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Welcome one and all to the 128th FileFront Weekly Insider!

It's that time of the week again, and I am back! :) Therefore we have listed all the major gaming happenings for you below, and remember, if you see something that you would like to be added to the Insider, or if you have a suggestion, simply drop us an E-Mail at The Insider! Just a heads up, there will be no Insider released for next week, for obvious reasons (...those of you that are having trouble connecting the dots, next week is Christmas :) ) At this time, before any official announcement gets made, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe & Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy the Staff in this week's 'Spotlight', and enjoy the editorial! "Goody10"

  • My name is Ian and I started my FileFront life on the forums as a regular member in 2005. My first action on the forums was to clash with one of the mods there (Merrick) but this did not stop us becoming friends. I was made the Soffiles site manger when Sir Paul left in 2007. I met Sir Paul in real life a few months before that and he recommended me for the position. The first month was quite difficult as I had not worked for the network sites before this. Thankfully the Network Admins and Sir Paul soon whipped me into shape. Along with Soffiles I took on a moderaters postition on the forums for Soldier of fortune closely followed by Medal of honor, FEAR and Call of Duty. In October 07 after a lot of discussion I took on the task of forming the FileFront Clan. I obtained servers and pushed for forum and Network space which was given to us and the clan was born. Since then the clan has not been as busy as we expected but that has not stopped us from developing it. We are about to relaunch and restructure to clan in the hope it becomes more popular. My favourite part about the job is testing the files before posting them especially the really bad ones ;)

Chris "cRiSsI"

  • Hey soldiers! Here's Chris for a little debriefing of my adventure at Filefront. First of all, I'm 18 years old boy and I live in Canada. I joined the Filefront gaming network as a MoHFiles user on June 7th 2006 at 15:13 :D. At that time, Sir Paul was the site manager at MoHFiles and I was starting to make my first 'mods' for Medal of Honor. In 2007, Sir Paul retired from his site manager position leaving MoHFiles with no staff. Falcon93, which was and still is a friend of mine, filled the position and chose me as Vice-Site manager on July 10th 2007 (sorry I don't have the exact time for this one). So yea that's how I became staff on the network. With Sir Paul's departure and the release of Medal of Honor : Airborne, I thought the Medal of Honor forum at the Filefront Gaming Forums needed a new moderator. I sent a PM to Lord Wiener and few days later I also became moderator on the forums. FYI, I joined the Gaming Forums back in 2006 around the same time I joined MoHFiles. Unfortunately, Medal of Honor Airborne wasn't really a great success and the lack of modding tools killed a part of the Medal of Honor community. Ok I know what you are thinking now.. Why the hell did you choose cRiSsI as your username? Doesn't it sound a bit girly? Well.. yes it does :P I started playing Medal of Honor in 2003-2004 with friends. As you know, my real name is Chris and my friends thought it was funny to call me Chrissy. So just as I joke I started playing under the name 'crissi'. But then Medal of Honor was becoming serious business for me and I was starting to have a reputation on few servers, but always as 'crissi'. So I was kinda stuck with that name lol. I don't play Medal of Honor a lot anymore but when I do I appear under the name : -Slick-cRiSsI.[Qc] At the moment I don't play a lot of games especially because I started college this year and I don't have as much time as I did before. I play ijji Gunz from time to time along with Medal of Honor. Well that's all. Cya around all! Chris (cRiSsI) MoHFiles Vice-Manager

This week, we are fortunate to be welcoming back our very own man about words IKS with this week's editorial about a recently released game that is the gleam in a few gamer's eyes!

Sins of a Solar Empire - A Diamond in the Rough! This game is a hidden gem. A relatively new game still in its infancy, Sins as it’s affectionately known by fans, is an RTS slash 4x space saga which deserves more attention that what it gets. Sins is like the pretty girl with the huge glasses down the back of the class that no one notices - stick her in a red dress, ditch the glasses, doll her up and everyone's jaw drops. But sins never got the red dress unfortunately so here I am in Freddy Prince mode trying to get you to check this game out. At first the sheer scope of the game's environment will be daunting, but don't fall at the first hurdle (don't n00b out!!!). With a little patience and developing skill you will pick this game up fast and when you do the true worth of what this game has to offer will shine through. This depth of this game will knock the weaker RTS players for the count at first, but don't be intimidated by the task of getting into the game, as Bill Adama says “sometimes you gotta roll the hard six†- roll up the sleeves and get on with it! After trudging through the complexity of the game's logistics (moving ships to distant locations takes time), tactics, research and gameplay you will become proficient enough to enjoy razing planets, buckling enemy hulls and basically bending their back over your knee just to hear the final snap as your fleet rages into the vicinity of their Homeworld. Another great feature of Sins is the mod community-friendly developers, Ironclad/Stardock who are actively releasing patches, tools and very soon a brand new expansion pack called Entrenchment (which will change the whole gameplay of Sins). Entrenchment basically boils down to starbase support being added to the game, you might say yeah so how does that change the whole gameplay? Well to be honest, Sins is that kind of game even a starbase changes the whole stratagem of the battlefield. To me its a game that invokes proper tactics and strategy, its not a build 40 battleships and flood the enemy base type game - you try swarming enemy bases in Sins and you'll get your backside reddened. I have played for 10-15 hours straight while being locked in a massive galactic battle against a few friends - one map, a few players and lots of serious slugging. But not all Sins games will last that long, depending on the map you play. The ingame easy to use map designer is another excellent feature which will dictate what type of game you want to play. Alas this game does have its ace in the hole - the Saved Multiplayer Game Feature. The save multiplayer games feature is what hooked me, if you and a friend are playing sins and after 4 hours of battle you want to quit the game to go run errands you simply save it and go back to it another day. If you are smart enough you will go back yourself and play the saved game as your friend's forces against the AI to gain "Intel" on what they were doing… It's called field study: D Mods for it are few and far between, like the Homeworld series though the mods that do get released are fantastic. Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate and even BSG mods are being developed for this game, it is that good. It has so much potential yet there is one major monkey on this game's back - the lack of a single player storyline. However this faux pas will be rectified or is at least being planned on being remedied by the devs in the future. For some it’s Homeworld 3, just without the Higarans, Vaygr and Taidanii. For others it’s the beginning of a new space-saga. I highly recommend this game, go to SolarFiles to check out our site, go to YouTube to watch some videos of it and check out the official website because you will not be disappointed IKS Awesome job IKS, :thumbsup: makes me want to head over to SolarFiles and check out this game for myself! ~Rebel


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Bridge Commander: 2008 Players Choice Awards It's that time again! Time where we ask you, the Star Trek gamer, to stand up and point out the best of the best in the Star Trek gaming community. There are no higher accolades, no greater reward, then to be recognized and honored by your fellow gamers! Read on... Read: 2008 Players Choice Awards Or Read: 2008 Players Choice Awards More Bridge Commander News: FileFront's Bridge Commander Files

Battlefield 2: Battlefield 2 1.5 Patch Features Well, here it is, the news release we've all been waiting for. We have here the features of the new Battlefield 2 patch features. Enjoy! Read: Battlefield 2 1.5 Patch Features More Battlefield 2 News: FileFront's Battlefield 2 Files

Elite Force: New Staff Position Open The hours are crap, overtime is mandatory & unpaid, the pay is absolutely terrible and the canteen food is a health risk, but you still get to take part in the magical circus that is the Filefront Network Staff! Download: New Staff Position Open More Elite Force: FileFront's Elite Force Files

Dawn of War: Dawn of War II MP Achievements & More! With Dawn of War II's multiplayer being handled by Games For Windows LIVE! service, Relic has announced the achievement points that can achieved! Read the list of changes and more! Read: Dawn of War II MP Achievements & More! More Dawn of War News: FileFront's Dawn of War Files

Star Trek: Legacy: New Tutorial Forum Section I have requested that the Clan Forum be replaced by a Tutorial Forum and the admins on the Forums granted the request so we now have a place to chat about tutorials and how to do certain things in Legacy. Download: New Tutorial Forum Section More Star Trek: Legacy: FileFront's Star Trek: Legacy Files

Half-Life 2: NeoTokyo: Source Official Trailer & December Media We promised the public more media and and here it is with our NeoTokyo: Source Official Trailer-and lots more... Read: NeoTokyo: Source Official Trailer & December Media More Half-Life 2 News: FileFront's Half-Life 2 Files

Battlefield 2: Forgotten Hope 2 - Scaling the Cliffs of Normandy G'day gents, here we have some screenshots of the new map by FH 2 called Pointe Du Hoc, which was another landing on D-Day, and I remember this map specifically from Call of Duty 2, so it's not that new to me, but they did do an excellent job! Read: Forgotten Hope 2 - Scaling the Cliffs of Normandy More Battlefield 2 News: FileFront's Battlefield 2 Files

Armada 2: The A2 Physics Project - Version X I have decided to completely redo the A2 Physics Project from scratch. The A2 Physics Project - Version X is currently in testing, read all about it! Read: The A2 Physics Project - Version X More Armada 2 News: FileFront's Armada 2 Files

Star Wars Battlefront 2: SWBFFiles Map Contest: T-Minus One Week First of all, great job everyone who's entered so far! I know that many people's thoughts on hearing of the contest theme were "urban maps are hard!" However, from the entries I've seen, you guys certainly are making it look easy... Read: SWBFFiles Map Contest: T-Minus One Week More Star Wars Battlefront 2 News: FileFront's Star Wars Battlefront 2 Files

CnC 3: RA3::Uprising - Possible RA3 expansion in 09? While browsing some of the internet I stumbled over a eurogamer article concerning a RA3 Expansion. In short, there really isn't much information out, the publisher however made a somewhat cryptic remark...check it out! Read: RA3::Uprising - Possible RA3 expansion in 09? More CnC 3 News: FileFront's CnC 3 Files

Armada 2: Armada II Files - 2008 Year End Modding Contest! This year at Armada II Files, some changes are in order for the annual tradition. Have a look at how it will work. Read: Armada II Files - 2008 Year End Modding Contest! More Armada 2 News: FileFront's Armada 2 Files

Knights of the Old Republic II: 3,000,000 Downloads As of December 14, 2008, KotorFiles has now hit the 3 million download count on this site’s history. The downloads on this site are coming in faster than ever thanks to our wonderful growth. Read: 3,000,000 Downloads More Knights of the Old Republic II News: FileFront's Knights of the Old Republic II Files

Star Trek: Legacy: Star Trek: Legacy Members and Mods Awards 2008 Star Trek: Legacy Awards 2008 have started and since theres no other awards scheme like this amongst The Legacy Community, I decided to start one, open to anybody and everybody. Download: Star Trek: Legacy Members and Mods Awards 2008 More Star Trek: Legacy: FileFront's Star Trek: Legacy Files

Battlefield 2: DICE Community News 12/17 Here you go folks: some juicy news from DICE, about the upcoming BF2 update, and some other interesting stuff too, so please feel free to read! Read: DICE Community News 12/17 More Battlefield 2 News: FileFront's Battlefield 2 Files

Jedi Knight III: Moviebattles going on publicity spree! The Mb2 team and community, are going on a publicity spree to spread the word about the Moviebattles II modification and get more players in the game. As avid players of Jedi Academy, many of you have, at the very least, heard of this mod and many of you probably also play it... Read: Moviebattles going on publicity spree! More Jedi Knight III News: FileFront's Jedi Knight III Files


Elite Force 2: HazardModding Co-Op Script Mod (4.0) The HaZardModding Co-Operative Modification is an interactive,supportive and extensive quality code Matrix, integrated into the Star Trek: Elite Force II level-scripts; Completely soft-coded, in addition to being server-side driven on Ritual Entertainments heavily Modified Ãœbertools ID-Tech3 Engine. Download: HazardModding Co-Op Script Mod (4.0) More Elite Force 2: FileFront's Elite Force 2 Files

Armada 2: Star Trek Armada II: Fleet Operations After more than 2 years since the last release and about 8 years (!!!) of development beginning with Armada 1 in 2000 here is the first final version of the highly anticipated Fleet Operations modification for Armada 2, running great on Vista machines and including full widescreen support. Download: Star Trek Armada II: Fleet Operations More Armada 2: FileFront's Armada 2 Files

The Elder Scrolls IV: Morrowind: Philagoth's Seyda Neen Shack (1.0) Philagoth's Seyda Neen Shack is a house modification which happens to be Philagoth's very first mod. Download: Philagoth's Seyda Neen Shack (1.0) More Morrowind: FileFront's The Elder Scrolls III Files

Call of Duty: United Offensive: xMas Mod (1.0) This modification includes a new main menu, new HUD, scripting changes, Allies changed to Elves, Axis changed to Santa Claus, new skins, etc Download: xMas Mod (1.0) More Call of Duty: UO: FileFront's Call of Duty Files

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Absentis Recedentia Villa (V1) Absentis Recedentia Villa, a new home found in the forest. Far away from any civilization it is located in the southern end of cyrodil and offers a welcoming home for you to stay in. Also places to explore... Download: Absentis Recedentia Villa (V1) More Oblivion: FileFront's The Elder Scrolls IV Files

Call of Duty 2: Carcano Mod. 91/38 (Final) This weapon modification for CoD2 replaces the M1 Garand with a more or less realistic Italian bolt-action Carcano Mod. 91/38 rifle. Download: Carcano Mod. 91/38 (Final) More Call of Duty 2: FileFront's Call of Duty Files


Aliens vs Predator 2: Pistol With Laser (1.0) Now you won't have to worry about how many shots have been wasted by missing your target...with this mod intalled, you will be geared with a laser sight to better place your kill-shots! Download: Pistol With Laser (1.0) More Aliens vs Predator 2: FileFront's Aliens vs Predator 2 Files

Sins of a Solar Empire: Volumetric Explosion & Damage Effects Mod ManSh00ter brings us his Volumetric Explosion & Damage Effects Mod.This mod adds voluminous explosions (true 3D) and damage (critical hits and persistent damage) effects to the game, utilizing a fragmentation system designed to enhance the dynamic quality of Sins battles. Download: Volumetric Explosion & Damage Effects Mod More Sins of a Solar Empire: FileFront's Sins of a Solar Empire Files

Empire at War: Absolute Corruption Mod The Absolute Corruption Mod V1.0 is a mod for Forces of Corruption that continues the line of Absolute Enhancement mods for Empire at War. Those of you who have played Mobbmann's earlier mods should see the similarities here. Download: Absolute Corruption Mod More Empire at War: FileFront's Empire at War Files

Jedi Knight III: Stalax And now before us we have a mod called Stalax, however it's not like other mods out there that have closed coding base. This one is actually something else.... It's a coding engine. Stalax allows to code for JK3 in Lua which is simplier than C and brings almost unlimited posibilites. Download: Stalax More Jedi Knight III: FileFront's Jedi Knight III Files

Knights of the Old Republic: Carth the Cheater I must say that the title of this mod alone makes it worth it to check out. Carth classified as a cheater can throw you in a loop since he has a reputation of being such a goodie-two-shoes. It would only be natural to wonder what in the world is this mod here. Download: Carth the Cheater More Knights of the Old Republic: FileFront's Knights of the Old Republic Files

Call of Duty 4: PeZBOT A mod for offline players who can train with bots on promod. The real difference is that when you snipe there is the Promod "no-breath" setting and the speed. Download: PeZBOT More Call of Duty 4: FileFront's Call of Duty 4 Files

Sins of a Solar Empire: Epic Mod (v1.1a) Introducing a newly updated version of Kiedjor's highly anticipated Epic Mod. This mod was previously known as the superminimod. But, due to problems it was reworked from scratch. This mod includes various new and exciting gameplay features. Download: Epic Mod (v1.1a) More Sins of a Solar Empire: FileFront's Sins of a Solar Empire Files

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory: NoQuarter X-Mas-Mod 2008 (1.1a) Transform the Axis into Grinches and give your ET server a holiday feel! This pack includes a modified version of the Santa Cap pack by SlauGhteR [NAD] and also a modified version of the ammopack/medpack gift bows pack by EB. Download: NoQuarter X-Mas-Mod 2008 (1.1a) More Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory: FileFront's Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Files

Knights of the Old Republic II: Exchange Cheaters HK-42 returns with a very interesting Mod which I'm sure will interest many of you! So if you cheat to get items, have you got bored of it, finding it tedious? Well on Telos HK-42 brings you a very special shop courtesy of the Exchange Corporation, and especially the Rodian bouncer. Download: Exchange Cheaters More Knights of the Old Republic II: FileFront's Knights of the Old Republic II Files

Call of Duty: Luca's CoD Sounds Removes the default Voice commands from Call of Duty 1 and replaces with those of Call of Duty 2. Inspired by DirTy, decided to replace these for a lil' spark. It's a simple mod. Download: Luca's CoD Sounds More Call of Duty: FileFront's Call of Duty Files

Stalker: Antidegradation mod (1.1) This mod is intended to fix the most awful graphic bugs in Clear Sky. Fixes the invisibility of wire on fences and camouflage grid in dx9 with ATI videocards and the degradation of distant terrain. Download: Antidegradation mod (1.1) More Clear Sky: FileFront's Stalker Files

Knights of the Old Republic: Jedi Traning Cutscene Fix DarthYugi returns with an interesting mod, that changes the training cutscene when you arrive on Dantooine; so that when you are doing combat training with Bastila, instead of using swords/vibroblades, blue lightsabers are used instead. Download: Jedi Traning Cutscene Fix More Knights of the Old Republic: FileFront's Knights of the Old Republic Files


Far Cry: Splash Harbor "Crisis!!!" We got one right here at "Splash Harbor"! This is a single player action map worked on by Murph. Yes, once again, Jack Carver finds himself in the service of the C.I.A. Black Ops Division involved in a Hostage Rescue along with a little Search and Destroy action! Download: Splash Harbor More Far Cry: FileFront's Far Cry Files

Crysis: Rescue Mission (v1.14) McKool has created and released the first map in a campaign that will stretch over future's almost as if this was made to order! In Rescue Mission, Nomad is sent on a mission to determine why the KPA have setup bases on several remote islands. Download: Rescue Mission (v1.14) More Crysis: FileFront's Crysis Files

Company of Heroes: D DAY: UTAH BEACH D-Day: Utah Beach is a 6 player map that is based around the invasion of code named "Utah" beach in Normandy, France. Approximately, around 32,000 US troops were committed to this beach and had the objective of capturing it. Download: D DAY: UTAH BEACH More Company of Heroes: FileFront's Company of Heroes Files

Far Cry 2: Badlands Making the leap from Far Cry to Far Cry 2, both in gaming and in mapping, our next developer: Joed Blair makes is debut with his initial FC2 creation...prepare to get your game on! Badlands brings you everything you would imagine the 'badlands' would be like, (unless of course, you are a Trek fan) this is a challenging and unforgiving mixture of open Savannah with some rivers winding through it Download: Badlands More Far Cry 2: FileFront's Far Cry 2 Files

Sins of a Solar Empire: Battle of the Mezzanine In the corner of the Mezzanine, deep into the demilitarized zone, above a distant and forgotten Gas Giant named Boratai two large fleets of the Vasari Empire and the Trade Emergency Coalition fight it out in a major battle to decide the fate of the 10 year war. Download: Battle of the Mezzanine More Sins of a Solar Empire: FileFront's Sins of a Solar Empire Files

CnC 3: [RED ALERT 3] Back to Moscow A solid multiplayer remake of a singleplayer map. Nice attention to both detail and gameplay. The player start out with 2 Ore mine and 1 Oil Derrick. There is a 3rd mine, but it requires the player to expand there efforts in order to adequatly protect it and use it to its full extent. Download: [RED ALERT 3] Back to Moscow More CnC 3: FileFront's CnC 3 Files

Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Assault Battlefield Assault Battlefield is multiplayer Co-op map that allows you to player cooperatively with up to 2 other people online; however, if you wish, you can still play this alone in skirmish. Your goal is obviously to annihilate the other two teams controlled by the computer! Each player starts with their own preset bases, and have to work together to defeat the large Ork warband. Download: Assault Battlefield More Dawn of War: Soulstorm: FileFront's Dawn of War: Soulstorm Files

Crysis: Hawke Island Hawke Island gives you everything you need to have a damn fine time and then some; Prepare to put your video card to the test as you battle it out with other like-minded individuals in this Instant Action bundle of goodness! There is no getting bored or having the feeling of tediousness here, as M1 has placed several goodies in this map to add to the intensity. Download: Hawke Island More Crysis: FileFront's Crysis Files

Star Trek: Legacy: Sebrran System (1.0) Another day, another new map smile Cammy brings us the Sebrran System. This is proof of cammy's vastly improving map making skills with better lighting and better item placement. Download: Sebrran System (1.0) More Star Trek: Legacy: FileFront's Star Trek: Legacy Files

Jedi Knight III: Lord of the Rings - The Argonath Well Lord of the Rings fans, we have a treat in store for you today! Whilst I am not really a fan of LOTR and my knowledge about it is sketchy, I do remember the Argonath, those two colossal statues from the Fellowship of the Ring. Lord of the Rings is full of impressive buildings and constructions, but out of all of them this is my personal favourite, followed closely by Minas Tirith. Download: Lord of the Rings - The Argonath More Jedi Knight III: FileFront's Jedi Knight III Files

Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Apocylipse in the city Apocylipse in the city is an excellent first map by M1n1Nuke! The layout and balance seem well thought out with plenty of attention to detail. There are two choke points with very interesting use of cover and tank traps!! A great, gritty, urban battlefield! Download: Apocylipse in the city More Dawn of War: Soulstorm: FileFront's Dawn of War: Soulstorm Files

Far Cry 2: Dante (v1.2 Final) In Dante, reach the highest places of the rocky desert in a huge Free for All battlefield; You'll need about half an hour, maybe more to explore the entire map, and you'll be able to drive some ground vehicles and a special extra at the top. I haven't seen this type of map before so you'll probably enjoy it. Snipers will find plenty of high & open spaces to place good shots. Download: Dante (v1.2 Final) More Far Cry 2: FileFront's Far Cry 2 Files

Dawn of War Dark Crusade: Defending Fann City "Once a thriving military and industrial metropolis, Fann City has been torn apart by years of conflict. Until recently, attempts to retake the city have proven vain. With a steady foothold now established, the enemy must be held back long enough for reinforcements to arrive." "Defending Fann City" is an 8 player city map with military assembly areas on the southern side of a channel and a castle, bunker and LZ on the northern side. Download: Defending Fann City More Dawn of War Dark Crusade: FileFront's Dawn of War Dark Crusade Files

CnC 3: Madcow Moscow This map is an edited remake of the Eigth campaign mission for the Empire. It has the top player with a very defendable area against two bottom players with fewer resources. There are a few scattered capturable War Factories which will produce Tesla Tanks for extra firepower. Download: Madcow Moscow More CnC 3: FileFront's CnC 3 Files

Company of Heroes: Delta Delta is a map continuation of the author's previously submitted map - Delta Night. This map also uses SCAR coding. In this version however, you are free to play as all the slots and the map has some differences in unit placements and such. Download: Delta More Company of Heroes: FileFront's Company of Heroes Files

Far Cry: Gold Rush (v1.2) Gold Rush is a huge map that will produce a memorable gaming experience for everyone involved! Regardless of the weapon you choose, there is an area in this map for you, however, if you find yourself sporting a sniper rifle, then you will both be a huge help to the other members of your team, and a huge hindrance to those on the opposing team! Download: Gold Rush (v1.2) More Far Cry: FileFront's Far Cry Files

hr width="75%" size="1" align="center" noshade> Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Orky Olympics On a small uncharted planet in the vast outreaches of space Orks have been the only inhabitants for decades. There has been no one else to fight but each other and eventually their constant battling turned into loosely organized contests. Every aspiring slugga boy dreams of becoming a mighty WarBoss although the chances of that are very, very slim. Download: Orky Olympics More Dawn of War: Soulstorm: FileFront's Dawn of War: Soulstorm Files

S K I N S / M O D E L S

Knights of the Old Republic: Canderous' Mandalorian Items My friend Sithspecter brings us a wonderful mod, and indeed it is mods like this that I love reviewing. An awful lot of effort and skill has gone i

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