I am a child of the arcade stick, raised to put my quarter on the screen, trained to detest cheese and never take chip(Damage) for granted. All of that was to explain that our combat mechanics are greatly inspired by arcade fighting games. The idea that advanced moves sacrifice something from the character in order to gain a different effect. Not being able to for a time in order to pull off a ranged melee attack, taking more time to recover from for throwing a powerful blow, the move itself will have a cool down of it’s own or it uses up some form of energy.
There are a number of core ideas/ ideals of combat. The three that I’m partial to are; one, you are going to get hurt. Whether you get hit or you hit them so hard that you hurt your hand; pain is coming your way, it might not even be physical pain. Two; the victor is usually the person willing to sacrifice the most, just remember your all is not equal to another’s all. And last; it’s best not to even get into a fight, you have no idea what the other person is capable of.
Powerpunk has adopted these lessons; damage can come fast and heavy if you’re not prepared for it. Combat styles give a bonus or an advantage in certain situations, for a price. Last, a good player can always find a way to victory even without throwing a single punch. Fights in PowerPunk can be as simple as spamming kick or advanced as using your environment to box your opponent in. Style augments and strategy are just as fulfilling as comboing an opponent into a
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