Quick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
14 Oct 2012, 04:49
For: Resurrection of Evil Episode 2: Spear of Darkness
Level rating: 8.2
Rating
7.0

To be honest, the story is quite foregone and depressing, but aside from that, high quality in every department.

That’s all I’ve got on this one. Not much to say here.

Quick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
14 Oct 2012, 04:45
For: Haunted House Lite
Level rating: 9.1
Rating
7.7

Generally a substantial improvement over the version that comes with JJ2.

I did some tests with this tileset and all I’ll say is this: Hell variant + the music from Skyrim’s Soul Cairn = high-quality atmosphere comprised of abject terror.

Certainly worth the effort.

[Review changed to quick review. ~cooba]

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
14 Nov 2011, 16:57 (edited 14 Nov 11, 16:59)
For: JJ2 ModPlayer
Level rating: N/A
Rating
N/A

I have a weird problem with this program: It runs flawlessly on a desktop computer running Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit, and yet a Dell Latitude D830 laptop running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit cannot run it at all.

I honestly have no idea why one computer accepts it without complaining at all and the other arbitrarily decides to reject it outright.

What the hell is going on?

BTW: I have followed the instructions perfectly and in exactly the same manner on both computers, and I have played the same songs in both cases, from the same directory and path, under the same compatibility settings.

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
27 May 2011, 16:10
For: Endless Motion
Level rating: 8.5
Rating
8.7

I’ve stopped caring about visual quality now. I honestly couldn’t care that it doesn’t have good textured BGs, because it does everything else that a tileset needs to do, and it does them very well.

Okay, it may not be another Desolation, but it’s still worthy of an 8.7 rating. I can imagine that this tileset is very good for sky fortresses and all manner of other futuristic places. For that reason alone, I think it’s an amazing achievement, and the presence of so many useful tiles makes it even better.

Definitely a download recommendation.

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
13 May 2011, 10:03
For: Password remover
Level rating: 9.2
Rating
N/A

Probably by far the best utility I’ve ever seen for JJ2 in a long time. This certainly makes things easier for so many.

Thanks for uploading this, you’ve made my day.

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
13 Apr 2011, 00:13
For: Memories 3: Imagination
Level rating: 9.2
Rating
9.7

We really need more people who know what they’re doing, and Hitch has not let us down. This is one of the best multiplayer packs out there, and that is evident throughout each of the six levels.

Police Headquarters:
Very good work here, lots of eyecandy in many places, and a good choice of song. The only thing that doesn’t quite fit is the fade colour chosen for the textured background, otherwise it’s one hell of a good level.

The Penitentiary System:
This is an amazing example of how to use the JJ1: Industrius 2005 tileset, it looks like the level takes place in the substructure beneath some city on Industrius. I don’t get the way a Jailbreak level works, but that’s no hindrance to a good rating.

Greed:
Amazing work here, this version of Battleships has been used to amazing effect, and the use of the coins in conjunction with the CTF mode has a profound effect on the way the match plays out. As for the song, I have never heard anything as good or as suitable as this one (Guild of Sounds).

Arctic Citadel:
I’ve seen many WTF levels in my time, and this is an amazing level in its own right. This is one of the best ways to prove skill as a JCS’er, and teach novices a lesson in the process.

Radiator City:
Yet another good example of Hitch’s skill, although the Flag Run mode is a tricky one for me to get the hang of. As a level, this is just amazing.

Midnight Metropolis:
Saving the best ‘til last. This level shines brighter than all of the others, and all of the others outshine their main rivals. Interesting idea for a multiplayer mode here, Onslaught (or as UT3 players call it, Warfare), and some outstanding work showing itself in every corner of the level.

I give this pack a strong 9.7. Don’t ever play the levels without the music, though, the music makes it what it is. Playing the levels in silence just doesn’t do them any justice. Get the music and play!

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:49
For: JJ2 - Stealing Gems Episode I
Level rating: 1.2
Rating
N/A

Here we go again, someone with no clue what they’re doing…

What we have here is a swarm of badly made levels that all use tilesets and music that came with JJ2, any vehicles are very badly done with mere destruct blocks, the bosses are pathetically done, there’s nothing positive I can say about this, because I’d be lying if I did.

This pack is worthy of no more than a 1.5, anything more than 1.5 is overrating, and I’ve had enough trouble with that.

My advice, work on your skill before uploading anything else. It’s good practice.

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:43
For: InterDimensional Khaos ]DOM[
Level rating: 7.7
Rating
N/A

This level is nothing short of amazing, as is often the case when a skilled JCS’er picks a good tileset like Desolation.

The extreme level of detail proves what the Desolation tileset is capable of in the right hands, and this is just hammered into the player’s mind the longer you play the level.

The ONLY thing I don’t like about this level is that it’s passworded. That is always a mistake, and in this case, limits the level to a maximum of 9.0, but it would get 9.7 from me otherwise.

I’m quite heavy-handed with bad tilesets and stupid acts (passwording levels is a stupid act), but thankfully, this isn’t too much of a problem this time.

[Please rate levels for what they are, not if they’re passworded or not. ~cooba]

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:36
For: Jungle 2.0
Level rating: 8.3
Rating
8.7

This is significantly better than the standard Jungle tilesets that came with JJ2, and also way better than many of its competitors.

Those that have read my reviews on Blade’s tilesets may notice that I don’t pull any punches when reviewing a pathetic tileset. That’s just how I operate. Thankfully, I don’t have to do that here, since these ARE examples of good tilesets.

The day version is the one I like the least, but that’s not a problem, as the other two are amazingly good. The evening version accomplishes amazing atmosphere with skilful use of the scenery available (such as the waterfalls and foliage).

The storm version is easily the best jungle-themed tileset when it comes to storms, as it takes the good lightning from Windstorm Fortress and combines it with strong rain. Put the six rain tiles in a 2×3 layer with both tiling options and some good automatic speed settings, and it looks like it’s chucking it down.

On top of all that, it’s ultra-strong at making trees. If you’re interested in a dark jungle environment, the evening and storm versions are almost essential. Quality-wise, this is close to chasing down Swamps of the Sleeping Jaguar. This is worthy of a strong 8.7.

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:23 (edited 12 Apr 11, 23:25)
For: Tomb Rabbit 2 Unfinished
Level rating: 9.4
Rating
9.0

Considering that this pack is unfinished, nice work.

As for the levels that are finished, they’ve all been done especially well. Custom tilesets for most of them, no wonder it took so long, efforts like that always do.

By far my favourite tileset in the pack is the elevator tileset. That tileset is capable of going toe-to-toe with the tilesets made by the J2O elite (Agama, BlurredD, Blackraptor, EvilMike), and that’s not an easy thing to pull off. It seems Kejero also went crazy making the level as well, as it’s a 31k monster and doesn’t lack on detail ANYWHERE in it.

This pack is worth no less than a 9.0, as it is of superb quality, mercilessly smashing lesser packs into the ground.

Oh, BTW, there is a way to play this with TSF. Don’t select Lori as the starting/default character, and if you have to transform back into Jazz, stomp the monitors. If you shoot a monitor as Spaz, you’ll turn into Lori, but if you stomp it, you’ll turn into Jazz. Handy or what?

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:13
For: Super Jackrabbit Wars
Level rating: 7.7
Rating
N/A

Some of the levels are of mediocre quality, others are of poor quality. Some good marks there, nets a respectable 4.5.

Different story for the tilesets. Man, those tilesets are HORRID. Thank God that Tazar made the “Mario/Sonic Megamix” tileset.

This would get a 5.5 if the levels were not passworded. The passwording knocks a good ~20% off the final rating.

The only thing I really enjoyed from this pack is the song “Deadlock”.

[Please rate levels for what they are, not if they’re passworded or not. ~cooba]

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:08 (edited 17 Apr 11, 16:53)
For: Spacey Universe
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
6.2

The tricky thing here is as far as the art style Disguise likes to use is concerned, it puts him right in the middle of the scale.

On one side, the super-high-quality Desolation, 7th Lava Fall, Sirius etc tilesets made by Agama, BlurredD and the J2O elite. On the other side, the somewhat less capable (no names mentioned). Disguise falls right in the middle.

Thankfully, what Disguise lacks on art style, he more than makes up for on the others (layer management, diversity of tiles and environment). He manages to justify the lack of quality with functionality, which is a good fall-back plan to have.

As a result of that, I give this tileset a 6.2.

Not recommendedQuick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 23:02 (edited 14 Apr 11, 01:54 by Violet CLM)
For: Here goes Oasis!
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
2.2

Hm, yet another tileset that received over double the rating it deserves.

Even a very capable JCS’er like EvilMike couldn’t do this tileset justice, and you know what he’s capable of (DevRes). If one of J2O’s elite JCS’ers can’t make a level look good with your tileset, that’s (quite bad).

This tileset has extremely low quality, if it has any quality at all. I give this a 2.2.

I don’t pull any punches if someone’s work is of (subjective) quality. Get used to it.

[You’re going to have to pull punches if you want to stay around. Severe negativity removal. ~cooba]

(Review changed to quick review, since no justification is given for the rating. ~Violet)

Quick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:57 (edited 17 Apr 11, 16:41)
For: Islands in the Sapphire Sea
Level rating: 8.6
Rating
5.0

My last rating was too heavy-handed, and I’ve re-rated it at 5.

Please don’t ever remind me of that experience. I now hate those comments just as much as you guys did.

Quick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:49 (edited 17 Apr 11, 16:54)
For: Tilesets
Level rating: 1.0
Rating
1.0

Review edited, my original one was way too brutal, sorry.

Just don’t bring the topic up again, ever.

Quick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:45 (edited 17 Apr 11, 16:57)
For: Technoworld(Limetless)
Level rating: 2.0
Rating
1.0

Edited review, original one was too savage.

Sorry about that, just don’t ever bring the subject up again, please.

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:41 (edited 14 Apr 11, 01:57 by Violet CLM)
For: the Lost World episode
Level rating: 9.1
Rating
N/A

Well, I like the interesting approach with the music, with each level using just ambient sounds and a song constructed entirely from ambient sounds, although the .avi files are using an obscure codec that the newer of my computers does not and cannot have.

As for the tileset… there is no quality to speak of. The tileset looks like it was drawn by a total novice.

The installer package (the .exe file) method of packaging JJ2 levels is impractical and unusable in most situations, in addition to the uninstaller file using the common “uninstal” mis-spelling (I’ve seen this too many times before, C&C modders have done this too).

Overall, it nets a maximum of 5.0, only because the horrid tileset handicaps the rating.

[Offensive finger pointing removal. ~cooba]

(Rating (5.0) removal. At no point in the review do you mention the levels. ~Violet)

RecommendedReview by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:32 (edited 12 Apr 11, 22:33)
For: Dreamscape
Level rating: 9.5
Rating
9.5

This is what we like to see from Jazz2Online. This is by far the best single player episode that I’ve ever seen.

Difficulty-wise, I find it almost impossible. I’ve had to resort to using the invincibility cheat just to make it playable, and it could at least do the decent thing of being playable with Lori, but ultimately, that’s a small price to pay.

This pack clearly isn’t short of detail. The levels look like they took months to complete considering their size (50k+), and the insane levels of detail and animation. The ominous feeling is best experienced at 2AM, when it’s just you and the episode, especially the “Pride” level. You don’t know what true creepiness is until you try that.

Obviously, there are some less capable levels, but I find this is only true with the Mario-based levels. I, for one, find the “Hellfire” level unplayable thanks to the song alone (it induces hostility in the room, and can turn a player into a psychopath. Seriously guys, don’t ever use that song), but hey.

The star of the pack, for me, is the Phantasmagoria tileset. That is a must-have for anyone trying to make a dream level, since it’s just a big hodge-podge of places that Jazz has been before, and is a sure-fire way to make a good-looking dream level.

This pack nails an ultra-strong 9.5.

Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:25 (edited 17 Apr 11, 16:38)
For: Another Dimension
Level rating: 8.2
Rating
5.5

The original comment is now dead and gone. Please don’t ever remind me of the abusive comments that I posted.

This pack gets a revised rating of 5.5 from me, as a result of me being too heavy-handed.

RecommendedQuick Review by Arclite288

Posted:
12 Apr 2011, 22:20 (edited 5 Jul 11, 21:33 by cooba)
For: The Episode
Level rating: 8.9
Rating
8.0

Re-rated pack at 8, since it deserves that.

Removed heavy-handed comments. Don’t continue the discussion, please, that topic is over.

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