I really wasn't sure what to expect from this map. It certainly doesn't fit the title. "Backyard." Yeah, I was thinking it was going to be a fun and irreverent map that looked, maybe like someone's backyard. But it's a much more interesting map than that, and more serious, too ... if that makes sense.
The area I spawned into is called by the author, the Building Estate. It's a large area with a big tree in the center and a lovely brick red building all around. I can't say whether the lighting in this area is good or not, but I liked it. The sky overhead along with the music playing kinda gave me a chill. It's just a little creepy, but I can't explain quite why. Maybe it's just because I was alone on the map and it felt like there should be more people around, but the place was deserted. It's a good setting for a horror novel. :)
As I explored, I made my way down to The Tunnel, where there are some phone booths and a Coke machine. Don't ask me, I have no idea what's being said when you press your "use" key on the Coke machine. The lighting down here is a bit darker, and not knowing what you'll find down the hole on the far side of the room only makes it that much more creepy. I dropped down and hesitated when I saw the red wall facing me. It moved and looked like lava, but I stepped forward anyway. I touched it and I wasn't burned. Naturally, I pressed my use key and it opened to reveal what the author dubbed "Hell". This area is littered with guns and ammo, sharp rocks and more of the harmless blood-red lava. In the center at the back is a big statue that guards the red flag, if you're playing CTF.
I made my way back out and towards The Bridge. This looks like a good place for some fun duels, especially with the small pillars out in the water. Through the doors, you'll find a big hall that is called Heaven. There are angels on the pillars and for some reason, this room doesn't seem as scary as the rest of the map - even with the music. Maybe it's because the lighting is a bit brighter, even with the dark sky. At the top of the white marble steps, you'll find the blue flag if you're playing CTF.
Napalmgabber is most effective at setting a tone with this map. The music is just perfect for this map and I quite enjoyed it. I listened to it a few times and didn't get tired of hearing it. My FPS was great and even though the CTF bases aren't mirrored, the bases seem equal. I'd need to play it a few times to really determine if the bases are fair. There isn't anything about this map that is really amazing, there's nothing innovative, but there's something about it that I really like.
Bot Support: Yes New Textures: Yes New Music: Yes Game Types: FFA, JM, TFFA, CTF
*************************** JEDI KNIGHT II MODIFICATION *************************** Title : BM Backyard: The three worlds Author : Napalmgabber E-Mail : email@example.com Website : http://www.gabbadrome.at.hu / http://www.jk2phile.sw.hu File Name : ffa_bmbackyard.pk3 File Size : 7,14MB - Description: A great map to play CTF, FFA, TFFA, JediMaster! Weapon support, botsupport, custom textures above 95%, custom shaders, custom music, so it's an original map! Advantages: GOOD FPS!!! Tested on PIII 800MHz with Ati Radeon 8500 64MB and the FPs was: 90-100 (if you're alone), 60-80 (with 4 players) Map Structure: - Part 1: called "HEAVEN" a big hall with monuments, good to play duels and ffa, the place is so bright! - Part 2: called "The Bridge" a rusty metal bridge, it has enough space to fight duels, and 4players ffa, under the bridge is water. You can jump out at the midle pillar! - Part 3: called "Building Estate" a place what it's good to play ffa, or 2 duels, high quality elaboration and it's good to play ffa too. - Part 4: called "Tunnel" It's a small place with extras, vibrating lights, Coca Cola automat, Phones and it has a passage to the "Hell". - Part 5: called "Hell" It's a evil-place to fight duels and it's function chatroom too. Bloodly wall, evil feeling, it's so dark! - Installation instructions: Extract the ffa_bmbackyard.pk3 file from the zipfile to your "Jedi Knight II:Jedi Outcast" folder (...\gamedata\base\). If you can't extract the zip file, you have to download a new program to extract the zip, or have to download again the zipfile, if it's damaged! Finaly: Run "Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast" and select the map... enjoy! - Another information: If you need help about the installation, or using the map, write an e-mail! THIS MODIFICATION IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.
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