Jul 172012
 
Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow
Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow

Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow is a champion based on technology and its applications to weapons. While the warrior scientist is hardly a novel idea there have been outstanding examples of this concept that still stays fresh. If you want to know how good the idea of having Jayce fighting in powered armour seems, read further on this skins’ review.

Full Metal Jayce
Full Metal Jayce Splash Art Full Metal Jayce Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Jayce wearing technologically advanced armour.
Model: New model for Jayce and his Mercury Hammer.
Particles: New energy lines particles for his abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: Processed voice-over.
Splash Art: As a display of Jayce’s technological power this is a piece that does its job well. The background barely provides a setting as it’s quite obscure and the structures are difficult to discern. Fortunately, Jayce takes all attention for himself with his hammer crashing on the ground. The pose is straightforward and the energized suit is a good source for the energy displayed. The hammer is well depicted as well as the suit and while the depiction isn’t as flashy as it could be it’s very detailed and makes great use of shading and perspective. All things considered, this is a very good splash art that would reach excellence with a clearer context.
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Conclusion: Full Metal Jayce is a great skin in both concept and execution. The technological suit of armour is a nice reference to Iron Man, or Samus Aran, and a fitting addition to Jayce’s arsenal. The suit combines protective plates over the energized suit in a believable and balanced way. Moreover, the energy emitted by the right shoulder makes for an interesting and effective visual cue for Transform. The hammer follows the pattern of the armour appearing simple to wield as well as powerful. The model work is quite nice but the new voice over is what really makes the skin stand out; it’s what truly delivers the powered suit feel.
Additionally, the new particles are a great way to round the theme. The lines of energy used add a fitting intellectual elegance to his attacks. However, as they make the abilities look lean they don’t look as innately powerful. In the end, Full Metal Jayce is an excellent skin in terms of looks that delivers a new suitable feel for Jayce that effectively exploits its source. Sadly, the price is a huge deterrent as the skin offers more than usual ones but not as much as a legendary; even though the price is near. As such, it’s a good option for Jayce fans or collectors but even they will find the price an issue.

Debonair Jayce
Debonair Jayce Splash Art Debonair Jayce Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Jayce as an elegant and refined gentleman.
Model: New model for Jayce and his Mercury Hammer.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The piece has a distinct moody feel but the colour palette seems a little too dark to provide good contrasts. Nonetheless, there is a sophisticated and classic style that covers the entire piece. The background provides a sensible setting: an old fashioned futuristic city and elegant car; even the colours match the Mercury Hammer. Still, there’s an evident lack of details, especially in the buildings, that flattens the otherwise good impression. Jayce doesn’t share that problem: his clothes are refined and the folds carefully shaded so as to provide a frame to his usual smirk. In general, it’s a unique and interesting piece that oozes with style. However, the dark colours and simple background taint what could’ve been and impressive piece.
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Conclusion: Jayce is a rather good subject for a sophisticated and elegant look. The dinner suit is certainly refined and the whole air definitely fits Jayce’s personality. On top of that, the Mercury Hammer is well adapted, along with his particles, to reflect old fashioned futuristic technology. His recall certainly looks more like an exaggeratedly passionate ladies’ man than a gentleman but it isn’t out of place; it just seems to contrast his refined manners. On the whole, the elegance is certainly there and the man, or defender, of tomorrow theme is conveyed with the advanced Mercury Hammer. Therefore, while the skin doesn’t strike one breathless it surely has its charms.

Conclusion

Jayce’s options are rather good albeit limited but, fortunately, it’s a clear case of quality over quantity. Debonair Jayce is the recommended choice and also a great skin for fans of gentlemen. It effectively delivers elegance but has a layer of womaniser that erodes a bit the sophistication. Regardless, the theme is fitting and appealing so, while not impressive at a glance, the gentleman of tomorrow is surely there.

To be fair, Full Metal Jayce is a nicer purchase as it furthers Jayce’s original theme and expands it into a sensible and appealing direction. It may be more of the same but if it’s so good then there’s no problem. Nonetheless, the price gets in the way and it’s something that just can’t be ignored. It’s a great choice for Jayce fans so keep your eyes open for a sale as it would prove a good opportunity to catch this one.

  17 Responses to “League of Legends: Jayce Skins’ Review”

  1. Full Metal Jayce = Samus Aran

    • Not a bad comparison. Actually, the Full Metal Jayce look is equivalent to many popular heroes in powered armour. Still, coupled with the lore he seems closer to Iron Man, as a fellow scientist, than to Samus, an inter-galactic bounty hunter.

    • Added Samus Aran as a reference. Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. May I request Wu Kong skins review please

  3. Reminds me a lot of a Cygnar soldier from Warmachine. Stormguards or something.

  4. In the Debonair review, you wrote “racall” in the animations section instead of “recall”.
    And do you think maybe that skin was a James Bond reference?
    Thanks.

    • Thanks for the correction.

      Debonair Jayce is quite possibly a James Bond reference due to the dinner suit, refined womaniser manners and technological gadget; the Mercury Hammer in this case. It still passes as mostly a gentleman skin but there sure seems to be a layer of James Bond in it.

  5. VOLIBEAR PLEASE!! Thnx

  6. The name’s Bond… Jayce Bond.

  7. I have a question why is the rating of the full metal jayce skin 3 stars now it used to be 5, last time i checked?

    • That’s because of the price increase. At 975 RP Full Metal Jayce has everything to be an excellent skin but at 1350 RP it needs a little more to really reach greatness. It’s not a bad skin by any chance as the concept is very appealing but it doesn’t reach as high as other offerings at the same price point.

      For instance, besides the concept and processed voice-over Full Metal and Debonair Jayce offer the same: new model and particles. If the model and particles where something out of this world we could consider a higher rating but while rather nice they aren’t anything striking.

      Full Metal Jayce is still a good skin and an attractive option for Jayce fans. However, with its new price it’s not as great an option as it once was.

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