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Hi everyone I have made myself a little SWAT action FPS style game. I have the basis of the code very well set up (by my standards!) and can easily add enemies where I want that all act differently by ticking different options in them. I have set up a mission list and can complete them etc. The whole game is almost ready to build several levels with and then hopefully have anend product that resembles a real PC game.

But this is unchartered waters for me. Normally I can overlook all the rough edges as I am just learning, but I am really happy with this and want to try making it into a full game.

My problem: The edge of the level. I've made a 'training level' that is very small. Its 60mx60m gamemap . The level works fine but I have these edges where you can fall off the world. I could of course put a brick wall, or an invisible wall, but I thought I would ask you knowledgable folks here at gamedev for some advise and options.

Could I somehow dump my level on top of an image or plane of images to give illusion of being in a city? or would I need to create buildings in 3d just for background objects? (if not I can always give in for now and use a big brick wall lol)

Here's a screenshot to show what I mean. I understand this question will give rise to opinion based answers, but I'm really low on ideas so anything better than an invisible wall or a brick wall would be very welcome.

thanks for reading

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Why not let the simpletons just fall?

Eh. My more "sanitized" response would be, sometimes, it can be a whimsical choice to allow the less genre-savvy individuals fall off the map.... Not that you'd have to go that way....

Of course, if falling off a map is not a "thing" anywhere else in the game so far, then that will of course have to be prevented. That means a wall, a bounding box, a wall, ... something, to block going from Point A, to Point -Z (see what I did there?).

I do/would have my own preference in making a wall, invisible or not. But there is also psychological value in making tutorial levels feel open, not enclosed; so including some visual plane that doesn't constrain the openness.

This above even applies in 2d/tile-based games, of which I'm more familiar at developing this moment -- certain game-makers might allow adding parallaxed backgrounds for just such an effect.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ hi man, thanks for the ideas. i don't really want them to be able to fall off anywhere lol :D Each mission has its own map, and when you complete it you go back to the main menu and select the next mission. Ideally I want to put like a skidded undercover cop car at the front-end of each level, so for example near my glass barrier here, but its making the road and then like 20 tower buildings to make it look like a road that is my problem. I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and make some basic tower blocks and make do with those for now as i cant think of any other idea. cheers tho \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 15, 2018 at 9:54

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