I thought I'd post this here rather then the Duke4.net
forums because looking at some of the posts there I'd be just flamed or banned because of this opinion piece. So sorry for the semi-offtopic but I simply can't hold this inside.
I've not seen the project since polymer was released, it was so unoptimized back then that I just switched back to vanilla Duke 3D instead of messing around with that. The High Resolution Pack was a great thing back in the day, 4 or 5 years ago it was absolutely awesome even though it had some unresolved issues.
A few days ago a new version of HRP was released so I gave it a go today and let me just tell you: either find an old version or just leave this 5.3 release alone and play your vanilla eDuke32 or Megaton Edition. For the first 30 minutes I literally couldn't stop laughing, everything looks so horrible that my first reaction was not even sadness.
The new weapon models are ridiculous, especially the shotgun: between two shots it's doing this weird animation that looks like as an attempt to mimic the original animations of the gun in vanilla Duke but it is so badly done the shotgun basically falls out of place. The new model of Duke looks okay but his hands are holding the gun in such an unrealistic and funny looking way that it breaks everything that looks good about it.
The same can be said about the enemy models: while the pig cops look okay and they are even animated acceptably, the other ones look absolutely horrible. They are very poorly made models trying to be something like their original sprite version but fail in every possible way in their general looks and animations.
The textures are very mixed in quality: some of them managed the capture the original original Duke 3D feel but most of them are out of place and the saddest thing of all is that they lack any kind of general artistic direction altogether.
So overall what started as an ambitious and promising project some years ago ended up being a trainwreck. It's very disappointing because a lot of work must have went into this one and people made this mod in their free time without receiving any kind of money for their work. It makes me very sad.