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02-02-2012, 09:19 AM | Post: #1
ApacheThunder 

Attention all players! Battlefield 1942 (the base game required to play this mod)

is now free! Go here to get the game 100% for free!:

Origin - Free Games


The new "Origin" version of BF1942 is identical. to the old retail game except for the lack of the expansion packs. This mod has been tested and works just fine with the new version. So I highly recommend all players including existing ones that already have to CD version of the game to download this game while it's still free. The multiplayer userbase for the Origin version will be much larger then the old one, so this is the future for the multiplayer community! Big Grin


I bring to the public eye for the first time a mod for Battlefield 1942 that I've been working on for 2+ years. Only recently did I find out that some leading members of the BFH dev team have indicated that they would be ok with me giving it a mention here. (download link at bottom if you do not want to read all of this post)

Here's my youtube channel with all the videos I have posted that features this mod:

Battlefield Heroes'42 Videos


This mod started out as my "playground" of sorts to bring in my own ideas to Battlefield Heroes without altering the original game (or spamming up the suggestions forum. Tongue ). I kept it (mostly) true to the style of heroes but with some "enhancements" of my own design. It soon evolved into a full blown conversion mod that completely transforms BF1942 into the cartoony heroes game we all come to love. Big Grin

First major difference is that this brings a new perspective to the game: First person shooting.

It was one of the main things that drove me to create this mod. I had wanted to see what this game would be like in first person view. As we all know by now, Battlefield Heroes will always be a third person game.

So now after 2 years of porting objects, maps, vehicles and some of the hand-weapons, v3.0 represents the peak of my BF1942 modding knowledge. While other mods I have made for this game engine like DCU and BF242 are other peoples mods that I brought enhancements to, I built this mod from the ground up. Of coarse most things like textures, meshes, static objects and the like came from Battlefield Heroes, 99% of the coding and extras I've put into the mod were of my own design.

But I alone did all the work in converting all the stuff in Heroes into the classic BF1942 engine with a little outside help here and there in terms of getting content into the mod. (refer to credits in read-me file for sources of some of the stuff I've used in this mod)

Since I essentially built everything up in the mod coding wise, there are relatively few bugs compared to some of the other big mods out there that had full on dev teams. It isn't bug free, but compared a few other mods I had a hand in (BF242 and DCU) it's almost squeaky clean. Tongue

There are a few I'm aware of but feel free to report any you find when trying out the mod. Note that Windows Vista/7 users may have CTD issues. Though it has run fine for me in Windows 7 64-bit, you may need to try running the mod with compatibility settings or in admin mode if you have consistent CTD issues.


Here is what the mod has:

1. All maps as of (excluding a few winter conversions that I did not think was up to par or worth porting over) February 1, 2012 converted and with full singleplayer AND multiplayer support.
2. Realistic night map conversions rendered with 3D Studio Max to produce high quality lightmaps that brings new life to the old BF1942 engine.
3. Weather Fx like snow and rain.
4. All vehicles ported.
5. The basic line up of hand-weapons ported over. Basically all the default weapons are present in the mod including a few of the "dapper" version of the weapons that will make a random appearence in your inventory when you spawn in a map.
6. The soldier meshes from the pre-closed beta era of the BFheroes game. The current soldier meshes used in BFHeroes are a hodge-podge of multiple customization objects that would be nearly impossible to put together in a coherent mesh that would be usable in BF1942.
7. All sound effects (excluding a few effects and vehicle engine sounds) also ported. That includes the new gameplay sound effects from the new CTF game mode and the classic horn sound effects for capturing/losing control points.
8. Some of the major game effects like ambient effects, vehicle smoke/fires, and impact decals also recreated. (some textures used, but the coding was recreated, not ported since BFH's game engine uses a very different coding scheme for it's effects vs BF1942's effect engine)
9. Major reworking of the ingame HUD and menu to make it closer to that of Battlefield Heroes.
10. CTF flags are animated meshes and have custom rigging and animations built by me. They are lifeless in BFheroes, but in my mod, they live and breath in the wind! Big Grin
11. My mod has BOATS. (only in multiplayer though as I have yet to get working AI set up for boats). You can find them in Wicked Wake and Wicked Wake Nights. The transport LCVPs and the "fishing boat from Perilous Port" make an appearance as usable vehicles. The fishing boats even have a cannon on board to keep enemy pirates at bay! Big Grin
10. Many other small details that would just take too much time to list off here.


Here's what the mod DOES NOT have:

1. Super/Uber versions of handweapons and "modern" weapons (excluding the m249/PKM which is now present in the mod as a stationary weapon for vehicles). I have no plans what so ever to port these handweapons. The ones the mod now has are enough. BF1942 has a slew of modern stuff like Desert Combat, as such it isn't the focus of this mod.
2. Exotic widgets/abilities. Things like hero shield and blasting strike to name a few just won't work in BF1942 due to the age of the game engine. I ported things that could be made to work in BF1942. That's all there is too it.
3. Hero customization. Don't ask for this. Will never work in BF1942. Another engine limitation. That and my mod isn't geared towards the level of customization that BFH has. If you want to dress up your heroes and such, use the real game for that. Tongue
4. Radical new features/vehicles not present in the real game. Sorry, no helicopters or spaceships. If BFH doesn't have it, my mod won't have it. There are some few rare exceptions like night/winter conversions of maps not present in the real game and the ice sheet in Perilous Port Winter, but I won't stray too far from what the official game has. If something makes it's way into the official game, then of coarse I will work to bring it to my mod as well.
5. 100% accurate recreation of the game's lighting and vegetation. Two major things with this mod that will differ from the real game. One, the lighting isn't exact. My new revamped DDS format lightmapping takes things much closer then they were before, but don't expect it to be spot on. As for the trees....sorry about that, nothing I can do. BF1942 does support leaf sprites with it's treeMesh system, but the BFH trees just won't work in BF1942 as it is now. The sprite system freaks out and CTDs the game with all my attempts to make it work. Either faulty 3DS Scripts or engine limitations are to blame. Most likely it's how the sprite meshes are UVMapped that doesn't agree with how BF1942 is used to doing things. Tongue
6. Rockets in HoTH maps (Midnight Mayhem being the only one) don't launch when the round ends. BF1942 has no way of scripting this. So have no plans on making that work. This is also why am not adding HoTH mode to any other maps other then Midnight Mayhem.
7. Classic BF1942 maps like Berlin, El Alamein to name a few. Adding these maps to the mod is more then possible. I just lack the assets needed to do this. I do not have the mesh creation skills nor the texturing skills needed to make all the vanilla BF1942 statics with the BFH cartoony look needed for them to be used in the mod. I am working on using BFH statics on El Alamein for recreation of the map, but that's about as far as I go. El Alamein is not ready for v3.0 and is far from finished. Don't expect this map to appear for quite some time.
8. 90% of the customization items. Porting the thousands+ different items that are in BFHeroes into BF1942 would be both impractical and ridicules. Ignoring the fact that the BF1942 engine lacks the customization features of BFH, converting all those items into the mod is just a waste of time and isn't a focus of my mod. I did a few of them to improve the aesthetics of the mod, but not much beyond that.



Change log for v3.0:

1. Added new winter ambiance to non night winter maps.
2. Added new maps: Wicked Wake and Perilous Port.
3. Added more static objects. (for use in Wicked Wake and possible future maps)
4. Added new ambient sound effects for Wicked Wake and Royal Rumble.
5. Added invisible weapon to Soccer Ball widget that will allow players to "kick" the ball by right clicking while aiming at it (with the Soccer Ball widget equipped that is).
6. Re-did most lightmaps for most maps. Now uses DDS format lightmaps with better lighting to look more like BFH.
7. Re-sized level thumbnail frame and level thumbnail. Level thumbnails regenerated for all maps to account for this change.
8. Major retweak of damage system for all weapons.
9. Redid lightcone mesh of the lighthouse on night maps.
10. Added new boat vehicles for both teams on Wicked Wake. A converted LVCP (skins courtasy of Christhian from GFMod dev team) for small transport and a converted version of the boats from Perilous Port for use as mobile base spawns.
11. Flags on fishing boat vehicle (for Royal team only) have been animated to sway in the wind. Big Grin
12. Improved detail in water textures. Added some small random pixal noise to the watertemp texture and saved it as two different textures. (each with a different pattern). This will allow me to turn on water layer scrolling and it adds more definition to the water without losing the cartoony look of the water. ;D
13. Added alternate uniform colors for body and legs. Will be randomized in manner similar to customization items.
14. Added new CTF Flags and flagbase from new BFH CTF mode recently added to the real game.
15. New boat vehicles will now have cannons mounted on a modified mesh copied from the AA stationary weapon.
16. Added Winter conversion of Perilous Port. Added custom made ice mesh to have part of the water frozen over for a unique gameplay element.
17. Added updated CTF game-mode sound effects for capture flag events.
18. Fixed missing child object CTD on new soldier templates for Midnight Mayhem.
19. Added LCVP as transport boats in CTF/TDM/Conquest modes for Wicked Wake. (LCVPs will NOT be available in singleplayer!)
20. Ported M249 and PKM as stationary weapons for the LCVP and the gunner position of the tanks. New sound effects for this weapon also ported over.


Requirements:

One main thing you will need is Battlefield 1942. If you don't have it, just go out and buy a copy. It's ultra cheap now and is a classic. No reason for you not to have it. Tongue

Also make sure you have it patched with the last of the patches they released for it. Punkbuster should also be updated (though you will need to find the manual updater for it as Punkbuster no longer provides update files for BF1942)


Download link:

bfheroes42_v5_1.rar


Please note this mod is not meant as a replacement to the real thing! It's geared for those who wish to play heroes offline when there is no internet or when they are taking a brake from the battlefield!

My mod is a separate entity from that of Battlefield Heroes and is not supported nor endorsed by EA/Dice and while the mod does support multiplayer, all matches that occur are NOT ranked and will not be tracked. Stats acquired in this mod have no impact on stats in the official game. Just a heads up to the newbies out there. Wink

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02-02-2012, 09:23 AM | Post: #2
CaptainShootALot 
Wow, ossum, but maybe the maps are too dark

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02-02-2012, 09:26 AM | Post: #3
Generalyahoo747 
This is pretty amazing...

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02-02-2012, 09:27 AM | Post: #4
ApacheThunder 
Getting the right balance of darkness in the night maps would be difficult in the long run. Especially since many of the end users of this mod will have different monitor configurations and to many it won't be as dark. It's not too dark so long as your monitor is properly calibrated. Wink That and it takes ages to render out the lightmaps in 3DS Max. I won't be changing them too often so prepare to get used to it. Big Grin

I couldn't post videos in the first post directly since the forums still has that glitch with posts going invisible if there is too much content below the youtube embed. So here's one video I wanted to post up directly. It's my rendition of Perilous Port Winter:





Also I'm uploading a non-installer version of the mod for those who don't like dealing with installers. You'll need Winrar or something similar to extract the RAR files I will be archiving them in.

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02-02-2012, 09:44 AM | Post: #5
Claw-Supplied 
Wow!!!
Actually I've been waiting who will come with this idea but this is looking daaaaaaaamn goooood. Now I'll be able to play "BFH" even if my net provider decides that several hours break would be cool... Big Grin
THX for that.
*downloading*

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02-02-2012, 09:46 AM | Post: #6
TPangolin 
I've been a huge fan of you for ages, especially your Dynamic lighting and VV Nights mods. You have done some excellent stuff and it's great to see you are still hanging around Smile

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02-02-2012, 10:05 AM | Post: #7
ReggaeG 
:o i heared of such an idea. So its alive! Gratz manSmile

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02-02-2012, 12:07 PM | Post: #8
Solid Snail 
Oh yeah! Long time since you first showed us some videos. Nice that its still around

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02-02-2012, 12:10 PM | Post: #9
Tomonor 
It's like BFH without the annoying parts!

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02-02-2012, 12:37 PM | Post: #10
JoZou 
I have been following you in youtube for a while now :>

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02-02-2012, 12:44 PM | Post: #11
Drew 
RAGDOLLS!!
and first person flying xD
lol

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02-02-2012, 12:47 PM | Post: #12
Pytt 
Now let's get that ice in Heroes and glide.

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02-02-2012, 07:19 PM | Post: #13
ApacheThunder 
Thanks. The ragdolls aren't "true" ragdolls. (since that's well beyond BF1942's capability) But I faked the ragdolls by setting up a ragdoll rig in 3DS Max to animate the soldier skeleton for ragdoll style deaths. It worked out pretty well. In my DCU/BF242 mod, they also have ragdoll animations for when they go flying in the air from explosions. The animations for that didn't work out too well for this mod since 99% of explosions won't kill on first occurance resulted in some odd animation combinations.

Global Front Mod for BF1942 is a mod I helped work on a little and the full set of my ragdoll animations can be seen in that mod. Wink

Here was a video I posted a while back showing test footage of my new death animations:






Death animations is also another shortcoming in BFH (in my opinion). The fact that there isn't animations for when dead soldiers are blown into the air just seems to be an eye sore for me. Even if they used something like what original BF1942 used would be an improvement. Wink

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02-02-2012, 07:54 PM | Post: #14
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GOOD WORK DUDE...
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02-02-2012, 08:59 PM | Post: #15
NavyPride 
What is this amazing... Beautiful thing???

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02-02-2012, 09:13 PM | Post: #16
Solid Snail 
(02-02-2012 08:59 PM)NavyPride Wrote:  What is this amazing... Beautiful thing???

Modding my dear Navy (you misspelled "interest" in your sig btw)

He and Pvt.jokerr are the bosses at modding this game.

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02-02-2012, 09:17 PM | Post: #17
TheArmada 
Looks great so far!! Smile

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02-02-2012, 09:19 PM | Post: #18
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I loved your night mods :3

And I always thought those were made inside bfh, but appearently it was 1942 :O

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02-02-2012, 09:21 PM | Post: #19
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02-02-2012, 09:23 PM | Post: #20
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How many is playing this? Thinking about getting 1942 just to try it out.

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