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Cis 587 - Computer Game Design and Implementation
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CIS 587 Computer Game Design Project One Game Evaluation Spring 2000 June 16th 2000 Dan Ferrell Extra Note The game that I orignally wanted to evaluate was a game called Redneck Rampage that I purchased back when I was still using windows95 and haven t played it since I installed windows98 Needless to say after three days of trying to install and run the program I finally gave up and decided to evaluate QuakeII since it is the only other game I currently own that is installed on my computer Basic Information Game Title Quake II Company Author Id Software Type of Game First person shooter Price 49 00 Minimum stated hardware requirements o English Language Version of Windows 95 98 or NT 4 0 with 100 compatible computer system o Pentium 90 MHz processor 133 MHz recommended o Memory Win 95 16 MB RAM Required 24 MB recommended Win NT 4 0 24 MB RAM Required o 100 Sound Blaster compatible sound card o Joystick and mouse supported 3 button mouse recommended o Supports LAN and Internet play using the TCP IP protocol o Minimum Install Additional Requirements Play from CDROM Quad Speed CD ROM drive 600k sec sustained transfer rate Hard disk drive with at least 25 MB of uncompressed space available o Normal Install Additional Requirements Play from Hard Disk Quad Speed CD ROM drive 600k sec sustained transfer rate Hard disk drive with at least 250 MB of uncompressed space available o Maximum Install Additional Requirements Play from Hard Disk Dual Speed CD ROM drive 300k sec sustained transfer rate Hard disk drive with at least 400 MB of uncompressed space available o GLQuake II Additional Requirements 24 MB RAM for all operating systems GLQuake II supports some OpenGL 3D accelerator cards Hardware being used by me see above section o English version of Windows98 o Pentium II 400 MHz o Memory 256 MB RAM o Sound Blaster Live with Dolby surround sound speakers o 3 Button mouse and keyboard but hoping to move to some type of game controllers in the future o Cable Modem for Multiplayer internet games with friends o ATI all in wonder TV Tuner Video Card w Voodoo III Graphics accelerator card This configuration that I am using works perfect for this game it is probably a bit more than you really need to play the game Game Summary Quick Overview In this game the Earth is overrun by a cyborg alien race The aliens aren t coming to take over the planet to take all of our natural resources like water minerals and metals they came to take body parts and organs back with them to build more cyborgs With this in mind they came and killed and destroyed everything in their path After determining where the aliens came from and how they got to Earth the marines went to their planet to destroy them On the way to the planet something goes wrong and the rest of your unit is killed and you are the only that makes it to the planet to destroy the alien civilization Story Line if any The game starts out with you getting in your space ship that will transport you to the alien planet to help destroy the alien race As you are launched from the troop carrier to the alien planet something goes wrong and all of your unit is destroyed except for you You land on the alien planet with none of your supplies no support and the only weapon you have is your blaster So at this point the game starts with you being the only person left to defeat the enemy Now the game begins with you collecting various weapons and other items to help you defeat the aliens along the way While you are killing enemies you slowly work way through the enemy planet encountering many different aliens some are easy to defeat and some are not The goals of Quake II are divided into a series of complex missions or objectives During the game your field computer provides you with each new objective It is important to regularly review this information The Intel Brief section of this manual describes general information on your missions environment weapons special items and alien profiles Player s role The role of the player in this game is very simple The storyline will tell you that it is to destroy this alien race that has attacked Earth but it is basically just a seek and destroy type game You are traveling across the alien planet and destroying anything that gets in your path Installation To install Quake II on your system insert the game CD into your CD ROM drive and 1 Double click on Setup exe at the root level of the CD or 2 Go to Run in your Start Menu and type d Setup exe Follow the on screen instructions as they guide you through the installation process A good idea for installation of this program is to copy the content of the CD ROM to the hard drive and then run the install process from there so that you do not have to have the CD inserted into the drive every time you want to play the game The installation is very simple and very hard to screw up User Interface The user interface for this game is very simple when playing the game you see the screen as the first person and as you move around you can display your current player info on the screen The information that you can display is very basic you can display your health the amount of ammo you have for each weapon shield power and any current special items that you have You can configure your keyboard in what ever way is easiest for game play Game Play Quake II contains eight large units each with a number of levels to complete in order to proceed to the next unit It is likely you will have to go between levels several times to accomplish a particular goal Remember that once you leave a unit you cannot return unless you reload a saved game from that unit Therefore it is important to review your field computer to be sure you accomplished all of your goals for that unit Scoring For basic game play there is no scoring that occurs but when you move to playing multiplayer games like death match or capture the flag CTF then scoring does occur When playing capture the flag you earn points for each kill you make and each time you capture the flag and return it to your own base When playing death match you earn points for each kill you make But on the other side of scoring everytime you are killed by someone else or you kill yourself you lose points It is just as easy to earn points as it is to lose your points Artwork This is a 3D graphic intensive game that will show you ok graphics without an accelerator card provided you have an adequate video card With a good video card combined with a graphic


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