Arokhs Twin wrote:There's two more great level series
As well as a whole bunch of other fanmade singleplayer maps included in the Drakan Community Patch; of those, all are of at least
"fairly decent" quality overall.
Their quality does vary quite widely of course, but generally those have few - if any - glaring flaws.
Generally speaking, the remaining singleplayer maps in existence (those NOT included in the Community Patch
) failed to meet the standards of what constitutes acceptable quality, and aren't really worth bothering with.
Arokhs Twin wrote:
It takes a lot of time to make a quality level series
I think that's a masterpiece of understatement, right there.
Making a good/great
singleplayer map, of a size and complexity typical of most singleplayer maps, requires on the order of a few hundred to possibly over a thousand hours of work.
And that's with the modern version of the Level Editor... if you consider only the version that had been available back when those maps have been made, then you should at least double that number.
For map series
, multiply that by the number of maps in the series.
Arokhs Twin wrote:all of the really good ones took so long to make
Again, I imagine it was in no small part due to the long-standing brokenness of the Level Editor.
Even today, after all the improvements that have been made to the editing tools, map-making is still a rather daunting task.
Hats off to all the people who made those good maps despite being stuck with the broken, clunky tools that had been the only map editing tools available back then...