Deus Ex is one of the best PC games in history, but even it isn't without its faults and shortcomings. Shifter addresses these and then some. Unused game content, buggy scripted events, several completely useless items, and certain design choices that can only be described as "annoying", all fixed (or at least "improved") by this little mod. I started Shifter in 2002 to fix just one of the latter -- the fact that weapons equipped with a laser sight won't turn it on automatically -- and the project has expanded exponentially since then. A few new weapons, some additional uses for existing items, new augmentations, and several fixes for existing Deus Ex bugs all exist in Shifter, along with a new multiplayer component. The mod is so popular it's been featured in Game Informer's July 2007 edition of Mod World; how many Deus Ex mods can say that? (only 3, to be specific) Shifter: "Removing the suck from Deus Ex" since 2002.
Over the weekend I've received a number of messages (e-mail, comments, what have you) about a sudden re-appearance of the game's "this is a demo" screen in v1.8.2. The problem is that this demo screen is what you get instead of the next level in the game. Oops!
As best I can tell the problem has something to do with a feature I added (support for running Shifter on Demo versions of the game) and the game attempting to access the maps directory, which is how my addition works. For some reason, some people's installations of Deus Ex CANNOT access its own map directory in the way my addition needs to in order to work. This results in it thinking the map it's looking for doesn't exist, which makes it think its the demo.
Okay, highly technical explanation over. Bottom line: I am fixing it. v1.8.3 will be coming out in the next few days with that fixed, plus some other bugs which have been brought to my attention. In the meantime I can only suggest two things: downgrade to v1.8.1, or try running the game as an administrator.
Oh, you can also check out this link for a beta which SHOULD have it fixed.
For the 3rd year running the time has come to kick off Mod Appreciation Week 2017 and talk about our favorite mods. To thank those from our community who participate in spreading the love and awareness, we have partnered up with some friends of Mod DB and have a bunch of Steam keys to giveaway:
Nothing is more motivating than knowing something you've built is being enjoyed by others. So this week if there is a mod you love on Mod DB (or anywhere else), make the effort to shout out to them, mention and link their mod in a tweet, blog, forum or facebook post with the hashtag #modlove2017
After you have linked to a mod in a tweet, blog, forum or facebook post, let us know by leaving a comment with a link to your post. At the end of the week we shall be picking a few members at random who followed these rules, and will send them a key from one of the above games.
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