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Whilst it is understandable for an older game that the character animations and such wont be as lifelike as the super-uber-motion-capture animations that today’s games have, it is still surprising that that the makers of JKA didn’t make the animations more lifelike. Especially considering the improvements modders have been able to make. But, of course, Raven had time and monetary constraints that modders don’t have, so I guess there is a good reason!
Here Jesus Fernandez Garcia brings us a mod, which brings together many new improvements to the lightsaber stances and other animations (including the jump animations and force power animations) for JKA. A full list of the changes to the animations can be found in the readme.
So what are these new animations like? Well, very good I would say! The jumping animations for one look more natural I think, especially the speed at which the jumps are performed. The roll animations also look more natural, though I think the distance covered when you roll is a bit too much. All the saber stances have been changed and I think they look cool, especially the new stance for the staff saber which looks very sweeping and dramatic. There do seem to be a few bugs when transitioning between certain animations, but these aren’t serious and aren’t that noticeable either and overall I think all the new saber stance animations look very cool. After many years of playing with Base JKA animations, these are a refreshing change! :)
There are also changes to the force power animations, including push, pull and grip among others. I think these too are a good improvement over the default JKA animations although the changes are a bit subtler than with the saber stances.
For improvements I would suggest working on making the transition between animations a bit smoother, they do look a little jerky sometimes. I don’t know whether this is possible, but I think it would be cool to make some new animations for the Kata attacks too because I think that would be a refreshing change to the lightsaber combat in JKA.
All in all a cool mod here which brings a lot of nice changes to the game. I definitely think this is worth a download for anyone who would like to see some more natural player animations in Jedi Academy!
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy ------------------------- TITLE: STAR WARS MASTERS OF THE FORCE STANCES JEDI ACADEMY AUTHOR: JESUS FERNANDEZ GARCIA E-MAIL: email@example.com FILENAME: STAR WARS MASTERS OF THE FORCE STANCES JKA.pk3 FILESIZE: 8.23 MB DATE RELEASED: 17 MARCH 2009 CREDITS:FOR RAVENSOFT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:PUT STAR WARS MASTERS OF THE FORCE STANCES JKA.pk3 IN YOUR JEDIACADEMY/GAMEDATA/BASE AND PLAY WITH HIM!!! DESCRIPTION:ITS MY JAMYZGENIUS WITH OTHER ANIMATED PACK STANCES WITH IN THIS TIME ALL ARE DIFERENT!!! I CHANGED THE JUMPS ARE INCREDIBLY THE SABER STANCES ARE AWNSOME THE FORCE STANCES ON THE GRIP,GRIP PAIN,PULL.PUSH.LIGHTNING ETC. ALL CHANGES HERE CHANGES::: THE SABER STANCE YELLOW THE SABER STANCE BLUE THE SABER STANCE RED THE JUMP THE FORCEJUMP THE JUMPBACK THE FORCEJUMPBACK AND OTHER JUMPS THE STANDING THE SABER ACTIVATE ONLY FOR SABER ACTIVATE DESACTIVATE NO CHANGED THE ROLL FRONT THE SABER STANCE DUAL THE SABER STANCE STAFF AND MUCH MORE!!! BUGS: I HAVE BUGS CONTACT WITH ME ON MY E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org COMMENTS:THE OTHER PACK STANCE WITH VERY VERY DIFFERENTS STANCES ARE CHANGED PLAY WITH HIM!!!! 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.