Here is Maddog's review of Movie Battles Mod v1.1:
RenegadeOfPhunk brings us the newest version of Movie Battles. In version 1.1 of Movie battles the author has enabled a way to search through online servers to find servers using this mod. There is a new flag for CTF, the author refers to it as a drone. The flags are pretty cool with no poll and it kind of hovers over you. Holocron, Jedi master and Duel game types are not affected by this mod as of this time.
The main reason the author created this mod was to try and recreate the battles from the movies, and to try and broaden the game play experience for all of us. With easy installation this mod is worth the download, just be sure to read the readme included.
Be sure to visit their site to find out which models can be downloaded for use with this mod. You can play in Original Trilogy or the Prequel film characters.
In v1.2, RenegadeOfPhunk has fixed a few bugs including TFFA games that would end before they should've been, or not ending when they were supposed to. Also, there was a bug that allowed incorrect team and class models to be used - now fixed so that can't happen. And now, non-Jedi have a way to protect themselves from being knocked over by push or pull, by simply standing still, walking or crouching.
Force Block works the way Absorb would, except that it's a neutral power and it does not feed the person using it more force. Force Regeneration works constantly, meaning, if you have this force power, there is no need to activate it - it simply speeds up your force regen time as you play. Mind trick has been changed so that you cannot use it as an offensive power, but rather more for simply slipping by your enemies. When using this force power now, it forces you to walk, have your saber off and if you activate your saber, mind trick will immediately wear off. It also now uses 75 points of force, rather than the previous 50.
A cvar has been added for saber vs. saber combat so you can choose to play without the saber damage changed at all so duels are shorter, or you can go with a setting that will reduce saber damage dramatically for longer duels and there's even a setting for in between those two. :) Heroes can no longer dodge close range shots, but they also can no longer be shot in the back.
There are a few other updates to this mod, so you might want to read about them yourself in the file provided in the zip. This mod is extensive and complex and just ... amazing. The only real competitor I see Movie Battles mod having is ForceMod II. Great job, RenegadeOfPhunk! :D
Movie Battles : A Game Modification of Jedi Outcast – Jedi Knight II Current version: 1.2 Author: RenegadeOfPhunk E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/richard.hart4/ How To Install The Mod: • Download the MovieBattles.pk3: MovieBattles.zip • Extract the contents of the Movie Battles.zip file into your GameData directory (e.g. C:/Program Files/LucasArts/Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast/GameData). If you have an older version of the mod installed, you will be asked if you want to over-write the files which already exist. In which case, click on ‘Yes’ for all the files to be over-written. • Either download the Original Trilogy Models pack, OR download the models individually. (The models are listed here.). Extract all the models into your base folder. (e.g. C:/Program Files/LucasArts/Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast/GameData/base) • To play the game in Prequel mode, you will need to download the prequel models to the same directory. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is not enough room on my site to host the prequel models pack. However, the models are listed here. Also, I will be looking to get this pack hosted on popular JKII sites in due course. How To Run The Mod: Either: Select ‘Movie_Battles’ in the Setup -> Mods screen in the main menu. (SPECIAL NOTE: If you had v1.1 installed, you may see TWO entries for movie battles in the Mods list. 1. 'Movie Battles' 2. 'Movie_Battles' Choose the second entry) OR Run the batch file called ‘Play Movie Battles’ in your GamaData folder OR Use the command line argument +set fs_game “Movie_Battles” e.g. C:/Program Files/ LucasArts/Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast/jk2mp.exe +set fs_game “Movie_Battles” The Basics of The Mod: The mod has two basic aims: To make in-game combat more closely resemble action from the Star Wars movies. Deepen the basic gameplay with new features such as an LMS (Last Man Standing) system and classes. I have added a section at the end of the document that highlights the main practical differences that can easily catch out players who are used to normal JKII… Starting and Joining games Starting a game follows the same process as in normal JKII. The only real difference is that certain options are now not available. Just after joining a game, the ‘Join’ menu will automatically appear (rather than the player menu), prompting you to select a team before choosing your player settings. This is because models are now team specific, and so you need to select your team before you can select your model. Of course, this is not applicable to non-team FFA games. LMS (Last Man Standing) Gameplay is now divided into gaming rounds – each round lasting several minutes. A counter is visible in the top-left corner of the screen. If you die during a gaming round, you will be taken out of play until the start of the next round. (There is one exception to this rule – the soldier class. Please see below…) While waiting, you will be able to spectate the rest of the round as it plays out. Rounds are over when either the timer runs out, or the objective of the game has been achieved by one of the teams. The objectives are dependent on the gametype – and are as follows: • FFA – to be the last man standing. The round will end when there is only one player left in the round. • Team FFA – to eliminate all players on the other team. The round will end when all players on one team have been killed. • Capture the Flag – to capture the flag, as normal, OR to eliminate all players on the opposite team. Either objective will end the round. • Capture the Ysalimari – same as Capture the Flag. Holocron, Jedi and Duel gaming modes are not currently supported. Classes There are four classes in the game. Each character model you can select when you set up your player has an associated class. To see what class a model corresponds to, select the model in the menu, and then check the name below the selection box. The class name will be shown before the model name. Descriptions of the classes follow: Soldier: -------- Health: 50 Armour: 25 Weapons: Pistol, Blaster, Thermal Detonator (per spawn) Special Abilities: Extra re-spawns Speed: Slow The soldier class has a low amount of health, compensated slightly by some light armour. They also have a limited weapon selection. Their advantage, however, comes from the fact that they get two extra lives, or ‘re-spawns’ per round. The number of lives remaining is displayed at the top-left corner of the screen, just below the round timer. When another player kills a soldier, it will only count towards his kill count if the soldier has no more re-spawns left. So, the first two times a soldier dies in a round, it will not count towards anybody else’s score. Players have to kill the soldier while he has no re-spawns left to get a point. The same is true of the soldiers death count. It is only increased when the soldier loses his last life in the round. The soldier has a quick-fire thermal button (set in the ‘Other’ category of controls). This fires the thermal a set distance in front of the player, and is set to detonate on impact. Hero: ----- Health: 100 Armour: 0 Weapons: Pistol, Blaster, Disruptor, Thermal Detonators (3) Special Abilities: Regenerating Health, Dodge Ability Speed: Fast This class represents characters such as Han Solo, Lando and Chewbacca. These are characters who, equipped with no armour and fairly standard weapons - can survive seemingly impossible odds. To represent this, the hero class is able to regenerate health, enabling them to survive damage that would quickly eliminate other classes. However, if the Hero’s health drops below particular thresholds, their health cannot then rise above it again. These thresholds are 75, 50 and 25. Also, the hero has an innate dodging ability. The blue bar at the bottom right shows your current dodge ability. A full bar will allow 2 blaster or disruptor shots to be dodged consecutively. After that, you can be shot as per normal. To dodge more shots, your dodge potential needs to be given time to re-charge. Note, your dodge potential will not recharge while your health is recharging. The hero CANNOT dodge shots he is not facing, or shots fired at close range. The hero has a quick-fire thermal button (set in the ‘Other’ category of controls). This fires the thermal a set distance in front of the player, and is set to detonate on impact. Mandalorian: ------------ Health: 100 Armour: 50 Weapons: Pistol, Blaster, Disruptor, 1 Rocket. Special Abilities: Jetpack Speed: Slow This class represents an ancient race which developed sophisticated weapons and equipment to help them fight and survive. Boba and Jango Fett, while not of the Mandalorian race themselves, used the same equipment with as much competence as any of the true Mandalorians had… The most unique piece of equipment the mandalorian has access to is the jetpack! The jetpack key can now be assigned in the main menus. When activated, smoke will billow from the jetpack. However, you will not take off until you leave the ground – either by jumping, or walking off an edge. Simply point yourself in the direction you wish to go and hit forward (or backward). You can turn / strafe as normal. Jump will increase you upwards acceleration, while duck decreases it. The mandalorian can also fire the rocket placed in top of his jetpack. This is achieved any time during a given round by pressing the ‘Fire Rocket’ key - also shown in the controls menu. When pressed, the player will perform a summersault jump, firing the rocket in the middle of the leap. You only have one rocket available for the round – so use it wisely! Jedi: ----- Health: 100 Armour: 0 Weapons: Lightsaber Special Abilities: Force powers & saber combat Speed: Average This is the only class that has access to the lightsaber and force powers. Also, the Jedi does NOT have access to any other weapon or armour. There are a few changes to force powers in this mod. First of all, force powers which haven’t been considered ‘true’ to the movies have been removed.. These are: Force Drain Force Rage Force Absorb Force Protection Force Team Heal Saber throw (see below…) There are also some other small tweaks: Force pull only works on one person (at any level) and you must be looking directly at them for it to work. Neither force push or force pull can knock another player down (of any class) if they are standing still, walking or crouching. However, they can still be moved back (push), or have their weapon pulled (pull). Mind trick no longer turns you invisible. Instead, enemies are tricked into thinking you are their friend! They cannot shoot in your direction, or cause you damage in any other way. However, you are forced to walk and turn your saber off. (To show your peaceful intentions). If you turn your saber on, mind trick is immediately stopped. The effect stops after a preset time, or if you attack anybody on the opposing team. (At this point, your enemies will realise that something fishy is going on!). This power does NOT work on Jedi’s. (Only the weak-minded are affected!) Heal now is not an instant power – it works over time. Force power is constantly consumed as you are healing. If your heal force level is low, more force power is consumed, whereas at higher levels, less force power is consumed for the same amount of healing. While healing, you player is forced to turn off their saber and go into a kneeling position. If you move, or turn on your saber, heal stops immediately. When deflecting blaster shots and enemy saber attacks, force manna is used up. The amount used depends on your saber defence level. A low defence level means a lot of manna used per block, while a high defence level means a small amount of manna used per block. Also, whether you have your defense key pressed also makes a difference to the manna used – see below. Saber combat has also been tweaked in several ways: ‘Short’ saber locks can now occur during normal saber combat. (i.e. outside of duels). This is mainly to try and make saber combat look more authentic. The Saber Throw power has been removed, and in it’s place, the right mouse button is used for ‘Defense’. When pressed, the blocking angle in front of you within you will successfully block enemy fire or saber attacks increases. And also, you use much less manna with each bock when your defense button is held. However, when pressed, you also slow to a walking pace. This is not only for class balance, but to encourage movie-like action. (It is very rare to see a Jedi blocking while running at full pace in the movies…). When pressed, saber defense also blocks force lightning attacks. The defense button also does more than increase blocking chance with the saber. It also puts the Jedi into a concentrated mental state where the Jedi is capable of absorbing both incoming force attacks and damage taken from energy weapons. The ability to ‘block’ incoming force power is determined by the ‘Force Block’ power setting (see below.). The ability to reduce damage taken while blocking, however, is a basic Jedi trait available to all force users. There are two new force powers available in Movie Battles: Force Regeneration ------------------ Adding points to Regneration allows you to regenerate your force power faster. This does not need to be activated, it constantly works. Force Block ----------- This power allows the Jedi to block force attacks levelled at them by other Jedi’s. (This power should NOT be confused with the Absorb power from normal JKII. For example, you do NOT gain extra force power from blocking incoming attacks. Also, this is a neutral power…). This power allows different power to be blocked, by holding the defence button - depending on the amount of points allocated. Powers can also be blocked WITHOUT holding the defence button, IF the Jedi has a minimum amount of force manna available. Again, the amount needed changes between each block level. The table below describes which force powers can be blocked at which levels… Block – Level 0 Can block lightning if in defence (all Jedi’s can do this) NO auto force block Block – Level 1 Can block lightning without holding defence (auto-force block) Force manna must be over 90% to auto-force block Block – Level 2 Can block push, pull and lightning when holding defence or auto-absorb Force manna must be over 75% to auto-force block Block – Level 3 Can block grip, push, pull and lightning when holding defence or auto-absorb Force manna must be over 50% to auto-force block Saber v Saber combat. As one might expect, saber combat is seen quite different ways by many different jkii players. Some players like sabers to be deadly (i.e. one-hit sabers). Other people prefer duels to be more drawn out. Therefore, I have added a cvar called g_duelSetting. Below are the valid settings for this cvar, and their effects: 1 (or below) Keeps saber v saber damage unchanged from Movie Battles v1.1. i.e. NO damage reduction, for both blocking and not blocking. Dueling will be exactly the same as v1.1. This setting will lead to shorter duels on average. 2 (default) Reduces damage taken from the saber when defense is held, but does NOT reduce saber damage when not held down. This is basically a half-way house, and should hopefully keep most players reasonably happy (which is why I have it as default) 3 (or above) Reduces both damage taken while defending AND damage taken while not defending. (Damage reduction when blocking is MUCH more than damage reduction when not blocking…). This will result in less damage being dealt by successful hits and therefore lead to longer duels on average. Other Changes ------------- There is now a ‘sprint’ button. (Set in the ‘Other’ category of controls). This is a toggle action button. Press once to start sprinting, and then press again to stop. You can also stop sprinting by walking, crouching or going into defence mode. (Jedi) While sprinting, your running speed is increased. Your player can maintain sprint speed for up to 20 seconds. For every second spent sprinting, you must spend half those number of seconds resting – which means being restricted to walking. You MAY try to force yourself to run again while resting, but if you have not rested enough, you will not be able to sprint for a full 20 seconds again. Only when you have rested enough so that jogging is possible again can you activate sprint for the full 20 seconds. Moving slowly now means your character will not make any footstep sounds, allowing for stealth play… Gun damage amounts, as well as being slightly randomised, are now also multiplied if the shot hits your opponent in certain areas of the body: Head shot = x3 damage Chest = x2 damage Normal damage everywhere else The Jedi’s left and right roll moves have been replaced with cartwheel and flip jumps. If in defence mode, cartwheels will be performed. If not in defence mode, flips will be performed. New cvars g_roundTime: (default 3) This determines the length of rounds. Valid settings are between 2 and 4. An extra minute is automatically added for team games. (i.e. the range for team games is between 3 and 5) g_timePeriod: (default 3) This determines which models are available to be selected in the game: EU models = 1 Original Trilogy models = 2 Prequel models = 4 These values can be combined. For example, the default setting is 3, which equals EU models & OT models. (1 + 2) To have access to all models, set the value to 7 – although remember you should have all the models for all time periods downloaded, otherwise your going to have the Kyle model substituted for any you have not downloaded – which could look strange! g_botclass: (default 0) This cvar determines which class bots will be spawned as. The possible valid settings are as follows: 0: Random 1: Soldier 2: Jedi 3: Hero / Mandalorian Things to watch out for • If you change your model to a different class while actively playing in a round, you will commit suicide and be taken out of the round. This needs to be done, since changing your class forces your character to reset. It is therefore advisable to wait until in-between rounds to change either your team or class details… • The Mandalorian has limited jetpack fuel. So, like the Jedi in relation to force powers, Mandalorians should only use their jetpacks when necessary, otherwise you will quickly run out of fuel and be jetpack-less for the rest of the round… • I have not spent an excessive amount of time making sure the bots are effective players. As a result, playing against bots will not show you the full potential of the mod. To fully appreciate the gameplay, you MUST play online with other human players.
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