I seem to be LJ-posting a lot lately. I hope I’m not spamming too many friends lists. I’ll do some cuts to make it cleaner, particularly since this post has inline images.
I played Streets of Rage 2 today to get some inspiration, and HOLY COW is that game fun! It’s like a more balanced, tactical version of Final Fight! It has a nice grappling system — nothing too fancy but enough to give you an edge in crowd control. The ki attack system gives you a good tradeoff tactic of health for added damage to your enemies, and has to be timed right to hit most of them. Enemies have patterns that even a smacktard like me could identify and generally I did pretty well at the game, only losing lives over and over to the few bosses I couldn’t figure out (like the Ultimate Warrior clone… god, that was scary. DESTRUCITY!). Even the music was good, considering the hardware it was on; the title track / last stage track was a BASS HEAVY Enigma-style dance number.
Disadvantages? 64 colors only since it’s a Genesis title. The PCs aren’t too balanced; the fastest/weakest one is too weak, the strongest/slowest one is too slow, and only one of them is balanced enough and capable of using weapons to the fullest extent (Blaze, oddly enough. Usually the ‘chick’ character in these games is worthless…) Still, not enough to deter me from a good ‘ol time.
I’d give it 4/5 and I’m probably gonna play it a few times to get ideas. I already got one very, very evil idea which is gonna make old school brawling game fans laugh their asses odd… actually, several ideas of that nature…
Okay, now remember how I said I couldn’t make Pao-Pao genki enough? Shachi was right, you can’t do genki in NWN. But you can do sexy and cool! Observe the before and after. Before was a plain brown frock which did nothing for her. After is something suitable of Dead or Alive! And I added jiggly animations, too!
Before you go thinking “Dear god, he’s fallen into a sea of fanservice” please keep in mind I’ll be writing her character just as I always planned to — as a spunky, can-do martial arts girl who’s trying to live up to her father’s legacy despite her training being incomplete. Ikuzo!
Also of interest is another character, this one locked initially. I think I did a reasonable job of replicating a kyudo outfit…
Can I get a w00t-w00t?
This concludes our journalling day. I’ll have non-WIP oriented postings once I calm down and stop working on it for a stretch; I’ve been going ballistic. It’s draining, but it makes my inner child do cartwheels, harkening back to the days of making games on my Apple II and on the PC in Turbo Basic since this mod is so code intensive. Wheeeee! ….yes, I’ll finish PR5 and UE, let me have my wai fun too, dammit.