The events of the Syndicate:Initiation take place during the attacks of the Cult of Ragnos against the Jedi Academy. When Luke was sending the few Jedi available to guard places of residual Force activity, one of the Jedi sent found more than he bargained for... Syndicate:Initiation is a puzzle intensive level with extensive cinematics but little fighting.
This level is the winner of the 1st Single Player Level Contest!
The architecture of the level is good. It adds to the tomb-like feeling and all of it isn't boxy. There are details, like broken bricks and cyrstal designs, here and there. It fits well with the puzzles and atmosphere and doesn't become distracting. And the textures shaders are used well and seem all aligned properly and appropriately placed. The light entities aren't randomly placed but instead many come from light sources (like from tourches) and still allow the dark atmosphere to exist, which is a good thing. The only concern is how small most of the rooms are. Sometimes, the player may feel "closed" in.
The scripted events and gameplay are the best part of this level. Instead of the usual (and somewhat overplayed) shooting and sabering of many SP levels, this level focuses on puzzles and using the brain. Personally, this nature for the level makes it somewhat unique. The scripting behind the puzzles is awesome and adds depth, and the puzzles themselves are fun. Not too hard and not too easy I thought (except, the jumping one which was a bit annoying due to the small ledges). There are cutscenes too which are performed nicely by the scripting. Custom voices and small plot line add to them. And, personally, the special effects are neat too (some of which haven't been seen in other levels).
The level lasted around 30-40 minutes for me. It depends on person I guess due to the puzzles. The area is somewhat small, but deep in content.
So I suggest anyone who like SP and has a brain and patience, try this out. :)
But the archi, the story, the execution is all great, good work.
Any chance of a walk through for the puzzles later on?
Here's my site and the walk-through:
Only trouble is, It's a short map, I just LOVE it tho and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
The archi is great to me and the atmophere is wonderful, All i'd ask for the next installment is clean up the voice acting a bit, it was good what I saw, but kinda seemed cut and pasted together, didn't have a nice flow between lines if you know what I mean, And it's most likely a problem with the scripting of the game, but the character does not like going around corners in the cut scences, he walks really fast, gets to a corner, slows down, stops, looks to the new direction and stats walking again, Looks kinda odd.
Otherwise Great map and interesting story... Will Garret avenge his parents? will he use this power for good? or evil? or will he continue with the syndicate! OOOOH, whens the next one due for showcase and release?
I don't yet know if I continue to map JA. The number of downloads now is so low that I fear there wouldn't be any left for the next episode. But if I continue, you will learn the plot only when you play it further...
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Please continue on your project! This really is the best level I've played for JK3 yet. Excellent puzzles! The modified enemies were a refreshing change - and fun to fight. Story was pretty cool. Archi and textures were great. Excellent scripting! Only complaint was the voice acting was lacking a bit in a few parts. Keep up the good work, you've definently got talent.
Good things: Unique gameplay, similair to Prince of Persia. Fun puzzles. Excellent level design. Voice overs and cinematics.
Bad things: Using the .bat file is somewhat of an inconvenience. For some reason, I don't know if it's my computer, the blood looks like blocks of grey. The acting is terrible. The map is too short, but relative to other player levels, the length is average.
Overall I recommend playing this level for a change of pace. Well done. 7/10
CONs : Terrible voice acting. Painfully verbose cut scenes. Uninteresting plot. Nobody likes jumping puzzles. You need textures turned to max to view the painting in the tomb. Combat at beginning seemed unneeded and thrown in. Way too dark for my tastes.
OVERALL : 6 out of 10. A nice attempt, but often left me feeling more annoyed than entertained.
Maybe then I could play more Jedi Academy. I'm giving it a go. If it no work, well no rating.
Great level! If you only have the demo, put the file in the assets pk3.