I took a long break from developing this game since I just cba to do it. I had no inspiration and every time I opened a source file or the map editor I just ended up shouting "fuck it!" and quitting before putting any work down.
Now that I'm working on the game again I spent quite a while trying to get the 3D rendered sprites to not clash with the graphics style of the game. Guess what happened? They still clash... So at this point I submit to defeat and will go back to using hand drawn 2D graphics even if it means more work.
At this moment the game is roughly at what I call a demo level of completion. You can play the game to get the overall feeling of it. There are couple placeholder graphics that need to be replaced before I can feel comfortable about releasing a demo.
Today I when I fired the game up for the first time in months I wasn't happy about how the game ran. Less than acceptable framerates and it kinda lags every now and then. After couple hours of optimization I got fps up to 30 which has been my goal from the beginning.
I had to remove the flashlight beam effect that makes it thinner the further you aim it. It was just way too expensive to run per frame, took a whopping 5 ms to run maybe 20 lines of code.
Also I haven't really felt that the name belongs to this game. Sure the storyline works around you being at the epicenter of what is to come but another name might be more suitable.
Here's a list I came up with and would love it if you picked your favorite and replied telling me to pick that one, maybe toss in a reason too
(Note: I haven't googled these so they might be used already)
Host or The Host
Let me know if you think of a better name.
! SPOILER ALERT !
The rest of the post uncovers a major part of the plot. I tell you this so you can better figure out a name or come up with other ideas. (Select text to view it)
The goo you might have seen in screenshots is a part of a collective consciousness. The goo is like a fungus, it searches for nutrients and once it finds them it then builds up a network to them so it gains better access to them.
This is a genetically altered fungus that was infused with a virus' RNA that gave it very peculiar properties. It doesn't only grow like plants it can also move.
What the scientist didn't understand was that when they enabled the fungus to produce muscular tissue it also produced a nervous system.
The fungus also incorporated properties that enabled it to infect animals and humans.
Once it had infected the first person it gained access to higher brain functions and became self aware.
It's only will is to escape the trap it's in, you just happened to have an accident and were unconscious when they evacuated the facility.