Jedi Academy is a great Game but since it is from 2003, the graphics need an overhaul - for that the fan of the force may have the best gaming experience possible!


So what does this mod do?

This Mod aims to replace nearly all in-game textures (which are quite low res compared to the textures in games nowadays) with improved hi-rez textures faithful to the original style of the game and/or with custom textures all of 2 times (some even 8! times) the original size. It is perfectly safe and very easy to install or uninstall from your system because it will not alter the files in your installation folder directly.
More detailed instructions will be included in the release(s).


NOTE
: This mod will not improve meshes or models, it is merely a texture mod. Also the id tech 3 egine does not support normal-maps, so please don't request me doing those, it's not possible for me, only someone who knows how to compile maps and how to write shaders for this game can achieve a somehow normal-map-like effect by baking the normals into the lighting of the map, as i've read somewhere.


Why you no help??

I do not have the resources to test my mod on different systems apart from my gaming rig, so if someone would kindly help and post his system specs and the framerate or general performance when using my mod i can provide minimum spec info for other players. Now I don't think you need a strong pc for this to work fluently, but your graphics card should probably have 128 megs of ram. but this is just an assumption!

If there is someone who has experience with the id tech 3 engine and its modelling tools and would like to help and take this mod on a new level - please contact me, i'm quite positive on improving the models and meshes too which would then be a total cosmetic overhaul mod improving all graphics throughout the game.

This is my first mod project, all done on my own so far, so I hope people will like it and use it.


IMPORTANT!

The newest file is the complete Pack including all other ones released in the past I recommend downloading this instead of the seperate packs for the full experience. It is very big but recommended for download! DELETE ALL OTHER PACKS WHEN USING THE NEWEST ONE!!

I will upload each modded level as a single file aswell as combined in a mega-pack because that final release will probably take up a lot of space, 1 gig or more.

Have fun!



Info for fellow modders: Some raw Textures come from Mayang's free
Texture site at Mayang.com Every one used in the mod is either heavily altered, custom made or an altered version of the original textures. Of course I permit usage of all custom textures in any altered form in other packs and or mods as far as it is no-profit and combined with proper credit to Mayang (?) and me. :D And of course Raven for the original textures!

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4 comments by Mr.Zz on Jul 27th, 2013

Update 28th July 2013

Renovations on Chandrilla have come to an end.

Update 0.3.1 is ready!

After months of hard work in RL, and working on the mod bit by bit, I just now finished the last parts of the Chandrilla "Rift" level retexture yesterday. As you may remember I posted a preview exactly three months ago which showed some two textures which I had already replaced an improved - this pack has come a long way since. The original rock-wall textures which had a acceptable resolution of 1024x1024 pixels but were stretched out way too much on the sides of the level didn't leave me any other choice than to replace them with, in terms of total pixels, a 64-times bigger version, 8192 by 8192 pixels that is. This increased the size of the texture pack quite enormously, the final size of this level being about 200 MB just as I predicted in the preview. Chandrilla will be released as version 0.3.1 adding up on the former release 0.3.

This is definitely the level with the most work spent on each texture. I combined the original designs with more detailed photo-sourced textures which improves greatly on the realism, especially when close to the textures, so when you play the game in first person view nothing is blurry or has a bad resolution any more - each texture is now sharp and crisp. I spent a lot of time improving the feel of the level by carefully picking similar real-world textures. This is always a workflow depending on personal taste, so this is really how i consider the level the most visually pleasing.

I hope you will feel the same about it!

In the end I forgot to include the promised Raven retexture in this pack i will upload it seperately, sorry guys!

Here are some screenshots showing some examples of the retexture. Please look at them in full resolution otherwise the differences are not as clear... well usually. But in this case the screenshots show how aweful the original textures were ;)

Chandrilla Rift Level retexture comparison:

Chandrilla retexture

Chandrilla retexture

Chandrilla Renovation set 2

Chandrilla Renovation set 2

NEW:

Chandrilla Pavement New

OLD:

Chandrilla Pavement Old

NEW:

Chandrilla Ground new

OLD:

Chandrilla Ground Old

NEW:

Chandrilla Statue New

OLD:

Chandrilla Statue Old

THE NEW PACK 0.3.1 IS ALREADY DOWNLOADABLE!

PACK 0.3.1:


The JKA Texture Overhaul 0.3.1 - Chandrilla

Please download the pack and install it by unzipping it to >your JKA directory</gamedata/base

IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY, PLEASE DOWNLOAD

PACK 0.3:


The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul v.0.3 Combined

IMPORTANT! If you already have other packs of my mod installed please delete all prior to buil 0.3! This ensures every texture will be displayed properly.

I wish you all a nice week!

Please follow my mod for further updates!!

As always I want to point out that feedback helps a lot in improving this mod even further!
The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul

Have fun!!

Mr.Zz

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The JKA Texture Overhaul 0.3.1 - Chandrilla

The JKA Texture Overhaul 0.3.1 - Chandrilla

Jul 27, 2013 Full Version 8 comments

This newest addition to the download section of my mod adds the retextured "Rift" level on Chandrilla. For more information click on "detail" below. To...

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul v.0.3 Combined

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul v.0.3 Combined

Apr 2, 2013 Full Version 19 comments

This newest addition to the download section of my mod adds one huge new Pack, combining all former packs aswell as two new levels, Vjun and the merchant...

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul 0.2.1 - Taspir

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul 0.2.1 - Taspir

Mar 19, 2013 Demo 0 comments

This newest addition to the download section of my mod adds one huge new level retexture: Taspir!! for more information click on "detail" below. To install...

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul 0.2c - Hoth

The Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul 0.2c - Hoth

Jul 27, 2012 Demo 0 comments

This newest addition to the download section of my mod adds one huge new level retexture: Hoth!! for more information click on "detail" below. To install...

JKA Texture Overhaul 0.2b - Tatooine

JKA Texture Overhaul 0.2b - Tatooine

Jun 22, 2012 Demo 2 comments

This is the third Level available as an extra/seperate download, however this is a more up-to-date Version of the sandcrawler level with several new fixes...

Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul  v.0.2 Combined Pack

Jedi Academy Texture Overhaul v.0.2 Combined Pack

Jun 4, 2012 Demo 5 comments

This Pack includes all Levels I have finished up to date. This is: Yavin, Tatooine (the sandcrawler level) (NEW!!), Blenjeel, Taspir (NEW!!) and some...

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therevan789
therevan789 Aug 31 2014, 1:15am says:

I got a problem with exterior floor textures in Hoth, they don't exist.
I only have Movie Battles 2 installed.

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therevan789
therevan789 Aug 31 2014, 1:24am replied:

Also, I have 4 GB of ram, only floor and wall textures (exterior) are affected, inside bases textures are alright

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Nov 13 2014, 8:56pm replied:

Another question - how much video-RAM do you have on your graphics-card?

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Oct 21 2014, 9:56pm replied:

What sort of a system do you have, Win 32bit or Win 64bit?
What graphicscard do you own?
Cheers!

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Killaine
Killaine Feb 18 2014, 6:30am says:

I have a major problem with textures. It seems like game just can't handle it's size. I wonder if there are any console commands for Id Tech 3 like "seta com_videoRam" and "seta image_cacheMegs" for Id Tech 4.

I have 1 Gb of video memory.

Upyourpic.org

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Mar 19 2014, 6:26am replied:

oh... mh. It looks as if you have other mods installed, which are those? do they alter anything in the games files maybe?

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Killaine
Killaine Mar 19 2014, 7:48am replied:

I tried to delete all the mods except this one, but that didn't solved the problem.

I've used:
Spanki_Jedi_Customization_PLUS
elegance_hud
Better Lightsaber caps by Langerd v2
RealisticSaberTrails_KEY

Actually I've already finished the game, so it's not a big deal anymore. I just noticed that the problem is only on the big levels like this one, and only in the outdoors. When you get to the base, it's working fine.

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Oct 21 2014, 9:58pm replied:

It's really strange, missing textures in the outdoor regions is the only error with my pack, I'm still trying to figur out the reason for that - probably texturesize of more than 8000px x 8000px often Hoth and Taspir...

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Killaine
Killaine Oct 22 2014, 5:32am replied:

You should probably try to compress them. There is no reason for 8000 x 8000. Even 2048 x 2048 would be enough for this game (of course it depends on the object), if a proper compressing technique is used.

I have a feeling that there is some kind of limit in the game engine, because something like this happened when I used too much mods. That's why I select only these four.

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Nov 13 2014, 8:51pm replied:

Oh, but they are compressed although I have to keep some balance between best possible quality and compression (artifacting etc.)
Also the biggest environment textures in the game (Hoths Snowy-ground-textures and the canyon-wall-textures on Chandrilla) were 2048x2048 in the first place and looked horrible. So yeah to get them to look ok I had to replace them with such large versions.
And I thought about possible Engine-limitations too, so you have a point there. Strangely enough on my PC everything works fine, but I will create a "light" pack with reduced texture-sizes (stil better thatn the original of course) for those who have the same problems as you do!

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Killaine
Killaine Nov 13 2014, 11:02pm replied:

I'm not sure about Taspir though. Is it your textures? Upyourpic.org
If yes, then I played with them just fine. If no, then I had to disable them.
I think I should play the game somewhat later, test it again.

I have 2 GB RAM, and 1 GB VRAM.

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Killaine
Killaine Nov 13 2014, 10:42pm replied:

If it's working fine on your PC, then I don't know what else to say. Try to install a few mods like "Spanki_Jedi_Customization_PLUS", maybe it will help you to track the problem, but as I said, I tried to disable them.

As far as my screenshots tell me first I encountered this problem on Tatooine. The texture of Millennium Falcon didn't showed up for some reason. I tried to reload and that helped.
The second time on Hoth, and as you can see it was a real mess.
And it seems like I had to disable your pack for Chandrilla, which means I had this problem there as well.

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Mr.Zz Creator
Mr.Zz Dec 1 2014, 7:49pm replied:

Hey Killaine, thanks so much for your feedback regarding this issue, it's highly appreciated! I'm thinking maybe it is a problem with windows 32bit and in that case the engine not being able to adress enough RAM/VRAM or so so that some of the textures don't show up properly? Do zou have a 32bit or 64bit system? (I've got 64bit) Cheers!
oh and checking with the other mods did not cause prblems for me...

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Killaine
Killaine Dec 3 2014, 7:48am replied:

Yes, I'm using 32bit system, because I have a pretty old PC with less than 4GB RAM, so there is no reason for me to install 64bit.

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