GoldenEye: Source is a total conversion modification of Half-Life 2. It is a fan made recreation, released for free, with only one goal in mind; to bring the memories and experiences from the original GoldenEye64 back to life using Source Technology. We want you to look at this mod and remember the first best multiplayer first-person shooter ever made. We are doing our best to bring in the opinions of the community to create a game that everyone is going to enjoy. But, we are not here to recreate the game exactly how it was in GE64, a lot of things have changed since they first designed that game, mainly in technology and gamers experiences. We are here to take the game even further but at the same time provide a lot of those fun elements that hardcore GE64 fans will enjoy. We've got experienced team members all across the board, from professional level, to amateurs looking to make it into the business working hard to make this dream a reality.

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In continuing with our month of updates, we bring you number 4 which showcases the hud and menus with in the game.

Posted by lodle on Jan 27th, 2009

Heads-Up-Display Elements

With that out of the way, Hello Again! Time for another update. This time focusing on our Heads-Up-Display. Most if not all of the HUD and GUI elements have drastically changed and improved since our early days. Here today we are going to show you what the lovely programmers and the graphics departments have been up to as of late!

Team Menu
This is the first screen you come to when you've entered a GE:S server. All laid out are the conditions of the game. In the first example there is no team play in place and the game-mode as you can see is Man With the Golden Gun.

In this second example the Team Menu does have team play enabled and as you see it is showing you in a simple manner which to choose from. The buttons on the left are your two pushable options. If you want to get straight in the action choose JOIN, if you want to wait for a round to end or just watch for a while you head for the spectator button, additionally you notice it tells you how many spectators there are currently. From this screenshot, it is also easy to see which conditions are enabled by the server and distinguished by GREEN\RED or ON\OFF. They can function in many different combinations that greatly change the way the game plays, server diversity is something we are greatly encouraging!

Character Selection Menu
In this example of the MI6 character selection screen, you can see we are on the Bond character in the scroll. Bond has multiple "skins" or outfits, if you will. Three to be exact, so far, which will give a greater range to the server diversity. The scroll arrows work very smoothly, and you can choose to hover it for slow scrolling or clicking, which causes it to shift to the next cue of three character images at a time.

In the second example we have the Janus character select and Baron Samedi is the highlighted feature. It is our eventual plan to have multiple skins\outfits for most characters, as like the Bond character. One thing we must note, on non-team play conditions ALL of the characters pile together into one selection menu. Also in BETA 3, you cannot stray with team play enabled, from the restrictions in place for character selection. So if you want to select Bond for instance during a team play environment, you must select "MI6" to be that character, you cannot be on Janus and play as Bond or any other M16 character or vise versa.

Many of our general HUD art, which you see during normal game-play has been fully reworked as well including the improvements to the:

  • Blood Screen - Which is our animation overlay that shows when you die. We've always talked about improving the way we handle thit feature of the original, and this is step one, ready for BETA 3.
  • Weapon and Ammo indicators - These are quality and practical, each time you pick up a weapon you don't have in your inventory, one of these pops up to the right of your screen. It's now easy to track if you have a weapon this way when you run over ammo/weapon spawns.
  • Weapon Selection menu - You may remember our previous intrusive selection menu. This new menu blends with our HUD scheme much better.

New Additions such as:

  • Radar - We now have the radar implemented and fully functional, located at the bottom center of the screen. More details below.
  • Man with the Golden Gun icon - On the radar in this game-mode will show you the player who holds the Golden Gun currently, or where it has dropped. There is also a text display on your lower left HUD that tells the global server when someone drops the Golden Gun
  • Round Timer - Since BETA 3 is favoring round-based game play, that is having multiple rounds start and finish per map, the round timer can play a very crucial part. It is a constant reminder of how long you have to claw your way back, or pull ahead of the pack. From 30 seconds until zero it flashes two color variations, the RED alert flashing begins at 10.
  • Scoreboard - This fits in with the health/armor bars and holds basic condition info on it as well as the scores themselves. See how the round timer below the scoreboard is different from the "map time" which is held on the scoreboard, this is showing the round-based element. Make note to the the newly made 'X' death icons that show who is dead, which is very handy in the You Only Live Twice game mode.

Note: These screenshots are photoshopped, and do not indicated any sort of split screen multiplayer.

Radar Further Explained:
Basically, the WHITE dots are your teammates [if enabled], and the GREEN dots are enemies. The way the teammates in this screen above are shown, are to alert you when people are above/below you in a vertical sense. So likely in this map, Control, the teammates were on the 2nd or 3rd tier of the main control room.

An addition we've added is our 'Anti-Camping' feature. When players remain still for a short period of time, the color will turn from GREEN to ORANGE then to RED on the fly, on the radar. No more easy camping in GoldenEye: Source, while radar is enabled.

After Action Report [death-match/team]

After Action Report [death-match/team]

The Awards
They are back and look amazing, with their own icon and formatted to fit the report screen, shown above. The maximum amount of awards given per round is six. Awards are only given to the MOST DESERVING players, this is calculated based on a sophisticated stat tracking and ratio system we've implemented into GoldenEye: Source

Raden Jan 27 2009 says:

You should replace the radar to the upper right corner as in the original game. Or to the left corner because where it is now I think it will be pretty anoying. Other than that, looking good :)

- Raden

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FJS Jan 27 2009 says:

Wow... this is a huge update. The awarads rock.

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Mastix Jan 27 2009 says:

Beta3 is just HUGE!
Looking forward to it...!

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LORDDEREX Jan 27 2009 says:


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LORDDEREX Jan 27 2009 says:

i think it will be fine, but yest better to put it in one of the upper corners, Either way we get used to it; I'm sure of.

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killermonkey01 Creator
killermonkey01 Jan 27 2009 says:

Putting it in the corners makes it very difficult to use on wide screen. You can easily move it in the HUD layout files as you desire. This will be detailed in the release.

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wake[of]thebunt Creator
wake[of]thebunt Jan 27 2009 says:

As Killermonkey says, this is a design choice made by the team that basically was supported by all after much testing. There will be during release week, documentation on the official mod wiki about modifying the radar to suit your preference.

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Hofstetter Jan 27 2009 says:

This is the #1 mod in all of Moddb! I can't wait for beta3. Hopefully more populated servers will go up with its release. Good luck to the Mod team!

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Grievous77 Jan 27 2009 says:

Nice update guys!

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doublethink Jan 27 2009 says:

I'm so excited for this I feel like I'm 15 all over again.

All these GUI enhancements look very clean, radar is tasteful.

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SoNeKa Jan 27 2009 says:

It's better you can choose on the option menu

Radar \/

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-BaroN- Jan 27 2009 says:

The reason we didn't do that is, we want the radar to be centered in the bottom. That's why we made it that way by default, but if people choose to they may change it via the .txt file.

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MrMister Jan 28 2009 says:

Please move the radar out of the center... or give an option to move the radar.

Otherwise, looking forward to next month!

EDIT: Oops, didn't look at the comment above. :P

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Raden Jan 29 2009 says:

Ok so you can choose where you want to put the radar. :) Nice!

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wake[of]thebunt Creator
wake[of]thebunt Jan 29 2009 says:

Yes you can choose, all it is, is editing a small text file like you would configure other valve games cfg's :P there will be wiki documentation.

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KinkyJedi Feb 2 2009 says:

Seriously guys this looks amazing! :O

Ive always been a fan of GE:S and kept playing it right the way through all of the history of bugs and lack of servers :P ...hopefully this release has fixed all said bugs aswell as implementing fancy new features? ...w/e im sure it has i just dont see anyone saying anything about it..

In short good job cant wait for release!!! :D

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