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Counter-Strike may be coming out with a spiffier-looking version, thanks to the Half-Life 2 Source engine, but the gameplay is going to remain almost exactly the same. So, what are we gamers supposed to do if we get tired of the same maps, and the same gameplay? I mean, sure, I'll be playing Counter-Strike: Source for days upon days when it comes out; but it's just not going to offer a new experience to me, just a prettier face. It's the kind of feeling you'll get when your girlfriend/wife comes home for the first time after years of plastic surgery; same chick, new look.
Since I've always been a fan of the Counter-Strike style of gameplay, I'm always on the lookout for a game that can have a similar style, but make some drastic improvements to the gameplay. Well, as it so happens, I was browsing my good friend The Internet one day, and came across a list of popular UT2k4 mods. One, in particular, caught my attention; and it was called Frag.Ops. Though, much to my misfortune, the game was only a mod for Unreal Tournament 2003. And, although I liked UT2k3, I have UT2k4, so I wasn't about to install both. However, I went back to the Frag.Ops site one day, and noticed that they were planning to release a new version for Unreal Tournament 2004! This news made me so happy, that I had to change the pair of pants I was wearing at the time.
Frag.Ops takes place late in the year 2005. Here's the game's basic story, straight from the site:
The war against global terrorism has ended.
Late in 2005, NATO passed a resolution allowing military operations to take place in the private sector, due to a failing economy and severe lack of soldiers to secure the now-devastated eastern hemisphere. Hundreds of private Mercenary corporations immediately sprouted, offering to pay their employees steep sums to fulfill their contractors' needs. Tens of thousands of jobless fighters answered the call for work. And then it all went to hell.
The corporations became immensely powerful -- and rich, thus becoming more unscrupulous towards the contracts they accepted. The jobs often bordered on terrorism. NATO was powerless to stop them, with many major operatives now holding key positions in the council. In a last ditch effort, they called upon all 1st-world countries to train elite Special Ops units to help combat this powerful threat -- their leaders offering to pay the same price for men as the Mercenary corporations. The year is now 2006. The world is at war. There is no good, no evil -- nobody seems to be able to tell what either is anymore. The only thing that matters is the next paycheck... and where it comes from determines your alliance.
As or right now, Frag.Ops offers some really cool and original features over similar games (namely Counter-Strike), here are some of the features the mod has to offer now in the current version.
* An AP (Action-Point) system that allows your character to run faster for a set amount of time. * Character traits that can greatly enhance your character's performance in certain areas, though degrading it in others. * A set of stock weapons, most featuring numerous possible upgrades. * Medals awarded to players that show exceptional in-game talent.
Frag.Ops is currently at version 1.38, and if you don't have it installed right now, do yourself a favor and grab it now. Future versions of the game will feature an additional, Battlefield 1942-esque game-type (vehicles included!), more techniques that you can use AP for, and more!
:: Contents :: 1) General Information 2) Performance Tweaks 3) Technical Information (Possible Fixes!) 4) Known Issues 5) Team Members and Contributors 6) ChangeLog ::  General Information :: ------ Q: What are "Binds?" A: A "bind" is referring to a key/mouse/joystick button that is "bound" to a certain function in the game. For example, if you opened your FragOpsUser.ini located in UT2004\FragOps\System, you'd find that the "R" key is bound to Reload, which reloads your gun. Q: How can i add a bind? A: You can either manually add binds in your FragOpsUser.ini, or using the ingame console by typing "set input <key> <function>", for example: set input R Reload would do the same thing as in answer #1. There is also the ingame "controls" settings page, where you can set up most of the basic controls in an easy-to-use visual interface. ------ Several binds are listed below which cannot be found in your control settings. They generally require manual configuration. a) Weapon Binds: SELLWEAPON -- sells your currently held weapon back. Note that melee weapons can not be completely ^_ removed, only replaced by trading it for another. BUYPRIMARY or BUYSIDEARM or BUYMELEE <weapon id#> [attachment slot#] Buys a primary weapon matching the id# you enter. ^_ if you enter an attachment slot# as well, it will attempt to buy the weapon as well ^_ as the selected attachment. Attachment slots are as follows: ^_ 0: stock ^_ 1: attachment 1 (if available) ^_ 2: attachment 2 (if available) ^_ 3: both attachments (if available) ^_ If you do not have enough money for the weapon AND the attachment, it will only ^_ purchase the weapon by itself. If you are not on the team that can buy the weapon ^_ you desire, it will not buy it at all. BUYGRENADE <grenade id#> Buys a grenade with the specified id#. ^_ New grenades will automatically go into the first empty slot you have. If you already have ^_ a full grenade inventory, it will only replace the primary when buying. You must ^_ sell off your secondary grenade first if you wish for a new one to be placed there ^_ when using this bind. BUYARMOR <Armor Level> Buys Armor at the specified Armor Level. ^_ If no level is entered it defaults to light armor. If your armor is damaged and you ^_ wish to repair it, just buy it as usual and it will automatically repair and subtract ^_ the money needed. example: typing "BuyPrimary 1 3" into your console would buy an SMP45 with all its attachments, as long as you have enough money. 1 would be the weapon id# (listed below) and 3 would specify all attachments. Whereas typing "BuyPrimary 1" would only give you a stock SMP45. b) Ammo Binds BUYAMMO  Buys ammo for your currently selected weapon. example: If you type "BuyAmmo" into your console by itself, it will only buy one magazine. If you type "BuyAmmo 1" into your console, then it will attempt to buy the maximum ammo your weapon can hold or as much ammo as your current amount of money allows, whichever comes first. c) SPECIAL NOTES: BuyBinds follow the WeaponSell system, therefore any weapons you buy that replace other weapons will readd the replaced weapon's money to your inventory. d) The primary weapon buy id#'s are: 0)=Rygarr MP99 1)=SMP45 2)=MG5-SR 3)=MG5-SR 4)=Ultra90 5)=Ultra90 6)=Red Dragon 7)=Red Dragon 8)=FKE103 9)=FMS556 10)=Comanche 11)=ZM8 12)FP N90 13)FP N90 14)=STF-U30 15)=STF-U30 16)=CT42 17)=CT42 e) The sidearm weapon buy id#'s are: 0)=UXP45-T 1)=UXP45-T 2)=Arctic Eagle 3)=Arctic Eagle 4)=AMP7-PDW 5)=RMP9 f) The grenade buy id#'s are: 0)=High Explosive 1)=Flash 2)=Napalm 4)=Smoke Red 5)=Smoke Yellow g) The melee buy id#'s are: 0)=Machete 1)=Combat Knife h) The armor buy id#'s are: 0)=Light Armor 1)=Medium Armor 2)=Heavy Armor ## SwitchTrait bind i) Trait id's for SwitchTrait are 0=P.O.W. 1=Ninja 2=Rambo 3=Thug 4=Pyromaniac 5)=Grunt 6)=Sniper 7)=Assassin 8)=Hacker 9)=Bomber 10)=Ex-Cop 11)=Tank 12)=Bloody Mess 13)=Sprinter 15)=Convict 16)=Outcast ------ ::  Performance Tweaks :: !DISCLAIMER! Any manual .ini changes you make are done at your own risk. Some of these may boost your performance, some might make it worse. Experiment before playing online. !DISCLAIMER! a) Possible increase: open FragOps.ini change OverrideDesktopRefreshRate to True change DesiredRefreshRate to the highest possible refresh your monitor can handle. you should see a nice little fps boost. b) Another possible increase: open FragOps.ini change bCapFrameRate to False change MinDesiredFrameRate to 40.000 c) If you're noticing pauses or slowdown when players first come on the screen, it's because player skin preloading is off by default. This balances load time with performance, since we cache all weapon skins no matter what this is set to. If you have a fairly quick pc, you can get rid of these pauses by opening FragOps.ini, find the section labeled [FragOps.FragOpsMission] and change bPreloadAllSkins=false to bPreloadAllSkins=true This will increase map loadtime, but you will no longer get any pauses. ------ ::  Technical Information :: a) Starting the game: Use the included links to start the game in windows. Linux users can use the linux package and start the game from the included script. ------ ::  KNOWN ISSUES! :: -- BulletHole projectors occasionally darken/discolor terrain (ut2k4 bug) -- Taclight isn't as bright on terrain (ut2k4 bug) ------ ::  Team Members and Contributors :: online: http://www.frag-ops.com contact: email@example.com :: Team Leader firstname.lastname@example.org :: Public Relations contributors: Code/Production *SquirrelZero 3D Models *FakeID, G0st, Zinh 3D Animations/Sound *Zephyr 2D Skins/Textures *HedHunta, Sever, Lumpy_Milk, DeadGuy, ShoT Maps *nessy, Ben, KilEmDed, Ektophase, Tank-Bird , Vee, PureHybrid, HellRider, sHokAzUlU PC Testing *Hardcor3, NathanYuy, poiz, HighPriest, Cyko Mac Testing *Santaduck Public Relations/Recruiting *Memnon Bouncer *Chris aka TheBouncer ------ map mesh credits: Gusher of prefablab provided several meshes, parkar(email@example.com) and skalman(firstname.lastname@example.org) also provided several meshes. Mr.Glock of Static Reality contributed several mesh as well. other credits: Melee and Sidearm player animations provided by Michael Hegemann aka HEGI. 2 Muzzle Flash meshes and 3 Flash Textrures provided by Michael Hegemann aka HEGI. Original bullet hit effects designed by Mr. Evil. Thanks! :) Awesome main menu music provided by Justin R. Durban aka Edgen. His other works can be found at http://www.edgen.com ------ ::  ChangeLog :: [v1.39] Added: - Added new realtime shadow engine, settings are under shadows in detail menu - Added first person spectating and serverside option to enable or disable 3rd person spectating - Added new "Ultra Violence" mode with new blood effects, spreading blood pools, larger blood splatters - New 1st/3rd person shell ejections, much more realistic physics, shells stay after firing, eject while scoped, react to water entry, and have a nice shiny shader applied to the skin - Added new traits "Convict" and "Outcast" Changed: - Friendly fire will no longer take you out of the resting state - Readded colored screen flashes for napalm and poison damage - Lowered USP weapon priority, was choosing USP over rifles when using the SwitchToBestWeapon() command - Headshot damage upped 10% - Reduced knife stab and machete stab range. Not necessarily for balance purposes, it was just rediculously high and unrealistic. - Raised jumping recoil 10% - Sped up 3rd person animation enforcement code - Looking away from a flash grenade will now minimize the effect - Ladder climbing is different now. You will not be able to strafe, instead, when first grabbing the ladder you will be placed in the center. Using the jump/crouch and forward/back keys you can go up or down. If you hold down "jump" and press the left/right keys you will leap left or right off the ladder. - DSR will now eject shells Fixed: - Fixed an interact exploit allowing people to move in the preround - Fixed an accessed none in taclight and laser projectors - Fixed picking up two grenades causing second grenade to not be shown in buymenu. - Fixed an odd weaponflash/fire sound problem in 3rd person, this should remedy the "player's gun fires for no reason after entering a new zone or emerging from behind bsp geometry" - Fixed adminreset not resetting time properly - Fixed "unable to reload secondary akimbo weapon if primary has full ammo" - Fixed an exploit involving jumping and resting - Fixed "Ladder Launching" - Fixed weapon muzzle flash while scoped occurring in incorrect location - May have fixed "weapon fires but no bullets come out, have to drop weapon to fix" Maps: - Official support for MIS-DowntownBank is now dropped - Added MIS-UptownBank - Added MIS-Waterplant - Fixed FPS issues in MIS-Alcatraz [v1.38] Added: - Added support for bullet water splashes and water rings - Added support for ladder strafing added in UT2004 v3236 - Added "SwitchTrait" function for quickly switching traits during preround or while dead ONLY. - Added traits "Bloody Mess" and "Grunt" - Added missing mercenary arm mesh for Red Label - Added more information when spectating to make it a bit more interesting Changed: - HeadShot damage upped 8% - Reduced P90 recoil by 10% - Adjusted 3rd person sidearm positions to fit better in hands - Akimbo system received a 100% rewrite. "Yes, we can rebuild it. We can make it stronger, faster, better." - Raised 3rd person footstep sound radius - Readded animation enforcement to stop wrong 3rd person weapon animation being used - Several traits rebalanced: Bomber, Sprinter, Pyro, Ex-Cop, Ninja, Assassin - New method of opening the team select menu, should fix several connection problems - Grenade timers all reduced by 0.1 seconds - Using new ragdoll for females - Updated the scoreboard with new graphics and features - Choosing a random team now automatically picks a trait for you, but if you have one already selected it will use that instead. - Included a better-looking masked beret female mercenary model Fixed: - Fixed sellweapon bind giving back wrong amount of cash - Fixed buyarmor bind from taking away too much money when repairing - Fixed objectives able to end round after round already over, same with people changing teams or leaving the game setting off the endround checker. - Fixed when last person alive on one team is kickvoted, the round does not end - Fixed missing impact sound on flash grenades - Fixed a resting loop - Fixed a buymenu-related money exploit - Fixed retrieval objective carrier keeping/dropping objective after completing - Fixed flash grenade effects continuing after death - Fixed some layer ordering on the HUD - Fixed accessed none in Killed function - Fixed accessed none in Died function - Fixed cost of secondary grenade not being updated in buymenu - Fixed a weapon hand setting problem that sometimes caused odd positioning/invisible weapons - Fixed inaudible footsteps - Fixed incorrect labelling in speech menu - May have fixed a mapchange crash Maps: - Fixed a hole in alcatraz causing low fps and player deaths - Fixed a bad antiportal in TrainingArena ----- Final notes We all hope you enjoy our little mod. Shouts to Clan LV, XGMR, DNA, and CB4. -Team Frag.Ops
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