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Amiga Tribute: Hired Guns by LukeTheRipper Amiga Tribute: Hired Guns by LukeTheRipper
Desverger from Hired Guns.

Part 21/24 of my Amiga tribute project >3

And now for something completely different, yes, Amiga had some RPGs as well, this time's title Hired Guns being one of 'em.
Now this is one strange game I tell ya. It was one of the most innovative RPGs of it's time, yet at the same time, it were those innovations that led to it's downfall and obscurity. Well, that, and the prolonged release delay which made most potential buyers uninterested in the end, but still |D

OK, so lets start from the top. The story is fairly straightforward, a group of mercenaries is hired for a hostage rescue mission on planet Graveyard, a mission that is actually a hoax, and that it was all part devised by an evil weapons corporation to test some of their newest genetically engineered creatures on said mercenaries.
Soooo, the cliche story aside, lets advance to the more interesting part... for one, this is the first ever RPG design for a more multiplayer approach, as you choose 4 characters out of 11 which you will control during your adventure, and here's where the problems start. As you don't control your party like in a jRPG... you control all 4 at the same time western RPG style... yes, you control 4 people separately, switching between them on the go. And it's much more of a problem than it sounds at first, from basic commands like walking, which you must do with all 4, one by one, to some way more problematic ones like enemies, who not only can pop up any minute and attack any character you still have alive, they move in real time and can esily switch targets, effectively trolling you as you struggle to switch between characters... yes, it was way ahead of it's time, but back then it meant that if you were playing this alone, you were in some really deep shit. And playing with your friends wasn't an easy option either, even if you had enough friends and could somehow talk 'em into playing with you, you had to have the hardware to play it with this many people, either by sharing one keyboard (not really recommended if you're playing with 3 other people) or have a parallel joystick port adapter and 4 joysticks, which wasn't something all that easy to get.
Next is the music, not the best OST in an Amiga game, but it was nice and had various tracks for the intro, options, character selection, etc. and just when you thought you're gonna have a good time, as even a game this badly designed could be playable with the right tunes... and this is the part when you get even more pissed because the game has NO music whatsoever besides the menus...
The one really cool thing is the cast of charactersthere are humans and androids, each with it's own set of stats, skills, etc. they were not only varied enough to make your choice hard, they were also designed well enough that you could recognize your team and not have 'em shoot one another (unless you really, really wanted to), and it might seem silly nowdays, but back then it wasn't so ovious in those kind of games |D

And yeah, Desverger here was always on my team. Yes, I have played it, and even though I knew how badly designed it was, it was something different and I wanted to know it better to have a valid opinion at the very least |D but back to the main topic, Desverger was the only one who's description outright said he was an assassin and a mercenary, no sugar coating it, no trying to be a "space paladin", just a simple assassin/mercenary with a ripped coat (or just rags), ripped cowboy hat and yet another space gun that I had to spend hours sketching >P he was just too badass not to take on such a quest >D

So bottom line, the game sure was innovative, but maybe partially ahead of it time, partially too advanced for the system it came out on, and partially very rushed, which is strange considering that back then it was a record holder for most delayed game |D but if some more work and thought would have been put into it, the game could have been so much better >.<

Other parts of the project - Shadow Of The Beast, Shadow Fighter, Zool, The Chaos Engine, Superfrog, Skeleton Krew, The Speris Legacy, Flashback, Agony, Brutal: Paws of Fury, Fightin' Spirit, Ruff 'N' Tumble, SwitchBlade, Lionheart, The Lost Vikings, Brian The Lion, Wolfchild, Gods, Entity, Franko: The Crazy Revenge, Hired Guns, Turrican, The Killing Game Show, Yo! Joe!


Desverger (c) DMA Design & Psygnosis
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015
Simple but bad ass, sounds good to me :D I love how your designs look on the frayed edge of the cloak/pancho. And the hair again! :D
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, originally his coat/poncho thingie isn't as ripped, but I thought it would look cooler like that ^^
Hehe, and yeah, there weren't many games for that system to have overcomplicated designs |3 but they were still very cool IMO
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Yeah you made a good call, it does look cooler like this!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Kto wie, może sobie zapuszczę na emulatorze.
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He kinda reminds me of Vincent from Final Fantasy 7. I definitely have not heard of this game before though. Never played many games with that game style. 

That being said, he looks fricken badass. Basically, don't mess with him. XD
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I can see what you mean XD
Buuut not really, think of him as a sci-fi version of Clint Eastwood's The Man With No Name XD
And not surprising, the game was an Amiga exclusive, and most of the world was much more interested in Nintendo and Sega's consoles (even though it did have it's share of titles that did make certain people turn their heads), and like I said, because of it's gamestyle, it didn't really get much fame, but was an interesting title nonetheless (and lacking fanarts) so I really wanted to make it part of my project ^^
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay, okay, I can see that. He could look like him as well. :D 

Yeah, that makes sense. Never had an Amiga. Still have my SNES and NES though XD 

There's nothing wrong with that. I'm sure you are making all the other fans all giddy with joy each time you post a new image. And that's what matters. :D
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Amiga was more popular in the countries that didn't have access to neither NES, SNES or any other fancy console the "better" countries had |D
Kinda sad, since while underpowered, it was a great system with many, many great titles, both ported further and exclusive ones ^^

Hehe, and I wouldn't go that far, it's not like I'm THAT popular or skilled (and before you say anything about that, I do love my pics, but I am aware of how much I still can and need to improve ;3), but I am happy whenever someone likes my art ^^
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh. Well that would explain a bit more why I have never really known about them until I found your art. 

Yeah, that is a little sad but at least they had something to play! 

Hehe I understand and share the sentiment. :D Here's to providing awesome art that at least some people will enjoy!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the "sad" part I meant was that Amiga was so overshadowed by all the consoles |D
Sure, the Amiga had some issues and a fair share of awful games, but I'm sure the fanbase would be much bigger if some people would take the time to notice it |3

Hehe, and there's never too late to try some of the classics, there's actually an indie group called TheCompany who port Amiga games to PC using the WinUAE emulator as a base. Normally that emulator is horribly difficult to work with, but these ports are exe files that you simply run as any other program and can play the games easily ^^
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh. Yeah, I guess I can't really talk since even I hadn't heard of this. I wonder how much that console is going for nowadays... *runs off to google* okay so apparently they are still worth a decent bit. o_O 

Yeah, I just noticed that when I googled to find Amiga prices lol Maybe I'll have to get the emulator and try some of these out.  Wow, that sounds easy for sure!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...etto... Amiga is not a console... Amiga is a computer... well, several computers, starting from Amiga 500, through Amiga 600 & 120, up to the last one, Amiga 4000... granted, there was a console called AMiga CD32, but it never went anywhere (most of the games were ports off the comp, with little to no improvements).

And the price for that comp isn't that high, the games however, these are incredibly, and I do mean incredibly rare. As for the emulator, I strongly advise you check these ports instead, I have been trying to get that thing to work for years, but it takes some serious programming skills to get your head around it |D
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nya-nannu Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Whoa, that game sure sounds... ahem, challenging. |D

This picture is good overall, but I especially have to tip my metaphorical hat to the skill you drew Desverger's clothes. Great job with them! Sign Emoji-03 (Thumbs up) 
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh trust me, the stuff I mentioned is only the tip of the iceberg XD
For one, just imagine stages where you have to scatter your team to navigate some switches |D
It's more like "confusing" rather than "challenging" |3

As for his clothes, well, there wasn't really much to work with, so there wasn't much I could do wrong either |3 it's just a ripped cloak over some pretty generic pants and boots, some of the details here were more or less improvised as there are no official artwork of the characters and I had to rely on in-game sprites XD
But it's still nice to hear you like 'em ^^
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mamut077 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oj, przypomniałeś mi stare dobre czasy Amigi :). Aż się łezka w oku zakręciła.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, już od prawie 2 lat prowadzę tu mój mały tribute project dla tego systemu >3
Linki do pozostałych prac masz w opisie arta, if you're interested >3

That, i prowadze przy okazji grupę na DA poświęconą fanartom gier z Amigi, zawsze możesz zajrzeć i się zapisac >3
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh it strangely reminds me of those DMC3 enemies, but I totally can't find them online argh!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, he's a cowboy-like dude in a ripped cloak over some rags, carrying a space gun with him, heh, not sure which DMC3 enemy would be similar here ^^;
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay found it ^^
I just mispelled the number, it was in DMC4 not 3

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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the ripped cloak part is kinda alike, but no inhuman hands nor claws, with a space gun instead |3

Normally Desverger looks like this - www.ppa.pl/hiredguns/gfx/osoby… www.rockpapershotgun.com/image…
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok

Just my impression on the cloak hair and hat
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was and I'll show you, just you wait
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Nie grałem w Hired Guns zbytnio, więcej grał mój brat. Ja tylko pamiętam że podobał mi się ekran mapy. Leci :+fav:!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, jak się to oglądało z boku to pewnie nawet mogło sie podobać... ale samo granie, to masakra normalnie |D
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Kto wie, może sobie zapuszczę na emulatorze.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HA, be my guest XD
Ja tam przeżyłem już swoje z tym tytułem, więc wiem, że są lepsze sposoby na marnowanie wolnego czasu |3
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