Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby iSenSe » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:25 pm

Damn.

When you go through this you know the project is all about just blood, sweat and tears.
I knew about console ports, but never knew they already had some work done for the campaigns!

Thank you very very much for the time you put into recovering this lost project.
Getting in touch with all those people, setting this up, with those rise and falls...big big credits to you Sir Leo, as all your other work.

Thank You very much Leo! _O_
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby Leo(T.C.K.) » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:55 pm

Thanks a lot! However, things are not looking so well for me now and if things continue the way they are I won't be able to release or work on the remaining stuff even though it's not as tough anymore.
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby Delacroix » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:56 am

Thing is, while visually this is nothing short of absolutely stunning, there are SERIOUS issues with gameplay. E1L3 is one particular offender in terms of enemy encounters, particularly two spots matter here: the initial two skirmishes on narrow ledges where you're attacked from every direction by barely visible and quite quick enemies - but then there's puzzles, too and confusing level layouts. The teleport puzzle in E1L3 is one rough customer (after the Iris combat) but the Minos secret level is not only a bitch to find but also a bitch to complete, a quintessential maze where it's barely hinted at what you must do to get past this.

E1L5, the mine secret level takes just about one of the worst levels by Cliff Bleszinski (Foundry) and somehow manages to make it an even worse maze than ever before. The level directly preceding it is also quite confusing at times. Same goes for E1L6: Seti (the light-the-torches puzzle) and Moros (one or two locked doors that can't seem to unlock no matter how hard the player presses what is strongly hinted to be the only button in the room and thus the opener for 'em). I ghosted through some sections after finally giving up on that. E1L7... only now I am starting it but I am fearful of what I'll encounter. This isn't enjoyable, not to me at least. This is torture. The levels particularly in part 2 take the worst tropes of what mappers like Bleszinski are known for (which is mazelike, confusing construction) and elevate that to a whole new level. I'm not one for cutting entire rooms so streamlining them is not something I'd suggest but maybe a bit heavier usage of NPScripts to add short cutscenes helping the player would do just fine. I mean, come on. This is not a proper challenge, it's an exercise in frustration.

Aside from the visuals one more thing deserves praise: the beta weapons and beta monsters. As well as other monster variants, yes, even the barely visible frustrating ones. This is much more variety than ever in stock Unreal. You just can't get bored with those.
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby EvilGrins » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:57 am

I still want somebody to release the new monsters this was supposed to have!
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby Leo(T.C.K.) » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:29 pm

I will make a separate thread for UPSXMon3/Source release if you want. Those monsters are used in the pack already. There is only one WIP monster that will come later but that's for Episode 2 and it was an established boss.

Delacroix: Funny how you don't say your true raw feelings about this on various forums like you did on IRC.

There are people who have thought that Seti was a masterpiece of a map. There are also people that hate NPScript and overuse of it. I am not removing NPScript cutscenes from maps that had them but in the seriously unfinished stuff what Episode 1 Part 2 originally was with at least two sets of cut Unreal maps supposedly returning (crypt pyramid/skaarj fortress) with e1l8 source material mostly missing, I have limited the use of NPScript, in fact it was my own addition that there is NPScript sequence in Seti, as yrex's original work didn't have it and you had to figure it out on your own completely. I found myself one particular puzzle to be a little tough in e1l6d, but two of the other people who remained working on the project with me didn't agree so I left it the way it is mostly.

You can blame me all you want for Minos or E1L5Mine, but I made E1L6 easier when it comes to puzzles, not harder. Yrex made e1l5mine a little easier though.

The stuff in e1l3 was preserved from Jeff Rubin's work and it was typically Apogee thing, him coming from there in the first place, as Unreal was the first 3D experience he had.

You won't find yourself lost in e1l7 as quite frankly it's not a puzzle level. There is only one hard thing to figure out in the end of e1l7d and that's how to properly beat a boss.
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby OjitroC » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:50 pm

EvilGrins wrote:I still want somebody to release the new monsters this was supposed to have!

UPSXMon3.u has some really cool stuff including Wizards, Hawks and an IceSpider plus versions of Mercs, Brutes, etc.
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Re: Unreal PSX rework:Rise of Jrath thread

Postby Leo(T.C.K.) » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:25 am

I have hit more roadblocks than I can and I have done absolutely everything I can, it is not my fault that where I travelled a computer system have failed and I have been unable to pick up money, or is it my fault
also that connections get cancelled due to bad weather leaving me stranded, is it also my fault that where I'm going now I will perish most likely as there's no way I can get my money there now?

For sure people like feralidragon would like to believe so and make it my problem. Do NOT remove this post. As this might be my very last. I have shown more than a bit of empathy towards everyone, but some people
would like to have me buried alive and I can't ignore this fact.

I posted the upsxmon3 sources even if it't the last thing I do. If I perish, yrex has the permission to release the rest of what's been done.
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