Re: Older/Newer Version Maps
It's been talked about (viewtopic.php?f=18&t=10825&start=90
going for a few pages) . You basically pointed out the differences. There's just a few minor things between the files. No one seems to know any substantial reasons for the differences. What my thought was is that they started with the "older maps" than 1.109f when they needed something simpler for the PS2 version, developed those simultaneously with the 1.109f version and then made the PS2 maps 1.112f for the PC version after they worked on them some (makes sense to merge the code trees). The main issue I have with the idea of using the 1.109f maps is that when they worked on the "older maps" (no one can identify what the original version of those are), they fixed a few major bugs that still exist in the 1.109f maps.
The real problems: No one can really verify in a concrete way (date stamps aren't a concrete way, since you can change those easily) that the 1.112f maps are really "older maps". And if they are, there has verifiable work done on the 1.112f that fixed bugs that exist in the 1.109f version. To that end, there really isn't much benefit to going either way since the game play is similar in both. My main objection to the idea in the quoted thread was that these bug fixes do exist (I'd hate the idea of deliberately introducing those) - it'd be nice if they were to start with the older VERSION maps if there was an honest bug fix effort or at least some authoritative verification (and none exists here unless someone from ISA is here or has written/interviewed about it) as to what the deal is with these two versions.