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 81 
 on: August 30, 2014, 04:30:42 AM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by jztemple2
This thread hasn't been updated in a long while, but the game development is progressing nicely so I thought I'd update it.

Development continues on the Door Kickers beta with another small update to fix a few things. The single mission system is already pretty complete, with just some small tweaks expected for the gear and tactics. They already have 72 missions and are expecting to add another 40-50 more. Also working pretty well right now is the mission generator. It uses the existing maps but adds random number of bad guys (although you can specify small, medium or large amounts) as well as the mission type (kill 'em all, hostage rescue, VIP escort, warrant execution), map size, and whether you have intel on the interior of any buildings. The gold version will have this mission generator plus one that instead of using existing maps will auto-generate one instead, so it will be truly unknown to a player.  

The campaign has yet to be released, but apparently it's going to be a sequence of missions. During them your officers gain experience which raises their individual skills. You also get points to unlock new or better skills on a skills tree, also you gain points to unlock better and more exotic weapons.

On their Facebook page they teased one of their new maps, it's a 64 meter long ship:
click picture to enlarge

There is also an in-game editor which allows you to build missions pretty much like the official ones. Right now the only thing lacking is an easy way to build the background, which is the floor or ground surface. There is a decent default surface but you can get fancy and use some image editing to get much more detail if you wish.

What makes the game so much fun right now is the Steam Workshop support. There are dozens of user made mods, mostly levels and weapons. Red Panda has made some excellent ones, including one of my favorites, Extra Gear, which adds new items like glow sticks for your guys to carry. His levels are pretty good as well, I've play through several of them and they have some clever touches. There are other folks posting mods as well and the game supports adding, enabling and running mods pretty easily.

I'm not a shill for the developers. I'm just figured that this is one of those gems of a game that gets buried with all the other games in Early Access over on Steam, so I figured I'd be a bit of a game angel for them and talk the game up a bit. Even if you want to wait till release (which is now supposedly planned for October) it's still worth putting on your Steam Wishlist if this is a genre in which you have an interest.

UPDATE: I was going to mention this in the writeup above but it slipped my mind. As I have been playing Door Kickers I've been trying to think of a game to compare it to. People have mentioned the Sierra SWAT series and there is a lot of common ground there (of course, DK is 2D and top down, but it has a lot of the same feel to it). However, it occurred to me that what it really reminds me of is the early Rainbow Six games, again, just that it's 2D and top down. If you remember spending hours playing that first (I think it was the first) mission in the original Rainbow Six, where you laid out your plots for your teams to enter and search that museum and free those hostages, this has the same sort of feel to it. The maps aren't as large of course, but it does have a lot of the same characteristics of planning and execution that R6 did.

 82 
 on: August 30, 2014, 03:52:58 AM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by Caine
I've used it for years.  I wish they made the source code accessible though as I would love to pull some of the data they are using.

 83 
 on: August 30, 2014, 03:34:14 AM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by EngineNo9
It's been mentioned in the deals thread multiple times.  And yes, it's definitely useful!  smile

 84 
 on: August 30, 2014, 02:22:16 AM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by wonderpug

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2014, 12:41:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 29, 2014, 03:54:26 PM

My kids are a few years behind yours, so I'll be interested to hear what people have to say.  I think you're already ahead of the game just knowing that you do need to take some precautions this early on.  A not-so-computer-savvy friend of mine had her 5 and 7-year-olds freely using youtube.  "They're just watching videos about this video game they like!"  She had no idea how many of the 'related video' links on the side of the screen were already venturing into inappropriate territory.

Man, I'm interested to hear others thoughts on this too.  Mine are 7 and 4, and I don't want to be a prude, but I'd be hard pressed to let them play an online game at this age.  Maybe this is because all crap i heard playing MW2 and everything else. 

The online games where you can only talk in emotes are pretty safe as far as player interactions go.

 85 
 on: August 30, 2014, 01:59:01 AM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by Bullwinkle

Quote from: Teggy on August 29, 2014, 10:02:04 PM

Never heard of Steam Enhanced, but I use Enhanced Steam slywink

I wish they would allow it to plug into the Steam App because I do forget to use it most of the time.

Spoiler for Hiden:

 86 
 on: August 30, 2014, 01:02:24 AM 
Started by Eco-Logic - Last post by Eco-Logic
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/29/peggle-2-pinballs-pachinkos-to-ps4/?ncid=rss_truncated

This makes me happy.  I've always loved Peggle and have played each one to completion except for this one due to the timed exclusive thing.  More importantly, my daughter loves Peggle even more than me and I'm stoked to have another PS4 game for her to play soon.

Peggle rocks.

 87 
 on: August 30, 2014, 12:41:14 AM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by Eco-Logic

Quote from: wonderpug on August 29, 2014, 03:54:26 PM

My kids are a few years behind yours, so I'll be interested to hear what people have to say.  I think you're already ahead of the game just knowing that you do need to take some precautions this early on.  A not-so-computer-savvy friend of mine had her 5 and 7-year-olds freely using youtube.  "They're just watching videos about this video game they like!"  She had no idea how many of the 'related video' links on the side of the screen were already venturing into inappropriate territory.

Man, I'm interested to hear others thoughts on this too.  Mine are 7 and 4, and I don't want to be a prude, but I'd be hard pressed to let them play an online game at this age.  Maybe this is because all crap i heard playing MW2 and everything else. 

 88 
 on: August 30, 2014, 12:37:20 AM 
Started by Eco-Logic - Last post by Eco-Logic
So, it really doesn't matter to me, but I'm kind of surprised no one here is playing this.  I'm not either, but for a war game on the ipad it has stellar reviews and a handful of you chaps normally dig war games. 

Just curious to me is all smile

 89 
 on: August 30, 2014, 12:34:40 AM 
Started by PR_GMR - Last post by Eco-Logic
Seeing as my PS4 is not plugged up, nor is my TV, and I'm staying at my in-laws through Sunday (moving trucks will get us moved into the new house on Sunday), I'll be sticking with iPad games tonight, which of course means Hearthstone.  There is a slight chance I'll checkout another ipad game, but that probably wont happen. 

My ps4 is in a box here in the closet in front of me, and the TV in here does have HDMI, but I have no idea where exactly my games are...

Oh well, blessed to have a new house and I can do without TLOU for a few more days.  It really seems my next game needs to be D3...

 90 
 on: August 30, 2014, 12:16:35 AM 
Started by Devil - Last post by Roguetad
To quote the Kurgan from Highlander, "It's better to burn out than to fade away."  True Blood faded away with one of the most boring series finale episodes I've ever seen.  It's like they just gave up and decided to go with the safe (boring) happy ending.  Bon Temps is a not a place for happy endings.  It's the equivalent of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer hellmouth for the supernatural.  The show was at its best when the writers went bonkers crazy and just had fun with it.  They should have gone out in a blaze of glory.

The writers seemed to have lost touch with their characters too, especially Bill and Sookie.  Their last scene just didn't work.  Definitely a disappointing way to end the series.

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