Map "Soul Harvest"
|Sir Seizhak on 2017-08-28||comment|
|I think other players had said all the things I'm going to write down just here, but anyway...
This is good map, with a strong potential. Architecture, landscapes and caves are very nice (other first maps are worst than yours, so you're in the right direction I think). Action is fair and enjoyable, even in Extra Crispy (and this is hard to get right in my opinion).
Scripting was nice (ROR effect is perfect. I didn't see any flickering or HOM), except for the fireplace but this is a thing you can fix fast.
Just keep working and adding details to your next maps. And also have reality as a reference. Don't you know how to shade a room? Look at your own room and see how the Sun cast shadows. Problems with sizes? Take photos from nature for reference, even take your size as a reference, compare with Caleb's size and build well-sized rooms.
I hope you release more maps
|BME on 2017-08-25||comment|
|A great beginners map! Architecture is done well with good texture combinations, slopes and sprite work.
There's enough interactivity with effects; stacks, water and cracked walls creating a couple of shortcuts to previous visited locations.
The overall lighting is ok but could have had a bit more contrast and some candles produce a small spot that flickers while the rest of the room has a steady luminance which is a bit unrealistic.
And indeed the fire which is besides un-blocking sprite also not lethal as the flames won't kill the player.
|SpillSomeBlood on 2017-08-23||comment|
|This is way above average for new mappers! I would strongly recommended you stick with this craft. You have amazing potential and I foresee you being one of the few elite editors for this game. It such a treat to have new mappers for this game because there is so little of us left. But that aside, let's get down to business. Knowing this is your first map, I easily rate it 4.5. However, rating the map without prejudice I would put it more around a 3-3.5. The creativity is there. I really appreciate your attention to lighting. Many new mappers do not utilize lighting but it is crucial for immersion. You also seem to be very fluent with triggers, doors, stacks, and other sector effects! Bravo! Gameplay is solid as well. You even added secrets which is essential for making the player feel rewarded. Some areas of opportunity include:
The totem at the beginning isn't hit-scan sensitive. You can do this by pointing and pressing [H]. Or you could change its sprite type to "Gib Object" and make it break into wood chunks.
I had to re-start the level because I walked into the fireplace but couldn't exit. Make sure you set the sector wall to block players coming from a certain direction.
Upper and lower water/stacks are do not match up making the 3D environment feel disproportionate.
Also the secret counter and identifier is not set up. There is an example map on BME/ILMHB's website.
So I challenge you, whenever making a map always push yourself to be as polished as possible. Try to imagine a purpose for each room and why it exist in your world. Try to make a visually simulating focal point for each room. Try to come up with intelligent a creative gameplay. Think "risk and reward." I try not to hand the player anything for free. Challenge them that way they feel satisfied whenever they earn a weapon or item. Try to place items in way that makes sense to the environment. Add exploration and try to be non-linear. Think of maps like a loop. Take Doom's E1M1. You can see the end of the map through the window but you still have to play through to get to it. It makes the world feel wholesome. If an decorative item should break then make it breakable! It's a small thing but adds a level of realism and subliminal entertainment. Last but not least, think of every level you release as an official Monolith release. Make sure the levels are compatible for coop, teams, bloodbath. For example, if you are playing coop and a tunnel collapses after you pass through it how will your teammate catch up to you reach the tunnel is still collapsed? How will you reach the end level if you both die and start from the beginning? You would have to set a teleport that only opens in coop mode so you guys wont get stuck and have to relaunch the map.
I hope you find these tips insightful and inspiring. Don't take this as criticism, but more like embracing you in the club of fellow mappers! A passing of the torch somewhat. Feel free to download some of my maps to reference. I'm currently working on the sequel to my map, "Eviction." It takes me months to finish a map because of my attention to detail. But it's mind stimulating and I love it. Can't wait to play more from you
|That's a pretty awesome map especially for a first. Gameplay is well organized and there is shading, architecture, and effects. Not your usual first map. Outdoor areas look extra good. Can't wait to see the next. I would rate it about 3.8 But I can't register on the site to do ratings. Good job.
|Reasonably interesting first map, a pretty good start!