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#ActualThe Moldy Crow

Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:45 AM

It depends a lot on the pace of your game, and how special you want knife kills to feel.

If you want your combat to be quick and heart pounding, go with the melee instakill option.

If you're looking for a more methodical pace, go with the take out slash put away approach.

Bear in mind how long it would take to pull off each manoeuvre, that will tell you a lot about where players will feel comfortable using it confidently.

Maybe you don't want that, maybe you want them to feel the thrill of risk every time they decide on it. These are things you have to decide on, and then tune into how the knife behaves.

And like everyone else is saying, decide first how much damage you want the knife to do.

If it instakills, it will feel more special than if it takes a fair few chops, in which case it would feel more like just another part of the arsenal.

Finally, when choosing swipe, stab, stab then carve etcetera, again that should be determined by how you want the player to feel when they do it, assuming all three are viable options on the back end.

For me, a stab feels more direct and efficient, while a slice is a bit cooler in some ways, and more flashy. The stab then carve is definitely the more brutal that someone might be happy to do to someone who's killed them a lot.

The takeaway is that you should be reinforcing how you want the player to feel or not feel with every part of their experience

#1The Moldy Crow

Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:40 AM

It depends a lot on the pace of your game, and how special you want knife kills to feel.

If you want your combat to be quick and heart pounding, go with the melee instakill option.

If you're looking for a more methodical pace, go with the take out slash put away approach.

Bear in mind how long it would take to pull off each manoeuvre, that will tell you a lot about where players will feel comfortable using it confidently.

Maybe you don't want that, maybe you want them to feel the thrill of risk every time they decide on it. These are things you have to decide on, and then tune into how the knife behaves.

And like everyone else is saying, decide first how much damage you want the knife to do.

If it instakills, it will feel more special than if it takes a fair few chops, in which case it would feel more like just another part of the arsenal.

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