Replay Contest – Results

January 31, 2007

Do you guys remember the Replay Competition the TMU Blog advertised a month ago? Hastings has finally decided who the winners are and published the results on TMX. The best news for the contestants is that everyone gets something out of their submission (everyone gets a prize)! So as there have been five submissions, there are also five winners:

1. TDS#Sabaku
2. XT DanDaMan
3. XCS Weetos
4. [ATP]Jonkster_NZ
5. [ATP]Alcator

Curious what the prizes were, why Hastings ranked the contestants the way he did and what the submissions look like? Check out the Replay Contest Thread at TMX.

Congratulations to all the winners 😀

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Track Review – ITC Jungle

January 30, 2007

Track: ITC Jungle (Download)

Author: ORA (TMX)

Type: Race

Environment: Desert

Length: 45 sec (author time: 0:50.91)

Mood: Day

Custom Content: Mod

 ITC Jungle

First Impression

Tracks by ORA are usually great tracks. And this one has got 6 awards already one day after release. However, upon the first drive, it’s quite a disappointment. Perhaps famous authors are overrated after all, and get a bit too much extra attention just because of their names…

Track Design

ITC Jungle was made as a track for showing off a new mod, which ORA has made himself. Perhaps that’s an excuse to not make an extremely creative or innovative track, but unfortunately this is a track review, not a mod review (nice mod, though 😉 )

The design of the track is not that bad, but not outstanding either. For a Desert track, ITC Jungle is incredible fast, which makes it a lot more challenging (which is a good thing). However, thinking of the actual layout of the track, it’s not that special.

It’s a smooth, fast, challenging and surely fun track, but compared to what it could be, the track design lacks finesse, innovation, and feeling. Rating: 7.0

Scenery 

The scenery is quite simple, yet not too bad. Unfortunately, those big fat “poles” (or whatever they are) have been used to exaggeration throughout ITC Jungle, and at places, the scenery is straight out boring.

However, as this is a track meant for a mod, I guess that mod should count for something – and naturally, that’s the scenery rating! The mod is very good, with a “jungle feeling”. It sure adds to the otherwise poor scenery, and therefore saves the scenery rating a lot! But still, far from perfect… Rating: 8.0

MediaTracker

Intro: A few cam changes with a bit of special effects (such as the camera shaking). A bit too quick and appears to be a bit random as well. A disappointment, in fact.

In-game: Nothing, but it’s not required. But no “special features” (such as a GPS) either.

Outro: A bit like the intro. It fails to properly show the race, and some of the camera angles are straight out bad. However, the outro got some nice top-down views, so it’s not too bad.

Overall, the MT work is quite disappointing. Everything required to make a good intro and outro is there, but it’s not really designed too well, looking a bit random. Below average, I’m afraid. Rating: 4.0

Originality

Nothing really original with this track, except for the high speed. The mod adds a bit to the original rating as well, as it adds a fresh feeling for the Desert environment. Rating: 4.0

Fun Factor

ITC Jungle is, despite other flaws, very fun to drive. Especially the unusual speed for a Desert track makes the track fun and interesting, and the mod makes the ride even more enjoyable. Some challenging parts also make it fun for time-hunts. Rating: 7.5

Summary

An overall nice design but with a lack of innovation and creativity. The scenery doesn’t add much to the appeal of the track, but the mod the track was created with sure spice things up. The MT work is not lacking, but it appears a bit “random” and has a few flaws – a nice attempt, but the result is below average. Additionally, there’s nothing really original about the track, but despite that, the track is actually very fun to drive.

A decent attempt, and a nice track for showing off a mod, but in order to really appreciate this track, you must either love the mod or be a true Desert lover.

Final Rating: 6.5 (decent)

***

Notes:

– Ratings range from 1 (bad) to 10 (perfect). 5 is average.

– If you are interested in writing track reviews for the TMU Blog, you may apply by dropping an e-mail to Jozii@pp.inet.fi.

– If you want to have your own track reviewed, you can sign your track up for a fee of 250 coppers. Simply send an in-game message to “Jozii” with the coppers and the name of the track (which must have been uploaded at the United Exchange first).


Quick Review – Beyond

January 30, 2007
  • Track: Beyond (Download)

  • Author: JakeOIL (TMX)

  • Type: Race
  • Environment: Stadium
  • Length: 1 min
  • Mood: Sunset
  • Custom Content: Signs + music

The Ups

  • + Awesome PF start
  • + First class scenery
  • + Brilliant MT work
  • + Dirt
  • + Innovative design
  • + Simple track, but a complex design

The Downs

  • – No special MT features (such as a GPS – but then again, none needed)
  • – Nothing, really

Additional comments

This is the most outstanding track I’ve ever seen! If a TMU track could be called art, JakeOIL sure must be the new Picasso. The track design is simple, yet so brilliant. The MT work is among the best I’ve ever seen. Words simply can’t describe this track… This is as near to perfectionism as you can possibly get!

Beyond is the first track ever here at the TMU Blog to achieve a perfect rating (10/10). You would be a fool not to try this track!

Final Rating: 10.0 (outstanding)

Would you like to have one of your tracks reviewed here at the TMU Blog? You can request either a longer Track Review, or a somewhat shorter and cheaper Quick Review (as the one in this post). The cost for a Track Review is 250 coppers, and for a Quick Review it’s only 50 coppers. Simply send an in-game (TMU) message to “Jozii”. Don’t forget to include the name of your track (which must have been uploaded to TMX first) as well as the coppers required.


Advertisement: RaVaGER’s Coastal Series

January 29, 2007

RaVaGER from TMX has made a little Coast series of four tracks – one for each mood (sunrise, day, sunset and night). The first three tracks have been uploaded, and the fourth one is on it’s way.

This little series of tracks is bound to be liked by any Coast lover, but also by those of are not major fans of the Coast environment. Here are a few quotes form awards already given to the first three tracks:

  • “Easy, smooth and fun” – =ITC=Speedy
  • “Good combination of speed & tech” – Hubby
  • “Scenery is great – feels like Paridise”– Trojaner
  • “Good offroading” – Andree
  • “Hard Jumps, Cool Layout and pretty fast Track” – Softball
  • “Lovely coast race that has it all” – Smok3y

I’ll let the quotes speak for themselves 😉 You can download the three released tracks here:

  1. [CC°1]Mornin’ Mix (direct download)
  2. [CC°2]Midday Mediterrane (direct download)
  3. [CC°3]Evening Event (direct download)

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the fourth one 😉

Enjoy 😀


Driver’s Contest, Round 2 Aftermath (+ Finals Info)

January 29, 2007

As you may know, the TMU Blog started a Driver’s Contest a while ago. You can find out more about this contest by clicking the “Games & Contests” category to the right.

So, the second round of eliminations is now over. Unfortunately, there ha sbeen a few problems, so this will be done more simple than last time…

Results

1. KellerKind (37.44) vs. Fòólie (no replay) WINNER: KellerKind
2. JumperJack (37.42) vs. NeoRufus (38.35) WINNER: JumperJack
3. TimeBreaker (no replay) vs. Topork (unknown) WINNER: Topork (Note: Topork did send a replay, but there were problems downloading it. As TimeBreaker didn’t send a replay, Topork still wins)

The winner of each race moves on the the finals, and the rest have been eliminated!

Here’s a complete list of how each individual contestant did compared to the rest:

1. JumperJack (37.42) +0.00
2. KellerKind (37.44) +0.02
3. NeoRufus (38.35) +0.93
4. Topork (unknown)
5. Fòólie (disqualified)
5. TimeBreaker (disqualified)

The second round of eliminations has now begun, and you can read more about that here.

Betting

Non-contestants (or eliminated contestants), have the possibility to bet coppers on the finals. Here are the details:

  1. To bet, send between 10 and 200 coppers to “Jozii” in-game.
  2. In your message, state which contestant (the name of the contestant) you think will win the contest.

Here are the odds:

1. JumperJack (1.50)
2. KellerKind (1.60)
3. Topork (2.10)

The numbers in brackets are the odds. Note that these aren’t scientifically calculated, just roughly estimated based on the previous performance of each contestant. Please, do not complain against these odds. The betting is meant for fun, and if you find that some odds are “wrong”, don’t say it or complain about it, just bet if you find an advantage and don’t bet if you find a disadvantage (or better yet, bet anyway, as it’s still quite fun 😉 )

All coppers lost when betting goes to the TMU Blog and will be used for future contests. All coppers won are paid by the TMU Blog!


TMU Blog Survey

January 28, 2007

Here at the TMU Blog feedback is taken seriously. It would be interesting and helpful to know what YOU think of the blog. Please take the time to answer the questions in the survey below. Your answers will be used to help improve the blog in the future.

TMU Blog Survey

Thanks in advance 😀


Screenshot of the Week – Week 4 (Special Edition)

January 28, 2007

This week the SotW looks a bit different. Even though the TMU Blog is (obviously) United only, this post is a Nations Special, with Nations screenshots made by Fòólie. Some who are still playing Nations may find this interesting, while others who have played Nations in the past might remember the good times when they see the screenshots. If you have never played Nations, here’s a little overview of what you’ve missed 😉 (although you got basically all of it with United, so perhaps you didn’t miss that much after all 😛 )

Screenshot of the Week, Nations Special

– Screenshots made by Fòólie

Belam2 geryy9 interbx3

Screenshot02jx3 Screenshot75hk4 sweto5

Fòólie is awarded 100 coppers for this collection of screenshots!

Do you have a screenshot (from United)? Send it to Jozii@pp.inet.fi!