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Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Page

Posted: Jan 17th '20, 04:19
by Lion O Cyborg
I'm doing a Tour of Duty style LP for Halo 1's fan remake, Single Player Version 3, inspired by Viking Boy Billy's coverage of Halo 1 on the Story Page back in 2014 or 2015. Currently it's both the Part 0 Prologue and Part 1 covering the first level.

http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72508

http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72509

If you don't mind spoilers, you can also check out the Primers for the two above in case you need filled in on the events leading up to Halo 1:

Circle 1: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72492

Circle 2: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72493
http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72494

Circle 3: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72495
http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72496

I aim to start Part 2 tomorrow at time of writing, technically later today as it's 4:12AM GMT.

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Feb 20th '20, 20:27
by Lion O Cyborg
Hi. I'm currently taking a break from the Story Forum to improve myself, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy Marathon/Bungie wise: The Halo SPV3 tour has still been getting written among playing Build Engine games, Shadow on Xbox and doing some non-game related stuff. Stages 1 to 6 are done but 4-6 are timed exclusives to my log for the time being. The later parts may be too depending on when I start writing The Library.

Here's all the parts that are done so far:

Primer

Circle 1: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72492

Circle 2: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72493

http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72494

Circle 3: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72495

http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72496

Main Tour

Stage 0: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72508

Stage 1: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72509

Stage 2: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72518

Stage 3: http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=72519

Stage 4: https://lion-o-cyborg-iii.tumblr.com/po ... v3-stage-4

Stage 5: https://lion-o-cyborg-iii.tumblr.com/po ... v3-stage-5

Stage 6: https://lion-o-cyborg-iii.tumblr.com/po ... v3-stage-6

I will try to remember to update this thread with Stage 7 onward as well. I might cover the differences in Legendary too, if I get enough practice at SPV3 and/or can sum up the courage to play it on that difficulty again.

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 6th '20, 16:07
by Lion O Cyborg
Update on SPV3 Tour: The Library is now being written at the moment. I will edit this reply with the link when it's done and I might post the link for Two Betrayals as a new reply alongside Keyes.

Side note: I've also been playing Tempus Irae again and making more of an effort to complete it this time. I'm enjoying it so far and I look forward to Towel Boy specifically as I love swimming pools/bath houses. I intend to play the latest build of Redux and Marathon Evil after that, but I'll need to play the latter on Normal instead of TC like Tempus as Evil is a bit too hard even on Major Damage. From what I've seen of the newer Redux so far, it looks good.

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 7th '20, 19:47
by The Man
FYI, you picked a rather bad time to replay Tempus Irae; a new version literally just started development a week or two ago (as far as I’m aware). I’d hold off until it’s done, because the graphical improvements will be a thing to behold.

Preview of updated switch texture:
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Preview of bump maps in-game (caveat: only one of the HD textures is yet implemented here):
GatesofDelirium_0017.png
I think, even in embryonic form, these results speak for themselves.

I dunno how long the new release will take to complete, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. I kind of doubt it’ll be as long-delayed as the many Eternal re-releases have been, though – since the textures were mostly made from 3D surfaces to begin with, the normal maps can be generated easily, so it’s probably just glow maps and animated textures that will require a substantial amount of work. Though JHT and Borzz may decide they want to edit some of the maps, too, in which case it may be a few more months.

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 7th '20, 21:17
by Lion O Cyborg
The Man wrote:FYI, you picked a rather bad time to replay Tempus Irae; a new version literally just started development a week or two ago (as far as I’m aware). I’d hold off until it’s done, because the graphical improvements will be a thing to behold.

Preview of updated switch texture:
0_rgb.png
Preview of bump maps in-game (caveat: only one of the HD textures is yet implemented here):
GatesofDelirium_0017.png
I think, even in embryonic form, these results speak for themselves.

I dunno how long the new release will take to complete, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. I kind of doubt it’ll be as long-delayed as the many Eternal re-releases have been, though – since the textures were mostly made from 3D surfaces to begin with, the normal maps can be generated easily, so it’s probably just glow maps and animated textures that will require a substantial amount of work. Though JHT and Borzz may decide they want to edit some of the maps, too, in which case it may be a few more months.
I see. I wasn't aware of the new version though I don't mind playing it twice as I saw the Rampancy LP of the current build back in 2014 or 2015 so nothing's spoiled. Same with Eternal X; I finished replaying the 1.1 build before starting the Tour of Duty for Eternal X 1.2.

Will the lost levels get similar treatment?

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 7th '20, 21:42
by The Man
Well, it just started, and there haven't been any formal announcements, but it's been a topic of discussion on the subreddit and especially the Discord. I'm not sure yet if the plans include a total map revamp or if the map files will be left intact, as was the case with the last overhaul. I don't even know if that's been decided yet. I suspect Borzz and JHT just want to get all the updated graphics working first. Current plans, as far as I can tell, are at minimum for all textures to be increased to 512 x 512 pixels² with bump maps, glow maps where applicable, and some animated textures; and the sounds will in all likelihood also be remastered, since I'd already remastered 90% of them for Chronicles anyhow. (The only sounds I hadn't gotten to were the ones for the secret final level, and I've only got about an hour of work left to finish those as well.)

It's also possible there could end up being at least minor changes to some levels to accommodate new scripting capabilities of the engine (fog, rain, various gameplay changes that weren't possible in 1997, etc.), although this would break film compatibility with older versions. And for all I know, JHT and Borzz may just decide to go all-out and change some things about the maps that they're not too satisfied with. If they decide to go the latter route, then The Lost Levels might be held off for a later date.

However, any map developed for Tempus would be able to work with the new graphics and so on without needing to be changed, so nothing special would need to be done in such a case for TLL to function in the new version. I suspect JHT and Borzz will probably want to arrange things so that the gameplay of the old map files will be unaffected in the new version so that people can still play back films created on those old maps -- the films section on their website is a big giveaway here -- so if TLL ends up delayed, people could always just use the old map file until the new one comes out.

But this is all speculation -- I have no idea whether they're going to make new map files or not. It's entirely possible they'll just update the graphics and sounds and leave it at that. I've just been helping a bit with scripting and sounds -- it's not my decision in the end.

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 15th '20, 01:04
by Lion O Cyborg
Slight change of plans: I decided to finish Two Betrayals as well and post them together. I will be adding Stages 4-8 to the Story Page in due time.

Once I've taken a short break from Halo, I'll get started on writing Keyes. There's also 2 new levels added in SPV3.2 that both the original game and SPV3.1 don't have. They are best described as Two Betrayals versions of Halo and The Silent Cartographer, and in the latter you play as the Arbiter before he becomes the Arbiter.

Stage 7: https://lion-o-cyborg-iii.tumblr.com/po ... v3-stage-7

Stage 8: https://lion-o-cyborg-iii.tumblr.com/po ... v3-stage-8

Re: Halo SPV3 Tour of Duty style LP now started on Story Pag

Posted: Mar 24th '20, 01:23
by Lion O Cyborg