Download the mod here, after logging into Steam Workshop:
If you've been following the old thread about Combat Mode you'll probably have heard that JimWest and I have been busy at work relaunching the NS2 Combat gamemode. The previous version was prone to breaking on each new NS2 build and on top of that required players to actually download a new version of the mod each week. Well, lessons learned... This version of Combat is a server-side mod so you can pick up and play without having to download a thing!
Thanks to fsfod's lua hooks implemented as part of his Menu Mod, we've been able to write most of the mod in a way that extends NS2's game code instead of overwriting large parts of it - this means it should continue to work between releases for the most part.
Our task list:
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Our Design Aims:

  • Try and reproduce as much of the old NS1 Combat Mode's game mechanics as possible but bring some of the new skills and game mechanics from NS2 into play as well.
  • Players get experience (score) for killing enemies or being around their teammates who are killing enemies.
  • You can level up ten times in a game, getting an upgrade point to spend each time. This buys you weapons, evolves and upgrades.
  • We've tried to balance support classes with offensive ones. You can specialise as any of the Alien lifeforms and as a Marine can choose to go Jetpack, Exo or some kind of ninja engineer.
  • We'll keep the mod server-side until client-side mod downloading support is working in Steam Workshop. The most important thing is that you shouldn't have to install anything to get the mod working as a player, and server operators should only have to do the minimum amount of updating (if any) to keep the game working.

How to play

  1. Connect to a server running NS2 Combat Mode.
  2. When you join you'll get a message telling you about how to buy upgrades, which you're awarded every time you get a certain amount of experience.
  3. Use the buy menu to buy upgrades for yourself.
  4. Killing enemies, damaging structures or being near your teammates who are killing enemies will give you experience points, which will eventually get you more levels and upgrade points.
  5. If you join a game in progress, you'll get the average experience points and upgrade points of all active players, so you should be able to get right into the action.

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1 comment by Jibrail on May 5th, 2013

After two weeks of hard work Combat version 4.1 is finally out! during this time we have fixed many bugs, polished, added and tweaked a lot of things that should hopefully make our mod more enjoyable to play.

Here is a video highlighting the changes that made it into 4.1

As usual we will keep working hard on balancing this beast and continue to add stuff that will make it more fun, so please feel free to follow us here and on twitter
And join the discussion in our forum topic HERE

We appreciate all the support!

Good luck and have fun with the new version!

-The Combat development team

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Jibrail Apr 27 2013, 11:07am says:

NS2 is an awesome game and if you want to find servers running Combat mod, type combat in the game field in your server browser and when you get XP points press B and upgrade.
Happy fragging!

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raeldrikp Apr 27 2013, 7:56am says:

god I have to get to playing this.... its been sitting in my steam backlog since release....

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