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« Reply #255 on: January 09, 2011, 02:12:26 pm »

Lol, was funny to include again to see how it could potentially work out Smiley
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« Reply #256 on: January 16, 2011, 05:45:46 pm »

Signed up to mention that I just played the demo (found it randomly while Googling for some older games I enjoyed).

I saw the vids (intro and lurg conversation), and I was impressed (Talana looks pretty happy in the intro. And the Lurg are creepy - if a bit on the exaggerated side). The vids are a good way of promoting the game, you should make more as you progress further.

Tried playing the game with the Linux download. Didn't work because I'm running a 64-bit release. However, the compile from source went very well (after I found out which dev-related packages I needed to install in Debian. You might consider adding this in some "how to build from source on Ubuntu/Debian" guide).

My impression of the demo is that you've done a lot of work, and it shows a lot of promise, but that it still needs more work and polish.

I did feel a bit disappointed that it wasn't quite up to the quality I was expecting - eg: relying too much on SC2 material (artwork, characters, backstory, etc), and not enough originality, and the setting and characters are awkward in a few ways (eg: the reason why the captain was reenlisted for the game, and suddenly thrown into a new space ship to do a scouting-type mission, felt contrived. The intro also moved a bit too quickly, to move you from the end of SC2 over to the start of the demo. Also, not really epic/space opera enough to justify the start of a new story. Basically I think the game premise and intro need a bit of work, story-wise, to make it more convincing).

I think I'm also making the mistake of comparing the project too much against the original SC2, rather than seeing it as a fan work. As a fan work, it's really good. But if compared against a professional title (like the original SC2) it's somewhat lacking. It's important to remember that distinction.

Onto the game itself, I had these main problems:

- Reusing the SC2 intro music for the fangame's intro felt tacky (made it feel too much like a rip-off of the original intro). Ideally you want a different intro music theme.

- There's one planet where you can get infinite bio points, which I found by chance. Zap one of the critters to get the "hamburger" marker, and then just land on it and take off repeatedly (Delta Bessel, Planet IV, moon 1, towards north east) - the marker never disappears. Kind of like the PC SC2 lander cheat. It might be a bug caused by compiling for 64-bit use.

- I found it very hard to figure out exactly where I was meant to go in the demo. The original SC2 held your hand a bit more, and told you exactly where to go most of the time once you talked to the right character, after helping them with something else. And then when you get to the general vicinity, you'll get another pointer or two telling you where to go next. I didn't really want to explore every planet of every star in each area (in the end: I was Googling around for a walkthrough for the demo, and by chance found a comment in a source code commit in google code, which told me where to go to find the final challenge).

- Not being able to get more RU's (unable to mine) is pretty annoying. You have to use your RUs very carefully, especially if you want to be able to beat the final challenge for the demo (I needed to start over, so that I could use my RUs effectively).

- Too many dangling quest-type things. Got a lot of hints from Hayes and captains for things that need checking out, but didn't see any way to complete them. It felt very incomplete. Yes it's just a demo, but it was still kind of frustrating.

- Explorer ship is too weak, compared to the enemy ships seen near the start of the game - pretty useless in combat (or maybe I'm just bad at it - but those enemy ships are pretty tough, too). There need to be more weaker enemies that can be defeated early on in the game (if the Explorer is by itself). Unless the intent is that you never use the Explorer in combat near the start of the game except for running away (perhaps reasonable, since you can buy 2 Chmmr Avatars right at the start of the game. Still, it does feel a bit "off").

- Not enough progress updates/hints/etc with Hayes/the Chmmr. Once you start progressing through the demo, the dialogue should vary a bit to acknowledge your progress, and to give you a few hints and reminders for where you should try next. Also in general, the dialogues should be a bit more interactive that way (have a lot more flags, which are triggered by other parts of the game, rather than being static). This was one thing I really liked about SC2 - going back to the same characters later, and seeing how they react to story updates.

- Similar to the above: There need to be more side events. Basically, some minor (or not-so-minor) things that Hayes/Chmmr/etc talk to you about when you visit, that you can choose to follow up on. Some of them main story related, others, more side-quests, and others time-based (will always happen X days into the game, etc). Basically, make the setting more alive, and give the races their own agendas that will progress by themselves over time, rather than doing nothing, and reacting only to the what the player does. For instance, some of the things which Hayes tells you about the races (you should check out X sometime), might work better if he tells them to you a bit later.

- Some very important information is only mentioned once (by some traders). You have to be paying attention and write it down right away, before progressing further with the dialogue - otherwise it will be a lot harder to complete the demo. It would be nice if there were some reminders about important facts like that, rather than just seeing them once.

- I don't think the game tells you that you should go see Hayes. The earthlings do have a sphere of influence at the start, but it's not made obvious that you should go to him to get some important information (I mainly went to him by habit, from SC2). Similarly, the player should be reminded more to visit other places of interest that they haven't been to yet. Basically, hand-holding and making it obvious what they should be doing next, especially near the start of the game until the player gets their stride and knows their way around more (though, maybe not going to the same extent as SC3's built-in walkthrough).

- I went back to Vela looking for Unzerwalt, but couldn't find that planet. Or in fact any inhabited planets, bases or space craft there. The system looked pretty deserted.

- Don't like the change in the Chmmr's personality. Hopefully the change is justified later in the story.

Well, those are the main things I can think of now. Overall the demo is looking very good (there were a lot of things I liked about it, even if they were of "fan" quality), but there are some details that I found troubling.
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« Reply #257 on: January 17, 2011, 02:18:23 pm »

Hi wizzardx,

Thanks for your feedback. As you said yourself, this is a demo, and some of your concerns will be addressed in the full game, though I can't be more specific without spoiling. I'm mainly coding so I won't be able to address all of the remaining, but here we go.

I couldn't reproduce your "infinite bio" bug, but maybe that's because we've already changed the code a bit since the demo. What do you mean by "towards north east" ? Does it happen with one precise creature, all of one type, all of those on that planet ? Should I zap the other creatures or just one ? Should I collect the hamburger before taking off or should I collect it only upon my second landing ?

About the game taking you by the hand, I was under the exact opposite impression wrt yours : I thought we had given too many pointers to that crash site, and that we didn't leave the player enough space to investigate. I'm curious to hear what other players' impression was.

About Hayes, the game doesn't really tell you to go to him, but I guess everyone did the same as you, and went to him if only by habit or nostalgia. That was probably intentional, even if I don't recall a precise discussion among the team about that.

And you should definitely take a second look at Vela Smiley

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« Reply #258 on: January 17, 2011, 02:31:58 pm »

About the game taking you by the hand, I was under the exact opposite impression wrt yours : I thought we had given too many pointers to that crash site, and that we didn't leave the player enough space to investigate. I'm curious to hear what other players' impression was.

I thought the game held my hand a bit too effectively, making my first playthrough very short.

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« Reply #259 on: January 17, 2011, 02:44:12 pm »

What Luki written. Exactly too easy.
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« Reply #260 on: January 17, 2011, 03:50:47 pm »

I tend to agree. All you need to do is talk to the Shofitix and you'll narrow the crash site to within 9 or so stars. Then it's just a matter of hunting through them one at a time. Not very hard to get there.
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« Reply #261 on: January 17, 2011, 05:08:41 pm »

Maybe have a broader range but the shofixti tell you the kinds of stars they were most interested in exploring?
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« Reply #262 on: January 17, 2011, 05:29:04 pm »

Don't think that's a good idea, as one might have taken a detour, so you'd still have to search the whole area.
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« Reply #263 on: January 17, 2011, 09:09:45 pm »

HA you guys are lucky that there’s even a quest at all. Originally it was just going to be you and the open space and a few old friends. We threw that quest in at the last minute just for kicks. 

Wizardx, thanks for taking the time to have a play and post that enormous critique! Rest assured that many of your concerns will be addressed before the final release. Remember, it not actually complete yet. Also what fun would the game be if everything made sense 5% of the way in?
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« Reply #264 on: January 17, 2011, 09:22:53 pm »

About the game taking you by the hand, I was under the exact opposite impression wrt yours : I thought we had given too many pointers to that crash site, and that we didn't leave the player enough space to investigate. I'm curious to hear what other players' impression was.

I thought the game held my hand a bit too effectively, making my first playthrough very short.

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I disagree. It's easy, but incredibly tedious to have to search every single planet. The current process produces not difficulty, but fake difficulty, because you can't know where you're supposed to go without trial and error. This was never present in Star Control II, and for a good reason: it isn't fun.
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« Reply #265 on: January 18, 2011, 01:28:21 am »

Never? There were certainly times when you had constraints that limited you to maybe 8 systems spread over a wide area. That seems quite comparable.
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« Reply #266 on: January 18, 2011, 02:18:38 am »

Never? There were certainly times when you had constraints that limited you to maybe 8 systems spread over a wide area. That seems quite comparable.

There is always a way to find out very precisely where you are supposed to go in SCII, even though you're almost never told directly. For example, being told by the ZFP that there is a door that they couldn't open on that one planet (I don't remember what it is Tongue), and being given that hint by ZEX as to where the beast is. There is never a point where you are given a vague understanding of where something is and forced to enter orbit into every planet in several systems to find something. That is just boring, not challenging, and tedious.
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« Reply #267 on: January 18, 2011, 04:02:11 am »

Yeah, the ZEX quest is a bad example. The only direct pointer to it is very obscure and easy to miss (Fwiffo, of all people, will give you the coordinates, with some very specific dialog options), and likely you don't even know about the quest yet, nor does he specifically identify what is there. All the other hints are quite vague. Same story with repairing the Ultron. The worst, of course, is sending the Mycon to Organon issue that was introduced in the 3DO version, as the permanently stickied topic on this forum indicates. So yeah, there was a fair bit of trial and error in SC2 as well.
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« Reply #268 on: January 18, 2011, 06:44:35 am »

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Also what fun would the game be if everything made sense 5% of the way in?

Agreed but being impatient gamers with short attention spans this fact will not stops us from complaining about that Smiley

Hows the main game shaping up so far?
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« Reply #269 on: January 18, 2011, 04:20:25 pm »

The chances of your running across most of those hints were... low. Sure you could talk to the ZFP enough to hear about the Syreen vault, but really, even without that gimme it's a tolerable search.

Perhaps in 6014 when you're exploring the area you could find a shofixti camp with a discarded data pad listing some stars they'd already explored (and therefore are unlikely to return to)?
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