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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Wii First Person Control Changes

It seems that in the latest IGN Wii podcast, Matt Casamassina mentions one developer who tryed out his ideas for FPS control and liked it. Now, this is probably either Red Steel or Metroid Prime 3 hes talking about who have adopted the scheme.

The method at E3 worked something like this according to Matt:

"So long as you stay inside the box with your reticule, you can manually aim with pixel-perfect accuracy. But as soon as your recticule strays beyond the box into the right, left, top or bottom fields, you're in turn territory. In other words, the whole screen finally turns. This method functions, but it makes quick 180 turns impossible. You'll never be able to get over there quick enough for anything that resembles PC mouse-and-keyboard responsiveness. And furthermore, if, by chance, you could, you might find yourself stuck turning and unable to quickly or accurately get back into the center field. You dig? You should because these are some of the issues I ran into while playing Prime 3. And don't get me wrong, it's still awesome. "

His recommended improvement:

"Look. You turn the Wii-mote and the entire screen moves with you. This feels like a mouse-and-keyboard setup, which is tried and true. Why not go this route? The only reason I can think of is because the Wii-mote is so accurate that if you do this, your screen will shake with every tiny gesture and every time you (accidentally) shake your hand or change positions. I could see how this could be problematic, but rather than throw out the scheme, I think developers would be better off to write some code that considers these accidental gestures and overcompensates for them. Tries to ignore them or balance them out, in other words. This way, you could have the best of both worlds. "

Image Credit: Matt Casamassina

2 Comments:

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous nintendofan said...

i like that better but what happen oif you move off the screen?

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous nintendofan said...

i like that better but what happen oif you move off the screen?

 

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