So now that SHADEs of Manhattan 3 is done (The Specialist is coming soon as an addition, but after that I'm calling it finished until I decide to add some more "DLC"), I've decided to work on a fun, personal project that I've wanted to do for years, and that's Shawn Spencer from one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Psych.
For those unfamiliar with Shawn or Psych, here's his backstory and some pics for reference.
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Anyway, I've been a huge fan of the show since it began airing in 2006. If you're wondering how he might translate to a fighting game, well, his gameplay and moveset will be heavily inspired by Capcom's handling of Phoenix Wright in UMVC3.
Here are his first animations. His look is based mostly on his seasons 5-8 appearance:
<----This animation was done by the amazing Judas, based on a static sprite I provided to him
Animations so far are based partially on Shen Woo and Kyosuke, with the stance being completely from scratch.
While his moveset is far from finalized, here's what you can basically expect.
Shawn always starts in Investigation Mode (I.M.). In this mode, he needs to deduce three clues that will open the case for him. He needs to find two clues on the ground (ala Phoenix Wright), and one on the opponent (which will "hit" similar to Frank West's photography in the same game). This is based on how he zooms in on things in the show and uses his observational skills to make a deduction, then presents it as a psychic vision. This will be done with D+Start for the ground clues, and F+Start for the opponent clue (which can be blocked). Start by itself will be his normal taunt. He will also have access to the following special moves:
-Pineapple Toss - QCF+P - Shawn pulls out a pineapple and tosses it at the opponent in different arcs depending on the strength of button pressed
-Burton Guster - QCB+K - There will be three variations. In one, his partner Gus will run out to about half screen and attempt to shield Shawn from the opponent, so he can have time to find clues. There will also be a variation where Gus attempts to attack the opponent in some way (probably with his case full of Pharmaceuticals or maybe he'll trip and fall like Maya). Lastly, one version will be Gus running out with a plate of Quatros Quesos dos Fritos for Shawn to eat and regain some health.
-The Catch - QCB+P - Shawn pulls out a catcher's mask and mitt, adopting his superhero persona "The Catch," and uses the mitt to stop an incoming attack (standing and crouching only), which he then counters with a stiff shove that will a bunch of distance between him and his opponent.
-J'Accuse! - D,D+P - Once Shawn has all three clues, he can switch to Accusation Mode with this command
In accusation Mode (A.M.), Shawn loses access to his special The Catch, keeps Pineapple Toss, and Burton Guster changes to Jules and Lassie. Also, all of his normals become a little stronger, the pineapples he tosses hit harder, and he gets a command normal and a new special.
-The Golden Sweetness - F+HP (command normal) - Shawn walks towards his opponent with a pineapple in his hand, asking if he should slice this up for the road. He will be gesturing with the pineapple in such a way that it hits repeatedly (like Phoenix Wright's "Pressing the Witness" special).
-Jack Tagging - DP+P - Shawn points his fingers and "Jack Tags" his opponent, which is when he addresses them as Jack at the end of a sentence (i.e. "Check the facts, Jack!" or "I'm a Psychic, Jack!"). What actually hits his opponent will be a voice bubble that says "Jack!" in it, similar to Phoenix Wright's Objection bubble.
-Jules and Lassie - QCB+K - Instead of Gus, since Shawn now has evidence of a crime, this summons Detective Juliet O'Hara (also Shawn's girlfriend) or Head Detective Carlton Lassiter. Jules rushes out and performs a shoulder tackle. Lassie aims his gun and fires twice for good damage.
-Wrong, Spencer! - D,D+P - Shawn will switch back to I.M. at the cost of one clue. You really only want to do this if you need to use Burton Guster for healing or if you want to use The Catch special again.
-L1 - The Blueberry - Command TBD in I.M. or A.M. - Shawn jumps out of the way as Gus drives through the fight in his company vehicle that they affectionately call The Blueberry, striking the opponent and sending them flying.
-L1 - Another Super TBD - Haven't nailed anything down yet here but it will probably be an A.M. only Super
-L3 - Fake Psychic, Real Detective - Command TBD in A.M. only - Once Shawn has all three clues that he needs and has successfully "Jack Tagged" his opponent at least once, he can launch into his big reveal, where he corners the opponent with accusations and reveals that they committed a heinous crime. Pretty much exactly like Phoenix Wright's big L3 super in UMVC3.
His intros and winposes will all be references to the show. For example, one of his main intros will be Shawn and Gus standing side by side, with Shawn introducing himself as Shawn Spencer, Psychic Detective, and then saying "this is my partner...", which will always be one of the funny nicknames he gives Gus on the show. This will be randomized and I will also try to include Gus' reaction. Then Gus will run off. This is a running gag on the show. In the spoiler is a video for reference:
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I am very open to ideas and suggestions and I look forward to constructive feedback. I'll be posting sprite progress along the way. This is a passion project for me and I hope you guys enjoy it when he's done.