New PC, PS3 and Xbox360 Game - Fursan al-Aqsa - Knights of al-Aqsa Mosque

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  1. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa - The History of Palestine

    With the help of my father, who made some slight adjustments to the game's narrative, I made a new trailer to let players get more immersed on the Palestine x Israel Conflict itself. I made the trailer on 3 languages (Arabic, English and Portuguese), which you can watch all of them on the video sections of Fursan al-Aqsa IndieDB profile here: https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/videos

    Fursan al-Aqsa - The History of Palestine - English Trailer
    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa...aqsa-the-history-of-palestine-english-trailer

    And here follows the announcement:



    Fursan al-Aqsa at @BostonFIG 2021

    My game will be showcased at BostonFIG, one of the biggest Independent Games Festival on the United States! This is indeed another milestone for my project.

    Register here: https://eventbrite.com/e/bostonfig-fest-virtual-tickets-129017660295

    I will wait you there, so you can talk with me, ask questions about the game, my motivations for this project, and so on.

    Next step will be make a new trailer about the game protagonist's history, and the motivations who made him fight against Israel Army.

    Last, but not least, after a long time, I updated and revamped my game's Website (and I even customized my game's profile on IndieDB, to make it's design as close as possible to the site's design), to make it a showcase for the upcoming events and games festivals on which my game #FursanAqsaGame will be showcased: https://www.fursanaqsa.com/

    Cheers and until next update.
     
  2. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa - Official History Trailer - Ahmad al-Falastini

    In this article I showcase a brand new trailer for my game, the Official History Trailer which tells the history of the game's protagonist, Ahmad al-Falastini, a peaceful student who became a ferocious warrior thirsty for revenge.

    This trailer tells the history of Ahmad al-Falastini, the protagonist of Fursan al-Aqsa, how he turned from a peaceful student whose dream was to protect lives, into a ferocious warrior thirsty for revenge and blood.

    This is one of the best trailers I ever made for my game, it was a lot of work (10 days and almost 14 hours of rendering the animation in After Effects). I think this trailer gives to the player a better understanding about the protagonist's motivations to wage war against Israel. Even tough this is a fictional history, however it is based on real facts and depicts the reality of this conflict. Be sure that there in Palestine you will find very similar histories of young people who had their dreams and their lives destroyed by a Genocidal Military State which does not respect any law or human rights.

    Here follows the trailer. Please watch it with attention and I am sure Ahmad's history will touch your heart:

    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa...rsan-al-aqsa-official-history-trailer-english



    Also I want to share here the interview I gave to BostonFIG, which was showcased last saturday on their channel. Please watch it for understanding better my personal motivations for making this game and other insights on the game's development process:



    Last, but no least, many people to whom I talked at BostonFIG, asked me the meaning of the game's title screen music. I explained to them and now I want to explain here also.

    This is the Palestinian National Anthem. It talks about the Palestinian Fedayeen Warriors and their struggle for liberation of Palestine. Fedayeen (plural of Fedaye) was the name given to the palestinian guerrillas who fought for the Freedom of Palestine (the word Fedaye means martyr, i.e those who sacrify their lives for a noble cause).

    They had a lot of popular support to such an extent that they were considered kinda super heroes among Palestinian People, they inspired a generation of Resistant Fighters and other Islamic Military Groups. The dream of any children was to become a Fedaye, the dream of any woman on that time was to marry a Fedaye (by the way there were even Palestinian Women as Female Fedayeen Fighters), the dream of any mother and father was that their son become a Fedaye. My father voluntereed as a Fedaye for almost 12 years before coming to Brazil.





    So below follows the music's translation. Cheers and until next update!

    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my land, the land of the ancestors
    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my people, people of eternity

    With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my vendetta
    With the longing in my blood for my land and my home
    I have climbed the mountains and fought the wars
    I have conquered the impossible, and crossed the frontiers

    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my land, the land of the ancestors
    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my people, people of eternity

    With the resolve of the winds and the fire of the weapons
    And the determination of my nation in the land of struggle
    Palestine is my home, and the path of my triumphal
    (Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire,)
    Palestine is my vendetta and the land of withstanding

    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my land, the land of the ancestors
    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my people, people of eternity

    By the oath under the shade of the flag
    By my land and nation, and the fire of pain
    I will live as a warrior, I will remain a warrior,
    I will die as a warrior - until my country returns

    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my land, the land of the ancestors
    Warrior, warrior, warrior,
    Oh my people, people of eternity
     
  3. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa - Official Announcement Trailer - I'm NOT Terrorist

    This is the Official Announcement Trailer for my game, a remake of another trailer I made before (All the power to the people of Palestine).

    This is a promotional trailer which I will send to those Independent Games Festivals, in the hope of getting more visibility for my game and a publisher to help me release this game and reach a bigger audience, Insha Allah (God's willing).

    Also on this new trailer I showcase some new weapons, animations, and a glimpse of 3 new maps: al-Aqsa Mosque (Sniper Cutscene), Old Jerusalem (the Helicopter Chase Cutscene) and Gaza Strip (Jet Fighter Bombing Cutscene).

    I hope you like it.

    English/Portuguese version:
    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa.../fursan-al-aqsa-official-announcement-trailer

    Arabic version coming soon.

    Cheers and until next update!

    #FursanAqsaGame #UE3 #UE4 #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #3dsMax #MAYA #Autodesk #PalestineFree #Intifada #FreePalestine

    Here is the original MP4 video in HD 720p High Quality:
    https://mega.nz/file/ElE13CQL#5aqdKTMITN8cxinwF1G6GM7wXYRUyvIvKfwygLm7v3A
     
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  4. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa - Old City of Jerusalem

    On this article I showcase the finished map of Jerusalem, which will be the 4th Mission of Fursan al-Aqsa's Campaign Mode, alongside some new progress on my game.



    It's time to protect the Holy Land, the Land of the Prophets and Messengers, the Land of our Ancestors. Zionist Forces are preparing a big strike against the Old City of Jerusalem, so it is up to you, Fidae, to protect it with your blood and soul. And if you die in this mission, Paradise will be your eternal bliss. Allah Akbar!

    After almost 20 days of extensive working, I finished the Map of Jerusalem, which is the 4th Campaign Mission of Fursan al-Aqsa. This is one of the biggest maps of my game, it's not a 1:1 replica of the real city, but I tried my best to make it look similar. I even found a way to convert Google Street View Panorama Images to Skybox Textures, to use them as a backdrop for the maps. The final results are good, as these custom skyboxes add a depth to the maps.





    Another Milestone for this project is that my game was selected for the Independent Games Festival this year, a long life dream which I finally achieved. Even though my game doesn't be selected as a finalist, but the fact of participating on the biggest event for Indie Games is for sure a milestone for any game dev out there! I thank Allah (God) for this and also thank you all who are following my game, those who are supporting me here and elsewhere. Jazakom Allah Khayr (May God give you all the best).

    https://igf.com/knights-al-aqsa-mosque

    Another very important achivement for me is that my game got noticed by the legendary Martin Hollis, the main programmer and director of the original Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64! My game, despite having a completely different story, plot and thematics, but, on it's heart, it is a love letter for Goldeneye 007. Martin Hollis noticed this and praised my game:







    Also, as I am close to finish the development of #FursanAqsaGame, I decided to replay the classics #Goldeneye007 and #PerfectDark (my greatest inspirations) on a #N64 #Emulator for #Android to get more ideas for mission objectives to make my game a trully Love Letter to Goldeneye007!





    As I am playing these masterpieces, some cool ideas pop up into my mind, like destroying security cameras, sabotaging some israeli equipment, finding secret documents, planting bombs, invading Israeli bases, disguising yourself, murdering a specific enemy, rescuing Palestinians, and so on.

    And here follows some screenshots of Jerusalem Map, I hope you like it. Next step I will be making a small gameplay teaser for this map, as I have done with the previous 3 maps.





















    For more screenshots, please go here: https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/images

    Cheers and until next update.

    #FursanAqsaGame #UE4 #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #3dsMax #MAYA #Autodesk #PalestineFree #Intifada
     
  5. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Jerusalem is Ours and Allah is our Lord

    In this article I showcase the latest trailer for my game, the Gameplay Teaser of Jerusalem Mission.



    It's time to protect the Holy Land, the Land of the Prophets and Messengers, the Land of our Ancestors. Zionist Forces are preparing a big strike against the Old City of Jerusalem, so it is up to you, Fidae, to protect it with your blood and soul. And if you die in this mission, Paradise will be your eternal bliss. Allah Akbar!

    This mission is packed with non-stop action, and even features a very tough Boss Battle in the best style of the retro games I loved to play on my childhood.

    Here follows the trailer, I hope you like it.

    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa...mosque/videos/fursan-al-aqsa-jerusalem-teaser

    #FursanAqsaGame #UE4 #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #3dsMax #MAYA #Autodesk #PalestineFree #Intifada

    Here is the original MP4 video in HD 720p High Quality:
    https://mega.nz/file/w9k2CRoJ#hI8zfphGlTzJFYNmNQe7I3YN7XyZOCxVByTd1126YXw

    Also I would like to showcase this cool gift I received from a friend here in Brazil, he works with 3D Printing. He made a 3D Printed Frame of my game's logo:





    Cheers and until next update.
     
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  6. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa Map Showcase - Battle of Shuja'iyya

    In this article I showcase the map of Gaza Strip, which will be the 5th Mission of the Campaign, alongise some exciting new updates for my game.

    Hello friends.

    After a looooong time, I finished the Gaza Strip Map, which will be the 5th Mission of the Campaign. This will be indeed one of the best missions of my game. The gameplay will be a bit different from the previous missions, as the main objective here will be to rescue some civilians and take them to the ambulance.

    Also the player will have to survive an intense air bombing while he is playing the mission. And the Boss Battle will be epic, as you drive the Humvee vehicle equiped with the Grenade Launcher and fight against an Harrier Airplane! In the end of this article you can see some screenshots.

    Something very AMAZING happened to my game is that it was selected to compete on the Rookie Awards 2021, one of the most important events of the Creative Media, sponsored by big names like Autodesk, Nvidia, EPIC Games, Adobe and others. I even earned an Excellence Award for my entry:

    https://www.therookies.co/entries/9229
    https://www.therookies.co/u/nidalnijm/achievements

    I even gave an interview to a Gamespot Journalist about my game and my opinion regarding the game Six Days in Fallujah, which ressurrected recently, and wants to tell the history of the American Heroes who sacrified their lives on the War against 'Terrorism'. This interview will be published soon.

    And after my game is becoming well known in the web, and because google even created a custom panel with informations about my game, and a Content Topic Channel on youtube, just like the big games out there, I decided to make my new channel public:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqXFPcoS4tFnFzM4TaR1HoQ

    There you can watch all my game's trailers at 1080p.

    And here follows the Screenshots of Gaza Map.

    Zionist Forces are bombarding Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, in Gaza Strip. Your mission, Fidae, is to rescue the civilians, take down the Israeli Jet Fighters and protect the City at all costs.

    And if you die in this mission, Paradise will be your eternal bliss.

    #FursanAqsaGame #UE3 #UE4 #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #3dsMax #MAYA #Autodesk #PalestineFree #Intifada



































    For more screenshots:

    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa...rsan-al-aqsa-map-showcase-battle-of-shujaiyya

    Cheers and until next update!
     
  7. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Hello friends,

    In this article I showcase the Gameplay Teaser for the 5th Mission of Fursan al-Aqsa, and other new updates for my game Fursan al-Aqsa - The Knights of al-Aqsa

    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursa...osque/videos/fursan-al-aqsa-gaza-under-attack

    After exactly 2 months of intense work, finally I finished the Gaza Strip Mission. It was, until now, the hardest mission to make. This mission introduces some brand new mechanics, like the Air Bombing, Civilians Rescue, and others.

    I am very proud of the final results, and I am sure you all will enjoy playing this mission on the final game.

    Here is the original MP4 video in HD 1080p High Quality:
    https://mega.nz/file/Y0MnUQ4A#Eza70WdZNl4Pu0rSZARbnUSFb_7oHAZxm6hEjTr9Enk

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    Also here you can see how the Air Strike works:

    Gaza is under Bombing

    This is just a sneak peek of what awaits you in the Mission Battle of Shuja'iyya, of #FursanAqsaGame

    #UE3 #UE4 #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #3dsMax #MAYA #Autodesk #PalestineFree #Intifada



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    And here I show some behind the scenes of the Civilians Rescue Mechanics:

    Fursan al-Aqsa Civilians Rescue Mechanics

    Finally I finished the Rescue Mechanics of Civilians for Gaza Misssion on #FursanAqsaGame

    These mechanics were done completely in #UE3 Kismet, the grandfather of #UE4 #Blueprints

    #UnrealEngine #gamedev #indiegame #indie #PalestineFree



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    This is a very important update about the PS3 Version of Fursan al-Aqsa:

    After #Sony came back on their decision to close the #PS3 Store, thanks to millions of players worldwide, I decided to apply to become an Official Playstation Developer and release #FursanAqsaGame officially on Playstation 3, instead of a homebrew. They accepted my game and now it will be an Official PS3 Game, instead of a homebrew.

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    And here is the first Press Quote for my game, written by a professional gaming journalist. I provided him a closed beta of Fursan al-Aqsa with 50% of the game finished:

    "Fursan al-Aqsa immediately harkens back to classic shooters - it always feels dangerous and tense. I'm really impressed with the quality of the animation - Ahmad's actions all look amazingly fluid and natural, even with the game's throwback vibe. This is a seriously terrific piece of work as well as an important perspective that we have never seen in a shooter before."

    Ian Boudreau, freelancer writer for IGN Website
    Personal Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/iboudreau

    So that's all folks. My next step is to make an updated demo of the game, the final demo with all the improvements I implemented on the game, alongside some new maps,

    Cheers and until next update.
     
  8. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa running on PS3 HEN v3.0.3





    After almost giving up the PS3 version of my game Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, because I could not get the all maps to run on it, I tried one last thing, after all the optimization I have done (compressing textures, reducing lightmaps...): I changed the PS3 video output resolution to 480p.

    Now the game runs smoothly, at 60fps almost all time, except on Gaza mission, because there is a lot of stuff running on the screen. It seems that running the game at 720p or 1080p will use much more of the extreme limited video memory of the PlayStation 3 (256 MB).

    I personally liked the image quality, even though it is not crispy as on the PC version. The image looks a bit pixelated and there is absolutely no AA (anti-aliasing), which made the image look like there is kinda PS1 image style filter applied over it. I simply loved it.

    The PS3 version is exactly the same as the PC, just graphically inferior (some lower resolution textures). But I personally found the PlayStation 3 version more fun to play, because of the dual shock controller. Each gun triggers a different vibration style, which is very cool.

    Here is the original MP4 video in HD 1080p High Quality:
    https://mega.nz/file/9lUykBLR#3cS95XZ1nI-8XkHH6JvF8qVoep474q3nVCpQF-lre50

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    Fursan al-Aqsa - Training Ops Sneak Peek

    I am coming to you, my enemy, from every house, district and street! With my gun and my trust in Allah, I am coming to you!

    This is a sneak peek of what awaits you on this updated demo of #FursanAqsaGame, Training Ops, which is coming soon to #Steam

    #gamedev #indiegame #indie



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    This is the trailer I submitted to PAX EAST ONLINE, this year, in the hope that my game be selected for the showcase, so maybe I can get some media coverage for it. Let's see.

    Fursan al-Aqsa - Pax East Trailer
     
  9. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    ATTENTION CITIZENS:
    This thread has now been declared kosher, which will be enforced by attractive israeli military personell.

     
  10. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    OMG, man, how did you discover my weakest point, women :jiggy:

    I love women, I am crazy and horny for women. I have only 1 wife, she is from morocco, but as soon as I become milionaire with my game :roffle: I plan to complete my collection of 4 wives haha.

    Now, talking seriously, as hot as these IDF women maybe, but whenever I remember all the blood of my people these women soldiers carry on their hands, I remember what my father always teached me, that the beauty of people is not on their physical appearance, rather it is on their hearts and their actions.

    This is what our Prophet Muhammad, may the blessings of Allah (God) be upon him, told us

    There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, or of a non-Arab over an Arab, and no superiority of a white person over a black person or of a black person over a white person, except on the basis of personal piety and righteousness.”
     
  11. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Shizafon Armored Corps Base

    This is a brand new map I just finished for the #Steam demo of #FursanAqsaGame. This is the Shizafon Armored Corps Base, a base built by #USA for #Zionist forces in the Negev Desert.

    #gamedev #indiegame #indiegamedev #UE4 #UE3 #UnrealEngine #FreePalestine #IsraelPalestine #IsraelTerrorism #Resistance



























     
  12. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    You do know that hashtags won't work here, right?
    So anyway, will there be a multiplayer mode where you can roflstomp palis from an Israeli perspective? If not, will there be mod support to add that? I'd consider it then...
     
  13. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Hello man. Sorry I did not know hashtags don't work here, because on other forums I publish about my game it works. Yeah, off course, even on this new steam demo I am finishing, I will add multiplayer, however, due to technical limitations I will add only offline multiplayer with split screen. And there is no character selection option, but Player 1 plays as Israeli Soldier and Player 2 plays as the game protagonist (Palestinian). It will work on the consoles versions (PS3, Xbox 360) outside the box, just connect two controllers on the consoles. The PC/Steam version will work also, but you must have 2 xbox 360 controllers or any pc game pad, because you can use the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator, which will come pre-configured inside the game folder.

    By the way, the split screen multiplayer is freaking fun, and remembers the golden days of N64 Multiplayer.

    Cheers.
     
  14. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa - Israel Iron Dome Control Center

    In this article I showcase some screenshots of this new map of my game, the Israel Iron Dome Control Center. You all will be able to play this mission on the Steam Demo of Fursan al-Aqsa, which is coming to Steam very soon.

    This is the Israel Iron Dome Control Center, on which the player must infiltrate it and sabotage the system in the best Arabic James Bond style.

    For the nostalgics out there, this map is a remake of the iconic map Severnaya Bunker, of Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64, the eternal classic shooter of all times...
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2021
  15. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® Updated Demo Released





    Since Steam will take a long time to finish reviewing my game, before it can go live there, and since the demo is finished, I don't see a reason for not releasing it, so you all can enjoy this new demo and have a sneak peek of what awaits you on the full game, which is coming, finally, in December 2021.

    This demo can be downloaded from itch.io, Game Jolt and IndieDB:

    https://nidal-nijm-games.itch.io/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque (access this link using the itch.io desktop app and click on install to install the Windows version)

    https://gamejolt.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/573682 (the Windows version is a standalone installation)

    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/downloads (the Windows version is a standalone installation)

    IMPORTANT: FOR PS3/XBOX360 YOU MUST SET THE VIDEO RESOLUTION OUTPUT TO 480p 16:9 ON YOUR CONSOLES CONFIGURATIONS MENU (also set on your TV the image aspect ratio to 16:9) OTHERWISE THE GAME WILL CRASH!!!

    Please download, play, leave a feedback and wishlist my game, as it helps me too much!

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    About the Demo:
    This brand new and updated demo of Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® contains 3 Game Modes (Campaign, Challenges and Multiplayer), alongside 6 Maps, so you can all enjoy it and have a sneak peek of what awaits you on the full game, which is coming, finally, in December 2021.

    In this demo, for the sake of making things easier for the players, all the missions are opened by default, but on the final game you need to accomplish the previous mission to be able to play the next mission of the Campaign.



    The first Campaign mission is basically a tutorial for players to understand the basic game mechanics, specially the Bullet Time, which I, personally love it, as I made it very similar to Max Payne. The second Campaign mission, is where the action begins. Retro shooters, specially Goldeneye 007 fans out there, will find too much similarities to the game, which ARE NOT MERELY COINCIDENTAL :D



    The Challenges mode, I made something very similar to, let's say, Metal Gear Solid VR Missions, on which the player must complete some specific tasks to earn a ranking badge according to his performance. The Challenges mode will keep people entertained playing Fursan al-Aqsa, even after finishing the game's Campaign, because the player will have to conquer all badges, and, something very cool, is that, both the Campaign mode and Challenges mode, will have FULL SUPPORT TO STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS!



    About the Multiplayer mode, this is something I am very proud of it, because I think it revives the Golden Era of Split-Screen Multiplayer! Due to technical limitations I won't be able to add Online Multiplayer support for Fursan al-Aqsa, so it will be Offline Multiplayer.



    This Multiplayer mode makes more sense for the console version of Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque®, but even the Steam version does support local multiplayer. However, you must have 2 Xbox360 USB Controllers connected to your PC, before starting the game. But ANY USB GAMEPAD will work if you use the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator, which can be downloaded for free from their official website (https://www.x360ce.com/).

    By the way, I will release, in December, 9 Campaign Missions, with full Steam Achievements Support, and some Multiplayer Maps.

    In the first FREE update for my game, I will release the Challenges Mode, with many missions. I will use the same Campaign Maps with many variations, and some new Maps. Also ALL the Challenges missions will have FULL Steam Achievements support, and by the way, the Challenges missions achievements will be HARD to unlock :D

    In the second FREE update for my game, I will release some new Campaign missions, alongside some new Challenges missions, all of them with FULL Steam Achievements support.

    As these new updates will take a lot of time for making, so, after I finish these updates, I will still decide if I make more free updates, or some cheap paid DLC's for my game, with brand new content. I plan to make some new missions, real missions and battles which indeed did happen in Palestine, real missions from the Palestinian Resistance, not fictional missions like these I am making now.

    My final words:

    After many years of intense work, dedication, too much love, passion and sleepless nights, finally, my journey with Fursan al-Aqsa is coming to it's peak.

    It has been indeed a long life journey, which began, here, on this piece of paper, the first sketch I made for a game about Palestinian Resistance there in 2009, the game of my dreams, the game which, since childhood, I dreamed to make, and today, praise be to Allah, it is a reality.



    I confess it has been a very hard journey, full of ups and downs, I even thought on giving it up many times, but the palestinian blood in my veins told me that a true fighter never gives up. Also because the underlying message of my game is very important to be said in the Gaming World, that RESISTANCE IS NOT TERRORISM, as this breaks too many cliches, specially the cliche Arabs = Terrorists.

    In this long journey I got to know many friends, from this site and many other places, and something I never imagined, is that my history with this game has been an inspiration for many other people, specially because of my other project, UDK Ultimate Engine, the homebrew port I made of Unreal Engine 3 to the 7th generation of Consoles, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

    So here my dear friends, since now I am on the final phase of my game's development, I won't be too much active on these forums anymore, but I will still publish some new trailers I make for my game. My focus now will be finish these 9 Campaign missions to release my game now in December, Insha Allah.

    Again, I thank you all guys and girls who are supporting me since the beginning of this project, and I thank the forum admins here to allow me to keep promoting my game here. This game now is HUGE thanks to this AMAZING COMMUNITY.

    May Allah bless you all.

    Assalamu Alaykum - May the peace be with you!
     
  16. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019


    Finally, after almost 10 years working on this game, since 2009, it is finally released on Steam!

    I thought it would take more days for my game being approved by Steam Review Team, however, today the wait is over, today is a GREAT day for my life, for my dream of becoming a game developer.

    Against all the odds, despite all the controversy around my game, despite anything, finally now my game is officialy on Steam, the biggest platform for digital gaming.

    This is indeed a great achievement for my life. No arab muslim game developer before me was able to make a game about the Struggle of Palestinian people against Israeli Oppresion in a global scope like Fursan al-Aqsa, a game, that despite being a small indie game, but it has a very important underlying message.

    As many of you know, I am a brazilian muslim, son of a Palestinian Resistance Fighter, and I always wanted to tell the history of my father, and the history of my people, the palestinian people and their resistance against oppression. Through this game I want to show to the whole World that Fighting for Freedom is NOT Terrorism, Fighting for Life is NOT Terrorism, Fighting for Protecting the Homeland is NOT Terrorism, Fighting against the Oppressor and its Savagery, which kills innocent children and civilians, is NOT Terrorism, that Palestinian Resistance is NOT Terrorism!

    And today I feel I am close to accomplish this mission.

    Again, I ask you all to please wishlist my game on Steam, as this helps me too much.

    And if you did not download the demo yet, please, download it now from Steam.
     
  17. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa® Demo Update - Not Very Hard Mode

    (the steam version will auto update)

    https://nidal-nijm-games.itch.io/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque (you need to manually click on check game updates using the itch.io app)

    The Consoles versions (PS3/XBOX360) and the PC Standalone version were also updated. These can be downloaded from here:
    https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/downloads



    After listening to many players feedbacks, I realized that not every player nowadays are hardcore players, that the world itself changed a lot in the last 20 years, and also did the gaming world.

    We live in a very different times since the days of Goldeneye 007 for the N64, the biggest inspiration for Fursan al-Aqsa. While people back then could take months to beat the game because they were usually stuck with the game until the next time their parents buy them another game, the mass availability of games of all prices on digital storefronts nowadays means that people can just play a different game if something is too hard. In other words, people will also get bored easily if the game is too hard as well, especially if they have plenty of other games waiting for them.

    So for this reason I did balance much better the difficulty of the game now. It is easier, but still challenging without being frustrating. I hope to reach now also the casual players who want to try something different, an action game which anyone can enjoy, not only hardcore players.

    Here follows the list of changes, which were also added to full game:

    1- I improved the post process effect, increasing the image contrast and brightness a bit, so players can see better important gameplay objects, like the security cameras, healthpacks and other pickups;

    2- I added a small delay for the enemy soldiers, so it takes some seconds for them to shoot at the player after they spot him;

    3- Now the Health Packs restore 25HP of health instead of 15HP;

    4- Now each Headshot gives the player 10HP of health;

    5- On each mission the player will have a Body Armor to pickup, and it is placed always close to the player entry point of each mission;

    6- I reduced a lot the opacity of the on-screen blood whenever the player is injured, so it does not distract the player anymore;

    7- Now to perform the knife kills is a bit easier, but you still need to get close enough to the enemy;

    8- I made the security cameras range less unfair to the players, specially that one close to the corridor under stairs;

    Now I am sure the game is much more enjoyable, without losing it's challenging aspect, but at the same time without being unfair for the players, neither frustrating.

    I hope you enjoy it, Insha Allah.

    Assalamu Alaykum - May the peace be with you.

    P.S: My game was featured on one of the biggest gaming portals of Japan!!!

    https://www.gamespark.jp/article/2021/09/10/111752.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2021
  18. udkultimate

    udkultimate It Wandered In From the Wastes

    115
    Nov 27, 2019
    Fursan al-Aqsa® - Steam Next Fest and other updates



    Hello friends. Some GREAT news here.

    #FursanAqsaGame will be on #STEAM #nextFest. I will do a demo walkthrough on live, friday.



    On sunday I will challenge you to play against me, an epic online split screen multiplayer match via remote play.



    Everyone is welcome!

    Today, one of the biggest news portal from middle-east, Jerusalem Post, wrote an amazing article about my game:
    https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-...layers-free-palestine-and-fight-israel-680622

    This is simply AMAZING! I have a strong feeling that this game will be a big hit on STEAM, as soon as I release it.

    New Campaign Mission - Map Showcase

    This is a Military Camp established in the Israel-Lebanon border region, known as South Lebanon Security Belt. This camp is used as a warehouse to store and distribute weapons and warfare supplies to IDF Forces acros all the Occupied Lands in Palestine. Your mission is to infiltrate this camp, destroy all their warfare supplies, eliminate all enemies and kidnapp an AV-8B Harrier to escape.















    #gamedev #game #indiedev #indiegame #indiegamedev #UE4 #UE3 #UnrealEngine
     
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  19. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    People are seething in the steam comments. Love it.

     
  20. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005

    Let it be known that NMA supported you even though it was totally random and had nothing to do with Fallout.
     
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