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UT2004 - Skin - Virus-SE

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Maxx, Aug 22, 2005.

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What do you think of this skin?

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  1. Maxx

    Maxx Bite Me

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    Name: Virus-SE
    System Requirements: Unreal Tournament 2004 (retail version+)
    Type: Skin for Cybernetic Male (original)
    Author: Insomniax
    Teamcolors: 2
    Additional Info:
    Character is not choosable for player`s character in SinglePlayer-mode.
    Character cannot be chosen as teammate in SinglePlayer-mode.
    The standart Cybernetic characteristics (voice,skill,etc.) are used.

    Known Issues: None
    Download: Skincity - 7,25 MB
    Screenshot:
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    Virus-SE - Let`s see how Special this Edition really is:

    Obviously Xan wants to surprise his adversaries with a new camoflagged version of Virus, but is this really an advanced version? Read on for the answers!

    The pros:
    The author has enabled an own face for each teamcolor and the teamcolors are shown on different areas on the armor (not the usual "RGB-switch trick").
    The portrait is quite OK, could be a little bit bigger, but is ok and works good ingame.

    The cons:
    First of all the zip-file is messed up a little bit and you have to search for the right files (why are the textures zipped again in a zip file?) and the (short) bio won`t work until you rename the VirusSE.upl to VirusSE.int.
    Somehow the teamcolors are not really good, they just seem to be done with a "spray-kit" and from the back you nearly have no chance to recognize them.
    The filesize is blown up unnessecarily by using uncompressed (RGB8) textures, a compression to at least DXT-5 would have made this whole thing much smaller.

    Words by reviewer:
    All in all a nice idea, which needs some revisions. Fans of the Cybernetic models which are missing a camo bot can try it.
    Really nice that the author has thought of making teamcolors and also takes advantage of the teamface option. Unfortunately I can`t give a higher score, due the (in some cases) heavy cons. Hopefully there will be a revision forcing me to give a much higher rating because I love well done camoflagged characters!

    Total Score: 4/10
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 23, 2005
  2. klasnic

    klasnic ra ra rat Putin!

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    I checked it out and here's what I think. The packaging really put me off in the first place - were all those zips and folders necessary? A few files in there I don't even know what they're supposed to be (hastily deleted). Having the readme in anything other than a text file isn't great and I deleted it rather than reading (macro viruses, etc. are the reason I wouldn't open a word doc).

    That said, the skin's actually pretty good. Ok it's only a painted camo put over Virus but it's not bad and I've seen a lot worse. Pity the way it's painted doesn't retain any of the original lighting though.

    The RGB textures are a really bad idea (ok if it's highly detailed and worth it - this is not). A few of these on an ONS map will grind many a system to a halt as a result.

    All in all an average skin - nothing special but some people will like it...

    Total Score: 5/10
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2005
  3. UTGirl

    UTGirl Link(gun) Lady

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    Total score: 3/10 - There's Better, nothing more to say
     

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