eSper Special is a new column where we aim to interview talented and renowned players from the S4 community. Together with our writers we compose an article in which these eSpers tell us about their projects, give their thoughts on the game and share some samples of their work. Along with a personal touch, we aim to create an enjoyable read where these people get some well-deserved attention.
S4League, as you probably know by now, is a competitive sports-shooter hybrid. In the years that this game has been out it has attracted numerous players that continue to brighten up ones matches with challenging weapons (homing, smash, crow, twin blade), challenging tactics (hero rush, metallic camping) and challenging skills (anchor, shield). But S4 is also a game in which one can find a wide diversity of interesting, skilled or talanted people. Today we will be taking a closer look at one those people. Enter; Tzunami.
Going back one year in time, we are at the Summer ’11 event where players could create and submit a soundtrack for the current Iron eyes season. The winning entry was by Tzunami. His SoundCloud page gives the feeling of a talented musician, a suspicion further confirmed by the wide selection of tunes available on his front page. But above anything, Tzunami is an eSper like the rest of us. Read on to find out how the game sings in his ears and he sends his enemies dancing to his tunes, along with a special bonus at the end!
– Can you give a small introduction to your fellow eSpers? About who the character Tzunami exactly is, and where players would know you from?
In the NetSphere, I go by Tzunami. I’ve been playing for… sheesh, might as well say since Patch 1. I’m easily able to be found roaming around North America – Free 1, but now and then I’ll wander to Europe – Free 1 for a few games. As most people would know about me, I do what I want when I want. My attitude led me to popularity at various times over the years.
– During the ’11 Summer Event your entry ‘Escape the World’ claimed the first place. Ever since that moment it has been played almost 1,500 times and the limited HQ downloads were quickly capped out. What can you say about its success? What is the story behind it?
With the amazing success of the song, I really didn’t expect it to win first place. Around the time of the Summer Event I was pretty busy with my musical focuses and noticed that they had a contest going on. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try and I crafted a song just for the fun of it. Once I noticed it won, I figured there must have been a mistake as I know I didn’t do my best… but clearly the choice wasn’t up to me to pick the winner. When it comes to creating music, the best concept is to follow a theme and achieve those feelings and emotions through music. I’ve followed the “story” of S4 since the beginning, so with the concept that the NetSphere was being taken over by some outside force, it gave me a feeling of despair and empowerment. The eSpers would have to stand up for what they believe in and fight for their territory. Escape the World clearly captures the feeling of people standing up for what’s theirs.
I do play every mode evenly, but Deathmatch would clearly be my favorite mode. It’s classic S4 gameplay and all that matters is to kill the enemy. It’s also a good mode to spend some time relaxing while you play, allowing some breather to chat amongst friends and other players. My favorite weapon without a doubt is the Gauss Rifle. People consider it a useless/outdated weapon, with Smash Rifle and Assault Rifle as it’s successor, also causing difficulty in gameplay with it’s I-shaped bullet spread. Long ago when S4 was young, Gauss Rifle players were a force to be reckoned with. Their pinpoint accuracy and quick kills could easily shut a whole team down. I wanted to use a forgotten weapon and bring it back to the surface, showing people that everything isn’t about the same 3-4 weapons you see today.
The overall gameplay of S4 has fallen back to your typical shooter. There are always people wanting to be better and trying to be the best. I do enjoy competitive gameplay, don’t get me wrong, but with the power that AP holds over normal pen users and the attitude that AP users tend to give off really doesn’t give the game a friendly feeling. It’s either you deal with being weaker than everyone else, or conform to the normal and give in, which, as I’ve seen, AP changes people. If S4 could return to the days where players could enjoy a game without someone ego going off, say before Season 1, it would be such a better game. If I really wanted to bring something back, it would be a strong community not separated by small useless differences or skill.
Favorite moment in S4… I’d have so many to name. One of the real defining moments in all my time on S4 would have been around the time before Season 1 kicked off. AP wasn’t in full swing back then, and it wasn’t that hard to find really good and competitive matches. It was an Unlimited Tunnel match and the score was 0 – 0 28 minutes in. I was on defense using my fumbi’d set of PS/Sentry/Cannonade and the match wasn’t getting anywhere between my iron defense and their relentless attacking.
My team wasn’t holding up too well with the Railgun users gunning them down at each passing moment so I needed to manage keeping the strikers from scoring and the defense from taking my team out. After trading kills with a sniper and losing out only line of defense, one of my teammates managed to catch the enemy right at the goal for the reset. The second I respawned, I quickly took out their ball carrier and landed critical shots on each of their snipers, allowing my team to pick them off and charge in for the only score of the game, right before the match ended. If we did score at that point, they would of won by points. It was a real rush getting that first and final goal with no time on the clock.
I’m really not sure what to expect as S4 goes on. When the experience table changed, the game wasn’t about being top rank anymore, but whoever was the best. Even though the rank system is nothing but a leveling modifier, the extreme shift in player focus really changed what matters. I’m one of the few players pro-limited ammo/drop system, because it will bring the much needed balance that S4 has been lacking since Season 1 took off and AP became the only way to really do anything. Whatever happens, S4 will keep it’s appeal in some way, and players will always have something to complain about because the thing that gives them the edge has been taken away from them.
Simply enough: Don’t give in to anything that anyone says or does. Play the game the way you want to play instead of becoming like everyone else. You’ll enjoy the game so much more if you keep that in your mind.
I’m actually looking forward to seeing if they pull a repeat performance. If so, I’ll make sure to bring my A-game and try my hardest.
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[Bonus] Escape the World + HQ Download Link
As a bonus, here is Tzunami’s one and only ‘Escape the World’ in HQ format. Click on the video to hear it and / or find the download link below (direct .mp3).
A big thanks to Tzunami for taking the time to answer our questions and supplying us with the exclusive HQ version, and a big thanks to our readers for reading as well. Be sure to check out his site on the right while you wait to see who is up next. Cheers.