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Battlefield 3 – Beta – Destruction Tests and C4 Kills

Tried my luck at some demolitions in the Battlefield 3 Beta recently!  I managed to a few satisfying kills but ended up testing the destruction in various spots around Operation Metro instead.  I was a little disappointed at the overall lack of destruction but was impressed at the spots Dice chose to be destructible.  Some times it can totally change the dynamic of the battle giving players more room to setup defenses or allowing attackers new routes towards their objectives.  Subscribe to my youtube channel if want!  Thanks.

Battlefield 3 Open Beta Date set for Sept. 29th

Well we finally have a date! I’ll be honest and say I am a little disappointed that it is pretty much at the end of the month and I believe it has been announced that the beta ends on October 10th. This doesn’t give us a whole lot of time to play it – but at least we get to and it will be a blast. I believe those who pre-ordered it on Origin will get to play on the 27th, but I haven’t found a source to confirm this yet. Oh well, in 10 days we will all be playing BF3!

New Hawken Gameplay Video

A few months ago my brother showed me some gameplay of a indie game called Hawken and I thought it looked pretty amazing.  Recently Adhesive Games has released a new trailer and it still looks pretty sweet.  It reminds me of mech warrior of course but with a modern day FPS shooter feel to it.  Check it out in the video above.

Battlefield 3: Caspian Border

Well my concerns about BF3 are pretty much gone after watching this new gameplay video!  Check it out, this game can’t come soon enough.

Favorite Flash Games

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Sometimes when I am sitting around bored and can’t decide what to do I play flash games until I figure something out.  Over the past few years I have stumbled upon some awesome flash based games that really amaze me.  Below is a list of my top favorite flash games that I have found recently.  Click on them to go to the links and play them your self!

Upgrade Complete 2 (This game can seem ridiculous at first but it is actually pretty cool, I found it pretty unique in the way it plays)

Cursed Treasure: Level Pack (Fun and Challenging)

Death vs. Monstars (fun shooter with good upgrades, I actually used this developers tutorials on explosion graphics for my first few Robofish effects)

GemCraft Labyrinth (This game has so much depth to it!  It is pretty awesome)

Crush the Castle 2 Players Pack (Like Angry Birds, which I have never played, only seen)

Elephant Quest (I loved this game for the slickness of the GUI and graphics)

This is a short list, there are so many others I have played but I will save them for another list later on.  I need to find some of them again as I can’t remember all their names.  Enjoy these though!

Robofish Weapon Factory

When we first started working on Robofish our plan was to implement 10 unique weapons each with 10 levels of power that you had to upgrade as you progress through the game.  We completed all 10 weapons and their upgraded abilities before we realized that this just really wasn’t unique or innovative at all.  So about 70% into production we completely scrapped that idea and started working on the weapon factory.  The weapon factory, in a nut shell, allows players to create their own weapons.  As players become stronger and obtain more money in the game they can purchase stronger components for the weapon factory.  To see a more detailed explanation on the weapon factory and see it in action check out the video above!

New Robofish Video: Hit Effects

Check out the latest video displaying a few of the weapon hit effects available in the game!

Hit effects are special abilities that you can apply to projectiles when you create a weapon in the weapon factory.  Some of the effects include freezing, life leech, explosion, teleport, and many others.  Keep checking back to see footage on other hit effects!

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Gameplay Video

Pretty sweet video showing off some new Skyrim gameplay.  I am planning on picking up this game as soon as it’s released.  You can’t beat the amount of hours you get out of these games, well worth the price tag!

EDIT: The original video I posted was removed from Youtube for copyright laws, not sure what happened.  I replaced it with the “official” gameplay video released by developers.

My Original Portal Map

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I spent quite a bit of time mapping in Portal 1 right before the release of Portal 2.  I learned a ton on the mechanics of mapping with Valves Hammer Editor and the structure of Portal maps.  If you are a fan of custom Portal 1 maps or custom  maps in general click the link below to check it out.

http://forums.thinkingwithportals.com/downloads.php?view=detail&df_id=366

Thinkingwithportals.com is an awesome website with constant flow of custom maps coming in.  Hopefully I will finish my Portal 2 map one of these days, been too busy!

Robofish Survival Mode Gameplay Video

Check out the latest video on Robofish!  This video displays our survival mode in action.  The difficulty is set on the hardest so you will see how a combination of a good weapon plus upgrades can really be useful for staying alive longer.  Check out all the Robofish media on the Sparkrift Youtube Channel.