VULCAN SOFTWARE LIMITED proudly presents a MARBLE EYE'S PRODUCTION of GENETIC SPECIES The Amiga CD-Rom Spectacular
What The Amiga Was Made For!
Development on Genetic Species is in full steam and around the clock, even though we have experienced some delays in it`s release date we are confident that this awesome 3 year project will be ready towards the end of April 98 with a full promotional release at the World of Amiga (London) in May 98.
Pre-orders are recommended and further details can be found at the Vulcan website www.vulcan.co.uk with on-line ordering facilities and our world wide stockists list.
To fuel the excitement and build up of this title we have released the following extensive information pack to clarify exactly what Genetic Species Offers. Enjoy!
Genetic Species offers furiously invigorating and thrilling 3D action with texture mapping speeds never before seen on any Amiga entertainment title!
With Atmosphere, Gameplay, Addictiveness and Presentation as its highest priorities you will experience the ultimate escapism in a violent and puzzling 3D world coupled with the most awesome environmental effects and imagery which are all proudly displayed in 256 colours at an incredible (1x1) Pixel Resolution using the most sophisticated Texture Mapping Engine to date.
In its simplest form Genetic Species requires an AGA Amiga with an 020 CPU, a minimum of 2mb Chip and 8Mb Fast Memory, a Hard Drive and a 2 x Speed CDRom Drive. With more Fast Memory and a Faster CPU you will soon discover that Genetic Species excels in visual presentation and by choosing the appropriate window size, you will be spoiled by blindingly fast action. Pushing the quality further, if you have a CyberGfx or Picasso96 Graphics Card then you will soon realise what the Amiga was made for! Graphics card users require only 0.5Mb of Chip Memory and a minimum of 8mb Fast Memory.
The first thing you will see is an awesome 200Mb 3D rendered intro animation that sets the scene and atmosphere for the experience that follows, in order to get the best out of the intro animation a 4 x Speed CDRom is recommended.
Once into the game you are bombarded with a Visual & Audio splendour that is matched only by the speed, response time and gameplay. Genetic Species has been written in 100% assembly and for the last 3 years has seen many talented individuals eat, sweat and sleep nothing else to bring you the ultimate 3D experience, so venture forth over the many Huge Levels and frightening locations, all of which Demand a High Element of Genetic Warfare and Logic Plot Based Puzzle Solving.
Not only will you have a horrific weapon array (for mass murder) at your disposal but you will also be equipped with the latest `In-Built Portable Probe Device` were you will be able to `Psyche` Travel through your Environment and even engage in `Body Transfers` to Assume the Identity of other Entities. For navigation purposes your Portable On- Screen `Alpha Map Display` with Size and Luminance Controls comes in very handy.
The Many Enemies encountered are superbly rendered and all have their own unique `high level` artificial intelligence routines, each animated in true to life multiple positions and each as deadly as the next.
And finally, Genetic Species is brought to life with a massive selection of High Quality Digital Sounds & Effects with Stereo Surround and an incredible 30 Minutes of High Quality (in game) CD music.
200Mb 3D Rendered Intro Animation
3D Light Sourced Texture Mapped Environment
4 Huge Levels Made Up From Multiple Complex Platforms
16 Enemy Character Types
Massive Weapons Array
Supports 3D Based Objects
High Element of Genetic Warfare
Logic Plot Based Puzzle Solving
3 Years of Development Time
Portable Probe Device for Body Transfers or `Psyche` Travel
Portable On-Screen `Alpha Map Display`
Environmental Chain Reactions
Enhanced Artificial Intelligence Routines
Awesome Death Sequences
(1x1) Pixel Resolution Definition
Changeable Window Sizes
Ntsc, Pal or Multiscan
Dark Light Routines for Pools of Shadows
SPECIAL GRAPHIC EFFECTS
Weapon Projectile Smoke Tails
Animated Floor Routines
High Quality Digital Sound Effects
Character Digital Speech
30 Minutes of High Quality (in game) CD Music
Stereo Surround Effects
User Defined Mixer Frequencies
Supports AHI giving Paula 8,14,14c bit on any Amiga
Prelude & Toccata Support giving 16 Audio Channels
100% Assembly Language
Optimised for 030, 040 and 060
Supports AGA, CyberGfx or Picasso96
Single Buffering, Double Buffering or Triple Screen Buffering
Delfina & DraCo Motion Support
Initiate P.P.D. (Take Over Other Entities)
Mouse (3 buttons) Support
Full control customising
Easy/Hard Difficulty Mode
Object Based Save Game Option
Pause Game Function
Visual Frame Counter
ENEMY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ENEMIES & CHARACTERS
An ordinary corporation security soldier wearing a light ergo suit which is capable of resisting a few direct hits. Security soldiers prowl the corridors of the base, gunning down intruders with their .44 pistols and they never stop to ask questions first. Their implants are of a low grade and they are vulnerable to probe attacks.
High rank Security Officers are tougher, quicker and meaner than ordinary soldiers. They wear upgraded ergo suits and carry the .44 automatic gun. Their implants are simplistic to preserve human intelligence and initiative. Important rooms are often only accessible to Security Officers.
The echelon of the automated defence forces. Hovering a few feet above the ground they are a deadly foe in deserted corridors due to their speed. The little human flesh and brain that remains is hidden within a steel case. Their implants are protected by extra circuitry, making it difficult to take them over without killing them.
This genetically engineered creature has no official name. We believe it is a new prototype war-unit escaped from some laboratory, and apparently capable of breeding without artificial support. Being the perfect base invader it is extremely fast and its spitting of acid creates a very dangerous entity. They have no implants but their genetic control mechanisms are very vulnerable to entity take-overs.
Otherwise know as the `Dirt Rats`, The Engineers keep the bases running, they wear no armour and their implants are primitive, but simply spotting an intruder is enough to bring them to a blood frenzy. If you get too close, he will try to chop you to pieces with his fire axe, show him mercy and kill him. Engineers are also needed to access some systems.
The commanding officer of the base is the toughest and most dangerous human you will come across. He throws lethal grenades at intruders. Some restricted areas are only accessible by the commander or someone carrying a commander access card.
Zombies are the victims of evil Genetic experiments. Dragging their rotting limbs along, they are slow but also hard to kill. Silenced guns are not very powerful but zombies will happily keep shooting at you forever. Their implants have difficulty controlling the damaged brains and taking them over is often the easiest way to give them eternal peace.
Little know information on this abdominal creature but the Gel Man is another genetic creation designed for environments with extreme pressures.
Little is know about these creatures. They seem to boast some kind of Psi-weapon.
Strong defensive units carrying lethal flechette guns. 90% of their bodies have been mechanised and armoured to take a phenomenal amount of damage. Their implants are strong, and a PPD attack without stunning will leave them severely damaged. Notice that they are limited to warfare and cannot handle delicate objects such as keycards or small weapons.
The science personnel of the laboratories. They wear no armour and carry weak weapons. Their implants are not designed to repulse a probe attack so they can easily be taken over. Some areas are only accessible to scientists.
Aggressive commando troopers, specially trained to locate and kill intruders. The standard weapon is the laser rifle which they will happily use to snipe on you. Their armour is light to allow maximum mobility and their implants are medium grade.
The skin of the chameleon man has been altered to camouflage the body. This works best when he is standing still, only when shooting and getting hit will the camouflage field disrupt to show the puny human inside. The high speed assault rifle carried by chameleon soldiers is too dangerous to ignore, so don't. The implants will yield to persistent attacks.
This biped killing machine is one of the most dangerous units around. Mounted on the left arm is a rocket launcher. You guessed it, Rocket launchers are bad for your health. Some units come with a Vulcan minigun instead. The controlling implants of this unit will only disable if stunned.
When not piloting space ships, the pilots are in an understandably bad mood. The Space Pilot carries a grenade launcher which fires stun grenades capable of putting even the biggest brute to sleep. The clumsy space suit puts some restraint on his mobility, but protects against vacuum and probe attacks.
Battle Cyborgs are enhanced, heavily armoured humans capable of high speed. They carry flame throwers for toasting enemies. Due to the exposed upper body, the implants are weak compared to the durability of the body.
Real-time Screen Saver Which Can Also Create Player Animations Direct To Disk
LANGUAGE SUPPORT THANKS TO THE A.T.O.
(c) 1998 Vulcan Software Limited & Marble Eyes
G E N E T I C S P E C I E S Amiga CDRom
ENTIRE GAME FEATURES IN DETAIL
INSTALLING TO HARD DRIVE
Genetic Species runs perfectly from the CD and does not require Hard Drive installation, but you will need to install various library files from the 'Install' directory depending on your individual computer set- up.
GRAPHICS CARD OWNERS
If you have a Graphics Card you should install the RTG system. This will place various files in your libs directory on your hard drive and when initiating Genetic Species allow you to choose various screen modes from the RTG requester.
AHI SOUND SUPPORT
Genetic Species utilises the AHI sound system allowing multiple channel and stereo sound effects (even without a Sound Card) this should be installed before starting Genetic Species.
PICASSO 96 OWNERS
If you have a Picasso Graphics Board there is a full installation program which will place the needed libraries onto your hard drive. Having a Picasso board you will more than likely have the needed files so check that this is not an older version than your current one.
Genetic Species contains superb CD Music which is played throughout the game, to get the best out of this Audio treat make sure your CDRom line outs are connected to a good stereo system and that the volume is high! Genetic Species also uses the Amigas Audio outputs for all in-game sound effects.
When you have successfully installed the various library files you will then be able to run Genetic Species by double clicking on it's icon on the CD.
First up is the Credit sequence, this is our chance to let you know who all the 'hard working people' are, who spent many sleepless nights to bring you Genetic Species. To skip the credit sequence simply press your LMB.
Now sit back and marvel at the incredible 3D rendered intro animation, this sets the mood for what is about to follow and gives you an insight into the current situation in the Genetic Species world. You can terminate the intro animation by clicking any mouse button. Please note that the intro Animation does not utilise Graphics Cards.
After the intro sequences the first thing you will see is the options screen. Using the arrow keys and the return key on the keyboard you can configure Genetic Species to best suit your Amiga's set-up.
You have many options available that alter the way Genetic Species works. You can alter many elements from, screen size, sound set-up, detail level and control methods. Depending on your Amiga set-up you will soon find the right balance to make sure Genetic Species performs at the best possible speed and clarity for your system.
If the frame rate is an important factor when choosing your settings, you can type `framecount` as a level code which will show the frame counter on the screen during play.
Once happy with your preference setting you can save them to hard disk so the next time you play Genetic Species it will already be set-up to your desired configuration.
When finished in the options Screen simply choose 'Disconnect' to start playing Genetic Species.
CONFIGURATION SETTINGS IN DETAIL
Controls the size of the visible playing area, this setting has the greatest influence on game speed.
Floor & Ceiling Detail Mapping
The floor and ceiling detail level can be set to high, low or turned off completely, the low detail setting produces a 10-20% increase in speed over the high setting.
Is everything too bright in the darkness of your tomb or are those sun reflexes blotting out everything on the monitor? Boost or reduce brightness here.
If you wish to change AHI mode, you must turn off Audio, exit the menu, enter the Audio menu again, and turn on Audio. An AHI requester will pop up, allowing you to choose a new mode or different mixing frequencies. Note: Turning off Audio can also speed up the game by 8-20%.
Depending on the AHI mode used, up to 16 channels of sound effects are allowed. We recommend using the AHI mode "Paula: DMA 8 bit stereo" for best performance on Amigas lacking sound card, however you will be limited to 4 channels.
Boost the volume to balance Amiga Audio and CD music. Please note that extreme boosting may cause sound distortion.
Here you may select your favourite key settings for controlling the BioShifter.
Enable/Disable Mouse - Doesn't need explanation, does it?
Some mice are more sensitive than others, use this setting to control how fast the BioShifter turns when moving your mouse.
Moving the mouse to the left will turn the BioShifter clockwise. If this doesn't seem logical to you, change this setting to invert the direction.
If you need to keep you operating system and programs running keep the switch on. Turning off multitasking will freeze all programs increasing the game speed by 3-4%. Turning it on will restore your system.
Really mega-advanced setting for those GFX card users whose GFX card works best with single buffering. On AGA systems you should always use double buffering!
A feature for GFX card owners; with this switch you may force Genetic Species to bypass RTG, utilising AGA. It has no effect on AGA only systems.
Choose your favourite language here, thanks to the A.T.O.
CD Music On/Off
If your CD-ROM drive misbehaves, try turning off the CD music.
Ammo Display On/Off
Are those awesome transparent ammo counters and health bars annoying you? Turn them off here.
This setting controls the damage factor of the game. Chicken players will choose the easy setting and real hard nut people should choose Normal.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Multi and Trans-National corporations had been gaining power.
By the end of the century, global security, commerce and science were in the hands of a few hundred people. Industrial complexes and research stations had been established in space and on the moon, where research would never be impeded by environmental or ethical concerns.
Due to rife competition and security of research, all employees of the corporations were implanted with artificial control mechanisms to ensure complete loyalty. Competing freely, conflicts among the corporations frequently sparked local wars, fought anywhere in the Solar system, including Earth. As a result the rest of the human race was held hostage.
As the 22nd century began, an underground alliance had been established among countries which were secretly seeking to undermine corporate power. This alliance was known as the Counter Force Alliance (C.F.A.) yet their strength was inadequate in the face of corporate power, and nothing could be accomplished until something tipped the balance of power. This happened in 2208.
PRESENT DAY (C.F.A. Internal Memo)
Apparently the Nepentian Research Labs on the far side of the Magnus Crater was seized by an unknown force. Observations suggested intense ground battles within the vicinity of the base, involving at least three corporations. Two days ago the battles seemed to diminish, yet we have been unable to identify which corporation came out victorious, if any. Throughout the day we have tracked military shuttles shipping troops and cargo from the remaining lunar facility, the Cantex Supply Station. Sources have informed us that the destination was the Atlas Mining Asteroid orbiting the moon.
Atlas Mining Asteroid
The Atlas Mining Asteroid is currently being converted into a regular space fortress armed with high energy space weapons. Whatever purpose this conversion serves is unknown but we suspect it might become a threat to Earth. The recent alliance between the remaining military corporations, the Nepentian Defence Triad and Lantaz Milsec, (to whom the destroyed lunar bases belonged) suggests knowledge of an impending disaster.
Yesterday, 2 out of 3 lunar military bases were vaporised in what looked like accidents involving stockpiled nuclear weapons but we suspect they were self-destruct actions aimed at an unknown enemy aggressor.
We desperately need information on the current situation!
Begin C.F.A. Transmission
For some years, within the many corporation complexes, we have been planting prototypes of the 'BioShifter'. This mobile device is capable of taking control of Humans, Cyborgs and Droids through their electronic implants.
We have just activated of one of the BioShifters within the Cantex Supply Station, where the bulk of the troops and supplies are being launched into space.
Lets hope we get the information we need.
You are the first BioShifter to be activated in the Cantex Supply Station.
Once your mounted cameras are activated the distorted image clarifies to present your environment as a 3D 'first person' perspective view.
The plot progression of Genetic Species is Bilinear, this means that you will have to accomplish various missions before you can progress to later levels, the way you go about accomplishing your missions is entirely up to you. Pay close attention to your mission briefings and be alert at all times and take nothing for granted.
The 3D environment is presented in glorious texture mapped and light sourced style instantly allowing you to get a real feel for your surroundings.
The levels in Genetic Species are broken down into further platforms and each platform is connected by lift terminals which you can access freely. This design is very useful for leaving entire sections quickly in the case of level destruction or in situations where enemy numbers are outrageously out of balance.
FURNITURE & PROPS
Throughout the levels you will come across many interactive Furnishings such as Doors and Cupboards which can be opened and closed, although some need to be unlocked first by means of 'switches or key cards'.
Computer Terminals can be found at various stages in the levels which allows control over the In-Game configurations.
There are also hidden BioShifters which are only visible to you and have been planted by the C.F.A. Activate them (by walking over them) and they will record your current position. This is really useful if you find yourself `dead` as you will now be allowed to restart from the last recorded position.
As well as secret passages and many other architectural oddities there will be various items and objects ranging from exploding barrels, to energy vortex's, some should be left well alone where others like the Vortex's can be entered to allow re-topping of energy levels. Most other items can either be operated, picked up or destroyed but act wisely as many items can help your missions immensely.
There are many interesting and frightening enemies within Genetic Species ranging from Engineers to Face huggers, each enemy is unique and has his or her own abilities, weaknesses and weapons, each posing a different threat.
The characters in Genetic Species are highly intelligent, for example if you creep around quietly you can sometimes go unnoticed, but when creating a disturbance either by firing a `non silenced weapon` or setting off an explosion, then nearby characters (depending on their hearing levels) are bound to investigate.
Many hours have been spent to develop the AI structures which define the personality and behaviour of the creatures in different situations so the following text is for the most intriguing and inquisitive players.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN DEPTH
When initialising a level all enemies are set to `Prowl` mode as default. In this mode the enemies wander around the level area freely, searching for intruders. If the player makes any kind of noise, like firing a weapon within hearing range, the enemy will notice and while calculating the easiest route to the origin of the noise, move closer to investigate.
Generally, doors are not a problem to enemies, as long as they can be opened and/or unlocked by the current enemy type.
When the player appears in the enemy's line of view, the enemy will decide what to do considering levels of aggression, health, damage taken, amount of friends and the distance to the player. Unless the enemy is mortally wounded or just a plain coward, he will go into Attack mode where his only purpose is to get within range of the intruder and kill him. Even if the player escapes out of sight and doesn't make any noise, the enemy will continue to follow in the same direction as the player until he reaches a dead end.
Occasionally the enemy might decide to retreat, panicking and running away in a random direction from the last known player position. Only when running into a dead end will he stop to calm down, returning to prowl mode.
It might be a good idea to terminate fleeing enemies as they tend to gossip about your location to other enemy comrades.
BIOSHIFTER SHIFTER CONTROL
Being a mobile BioShifter, you have the ability to travel in any direction, Forwards, Backwards, Sideways and Rotating, you can also walk, run, look behind you, operate equipment and terminals, open doors, pickup objects and fire weapons.
PORTABLE PROBE DEVICE (P.P.D.)
The BioShifter has an in-built Portable Probe Device (P.P.D.) which can be used for two distinct purposes.
The first function is to enable you to see what the future holds. The minute you have launched the probe you will then see 'what it sees' through the use of an in-built micro camera (The Third Eye). You can steer the P.P.D. as it journeys forwards by using the arrow keys to guide it around corners and down corridors (this is very useful if you are running low on stamina and want to know what is up ahead). The probe will only last for around 5 seconds before transmission is terminated or will cease to function prematurely if it hits a wall or door. Please note that while you are controlling the P.P.D. your un-defended host body is vulnerable to enemy attacks.
P.P.D. USED FOR ENTITY TAKE OVER
The second function of the P.P.D. is the most important and an integral element for success in your missions.
If you have previously Stunned a character (See Stunning) then you can guide the probe straight into that stunned 'Character'. If successful then your Bio programs will initiate a Cerebral Cortex intrusion through the Entities Identification implant and your life force will absorb into that 'Character' allowing you to 'control' and to become that 'Character' for the duration of your life.
The sequence is fast and violent but once successful you should be able to catch a glimpse of your former hosts body falling to the floor as your perspective changes.
Taking over other characters is vital to some missions, for example you might have to become an Engineer to operate a particular piece of machinery or perhaps a Scientist to gain access to secured Scientific labs or even a Face Hugger to allow fast 'close to floor' escape from a scary situation.
PICKING UP OBJECTS & WEAPONS
You have the ability to hold up to 3 items (objects or weapons) which can be accessed during play by pressing the appropriate function keys F1, F2 or F3.
Your default weapon always resides in the F1 position.
Whenever you run over an item (that can be picked up) it will automatically fill one of your empty slots, if all slots are filled and you wish to exchange one of your current items for a newly found item, then simply stand over the newly found item and press either F2 or F3 to make the exchange.
You can also get information on your active object or weapon by pressing and holding down the help key on the keyboard.
The weapon arsenal in Genetic Species is one of the most brutal any Amiga game has ever seen, ranging from Electric drills, Grenade launchers to Rocket Launchers, you will never be helpless when faced against incredible odds. When you take over certain characters you automatically have access to their weapon but many weapons are also littered around the locations.
Bare in mind that the ability to use certain weapons is only allowed by certain characters so be careful to choose wisely when taking over another entity.
WEAPONS IN DETAIL
There are many weapons available in Genetic Species but here is a brief list of the most common ones.
Mounted - Extreme Shot Rate - Noisy
Medium Shot Rate - Standard Issue - Much Ammo - Noisy
Ammotype: METAL SLIVERS
Medium Range - High Lethality - High Shot Rate - Little Ammo
Ammotype: ELECTRIC CHARGES
Plentiful Ammo - Low Range - Stun Capability - Silent
Mounted - Medium Velocity - Low Range - Lots Of Ammo
Close Combat - Unlimited Use
Much Ammo - Silent
Manual Deployment - Extreme Lethal - Movement Sensor
Ammotype: STUN GRENADES
Minimal Shot Rate - Low Velocity - Low Range - Stun Capability
Instant Hit - Medium Range - Long Reload Time
Ammotype: PLASMA BOLTS
Medium Velocity - Medium Shot Rate
Ammotype: Nuclear Driven Battery
Close Combat - The Most Deadly Weapon
Mounted - High Lethality - Little Ammo
High Shot Rate - High Velocity
Slow Shot Rate - High Lethality
The blood of a Weapon! You'll soon learn that no matter how good a weapon is, it is useless without ammunition. Ammunition can be collected throughout the levels but conserve your need for wasting it as there's nothing worse than being caught in a corridor with 6 fully armed Droids approaching with only one bullet left! Best use it on yourself! :)
Some weapons (like the Fire Axe) have unlimited Ammunition.
There are special Stun weapons available, these give off sharp concentrated electric energy bursts or stun smoke and when used properly will stun almost all living entities.
Sometimes the stunned Entities appearance turns a frosty blue colour as their cells temporarily solidify but in all successful stuns the character remains motionless, although the stunned state is only temporary it should give you enough time to launch the P.P.D. for take- over or at least run away.
Some smaller weapons can also stun characters but are not so reliable.
To help you keep track of your virtual location you are also equipped with a portable map device, this can be activated or deactivated by a press of a button and also scaled to fill all your display or part of your display.
There is also the ability to set the luminance controls so it can be dimmed into your view to allow continuous play whilst map reading. However the maps should only be used as a rough guide to your location as the data may be somewhat outdated and not reveal all secret locations.
HINTS AND TIPS
You never know what can happen in Genetic Species, some puzzles are devious and not everything should be destroyed or blown away, look out for secret passage ways and rooms and always make sure you are the correct character for the task ahead. Good Luck!
DEFAULT KEYBOARD CONTROLS
Arrow Left - Rotate Left
Arrow Right - Rotate Right
Arrow Up - Walk Forwards
Arrow Down - Walk Backwards
< - Side Step Left
> - Side Step Right
Side Stepping can also be achieved by holding down the Right Amiga Key
whilst pressing the Left and Right Arrow Keys.
Space Bar - Operate Doors, Switches, Terminals & Lifts
Right Alt - Fire Your Weapon
Right Shift - Run (Must use arrow keys)
Help - Will give you information on the active Weapon.
Del - Portable Probe Device Initiation
Esc - Force the BioShifter to eject from the host body.
BackSlash - Look Behind you (eeek!)
Caps Lock - Toggle Map Display
Numeric '+' - Enlarge Map
Numeric '-' - Shrink Map
Ctrl and '+' - Increase Map Luminance
Ctrl and '-' - Decrease Map Luminance
F1 to F3 - Choose Weapon or Object you are carrying.
Esc and ~ - Quick Exit
If you have chosen the mouse as your primary input device then you can rotate a full 360 degrees by moving the mouse left and right. The Mouse Buttons available (RMB, MMB, LMB) are 100% customisable and can be set for either, firing, walking, running or strafe etc. Note: all keys can also be used when using the Mouse.
We hope you enjoy Genetic Species as much as we have enjoyed making it.
To keep up to date with future enhancements and information, please visit the Vulcan Website http://www.vulcan.co.uk/ and the Genetic Species Developers Page http://www.marble-eyes.dk/
LOOK OUT FOR THE GENETIC SPECIES LEVEL CREATOR CDRom COMING SOON
Paul Carrington BA (Director) Vulcan Software Limited http://www.vulcan.co.uk/