Friday, March 28, 2014

OCEAN - Updated FAQ

Q: What is Sergei Savenko’s Ocean?
A: It’s an indie first person shooter for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, developed by Sergei ‘EinhanderZwei’ Savenko.

Q: Which engine does it run on?
A: GZDoom, a heavily modified version of id Tech 1 engine (also known as 'DOOM Engine').

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: They are extremely low by modern standards - please see the system requirements for GZDoom on the official site above.

Q: Are you the single developer?
A: Yes and no. All the design (gameplay and visual), scripting, mapping, graphics are handled by me. The soundtrack is taken from the collections of Andrew ‘Necros’ Sega, with all credits provided. Several Wikimedia Commons images are also utilized; primarily the ecology-themed stock photos. For the full list of credits, please see this following document.

Q: Any other movie influences?
A: Of course! Aside from the movies above, they include:
Q: How about game influences?
A:
Q: What is Ocean essentially about?
A: You play as Sean Crichton, a badass Soldier Boy (modeled after Cillian Murphy), who one day receives an order from his Badass Mentor, Col. Nigel Bruckheimer (modeled after Lee Ermey), to investigate an experimental underwater research lab, the Oberon-1 Station. He is also supervised by Svetlana Tikhovliz (modeled after Margot Kidder), the female Corporate Authority and the facility designer and formal person in charge. Once he arrives there, he sees that the place is full of zombies; later on his adventure, he somehow finds two survivors: his sister Natasha (modeled after Amanda Pays), who was a scientist before the zombie outbreak, and a mysterious cyborg mermaid girl Marina (modeled after Rachel Weisz), who is also referred to as 'Specimen 23'.

Q: Good choice for the characters' appearances influence, but Cillian Murphy as a badass action hero?
A: Yes. The main character’s visual design is traced over Cillian Murphy. The reason is thematic and visual similarity between Ocean’s plot and two movies he starred in:

Q: Who are those ladies constantly present on the concept arts?
A: Marina – a cyborg mermaid-like girl, Natasha – a short-haired ‘regular’ girl in a scientist coat, Svetlana – a girl in the business suit. Please see above for the brief summary of their roles.

Q: Yes, we don't want spoilers! However, are there any interesting plot twists up your writer’s sleeve?
A: Plenty of them! I guarantee I will deliver on that aspect. ^_^

Q: What is the current development status?
A: I have compiled the very rough pre-alpha tech demo; you can view the gameplay here. Also, I have started a development V-Log. Finally, you can always monitor the progress via this document.

Q: When would we expect the release to happen?
A: I can release the pre-alpha anytime now, but doubtfully anyone would find it interesting; there's a demo planned for early Summer of 2014 (June, 8, to be exact - to coincide with the World Ocean Day!), and the full version is planned for Fall 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

OCEAN Hub

This post will be dedicated to the development process of Sergei Savenko's OCEAN. All the links and stuff will be chronicled here, as well as the dynamic updates (YouTube playlist, etc.)

Also, I will create a TinyURL version of this page so you won't lose it, and the URL will be waaay easier to remember!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

OCEAN F.A.Q.

== ENGLISH ==

Q: What is Sergei Savenko’s Ocean?

A: It’s an indie first person shooter for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, developed by Sergei ‘EinhanderZwei’ Savenko.

Q: Which engine does it run on?
A: Aleph One (http://source.bungie.org), which is an open-source continuation of the Marathon 2 engine; enhanced by the fan community.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: They are extremely low by modern standards - please see the system requirements for Aleph One on the official site above.

Q: Are you the single developer?
A: Yes and no. All the design (gameplay and visual), scripting, mapping, graphics are handled by me. The soundtrack is taken from the collections of Andrew ‘Necros’ Sega (http://necros.gibdon.com), with all credits provided. Several Wikimedia Commons images are also utilized; primarily the ecology-themed stock photos and portrait shots of Cillian Murphy.

Q: Cillian Murphy?
A: Yes. The main character’s visual design is traced over Cillian Murphy. The reason is thematic and visual similarity between Ocean’s plot and two movies he starred in - Sunshine (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448134/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) and 28 Days Later (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1).

Q: Any other movie influences?
A: Of course! Aside from the movies above, they include:
* The Abyss (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096754/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Leviathan (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097737/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2),
* Aliens (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090605/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Day Of The Dead (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088993/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Outbreak (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114069/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Resident Evil (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120804/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Virus (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120458/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3),
* The Thing (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Jurassic Park (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* Gravity (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/?ref_=rvi_tt),
* ...and plenty other underwater / survival horror / alien / zombie movies.

Q: How about gaming influences?
A: Obviously, the Marathon Trilogy (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/marathon-series), and also System Shock (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/system-shock-series), BioShock (http://www.mobygames.com/game/bioshock), Alien-licensed games (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/aliens-licensees), Resident Evil (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/biohazard-resident-evil-series) series, Parasite Eve (http://www.mobygames.com/game/parasite-eve), Half-Life (http://www.mobygames.com/game/half-life), Dead Space (http://www.mobygames.com/game/dead-space).

Q: What is Ocean essentially about?
A: You play as Sean Crichton, a security guard on the underwater complex named Oberon 1. One day, a terrorist attack results in an outbreak of deadly experimental mutagen that turns all the personnel into flesh-devouring half-zombie half-aquatic creatures. Your task is to escape alive, punish those responsible, protect as many survivors as possible and even resolve some mysteries from Sean’s past.

Q: Who are those ladies constantly present on the concept arts?
A: Marina (a mermaid-like girl) is one of the love interests Sean can obtain. Nataliya (a short-haired ‘regular’ girl) is another one. Svetlana (a girl in the business suit) is a supporting mentor/coordinator character, sort of like Ms Martin in Leviathan.

Q: Two love interests?
A: Yes, the game has two endings dependent on which girl Sean ends up in a romantic subplot with. To simplify things, the choice would be given mid-game, and the following events would be affected by it.

Q: Sounds like a spoiler! Any more plot twists up your writer’s sleeve?
A: Plenty of them! I guarantee I will deliver on that aspect. ^_^

Q: What is the current development status?
A: I have finished the main story skeleton, including the tricky parts that depend on which lady Sean joins up with. Next up is the character designs and writing detailed specifications for each map - which part of the plot would it be responsible for, some mapmaking drafts, terminal text, all that jazz.

Q: But is anything ready for now?
A: Yes! The main character designs, some weapon sprites, the weapons list are complete and won’t likely change.

Q: When would we expect the release to happen?
A: According to the trailer, tentative date is Q2 2014.

Q: Oh my! A trailer?
A: Yes, you can view the Ocean Teaser Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-cmC-v1vMc (please force enable the subtitles though, or it will be unclear).

== RUSSIAN ==

Q: Что такое Sergei Savenko’s Ocean?
A: Независимая (инди) компьютерная игра в жанре “боевик от первого лица” для Windows, MacOS X и Linux, разрабатываемая Сергеем ‘EinhanderZwei’ Савенко.

Q: На каком движке она построена?
A: Aleph One (http://source.bungie.org) - модификация движка игры Marathon 2 с открытым исходным кодом, дополненная и расширенная поклонниками.

Q: И каковы системные требования?
A: Чрезвычайно низкие по сегодняшним меркам - можете обратиться к требованиям для движка Aleph One как такового на официальной странице выше.

Q: Ты один всё разрабатываешь?
A: Вроде да, а вроде и нет. Весь дизайн (геймплея и визуальный), сценарии, создание карт, графика лежат на мне. Саундтрек собран из работ Эндрю ‘Necros’ Сига (http://necros.gibdon.com), с указанием авторства, разумеется. Также используются стоковые изображения и фотографии с Wikimedia Commons; в частности, хроникальные фото на экологическую тематику и портретные фото актёра Киллиана Мёрфи.

Q: Киллиан Мёрфи?
A: Да. Внешность главного героя основана на нём по причине тематической и визуальной схожести Ocean и двух фильмов с его участием: “Пекло” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448134/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) и “28 дней спустя” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1).

Q: А другие влияния кинематографа есть?
A: Конечно! Помимо двух вышеуказанных, они включают такие фильмы, как:
* “Бездна” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096754/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Левиафан” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097737/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2),
* “Чужие” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090605/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “День мертвецов” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088993/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Эпидемия” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114069/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Обитель зла” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120804/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Вирус” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120458/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3),
* “Нечно” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Парк юрского периода” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1),
* “Гравиация” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/?ref_=rvi_tt),
* ...и множество других фильмов с подводной / инопланетной / зомби-тематикой.

Q: А влияния других игр?
A: Очевидно, трилогия Marathon (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/marathon-series), а также System Shock (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/system-shock-series), BioShock (http://www.mobygames.com/game/bioshock), игры по лицензии франшизы “Чужой” (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/aliens-licensees), серия Resident Evil (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/biohazard-resident-evil-series), Parasite Eve (http://www.mobygames.com/game/parasite-eve), Half-Life (http://www.mobygames.com/game/half-life), Dead Space (http://www.mobygames.com/game/dead-space).

Q: Итак, о чём, по сути, идёт речь в Ocean?
A: Персонаж игрока - Шон Крайтон, сотрудник службы безопасности подводного комплекса “Оберон 1”. Действие начинается с того, что на станции происходит террористический акт, в результате которого высвобождается смертельный экспериментальный мутаген, превращающий всех подряд в плотоядных наполовину зомби, наполовину гибридов морских существ. Ваша задача - сбежать в целости и сохранности, покарать виновных, защитить как можно больше других выживших и даже разгадать кое-какие загадки прошлого главного героя.

Q: Что это за девушки, постоянно присутствующие на концепт-артах?
A: Марина (девушка, похожая на русалку) - одна из возможных романтических линий Шона. Наталья (“обычная” девушка с короткими волосами) - другая. Светлана (девушка в деловом костюме) - типичный персонаж-обозреватель и координатор вроде Мисс Мартин из “Левиафана”.

Q: Две романтические линии?
A: Да, в игре будут две концовки, зависящие от того, с кем из девушек Шон сблизится в итоге. Чтобы упростить этот процесс, выбор будет незаметно происходить уже в середине игры, и от него будут зависеть последующие события.

Q: Похоже на спойлер! Наверняка это будет не единственный внезапный сюжетный поворот, правда?
A: Да, сюрпризов будет много! Я гарантирую, что не разочарую. ^_^

Q: И на каком этапе разработки сейчас всё находится?
A: Уже готов основной костяк сюжета, включая и развилки в зависимости от напарницы Шона. В ближайших планах - утверждение дизайна персонажей и написание подробных спецификаций для каждой карты - как будут разбиты части сюжета, черновики для редактора, тексты терминалов и всё такое.

Q: А нечто готовое уже есть?
A: Да! Дизайн основных персонажей, спрайты некоторых видов оружия, список вооружения уже закончены и уже вряд ли изменятся в будущем.

Q: Когда же ждать релиза?
A: Согласно трейлеру, произойдёт он во втором квартале 2014-го.

Q: Ух ты, трейлер!
A: Да, его можно посмотреть здесь: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-cmC-v1vMc (правда, не забудьте принудительно включить субтитры).

Monday, December 9, 2013

OneLiners - Issue #3

The Thing - Rewatched it for the millionth time, and eh, it's official now: I think it's my most favorite horror movie! I can't say anything about it that hasn't been said by everyone already, so just relax and enjoy this masterpiece of special effects and suspense if you still haven't. 9/10
Road House - Easily one of Patrick Swayze's best movies and one of the best action flicks ever made. I can't do it enough justice, so I'll just quote the slogans: 'Dalton lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there's no tomorrow', 'The dancing's over. Now it gets dirty', 'Dalton's the best bouncer in the business. His nights are filled with fast action, hot music and beautiful women. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it'. Also, it has Sam Elliott and some of the greatest badass dialogue I ever heard. The last spoken line always destroys me with laughter. 9/10
Rampage - A good movie by Uwe Boll? Yeah, why not! I liked the opening act, even though it felt a little long, and to be quite honest, the rampage itself was not as gory and ultra violent as everyone made it out to be. Either I'm a desensitized sicko, or I remember Dredd being way gorier... or both. 8/10
Assault On Wall Street - Another movie from Herr Boll, another one not being a video game adaptation, another one surprisingly dramatic in tone, and like Rampage, it's a serious and realistic take on the concept of Postal, this time revolving around the world economic crisis no less. Loved the cast, the action, and one scene in the middle even made me cry a bit (won't tell which one, 'cause it will be a spoiler). Oh, and the last thing to mention - we got Edward Furlong and Michael Pare sitting at one table in a diner. Unbelievable! 8/10
Next Of Kin - I guess this little action flick suffers from the same thing that was in all John Irvin's movies that I've seen so far (Dogs Of War, Raw Deal and this one) - interesting opening and action-packed ending are bridged by an extremely boring second act. The only thing that made me sit through the boring parts was Liam Neeson as a crazy hillbilly version of Paul Kersey. He was great! But the lack of Swayze is desperately felt in this one. 7/10
Stone Cold - Amazing biker action flick from the director of Dark Angel no less! The action scenes, while not John Woo material, are pretty fucking badass and remind you why shaky cam technique should be banned. Loved the performances, loved the 1% biker culture shown, as dumb and stereotypical as it probably was, but especially loved the overall tone, how it starts off cheesy and over the top Cobra style and gets really friggin' dark and violent by the end. 9/10
Homefront - An interesting idea executed poorly. The action scenes are terrible, the plot is overlong, some characters are pointless, and please oh please don't have Jason Statham do family drama... The Mechanic, as batshit dumb as it was, still left more impact on me. The only thing I gotta give the filmmakers credit for is trying to carry a serious tone and write some memorable characters. They failed, but at least they tried. 5/10
Hunt For The Red October - Amazing thriller directed by John McTiernan, adapted from the Tom Clancy novel, starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, constantly referenced in all the 'Top N Action movies' lists. What the hell was I thinking to never watch it before?! The last 15 minutes were pure action platinum. 9/10
Crimson Tide - Very interesting psychological (sort of) techno-thriller from Tony Scott. Hackman and Washington are great, and the whole moral dilemma the plot's built around results in the consistent feeling of suspense that makes you sit on the edge. Superb study on the risks and ideology of management as a profession. I had it on DVD for a few years but never watched... and hey, it finally happened! 8/10
Micro Men - Part reenactment, part documentary about Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry, detailing the competition between ZX Spectrum and Acorn computers in the late 80s UK. From what I've read about Sinclair as a person, I think they captured his personality really well, and some of the events depicted, as crazy as they were (ex. the pub fight) did actually take place! The soundtrack and humor were awesome, too. 8/10
Ender's Game - Never read the original book, but the movie was a mixed bag. I liked the whole idea and the twist ending, but I dunno, something didn't click with me. Probably, it had something to do with acting, which was some of the worst I've seen in years, and that includes Harrison Ford. What the hell was he doing there in the first place?! 6/10
The Graduate - You've probably all seen this one already, so I don't see much point in reviewing it; this movie is just too famous, and I liked what everyone liked about it - you know, the comedy, the drama, the message, the soundtrack, the ending, the bittersweet aftertaste it leaves... Legendary heartwarming drama that, after 46 years, still doesn't feel obsolete. 9/10
Dracula & Son - A pretty funny, yet boring at times, comedy with Christopher Lee as, surprise, Dracula! Not the best vampire comedy ever (I especially disliked the ending), but still a nice fun flick. 6/10
Psycho (1998 Remake) - It wouldn't be as bad as everyone says if someone else was cast to play Norman. Vice Vaughn is too intimidating for the role by his stature alone, and this really ruins the character. Although he was kinda cute in drag by the end, LOL. Still glad I saw it, though. 6/10
Land Of The Dead - My least favorite in George Romero's classic 4-part zombie series. Unlike Dawn and Day Of The Dead, it doesn't really seem to do anything new, and it had the misfortune to come during the same period as the Dawn Of The Dead remake and 28 Days Later, which managed to reinvent the zombie genre and make it batshit scary again, so Land Of The Dead seemed to be too dated to most viewers, me included. I mean really, the lack of anything special strongly distracts from the movie. Did like John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper though, and Asia Argento is a hottie as always. Eh. 7/10
Species - This is one of those movies that prove why some Alien knockoffs (Leviathan, Species, Within The Rock) work and some (Carnosaur 2) don't. It's an interesting example of high-budget B-movie, something sort of a loose remake of Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce. Sexy seductive murderous alien killer babe? Check. Fun and memorable characters? Check. Classic British actor (Sir Ben Kingsley in this case)? Check. All around fast-paced entertaining flick; though I didn't like the kidnapped woman subplot, so much so I can't give it 8, as I originally wanted. Oh well... 7/10
Absolon - One of the worst movies I've ever seen, so hysterically bad it's good. Every post-apocalyptic cliche in the book is here, Lou Diamond Philips' acting is horrible, Ron Perlman has barely a cameo, the script is like a stream of piss in your face... The only things I liked about this trash bomb were Christopher Lambert's performance (as useless as he was in such a cheap movie), hot actresses (which doesn't really compliment the characters, eh?) and how cheap I bought the DVD (while Tanya managed to get it even cheaper!) 1/10
Eraserhead - David Lynch's feature debut and art house classic. The director himself stated in a rather recent interview that to this day, nobody managed to understand the full meaning of this movie, so I won't even try. But what I do have to say is that it's perfect to be watched in the dark at home; you feel like a portal to another world opens before you; well, much like the Radiator Theater... ???/10
Gravity - Best movie of 2013. The less I say the better. 9,5 / 10