foxMod v0.8
Improved AI, Hor+ FOV widescreen support, proper splitscreen support and improved gamepad support for Unreal Tournament 3
By fox

Special thanks to M0tah for writing the installer, testing and valuable feedback: Steamcommunity.com

General Additions:
-- Hor+ FOV support - automatically scales FOV based off aspect ratio and "Desired FOV" setting, with server-configurable FOV clamps
-- First-person weapons rendered correctly for wider aspect ratios
-- New menu options for most new features within reorganized options menu
-- Fixed crash when picking up dropped weapons as a network client
-- Campaign mutator support
-- Team-colored death messages for all modes

Control Improvements:
-- Vertical and horizontal mouse speeds matched (vertical mouse movement is no longer slower)
-- Players can now cancel an engaged Scorpion boost by pulling back on the throttle
-- Translocator can now switch to previous weapon by pressing fire while holding alternate fire, and vice versa (like UT'99 / 2kX)
-- Working look-to-steer controls and associated "Vehicle Controls" option, rewritten to account for movement stick/keys heading
-- Adjustable controller deadzone
-- Additional bindable controls:
* Drop Flag / Weapon (Hold)
* Toggle Crouch / Dodge
* Toggle Impact Hammer
* Fine Aiming (Gamepad)
* Weapon Picker (Gamepad)
* Show Base Path
* Network Statistics
* Screenshot

Audio Improvements:
-- Fixed issues where certain sounds would play twice (translocation, weapon-switching, etc.), particularly for network clients (jumping, landing, etc.)
-- Music now correctly plays for network clients and features configurable action/tension music times
-- Music tracks are now always played under the "Music" audio group and guaranteed to loop (fixes issues with certain custom music in custom maps)
-- Fixed non-looping action music in DM-Deck (and any map that uses GoDown as music)
-- New voice messages for most vanilla characters
-- Subtle pitch randomization for voice messages
-- Ensure all voice messages of a particular category (taunts, status updates, etc.) have been played before allowing them to be reused
-- New SendSpeech console command for broadcasting specific voice clips, optionally to team only

Splitscreen Support:
-- Drop-in / drop-out splitscreen support via "Splitscreen Players" menu slider - dynamically select number of splitscreen players from 0 to 3
-- Local profile system for splitscreen players to automatically save/load their settings
-- Proper settings configuration - settings such as A/V and Network settings can only be set by first player
-- Fully functional splitscreen audio - including music, dialogue and announcement support
-- Proper voting support - local players all mirror each other's votes
-- Automatic guest-style player renaming - "fox", "fox(2)", "fox(3)" instead of "Player258"

Enhanced Gamepad Support:
-- Tighter looking and aiming controls, with adjustable quick-turn sensitivity
-- Optional "Fine Aiming" bindable control to shrink the crosshair and set finer aim sensitivity (not bound by default)
-- Subtle auto-aim and control tweaks for inputs received from a gamepad - gamepads can be used in tandem with a keyboard/mouse - features toggle as appropriate
-- Revamped default control setup
-- Analog stick quick-configuration - southpaw, legacy, etc.
-- Fully remappable gamepad controls - some were mysteriously missing

AI Improvements:
-- Anti-stuck measures for bots, fixing issues such as getting stuck in DM-Turbine
-- Better follow behavior - bots utilize Link Gun properly when following and break off for combat/items when appropriate (within range and line-of-sight to leader)
-- Reliably engage targets (enemies and objectives) when flying through the air (e.g. from jump pads etc.)
-- Attack any visible part of objects (helps tremendously on attacking Power Nodes / Cores - AI can now complete Confrontation with the Leviathan)
-- Keep charging weapons charged as long as possible when target can not be attacked (shot blocked etc.)
-- Avoidance Mapping system that allows bots to choose potentially longer, but safer paths when running an objective (potentially expensive)
-- Better use of level geometry as cover during fights
-- Crouch more often, particularly if it allows hitting a target that could not otherwise be hit
-- Avoid lifts if they have already been used and would need to wait
-- Greater avoidance of areas where deaths have occurred that match
-- Allow use of hunting and "devious" behavior in team games and when large numbers of bots are present
-- Organize larger squads for better coordination (by default, one squad per order)
-- Randomly assigned initial orders; influenced by other bots' orders and whether team is lead by a player
-- Extended vehicle pathfinding; AI will now attempt to drive vehicles anywhere they'll fit
-- Improved vehicle usage all-around, particularly in combat
-- Intelligently use any vehicle of opportunity (based on current vehicle if appropriate), not just squad vehicles
-- Prefer enemy unlocked vehicles to help tip vehicle usage in their team's favor
-- Prefer certain vehicle types according to effectiveness - generally prefer flying vehicles, fast vehicles for objective capping, artillery, etc.
-- Move in position to tow the flag carrier when appropriate and in a fast vehicle - Scorpion, Manta, etc.
-- Try harder to get a vehicle unstuck before simply abandoning it
-- Remain in vehicles if near an objective and someone else nearby is on foot (to help cover them)
-- Get out of stationary vehicles for pending Titan transformation
-- More intelligent use of Hoverboards and tow cables, particularly in Warfare
-- Don't randomly engage Scorpion self-destruct and use jumping ability of vehicles more often (Manta, Viper, Scavenger, etc.)
-- Attack empty locked enemy vehicles to thin out base defenses
-- Honk horn when looking for passengers
-- Attempt to fetch passengers when flying an air vehicle and not in combat - optimal Cicada usage for starters
-- Attempt to get out and heal vehicles when not busy
-- Attempt to toss flags and weapons when appropriate - will toss flags to stronger teammates closer to base, weapons to very weak teammates
-- Prefer to grab the enemy flag when attacking even if the friendly flag is taken (more realistic)
-- Improved Translocator usage (don't sit still when waiting for Translocator discs)
-- Improved jumping out of water behavior
-- Improved Orb handling
-- Improved Warfare teleporter usage
-- Keep a Hold Position order after respawning
-- Taunt and give praise on cool actions (flag captures, multi-kills, sprees, etc.)
-- Improved shootable door behavior (like on Turbine) - use Enforcer or other weapon guaranteed to open door if possible
-- Use Impact Hammer on invulnerable or heavily shielded enemies to knock their powerups off if appropriate
-- Necris and Krall bots no longer randomly spout human speech - particularly incoming vehicles
-- Krall bots now speak subtle grunts over the comms (bored, in combat, etc.) instead of RAWR all the time

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10 comments by foxBoxInc on Sep 8th, 2013

Greetings everyone! I'm proud to present the newest release of foxMod, a small pet project for Unreal Tournament III that aims to improve the game's AI while also adding hor+ FOV widescreen support and 4-player splitscreen support with enhanced gamepad control. Play UT on the couch with your friends!

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Some of the more noteworthy additions in this release include new risk-based pathfinding routines for the AI, which allows them to choose potentially longer, but safer routes when on route to an objective (such as running the flag) and make more effective use of level geometry as cover during combat.

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Also of note is a redesigned audio system for splitscreen that fixes all of the previous splitscreen audio issues, as well as improved campaign mutator support (no more console commands). Finally, full network play support and stability improvements across the board round out the release.

Interested? Check it out here on ModDB!

Enjoy!
~fox

Changes in v0.7 (09/08/13):
General:

  • Support for new CBP3 content
  • Drop Flag / Weapon control, which will now toss your weapon when held
  • Proper vehicle FOV support (wasn't being calculated correctly before)
  • Proper campaign mutator support (including splitscreen)
  • New Force Translocator mutator to force Translocator in any game mode (will disable Hoverboards)
  • "DisplayPortrait Accessed None 'VoiceInterface'" bug fix
  • Team-colored death messages for all modes
  • Fixed voting in a 3-4p splitscreen games causing a crash (from v0.5 - oops!)
  • Gamepad autoaim now only activates if gamepad input has been used exclusively for the past few seconds (using tandem gamepad+mouse setups will no longer grant autoaim)
  • Vehicle control type now reliably set for network clients
  • Gamepad autoaim now reliably set for network clients
  • Various bug fixes and code cleanup, particularly with networking support
  • Sounds now only play for the closest player in splitscreen (fixes all known splitscreen audio bugs). Removed volume normalization as it's no longer needed.
  • Fixed non-looping action music in DM-Deck (and any map that uses GoDown as music)
  • New Look to Steer control code that factors in movement stick/keys in addition to camera orientation (allows driving and looking in two different directions at once when using "relative" steering control)
  • Weapon Switcher Quick Peek is now also shown if the weapon bar is hidden
  • Fixed an issue where the voting screen could become unresponsive if the 2nd, 3rd or 4th player won the match
  • Server-configurable FOV clamps

AI:

  • Support for new CBP3 content
  • Configurable max default orders
  • Further general anti-stuck improvements
  • AI now attack any visible part of objects (helps tremendously on attacking Power Nodes / Cores -- AI can now complete Confrontation with the Leviathan)
  • Avoidance Mapping system that allows bots to choose potentially longer, but safer paths when running an objective
  • AI make better use of level geometry as cover during fights
  • AI avoid lifts if they have already been used and would need to wait
  • AI no longer attempt to snipe when actively under fire
  • Further improved hoverboard usage - AI now hoverboard more often in Warfare
  • AI now attempt toss the flag to stronger teammates closer to the base
  • AI now attempt to toss their weapon to weaker teammates, such as recently respawned teammates
  • Greater avoidance of areas where there have been a lot of deaths that match
  • Hold Position order sticks after a bot dies (AI now store their HoldSpot)
  • Greatly improved vehicle healing behavior for AI (always heal nearby vehicles if not in combat)
  • Necris and Krall bots no longer randomly spout human speech (particularly incoming vehicles)
  • AI now prioritize vehicles they're already heading towards (similar to vanilla behavior)
  • AI now understand towing in Warfare
  • AI now slightly prefer fast vehicles over slow ones
  • AI now slightly prefer artillery
  • AI now check if they're close to the ground before hoverboarding, getting out of a vehicle to heal, etc.
  • Better combat checks for hoverboards and non-combat vehicles
  • Major code cleanups
  • AI now always attack the power core if they have line-of-sight to it
  • Improved "devious" behavior checks
  • AI now longer reuse routes as often
  • AI Titans that are stuck now attempt to crouch out of their spot, and failing that just suicide (better than them uselessly sitting there)
  • Attacking AI now only use defensive vehicles (turrets etc.) when threatened, and get out after the threat is eliminated
  • AI can now bail from low-health turrets
  • Major improvements to AI vehicle handling when stuck
  • Small fixes to help bots play on maps like ONS-Hostile
  • AI can now attack locked enemy vehicles to thin out base defenses
  • Improved vehicle usage in non-objective game modes
  • Improved vehicle usage in combat
  • AI vehicle gunners no longer randomly shoot at the wall
  • Improved orb handling ability
  • Improved Warfare teleporter usage
  • AI now only grab vehicles within range of leader
  • AI now grab items within range of leader
  • AI now taunt and give praise on cool actions (flag captures, multi-kills, sprees, etc.)
  • Improved shootable door behavior (like on Turbine) - use Enforcer or other weapon guaranteed to open door if possible
  • Use Impact Hammer on invulnerable or heavily shielded enemies to knock their powerups off if appropriate
  • More configurable options for AI
  • Added a small configurable easter egg :)
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First test of foxMod for the PS3 version of UT3. Currently very beta and may not work!

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foxMod v0.8 - Installer

Jan 26, 2014 Full Version 13 comments

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Guest
Guest Jul 6 2014, 4:04pm says:

It's pretty cool. Honestly though I don't understand how to make a controller control player 2 and use my keyboard as player 1. The controller and keyboard both control player one. I've looked at some tutorials and used some emulators and changed things to pad2 and edited config files galore but nothing seems to work.

It would be nice if there was some sort of console command or something more clear to set pads for each user.

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foxBoxInc
foxBoxInc Jul 8 2014, 10:16pm replied:

Unfortunately, this basically seems like a limitation for how XInput (x360 "successor" to DirectInput, which UT3 uses) handles assigning controller numbers. There are no tools that I've found to be able to configure your controller number, as it is determined automatically by the number of XInput-compatible devices currently active.

If I knew a way to get this configured in-game at all, I'd do it in a heartbeat. In the meantime, here's a small section from the readme that may help:

"For splitscreen, you will need an XBox 360 Controller set to Player 2 or higher. If you have no XBox 360 Controller, try out x360ce at Code.google.com
If you only have one XBox 360 Controller, you can trick it to Player 2 by unplugging and replugging the controller when the game is busy loading. Initial startup or backing out from the pause menu are good times to do this. You'll know it worked when the green quadrant light changes to Player 2 on the controller."

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chris_coma
chris_coma Jun 21 2014, 12:32pm says:

Have you considered trying your luck with other Unreal Engine games where SDK is available?

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foxBoxInc
foxBoxInc Jul 8 2014, 10:25pm replied:

Yes and no. I've been following the recent UT4 developments over at Forums.unrealtournament.com - there is actually already some AI-related community development, which is awesome to see - especially so early in the project's lifespan (in fact, I believe MistaEd's initial bot was the first community feature incorporated into the game?)

However, for me, the main issue is time. I have been a full-time software engineer since early March after finishing up school, and while I still work on pet projects here and there (there's actually some semi-recent foxMod work here: Bitbucket.org - just not quite release-ready yet!), it's much tougher now after already spending several hours of my day behind a computer screen in a professional capacity. :)

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Guest
Guest Jun 18 2014, 1:11am says:

Great mod but maybe its just on my end but when I use a xBox360 controller with the foxmod active I can't enter vehicles or use the hover board on the controller but it works on the keyboard.

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foxBoxInc
foxBoxInc Jul 8 2014, 10:28pm replied:

Hello, sounds like something's wrong with the control bindings! Try resetting your key bindings to default - by default, it should be the "X" button on the 360 pad.

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Guest Jul 26 2014, 11:54pm replied:

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Guest May 8 2014, 1:15am says:

Thank you for all the hard work. Its definitely a great mod :D. I need some help though. My xBox360 controller always goes to player 1 and both the keyboard and the controller controls the same character. Tricking it with re-plugging doesn't work for me. Any help greatly appreciated.

(UT3: Black - Steam - win8)

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Guest
Guest Jul 5 2014, 7:12pm replied:

Same for me.

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foxBoxInc
foxBoxInc Jun 8 2014, 11:13pm replied:

Bit of a late reply, but try quickly unplugging / replugging in the controller while the game is busy loading - doing this while exiting the pause menu (as the game freezes for a second) always seems to work for me when doing a quick splitscreen test with only one controller on hand.

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