- Track: RevelationS (direct download)
- Author: Buchi
- Type: Race
- Environment: Island
- Length: 30 sec
- Mood: Sunrise
- Coppers: 3333
- Difficulty: Average
- TMX Awards: 34
- Award Level: Slightly overrated
- TMX LB Rating: 41,777
- Custom Content: Music (Iron Maiden – Be quick or be Dead), signs
“Loading Intro … Aborted” – From the intro that claims it doesn’t exist.
Fast but slide-free Island. Requires precision.
Island is by nature an Environment where a lot of sliding is and should be required. Making slide-free Island tracks is an art, but the downsides are many. In this track, especially the length (assuming it’s so short because it was hard making it longer and maintaining the slide-free effect) and CP respawns are affected by this – the latter is boring (starting from 0 km/h on an uphill platform, for example) and at times even impossible.
However, no-slide Island has its ups as well, which mainly shows in the “Fun Factor” section below. Looking away from the sliding aspects, RevelationS as a track is good but not excellent. There are some cool transitions, but as the track is of the shorter kind you’re left thinking “was that it?” as you pass the finish line.
There are some interesting stunts adding to the design, but none are really that impressive. The start, making decent use out of the otherwise underused (and huge) X-block, is interesting the first couple of time (precision required in order not to lose speed), but in the long run gets long and frustrating. A nice idea, but not interesting enough.
As a whole the design of this track is good, but when you look further into it it’s not that special.
While not excessive, there’s still enough scenery to keep you happy, but just as with the design there’s simply not enough of it…
Intro: Ehm, hmm, I’m not sure what to say here 😛 When I first saw the cool “Loading Intro” effects (blinking text on black background) I thought to my self “wow, loos like the intro is going to be great”. Then the message “Aborted” appears and the intro ends. As much as I hate it, I’ll have to treat this as a negative effect, but the track doesn’t suffer as much as it would if there was no intro at all, as after all an intro claiming it doesn’t exist is kind of cool 😛
In-game: Nothing, not even when it’s needed (there’s a wall-ride in which I had liked a cam change).
Outro: Besides the excessive use of trails, I kind of like the outro. A simple but good view of the race. However, some cool effects would be needed to make it excellent, and at times the angles do seem a bit too simple to be interesting enough.
In total, I believe the MT work lacks quite a bit. The track is worthy of a lot more than this.
The start and the possibility of not sliding throughout the entire track are two great factors giving this track more innovation and originality. Still not over the top, though.
I haven’t been too friendly towards RevelationS so far, but I must admit that it’s a track pretty fun to drive. The design is good enough for the average driver to be entertained, and when digging deeper there’s a lot of challenge in the fact that you need precision to drive perfectly, making the track a tad bit more difficult, and that you can aim for a ride completely slide-free (which is harder than it sounds).
Quite fun and with re-use potential, in other words.
In the end I’m afraid I have to say that RevelationS probably is living on the name of its author (at least if you consider the high amount of awards it has at TMX). I find it to be a bit overrated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great track, but it is too short, seems to lack something, and is a bit too average as a whole (especially when talking about MT work!).
But then again, it does have its good sides. It’s fun, challenging and after all has a pretty good design.
Final Rating: 75% (Good)
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