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John's Training Ground by Charles Kane

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release date: 01-May-2023
# of downloads: 208

average rating: 1.81
review count: 8
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file size: 20.00 MB
file type: TR5
class: South America

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Reviewer's comments
"One useless revolver, one switch, one key and a few jumps and swims and the usual 3 golden rose secrets. Over in 5 minutes, but at least it looked a tad bit better than the previous releases." - MichaelP (23-Dec-2023)
"A peru-styled level that basically is two massive rooms. I'm not joking, it's one normal and one water room. There is so little effort here that there's nothing to even say about this. The gameplay that there is there basically is nullified by the fact there are so many slogs in such a span - 5 minutes? Skip this." - OblivionJaw (02-Dec-2023)
"Another attempt by this builder to come to grips with the TR5 genre. It’s obviously proving a tricky task but I suppose one has to give him points for tenacity. Again, it’s very brief and the gameplay minimal, but at least the environment is somewhat appealing." - Jay (05-Jun-2023)
"Again very short and extremely basic, but it's overall a bit better than the builder's previous efforts, with some lighting work and a tiny hint of gameplay. But to be honest I'm not sure if every step of the builder's learning curve needs to be published..." - manarch2 (15-May-2023)
"Structurally more elaborate than the preceding level. Again 3 secrets in a series of large rooms, however with slower pacing and more geometry this time. We get a revolver but never a thing to shoot. Eventually, a pickup hunt ends in a keyhole which also concludes the level. Recommended, just like anything short to play." - DJ Full (13-May-2023)
"For the most part, I could simply copy and paste my review to the previous release from the builder. There seems to be more work here done to level design so you get a bit of platforming here and there, but on the other hand there are no enemies (I suppose following the same style as JHN's original levels, if my mind serves me). Missing animation for underwater pickups and the end of the world is quite within reach on your way. 5 minutes, 3 secrets. 05/24" - Treeble (07-May-2023)
"Finally a level that isn't a remake of very old test levels. I would say Reza did a good job and slightly improved with this one but he still has a lot to learn.

The Gameplay: Gameplay is extremely basic and the level is too short. There's nothing to do essentially. There are 3 golden (?) roses to find but they aren't tricky to find either, there is also some basic platforming, and swimming. I would advise to explore the wad (or assemble your own one) and just think of a gameplay with the items you have in the wad. Although the problem is that in TR5 engine you have a lot of hardcoded stuff which will be even harder for you because practically no one uses the TR5 engine.

Textures and lighting: Textures were nicely applied, there were a lot of stretching or misshapen textures, there also a lot of cracks. Lighting was ok but random because there was a random red light in a random spot. Lara had a strong blue light in her - probably TR5 shenanigans.

rooms and atmosphere: The atmosphere was pretty basic with just cubes and no attempt at making slopes and interesting geometry. The author should practice more of that. The ceiling was very low aswell.

Conclusion: It's a good attempt this time at building the level. I would suggest the author to do this:
- Switch engine - again this is because of how hacky TR5 is, that's why you don't notice too many TR5 engine levels. I would suggest that the author uses TR1-4 engines, TRNG, or try out TEN. I know the author thinks that TR5 levels are underrated but again with all the hacks and dirty stuff that is coded in the engine, it prohibits from building the level.
- Change from DxTRE3D to Tomb Editor - Tomb Editor is a new editor, it's very simple to use and modern. optional of course.
That's all I can say at the moment. I wish Reza good luck with building." - Kubsy (01-May-2023)
"Marginally more substantial than this builder's previous effort, which is a very small improvement, but at least it is one. That said, it is still a pretty basic effort with rather meagre gameplay apart from a few jumps and a bit of swimming. A couple of Lara's animations are also messed up, a few sounds are misplaced and the level ends again without the feeling of accomplishment that I always look out for. Still, getting there...slowly but surely." - Ryan (01-May-2023)