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Amiga Tribute: SwitchBlade by LukeTheRipper Amiga Tribute: SwitchBlade by LukeTheRipper
Hiro from the SwitchBlade series.

Part 13/24 of my Amiga tribute project >3

Woohoo, overhalfway done, and on time too, this month it's the SwitchBlade series.

I must admit, Switchblade 1 is one of the games I missed, yet Switchblae 2 I have played, cursed for it's difficulty (sometimes magnified by certain flaws), but really loved at the same tiem, and I friggin' beat it too >D
If you ever thought that NES had some hard games, you'd be surprised how frustrating (yet rewarding) were some of the Amiga titles >D and these two games were some prime examples of this. Like I said, I never played SB1, but heard enough (and seen parts of the playthrough), to havea good picture of how it looks, stuff like enemies appearing out of nowhere right before you or the infamous recoil issue, which made you stunned for a split second upon impact by the enemy, like in most games, but WITHOUT the brief invincibility that other games have, so often a single enemy could deplete your HP meter quite much (if not outright kill you...), and the enclosed space didn't exactly made manoeuvring around 'em too easy, plus, the controls didn't make it easy as is...
SB2 on the other hand, while improving on both controls and the recoil, had way more of sheer difficulty, though that's only if you got past the first 2 levels, one which was a reminiscent of the first game's underground maze, and the second which made you jump on platforms to hake your way to the top of a rather large mountain, both VERY long (around 20 minutes for each, and that's only if you already know what to do), yet it only gets better afterwards (damn, I LOVE the city level during a rainstorm), plus, while the recoil issue was indeed improved, it's still kinda present in the underground tunnels part |D

The only really irking part is the music... I mean, it is great, the title tracks for both games are kickass, the ingame track for SB1 is also cool and atmospheric and all, but it plays non stop for the WHOLE BLOODY GAME... it gets really irritating over time when the same loop plays again and again... SB2 on the other hand, has no music at all save for the title track, which gets equally irritating (though yeah, you can play something else on another device and all |D)

Also worth noting, is that while the game was made in a very manga-like style, it was actually made in UK |D

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!


Hiro (c) Gremlin Interactive
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Hercu-Liz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
This is stunning!  You have a fantastic style, and I can see an awesome blend of Switchblade II, but also with Strider II.
Your character design and classic amiga games knowledge is topnotch!   :happybounce: 

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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, not really aiming for a Strider look, but I do see what you mean |3

Hehe, and well, the good ol' Amiga was pretty much the most popular system in my country back in the day ^^; and me being a VG maniac, I was a pretty serious AMiga player
Sure, there was a lot of dodgy NES clones (most notably the infamous "Pegasus") with some pretty dodgy bootleg carts, or in extremely rare occasions one might get a NES or Genesis, most likely if they had relatives abroad... but still, the Amiga was the most common system, and it was easy to get games for it |3
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the pose
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^^
Still experimenting with some action poses, at least when it fits the chara ^^
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Congrats!!! I always end up behind on this kind of thing ^^;
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I just do my best to improve my pace |D
That way I should be able to finally get the pile of late arts done someday |3
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Hahaha yeah, I think I pace myself too but I just have too much to do ^^; every 4 month break from May-August is so precious to me cuz I actually get to do art freely
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welp, still being unemployed and all, I just have too much time on my hands |3 so I can work somewhat on my drawing pace |3
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
LUCKY YOU! (about drawing, not unemployment lol) Though, since second semester hasn't gotten TOO crazy yet, I decided to do something for myself...I do have commissions to work on, but I figured I deserve to art for the sake of arting for once, and the drawing was complete last summer so all I had to do is colour it which doesn't take long for traditional art......anyway, I'll be uploading it tomorrow, I think you'll like it :meow: It'd not cool and bad ass like your amiga tribute, but I think it's still cute
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the AMiga one, while important to me cause it's about one of my fav game systems, isn't that har to manage, the SMT one on the other hand had way more detailed characters... and what's worse, this year I have a tribute project about Megaman X... so X, much detail, many deisgn |3
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Oh my goodness, I can only imagine!!!!!! @.@ Can't wait to see!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, you could say I asked for it |3
Welp, at least the arts will be detailed ones |3
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trumi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Wspomnienia...miotacz ognia rządził...
Te wstrętne lasery działały mi na nerwy...
A i takie małe chodzące robociki też były...
a tu filmik z youtube...
Amiga Longplay Switchblade II
www.youtube.com/watch?v=US3sjf…

Ten ostatni boss był niezłą pokraką XD
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahem, yeah, to dokładnie ten sam link, który podałem w opisie pracy |D
Jesli sie dobrze przyjrzysz, to "SwitchBlade series" to dwa różne linki |D

And yeah, miotacz ognia był najlepszą bronią >D
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trumi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Lubiłem osmalać blaszaki,nie przeczę ;-)
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mnie chodzi raczej o funkcjonalnośc niż sam element, owa broń była by równie dobra gdyby była np. laserowym mieczem.
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sarrus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely loved playing Switchblade when I was younger. Such a tough game too.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like I said, never played the first one, but SB2 was one of those games, which while hard as hell, were also pretty damn rewarding after you managed to beat 'em ^^
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