AvP2 2007 Complete texture overhaul

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Aliens vs. Predator 2 2007 (complete texture overhaul) Version 1.1 by dex909 This mod is a graphical enhancement to the game in the way it should actually look like (my opinion of course). More movielike, less comic. Basically I wanted to change the overall looks and feel of the game to be more realistic, dark and detailed. This is a step away from the colourful comic-look and changes various things. All flags for every modified dtx texture have been checked, compared with each original dxt and set by hand in Dedit as there is no other way to retain the original settings for fullbright, sounds on impact or each detailtexture right. No bugs with textures so far.

For more screenshots and animated gifs for comparison go to my thread at: http://forumplanet.gamespy.com/editing/b49028/7226281/p1/?58

All stuff I did, is of course freely available to everyone for further modification. Feel free to take it apart, use textures from it in your mod or the modified dll - just CREDIT me with "dex909" in your readme or whatever and you can include any of my work in your mods. I am not responsible for any stupid/senseless/cheat/garbage mods anyone creates using this, though. If you want to use the modified high res weapon skins you will still have to ask Yaji. Have fun! ;)

I combined some textures from Yaji's High Resolution Weapons and his higher resolution Aliens as well as several graphics and sounds from AJL and did a full overhaul. I did not simply copy and paste them, though. All of Yaji's skins as well as the original game's worldtextures, skins, characters etc. have been reworked to make them look less "saturated" and less "comiclike". I used a "fake" bumpmapping effect over every texture to gain a bit more depth and basically make it appear more realistic. I did not change any things that were perfect in first place, or game mechanics like weaponstats etc. are all original. The motion tracker from AJL has been tweaked a bit (rotation was a bit rough), the HUD colours for human weapons (ammon counter digits) and the Predator energy display were changed to red to make it a bit more movielike. I tweaked some inventory-graphics from the predator to match the new (darker) weapon skins and altered some menu-graphics slightly. The saturation of the marine weapon in the loading screen has been slightly altered to look more realistic and the marine menu skin is now darker. Everything is true to the original "Aliens" and "Predator" universe. Even more movielike were the Projam skins which I also "de-comic-a-lized" but only included in my PRIVATE version of the mod, those skins are not going to be released to the public due to Projam copyrights, sorry (takes a lot of the realism away though, if they ever change their policy I'd be happy to include these).

I also edited the cshell.dll to make the colour of the light the shoulder lamp casts white/blue instead of yellow and give all the Predator vision modes a slight distortion as seen in the movies. Several attribute files have been changed to alter various things like: changing the colour and font of subtitles to appear more movie/dvd like as well as changing the colours from the ammo counter in the marine hud to red (and only the ammo counters). This change comes in a separate .rez so you can choose if you want to use it or not (or to prevent compatibility problems when playing online).

Many changes are subtle and it would take too long to explain and count everythig I did. I am finally happy with this game, as in my opinion it's now looking the way it should. But as with all texture mods, this is a matter of personal preference and taste.

Version 1.1 Changes: - The folder "MODELS" which was included in one rez in the initial version was removed the models there are broken (caused problems in MP) and not intended to be in the mod release.

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Aliens vs. Predator 2 2007 (complete texture overhaul) Version 1.1 by dex909
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This mod is a graphical enhancement to the game in the way it should actually look like (my opinion of course). More movielike, less comic. Basically I wanted to change the overall looks and feel of the game to be more realistic, dark and detailed. This is a step away from the colourful comic-look and changes various things. All flags for every modified dtx texture have been checked, compared with each original dxt and set by hand in Dedit as there is no other way to retain the original settings for fullbright, sounds on impact or each detailtexture right. No bugs with textures so far.

For more screenshots and animated gifs for comparison go to my thread at:
http://forumplanet.gamespy.com/editing/b49028/7226281/p1/?58

All stuff I did, is of course freely available to everyone for further modification. Feel free to take it apart, use textures from it in your mod or the modified dll - just CREDIT me with "dex909" in your readme or whatever and you can include any of my work in your mods. I am not responsible for any stupid/senseless/cheat/garbage mods anyone creates using this, though. If you want to use the modified high res weapon skins you will still have to ask Yaji. Have fun! ;)

I combined some textures from Yaji's High Resolution Weapons and his higher resolution Aliens as well as several graphics and sounds from AJL and did a full overhaul. I did not simply copy and paste them, though. All of Yaji's skins as well as the original game's worldtextures, skins, characters etc. have been reworked to make them look less "saturated" and less "comiclike". I used a "fake" bumpmapping effect over every texture to gain a bit more depth and basically make it appear more realistic. I did not change any things that were perfect in first place, or game mechanics like weaponstats etc. are all original. The motion tracker from AJL has been tweaked a bit (rotation was a bit rough), the HUD colours for human weapons (ammon counter digits) and the Predator energy display were changed to red to make it a bit more movielike. I tweaked some inventory-graphics from the predator to match the new (darker) weapon skins and altered some menu-graphics slightly. The saturation of the marine weapon in the loading screen has been slightly altered to look more realistic and the marine menu skin is now darker. Everything is true to the original "Aliens" and "Predator" universe. Even more movielike were the Projam skins which I also "de-comic-a-lized" but only included in my PRIVATE version of the mod, those skins are not going to be released to the public due to Projam copyrights, sorry (takes a lot of the realism away though, if they ever change their policy I'd be happy to include these).

I also edited the cshell.dll to make the colour of the light the shoulder lamp casts white/blue instead of yellow and give all the Predator vision modes a slight distortion as seen in the movies. Several attribute files have been changed to alter various things like: changing the colour and font of subtitles to appear more movie/dvd like as well as changing the colours from the ammo counter in the marine hud to red (and only the ammo counters). This change comes in a separate .rez so you can choose if you want to use it or not (or to prevent compatibility problems when playing online).

Many changes are subtle and it would take too long to explain and count everythig I did. I am finally happy with this game, as in my opinion it's now looking the way it should. But as with all texture mods, this is a matter of personal preference and taste.

Version 1.1 Changes:
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- The folder "MODELS" which was included in one rez in the initial version was removed the models there are broken (caused problems in MP) and not intended to be in the mod release.

REQUIREMENTS:
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You will need a patched full version 1.0.9.6 (english) of Aliens vs. Predator 2 for the complete modification. The skins will also work on foreign language releases and maybe other versions, simply don't use the AvP207DLL.rez then. (The dll and attribute changes might work as well though, I couldn't test it.) The modification might have higher hardware requirements than the original AvP2 game. This will not work with the addon "Primal Hunt".

INSTALLATION:
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Extract the files from the .rar archive to your Aliens vs. Predator 2 directory. In the AvP2 launch menu select "OPTIONS" and enter the following in the command-line: 

For a game with enhanced changes to attribute files and dll's (if you want to play online, server and client would need the AvP2 2007 modification) use:

-rez AVP207.rez -rez AVP207DLL.rez

For a game with just the enhanced textures without attribute and dll changes (you can then play on any server, but it will not look exactly as I intended, flashlight still yellow and stuff like that) use only:

-rez AVP207.rez

After you edited the command-line, activate the "Always specify these command-line parameters" option just below the command line.

CREDITS:
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SPECIAL THANKS: To Yaji who allowed me to use his high resolution textures for my mod right away!

SPECIAL THANKS: To AJL, creator of the famous AJL mod, who also allowed me to use some sounds and HUD textures for my mod right away!

Thanks to everyone at the PlanetAVP forums who was helping me on this one, especially Jegu27, KingKenny, Predxjoe14, WsCandy and Windebieste!

All modifications made to the textures, dll changes, attribute changes and edits by dex909 in 2007.

contact: avp207[AT]earthling[DOT]net

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