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Old 04-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help on Game Design Challenge: RPG Battle Systems

It's very good. Everything is understandable. The changes I make just make it sound more like an English-speaker wrote it.

Bold text is something I changed. Red text I think should be deleted.

(The game is an action-RPG whose battle system is designed to work best with a PS3 controller because of its colored buttons).

The player is given 4 party members, each with a thematic color (purple, green, red and blue) that match with the PS3 buttons (□, ∆, O, X). From that, each of the latter action buttons controls the actions of the character that matches its color. By default, a simple button press commands the character with the matching color to use the “attack” action and holding the button commands him (or her) to use the “magic” action [COLOR="red"]button[/COLOR], though this can be changed later.

When in battle, the actions the player takes have two layers (I think you could use a better word here. Layers doesn’t really make sense): the menu and the combat. The menu is always the first one to come up in a battle. From there, the player picks which enemies are going to be targeted by which characters and the battle plan for the battle.

A battle plan is a set of pre-determined commands that a player may generate to suit his needs without having to go through the complete process mid-battle. For instance, a player might prefer to substitute the “attack” command of the green character with the action “Elemental Magic”. From that point on, a triangle button press would result in the use of [COLOR="red"]an[/COLOR] elemental magic by the green character. Battle Plans save all of these command changes in a single set (option) in the menu.

After the player selects the targets that each character will take and the battle plan to be used the battle starts. If the player needs to change his strategy during [COLOR="red"]the[/COLOR] battle he can bring up the menu by pressing the SELECT button and dismiss it the same way after the strategy is selected.

When the battle starts the player is taken to the battleground: a 3D environment with a hovering camera that keeps all characters and enemies in the players view. Also, the character’s movement is not controlled by the player. The actions that the characters can take are influenced by an ATB gauge that adds to a counter every time it fills. The speed at which it fills would be determined differently for each character and enemy.

All actions (except guarding or dodging) spend a single counter point, be it an attack, magic or whatever. When commanded to attack, for example, a counter point would be consumed and the ordered character would deliver a blow to his/her[COLOR="red"]s[/COLOR] targeted enemy.

Lastly, there is the guard/dodge command. While holding L1 and pressing a character button the player commands a character to block/parry an attack or dodge it. If timed right, the attack would be dodged at no counter points cost.

The idea of the system is mixing all the possibilities of a classical menu-based RPG with the speed of the action-based ones without having to give up the control of any of the character’s actions to the computer. It also challenges the player to protect all the party members simultaneously.
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