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Harry Potter fans should recognize this map as a location seen in several of the Harry Potter films (and of course read about in the books), but also featured in several of the games. I personally visualize it best from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game (geez, is Hogwarts big or what??). Various things have taken place here (although my favorite was when Malfoy got turned into a ferret) and as far as I remember this is a very good recreation of the courtyard.
Mind you it's only the courtyard, not a larger section of Hogwarts, so don't go expecting miracles. Actually you can expect a miracle, because this map is more like a teaser of Smoke's work to come (featuring, supposedly, that much larger section of Hogwarts that I just mentioned).
Anyway, let's get into the nitty gritty. My overall thoughts on this map is that the architecture is all great (there's even a great use of caulking to keep surfaces from rendering if they won't be seen). I loved the windows, which look like the sky is reflecting off of them when you move, and there's even one of the famous moving paintings. As far as gameplay is concerned the courtyard is basically empty, save for the benches and statue in the center, so it should be a fairly playable map. There is a semi-open corridor circling the courtyard, so if you like a bit more cramped gameplay and/or some obstacles to deal with you can go hide over there.
The only real complaint I have about this map brings us back to those corridors. The lighting inside... I was a bit shocked, actually. It's clear that each corridor is lined with light entities that have no source. If the tell-tale round blobs of light weren't present I could have been convinced it was meant to be sunlight flooding in from the open archways, but... That needs some fixing, I feel. Maybe Smoke will take the opportunity to look at that when he's working on his bigger project. The lighting in the actual courtyard is fantastic, though, so it's probably a bit of a moot point in the field of 'enjoyability.'
In short, this is a must-have for Harry Potter aficionados. It's a solid map all around so even folks who aren't into the book/film series might find themselves able to enjoy it.
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//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // Copyright (c) 2008 SMoKE Designs. All rights reserved. // //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Contact Information: ==================== Author: SMoKE Website: www.smokedesigns.co.nr Forums : www.smokedesignsforums.co.nr E-Mail: smoke[DOT]smokedesigns[AT]gmail[DOT]com MSN: th_smoke[AT]hotmail[DOT]com File Information: ================= ZIP Name: HP_Transfiguration_Courtyard.zip ZIP Size: 17,5mB PK3 Name: HP_Transfiguration_Courtyard.pk3 PK3 Size: 17,6mB Hogwarts: Transfiguration Courtyard: ==================================== This is simply a recreation of the transfiguration courtyard seen in, and read about, in the Harry Potter movies- and books. I grabbed the design from the fifth Harry Potter game, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as it's the game with the best exploration possibilities as of yet. I didn't originally plan to release this separately, it's a part of a recreation of the entire Hogwarts seen in the HP5 game, but I thought, blast why not? So here it is. If I ever finish the entire Hogwarts map, the courtyard will probably be improved, somehow. Installation/Uninstallation: ============================ To install, you must extract the HP_Transfiguration_Courtyard.pk3 file into the GameDataBase-folder where your Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy-game is installed. The default path is: "C:Program FilesLucasArtsStar Wars Jedi Knight Jedi AcademyGameDataBase" To uninstall, you must remove the HP_Transfiguration_Courtyard.pk3 file. Credits: ======== - SMoKE Thanks to: ========== - Kessno for saying "Looks cool" every time I asked. Great feedback :D - Inyri for the same reason as above - lemog for his fantastic free online archive of seamless textures Special thanks to: ================== - George Lucas - J.K. Rowling - The people behind Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy - The people behind the computer game Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix BETA testers: ============= - SMoKE Copyright/Permissions: ====================== 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. THIS MODIFICATION IS RELEASED "AS IS", AND ITS CREATOR TAKES NO RESPONSABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY DAMAGE IT MAY CAUSE IN ANY WAY. THIS MODIFICATION IS COPYRIGHT © 2007 Thomas "SMoKE" Kåsene. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. IF YOU WISH TO USE ANY COMPONENTS FROM THIS MODIFICATION, PLEASE ASK ME FIRST, AND I WILL MOST LIKELY SAY 'YES'.
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