The Fall of Hummaria - Teaser (v2.0)
Posted on 03/23/14 @ 10:18 AM (updated 04/21/14
THE FALL OF HUMMARIA
THE PAST REMAINDER
This is a revamped version of my cinematic "The Fall of Hummaria - Teaser". Expect some extra scenes, spelling/grammar fixes and much more!
Once upon a time there was a powerful and rich kingdom called Hummaria. It prospered until one day its king fell ill and perished. Without an heir, the royal house disappeared and a rich nobleman was elected king.
The new king quickly turned out to be a terrible ruler, desiring only wealth and pleasure.
Any sign of disobedience from the country's citizens was dealt with harshly. The years went by and the population grew ever more dissatisfied with its ruler. At age sixty the king died, leaving the throne to his son Elliard.
Though completely different from his father, Elliard was perceived to be just as bad by the people of Hummaria. At the very first day of his reign a rebellion broke out. Despite various attempts by the king to resolve the situation with ringleaders Jordan and Aspen, no progress was achieved.
There were not many options left for Elliard, but he eventually decided on probably the worst of them: repression. He followed in his father's footsteps, killing all rebels. Women and children included.
It was of no use. If anything, it only served to further anger the population. Yet Elliard had already gone to far to halt his repression.
The rebels' numbers increased over time as many of Hummaria's citizens chose to join the resistance. It did not take long for them to fight the guards. Soon the rebels outnumbered the Hummarian army and the guards stopped following Elliard's orders.
The king was facing a cliff... His own men against him, he was left with only the most loyal of his servants. In a final struggle to defend the kingdom they were unable to hold back the rebels. Elliard has no other option but to await his fate.
A 16min long cut-scene (length extended in 4 minutes);
Use of the Berserker Jerker's trick, "AOK Night Scenes";
Spelling/grammar errors corrected (thanks to Dead_End);
Great sound effects, which fits in the story;
Many "cut-scene tricks", like using cartography;
Very good scenario design (IMO);
Fast paced dialogues and scenes;
A hollow and dark atmosphere;
Cinematic completely revamped (changes at the scenario design, dialogues, extra scenes, etc...)!
Soundtrack's bitrate decreased to 130kb/s (Package's size considerably dimished)
Minor grammar mistakes corrected.
Scenario design improved!
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Overall I found the cutscene to be nicely executed and a pleasure to watch. A great deal of the ingame text did contain either grammatical or spelling issues, something which at times kept me from getting drawn in. The same applies to certain sentences in which the author's choice of words could probably be improved.
BALANCE (PACING): 4
The core mechanics of the scenario are often quite simple, but near-perfect in its execution. There were some minor issues in few scenes where in my opinion the pace dropped just a tad too much, but in general the cutscene ran smooth and without any hiccups.
Although the author did a good job of implementing basic tricks, I found the scenario not particularly creative. The music used fit the cutscene, but occasionally distracted me from the events on the screen. It would have perhaps been better had the author chosen some less prominent tunes.
MAP DESIGN: 5-
The author did a fantastic job at creating a realistic looking world. The map looks good and pleasing to the eye, although at times there were instances where the 'path'-object extended into the fog of war, giving a slightly untidy impression. Overall there was in my opinion little that the author could improve on.
What on paper seemed like a rather cliche storyline turned out to be surprisingly original. I don't believe we have seen a scenario portray the struggles of a reluctant king in such a manner. What bothered me personally was the fact that the author decided to set the scenario in Europe, when any sort of fictional world would have probably been more fitting.
The instructions were simple and easy to understand. As in most cinematic scenarios the author gave the player the possibility to correctly configure the game settings before launching the cutscene proper.
"The Fall of Hummaria - Teaser" is as well executed cutscene and a recommended watch. Don't expect any ridiculously fancy tricks, but instead sit back and enjoy a good solid cinematic.
I have to say that this was brilliant and the dialogue was executed effectively. (despite there still being one or two grammatical errors) Also the assasination seemed a bit strange as the Tuetonic Knight just walked into view and there was an arrow sound. This scene should be fleshed out a little more, but overall a brilliant teaser.
The music was chosen well to suit the fast paced battle scenes and quietened for dramatic effect, which was used perfectly, there is nothing that I would change about this.
The idea was original and the use of past tense looking back at what had happened was a great way of portraying the events, of the rebellion. At some places the units would continue moving (such as when the soldiers kill every man and woman, they then run of and start attacking buildings)
Map Design: 4
Overall it was a feast for the eyes, the carpets made a good regal floor and the use of path 4 around the mountains was good. My only real qualm here is the random use of Ice patches.( They look good but a bit overused and in strange places ) Also the appearance of the roman ruins at the end was also a bit wierd as they are in front of the destroyed building.
The story was an interesting idea, that grabbed my attention. It was a little too slow at parts, but that just adds to the emotional scenes. I would have to say the only flaw would be that it maybe gives away too much of the story for your upcoming project.
A brilliant piece of work and a must-watch for everyone.
'The Fall of Hummaria' is a cinematic scenario with a runtime of around 16 minutes.
PLAYABILITY: 'The Fall of Hummaria' is a well-crafted cinematic, with an intriguing and solid storyline. The story follows the perilous and tragic events that results in King Elliard's fall, and the ensuing fate of the Kingdom of Hummaria. There's enough here to draw your interest throughout the entire duration, the only minor quips here being some slower moments. Not a fatal issue, and on the whole if you enjoy good cut-scenes this is well worth watching. 4
PACING: The cut-scene plays out smoothly for the most, with a clear script and compelling story. However, it's not as good as it could be. Often the cut-scene jumps from faster paced scenes to slower ones without any real method, which detracts somewhat from the experience, while the dialogue and sound effects don't always work as sharply as they could with what corresponds on screen. 4
CREATIVITY: It's a well-crafted cinematic that does a lot right to make for a comfortable and relatively engaging viewing experience. What stands out here is the unique perspective of a young king turned villain, and his reflection on the past events that transpired to that point. The designer also utilises a good soundtrack and a number of trigger mechanics to compliment the story. If I were to offer a suggestion it would be for the author to utilise a more custom music selection over the well known Skyrim soundtrack - although it does correspond quite well with the action scenes. 4
MAP DESIGN: There is very little to complain about here, with the map design crafted to great detail. It gives a nice atmosphere in conjunction with the story. Perhaps the only detraction here was the use of rugs for the interior floor, which do tend to jump out as odd looking more than anything. 5-
STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: The story begins as one would expect: a tale about a war torn land. However, this quickly delves into a unique account as to how the protagonist falls out of favour with his own people and becomes the villain. It's clear a lot of effort has gone into this, while the ending sets the story up for an interesting sequel, if ever we're to see one. If there's any issue here it might be that the story, being just a prologue, reveals too much. 4+
CONCLUSION: 'The Fall of Hummaria' is a well-designed and scripted cinematic, with a nice open ending and some memorable moments. It doesn't necessarily offer anything new or spectacular, but it doesn't need to. Good storytelling is its strong suit and something the author should look to continue on if he returns to continue this project.
In a sentence - A solid cinematic with a unique spin.
In closing - Well worth the download.