Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Omega Nest

One positive thing this FIFA world cup had is that people became zombie-like creatures with soccer as their main conversation topic, motivation and concern. In some ways, the entire country was "paralyzed", expectant of each and every match, and my customers were no exception.

Since I couldn´t care less about soccer, I used all this free time to finish the Omega nest.




Besides the actual levels and tile work, I also updated the tilesets, adding more variety and a couple of colors to the palette, so the bubbles look smoother. The lighting effect was tweaked also, with a bigger area to make enemies and spike avoiding less frustrating. The old version can be seen in this preview.

About the Super style suit, if the varia version gets finished, I might include it as an optional selectable style. It´s not that complicated to implement, and there are already some Super Metroid gameplay options already.

Up next is the final area, and after that a lof of AI coding, testing and tweaking. Things are starting to feel so close to completion, but also still too far away.
At least AM2R is still going.

88 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't like Soccer?!?! D: D:

Well, I don't either, now that all of my teams are out...

Nice work on the progress. LA3D is sort of dead, so I'm glad this isn't. Also there's Megaman 2.5D, which probably will barely even get off the ground, but a man can hope...

purplecowadoom said...

Awesome. I find that the sports that have come to be known as traditional are boring, pointless, and just not very much fun, and to have those I so loath (people who mindlessly follow these sports) unknowingly help me get closer to playing this is the greatest form of comedic irony.

Anonymous said...

An argentinian that hates football is not an argentinian, XD
It's a joke, XD
I'm argentinian too and I recognize that football is one of this things that corrupts people's mind.
Larga vida a DR M64!

Anonymous said...

men im so glad that the super suit it can be choose as an option because i feel i little weird usinf it in the demo

Platypus222 said...

Wow, I can't imagine being in Argentina around the World Cup... you belong in the USA -- no one here cares about it!

But I'm glad to hear that it's still going along well!

Zoonboy said...

OMG!!!!!!! I am so exited!!!!!!!!! Dude I can't wait to play the final game. Do u know were I can learn how to make mods???? I think I know how but I haunt actual tried it so I just whant to make shure.

Anonymous said...

Keep going man, you're getting so close.

I mean heck, no matter what, we at least have 90% of the game territory to explore now.

Love the new tiles as well. It's a big improvement over what little we saw of the old tileset.

Anonymous said...

:)

I wanna play it now...

Anonymous said...

I'm with you man, soccer makes zombies out of everyone, needless to say I don't like it either. Keep up the good work!!

Anonymous said...

keep up the good work man, im really looking forward to the final game. when do you think youll have it finished?

Anonymous said...

I don't like football either, but everyone else in my country adores it even though they could be doing better things (like what you're doing)

Anonymous said...

Nice work!

netsendjoe said...

Yes. I don't care much about sports either. I think we're all glad that this project is still being worked on. People like Von Richter have gone into hiding, with an response I was told that his projects' development was being done in an exclusive closed group. Sounds like how Microsoft makes Windows. You update us and keep on going, we appreciate that Doc. Still interested in beta testing ;)

Lippi91 said...

ha, finally somebody who don't watch soccer too^^

the progress looks super, and integrating the super metroid suits as selectable extra is imo the best idea ;)

for days i'm so jittery, i can't wait until the game is complete^^

ps: have you ever thought about any easter egg, as like the secret message in metroid fusion or so?

Ratiqu said...

I am glad indeed that this is still going. Since you brought up that point though, I have a question, then.

Whatever happened to Metroid: SR388? It looked awesome, on par with am2r, here, but it just kinda disappeared a couple years ago. Meh.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you´re still ongoing :D

gato preto said...

nossa cara esse projeto esta demorando muito pra termina.
esse jogo era pra 2009.

Anonymous said...

I would have thought that after 2 years of waiting, my excitement would have died down. But no--it just still looks so awesome.

I know there are no promises, but any idea if you'll be finished before the year's out? Thanks for taking on such an exciting project.

Bridger said...

I dont hate soccer but I just dont really like it either. I am not in to sports. Anyways, keep up the good work! I cant wait to play your game. Happy 4th of July!

José Zanni said...

¡¡Coincido totalmente!!

Tiene que haber más mundiales de fútbol :D :D

Anonymous said...

hey is there anyway you could use the model from the SA-X from metroid fusion as the samus sprite model. I always thought that it was the best looking model for the 2d suits from every game.

Anonymous said...

Creo que ya te lo he dicho, pero no puedo esperar a jugar a este juego.
Espero que para el 2011 este listo.

Chau

Mesonak said...

This is great. Just great. I'm really glad to see progress hasn't stopped on this project; the bubbles look great as well.

It really does seem like it's nearing completion; Thanks for all the work you're putting into this.

-Mesonak

TheAnt said...

Awesome to see that this is still going, i cant even remember when i found out about this, but it still looks amazing. Look forward to the complete game.

Anonymous said...

Oh man...you are amazing...keep up the good work...lots more to do...but you are so close...still take your time but keep going strong...I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate your work and am itching for the final work...I check everyday for your updates...truly amazing the amount of hours and labor you have put into this...a masterpiece...if I had a million dollars I would give it to you!

Benjamin said...

Nice to see that there are other people also disliking this stupid sport!

Really nice to see all the progress of the game lets hope you can keep it alive until its finished :-)

JusticeforAngels said...

Great job! The new nest is definitely better! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

yo opino no c claro q les bajes un poco la dificultad de los enemigos no todos son tan faciles pero tampoco tan dificiles, aunque me parese q es el mejor trabajo de metroid como recopilacion

Anonymous said...

MMM BUENAS Y MALAS NOTICIAS :( QUE BUENO QUE HA MEJORADO MUCHAS COSAS NUEVAS Y DADO SU TIEMPO A DEDICARSE EN LOS DETALLES. LO MALO ES QUE LE QUEDA MUCHO COMO DIJO Y LO VEO PARA UN LARGO PLAZO. ESPERO QUE NO TARDE MUCHO EN TERMINARLO Y NO DEDICARLE MUCHO A LOS DETALLES.

Ben said...

awesome the new nest looks great. your right about the bubbles they do look a lot smoother and cooler. great job as always doc. please keep up the good work.

Nick said...

I check your blog a least a couple times a week for updates. I'm excited to hear the game is close to hitting beta. Its been a long wait but looks like it going to be worth it. Keep up the good work.

Brian said...

Wait a second, you're Argentinian, aren't you? But, you don't care about soccer? Wow, all my stereotypes just got thrown wayyyyyyy off. lol

In all seriousness, though. This is looking spectacular, Doc. I've always thought that, despite occasionally getting frustrated or burnt out on the work as can be expected, I've always known that you weren't the kind of guy to give up and let your project fade out of existence, especially now that you're nearing the final stages of completion. I have been beyond stoked about this for so long, just like all of the other people that have been following your updates. You keep it up and I wish you the best of luck with all of your finalization going smoothly.

Anonymous said...

Hey doc I am so exited to see this game almost complete. But with the idea of completion also comes a question. What will you do after the game is release???? If you what to relax that's fine or if you whant to start a project completely original that would be great! I would recemend a 3d project next. You don't have tiles so when you whant to texture a flier you do the whole floor at once! You can blow through games like crayze. If your computer meets the requirements I would recemend "UDK" (udk.com) but if your computer doesn't I would recemend blender (blender.org).

mkraxx said...

Just wanted to let you know, that you're doing an amazing job - keep up the work and take your time, I'm defnitely hooked by the videos - it just looks aaaaawesoooome!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to show my support for your work and this project. I've been following it for quite some time now (since the beginning) and am very excited and looking forward to the release when it is ready! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

That lighting effect looks... just.... beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah you should defenatly port The ORIGINAL Metroid 2: Return Of Samus as a bonus to play like Zero Mission has the original Metroid.

Zoonyboy said...

For all of you that suggest that he ports the game remember that nintendo lawyers are on him enough already but using original sprouts and tileset will definitely get ether doc sewed, or the game shut down. If you whant to play the original game google it and you should be able to find one. If you whant to be able to save your game download an emulator and a rom. BE WARNED IN SOME COUNTYS ROMS ARE ILEGAL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very good!! :D

Anonymous said...

The US flipped when we beat Algeria, but I was too busy messing with Atlantis Lego sets.

That said. I'm excited to give the beta a good shake. Rest assured, feedback and bugtesting will come flooding back. You have a dedicated force of optimistic fans for support, don't forget that.

purplecowadoom said...

Yeah. Definitely DON'T put the original game in there as a bonus. I already have the game in both cartridge and rom form and anyone with half a brain can find a site that will let them download it. Don't set yourself up to take a fall any larger then you might potentially take. Nintendo hasn't shut you down yet, but they definitely will if you do THAT.

Anonymous said...

@Zoonyboy

Yeah I did think about that... MY bad yes I know I could just get a ROM/Emulator. But I don't need to I have the original game for Gameboy. :D

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, nintendo will be on you if you do put it in, but, sometimes nintendo should listen to their fans, the fans sometimes even come up with better ideas than them, but I'm glad you haven't stopped the project, you're doing really well and you're almost there,so keep going

Anonymous said...

I mean I guess socer is kinda fun to play, but When u watch it on tv it's just so slow bc the feild is just so big it takes forever to get from 1 end to another. They run...and run.... They pass.....they run they run.....wools taken by the other team.......they run they run....taken back by your team....well you get what I mean.

purplecowadoom said...

Which is why I choose Foosball over everything.

Spongebob said...

So the Omega nest is dark enough to create vision limits despite Samus' suit having night vision built into it...

This is not your everyday darkness. This is...advanced darkness!

Anonymous said...

@purplecrown
Yeah I love that game to.....you take The ball.....and foose it:)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOU GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, I would beg nintendo until i die to remake Metroid 2. I've always wanted to see a better version of it ever since i decided to play it earlier this year for the first time.

Anonymous said...

Great work, the game is looking awesome, can't wait till it comes out, oh, and just wondering, how do you use the mods for the tech demo?

MichaelGabrielR said...

@Anonymous
To install the mods for the tech demo, simply replace the files of the demo with the files of the mod.

Anonymous said...

Estoy deseando jugar este juego!!! Por lo que veo tiene mejores graficos que los creados por Nintendo (Super,Zero Mission,Fusion)

Sos un capo. En serio

purplecowadoom said...

Aka when you go to stick the mod files into your confrontation folder and it asks you if you want to replace everything, click "yes to all" and you'll be good to go. You might want to back up your original files though.

Anonymous said...

I have been following this project for a while and I'm very encouraged to see that it's still going! Thank you (and others involved) for your continued efforts on this project!

Keep up the excellent work and know that your work is greatly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Ya me parecía que no podías ser yanqui: "Todo el mundo acá está como zombies con el fútbol". Asi que un argento haciendo una remake del M2.

Chapeau, estimado.

Amaroq Dricaldari said...

You could try a "Morph-ball Soccer" mini-game.

Omegametroid said...

@Amaroq Dricaldari
That would litteraly kill the project off in my opinion, but bringing up the topic of minigames, how about a pinball one, I mean there was a metroid prime pinball wasn't there, and maybe you can view high scores and see the words SA (Samus Aran) with the high score of 1,000,000 and if you beat this high score then you can view a special clip

Zaric said...

I didn't expect much when I found one of your early videos on Youtube, but the fact you've already done that much, and have various forms of metroids already in the new style... very nice. Throwing this blog on follow.

Anonymous said...

All that I can hope for is that you PLEASE PLEASE use the SA-X as the alternate costume... I've been DYING to play with that suit since Fusion was released

modernaristotle123 said...

Hey dude, I just have to say thank you for remaking this game. Nintendo is too stupid to do it themselves.

p.s. i don't really care for soccer either,glad to live in the states! To bad we get other sports hype though:(

MichaelGabrielR said...

@Anonymous
The Zero Mission-compatible SA-X sprites are available on Metroid: Fan Mission.

One important suggestion Doc, let people choose their suit from the start (like in the Sega Saturn version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as opposed to the PSX version), because why would they play through the entire game with a suit they dislike?

Anonymous said...

@MichaelGabrielR

yea, ive been there, but i dont know how to put those sprites into the game... people have asked and gotten no answers... so if you know how to do it then could you let me know? it would be greatly appreciated

MichaelGabrielR said...

@Anonymous
Don't know how to put those sprites into the game? I know why - because the arm cannon angle doesn't match the one in Confrontation. I corrected that in the Super Mod, but then people are complaining about the arm cannon being at a strange angle. I have to get used to ZM look and they cannot get used to the arm cannon? Oh well...

Anonymous said...

@MichaelGabrielR

no, that's not the reason... i don't know how to add them at all

purplecowadoom said...

@MichaelGabrielR Yes, people were complaining about your lovely arm cannon, myself included. That'd be because the arm cannon IS at a strange angle. It's very strange that Samus can shoot straight forward somehow when her cannon is pointing slightly upwards. We're all serious fans here. You expect us NOT to notice?! If you're gonna screw it up the first time, you have no room to grovel.
What. So. Ever.

Also, I don't think you answered the other dude's question at all.

Anonymous said...

When this game is all finished and polished will I be able to play this on an emulator?

Anonymous said...

@purplecowadoom

I dub thee, Sir Purplecowadoom... the people's champion.

gato preto said...

cara termina isso logo tá demorando muito.
ou vc desistiu?

Anonymous said...

The game is great so far, and it's starting to feel like an actual Metroid game, but there's one really big problem that I have, and I'm sure some other people may. If you enable a Gamepad to play with, the up, down, left, and right buttons are limited to the Joystick. It's very difficult to play with the Joystick (atleast for me), and if a D-Pad function could be added for controlling Samus, that would be a huge help.

MichaelGabrielR said...

@purplecowadoom

Would you rather have beams being shot couple of pixels above the arm cannon? It was really hard to make it as low as in the original Metroid 2 (or Super Metroid for that matter) and still be compatible with Doc's engine. Nevertheless, if you think that you can fix this then let's see your contribution to this project. I'm curious to see the improvements.

Having said that, the SA-X sprites suffer from the same issue - aligning everything up, so (to the best of my knowledge) the problem was addressed. Thank you for your time.

Zoonyboy said...

@anonymous (the one under Gate predo)
You can just use something like a wired xbox controller. Just sync it to the Keyes you have set, and ur ready 2 go. I did that with the demo.

Anonymous said...

EXELENTE EL DEMO AMIGO
SIGUE ASI
NO PUEDO ESPERAR PARA JUGAR EL METROID YA TERMINADO!!

EL AGUA ME PARESE MUY OSCURA
PODRIAS ACLARARLA UN POCO?

SALUDOS DESDE MEXICO

Anonymous said...

MAKE THIS A ROM ASAP.

purplecowadoom said...

@MichaelGabrielR No, I would not like shots being fired a couple pixels up from Samus' cannon, and I don't doubt the difficulty in making your work compatible with Doc's. You could always ask Doc to show you how to tweak the engine after he releases it though. Don't know if he'd let you or not, but it couldn't hurt to ask him. I'm no programmer, but it at least SOUNDS like an easy fix.

Next thing you should probably know: I'm a hypocrite, and I will shamelessly admit this to anyone who inquires. Therefore I am immune to that "step-up-to-the-plate style retort" of yours.

Now, the other dude said he wanted to know how to stick the SA-X sprites into the game, not stick them in there and make them WORK. So don't you think it would be funnier to tell him how to do it despite knowing what will happen and watch the ensuing fireworks? I think so.

Anonymous said...

that purplecowadoom guy is so annoying someone please shut him up

Anonymous said...

yup soccer is ass and i cant wait until the game is ready =D=D=D=D
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Anonymous said...

@purplecowadoom

that's all i'm askin

MichaelGabrielR said...

@Anonymous

Changing the sprites is as easy as editing the PNG files in the "spr" directory of Metroid: Confrontation. Changing them so that they look properly is a whole different story ;).

@purplecowadoom

Changing the engine to accommodate the arm cannon might be easy (to those who don't know it yet, it's made in Game Maker), but think of the consequences. It affects the controls, level design, difficulty, boss fights, among other things (and we don't want to make the Doc redo all of those areas...).

Mark said...

Nice job, man! Looks cool. I can't wait to see the final game (or a beta >.>). It really is nice to see a remake come to fruition.

purplecowadoom said...

That's true. But again, it's a whole different issue. I'd be one of the people who would play all the different versions of it if it came to that though. I am extremely quick to adapt to new things in a game, particularly things related to changes in weapon trajectories.

But would it really effect the gameplay that much if the shots were moved just a few pixels lower? I should think in most cases they would still hit their marks. And for the instances where they don't hit their marks: Who says Doc has to fix the problem? It's not Doc wanting to change sprites all the time. That's why I said you (or whoever else wants the changes in there) should ask him how to change stuff themselves when the game comes out. If he says yes and shows them how, that which wasn't really his problem in the first place REALLY isn't his problem anymore.

Lastly, if I sound abrasive to you, forgive me. I am getting over being sick, I threw up in my bathroom sink yesterday morning, and now I have heartburn that won't leave. I've been abrasive to EVERYONE lately.

obcd said...

hope this turns out extremley fun and the previews show for it

MichaelGabrielR said...

@purplecowadoom

Whoa, that's terrible! D:

I strongly reccoment for you to check those two sites for possible medications (sorry but that's the most I can do from here):
http://www.medicinenet.com/heartburn/symptoms.htm
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/heartburn/intro.htm

Whatever you do, DON'T drink milk for the time being, because it only increases the production of stomach acids.

One more thing - simply try using garlic (natural antibiotic), some vitamins and get a lot of rest.

...If only Doc allowed to mod the weapons hot spots then I wouldn't be forced to accommodate and there wouldn't have been any issue with the arm cannon. A simple *.ini file would have done the trick, to the best of my knowledge...

michael said...

can you put up the percentage of each thing that you completed like last time the on the next update????

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Incredible Stuff!! I haven't visited this blog in ages, and when I wasn't looking, a huge ton of progress was made!! Awesome Work!!

purplecowadoom said...

@MichaelGabrielR Thanks for the support. I got plenty of rest, and while I DID still have heartburn this morning, but I'm doing better now.

Anyways, I hope that everything works out with your mod. Even if you end up not being able to fix the cannon, or for whatever other reasons don't fix it, I suppose I'll still probably play it.

SAC/Black_Yoshi said...

Great work so far. And I was looking up a YouTube video called "Morgan Freeman's Guide to the World Cup." Summed up soccer brilliantly to the people in the States and was disturbingly hilarious to me (it was from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, middle of June.)

And way to go with the Super Metroid Suit... (funny, I remember someone in the Metroid 2002 mod section made the SM suit's colors more like Prime). And I guess there's no unlockable Fusion Suit [or suitless] bonus yet (maybe for beating Very Hard/Challenge Mode).

jang9431 said...

I want to see Omega Nest.

Anonymous said...

Cara se voce imagina que ai é ruim? imagina aqui no Brasil...

voce é o primeiro argentino que não quero matar.

Brincadeira mano, tudo culpa do dom pedro.

José Zanni said...

Parece que somos mas de dos los argentinos que no les gusta el fútbol :P