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MA in HCI @ MSU
BA in Software Engineering, @ NWU(CN)
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My Game Projects

These are mostly projects I worked on as lead designer

Far Cry 4 Outpost Level

UBISOFT Level Designer Interview Submission

Info

Level design test submission for Ubisoft.
Details regarding how I started the map, where I got the ideas, how I built the details, reasons behind the design, lighting,
enemy placement, as well as testing process, feedback, iteration it went through, etc., are introduced in the video.
Video submission:
Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtuHAh9yciM


Saving Magic

Mobile Casual Game


Trailer

Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qfbXc0VM2Y


Info

Defeat dragons and save the magic world in this action packed, free-to-play mobile game available for Apple iOS and Android devices!

  • Main Target Audience: 10+
  • Platform: iOS / Android
  • Genre: Platformer / Action
  • Player Number: 1
  • Screen Aspect: Portrait


My Job

I was the lead designer of the project. My job included:

  • Requirement analysis, competitve research
  • Game core mechanic design, design document
  • UI design, control design
  • Designing and implementing levels within Unity
  • Planning and excuting design test sessions, and iteration
  • Trailer designing and producing






Criminal Procedure

First Person Adventure Game

Strike to the heart of the largest criminal organization in the city. Start the Journey with your good old partner Bill to reveal the mystery of high intelligence criminal mastermind's plan and the un-resolved cases to find justice for the victims.

Info

  • Main Target Audience: Law School Students
  • Target Platform: PC / Mac
  • Genre: Adventure / Puzzle
  • First-person
  • Single Player Only
  • Proposal project for MSU Law School. The demo was presented in front of the whole Law Schhol faculty and was well received

My Job

  • Requirement analysis, communicating with the client
  • Game core mechanic design, documentation & research
  • Menu, UI design
  • Story script and dialogue writing, level content design and implementation
  • Prototype development in Unity with 3rd party plugins and resource
  • Voice actor recruiting and VA content producing


Criminal Procdure was the graduation project for my master's degree in MSU, as well as the project that got my full assistantship.



Trails in the Sky: Origin

A fan game for the beloved franchise from Falcom

Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig3GJ6WU6_0
The legend continues. Three month after the shadow realm incident, Estelle and Joshua kept their journey looking for Renne. As the story further unwraps, the mysteries left in the previous story are meeting the answers. Will they ever find Renne? What's the truth about her mysterious identity? Is the Goddess Aidios planning to forgive humanity? What's the next step of the Septian Church and the Seventh Seal? Find all the answers in this fan JRPG following the story after Trails in the Sky.

Info

  • Classic Japanese Role-Playing Game
  • Platform: PC
  • Engine:RPGMaker VX
  • Single Player Only
  • 200,000+ words story script, 150+ maps,50+ battles
  • Well received among fans in China

My Job

  • Personal Project, everything is my work except for some art assets
  • Original game research and story writing
  • Map design, encounter design
  • Scripting cutscenes, dialogues and events
  • Battle partical/sound design, BGM editing
  • Testing & Publishing
This game was created while I was in undergraduate school. I spent 13 months working on it independently, and it was the very first complete game I created.
Game is only available in Simplified Chinese language.

Pirate Dodgeball

Sports Game

Pirates, and Dodgeball! Play the fun sports with your friends or compete with a computer component on 2 pirate ships. Experience the fight in 8 infamous pirate areas across the globe and challenge yourself with the most hated pirates.

Info

  • PvP or Player vs. Computer
  • Platform: PC
  • Player number: 1 or 2
  • Unity Engine, team of 6
  • Action / Sport

My Job

  • Game Design, AI Design
  • Level Design & Implmentation
  • Design documentation
  • UI Design and Implementation
  • Project Management
Besides my usual involvement on this project, I was also responsible for designing the AI of the computer opponents, including their reactions in different states, as well as state transition conditions, etc. This video showcases the AI behaviors under the "hard" difficulty:
Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de0ZmHUekpk

DinoFightinSaurs

4 vs 4 Arcade Style Competition

Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2Q_jWHskM
DinoFightinSaurs is an action game in which player competes with their friend against each other, trying to defeat their opponent by using a variety of ranged methods including arrow, fireball, cannon, etc., while building their own path for a better strategic point.

The game supports 2 to 4 players competing against each other on a same screen, on one computer.

Info

  • PvP Only
  • Platform: PC
  • Supports up to 4 players
  • Unity Engine, team of 6
  • Action / Platform

My Job

  • Level Design and Implementation
  • Design Documentation
  • UI Design
  • Project Management
  • Trailer Production

Gavin of Canadia

Top-down 2D Action

Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUIiT-4kbQQ
Begin your adventure in this 2D top-down role playing game with simple real time combat system. The player controls Gavin to fight his way through various challenges to save his girlfirend, Beatrix. Features spreadsheet animation as well as classic retro pixel art.

Info

  • Single Player Only Arcade Game
  • Platform: PC
  • Real time combat system & RPG element
  • Unity Engine, team of 6
  • 2D retro pixel art style

My Job

  • Level design & Implementation, Event Editing
  • Design Documentation
  • Boss fight design
  • Project Management
  • Trailer Production


Go Bird, Go!

A causual, light-hearted journey

A very light-hearted casual game. Player controls Barny to fly through the forest while dodging obstacles, while collecting as much coins as possible. The simple story involves Barny's journey as well as his change after a various events.

Info

  • Casual Game
  • Platform: PC / Mac
  • Single Player Only
  • Unity Engine, team of 5
  • 4 week project

My Job

  • Level Design & Implementation
  • Design Documentation
  • Story setting, cutscene design
  • UI Design
  • 2D Art Design

Balance

Casual platformer + puzzle game

Balance is a combination of a puzzle game and a platformer. Player needs to figure out how to solve the problem of each level by balancing the life and death energy among all the living things in the level, including enemies and plants. The biggest challenge is to perfectly balance the energy in every level.



Info

  • Casual Game
  • PLatform: PC/Mac
  • Single Player Only
  • Unity Engine, Team of 5
  • 4 Week Project

My Job

  • Level Implmenation
  • Design Documentation
  • 2D Arts
  • Menu Design & Implmentation
  • Project Management


UDK3 FPS Level

Three levels built within UDK3

My capstone project for my bachelor's degree back in 2012. First 2 maps were based on the college campus, the 3rd one is my own adventure. The project got a 98 out of 100

Info

  • 3 Maps
  • Platform: PC
  • Single Player Only
  • Personal Project
  • Engine: Unreal Development Kit 3

Skills & Concepts Learned

  • BSP brush, Terrain painting
  • Prefab, Collider
  • Enemy placement, level path
  • Kismet (Blueprint in UE4) visual scripting
  • Keyframing cutscene & animation with Matinee


Games I finished

Last updated Aug. 2017

English Name Chinese Name Genre
Aion 永恒之塔 MMORPG
Assassin's Creed 刺客信条 Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed II 刺客信条II Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed III 刺客信条III Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag 刺客信条IV:黑旗 Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed Revealation 刺客信条:启示录 Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed Unity 刺客信条:大革命 Action-adventure
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 刺客信条:兄弟会 Action-adventure
Batman: Arkham Asylum 蝙蝠侠:阿卡姆疯人院 Action-adventure
Batman: Arkham City 蝙蝠侠:阿甘之城 Action-adventure
Batman: Arkham Knight 蝙蝠侠:阿卡姆骑士 Action-adventure
Batman: Arkham Origins 蝙蝠侠:阿卡姆起源 Action-adventure
Battlefield 3 战地3 FPS
Battlefield One (2017) 战地 1 (2017) FPS
Battlefiled 4 战地 4 FPS
Beyond: Two Souls 超凡双生 Action-adventure
Bioshock 生化奇兵 FPS
Bioshock 2 生化奇兵 2 FPS
Bioshock: Infinite 生化奇兵:无限 FPS
Bloodborne 血缘诅咒 Action-RPG
Borderlands 2 & All DLCs 无主之地2以及所有DLC FPS
Borderlands The Pre-Sequal 无主之地:前传 FPS
Bravely Default 勇气默示录 RPG
C&C 2: Tiberian Sun 命令与征服:泰伯利亚之日 RTS
C&C 3 命令与征服 3 RTS
C&C Generals 命令与征服 将军 RTS
C&C Generals: Zero Hour 命令与征服 将军:绝命时刻 RTS
C&C Red Alert 命令与征服 红色警报 RTS
C&C Red Alert 2 命令与征服 红色警戒2 RTS
Call of Duty: 4 Modern Warfare 使命召唤4 现代战争 FPS
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 使命召唤:高级战争 FPS
Call of Duty: Black Ops 使命召唤:黑色行动 FPS
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 使命召唤:黑色行动2 FPS
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 使命召唤:黑色行动3 FPS
Call of Duty: Ghosts 使命召唤:幽灵 FPS
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 使命召唤:现代战争2 FPS
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 使命召唤:现代战争3 FPS
Call of Duty: World at War 使命召唤:战争世界 FPS
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 恶魔城:月下夜想曲 Action-adventure
Crysis 孤岛危机 FPS
Crysis 2 孤岛危机2 FPS
Crysis 3 孤岛危机3 FPS
Dark Souls 1 黑暗之魂 Action-RPG
Dark Souls 2 黑暗之魂2 Action-RPG
Dark Souls 3 黑暗之魂3 Action-RPG
Dishonered 1 羞辱 FPS
Dishonered 2 羞辱 2 FPS
Dragon Age 龙腾世纪 RPG
Dragon Age 2 龙腾世纪2 RPG
Dragon Age Inquisition 龙腾世纪:审判 RPG
Dragon's Dogma 龙之教条 ACT RPG
Fabel 神鬼寓言 RPG
Fabel 2 神鬼寓言2 RPG
Fabel 3 神鬼寓言3 RPG
Fallout 3 辐射3 RPG
Fallout 4 辐射4 RPG
Fallout New Vegas 辐射新维加斯 RPG
Far Cry 3 孤岛惊魂3 FPS
Far Cry 4 孤岛惊魂4 FPS
Final Fantasy X 最终幻想X RPG
Final Fantasy X-2 最终幻想X-2 RPG
Final Fantasy XIII 最终幻想XIII RPG
Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns 最终幻想XIII雷霆归来 RPG
Final Fantasy XIII-2 最终幻想XIII-2 RPG
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 最终幻想14:重生之境 MMORPG
Final Fantasy XV 最终幻想15 Action-RPG
God of War 3 战神3 Action
Gone Home 回家 Adventure
GTA III GTA III Action-adventure
GTA IV GTA IV Action-adventure
GTA San Andreas GTA圣安地列斯 Action-adventure
GTA V GTA V Action-adventure
GTA Vice City GTA罪恶都市 Action-adventure
Half Life 半条命 FPS
Half Life 2 半条命2 FPS
Half Life 2 Episode 1 半条命2第1集 FPS
Half Life 2 Episode 2 半条命2第2集 FPS
Half Life 2 Lost Coast 半条命2消失的海岸线 FPS
Half Life: Blue Shift 半条命:蓝色移 FPS
Half Life: Opposing Force 半条命:反作用力 FPS
Halo: Reach 光环:致远星 FPS
Halo:3 光环:3 FPS
Halo:4 光环:4 FPS
Heavy Rain Heavy Rain Action-adventure
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice 地狱之刃 Action-adventure
Horizon: Zero Dawn 地平线 Action-RPG
inFAMOUS: 2nd Son 恶名昭彰:次子 Action-adventure
Journey 风之旅人 Action-adventure
Killzone: Shadow Fall 杀戮地带:暗影秋季 FPS
King of Fighters Series 拳皇系列 Figthing
L.A Noire 黑色洛城 Action-adventure
Left 4 Dead Left 4 Dead FPS
Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 Dead 2 FPS
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd 英雄传说:空之轨迹 3rd RPG
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC 英雄传说:空之轨迹 FC RPG
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC 英雄传说:空之轨迹 SC RPG
Mafia 2 黑手党2 Action-adventure
Mass Effect 质量效应 RPG
Mass Effect 2 质量效应 2 RPG
Mass Effect 3 质量效应 3 RPG
Mass Effect Andromeda 质量效应 仙女座 RPG
Max Payne 3 马克思佩恩3 Action-adventure
Metal Gear Solid 2 潜龙谍影2 Action-adventure
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 潜龙谍影3:食蛇者 Action-adventure
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots 潜龙谍影4:爱国者之枪 Action-adventure
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 潜龙谍影V原爆点 Action-adventure
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 潜龙谍影V幻痛 Action-adventure
Metal Slug Series 合金弹头系列 Platformer
Mirrow's Edge 镜之边缘 FPS ACT
Mirrow's Edge: Catalyst 镜之边缘 催化剂 FPS ACT
Need for Speed 7 极品飞车7 Racing
Need for Speed 8 极品飞车8 Racing
Need for Speed 9 极品飞车9 Racing
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (2) 极品飞车热力追踪(2) Racing
Nier Automata 尼尔: 机械人形 Action-RPG
Ori and the Blind Forest 奥里与迷失森林 Platformer
Persona 3 女神异闻录3 RPG
Persona 4 女神异闻录4 RPG
Persona 5 女神异闻录5 RPG
Portal Portal FPS Puzzle
Portal 2 Portal 2 FPS Puzzle
Prince of Persia: Rebirth 波斯王子:重生 Action-adventure
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 波斯王子:遗忘之沙 Action-adventure
Prototype 虐杀原型 Action-adventure
Prototype 2 虐杀原型2 Action-adventure
Ratchet and Clank 瑞奇与叮当 Action-adventure
Red Alert 3 红色警戒3 RTS
Red Dead Redemption 荒野大嫖客 Action-adventure
Saints Row 4 黑道圣徒4 Action-adventure
Saints Row The 3rd 黑道圣徒3 Action-adventure
Sakura Wars Series 樱花大战系列 AVG
Shin Megame Tensei 4 真·女神转生 4 RPG
Splinter Cell: Black List 细胞分裂:黑名单 Action-adventure
Splinter Cell: Conviction 细胞分裂:定罪 Action-adventure
Street Fighter 4 街头霸王4 Fighting
Tales from the Borderlands 无主之地传说 RPG
The Beginner's Guide 新手指导 Adventure
The Witcher 3 巫师 3 Action-RPG
The Elder Scroll: Skyrim 上古卷轴:天际 RPG
The Last of Us 最后生还者 Action-adventure
The Order 1886 教团 1886 Action-adventure
The Sims 2 模拟人生2 Simulation
The Stanley Parable 史丹利的寓言 FPS Puzzle
The Walking Dead S1 行尸走肉第一季 ADV
The Walking Dead S2 行尸走肉第二季 ADV
Titanfall 泰坦陨落 FPS
Titanfall 2 泰坦陨落 2 FPS
Tomb Raider 古墓丽影 Action-adventure
Tomb Raider (2013) 古墓丽影(2013) Action-adventure
Tomb Raider 2 古墓丽影2 Action-adventure
Tomb Raider 3 古墓丽影3 Action-adventure
Tomb Raider 4 古墓丽影4 Action-adventure
Tomb Raider 7 古墓丽影7 Action-adventure
Tomb Raider: Aniversary 古墓丽影:Aniversary Action-adventure
Tomb Raider: Underworld 古墓丽影:地下世界 Action-adventure
Trine 1 魔幻三杰 Platformer
Trine 2 魔幻三杰2 Platformer
Uncharted 神秘海域 Action-adventure
Uncharted 2 神秘海域2 Action-adventure
Uncharted 3 神秘海域3 Action-adventure
Uncharted 4 神秘海域4 Action-adventure
Undertale Undertale RPG
Until Dawn 直到黎明 Adventure
Watch Dogs 看门狗 Action-adventure

Side Projects

Mostly video projects

Dragon Age Inquisition Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLdjEJU6BOA
I'm a huge fan of both Dragon Age series and The Witcher series, and when The Witcher 3's Sword of Destiny trailer came out, my jaw dropped at how amazing that trailer was, and also said that it seems none of the Dragon Age Inquisition captured the the best part of the game as The Witcher's trailer did.

For me, all that matters is good music. Without much thought, I went in and grabbed the audio from that Witcher's trailer and made a fan trailer for DAI.

Duration: 02:24

Half-Life 2 Level Design Techniques

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgAiTqK6Nk0
Something I made a while ago for a class project. I summarized 8 level design techniques I learned from Half-Life 2 level designs.

Techniques like how to properly use lighting in levels to guide players, how to reward players, how to pace gameplay, how to do tutorial correctly, etc.

Durarion: 09:25

Dialogue System Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGT1OmsthH0
A side project for a friend who created Unity's most popular 3rd party dialogue system.

The video showcases 14 games that used the Dialogue System.

A relatively small project, took me about 6 hours.

Duration: 02:38

MSU Game Desing Specialization Project Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-yWDJ4BBHY
A side project for MSU's booth in GDC 2014.

The video showcased various student projects as well as GEL lab client projects.

Most of the work were actually source material gathering, editing took about 8 hours.

Duration 03:27

Lightning's Journey - FF13 Soundtrack Mashup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PeluiSmHQU
Personal side project for fun.

FF13 features one of the serie's best soundtrack collection, and I'm personally a huge soundtrack nerd. After finishing LR, I went out to make this mashup, mixing all the best tracks from all 3 games from the series.



Duration: 37:23

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