FUEL: REFUELED is an enhancement modification for the game FUEL, which brings multiple bug-fixes, improvements and the addition of various new content.

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The first release of FUEL: REFUELED is now available for download. Includes support for all localizations and is 100% backwards compatible online.

Posted by Vetron on May 21st, 2012

T he latest release of FUEL: REFUELED is available for download, this version "FUEL: REFUELED 2012.5 [R1]" is a reworking of the mod to focus on including support for all localizations and being 100% backwards compatible online. It is also much more stable than the previous V15.4 release.

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Recap on FUEL: REFUELED - LITE

After the release of V15.4 Patch #3 I decided to rework the mod from scratch. There was a few issues arising as a result of how the mod was developed and thus this needed to change. Firstly was the stability issues; V15.4.3 had start-up issues for some users and fixing these issues proved complicated. This was caused by one of two things; primarily by having too many different files called into the console during the start-up and two the cached files from users who ran stock FUEL previously resulted in the game crashing unless they were deleted first (not easy for everyone to get to as its hidden away in AppData within the user folder).

The next issue was with online compatibility; when first working with FUEL I had to re-order things like the vehicles to make it easier to edit races. But this lead to issues where vehicles wouldn't show up correctly between versions while online. So I looked into a way to edit the races with the stock order in place; for which I turned to creating database files and various scripts to produce outputs. So this release is 100% compatible online with the stock game in both races and free ride.

A third issue was that only English (and French, mostly) was supported by the mod and that left a lot of users unable to play. The reason being simply that I don't speak those languages and thus working with them is difficult. However this release I have ensured that French, German, Italian and Spanish is fully supported by ensuring text strings are referenced correctly, plus any new strings are translated and then added into the localization files.

With these issues resolved the mod is greatly improved when compared to its previous release. I am aware that a few things that were present in V15.4 aren't present in this release, but I already have a second release of FUEL: REFUELED - LITE in development, but I’ll talk more about that later. In the meantime check out the first release of FUEL: REFUELED - LITE.

Features

As FUEL: REFUELED - LITE is a total reworking of the mod I shall give an overview of some of the features rather than specific changes. For more info I suggest you read the change-log or the news article I posted about a week ago here.


Reworked Career Races

All 72 races have been reworked in this release with a number of improvements. Firstly is the diversity of the AI vehicles; no longer do races consist of like 3 or 4 specific vehicles, but rather a much wider selection. This also leads to many races featuring more vehicle types; such as "Bike & Quad" races, rather than typically bike only. Theres 75 vehicles in the game, makes sense to use them.

Secondly the environment parameters used in races have been given a tweak to improve the overall atmosphere in the game. Its mostly little things like background fog, the slightest of snow-fall or rain and the sun/moon moving in the sky are amongst the changes. Also I've made weather more variable as certain races progress; such as the rainfall could reduce or the fog could increase etc.

Because of the wider AI vehicle selection, natrually the player vehicle choice expands along with it, but not only in singleplayer, but multiplayer too. In multiplayer the largest choice you have by default is between 5 vehicles, in one race with this mod you have the choice between 18 vehicles! All of this is balanced because typically those 5 vehicles you could choose at stock was always the most fastest ones (made things kinda boring really), just now you have access to a wider selection of the not-so-high performance vehicles.

The DamoclesFUEL: REFUELED - Damocles Dragster In Free Ride?

Damocles Dragster in Free Ride

You can now take the "Damocles" dragster for a drive in free roam and custom races. It always felt silly to have the vehicle restricted to just one singleplayer race, its an entirely seperate vehicle class to whats selectable in multiplayer and single-player so its not like it effects the balance in any way.

FUEL - ScreenshotsFree Roam Extreme - Moonlight Fog

Change Day/Night Cycle Length

The stock day/night cycle is really short and you'll often experience many in-game days during a single play session; this can kill the atmosphere a bit if your partaking in a single long drive across the map. Now you can change the length of day to your choosing either by one of the optional mods provided or via a tool provided specify a custom length (including day:night ratio). If you'd rather, you can even force the time of day to remain at a specific time.

Vehicle Colors (FUEL: REFUELED - LITE + V15.5)The AvengerThe EnforcerThe Mudhog

Revised vehicle color palette

All the vehicle colors have been given a re-work, primarily to include new colours (Black and Purple) and also to improve the overall atmosphere to the game. The colors are all slightly darker, which I feel better suites the atmosphere of the game. Unlike previous releases of FUEL: REFUELED, the reworked colors in this release have been given appropriate matching slots to that of stock users. What this essentially means is that if you encounter a stock game user who is driving a white car; that car will also show up white for you etc.

FUEL: REFUELED LITE Optional UI (Reworked V14.5)Revised 'Map' MenuRevised 'Change Camp' MenuTranslucent HUD

Reworked UI and Optional UI Themes

There are various optional UI themes included. The screenshots above show a reworked garage menu in the "V14.5" theme (top left), a reworked map menu that is part of the "V14.4" theme (top right), the reworked camp menu (bottom left) and finally on the bottom right is the reworked HUD. Most of the subtile re-workings that are specifically fixes rather than changes have been added to the default UI; this includes reworked options, select camp and map menu's.

ScreenshotUpdated Colors

Bonus Code Content

Previously there was select content such as a vehicle ("The Warrior", displayed above), liveries and driver gear that could only be obtained by entering a code into the options menu. I've removed this and instead integrated the content as part of early gameplay. It adds more liveries to find in the game-world (locations you can then teleport to afterwards) and easy access to the vehicle which most people wouldn't know about unless they happened to be browsing the cheat websites.

Free Ride ExtremeFree Roam Extreme - Example Weather

Development Tools

Ever wanted to have a tornado in Free Ride? Well now you can create your own 'Free Ride Extreme' Free Ride Activities using the tool provided. You can adjust all time & weather parameters and pick from 95 preset start/finish combinations across the 19 Zones. There are also other programs included so you can specify and create a "force time of day" or "force length of day" optional mod script. Best about all this is that you can have the scripts outputted to your MODS folder in mere seconds after merely typing in the values you want.

Unlike earlier versions of the development tool that featured in previous releases of FUEL: REFUELED, I have spent considerable time ensuring ease-of-use. For example, time values can be entered in hours & minutes (e.g. previously one had to enter 2.5 hours for 2 hours, 30 minutes) and I created translation scripts to allow all weather values to be entered as percentages. There are also functions that can fill in the gaps should you accidently leave a field blank, so your creation will still work (and not crash the game!). Little things like this make the tool both easier and overall quicker to use as you don't have to convert each value before entering it; the program does the work for you. 

Download

Links to the download and change-log are provided below. If you get stuck with installation then I've put together a step-by-step video to assist. It can be found here: Moddb.com

If you have any problems with the mod or discover a bug then let me know by either comment or just PM'ing me directly.

Change-log: R1 Change-log 

Download: FUEL: REFUELED 2012.5 [R1] 

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CorporalHicks
CorporalHicks May 22 2012, 1:00am says:

I was wondering - is the AI retweaked? I mean you know how cheating was the AI and this stopped me to finish the game. Not because it was that hard but because its just ridiculous.

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Vetron
Vetron May 22 2012, 3:34am replied:

I've made various tweaks to the AI over the last couple of years, but I decided against adding them as part of this release.

The AI in the game is really terrible, and directly changing stuff never went well (some of my attempts actually made it worse sadly). However in recent previous releases I took a different approach and that was to balance the game by putting vehicles into performance groups. And so with all vehicles of comparable performance in a race there is less chance of the AI mucking up essentially. This is not included in this release, but when complete it will become an optional mod to add-on to FUEL: REFUELED - LITE rather than enabled by default.

The reason it's not included is because I'm working on a Career Race editor that allows everything to be adjusted in seconds rather than tediously doing by hand. So once I complete that, I will be able to rework every race in the game in mere minutes rather than tediously spending days changing values by hand and testing (because of potential human error etc.).

Anyway I'll talk about it more in a news post at some-point.

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SinKing
SinKing May 22 2012, 7:11am says:

Great news post. A pleasure to read and look at. That's how it ought to be done!

I like your mod, but I never got to try the original game. It seems a lot like Dirt, almost like a predecessor but with cooler cars ^^

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner May 22 2012, 1:32pm says:

Minor errors:
-- "The screenshots above >show< a reworked garage menu..."
-- (reworked): "For example, time values can be entered in hours & minutes (e.g. previously one had to enter 2.5 hours for 2 hours, 30 minutes) and I created translation scripts to allow all weather values to be entered as percentages."

A couple questions,

Months ago when I was installing Refueled for the first time, I tested the game using V15.4 then each patch successively. I found I didn't like patch two and three because they unlocked all the cars in the game at the start, o I reverted back to patch one. Now I wonder if it normal for those patches to unlock those vehicles.

(In patch 1) there are several challenge races that crash the game when started. Some crash always, others when entering them from free roam. Sometimes I can enter a race in free roam, and the vehicle I'm currently using is immediately selected and a custom race starts. I found a helicopter chase start point in Pinwheels ridge that was not on the map; the race can be started, but it is broken. I'm about half-way through the game and these race problems seem to be increasing as go. Are these problems most likely fixed by now, or whould it be helpful if I started listing anything I find broken?

@SinKing- Fuel is nothing like the Dirt games. Well, they both are offroad racing games made by Codemasters, but that's where the similarity ends. I hope Dirt's car physics, damage system, and AI is implemented in a theoretical sequel to Fuel.

And now to download Lite 1.0...

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Vetron
Vetron May 22 2012, 1:59pm replied:

Thanks for pointing out the errors, its where I've done edits to the page after publishing (always a bad idea when I'm half asleep). But I don't know how I missed "are of is of a" :S Anyway I've made the corrections.

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In FUEL: REFUELED - LITE there are no broken or non-functioning races of any kind. It only features aspects of the standard FUEL: REFUELED mod that I have either completed or tested to the point where I believe it is stable to release properly.

Basically FUEL: REFUELED V15.4 and previous versions are more experimental 'in-development' builds, whereas 'FUEL: REFUELED - LITE' is more refined and of releasable quality.

The patches shouldn't have unlocked all vehicles from the start and no-one else has reported this happening. There was an optional mod to unlock all vehicles, did you have that active? Or of course maybe I just missed something. Either-way FUEL: REFUELED - LITE won't/doesn't have this issue.

If you encounter any issues at all with FUEL: REFUELED - LITE then let me know.

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner May 22 2012, 7:54pm replied:

--The V15.1 menu does not show vehicle prices
--The Damocles cannot be purchased, it's price is shown to be -1
--Optional mod "Display FPS" actually shows XYZ

LITE uses the default save rather than FUEL_RE_SAVE.sav

You modified vehicle physics in the last few patches. Are these changes present in LITE?

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Vetron
Vetron May 23 2012, 1:19am replied:

The saved-game is intended. As this runs with the stock races then there is no need for a different saved-game.

The races found in V15.4 will be moved across (with new ones) as an add-on to FUEL: REFUELED - LITE. The separate saved-game will be used with this. But I'm still working on this, I'll write up something on it later.

So far the only changes to vehicles has been work on fixing spawn issues, floating wheels and missing skid-marks etc. A few of the changes from the V15.4 patches will become optional mods in the next release.

The Damocles is a 'maverick' vehicle in 'The Whites Flats' zone and never could be purchased in the stock game. It was something I changed in one of my earlier mod versions. It will remain like this for now, but when I get round to moving the single-player found in V15.4 then the unlocks will come with it. Still very much being worked on though.

Thanks for reporting the bugs.

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner May 23 2012, 1:29pm replied:

I suggest returning vehicle type and class information to the vehicle menus.

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Vetron
Vetron May 23 2012, 3:20pm replied:

It's not been removed per-se, the UI theme and all of the singe-player in V15.4 will be added in a future release.

FUEL: REFUELED LITE is new build built from scratch (rather than a cut-down version of V15.4), I wanted to release what I had to show the mod was still in development. Over time I will rework and add content from V15.4 as optional mods.

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rocknroll237
rocknroll237 May 27 2012, 5:12pm says:

This. Looks. EPIC!

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recofpc
recofpc Aug 20 2012, 4:30pm replied:

LAN is still unavailable ?

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