The hard sci fi feel to the game will start to break down here. I haven't put any fluff behind it yet, but I've added a gravity drive. It isn't just another means of moving through space, it actually picks up strong gravity fields nearby to propel the ship. The effect you'll see from this is the closer to Earth you are as you slingshot around it, the more of a boost you'll get. The effect is multiplicative, so even edging just a little closer can mean a lot. When the engine kicks on I warp the screen by increasing the field of view on the camera. I also start a looping sound effect. It actually sounds like it's revving up (or spooling, or just growing), and all I had to do was change the pitch. These values need a lot of tweaking though, as too much field of view and too much pitch can ruin the effect.
|Can you beat this speed?