Well, you know how the saying goes, the best things come in threes, or something like that.
Lets take Ships for example, the three great White Star Line ocean Liners and sister-ships Olympic, Titanic (everyone’s heard of that ship right? :P) and the Britannic. Another example is a story, it has a beginning, middle and end. Take one out, and the story wouldn’t be complete. Yet another example is cookies, you have chocolate cookies , double chocolate cookies and triple chocolate cookies!
Ok I will stop blathering on about how good the number 3 is now :P But really, as you can see, lots of cool things come in threes.
Here we have yet another great thing that involves the number 3. This isn’t any ordinary map, no, this is a map made by…you guessed it! Three great mappers! This unique map was produced out of the combined efforts of Several Sided Sid, LivingDeadJedi and Sith J Cull!
What a team eh? ;)
Now, lets get down to the map. First of all let me say that I have NEVER got the same feeling from any map, which I got from this one. The feeling I got from this map was quite unique, and it’s quite difficult to describe. I suppose the best word to describe it would be…epic, I get the same kinda feeling from this map as I get sometimes when I play Starwars Galaxies, that really epic felling of being in a massive world that you can explore. The feeling I got was also one of the map being ‘alive’ you could say. It can be a bit lonely sometimes exploring a big map on your own, but I didn’t feel that with this map, the map really felt alive. I think the map being set at night contributed towards that feeling, with the sound effects, like the cantina music, and all the flickering lights, the map really felt alive, I almost felt I could go round a corner and find a group of Jawa’s or criminals plotting something!
Like I say, the atmosphere in the map is brilliant, great lighting, nice architecture, epic feeling. What’s the construction like though? Solid. That’s one way to put it, being made by three of the best mappers out there, you can tell its really well made. I didn’t see any texture or structural bugs whilst I was exploring it, considering the size of the map, it gets a big thumbs up there! ;)
As for the size of the map, epic would once again be the best word to use there. There’s loads to explore here, from the cantina (where of course, that cool cantina music is playing), to a hotel, to a restaurant. Careful you don’t get lost! One cool feature that I really liked was the massive docking bay that you can go in, which contains…Sith J’s Millennium Falcon! Unfortunately though you can’t go in it. :( Sssid tells me that they tried putting the interior in the Falcon, but with all that extra stuff, the map wouldn’t compile. It’s a shame, but still, just having the Millennium Falcon there is cool.
Unfortunately one of the side effects of having such a large map, combined with lots of flickering lights, is that in certain areas, the fps will be quite bad. There were one or two places that my FPS went down a lot. But on the whole, I got pretty good FPS throughout the map.
Probably one of my favourite areas in the map would be Jens diner, I think that area, with the bar and hotel rooms nearby, Is just great. ;) I really love the way that all the different parts of the map mesh together. Sith J Made the Falcon, Sssid constructed the tall buildings around the outskirts, the little speeders (which are back from Sssid’s Mos Eisely Meanstreets map) and the bobbing ‘Trilong’ ship, as well as adding lots of lighting touches. And LivingDeadJedi did areas like the Cantina, the Hotel Building and the wonderful terrain!
As for bugs and other things, I really couldn’t find any structural or texture bugs. The only thing that bothered me was the low FPS in some areas, and that there were a lot of flickering lights, but that was quite subtle really so it wasn’t too bad. Also personally I thought the music was a bit dramatic for the night-time setting of the map. Personally I would have preferred more relaxing music, like The Jedi Academy theme music. But it’s still cool! :)
All in all a great unique map here! As Sssid describes it “Mos Eisley Spaceport by night. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You might, however, find Sssid's can of coke! Have fun!”
Bot Support: Yes (on a map of this size that’s incredible!) New Textures: Yes New Sounds: No New Music: No Game Types: FFA
***NOTE*** Don’t forget to look out for the famous can of Coke that Sssid has dropped somewhere in the map again!
Monday 20th February 2006 ================================================================ Map Name : mos_eisley_trap_v1 Authors : LivingDeadJedi, Several Sided Sid, Sith-J-Cull Email Addresses : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Music by : John Williams Map description : Mos Eisley Spaceport by night. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You might, however, find Sssid's can of coke! Have fun! File Size (.pk3) : 29,487 kb Date Released : 20th February 2006 ================================================================ NOTES : This map began life with LivingDeadJedi but was stolen by Bothan spies working for the Rebel Alliance. It somehow found its way into the hands of Several Sided Sid, by way of bribery and terrible deception. Though the map sports Sith-J-Cull's Millennium Falcon, unfortunately the ship has been impounded by Imperials so you can't get in! Even if you try... and believe us, we have. ================================================================ Thanks to : Anyone who tested this map along the way - you know who you are - and leant support to the authors. ================================================================ AND OH - IF YOU LIKE SEARCHING FOR SSSID'S CAN OF COKE - IT IS IN HERE TOO! SSSID RECOMMENDS ON THIS OCCASION SEARCHING WITH YOUR SABRE IGNITED, AS IT GETS RATHER DARK POKING AROUND AT NIGHT AND HE WOULD HATE YOU TO WALK RIGHT PAST IT. HEH. SSSID, AS USUAL, WELCOMES SCREENSHOTS EMAILED TO HIM BY ANYONE WHO STUMBLES OVER THE CAN !!! BUT IF YOU HURT YOURSELF - SSSID ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER !!! ================================================================ * Construction * Brush Count : 10,679 Entity Count : 504 Software used : GtkRadiant v 1.4 Known Bugs : none Build Time : 12 parsecs ================================================================ * How to use this map * Put the .pk3 file in your base directory. Presuming you've followed the default installation trajectory, it'll end up as this: c:\program files\lucasarts\star wars jedi knight jedi academy\gamedata\base\mos_eisley_trap_v1.pk3 ================================================================ * Copyright / Permissions * THIS LEVEL IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.
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