Sunday, July 26, 2015

Speed Run of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

(PC) - 0:34:03

by David 'RandomEngy' Rickard

Speed run of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II done in 21 segments (one per level) and appended into one avi recording, done on September 23 2004.

Author's comments: Each level on this run was recorded separately because Fraps would just stop recording after each level. What gets recorded is everything from the level "Restart" point to just before the menu pops up and you see the cutscenes. Basically, everything that you have control over, minus the selection of force powers, which I explain here:

After level 1: Got one star
After level 3: Spent one star on Force Speed
After level 4: Got two stars, spent both on Force Speed
After level 6: Got two stars, spent both on Force Jump
After level 8: Got two stars, spent one on Force Speed and one on Force Jump
After level 10: Got two stars, spent one on Force Jump and one on Force Sight
After level 12: Got two stars
After level 14: Got two stars, spent four on Persuasion
After level 16: Got two stars, spent both on Blinding
After level 18: Got two stars, spent both on Blinding

At the end, I had 4 Speed, Jump, Persuasion and Blinding and 1 Sight.

The early levels are kind of slow, but once I get Speed and Jump, things go much quicker. And as you can see, it's a light side run. I haven't done any testing on a dark side run, but I'm somewhat certain that light side is faster, since it gives you access to Blinding, which is useful for setting up sequencer charges on Boc and Jerec. Another major thing I did was get all the secrets in the first level. This allows you get get force speed in level 4 and gives you one extra star to work with through the whole game. I never really added up or compared the alternatives to it (not getting the star, doing it on level 2 or 3). I just sort of decided to do it and went that way. It's an area of possible improvement.

The quality is kind of iffy, because I had to play in 320x240 to get over 30fps and for some reason my system gets weird artifacting problems in third person mode. Sometimes you can see some red stuff in the upper left corner of the screen, which is the Fraps framerate indicator showing through the weirdness. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

Run time 0:34:03
Producer David 'RandomEngy' Rickard
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Behind-the-Scenes Video Reveals Princess Leia's Return and Much More

Jordan Zakarin
Yahoo Movies
July 10, 2015

New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Behind-the-Scenes Video

The entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast reunited at Comic-Con on Friday evening, and spent much of their panel discussing the practical effects that will fill J.J. Abrams’s upcoming film. But you don’t have to just take their word for it, as Disney and Lucasfilm also showed a mouth-watering behind-the-scenes video to showcase the incredible work that is going into the highly anticipated film.

In the video, which you can watch above, we get first glimpses characters both old and new, includingCarrie Fisher’s Princess Leia makes her first Force Awakens on-set appearance.

Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca!

Meanwhile, Simon Pegg is revealed to play some sort of costumed creature (a small role that he is very giddy about):

And there’s a bunch of characters we know nothing about (although one looks like a mutated

Harley Quinn):

Also awesome: The First Order Stormtroopers swarming a planet that looks a bit like Endor…

And then getting tossed into the air via explosions:

And the Millennium Falcon, freshly rebuilt for this film, in all its glory!

And here’s a nice little scoop: Not only does Han show Rey the ropes on the ‘ol rust bucket…

She ends up flying it herself:

But don’t worry, Han still seems like he’s going to see plenty of action. He’s got the tough guy face on: