Hi Phillip.

Now, I have a question. It seems to me that if you want to balance the game, and if the problem with enemies is that there are too many of them, could you, say, add an attack for the player that his everything on screen and knocks them back to give a bit of breathing room, but costs say a little bit of health? That's what beat em ups used to do, and it works well, IMO. A big attack, but you need to sacrifice some life for it... but that also means health pickups might need to come up more frequently on harder difficulties.


At 07:14 PM 03/11/2010, you wrote:
Hi Yohandy,

Designing difficulty levels is not as easy as it may seem to the player. In Q9, as simple a game as it is, still has almost 25 different variables that need to be adjusted and balanced for a difficulty level. This includes the size of pits, the speed of each enemy, the attack power of each, etc etc. I do agree that the insane difficulty level is much too hard, but I want to point out the challenge in balancing the various difficulty levels in games like these. With the recent changes that are coming soon, the game has been made a little easier over-all which should make it possible to beat it on more difficulty levels; especially with the increase of the club attack speed and the laser being available in the actual game. Now if the conclusion is still that insane is unbeatable, I may just remove it.

Kind regards,

Philip Bennefall
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I certainly understand where you're coming from, but if the game's too
difficult, it gets to a point where your fastest reflexes won't help you out
for long. Since Q9 is Philip's most recent game, let's use it as an
example.You set game to insane and start walking around. at some point
during the game a rhino, and about 5 other animals come galloping at you at
full speed. what do we do in that situation? we can't kill them all without
taking massive damage in the process, and since there's no way of dodging we
can't attack them on mass, and hope to survive anyhow. so they all attack at
once and we die within 10 seconds. In this situation you could say well jump
away from them. We could do that, but what if there's a pit behind us? Also
remember Q9 enemies follow you indefinitely once they see you so are we just
gonna run all the way back to the beginning of the level, at which point
we'll be trapped regardless? . if we jump forward and over them somehow,
only thing that'll happen is we'll have another pile of enemies from that
side added to our current predicament all ganging up on us. I don't find a
difficulty like that fun or challenging, I find it extremely frustrating.
Console games have a balance between the easiest and hardest difficulties
that stays constant, and also within the realm of possibility to complete.
even games that are extremely difficult and almost impossible to beat have a
multiplayer option, or a way to get health items, or some such feature
that'll spread, or lessen the burden of completing the game and that won't
lead to frustration for the player for the next 3 years. I think if
developers are going to put an extremely hard difficulty, they need to test
it out or at least have a team that's good enough at the particular title to
test it for them, and complete the game first to make 100% certain it's
doable. Don't just put it out there without the slightest clue whether
someone will ever be able to complete it. If I had the programming skills, I
could make a game that has a difficulty setting with 350 creatures moving at
55mph and all attacking simultaneously in 3d space, but I know no one will
ever complete such a game. and if no one can beat it and brag about it, then
what would be the point? the clue's in the name guys. It's called game
difficulty setting, not game impossibility setting. or unbeatable game
setting.




----- Original Message ----- From: "Hayden Presley" <hdpres...@hotmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 10:12 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] game difficulties was Re: best side scroller? -
Re:Q9 version 1.2.


Hi,
That's a two-sided coin. On one hand I can see how you can be a bit
exasperated with that (like I said, I do think Tarzan Junior is just a bit
too hard). But on the other hand, it becomes a matter of challenge, of
saying, "Ok,I made it to the Cave World Level 3, how far will I make it
today?" See where I'm going? But as I said, I do agree with you as well.

Best Regards,
Hayden


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 9:06 PM
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Subject: [Audyssey] game difficulties was Re: best side scroller? - Re: Q9
version 1.2.

Dark, Here's the problem though. Has anyone actually completed any of
Philip's games on insane, beta team included? If yes then I congratulate
you

for a job well done, but if not, we have a problem. especially since some
of

his games have been out for a really long time. If people can't beat games
that have been out for years, This suggests to me that the game is almost
unbeatable. In that case, what would be the point of a difficulty so hard
that no one can beat? how about his recent games? can any of you claim
you've beaten Q9 on insane?


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