Banjo Tooie Pine Grove

I’ve been slaving away at this for roughly a month now (with almost constant days where I work up to 7 hours on it). I’m not the world’s greatest 3D modeler–although I’m getting pretty decent I suppose for only seriously doing it roughly a year and half. I use primarily Blender, which believe or not is actually really good…like very comparable to Max and Maya. Never used Unreal 4 up until last month. ANYWHO–Anyone who’s played Banjo Tooie a lot as a kid will probably be able to appreciate this. It’s the area right before entering WitchyWorld. I always really enjoyed it for some reason, and felt this need to just do a remake of it. I feel I’m only about half way done, as there is so much more I want to do with it. With all this being said, I hope you guys like it! :slight_smile:


First screen here shows basically everything–Flume of Doom off on the right, little sandy area near it, ticket booth in the back (which actually originally was inside of WitchyWorld), trees, so on.

The Flume of Doom, which originally never had that large hole in the bottom right of it. That’s going to be an area itself.

I’ve barely touched this area–I finished a base model of that water pump today. There’s gonna be a bunch of pipes everywhere. Since the Flume of Doom is obviously an acutely distressing water ride, I imagine it needs a pretty mean pumping system.

This area has also not seen much love since I finished modeling that cliff–I’m terrible at organic modeling, like rocks and trees.

Closeup of gate area, which you can see is my favorite area considering it’s the most touched part of the map.

Another view near the ticket booth.

I know there’s some hardcore fan out there who is going to enjoy that advertisement for Grunty’s “Jinjo Ale”. Figured some dark humor wouldn’t hurt, since the game already had a fair amount of that (remember Grunty’s Furnace Fan Game Show?)

Close up of the gate, which you can actually see behind it the “Dive of Death” ride in the Horror Zone area of WitchyWorld.

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Challenges I currently face:

  • Because I used Unreal’s landscape feature for the ground instead of just modeling my own terrain mesh, my textures for the ground aren’t very good as Unreal’s terrain painter is incredibly confusing and feels limiting.

  • Performance issues on lower end machines. I have not yet implemented LODs for my models, which some are very high poly. This runs great on my GTX 780, but on my school computers (which are workstations with workstation GPUs), it ran like hammered ****.

  • I have not yet found a good solution for rain. This has been a huge pain in my ***, because I want the rain to interact with the lighting, but there doesn’t seem to be support for translucency that interacts well with lighting. For now, I’m using rain planes, which seem to do the job, but I am definitely seeking a better result. IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

  • I’m still very new at Unreal 4, so there’s many features/shortcuts I’m sure I’m missing that could be very useful.

  • I’m not very good at modeling trees (that’s the first one I have ever done actually). What I have now looks okay at best from a distance. I plan to make something that looks better, what’s there now are just placeholders.

Wrapping Up:

So yeah that’s it! I really want to work as an environment/content artist in the industry. I know it seems hopeless, but many have said that as long as I don’t give up, I should make it. I’d like to think I’m a fairly competent 3D artist, but that’s entirely up to other people. If you guys want to see some of my other work, here is my website (blows dust off address bar):[/SIZE]