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There are 2 "versions" of this map available, plus an extra download: - ladder_music.zip (this page / file) - The Full Package - The map and the music. - ladder_no_music.zip - Just the Map - A small download for dial-up users (broadband impaired :D). Everything but the music. - ladder_music_only.zip - Just the Music - For those who got the map and now want the music.
To start off with a quote from the author, JediNight: "The Ladder is pure, nonstop combat", and that's just what it is! This map is actually more of a "training map" but it sure is a lot of fun.
Here's another quote from the author, describing the map very well:
You will have to fight your way through endless waves of reborn (54 of them), each wave progressively tougher than the last. But, you start the map with full saber and force powers (except saber throw 3 because level 3 saberthrow is better for fighting stormtroopers than jedi). You will even fight Tavion and, at the very end, Desann!
IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED THE FULL GAME, DO NOT PLAY THIS AS IT WILL RUIN THE ENDING FOR YOU!
To be honest, I was playing some eurotrash trance while testing this baby out, I forgot music was included so I can't comment on the music, although I believe I did hear some Prodigy with Smack my bitch up! Good stuff!
While playing this I took 71 screenshots, mainly to show off my skillz ofcourse :) lol, of which I have placed 13 thumbs and 13 full size shots for you below!
Now I played this map on the hardest setting (which is the default when you load the map through the savegames menu, see readme.txt) and to be honest, it wasn't hard at all... but then again, I can't remember the last time I didn't end up #1 while playing on jolt.co.uk FFA servers :)
But then again, maybe my lame tips are to blame for finding this easy hehe :)
(Lame) Tips: - Stun the enemy with lightning, then shrike 3 (or more?) of 'em at once with a heavy saber horizontal swing. - Run around the arena's outer ring to recharge your force so you can heal yourself (F5), the enemies will just walk behind you, looks like they're to friggin' dumb to cut you off hehe :)
Some Notes: - This could be considered a spoiler for those that didn't finish the Single Player campaign yet. - Tavion is easy as pie... if you know what I mean. - Desann only took 4 heavy saber strikes to kill, he didn't even scratch me :D - Some tips / cool things you can try out can be found in the included readme.txt - F9 and F12 (default keys for quick-save and quick-load) are your only friends here... :D
Installation Instructions: These can also be found in the included readme.txt file (which can be viewed below), but I just wanted to stick 'em here too: 1) Drop the ladder.pk3 file in your Jedi Knight II's GameData/base folder. 2a) Bring down the console (SHIFT+~) and type "map ladder". 2b) Go to your load menu and load the savegame named "ladder". Be warned, however, that I saved the game on hard difficulty, if you want to play on an easier difficulty, either set it in the menu or on the console (set "g_spskill" to "0" or "1").
Screenshots: And now, the screenshots, featuring me (Pro-Filer) :D
The Ladder is pure, nonstop combat. There are three files for two download options: ladder.pk3 - the full package - the map and the music ladder_nomusic.pk3 - A small download for dial-up users. Everything but the music. ladder_music.pk3 - just the music, for those who got the map and now want the music. To install: There is no "install"! Just move the ladder.pk3 file (or whichever version you downloaded) into your "GameDatabase" subfolder wherever you installed your game. To load The Ladder do either of the following: 1)Bring down the console (SHIFT+~) and type "map ladder" OR 2)Go to your load menu and load the savegame named "ladder". Be warned, however, that I saved the game on hard difficulty, if you want to play on an easier difficulty, either set it in the menu or on the console (set "g_spskill" to "0" or "1"). You will have to fight your way through endless waves of reborn (54 of them), each wave progressively tougher than the last. But, you start the map with full saber and force powers (except saber throw 3 because level 3 saberthrow is better for fighting stormtroopers than jedi). You will even fight Tavion and, at the very end, Desann! IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED THE FULL GAME, DO NOT PLAY THIS AS IT WILL RUIN THE ENDING FOR YOU! The music is a bit tongue-in cheek, but I think it increases the fun level, so crank it up!!! :) It is also just a fun level to mess with as far as spawning in friendly jedi and watching them go at it. Try binding these console commands to whatever keys you want, then you can spawn in allies on the fly: (note: first enable cheats by bringing down the console with the SHIFT+~ (tilde key) and typing "helpusobi 1" on the console) npc spawn jedi npc spawn jedi2 npc spawn jeditrainer npc spawn luke npc spawn jediF I think that last one works, I found all of these in the NPCs.cfg that's in the .pk3 file. A fun thing to do, sometimes, is to turn on "notarget" mode and spawn in some goodguys and see how well they do at the ladder. "notarget" makes enemies ignore you - bring down the console and type "notarget" to toggle this on and off. Also, to try saber combat with a different feel, use these console variables: g_saberRealisticCombat - from what I can tell, setting this to "1" makes sabers a little more dangerous, setting it to "2" makes the saber *always* do damage! Warning: this makes enemy sabers more dangerous, too! g_saberAutoBlocking - Manual blocking! Set this to "1" and you have to bind a key to "+block" to effectively block anything. Your saber may still block stuff, but it won't do it well and it won't auto-move to block hits... I don't think you can attack while holding the block button. g_saberMoveSpeed - This seems to slow you down when attacking with the saber. Kind of cool if you want more movie-like walking saber-battles... "1" is normal speed, less than that is slower, higher than that is faster. g_saberAnimSpeed - seems to speed up or slow down the speed of saber animations, for faster or slower paced combat, I guess. "1" is normal speed, less than that is slower, higher than that is faster. g_saberAutoAim - I'm not sure, but I think this turns off some of the special moves that you can do without actually trying? Like backstabs - in the game, if there is someone behind you and you hit the attack key, it automatically backstabs. If you turn this off (set to "0"), you have to hold the move backwards key plus attack to backstab. I guess it just gives you more control by not doing some stuff for you. Also, I highly recommend setting your Slow Mo Death to level 3, the slow-mo after killing a reborn gives you a good view of the other enemies around you and gives you a chance to plan your next move. The map, itself, is based on the "pit" map that was in the JK2 assets0.pk3 file for some reason (I am *not* a map-maker, so sue me... :) Strategy Note: Don't feel bad if you have to save a few times to finish this map, I went nuts with the enemies and I can't get through it without saving, either... :) JediNight
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