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  1. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    Fighting with a single map‘s lighting setup for several days now. Nothing seems to work, ground darkmap doesn’t correspond to character shadows, etc. - it‘s driving me (even more) insane! 🤪
  2. As I play Ghost Recon in a Wineskin wrapper virtual machine on Mac (which emulates Windows XP), I cannot test this, but I read here that Windows Vista or later may (partly) disable the game‘s 3d audio, and how to restore it with e.g. this. Can anyone confirm that Ghost Recon‘s EAX positional audio is indeed broken or limited on newer Windows versions?
  3. You‘ve earned it. 🙂
  4. Ever so often I receive PMs or email with virtually the same content: “I’m new to Ghost Recon, got the Heroes Unleashed mod, and now I wonder what other great GR mods I should try. Any advice?” For any newcomer to Ghost Recon, there are seven mods I consider as absolutely essential must-have must-play must-never-uninstall game expansions. I call them “The Big Seven“. Of course, there are many more essential and great GR mods, but these seven are a stepping stone to get started, and they stand out, as each of them offers everything: a huge new campaign, many new maps, weapons, characters etc. All seven could count as completely new games, and they are at the very least comparable (if not superior) to the official expansion packs Desert Siege and Island Thunder. Without further ado, here are my “Big Seven” mods no Ghost Recon fan should be without (in alphabetical order): Blood Oil CENTCOM Frostbite P2: A Cold Day in Hell Rockall War of Infamy (get the add-ons, too) Year of the Monkey
  5. ApexMods

    The “Big Seven” Ghost Recon Mods

    Waitwut?!? Why does that make you sad, Zee? Edit: Never mind. Cleared up.
  6. ApexMods

    Leopard II Tank

    Could have sworn I’ve seen one for Ghost Recon. Any of you remember? Can’t seem to find it. 🧐
  7. ApexMods

    Leopard II Tank

    Thanks, 5Kurz. You may be right. I’ll look into this.
  8. I think unencrypted 7z should be sufficient. Most sites cannot scan them.
  9. ApexMods

    M09 Swamp as retextured Winter Swamp

    Wombat‘s mods deserve entries in the download section here at GRN. Just sayin’
  10. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    Have a look at my dev notes in HU‘s extras. There I explain this in more detail.
  11. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    Layer range and height determine the size of the opaque strip of fog color covering part of the skybox sides / horizon. The quotient of their values sets the percentage of coverage, e.g. range 100 with height 20 will cover (the bottom) 20 percent of the skyboxes’ sides. You get the same result for e.g. range 500 with height 100. The ratio determines the size.
  12. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    FYI, every single map takes at least a couple of days (and sometimes weeks) to fully integrate into HU. It starts with a single map file, then the corresponding mission file gets cleaned up (or recreated) and imported for development. After that, all file dependencies are resolved, any required textures, effects, models, sounds, weapons etc. are converted, renamed, imported, and adjusted where necessary. Once all the files are in place, environment is set ( default/desert/jungle, day/night), and lighting is checked in game, to see if sun/moon position and shadows correspond, and fixed if they don’t (99.9% of the time they won’t). This regularly requires changing skybox models, often a new one needs to be made. With lighting resolved, date and time can be set (according to position of the sun), and maximum draw distance is measured for the map, which means running around looking for the longest possible line of sight, sometimes for hours. When max draw distance is established, fog settings follow. Color is adjusted according to skybox, distances and density depend on map weather, layout etc., and all this gets tried and re-checked in-game again and again, until it is realistic and looks natural. In the end, spotting distance is measured and set. Then the texture work begins. Every single file gets corrected surface, transparency, and other RSB property tags, and those that need a facelift or change (e.g. to fit the maps locale - can’t have an Arabic sign on a Cuban island) are either touched up or replaced. Again, everything is tested and verified in game. When all that is done, we have working visuals, and established mission date, time, location, and weather go into the briefing for both Which brings us to the briefing maps, map shots, and briefing images, which are all newly created once visuals are complete. The same goes for the command map, which sometimes takes hours in Photoshop to “fix” for HU. Finally, it’s Igor time. Game zone setup for all SP and MP game types and missions (placement, orientation etc.), briefing waypoints, map room properties, sound zones, and - most importantly - proper sound effects setup (with e.g. authentic bird species actually living in the real-world location). Again, a long series of in-game testing to re-adjust e.g. team base locations, enemy spawn points, central area, recon infil/exfil positions, and again sounds, sounds, sounds, and more sounds. When all is said and done, the map has the HU mission randomizer script attached and map and mission get their name and number. Probably forgot something, but this should at least give you an idea of the process. 🙂
  13. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon Gameplay Videos

    720p 60fps full Desert Siege Walkthrough
  14. ApexMods

    moon.rsb & d01_beach_sky_moon.rsb

    Nice. In HU that skybox has been fixed for some time. Will check your solution to compare. There’s loads of skyboxes around with similar problems. I tried fixing them all for HU, though some may still require work.
  15. Just discovered this gem of a user review at steam, and there’s more treasure where this came from, so I think a new thread is in order. „♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, do you know what you're about to buy? Do you have any idea what is this ♥♥♥♥? "B-but I've p-played Rainbow S-Six and..." Don't even start. You think Rainbow Six is the unsurpassable work of Tom Clancy's history with video-games? Guess what, you're wrong. If you buy mother♥♥♥♥ing Ghost Recon, you're in for the ride of your life. Ghost Recon is the apex of Clancy's strategy shooters. Rainbow Six series was a mere distraction. In this baby you play as a team of highly trained, combat-ready soldiers from the fictional Delta company, part of the not-so-fictional 5th Special Forces Group. Google it up, kids. These guys are so good they call themselves Ghosts, as in "I'll kill you, your friends, your family and no one will ever know who did it". When ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan in Georgia (the country), the Ghosts are called in to kick some russian ♥♥♥. Turns out ♥♥♥♥ has hitted the fan way harder than expected, and you get to kill ultranationalists all the way to the heart of Russia itself. Now, to the gameplay. You liked the strategy system in the Rainbow Six series? All that planing ahead, sending the teams in the exact same moment into a room full of terrorists? Well, ♥♥♥♥ that ♥♥♥♥, that's for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Ghosts get to do that in the field, as the moment call for it. Ogranize your team from anywere, anytime, and you're good to go. It feels amazing, the gameplay is quick and action-packed or slow and strategy-full, as you wish. Wanna go in guns blazing? You go get them, champ. Wanna stealth the ♥♥♥♥ out of the stage and kill every living soul before anyone spots you? You got it. Complete all the missions the way you want, you control the whole ♥♥♥♥. And don't forget to keep as many of your guys alive as you can, since they get upgrades and become ungodly soldiers if you get them through ten or so missions. The engine is the same as the other Rainbow Six's games in the same generation, so don't expect anything out of the ordinary. Graphics are a little outdated, but who cares about graphics anyway? Right guys? Right...? Well, at least I don't. The menus look like ♥♥♥♥ on most screens these days, but the game itself supports high resolutions, so you won't cry tears of blood from watching so many edges and pixelated ♥♥♥♥. Animation on soldiers and vehicles are actually pretty great, even better than your "next-gen" FPSs from nowadays. Multiplayer is dead, forget about it. It was never good anyways. Trust me, I've played it when it came out and went straight back to Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The singleplayer campaing is where this ♥♥♥♥ shines. All in all, this game often gets crazy cheap on Steam Sales and is worth every cent, including Island Thunder and Desert Siege. If you are not a fifteen years old kid who can't stand ♥♥♥♥♥♥ graphics and hard, thinking-heavy gameplay, you WILL like this game. Oh, one more thing. There is only one Ghost Recon game, and it is this one. If you ever mention the sequels in front of me, you will be dead to me. That ♥♥♥♥ ain't Ghost Recon. Gameplay - 10/10 Soundtrack - 10/10 Graphics - 6/10 Content - 8/10 Challenge Level - 9/10 Replayability - 4/10“
  16. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon Reviews

    Next. “ This is the sort of game where skimming real world manuals on guerilla warfare or small-unit infantry tactics can actually be applied effectively in-game. I had to defend a railway bridge and checkpoint from an advancing armored/infantry combined arms unit; after getting my @$$ rocked over and over again, I finally had the idea to split my maximum six soldiers into three teams of two with one machine gun team sitting in a bush waiting for them to get close. The other team was a sniper team on the east side of the bridge, and my demo team on the west. I waited for the enemy to get in real close and let the gunners open fire while my sniper team started attacking their rear guards. Playing as the demo guys, I took out the tanks. Didn't lose anyone. This is an absolutely unforgiving game, even after that sort of thing finally clicks, and a game like GR1 couldn't properly be made today. A must-play.“
  17. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    How many maps do you want? 🤔
  18. Yep, back to modding Ghost Recon. 🙂
  19. ApexMods

    Can we change the news page?

    Alex is perfect for this job!!!
  20. Politics are a banned subject here at GR.net, and for a good reason, so I won’t dive too far into this, but the problems we’re facing root far deeper than capitalism vs. communism. Money used to mean something long ago, when it was backed by real values, nowadays it is just one of the many multipliers of control. The world is on a highway to hell due to philosophy, or better a complete lack thereof. Today’s ruling “ideologies” are nothing but a smoke screen, in an attempt to cover up the age old war for power, that has been raging behind the scenes for millennia. It’s the eternal fight of good vs. evil, and the bad guys use both communism and capitalism as means to the same end. What they perceive as being “rich” and “powerful” is just a result of their sad twisted existence, incapable to create anything of true value, hence unable to appreciate it. All the money in the world cannot buy honor, integrity, identity, strength, pride, intelligence, loyalty, courage, diligence, nobility, benevolence, culture, beauty, or love. The world today is ruled by the diametrical opposite of these values. Everything is upside down, in total opposition to nature herself. Mankind must wake up right now - or will soon die in its sleep.
  21. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    Oh boy. I shall try. 👍
  22. You don’t have to sell (your soul). Money isn’t everything. In fact it is nothing.
  23. ApexMods

    Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

    Looks like the HU update will take a lot longer than I thought (what a surprise, right?), but I’ll try to make the longer wait worth it. Also got a little caught up in the manual, which stands at almost 60,000 words now, and the developer notes have grown further, too (in hope they may help fellow modders). Installed size will likely pass 40 GB, and the download itself could end up well over 20 GB, so it might be about time to look for a torrent solution, in addition to the standard web downloads.
  24. ApexMods

    M09 Swamp as retextured Winter Swamp

    Nice. Love your work, wombat. Thank you.