We don't get a lot of custom models here, but when we do they tend to be rather high quality, because most of the people who spend the time to make a custom model want to do a good job on it. This is the kind of material we've come to expect from StingRay, and most of what we're getting is old work, to boot!
Now the last review I gave StingRay was slightly inaccurate because I didn't have any first-hand knowledge of the subject matter, and unfortunately this time isn't any different. However I did my homework and cross-referenced with a fan of the series and looked up some pictures, and to say the least for some older models these are both quite good. Personally after my research I'd have to say the Kain model is the better of the two. It captures the character's face very well, as well as getting the rest of the model quite accurately. The only inconsistency I can find (or rather that I was told about) was that perhaps his skin is a little too green.
The texturing on both models is quite strong. It's quite obvious that StingRay knew what she was doing when she made these, and undoubtedly is even better now. However especially for the Raziel model the skinning really outdoes the model. Not to say the model's bad, however it does have its weaknesses, the first and formost being the musculature. Or lack thereof. As I'm told, Raziel was thrown into an abyssal lake, burning away his flesh which should leave his muscles incredibly well defined. This model, however, does not have that definition and rather relies on the skinmap to create the illusion of detail that doesn't actually exist. This works sometimes, and other times does not. With the cylindrical legs provided here, it doesn't really work that well. However to be honest I really doubt you'd notice that well while you were playing, so this may be negligible to any but the most fanatical "I must have a perfect model" fans.
The only other strange thing I found was with the soundsets. One of the death sounds in Kain's soundset says "You know what must be done, Kain." Based on nothing bug logic, I'd have to take a guess that this isn't Kain speaking, else I'm afraid Kain would be speaking to himself, although I suppose that's completely possible. You'll have to tell me :p.
Other than that, though, a great couple of models which I'm sure Legacy of Kain fans will really enjoy. Despite my lack of knowledge in this area I find them both really cool and well-made models, if not a bit creepy. But hey, I guess that's the point!
Bot Support: Yes Team Support: Yes New Sounds: Yes NPC Support: No
Jedi Academy Model Model Name:Kain_Raziel(XIII) includes: Kain and Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series (Defiance) Author: StingRay Email: email@example.com All the models are dedicated to Josh(JayVab). You've got the Glow, Bruce Leroy. Master of the SS! ShoNuff! The Kain model was made for someone a year ago. I made both of them a year ago, but never added the Raziel model. The Kain model was changed before my PC had started having problems, which was a good thing, but I had to reformat, and all the 3d files for this model were deleted. Because, of this, I did not fine tune, and fix all the problems with it. I have no desire to re weight, or refit the model to the skeleton again. I stopped modeling for over a year, and until only recently, started to pick it up again. Its all still a pain in the a** to do. lol I just would rather work on something else, than redo this one. I have never actually played the Legacy of Kain games myself. I made a shader for Raziel's eyes, so that they glow bright white like in the game. This was done from images I found online. Also, a rear view wasn't easy to come by. Try to remember that before sending emails about how horrible it is. If you don't like it, don't download it. Thanks. Installation Instructions: Place the.pk3 file from this zip archive into the LucasArts/StarWarsJediKnightJediAcademy/gamedata/base/ directory, where you installed the game. I tried to make this file as small as possible. ============================================================== New Sounds- Yes, I always add gloat, and flourish sounds, as well. (all new sounds for Kain, and Raziel) Bot Support- Yes Team Support- Yes LODs- No --This model, is not to be modified or skinned without my permission.- - ============================================================== * Copyright / Permissions * © 2002 LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. © 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM or ® as indicated. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. LucasArts and the LucasArts logo are trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. © Raven Software LTD 2002, Activision
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