Game Engine: UDK
Dust Storm is a DeathMatch Level that focuses on prop dressing a level whilst maintaining the level designer perspective. As one of the VFS assignments, the goal with this Level was to take the fundamentals of Environmental Level Design and use it to adhere to the map gameplay that has been set out, as well decorating it with 3D Art Assets of UDK.
For this project we received a whitebox / template of a DeathMatch Level, and it was required for us to Prop Dress the level from start to finish, according to the principals and guidelines of a DeathMatch Arena, maintaining the core gameplay of it in the map.
Dust Storm was a project to practice the new techniques of Terrain in UDK that we’ve being studying during the time at VFS. It was a try to create a Desert Terrain and to test the warm weather and strong lighting. My biggest references was the game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, trying to capture some of the light aspects of that game.
For this project we were evaluated in the following areas: Visual appeal, Gameplay Integrity, Landmarks, Theme, Continuity, Lighting, History, Contrast, Believability and Level of Detail. The instructors asked us to try to create the most believable background for the level, complementing and developing a story and a good theme.
The main highlight of this level is the large central tower in which the player can get the rocket launcher by traversing into the access points on the side of the tower, or cross through it by using the jump pad at both ends, and landing on the opposite side. So all the gameplay had to be focused around this main gameplay aspect.