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When I first started here at JK2Files.com (good for the body, good for the soul), AmosMagee told me, numerous times, that writing long reviews was pointless, because soon enough, you'd run out of things to say. As she so eloquently put it -- and I'm sure I'm paraphrasing here -- "there's only about a million things you can say about a Reborn skin, and we've done then all three times over." I'm certain she was lying, but I was also a little worried: what would I do when such a skin came across my monitor? Let's find out.
The very originally named "Alttrooperskin" (don't step in the sarcasm, folks) doesn't strive for all that much. It comes with two separate color variations of the Stormtrooper, both of which are direct recolors of the Stormtrooper team skins, evident by the obscene amount of scrapes and scratches that Raven threw in because they couldn't think of anything else to add. The very annoying thing about this little pack is that each .pk3 alters the generic white Trooper skin completely (in both single- and multiplayer), and they're incompatible with each other. In short, it means that if you have an insatiable craving for neon green or vomit orange on your Stormtrooper, you can fix the problem very quickly, but you don't ever get to see the white Trooper skin again -- unless you delete the .pk3, of course.
The skins themselves aren't half bad, but all they ARE recolors. The author literally took each .jpg, pulled it into PhotoShop (or PhotoPaint, or whatever photo-editing utility you want to say he used because you use that utility, and as we all know, the utility that YOU use is the best), selected the ENTIRE IMAGE, and changed the hue/color saturation. For those who haven't used PhotoShop, it boils down to about 30 seconds per skin: a grand total of one minute for the development of this submission. In addition, one starts to believe that the reason this is a skinmod and not a standalone skin is because making a standalone requires the addition of botfiles and all that nasty stuff -- although, admittedly, that would disallow the skin from being used in singleplayer.
Now, the author fully admits to us in his readme that this is his first skin, so I'm inclined to cut him a little slack. The character portraits are okay (they aren't original, but are rather recolors of the original Stormtrooper's portrait, which means that they don't have all the scrapes in the picture that they have in-game), and the skins don't really look half-bad. Luckily enough, the only way you can really go wrong with a recolor is if you pick a bad color. Of course, I'm still trying to figure out why he chose orange.
The Bottom Line: They aren't bombs, but they aren't pretty gardens of flowers either. A new developer's first skin, and one that, due to the fact that they edit the original Stormtrooper completely, can be used in singleplayer. It's a very simple minimod, and it doesn't crash and burn in what it tries to do. I guess I'm just starting to wish folks did more with their skins than recoloration and submission.
Oh, and by the way, you now have your answer: you can review almost anything if you're long-winded and as uninteresting as carpet lint in the kitty corner. Who's up for round two?
Bot Support: NO New Sounds: NO Team Colors: NO
- Dan "ViperEye" Tennant
Alttrooperskin Jedi Outcast reskin by: Eric (Gigon) Lessard E-Mail : email@example.com ------------------------------------------------------ Installation instructions: Put the orangetrooper.pk3 OR the greentrooper.pk3 in your ...gamedata\base folder. - the 2 skins cannot be use at the same time - It replace the white stormtrooper skin in single and multi player game. ------------------------------------------------------ Note: This is a stormtrooper default skin replacement: One is orange, the other is green. Personally I like the orange one, I'll use it the most! ;) I have made those skins while I was trying to make a single-player mod... I did not make the mod but the skins are here! ------------------------------------------------------ Distribution / Copyright / Permissions Download at your own risk. You cannot hold me responsible for any damage this causes to your computer. Copyright (c) 2003 Eric lessard All rights reserved. This level may be electronically distributed only at NO CHARGE to the recipient in its current state, MUST include this .txt file, and may NOT be modified IN ANY WAY.
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