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txa1265
05-29-2003, 07:57 AM
OK, it isn't official, but check this latest preview:
http://www.elecplay.com/preview.html?article=11127

Each of these new previews offers one small nugget different from the rest. In this one it is the statement

"Han Solo's DL-44 Heavy Blaster, first added to the series in Mysteries of the Sith, is back. So is the Concussion Rifle, which we saw wielded by the Trandoshans way back in Dark Forces."

We saw the DL-44 in the trailer, but the concussion rifle is new news.

Coolness. More coolness.

Mike

Wacky_Baccy
05-29-2003, 08:03 AM
Ehehehehe... Excellent :dev11:

I have a rather strong feeling that they're correct with that statement... I really hope they are, cos even though I never played JK MP I still liked the beasty in SP :)


Thanks for the heads-up, Mike! :D

Khaza
05-29-2003, 08:09 AM
Goodie goodie! My fav weapon is back :D

HertogJan
05-29-2003, 09:09 AM
YEAH!!! GREAT!!! I like the dl44, but the concussion rifle is great too!!

The_One
05-29-2003, 10:21 AM
Great! I hope they go for the way it worked in Dark Forces, rather than how it worked in JK - it was too similar to the other weapons there.

StormHammer
05-29-2003, 10:24 AM
Well, if that can be confirmed, it's great news. Thanks for the heads-up, Mike. :thumbsup:

I didn't play JK in MP either, but I really liked the conc. in SP. Great for clearing a room of unwanted enemy infestations. I hope they make the weapon sound similar to how it did in JK.

txa1265
05-29-2003, 10:48 AM
I wonder what my death animation will look like as I die in a big white explosion with my surround sound system after getting targeted by a Trandoshen with a concussion rifle ... ah, well ... I have a few months to think about it.

Mike

Prime
05-29-2003, 12:56 PM
Real Jedi use concussion rifles.

"My ally is the conc rifle, and a powerful ally it is!"

The Count
05-29-2003, 07:11 PM
"This weapon is your life"

"A Jedi's strength flows through the Power Cells"

Yes the Concussion Rifle is back, thank God now lets hope for the Rail Detonator to return.

Stormtrooper X
05-29-2003, 07:16 PM
I agree with Count D00ku, the concussion rifle is a masterpiece, and yes, lets hope that you can use the rail detonator too.:)

JaledDur
05-30-2003, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by StormHammer
Well, if that can be confirmed, it's great news. Thanks for the heads-up, Mike. :thumbsup:

I didn't play JK in MP either, but I really liked the conc. in SP. Great for clearing a room of unwanted enemy infestations. I hope they make the weapon sound similar to how it did in JK.

Didnt play with it in MP eh? Let me sum it up for you -- Conc+speed+jump+seeing+destruction = flying bodies everywhere!

Doctor Shaft
05-30-2003, 10:34 PM
Sigh... well let's ALSO hope that the conc rifle doesn't return in ALL of it's former glory: i.e. being the Ownage weapon of the series.

Being a saberist at heart, but still partial to cool explosive weapons, I still remember what JK multiplayer conc rifles were like. The combination of lag, poor saber hit detection, speed, force destruction, and jump, made the concussion rifle ultimate uber l33t. Even at close range the thing schooled That game was all about the conc, the rail detonator being the close second. But i'm sure everything will turn out for the best.

The old Dark Forces conc was cool. Hopefully in Jedi Academy we're not plagued with the nightmare of the uber concussion rifle, but I'm glad it's back, or at least it's strongly suggested that it is.

Kengo
05-30-2003, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Shaft
Sigh... well let's ALSO hope that the conc rifle doesn't return in ALL of it's former glory: i.e. being the Ownage weapon of the series.


Yeh, balance is the key. Each weapon should have advantages and disadvantages, or at least people who have preferences for different ones, otherwise what would be the point usong any other? I'm more excited bout the DL-44, such a cool gun :D

The_One
05-31-2003, 09:25 AM
Haha, do you remember Canyon Oasis? Whoever made it to the top and got the Conc could just camp there and pick everyone off - wait for it to respawn and repeat ;)

I remember many insults flying due to that - and concentrated Rail fire in the direction of the guy with the Conc :p

StormHammer
05-31-2003, 10:34 AM
Well, one way to balance the concussion rifle in MP is...simply don't put it in there. :) Make it an SP only gun, and the problem's solved.

Of course, that would then annoy a lot of people.

Another way to try and balance it is to reduce damage significantly against someone using Force Protection.

Other ways to balance it would be to include a slower movement speed for those carrying heavier weapons, and making the rate of fire of those weapons slower as well. After all, in the real world, the firing rate of a bazooka is a lot slower than the firing rate of a machine gun, but it does far more damage. It would make sense to me for them to introduce this kind of balancing for the more powerful weapons.

Khaza
05-31-2003, 03:02 PM
"Balance is everything" :D
Like Stormy said, the best way to make bigger guns more balanced and still keep them effective is simply achieved by slowing down the fire rate keeping everyone happy... I only hope that Raven knows this too ;)

taekwondo joe
05-31-2003, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Khaza
"Balance is everything" :D
Like Stormy said, the best way to make bigger guns more balanced and still keep them effective is simply achieved by slowing down the fire rate keeping everyone happy... I only hope that Raven knows this too ;) i agree as well, i hate lamers in mp

HertogJan
06-01-2003, 07:25 AM
Guys I just played JK and now I realize I actually HATE THE CONCUSSION RIFLE!! It's boring :) I like the rail detonator though, I mixxed those two weapons up :D

StormHammer
06-01-2003, 11:16 AM
Originally posted by HertogJan
Guys I just played JK and now I realize I actually HATE THE CONCUSSION RIFLE!! It's boring :) I like the rail detonator though, I mixxed those two weapons up :D

Each to their own. :)

Every player has their own favourite weapons. I was never that fond of the Rail Detonator, personally. ;)

Stormtrooper X
06-01-2003, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by taekwondo joe
i agree as well, i hate lamers in mp



No, no, no, they should make it harder to get, so you have to jump really far to get to a platform with it on or something, cause somethings must be better than others. So it would be really hard. Or the server could disable certain weapons. makes it better for everyone. problem solved.

Toa Tahu
06-02-2003, 06:59 AM
No no no,you forgot something.I dunno if I'm going to offend anyone with this but first of all,no offense.

I think we should be able to block the conc with the light saber.After all,why can't we do it,the conc shot is just a bullet of pure beam energy,so is the lightsaber.So why not?

munik
06-02-2003, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by Stormtrooper X
Or the server could disable certain weapons. makes it better for everyone. problem solved. You can do that now, with JO. I'd just assume they would keep this option with JA.

Stormtrooper X
06-02-2003, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by Toa Tahu
No no no,you forgot something.I dunno if I'm going to offend anyone with this but first of all,no offense.

I think we should be able to block the conc with the light saber.After all,why can't we do it,the conc shot is just a bullet of pure beam energy,so is the lightsaber.So why not?

Wrong, the Concussion Rifle fires bolts of compressed air that make a concussive force that can break bones and shredd muscules. Deadly eh? It'd destroy the saber. And can lightsaber's deflect air at a high pressure? No.

JaledDur
06-02-2003, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by Toa Tahu
No no no,you forgot something.I dunno if I'm going to offend anyone with this but first of all,no offense.

I think we should be able to block the conc with the light saber.After all,why can't we do it,the conc shot is just a bullet of pure beam energy,so is the lightsaber.So why not?

I thought it was like some sort of super compressed air thing.

SeanTB123
06-02-2003, 09:28 PM
<edit> From the JK1 </edit> instruction manual:

"Concussion Rifle:
The weapon of the Tandoshan race fires compressed bullets of ionized air that explode in shockwaves. Primary fires an explosive projectile (8 cells per fire) which is dangerous in close quarters. Secondary fires a shotgun-like projectile (four cells per fire) for safe use at close range
AMMO: Power cells"

I don't know if that proves anything, but there it is. The Mysteries of the Sith manual says the same thing.

Emon
06-03-2003, 06:15 AM
JK2? I think you mean JK. :)

txa1265
06-03-2003, 08:33 AM
Well ... I think that means saber blocking shouldn't work. But you should be able to force push them away.

Mike

toms
06-04-2003, 02:19 PM
I always thought they should get rid of that secondary fire.... the main danger of the conc (at least to me:D ) was that if the enemy charged you you tended to blow yourself up as well.
but giving it a secondary fire without an area effect negated this disadvantage.

although, i still liked the secondary effect cos it looked like the rail gun from quake 2, still probably the coolest weapon effect ever... but put it on another weapon!

maybe the secondary fire could be using the butt of the gun, or setting it on overload and dropping it... causing a massive explosion when it goes off, but destroying the weapon. :D



Force pushing compressed air away sounds a bit wrong, but maybe it would disipate it's power a bit.

If it is compressed air, then surely it would decomress over time, making the effect smaller the further it went, another good balancing factor.

txa1265
06-04-2003, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by toms

maybe the secondary fire could be using the butt of the gun, or setting it on overload and dropping it... causing a massive explosion when it goes off, but destroying the weapon. :D

I really like that idea ... it would send out a seismic shockwave like in the asteroid chase of AotC ... just use Force Speed to get the heck out of there!
Force pushing compressed air away sounds a bit wrong, but maybe it would disipate it's power a bit.

If it is compressed air, then surely it would decomress over time, making the effect smaller the further it went, another good balancing factor.

If not pushing it away (i.e. repel) at least dissipate.

Mike

Silent_Thunder
06-05-2003, 05:52 AM
Ug, the "Conc" and the Rail detonater totally ruined the multiplayer in JK in my humble opinion... But for some reason it was much less of a problem in MotS.

On a similiar note... anyone else notice that the Rail Detonator actually does much more damage, fires faster, uses its own ammo and has about the same projectile speed as the conc but people in multiplayer still seemed to find the Conc more effective for some reason... I guess it was for the sole fact that it had a larger blast radius... Anyways, I always like the Rail det better myself...

But if we're talking the Dark Forces Concussion rifle then I'm all for it... The sound was much cooler than the JK conc, and the projectile was invisible until explosion... which was practically instant.

I think in order to balance the conc out correctly a few things should be done:

Lower the damage and speed slightly from the JK1 version... that was just alittle bit too uber.

Make the concussion blast much weaker the farther away the "projectile" explodes. So the closer you are the more damage it does, but also the more dangerous it would be to you. It would also make it primarily a medium range weapon, since sniping would be impossible because of shorter range.

Add even more obvious of a kick back as to prevent a conc projectile from always hitting its target... Make 5 or so shots in a row move the gunner back a few feet to force alittle bit of readjusting.

And lastly, I think a succesfuly force push used on a conc projectile should explode the projectile where its at instead of unrealistically sending it right back at the attacker. That way a skilled jedi could use force push on a Conc wiedling opponent just as he fires, having deadly results for the gunner, but if the force push is used to late it will still hurt the jedi.

Anyways... I hope the conc is more like the Dark Forces version... The JK1 version had really stupid sounds, and just looked like a long rectangular pipe with a clip sticking out of it... Atleast the DFs conc had style...

I Just wish they'd bring back the REAL Repeater again... That was one of my favorite weapons, especially in DF.

Toa Tahu
06-05-2003, 06:11 AM
Originally posted by Stormtrooper X
Wrong, the Concussion Rifle fires bolts of compressed air that make a concussive force that can break bones and shredd muscules. Deadly eh? It'd destroy the saber. And can lightsaber's deflect air at a high pressure? No.

Oops...made a fool of myself there :o ...didn't I?Anyway,since it's compressed air,something must be done to counter it,right?Therefore,is it right for me to say "Force Push" this time?

txa1265
06-05-2003, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by Toa Tahu
Oops...made a fool of myself there :o ...didn't I?Anyway,since it's compressed air,something must be done to counter it,right?Therefore,is it right for me to say "Force Push" this time?

... yes - as I did just a few posts before you ... ;)

Mike

toms
06-05-2003, 12:26 PM
i agree with about everything you said Silent_Thunder.
DF conc WAS cooler. Less force the further away seems a good idea.

In general, i would have thought the CONC would do less damage than an explosive weapon, but with a greater blast radius (and throwing the target further). It should also probably ignore shields.

Of course, if you use the DF conc then there will be no projectiles to block, but assuming there are projectiles i think that having force push detonate them is an excellent idea. devs take note!

Another cool idea for secondary fire would be something that worked like the shock rifle (i think) in unreal tournament, where if you hit a slower moving projectile with a faster moving one then it causes a much bigger explosion. I always liked that idea as it felt like you needed more skill to pull it off.