Update time! hollywood_g1 brings us a new version of his Ultimate Jedi Academy supermod. Below is my full review for the previous version (v2) after which I will cover the updates!
Quote:If you are a fan of hollywood_g1's previous work we have a treat for you today! The Ultimate Jedi Academy Mod is a huge pack of skins containing several of hollywood_g1's previous packs like his Ultimate Expanded Universe, amazing Reborn Reskins and such. If you are a fan of his previous work, you now have pretty much all of his best skins all in once place!
I have seen quite a few of the authors skins and how he has improved his skills over time, and I have to say there are some really fantastic skins in this pack. The Alora reskins in particular I think are outstanding, the Darth Talon-esque tattoos really give Alora a whole new and more fearsome look. Apart from full skins there are a vast amount of body parts to use via the customisation menu, including heads, torsos and legs of various kinds. My favourites out of the customisation options are the armoured Jedi options, seriously, if you are going to duel someone with a glowy stick than can cut you in half, doesn’t it make sense to wear some armour?! Of course, you could always use the Armoured Reborn too!
Multiple other skins have also been given new shaders; Shadowtroopers now have shiny armour and the Artusian crystal on their chest glows on and off as if it is beating like a heart. The skin texture on the Transoshan model has also been made to look rougher and more scaly, though the eyes also look like that have a texture, which seems a little weird. And in the case of Boba Fett, he has been given a complete makeover with new shaders and some nice higher resolution textures. If Boba isn’t to your liking, then there are other Mandalorian themed skins to choose from too.
Apart from the skins there is also a new splash screen for when the game is loading, the ability to choose a red lightsaber blade in singleplayer and some new menu music as well. But it doesn’t end there! There are also a couple of new lightsaber hilts included courtesy of HOUOU such as his Rahm Kota and Galen Marek hilts. As far as guns go there have been some colour adjustments to make them look a little more movie accurate, though for full movie accuracy the bowcaster should really shoot red bolts, rather than green.
It would take forever to cover all the skins and features on this mod, and though there is a brief list in the readme this is something that you really need to download to discover all the the cool stuff that is in here.
Of course a mod of this size os not without a few bugs. Two of the team variations of the Rockettrooper skin throw up an error along the lines of 'you are trying to load an unsupported model' and then something to do with 'missing bones', which sounds quite disturbing and brings to mind an image of a jelly like person flopping around. Still, other Rockettrooper skins included in this mod do work, so I am sure it can be fixed. Also, I noticed that the last set of 'Jaden legs' appear as invisible on the model once selected and makes Jaden look like he has had a terrible accident.
Apart from these bugs, some improvements I would suggest for any future versions of this pack are things like adding some customisation options for the female characters, perhaps making some parts similar to the Tavion and Alora skins for people to use for a customised female skin. I also think the Jaden heads could do with some more variety, perhaps with some more different kinds of facial hair, or even lopping Kyles head off and allowing us to mash up Kyle's epic beard with the Jaden bodies.
All in all though this is a really superb mod that is a lot of fun to use, especially if you prefer customising your characters. Keep up the excellent work hollywood_g1, I would love to see more of these packs in the future!
So what do we have new this time around? Well the broken Rocket Trooper skin that I mentioned in my previous review has now been fixed, so you now have more variation to choose from. On the texture side of things, the 'gloved hand' look has been replaced with a fleshed hand look (although it would also be cool if there were gloved hand options as well, as gloves can look cool), and the Thermal Detonator has been given a rub with a polishing cloth to make it more shiny and has had some new blinking lights added. There are also a couple of new 'chromed' textures made and added to all the metal textures in the game to give a more Force Unleashed kind of look, although it would be cool if this was an optional .pk3 that you could install as not everyone might prefer the new look. Also, all the current weapons have also been given this new 'chrome effect' shader to polish them up too.
Lastly in addition to the base JKA hilts the author has also added Luke Skywalker's hilt to the selection menu for even more variety!
All in all a nice little update to a cool mod here, I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the future hollywood_g1!
Readme File: ***********************************
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
TITLE: Ultimate Jedi Academy v3.
FILENAME: Ultimate Jedi Academy
DATE CREATED: 09.4.11
CREDITS: Credits to Ravensoft for all their character models Please anyone may use my work here
so long as I am given credit than you enjoy
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: UnZip/UnRar the .pk3 file into your Jedi Academy Base folder.
DESCRIPTION:This is an update for this mod which includes more character changes
Here is a complete list
boba fett new textures Hyper detailed new shaders
cultist new model new textures shaders
human Merc model new textures new shaders
imperials small color change only
imperial worker new textures new shaders
Linnik Racto new textures new shaders
rocket troopers new textures new shaders
rodian new clothes and skin textures new shaders
Reborn_new new textures new shaders
Reborn_twin new textures new shaders
saboteur new model new textures shaders
Stormtroopers shader changes
shadowtrooper shader changes
Tavion New new textures new shaders
trandoshan new shaders better skin textures
This is my Ultimate Jedi Academy v3 mod here will have new shaders for all the game maps with more chrome effects.Most all the weapons have been redone to be more like the moviesand i have replaced the stupid glove texture with a new skin texture since jaden isnt wearing gloves in most of the costumes.I give you new sabers shaders and new sabers have been added thanks to my friend houou.You may now choose the red light sabers in single player with new menu music.Wait thats not all I have made new textures for the ROCKETTROOPER IMPERIAL SABOTEUR TAVION and ALORA. BUT wait thats still not everything I give you a new_reborn reborn_twin cultists and the Jedi trainer.Last but not least I give my Jaden skin pack with 27 new costume sets to choose from.I hope it feels like a brand new game for you. and With that I leave you these words "My the force be with you always..."
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I am happy when you add my name to Readme.
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hollywood_g1 From: (san antonio,tx) Joined: September 30th, 2009 Posts: 26
Thank you .I forgot to make a pic for character but iam glad you like it .metal shaders can be hard to get right i was going fot a more modern look for them
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