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Metastasis

Submitted by FelFox
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Metastasis
In a research sector of the United Security Initiative known only as 198X2, a group of scientists and station personnel are assaulted by an unknown threat. As their colleagues die one by one, they must fight to survive and figure out who is doing this to them, and how to stop it.

The Game
Metastasis is best described as a survival game. At the start, one or several players will be secretly selected as your opponents. You will be placed within a space station in the sector 198X2 and must figure out who is the enemy, and kill him before he kills you and your fellow humans.

Depending on the number of players in the game, there will be one or several enemies.
1-4 players: A lone enemy, who will either be a former researcher mutating rapidly into a cunning adversary, or an alien organism killing off station workers for unknown reasons.
5-9 players: Both the mutant and the alien work to kill your team as well as each other. Only one side can stand victorious.
10-12 players: The mutant and the alien are once again your adversaries, but rumors abound of a cold, metallic killer waiting to rise and annihilate every living thing in the sector.

Humans
To aid you in your fight, you have a myriad of station resources and your own education to assist you.
Being a research group in a theoretically dangerous sector, stations are equipped with state of the art military supplies, including many types of combat suits of varying abilities. You have been trained to use these suits, albeit only against the organisms on the local planet. No doubt you can adapt them to perform other, more murderous tasks. There is also an assortment of defensive and offensive weaponry, from stationary turrets and force shield generators to grenades and mighty fusion bombs.
You also carry your life experience and career with you. There are nine possible careers assigned to you at the beginning of the game, from researchers with various doctorates to a visiting captain of the battlecruiser Swagger to the lowly local janitor. Each career provides a unique benefit and alters your initial equipment and monetary income.

Enemies
The mutant and alien both have strong physical capabilities. Each is capable of overpowering an unequipped human easily. However, they are alone, and hate each other as much as they hate humans. The mutant and the alien both sport an ever changing genetic code- within the span of mere hours they can change their physical and mental makeup drastically. As the game goes on, each will slowly evolve into more powerful forms. Eliminating them early will prevent them from overpowering you with massive strength, dominant mental abilities, or swarms of minion-like organisms.

Infection
The mutant has the ability to evolve a infectious called a prion. By weakening the human body, the prion eventually forces a genetic change in the host, altering it to serve the original mutant and take its form.
The alien also has a similar parasitic microorganism it launches into humans, slowly weakening them and eventually eating them away. By doing so, the parasite grows into a facsimile of the original alien, while retaining traces of the infectee's personality, though twisted into serving the alien leader.

Stations
Featured in the sector are four space stations and a planet situated around a single star. Each station has unique capabilities and can be visited at any time by using one of several types of spaceships or escape pods. The largest station is the U.S.I. Queen Niffy, which boasts a large infrastructure and fleet of spaceships, as well as many curious research labs dedicated to the sector. Other stations include the Arbitress, an advanced sensors station, the Kyo Station, which is a container for the experimental Kyo Cannon spatial artillery platform, an old unused station now scheduled for demolition. These are all situated around the orbit of the local planet Minertha, a terraformed but as yet uncolonized planet. A small military station was set up some time ago, but no one currently occupies it.
A battlecruiser from the U.S.I. fleet is also currently visiting the sector.

Credits
An extensive list of credits for the artwork featured in the game can be found within the F9 menu of the game. Special thanks needs to be given to to Clan Sirs, Catar, DarkLink_Rper, EnragedBullfrog, OmeedESF, Mooglefrooglian, mrzwach, lorg, Aenir, Scruffymurphy, Jarkill, InfernoInfernal, and especially Kodua.

UPDATE (1.8.2):
-See changelog at http://thegoodsirs.net
I don't even anymore

Keywords:
parasite, who'sthealien, mystery, alien, mutant, space
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Metastasis (Map)

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00:56, 30th Jul 2009 Linaze: Lacks a proper description.
  1. Nichita_00

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    Hi, my name is Nichita and I'm changing my religion to Metastasianism, since I played this map over 40 times in a row, and now I infected all of my FL with this map; I infected battle.net and I hope it infects you other guys too. 5/5 Best map I played in a long time, can be improved, but nothing is perfect. Best map of this genre.
     
  2. Latecat

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    i agree with nichita - best game of its type.
     
  3. Tanasren

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    I don't agree :)
    Simply because, unlike Parasite 2, playing marine is boring.
    First of all, suits are boring, many passive abilities, ok -_-'... and even the active ones are not very interesting. Secondary, there are not enough items to make a strategy. There should be a lot of items that would allow a good solo player to kill an alien alone (a spawn).
    The spawn can't evolve, so when the alien is killed or the mutant, spawns are fucked, they still can hide but it would be great if you'd evolve into the ALIEN or the MUTANT after they died (and becoming spawn would be funnier since u could get the alien char or mutant if he dies, it increases the chance of getting those characters !).
    Forceshields are good but there are not many ways to disable it, only grenade or fusion bomb... Let's make an item which can disable it, but would requires 5 sec time to use it etc...
    Every item should have a counter item :p in my opinion.

    Also, the space should have an abandonned vessel or something like that, the pirate ship should have an item for aliens or could be infested by alien or mutant, the critters "failed experiment" must be infestable etc... The planet MUST be bigger, it's a boring place there ! and there are a lot of space which is not used on this map (i mean the landscape).
     
  4. woodgie

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    I got a bug while playing as the alien. I was standing on the control panel as the Niffy while mutating and after I finished I could walk away and still have full control of the Niffy. I haven't tested this on the latest version though so it might not still be there. Great map.
     
  5. Catar

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    The planet used to be bigger, and we got far more complaints regarding it being too big and slowing down the game immensely.
     
  6. SasuhKun

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    Power Tech Tree to Alien.Sucks no more. Power is the only good alien tech tree, all others are worse. Everyone dies to power alien, but alien (in my games) usualy died in other tech trees. So... balance alien. Make power a bit worse and the others 2 a bit better. Maybe add more skills (to the suits too)? Still waiting for moon. Why can't you write the log on the description? The link is not working... just a fast log.

    -added blah blah blah
    -fixed blah blah blah
    -changed blah blah blah

    Ah, and i'm complaining a lot because: This is how i am
    2) i just want to help. And complaining usually demonstrate/explains the errors, or imperfections, etc. So don't begin screaming at me or something that i am complaining about the "best map in the genre" as Nichita said.

    keep the good work. Dling 1.1.5 now..

    edit.

    Everyone based at beggining sucks. Good idea anti-fortifying ships and other things, stop campers from...camping. I still thin you must do something about the planet though. Will the Kyo Cannon be able to destroy the moon?
     
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  7. Seeker of Truth

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    Hi, first i must told you that is my first message (yes i'm new).
    This map is very good, I played it with my mates all the day and i love it. But i think some things are bad like the cannon (sorry i can't remember the name)can destroy a lot of things fast and this is unfair =( (when you are controlling the cannon this is funny). I think you should add some new items. (I was dissapointed when i tried to go in the pirate's spaceship because we can't =( ) Anyway this is one of the best maps i have ever seen ! (Sorry if my english is bad but i'm from france but i like speaking english =) )
     
  8. Blackrockorc

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    2/5

    could be improved. should be more user friendly. compared to symbiote and other "who is" games like parasite. this is most beautiful; with that same comparason its the hardest to learn.

    what it needs is one of those phrase clauses since 90% of ppl dont read loading screens. something like -help.
     
  9. deathreaven

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    My only real issue is that on the planet, when those strange mammoth creatures (I forget the name. Something from a squiggle?) spawned, some spawned inside the radar station and that supply area father below it. It might have been intentional, but it's a little annoying that the 2 places get utterly destroyed by the creatures. Most creatures don't open doors. The planet could have been bigger though. It's as big as the Queen Niffy. The planet is also destroyable? I killed it with 2 raptors. The pirate ship is a good idea, but I never noticed a stations health ever go up after an attack.
     
  10. Racoon

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    i actually thought the map was easy to learn- real easy since you basically get the hang of ship boarding/docking, the suits/items extremely easily.
     
  11. Catar

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    Err...

    I don't really understand where you're coming from here. Most people I play with find the game very easy to learn, and very helpful. Furthermore, your comment regarding the loading screen does not apply to our game at all, since there is no info on the loading screen beyond the website link (for the reason you mentioned, no less!)
    Slugglies (which evolve to Snoeglays) killing vendors on the planet is intentional. All creatures can open any door in the map, since they're automatic doors.
    As previously mentioned, the planet being bigger slowed the game down too much, so we limited the area. In all of our versions, you cannot possibly kill the planet. Even the Kyo Cannon can only get it down to 3/4 health, and only for a few milliseconds.
     
  12. Latecat

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    When i tried the Kyo Cannon doesnt even launch at the planet.
     
  13. Catar

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    Well, that was what it was in older versions. The ability for it to fire at the planet may have been removed by Fel at some point without telling me. Either way, the planet has maximum health and regeneration. There simply is no way for it to be killed.
     
  14. Latecat

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    I dont think that its able to easily be killed even with cheats.
    Guess that is an improvement...

    I still prefer this map over other of its genre.
     
  15. Simon559

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    A verry nice map much better then Parasite, it gives more feeling :)
     
  16. Teldrassil

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    This is a great map, I really enjoy the feel of the terrain, however it just doesn't seem to have as much polish as parasite does, also there isn't enough extras on the different zones, i.e. Oxygen Generator, Power Generator, Cannons, you know, stuff that adds more variety, entertainment, and ways to play.

    I also believe the alien's forms tend to be not very fun to play, they dont have enough ways to mess with your opponents, the "roar" ability is lame and useless, and some of the forms are ridiculously O.P. like the one form that can enter space at any time, there's just no catching that guy, not only that, in 1.1.4 none of the ships could target it while it was in space. Not sure if you fixed that (since it means the alien was invulnerable while in space which I can only assume is a bug, seeing as no maker in their right mind would knowingly imbalance a game that much)

    all in all I'd give the game a 3/5, good with potential but not far along enough yet for me to play on a regular basis.

    you need to add more things for the players to do (wandering around just waiting for something to happen is no fun) maybe make more opportunities to discover who the enemy is with every upgrade the enemy obtains, make it easier for both sides as the game progresses. It just feels like the game is currently lacking.
     
  17. Catar

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    Teldrassil: Yes, it needs more content in the stations. However, I don't know of a single person who honestly liked the Oxygen Generator feature.
    Yes, the alien in space being untargettable was a bug and not intended, and is fixed in newer versions.
    I disagree on the alien being less fun, I think it has far more interesting forms. While the mutant's forms are all mainly physical ability based, the alien has the fun abilities like warping back in time ten seconds, muting people, and causing chaos in general.

    As for waiting for something to happen, if you find yourself in this situation, cause something to happen!
     
  18. TheHunterKiller

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    I love the map, but it gets annoying because everyone starts teamkilling to get the Swagger. D:
     
  19. Latecat

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    I was teamkilled at Arbitress for no reason...
    What im saying is: There are people who are labelled as 'gay' on the move.
     
  20. Tanasren

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    Oxygen generator is nice Catar, but don't add it, it would be a real copy of Parasite 2 -_-

    There are not enough ways to play the game, i mean as a marine (90% of the games ^^), you should focus on that. I 've never been alien but the spells he can get seem to be very fun, and that's a good point (no speaking, but well it can be spammed, changing form etc... i really enjoy this kind of stuff). You need more items and counter items !