Review of existing work:
- Prey is relevant because of the gravity that is present within the game as it is the basis for the Dynamic Gravity that i’m trying to re create in the game I want to make.
- Portal 2
- I like the portal effect in this and felt it would be apt for the game I want to create because I want the player to be transported to another realm almost and this looked like the best way to do it.
The art style for traditional Japanese art has a limited colour pallet but it is instantly recognisable throughout many different anime movies from summer wars to Princess Kaguya, I feel it keeps in tune with what the Japanese are about, simple life, connections to many things, but a spiritual connection, like with nature itself.
Okami uses the traditional art style that I want to use for my game, I want to do it this way because I wanted to keep the theme inline with a specific art-style because I didn’t want it photo-realistic because I wanted to create something with a bit of mystery about it and felt that it would be better served in a way that the player didn’t feel in the real world almost.
Experiment with prototype
Mechanics prototype for FMP so I knew that Dynamic Gravity and teleportation would work.
Why is it important and what do you hope to learn?
Create and experiment
Doing research and creating prototypes is important because the research allows you to explore different avenues not previously thought of and the prototypes help you visualize the project without going into detail, or for concept art to see what style could work, perspective maybe, in my case it was the mechanics, my FMP would have been totally different if the Dynamic Gravity hadn’t of worked.
Research on the art style has helped tremendously, I was really unsure about the art style for my FMP. The only thing I knew was that i didn’t want it to photo realistic.
After a bit of feedback I looked into different art styles stemming from the Japanese, as in traditional and contemporary; new and old and not forgetting east and west styles.
It is important because it is helping shape my FMP and I hope to learn more about the different art styles in the hope that i can bring it into my own style and create something unique.
The research I did for the prototype was important because i needed to look into Blueprints, c++ and several Unreal-engine forums to get the required answers to get the gravity to shift. Without this it would not of worked.
Photography is important for references, I have used this only once so far for this FMP and that was to take a photo of a cherry blossom tree when the petals are falling, I learnt how the petal fell so hopefully i can re-create this using a particle system in UE4.
How will it help your FMP?
This has helped me develop my ideas for my FMP to make it a better one I believe. It has helped me think about planning, interactivity and aesthetics.
This exercise in research has had a positive effect on my plan for the FMP. But it has also got me to a crossroads where I have more questions than answers and more ideas/thoughts on what to do than i know what to do with.
I think I am going to have to take parts of several areas of these ideas and see if i can get them to work alongside each other.
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