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Here at the Lambda Team Headquarters, our deepest desire is to create a fully playable and enjoyable game to everyone who loves Tristania, and will always remember Vibeke and her important role in the band - just like me.
I would like to unleash some more information about the game. These what you see will ALL be included in the manual, but before I'd develop anything, I would like to see your opinions about the looks and features of Tristania3D. Remember - if you don't like something, say it NOW, so we can change it. If we're lucky here, we can publish a gameplay video at November.
Let's take a look at all the weapons what Einar Moen can use in Tristania3D.
Although many goths refuse violence and weaponry as an irrelevant thing to dark-goth sub-culture, many of them seem to familiarize themselves, and come along well with weapons and firearms. Or perhaps not firearms, just close combat weapons. Existence and usage of medieval weapons are a part of the dark-goth sub-culture, such as swords, blades, spears and so on. Whilst these weapons surely look menacing, and were commonly used everywhere to rid people of their lives, technological advancement made all these killing tools abundant, and uneffective. Sure thing that their role was great in the history of weapons, but nowadays, in the age of long-distance guns and firearms, swords and spears became quite useless against machine guns and rocket launchers. Therefore, to achieve victory above your enemies, you'll just have to get a little "modern", and use the firearms, which are at your disposal. Alltogether you will have 7 different weapons, which you can carry, and use against the odds.
The dagger isn't just there as a fallback weapon for when you run out of ammunition. It can be used as a "silent" weapon when you want to dispatch an enemy without alerting others nearby. It worths mentioning that against certain enemies - such as Suicide Drones, the dagger is virtually useless. Same goes for distant enemies shooting at you, or many enemies attacking you at the same time.
It goes without saying that the dagger is the weakest weapon among all. It's excellent to do the stealth jobs, but when you're forced to respond to 3-4 attacks at the same time, a dagger is less than insufficient. There is, however, a solution for this problem: if you could take possess of a mystical glowing Artifact of Fury during your journey, it shall effectively power up your dagger, you will be able to kill ALL hostile entities with one knife thurst!!!
This semi-automatic 9mm pistol will be your first firearm. It has light firepower and low rate of fire. While this light handgun has reasonable rate of fire to assassinate sole and unsuspecting enemies, it's strongly recommended for you to use something heavier, if you can. The PCV uses standard 9mm bullets, which you can store 100 piece of - or 200, if you found a backpack. In case of ammunition shortage, PCV can be a valuable help against Suicide Drones.
3: Suomi KP31
Having successfully proved its reliability in the Soviet-Finn war, the Suomi machine gun is the most frequently used firearm. It has medium rate of fire, and consumes the same 9mm caliber ammunition the PCV does. This machinegun type is widely distributed along this region, your adversaries also bear this firearm. While its firepower is effective for close and medium ranges, the Suomi KP31 is really inaccurate for greater distances.
4: Sabrine MK3
Sabrine MK3 assault rifles are considered as an effective way to eliminate enemy infantry. This particular weapon has high rate of fire combined with high caliber bullets. While it's less accurate to greater distances than the Suomi, its firepower is twice as powerful. The Sabrine MK3 uses 12,6mm rounds, which makes it stronger than original assault rifle types, not to mention machineguns. Ammunition is received through a bandolier, increasing its fire rate twice as fast as the Suomi KP31. You may carry 100 bullets with you for this gun, or 200 if you obtain a backpack.
Unlike the former weapon projects, the SmartGun is a fully modern high caliber cannon - the strongest possible armament you will ever find. Its special construction ensures incredible fire rate for the cannon, double bandoliers allow constant and fluent ammunition supply. The firepower of this gun is simply devastating, and nothing could compare with its great accuraccy even for big distances. Originally designed against incoming air assaults, the SmartGun can cause terrible massacre among the enemy, being equally effective against infantry and heavily armored targets too. Just like the Sabrine MK3, the SmartGun uses the high caliber 12,6mm ammunition.
6: Stealth rifle
Rare, but extremely effective silent weapon. This sniper rifle may be your primary weapon in stealth approach situations, when you need to assassinate an enemy without alerting everyone around with the sound of gunfire carnage. The Stealth rifle has a built-in advanced silencer along in the barrel, ensuring no sound during the "wet work". The rifle's firepower is strong enough to immediately mince a smaller enemy. One shot - one kill. It is perfect for quick-shots at incoming large enemy group, or taking out enemies from cover. The stealth rifle is capable all of that, without causing a total alert in the area you're exploring. The Stealth rifle uses very specialized 14mm ammunition, so I don't advise you to waste your bullets on a couple of pesky guards, since you'll never know when can you find more. Also note that the Stealth rifle may kill common enemies in one shot, it's dramatically useless against boss enemies or heavily armored targets.
This bulkly weapon can be the strongest and the weakest in the same time. Launching armor-piercing rockets to the longest ranges for massive damage, the bazooka should be your choice when fighting against multiple hostile entities in the same time, or encountering large groups of heavily armored targets, like boss enemies. A direct rocket hit will immediately tear smaller enemies to shreds, and thanks to the explosion radius damage, also wounds other enemies near the rocket's impact area. Since this is the only weapon, which uses explosive ammunition, it is frequently used for shooting from beyond a corner, killing anyone who gets near the corner's area, or setting off explosive barrels, which couldn't be blown away by other means. Bazooka should be your favorized tool against boss enemies, especially because they are vulnerable for missiles and high caliber guns. Of course, even bazooka has downsides. Its reload time is mighty long, and it's unable to hit and destroy targets hiding behind a cover - like a chair, or a counter. Rockets cannot out-maneuver objects in their way, so make sure you have a clear view before attacking. It's also not advised to use the bazooka for small terms of combat at close ranges. The rocket explosion may happily damage YOU also, not only your enemies. Technically, the firepower of the Bazooka can be stronger than the SmartGun, but it's completely useless against targets behind a cover, and in close conflicts.
I would also like to tell a few words about the backpack. Not only it's filled with ammunition for every weapon, it effectively doubles your carrying capacity, which means, once you grab a backpack full of ammo, you'll be able to carry TWICE as many ammunition with you! This does NOT mean that if you find a second backpack, it will triple your capacity, and if you die, you will lose the backpack as well!
Now, let us review the various health restoring items you can find.
1: Vial of holy water
A few drips of holy water in a blue vial, picking it up shall raise your soul strength with 5%. Not much, but unquestionably better than nothing.
This type of plant is often found under this climate, particulary at outdoor areas. Consume fresh and plucky wormwood to gain 10% soul strength and feel better, right to the maximum of 100%.
3: Lord's Supper
Traditional Lord's supper meal with fresh bread, and red wine. Similar to Wormwood, taking this sacrament will restore 10% soul strength up to the maximum of 100%.
4: Glass of fine absinthe
Ahh, yes, the world-famous "green fairy". Every goth's favourite drink is at your service! Sipping your absinthe will make you feel many times stronger, and better, restoring 25% of your lost soul strength, but not beyond 100%.
5: Bottle of fine absinthe
Drinking some absinthe to regain lost energy is a very nice thing. A bottle of absinthe allows you to refresh yourself anywhere you wish! Just like the glass of absinthe, a bottle will restore 25% soul strength as well. Moreover, you can take the bottle with you, and drink it in the time of need. Just press the "9" digit button to select the bottle of absinthe, and the "attack" key will commence the drinking procedure
Make sure the land is clear of enemies before you start to drink! You may carry the maximum of 2 bottles with you, even if you have a backpack.
This all might sound just too good to be true, yes? Well, as I said, every coin has two sides.
Not you are the only one who can heal himself with these refreshments. To raise Tristania3D's realism, we decided to implant a nice little feature - some of your wounded enemies ALSO can collect and consume these items to regain their lost health!!! Exceptions are the Drones, Suicide Drones, Superdrones, Ultradrones and the Devastators.
Last, but not least, let's see the Artifacts in Tristania3D.
These holy icons can only seen and used by a true goth - such as yourself. Upon finding and possessing, they ensure your personal power's increasement temporarily. Try very hard to get hold on them! They can be a key to your success...or more often, they may mean the difference between life and death...
1: Artifact of Life
Getting hold of this holy symbol will reward its owner with the wonderful gift of instant healing, boosting its soul strength to 125%! Moreover, if you happen to collect another Artifact of Life while you're on 125% soul strength, it'll give another 25% up to the astronomical amount of 200%!!! You would need 4 Artifacts of Life to reach this amount of health.
2: Artifact of Fury
Touching this mystical glowing red artefact will temporarily turn you into a knife-wielding maniac, changing your dagger into an ultimate weapon of destruction. For every Icon of Fury, you will get 30 seconds of carnage, when you can finish off ANY enemy with one dagger thurst!!! Very useful against bosses, if you can figure out how to get close enough...
3: Artifact of Invulnerability
You can easily recognize this artifact. It emits a slight golden light, alluring you to obtain it. Doing so will make you totally invulnerable against all possible harms for 30 seconds! Picking up multiple icons will extend the invulnerability's lifetime of course. Extremely useful when combined with the Artifact of Fury.
4: Artifact of Regeneration
This holy artifact cannot be picked up, you must stand on it to work. While you're taking a rest at this regenerating artifact, your soul level will increase with 2% in every second, up to the desired 100%. You may use this artefact unlimited times.
5: Artifact of Salvation ("Extreme" difficulty only)
The final artifact type can only be found, if you're playing on "Extreme" difficulty level. You will get a new savegame every time you pick up an Artifact of Salvation (fancy name for "savegame artifact", eh?), up to the maximum of 9 saves. If you already have 9 savegames in store, consider yourself lucky, and save your game at this artifact to pick it up. Consider it like you had a "free save".
At other difficulty levels, Artifacts of Salvation will be replaced with glasses of fine absinthe.