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Level design for melee combat systems: Talking to the experts

On combat, with God of War’s Alex Sulman, DmC: Devil May Cry’s Rahni Tucker, The Last of Us’ Anthony Newman, Aztez’s Ben Ruiz, Dead Island 2′s Daniel Nordlander, Killzone’s Doug Walker, and others. …

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Don’t Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda

Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more. …

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Claptastic Voyage DLC And Raised Level Cap Both Arrive This Month

New DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Claptastic Voyage and
Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, are both arriving later this

In Claptastic Voyage, a new campaign add-on, Handsome Jack finds something valuable inside of Claptrap's mind and digitizes the hunters so they can venture into Claptrap's brain to retrieve it. The DLC will apparently reveal why Claptrap likes dub-step so much and let you generally explore his mind. The DLC will also include a customizable arena where you can tweak gravity settings, enemy difficulty, and more.

Along with the Claptastic Voyage, players can also grab Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, which raises the level cap to 70.

The two DLC pieces are included in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's season pass, or they can be purchased together for $ 9.99. The DLC will be available March 24 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will include the DLC. The Handsome Collection also releases March 24. – The Feed

How to manage level background assets for a 2D smartphone game

“The purpose is to get things in order and save production time and budgets. In producing background art, our team use 2D or 3D pre-render solutions … so we have both 2D and 3D assets to manage.” …

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Learn how roguelike design can level up your game at GDC 2015

At GDC 2015 next week, Riot Games VP of Game Design Tom Caldwell will break down what the League of Legends company has learned about roguelike appeal in its game design R& D work. …

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Here’s What A Jak & Daxter Level Looks Like Remade In CryEngine

YouTube user Floordan is working on a project called Jak II Renegade: Reborn, and has recreated the pumping station from Jak II using CryEngine.

You can check out the screens above and below comparing the the new and old versions of the game. If you're unsure which screen belongs to which version (which would be surprising), the lower screen is the original game.

Floordan also put together a video showcasing the remade memorable pumping station level, complete with shiny Precursor orbs and ammo boxes strewn about. You can see the video below.

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Naughty Dog toyed with the idea of creating a new Jak & Daxter game before diving into The Last of Us, but decided against it. Neil Druckmann showed some of the project's progress before it was abandoned at an IGDA talk, which you can see here.

Floordan isn't the only fan attempting to remake a classic PlayStation 2/Xbox era game in a new engine. Earlier today we reported on a Unreal 4 remake of Bully's Bullworth academy.

[Source: Floordan on YouTube, via Reddit, Kotaku] – The Feed

Quit the grind: New ways to ‘level’ in RPGs

“The problem is that grinding is hard to avoid in the standard RPG formula where each battle pushes you closer to the big ‘level up.’ Many classic RPGs have explored alternatives here, too.” …

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Don’t Miss: Level design tips from John Romero and other experts

In this classic Game Developer feature, the world’s top level designers (including developers of Doom, Quake and more) offer advice on what makes or breaks level architecture in 3D game design. …

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Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete

“I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?” …

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Warcraft reaches max level in adorableness with Funko toys

Funko’s Pop! Vinyl series of collectibles is recruiting heroes, villains and creatures alike for its second run of figures based on Blizzard’s Warcraft universe, Toy News International reports.

The series will include three standard, 3.75-inch tall…
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