Pine Valley Preview
I know i said i wouldn’t post again till i got my new PC together, but i’m sure you wont mind.
The Pine Valley shots i’ve been posting, are after the Geothermal Plant along the coast before the Harbor. This area is nice, but its got nothing on the bulk of the level which takes place before the Geothermal Plant.
I always thought the Beta version of Industrial Jungle was one of the prettiest levels in the game. The Town would have to remain my favorite level overall, but Pine Valley has taken top spot for best looking. I haven’t played the level much due to the amount of bugs and unfinished puzzles. The seesaw and rotating bridges are broken, the Geothermal Plant is broken, and some of the geography looks to have been hacked up by someone not experienced with the editor. Perhaps a last minute attempt to get it into the final game rather than scrapping it altogether?
My version of Pine Valley will see quite a bit of new detail and updates, even in Stage 1. The level is begging for extra detail and those long dried up creek beds were thirsty for some river action:
In the middle of that shot, there are two somewhat open valleys at the top of the hill. The valley on the left is where the large dino skeleton can be found, and the valley on the right will feature a series of sulphuric hot springs and perhaps a geyser. This will feed into the river below, which makes its way down to a pool just before the road opens up to the Geothermal Plant. I’m not sure if the valley on the right was accessible in the original game, I haven’t played it enough to be sure. You will be able to get to it in my version though, but the hot springs will be dangerous if you get too close.
There is still a tonne of detail to be added to this level. Rocks, small plants, textures, decals and water particles, but even at this early stage its looking pretty nice.
You may have noticed I’ve changed the way new posts are displayed on the front page. From now on they will feature a link you will need to click to view the rest of the post. This is not only to speed up the loading of the main page, but it also forces visitors to view each post on a separate page. This is the only way to ensure that visitors are viewing the ad’s. At the moment, the ads are not being seen unless people click on the title of the post, which many don’t because its all visible on the main page. I discovered my busiest and most profitable month was when every visitor was being directly linked to a particular post and not the main page.
I don’t want to sound like i’m chasing dollars, but i’m yet to receive a single dollar from the ads on this blog. All monthly payments are pending because in total, they fail to reach the minimum amount required before a payment is made.
Anyway, hope you like the shot, there’s better ones coming soon!