Difference between revisions of "Combat mechanics"

From Ultronomicon
Jump to navigation Jump to search
(finally got around to creating page - still kind of rough, but a start)
 
(A few adjustments to "Collisions and projectiles". 1) Some projectiles *are* tied to ship speed. 2) The "illusion" of longer or shorter range is very real in practice.)
 
Line 2: Line 2:
  
 
==Collisions and projectiles==
 
==Collisions and projectiles==
In combat, collisions between ships and other objects appear to be nearly elastic and are governed by rules that closely resemble Newtonian mechanics. Projectiles however obey a different set of rules entirely. The speed of a projectile is constant in the absolute reference frame defined by the planet and the background star field of the 2D environment, and is completely independent of the velocity of the firing starship. For some ships, this strange bit of physics has huge implications. A notable example is the [[Mycon]] [[Podship]], which when moving at top speed and facing forward can overtake and be damaged by its own plasmoids. This effect is also responsible for the illusions of a longer range when firing backwards and a shorter range when firing forward.
+
In combat, collisions between ships and other objects appear to be nearly elastic and are governed by rules that closely resemble Newtonian mechanics. Most projectiles however obey a different set of rules entirely. The speed of a typical projectile is constant in the absolute reference frame defined by the planet and the background star field of the 2D environment, and is completely independent of the velocity of the firing starship. For some ships, this strange bit of physics has huge implications. A notable example is the [[Mycon]] [[Podship]], which when moving at top speed and facing forward can overtake and be damaged by its own plasmoids.
  
 
==Gravity==
 
==Gravity==

Latest revision as of 20:10, 16 July 2009

The dominant gameplay of Star Control, and a significant portion of the gameplay of Star Control II is the space combat, fought between two ships in a wrap-around, 2D environment. The combat mechanics of this environment can largely influence the strategy and tactics used by players against the computer and against one another. These combat mechanics cover not just the standard units used, but also the behavior of colliding bodies and fired projectiles and the effects of gravity.

Collisions and projectiles[edit]

In combat, collisions between ships and other objects appear to be nearly elastic and are governed by rules that closely resemble Newtonian mechanics. Most projectiles however obey a different set of rules entirely. The speed of a typical projectile is constant in the absolute reference frame defined by the planet and the background star field of the 2D environment, and is completely independent of the velocity of the firing starship. For some ships, this strange bit of physics has huge implications. A notable example is the Mycon Podship, which when moving at top speed and facing forward can overtake and be damaged by its own plasmoids.

Gravity[edit]

Only the planet exerts a "gravitational" force on ships, projectiles and asteroids within the combat arena. This can be a hazard, pulling an unwitting captain or slow ship into a collision course with the planet. However, while being affected by a planet's gravity, a ship can achieve greater than normal speeds in a maneuver known as the Leyland Gravity Whip. Ships and asteroids can also become captured in stable, though usually eccentric, orbits about a planet. Notable exceptions to these effects are the Arilou Skiff and the Slylandro Probe, which are immune to a planet's gravity.

Standard units[edit]

Most of the values for a ship's or projectile's abilities are given in terms of standard units.

Frame rate 
In combat, the frame rate is 24 FPS (frames per second), i.e. a frame is 1/24 seconds. Rates, such as battery regeneration and turning, are determined by a minimum frame delay inbetween consecutive actions.
World units 
Distances are measured in world units, which are equal to 1/4 of a pixel at full zoom with a 320x240 resolution. This applies directly to the maximum speed, which is expressed in world units per frame.
Facing 
There are only 16 possible facings for ships and projectiles, separated from each other by 22.5 degrees.
See also: Super-Melee