After a number of failed submissions due to what I'm presuming to be last minute spot bugs and other miscellanea, OJP Enhanced 1.2 finally gets to JK3files =_=.
At this point, I just decided to do a new review, as screwing around with said mod a little more allows for more beef. We'll attack some general features first, that will affect all players.
XP System: No longer are points just for strutting around like a chicken whilst you hawk how good you are whilst you secretly cry inside realizing you have nothing better to do than bully kids in a video game =_O Now you have to earn some kills, and gain power =_= each time you join an OJP server, you will have a minimum set of experience points that you can allocate to gain a number of weapons, gadgets, saber stances, and force powers. I screwed around in the Abregado Casino map and gambled for points, and I found that you have to actually kill either a bot or an actual player to gain experience points. General ratio seems to be 3 kills = 1 XP. There are in fact some XP allocation rules(these being but a few):
- At certain XP levels, certain stances are locked from the player.
- Force Jumpers cannot invest in Jetpack, and vice versa
- A player must have 1 point in sense minimum to be a force user.
- Certain levels of force user can only invest in one level of gun usage to prevent that "god character" factor.
A good thing to note is that if you're in a hurry to get to the real fun, you can skip the whole "Kill, kill KILL, KILL, KILL" and avoid having to stack up all those kills just to get that toy you really want by adjusting the minimum XP count in the advanced server settings. One could also lock certain powers and weapons from here as well, as well as adjust a setting on this:
- Timer System: Have trouble with people killing themselves constantly? Chill them out by making them have to wait with a modified siege timer that prolongs spawning until it runs out. Whilst it can be very annoying, it's also very useful for setting points in between bouts of madness and violence. Don't like the timer on your server? Just set 'er to 0 and you can jump right back in.
- Holster System: Gunnery is now a more important aspect in this mod(more on that later,) and as such, the team found it appropriate to make things more realistic by coding in a nice system to holster your guns on your character whilst you are not using them. Only irk I found was that saber holstering really doesn't look good strapped to the front of your thigh, nor does it look comfortable. Yes, I'm guessing it's probably the whole "belt" thing, but on most models, it doesn't seem very applicable.
- Improved Bots and NPCs: There are some of us out there that don't have the expensive equipment to fight all the time against other players on the internet. Never fear, as the bots have been tweaked to use the OJP saber and gun systems accordingly. Experiment around, as some bots are inclined to use guns, whilst some use sabers. NPCs are now no longer psycho sugar addicts like they were in JA+, and now fight normally. Even the force using cultists do something instead of standing there punching the air idly! A lot of the old functions in JASP work as well. The howler now lives up to its eponymous name(although it doesn't seem to hurt yet.)The assassin droid returns and now effectively has a working forcefield.Even more interesting is that, should you fall to the new NPC AI, most of the time it will actually register as a kill as if you were slain by a player. Example being this most recent one:
"Averus Retruthan was blasted by Boba Fett"
That was me deciding to let an NPC kill me =_,=. Naturally not all the AI is up to absolute snuff, and there are still bugs to be worked out (I.E. some of the non-human NPC's guns are in the wrong places still,) but it's definitely a 1-up on the older MP AI.
- Dodge, Force, and Mishap Meter: One of the more critical elements of gameplay now relies on these three meters. These will control how long you will in essence "live," forcify, and still remain accurate, respectively referring to the above order. More will be applied as the necessary sections arrive.
- New Animations: A plethora of new animations from ledge grabbing to a proverbial backhand attack lie in wait for you. Take a look around and see what you can spot =_o!
- New First Person view: Gunners and saber users alike can experience battle now from the eyes of their player. Gunners will notice almost immediately that the gun is no longer at like..chest height. You can now look down and see where your gun is, and not feel like a total chode when
-CO-OP Mode: Haven't had a chance to try it, but now you can try SP in Cooperative mode =_=!
- Vehicles: An older, not-as-remembered feature of OJP was that it was going to amplify vehicle functions in some respects. Unfortunately, there's not many functions to speak of on that part, as it seems to have been lost in the quest for saber research, but some vehicles now have some new alternate functions usable only in OJP. The only examples I can think of at this time are:
- The droideka can now rotate in place instead of having to back up and go forward like a cheap RC car. (Found in - http://jediknight3.filefront.com/file/Naboo_Hills_21;31144))
- The Tie-Phantom vehicle now has an active cloaking function on it.
Interestingly enough, some of the vehicles seem to attack on their own if not possessed by a player.
These are just but a few of the new general functions, I'm sure, but hopefully enough to have kept you going up until this point =_= now we shall attack the gun and force user aspects, in that order.
Mercenaries and gunnery
Guns have finally returned as a force to be reckoned with. Guns are no longer dwarfed by saber using force users now. Cunning can be used effectively now, with the new gun effects.
General features of the weapons include:
- Ammo Clips/Reloading: every weapon now has less ammo on the count. Out of ammo? Good, reload =_=
- DEMP2, Trip Mines, Concussion Rifle? Locked out unless you use cheats.
- As forementioned, all guns are now no longer in your first person view by default. It's now more realistic =_>.
- Thermal Detonators now can be thrown with a new bind, so you no longer have to actually select the thermal and chuck it. Range is limited though,so don't try and throw it too far.
- Gun accuracy is decided by your level of XP in that slot and mishap meter. High mishap = start missing, even if aimed properly. In some cases, if you're not careful, you can be knocked down as well. Dodge will help you evade some of the more lethal attacks whenever necessary.
Now, I'll report the effects of each weapon:
- Blaster Pistol: Much more powerful shot. At level 3, you get a second pistol at your disposal, and your alt fire is activated, doing mishap damage to enemies, usually knocking them down if you power it enough. Suggestion: Allow the second gun to be an alternate upgrade, like the speed and ammo upgrades for the later guns.
- Melee: Effective and useful when outta ammo.
- Blaster: Good balanced weapon with an available rate of fire upgrade.
- Disruptor: Power seems to vary now with charging in scoped mode.
- Bowcaster: An effective powerhouse, now with available scope function at level 3 and a chargeable bolt (doesn't multiply.)
- Repeater: Converted into a DC-15 clone rifle. At level 3, an available ammo count upgrade can be made, and the blob can be now fired at the cost of...an entire clip. Quite effective, as the blob now induces knockdown and acts as an explosive(which will be covered later.)
- Flechette: Converted into a T-21 Rifle. Rate of fire controled by your tapping power. Damage is a little weak and sparse, in my opinion.
- Rocket Launcher, Thermal Detonator, Detpacks:
Weapons of the explosive kind don't seem to actually do immediate damage. If your dodge is high enough, and depending on where you are on the blast radius, you will be knocked pretty far. There's sadly no shrapnel or misc. damage, assuming you aren't knocked high enough where the fall will immediately kill you(a good percentage of the time.) If your dodge is low...well then, your body will be BLOWN TO PIECES AND ANNIHILATED.
Now, onto the gadgets:
- Bacta: Level 1 earns you small bacta, level 2 gives you big bacta
- Jetpack: The jetpack has been reinvented with a new dynamic animation system. Lot more heights can be reached with this jetpack, and quite quick. Runs on fuel, of course.
- Cloaking: Not much change. Still runs on fuel.
- Flamethrower: huge flamethrower effect that runs on fuel. Quite impressive to behold.
- Seeker Droid: Now fires stun charges, and if you hit the Use Item button, your Seeker will detach away from your perimeter and actively seek you out.
- Sentry Gun: Setup time required, but is a lot more durable and reliable.
- Forcefield: Now lasts longer, takes more impact, and even knocks 'tards who run into it down to the ground.
This covers the basics of mercenary combat. Now...
EPIC FORCE USER COMBAT
Considered to be the proverbial "gem" of the entire mod by the makers, saber combat has been completely redone, and converted into a powerhouse of cinematically epic system of clashing, pwnination, and strategy. Mishap, Force, and Dodge Points now are tested to their limit. Force controls force attacks, including saber swinging. Low FP = slower swings,less force ability. Low Mishap can result in a slowbounce, stagger, knockdown, or even disarming your opponent of his saber! Also, you have to be a lot more careful in watching you and your opponents movements, as you won't simply just swing and hope it hits. You can now engage your opponent with Shii-cho, Djem-So, Soresu, Ataru, Nimen, Juyo, and Makashi(<3) using moves such as:
- Parry: Move into your opponents swing and block that imbecile, giving him mishap damage.
- Feint: Fake the 'tard out, and then give him the real swing at 1.25 times damage.
- Kick: Every saber form,(mentioned later,)now has the option to kick your opponent. Be wary, though, as if you are careless, you can be easily cut down.
- Riposte: Also known as the attack parry, you can turn that parry into a counterattack =_=
- DFA: All forms now include a Death From Above (DFA) attack
- Lunge: All forms now include the blue lunge.
- Lock Blades: Saberlocks are now no longer just a "who reacted first" situation. You can now use saberlocks to gain the advantage, or even finish the enemy off.
- Manual blaster deflection: Now you can actually direct your deflected shots at your opponent =_=.
- Bounce Conversion: My favorite move, you can bounce your blade off the opponents saber and effectively spin about to continue the attack.
These are just a few of the menagerie here. Later I'll be uploading the OJP-E in game saber manual later so that can help you see what's at your disposal. Or, read the actual manual.
Force Powers have received a slight overhaul. The three meters, along with your degree of a certain force power, will help you defend against the more offensive types. The point spending has naturally been changed for powers. Here are the current ones with noticeable change.
- Heal and Drain: Gone.
- Grip: Now allows you to smack your prey into other players if you aim it right.
- Lightning: Can now cause knockdown, along with powerful damage
- Saber Throw: Now has to be activated via a bind or through the force cycle. Also calls a disarmed saber if powerful enough. Lesser throws will not return to your hand.
- Absorb: No longer has to be activated. This helps you absorb the darker force powers.
Whew...and that is where I will call it quits for now. There are like dozens upon dozens of other miscellaneous features I could drone on and on about, but I think it'd just be better for you to read the readme if you really want to find out more features, now that I've done what I could to cover a hefty chunk of the mod. With each submission, I have less and less suggestions to really add except three:
- More administrative functions, particularly teleport, and possible NPC spawning capabilities at the bare minimum.
- Emotes...add more EMOTES @_@
- Pump up the T-21's damage a little more
Add these, and I think this mod could, in essence, revolutionize the JA community, and possibly even outstage JA+ permanently.
Overall, an earth-shattering mod with gigatons of more potential. Keep working, get some more ideas from the community, and this mod will soar past every other multiplayer mod. A splendid job on the current build. Bandwidth highly recommended/demanded.
- Averus Retruthan
*********************************** Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy *********************************** TITLE: OJP (Open Jedi Project) 1.2 AUTHOR: OJP Team E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: http://www.lucasforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=542 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: Run the installer and follow the instructions :) COMMENTS: Thanks to Razorace for all the coding he has done, Maxstate for his ideas,effects,animations, and various other things, thanks to Tanqexe for various string and menu editing and graphics,thanks to Jask for his server, thanks to JRHockney for the coding he has done, thanks to all the beta testers :), and thanks to busterbjaarlik & UDM for menu/HUD design, and thanks to the JK3 Files staff for being so helpful! 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. Description: New OJP Features in V1.2: -New Force Grip physics: Manipulate the world and players around you with the new and improved Force Grip. You are now able to throw, push, pull, swing and bat players into other players and enjoy the physics that come into play when your opponent gets thrown to his death. -New effects: Both movie-like, realistic and improvised effects drawing influences from the Old Trilogy and the Kotor series. Smoke effects and explosions have never looked better in a Jedi Knight game. -Overhauled Force power systems (Force Physics): The majority of Force powers and their systems have been either completely re-done or tweaked to suit OJP's subtle combination of movie-realism and balanced gameplay. Push is not just useful for pushing opponents to the ground, but also for crushing them with other opponents, items, and throwing them off of ledges. Speed will allow you to make proper use of your Jedi reflexes, and at high levels, will allow you to react to anything at very fast pace. -New and improved saber combat: Old tried-and-tested combat styles in completely new packages, wrapped in glitter paper and finished off with a curly red ribbon. Lightsaber duels have never been so exciting, nor have they visually been as attractive as they are now. All styles have been reconfigured to suit their metaphorical descriptions and Star Wars namesake; fight as Dooku, with his notorious Makashi style and force your opponent to his or her knees with a few simple strokes of the lightsaber. Batter your enemy into submission with a much-improved, fast-comboing Djem-So or outsmart them with the many fakes and feints of Juyo. All of this put into a system that has incorporated fakes, power attacks, running power attacks, ripostes, bounces, freezes, disarms and knockdowns into its repertoire. -Old and forgotten skills made useful: Saber throw is one of the Force powers we've restored to its former glory; hit those hard to reach targets with a controllable, spinning disc of death. Empower your Jedi avatar with the Force Sense power, which will increase your Force capabilities by a 25% magnitude, in turn allowing you to make use of your Force powers longer. More powers will be improved upon and added in the future. -Skills and skill upgrades With the brand-spankin' new experience and skill system, it's not only possible to buy powers and guns, but also to increase one's prowess with a certain gun by buying upgrades for it. Upgrades include improvements in accuracy, rate of fire, damage, shot amount and ammo drain. In future releases, all blasters will be upgradeable and customizable. -CoOP Gametype and single player maps: Nearly all singleplayer maps can be played on with any amount of players. NPC's and cutscenes are present and working, and OJP's systems complement CoOP gameplay well. -Deflection: It is now not only possible to deflect and reflect, but also to manually reflect shots back at your opponent. This is done by slashing at shots and will work with any aggressive style. For a tiny bit of damage and fatigue, your enemy's shots will fly straight to wherever you aim your slash at. Counterattacking via deflect is now a viable strategy for gunner to jedi combat. ...and much more! Installation: Install file: 1) Run the installer and be sure to select your Jedi Academy directory. The installer will put the files in the right place, which would be %:/%/Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy/Gamedata/ ojpenhanced. Files in a zip: 1) Unzip: enhancedstuff.pk3 enhanceddlls.pk3 Into your %/gamedata/ojpenhanced folder. 2) Unzip: runojpenhanced.bat Into your %/gamedata/ folder. You can now create a shortcut of your runojpenhanced.bat file and run the mod with it. Be sure to use this method as the only way to start OJP to avoid bugs and other problems. Known errors: Q1) My walking and running animations are very chuggy and unsmooth. Q2) Some Force powers are missing from the list! Q3) I can't spawn for some reason! A) The server's files differ from yours. If the server is up to date, it is possible that something went wrong when you installed the mod. Reinstall it and check whether you've removed all of your previous files and have only ONE set of enhancedstuff and enhanceddlls. Q4)The main menu is borked! A)You entered a server using all-seeing-eye, or you loaded the mod using JKA's mod-loading set up. Run OJP with the .bat and nothing else. Changelog since v.1: -Jetpack physics tweaked for realism. -All gun damages tweaked to support either static deflection strategies or Force-empowered rushes. -Deflecting and reflecting improved. -All style animations improved, smoothened out. -All styles revamped and given new perks and cons. -Added improved Force Gripping physics; slam things into other things and knock them away. -Grip cancelable by shooting at Gripper. -Push retooled: push things into other things -Pull improved by reworking susceptibility and physics. -Lightning 1 and 2 have larger range. -New smoke, gun, item, explosion, saber and force effects. -Effects no longer create FPS lag. -Fixed crashes when using certain Force Powers. -Fixed "R_polymax" error showing up. -Fixed ledge grab FP drain. -Added more FP for higher levels of sense. -Re-evaluated all gun, blaster and item costs. -Re-evaluated style and Force power costs. -Retooled Jedi Mind Trick to be more useful. -Added new saber throw physics. -Added sentry droid "hack time" to balance it out. -Retooled seeker accuracy and damage mechanics. -Revamped Force Jump physics. -Re-done Force Speed as Burst of Speed --> more bursting, less running. -Changed explosion physics to be more useful for different purposes; thermals for knocking over large crowds, detpacks for blowing people up. -Detpacks stick to people and things. -Detpacks have longer lifetime. -Disruptor no longer causes you to get stuck in scope mode after firing an entire clip. -Disruptor mishap tweaked for less accuracy when shooting from the hip. -E-11 changed into an all-purpose rifle with balanced out stats. -T-21 has semi-automatic fire with the fire rate only limited by a player's tapping ability. -Bowcaster scope added for level 2 and 3. -Bowcaster is the ultimate jedi-killing weapon; drains 50 DP in a fully charged shot. -Clone rifle mechanics improved (accuracy, damage etc.) -Clone rifle level 3 fire rate drastically improved. -Clone rifle rate of fire upgrade added. -Added dual pistols for level 3 . (still needs work on position) -Dual pistols' mishap rate tweaked. -Added quickthrow -Added quickparry -Tweaked quickparry to take double damage if not parried correctly with it. -Jump is no longer penalized with a 10 FP starting cost. -Jump is no longer available if you buy jetpack and vice versa. -Increased knockback on charged pistol shots. -Increased knockback for explosive-based weapons. -Saberthrow level 3 added. -Saberthrow level 3 drains FP per second(s). +about 100 other bugs, nuisances and small additions here and there. -Added knockback physics to pistol charge shots. -Added knockback physics to explosives. -Improved Push and Pull vertical physics. -Fixed Bowcaster scope bug. -Changed various Level 3 Force point values
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