Upon spawning, I immediately was drawn from the shadowed fringes to the brightly lit hole. I scrambled down the oversized steps to the object of the map's focus. In the middle, was a rough-hewn stone arch. Dangling from the underside of the top, and undulating softly, was a row of gray pennants. They whispered my name and beckoned for my approach. Mesmerized, I obeyed drawing close. Inches away, the gentle cloth transformed into swiping blades and I was killed, lying dead in a bleak abyss. I called for my resurrection, only to find myself again wrapped in the cold of the darkness I first saw. This time however, I knew the secret that left no survivors. And I would visit this upon the inferior intellect that bounced around me with foolish hostility. His deaths amused me, but I grew tired of the loneliness. Thus I saw fit to create a horde of them, to purge my blood lust. To purify myself from the darkness that infused my light being. And I was cleansed, returning to the good and light side that I was destined to serve.
Wow, simple yet elegant. KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Although I wouldn't call Shadowwraith "stupid." He has created a compelling, if a bit dark, duel/FFA map. The map design plays heavily on contrast between light and dark, warm and cold, high and low. The outer region is void of light, except the glow that pours from the inner area. Cool grays fade to warm earthen colors as the journey down is made. The author notes that this is "A map based on a certain room in a certain ministry in a certain world in a certain book in a certain series... the fifth of which just went on sale recently." Certainly say very little with a whole lot ;), but for those of you with enough free time to read, I'm sure you know what he's talking about.
This map is still beta, the author admits: "I know this map isn't really complete... but I didn't want to do any more work on it if no one was going to like it... so if you do like it, tell me!" Dude, if you're looking for a green light, I'm giving you at least 10 of them. Although the map is unfinished IMO (no bot support or music), I'd definitely suggest downloading this file.
Pros: 1. Excellent FPS, even on my dinosaur machine. 2. Perfect-sized duel or small FFA map; there's nowhere for those annoying wimps to run away to. ;) 3. Cool deathtrap. I foresee many gripped victims meeting their doom here. }>
Cons: 1. No bot support. With a map this small, bot support isn't that much to ask. 2. This map is a bit too dark on the edges. I didn't even know the sides were textured until I changed my gamma to 1.5. 3. No music. Dude! This map could be so "l33t" if it had the right background music. Something somber and quiet, slightly pacifying; I'm sensing the mood is supposed to mislead everyone to the fact that the whole map is based on the old adage, "curiosity killed the cat."
Bot Support: No New Textures: No New Sounds/Music: No Game Types: Duel, FFA
*************************** JEDI KNIGHT II MODIFICATION *************************** Title : hp_veil Author : Shadowwraith E-Mail : Shadowwraith@leftieswillruletheuniverse.cjb.net Website : www.thejk3alliance.cjb.net File Name : hp_veil.pk3 File Size : 422kb Date Released : July 4th 2003 Description : A map based on a certain room in a certain ministry in a certain world in a certain book in a certain series... the fifth of which just went on sale recently. Comments : Warning... this map could be conscrued as spoilers for the afor mentioned book... use at your own risk! New Sounds : 0 New Skins : 0 New Objects : 0 New Textures : 0 Software used : JK2 Radiant Known Bugs : None Build Time : 3 hours Thanks to : Rich Diesal Notes : I know this map isn't really complete... but I didn't want to do any more work on it if no one was going to like it... so if you do like it, tell me! to install : Unzip hp_veil into you game data/base folder. 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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