I want to create a simple Flash game. Let's say, it's about soccer hooligans. I would need the characters to walk around the isometric landscape, drink, fight or whatever it is they do.
Now, how do I create those characters? I imagine it could be possible just to draw a separate movie clip for every action for 8 different directions (will 8 be enough?). But this seems like a little bit of work, to say the least.
Some people recommend creating and animating the models in some 3D editor (3DS Max, for instance). This looks better. But, how do I use them? There's no 'native' 3D in Flash (yet). And I don't really feel like being involved with one of the flash 3D engines (some have overly sophisticated APIs, others have bugs, the rest are not maintained anymore).
I could pre-render the animations to frame sequences and then just download them, right? But that makes a HUGE chunk of data.
Any thoughts or advices?