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[WIP] Ωmega (Progress on MAP09)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:38 pm
by Jimmy

As some of you may know, this is my entry to the second Doom Mutator Contest. In it, you are placed in the role of a nigh-indestructible demigod, who may learn up to 12 different skills of varying degrees of asskickery. Set the demons on fire, freeze them solid, send them shooting up into the sky, poison them, atomize them, it's all right here. ;) You may choose between the forces of Order and Chaos - and each class has a different set of 12 skills which work differently to one another. A rundown of the (slightly complex) gameplay concept is below, but first a disclaimer...

"Ωmega" is an idea I've had in my mind for quite a while, and while it may very well play much like Psychic, the general gameplay concept has been in my head for a number of years now, and since then my skill in developing ZDoom projects has become sufficient enough to translate those ideas to ACS and DECORATE. I am not by any means trying to steal Xaser's thunder here. :P

I believe that with the right care and attention, this mutator can evolve into a fully-fledged, plot-driven total conversion. Watch this thread for any progress I might happen to make with regards to that (which might not be for a while yet). :P

Anyway, this mod has been released multiple times throughout the Contest thread in various incomplete forms, but here's a release I've finally settled on. Without further ado, here is the first official beta.

>>> Get it! <<<

(Note: You need the absolute latest SVN of ZDoom to guarantee that this mod will run!!)

Visual proof that this project actually has had work put into it. ;)
Spoiler: Beware: REALLY old screenies (only Order gameplay shown)

Gameplay Rundown
  • The first thing you'll notice is a bunch of colored bars in the top right-hand corner of the new HUD. These are your Omega reserves - Omega being the equivalent of Mana or Chi or whatever you like. There are four types: yellow, green, red and blue, and you use these to attack.
  • You start out armed with only your fist, one "skill", and 75 Yellow Omega.
  • You will also notice a white bar labelled "Z". This is your zeal. This is also spent when you attack.
  • The first bar in the top-right hand corner is highlighted. Use the mousewheel or the number keys 1-4 to scroll through the bars.
  • Altfire activates the currently highlighted color of Omega. When you activate it, your screen will be tinted to show the color, and you'll see the name of the currently selected skill. You may acquire up to 12 skills (a Level 1, Level 2 and a Level 3 skill for each color of Omega) by picking up "skill orbs" which replace the weapons.
  • When Omega is active, you'll see the time before it deactivates on the left side of the screen. Keep hitting altfire to boost this number in increments of 15.
  • If you possess more than one skill for the currently active Omega (up to 3 may be used at a time), you may switch between them by using the mousewheel or the number keys 1-3.
  • Beware! Watch your zeal - while Omega is active, your zeal diminishes gradually. If it falls under 30 points (you start off with 100 but it can climb up to 200 if you pick up bonuses) your screen will start flashing erratically and you will begin taking damage until the Omega deactivates - or until you die. You should then refrain from using any attacks, if you can, until you can replenish your zeal (it recharges gradually while no Omega is active, but only up to 100).

Extra Gameplay Features
  • You may cancel whatever Omega is currently active by setting a keybind in the options menu to do so. On cancelling, you will be reverted to just your regular fists and will lose however much Omega you had left.
  • You may select which skill you'd like automatically selected when you activate Omega by setting a keybind.
  • If you get your zeal high enough, you'll unlock special powerups that affect you until your zeal drops beyond that point.
  • All Level 3 skills require extra zeal to perform. Because of this, they should be used sparingly, but if you don't possess enough zeal to begin with, you won't be able to use them at all.

  • Omega charges replace all ammo in the game. They come in four colors (yellow, green, red and blue) and two sizes (giving either 5 and 15 omega to one reserve).
  • All the weapons have been replaced by skill orbs. There are 11 skill orbs to pick up along the way.
  • Berserk packs and chainsaws have been replaced by "Strengthcharges" which boost your health by 100 (past 100%) and supply you with a berserk fist.
  • Stimpacks and medkits have been replaced by "soul globes" which heal 5 and 15 health, respectively.
  • Zealspheres replace soulspheres. They add 100 points (up to 200) to your zeal.
  • Brown Omega charges, called "Omega Boosters", increase the total capacity of your Omega reserves by 10, up to 200. These replace the backpack.

If you wish to spoil the skills you can acquire for yourself, here they are:
Spoiler: "Order" class moveset (I had to rewrite most of these bleeeeeehhh)
Spoiler: "Chaos" class moveset

I think that's everything. Game on! :o

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:54 pm
by Jimmy
I've decided to start work on the "full version", as it were, of this mod. :P

What could this be? :o


Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:27 am
by ZDG
With just a little more work this could be Rawrsome.

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:27 pm
by Hetdegon
What do you plan to add to the full version? As mutator this was interesting enough, but I wonder how you can push it further without the mutator limitations.

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:03 pm
by Jimmy
Well, the obvious is that I won't be constrained to just the Doom 2 resources. With this in mind, I'll be making new graphics for the HUD, and possibly sprites for the player's attacks. It will be given an all-round aesthetic makeover, in other words.

Custom maps is obvious as well, and there will be a running plot to go along with them (think Massmouth 2 in terms of progression ;)). The maps within it will extensively use a pool of custom textures from a number of resources, including Cage's amazing texture pack (which he posted here recently), and a few of the UAC Ultra textures. :)

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:52 pm
by Hetdegon
Massmouth style? Hm, that's interesting. I am curious about the plot too, it's difficult to write something about nigh-indestructible demigods. Will it use a hub system or a more linear/classic arrangement?
And more importantly, will we see more player classes/skills? I kind of dig your style for doing attacks :P

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:32 am
by Jimmy
Mostly it will be a linear progression, as the player will have to visit several worlds in turn throughout the storyline, but the player will also have the option to go back and forth between the interrelated maps on each world (so basically there'll be several small hubs of 2-3 maps each, instead of a couple of large hubs).

So far I've only outlined the plot for the Order player class, and I'll have to think hard about how to implement the Chaos class's gameplay into the maps - all I can say at the moment is that it will be radically different to the Order class.

There may be a new player class or two, but they won't have the same arsenal as the Order and Chaos classes (perhaps one skill for every color of Omega).

Re: [WIP] Omega

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:12 am
by Jimmy
I've been busy.

Spoiler: Nine new screenshots

Re: [WIP] Omega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:22 am
by Captain Ventris
Nice, that all looks real atmospheric. Sweetness.

Re: [WIP] Omega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:35 am
by SoulCrow
What is the (I'm guessing it's a) enemy in the third from last shot?

Re: [WIP] Omega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:13 am
by Jimmy
That's a robot from Necrodome. :)

Re: [WIP] Ωmega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:01 pm
by SamVision
Hey how do you get the HUD to work? I can't get t to work on Pakour either.

Re: [WIP] Ωmega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:12 pm
by Shadelight
Gaah, not that yellow again. I hate that yellow. X_X

Re: [WIP] Ωmega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:18 pm
by XutaWoo


Anyway, it looks good aside from that.

Re: [WIP] Ωmega (9 new screenshots!)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:21 pm
by Xaser
SamVision wrote:Hey how do you get the HUD to work? I can't get t to work on Pakour either.

GZDoom breaks the HUD, for some reason. In the mean time, you'll have to use regular ZDoom or suffer through it -- doesn't make sense why it does what it does, but for whatever reason, it does it. :P