So, after I watched the christmas update video, I was happy to see the many changes made to the combat system right from the jump. A better combat system can, in my opinion, make an overall better game. This is mostly due to more creative freedom with enemies and how they're dealt with. As I'm not too sure how far along the combat system has been made, I happened to wonder if we can make it even better!
SotN has allowed you to use two one handed weapons at once, but using both of them at the same time to combo or whatnot never really felt that great. With the introduction of these new animations and attacks, I wondered how it would behave if you used alternate button presses and use both weapons in the same situation. Games like Order of Ecclesia did this fairly well, though it lacked a fair bit of flair, or any aesthetic enhancements for using both. This could also be used to create new, special, "two-piece" weapons that become much more enhanced when you equip both pieces. In short, two weapon combos?
And of course, we can't leave out two-handed weapons, can we? I think I have a neat little idea for that too. If you've ever played Curse of Darkness, they used a two button system in a rather unique way. Depending on what number attack in the chain you used the secondary attack button for, you would use a unique attack that would end the attack chain. Like this for example.
Long Sword Combo - X X X X Hilt Jab - X O Sword Throw - X X O Somersault - X X X O
Of course it couldn't work exactly the same way, but it might work out if used exclusively for dual equip weapons or maybe even just special cases. (and that's only if animating it works out, not too much of a genius on spritework) This is, of course, just a big dream I would like to see. At the very least, adding a second type of attack to the alt attack button for two handed weapons would be a great change on it's own.
Thanks for reading my little fight ramble. I'm a sucker for a game that plays well and makes you feel good doing it. If anything I said is totally useless cuz I may have missed something, just leave me in shame, boys and girls.
Combos like this sound good in theory... but in reality, in a 2D platformer, they are fairly useless overall. It just takes too long to have to hit 2 attacks first to throw a sword, or 3 before getting to do a somersault. It slows down the pacing of the game like that as well. I had experimented with something like this at first, but I just couldn't find a way to make it as fun as I wanted it to be. I COD, I stuck to only a few weapons and then only 1 or 2 possible combos. The rest were just useless.
So instead I implemented a 2 button system where one button is for weak attacks and one is for strong ones. And the player has 2 weapon sets. With different sets and attacks having different properties. For example, one attack pops enemies up, one knocks them back, one can be used to approach while attacking, etc. I am basically setting it up so different attacks and weapon sets have different properties to balance them all out and make each attack and weapon set useful in its own unique way. WITHOUT over complexifying the system.
Esco..... creator of the Castlevania SOTN Hacked Engine.
enkeria: I am expecting a great deal of input from you demo triers! Feedback is vital.
Mar 10, 2019 18:39:06 GMT -5
warriorshift: Is there a Discord for the project?
Mar 17, 2019 17:03:59 GMT -5
Esco: No. But I am considering it since facebook is not working out for me.
Mar 21, 2019 21:36:11 GMT -5
Esco: Attention: the Patreon page is where you want to go to see updates, vids, new animations, ask questions, etc. This forum is just for those who want to contribute ideas/art/sounds/etc. to the project or talk to other Castlevania fans.
Jun 2, 2019 1:06:19 GMT -5
Morell: Sometimes asking the right question is the best way to give ideas.
Jun 3, 2019 9:18:29 GMT -5
Morell: Congrats on 50 patrons! Now 51 actually, seems that it will keep growing slowly.
Jun 9, 2019 1:59:13 GMT -5
Morell: For once I really can't wait to hear from you, Esco.
Oct 4, 2019 13:40:13 GMT -5
Esco: Sorry about the wait. I had been busy moving these last few weeks. I replied to you, Morell!
Oct 23, 2019 2:05:37 GMT -5
Morell: That's okay. Moving is exhausting. Glad to hear from you again.
Oct 23, 2019 10:49:03 GMT -5
Esco: A warm welcome goes out to Yarrmateys, also known as Serio! Creator of the amazing Castlevania Fighting Game in Mugen! Be sure to treat him with the same respect you all treat me with.
Oct 28, 2019 17:49:40 GMT -5
Morell: I welcome thee to this "batcave", Yarrmateys! Good to have another determined one here.
Oct 29, 2019 10:52:13 GMT -5