Plug and Play Melee Tutorial

You guys requested melee tutorial and I’m right after game jam where my colleague (cheers Tomek!) did really simple but powerful melee weapon. This tutorial will be about:

  • How to do melee damage,
  • Create basic weapon class to drive melee damage,
  • Weapons can be added to AI characters as well and they will do melee damage to others as well (Player and other AI)
  • There will be two versions: one without any additional preparation and second one in which you need to add sockets to weapon mesh.

So, lets go!

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Variables Debug Component

If you want to iterate quickly you need to have good debug tools. In this Tutorial I will use knowledge from Set/Get Variables to draw widget with list of variables. Basically if you want to show an variable you need to print it out, or create custom widget for specific Actor. Thanks to Debug Component:

  • You will be able to debug any variable in any actor that you want,
  • You don’t need to create any custom print / widgets,

This can be achieved using C++ only but as always it will be super easy! (learn UE4 C++!)

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Get / Set variables by Name

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Before I will move forward with perks I would like to show you guys how to get, set and increase variables (floats and ints) by name. You don’t need to have reference to variable to make operations on it.

In this tutorial I will create global functions that can:

  • Get/Set float by name,
  • Get/Set int by name,
  • Increase float/int by name,

Again I will use C++ for this and as always it will be super easy!

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Online Game Balancing tool #1 – Base Class

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After first playable demo I have encountered lot of problems with ShooterTutorial gameplay. I would like to fix them all but first  I need to have a way to quickly iterate balance of the game. In this tutorial you will learn:

  • how to change base weapon and player variables over internet,
  • how to have backup offline values,

I will do this using C++ but it will be very easy!

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Adding Google Analytics

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Every game should have analytics. You need to know your players and make a game that they love. Analytics will help you a lot. In ShooterTutorial example I would like to know:

  • Where player dies – if game is to hard or to easy,
  • Which weapons players are using,
  • Which weapons are the best,
  • Which patterns and enemies are hard and which are easy,
  • How many people is looking at leaderboards and other screens,
  • If players use combo to make better score,
  • If reloading times are to slow,
  • and lot more…

I will show you how quickly you can implement analytics in your game and in ShooterTutorial. We have great times for indie developers now.

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