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jakuza last won the day on February 21 2019

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  1. Thanks, I think. I don't really know who you're aiming your frustrations at. This is a community of people that make maps because it's fun, with an extremely slim chance of compensation. If actual pro players would like to volunteer their critique of countless grayboxes that will in most cases never be released, I'd applaud them for it. Maps don't get exposure unless they look good, and only then do they have a chance at receiving the high-level feedback you're talking about.
  2. I had some time left after finishing this blockout for a design test, so I took some time to decorate. I'm still figuring out everything in UE4, but the default fog looks pretty damn good. Here's an actual level shot to justify being in this thread
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    [CS:GO] De_BigAssStatue

    Are you using any phong? I think it's a more interesting direction, but the shapes bug me slightly because there are lots of wavy surfaces that aren't supported by the normal map. I would also try using object normal to put a different looking surface on the flat parts + maybe a small bevel? Really nice work, looks like it's all coming together
  4. Yeah I think you should go for a lot more blue ambient light. If you can't get enough from the light_environment maybe use some strong spot lights to fake it.
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    [CS:GO] De_BigAssStatue

    Rocks are looking really cool. I would revisit those containers you showed in the 2nd shot though, the shading on the frame and panels looks messy.
  6. Completely agree. His work really blew up in the last year or so and I wonder if he wants to capitalize on that or just continue making great art like he has been doing. At the same time, I'm finding it harder all the time to draw the line between being inspired by and just lifting other people's creative work. If the game does well and Avalanche never made an agreement with Stalenhag, I can imagine there might be some hard feelings.
  7. Felt like this one did not generate a lot of buzz at all. One of Avalanche's three titles this year, I guess they're going for a shotgun strategy of market appeal I'm a little iffy, it seems to draw a lot from Simon Stalenhag work based on this trailer alone.
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    Thanks! Much appreciated
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    First Map de_Elysium

    Great work so far. I'm struggling with a kind of clean environment as well right now, so here's what I'd recommend. Since you are aiming for the ME aesthetic, I would look into how those games bring wear and tear into the environment without defeating the clean and colorful aesthetic. Also, using more tiles will allow you to communicate a material better. You have detail in your normal maps already, but it's important for that detail to have context and structure as well.
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    Ah that's a great point. Thanks for the tip
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    Thanks, agree completely on the lighting. We're trying to go through with a cleaner approach now, relying more on big key lights like the light poles or shopfronts. Lighting is definitely the primary concern right now, but I'm pretty optimistic about it. Here's a recent screenshot from some tests:
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    The random model thread!

    Some new stuff for kaizen: I tried doing some fancy displacement with the sakura tree, but ended up with these nasty seams cos I don't know what I'm doing @ItzOmega Love the shapes but I'd take the noise in your rust way way down to start, and I don't know if it's the lighting setup but I think a warmer color scheme would complement the cartoonish geometry a little better.
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    youch Thanks for spotting it, missed it during our clipping pass I suppose. Was pretty hectic those last couple days... @Minos (and @Tokit, sorry can't tag you for some reason) agreed on the skybox. It's uncanny, especially with the hard shadows. Will need to work on this before final submission
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    [CS:GO] Riverside

    Excellent work. My only gripe is that the detailing looks kinda mathematical and perfect, like you allocated one piece of clutter to every square meter or something. I know your objective is probably a clean competitive map so this is fine, but I think a bit of environmental storytelling could really elevate it. Couple other small things:
  15. Finally managed to actually load the map today. Just hoping for the best gameplay-wise right now, because I really only started playing online today. So far it feels like a smaller-scale Insurgency with a lot of the same really fun chaotic fights. Is anyone else struggling to figure out a location or battle? It seems like all the best ones on the western front are already in.
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