Aston’s employer rival. While the purpose of these drone is to reduce human casualty, there are far more casualties on the opposite side. Aston’s employer is not agreed with the idea that turn war into a game. So, they created a division that deploy Aston and Vesper to disrupt drone experiment.

Project V’

Project V’ (V Dash) is a third person shooter action develop by me. The game focuses on melee special attack which enables player to take down an enemy with variety of attacks.

The game feature two main characters, Aston and Vesper.

Aston

Aston – Run & Gun / Crowd Control Type

Vesper

Vesper – Close Combat Type

Each character has unique feature and attack that let player finds which style is most suitable for their playing style.

The game feature a playable level where enemy units are presented.

Environment

The city is based on buildings in San Francisco, USA.

The game has been develop for 14 month. Most of the content are created and scripted by me. I started this project in order to project my creative vision on to a game. My game system  designing skills are improving along with Project V’. The playable version of the game was on display at Game Developer Conference 2014 at Academy of Art University booth.

[Project V’] GDD update in progress…

So, the game is completed. I have shown my best at GDC 2014 and I have no regret.

Project V’s Game Design Document need some overhaul so I have been spending time to improve it.
Here is a screen shot of my GDD.

I try to improve the document both content and visual wise.
 
 
It should be finished before this month ends.
 
 


[Project V’] HUGE updates! (again)

(The level is almost completed It should be release before GDC this March)

It has been a month since I update the blog. During this month I have configure, tweak and update the system. I have put the change log below.
You can test the game at : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/126582471/VdashWebplay/Webply_Jan.html

Here is the change log.

V Dash Change log January
System
          Loading screen has been added in the system test level. Player need to press the Play button that will appear after the game contents has been streamed. This should prevent the game starts while player is not ready.
          Change in pause menu. Player can tweak mouse sensitivity and zoom mode on the pause screen. Player can change graphic quality and Anti-alias mode in Option menu. ** Note FXAA only supports on NVIDIA graphic cards.
          Player can press [9] or [0] to naturalize enemies.
          Death is still disabled in the test level.
Control
          Shooting Control has been revamped.  Player now enter shooting stance once left mouse button has been clicked. Player can shoot while moving without enter zooming or gliding anymore. The melee attack button has been moved to [E] now.
          Special attack buttons have been tweaked. Player can use secondary special attack by holding the special attack buttons. ([Q] , [E] or [F]) For example, press and release [E] button will result in regular melee attack but holding [E] will initiate energy drain attack instead. Player should be able to choose variety of attack without need to use lot of buttons for each attack.
          [C]  Lock-on Button has been removed. The lock on system is now lock enemy automatically.
          [1] And [2] buttons has been added to control to change firing mode. Fire mode will be changed to Auto if current ammo in magazine is less than five.
Gameplay
          New attack “Homing Plasma” has been added. Player can attack multiple targets at once by holding [F] and use crosshair to lock a target. The homing projectiles will be shot when [F] has been released. Blue reticle will indicate which enemies have been locked-on. *The attack can be chained with Plasma Stake and Plasma cannon.
          Player can use Homing Plasma while in zoom or Gliding mode in the same time as shooting the rifle.
          New enemy type “Brawler” has been added. The Brawler is tougher and faster than Gunner type drone. It will follow player, use melee weapon. This should prevent player from camping. Evasive movement (Dodge roll) is helpful to evade its attacks.
          New Energy and cool down system. All weapon and some movement is now requiring sufficient EN point. Each special attack has its own cool down time.
          New GUI system. Special move indicator is now displayed and the left of the screen. The text will be lit up when player can use that attack on current target. HP, EN and Overdrive is now display with bar instead of text now. Ammo display also has fire mode indicator shown. *Note Plasma Explosion will be lit only in Overdrive mode.

 

          Camera will shake when attack connected.
          Player can instantly use Plasma Explosion move without using Stake first. Player can hold [Q] button while Overdrive mode is on to use the move. Plasma Explosion consumes both EN and OVD Gauge.
          Plasma Stake effect has been sized down.
          Plasma Cannon can be used on elevated enemy now.
          Energy Drain attack refill both EN and OVD gauge. Player can refill EN and OVD quickly if using it on multiple targets. To perform Energy Drain, player has to hold [E].
          Player will enter aiming stance when Left mouse button is clicked. Player can shoot while moving now. Character will quit this stance if the left mouse button has not been press for a while. Regular melee attack has been move to [E] Button.
          Player can switch fire mode between “BURST” and “AUTO” by pressing [1] or [2]. Player will penetrating beam in BURST mode. It can pierce through enemy body while consume five bullets. Player shoot regular bullet automatically in AUTO mode.
          Gliding will grant a slide effect when the movement buttons (W A S D) has been released. This should give player an impression that the character actually glide.
          Glide mode is now consuming EN. Continuously using it will cause energy insufficient and prevent player from performing special moves. Evade booster and Super Boost mode also consume EN. Gliding trades EN for maneuverability.
          Dodge roll ([Space] button) grants more invincibility time. With a decent timing, player should be able to dodge Brawler attacks.
There are tons of bug fixed. I can’t put all the bugs I have fixed on this page since they were too many.

 

[Project V’] Characters Update!

Hello,

It has been a long time since the last update.
I have spent the past few month to create characters for this project.

Here are the characters for this game.


[Aston]

The main character, focuses on range attacks.

[Vesper]

 
Another main character, focuses on close-ranged attacks.
 

 
[Enemy Drone]
 
Remote Drone that plays as enemy characters, this guys will have different colors as cannon fodder abused by the main characters.
 
I have (combined)created custom toon shaders for Unity3d. It use toon cel-shade ramp to define light and shade. Also, there is a rim light effect that will appear based on camera angle.
 
Rim Light comparison
 
 
Also, here is another comparison between the new character and the old one that I use for creating prototype.
 

Look a lot different 🙂

That is it for now.

I will update again when I placed all of my character into the game.