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.
I'm back, sort of. HDTP issued a beta update and I just had to get in on that.
Posted by Y|yukichigai on Jul 27th, 2013
Yep, I'm back. Short version is, HDTP issued a beta release and I needed to update Shifter to take advantage of it. Of course it took me damn near half a year to do it, but still, it got done in the end. There's a v1.9 Release Candidate going up in the download section. If nobody finds any major bugs in it, it'll become the official v1.9 release.
Oh, and as for what I've been doing? Long, long story involving herniated discs. But coding, as always, and a little bit of fragging. I do play Borderlands 2 now for those of you who have my Steam ID, but I also make sure to keep up on the classics like Deus Ex.
And a slightly funny story to share: part of the reason why this update took me so long was that I ran into some technical difficulties that necessitated me reinstalling Deus Ex. Why is that funny? Because that's the first time I've had to do that since I originally installed the game. Deus Ex is such an uncomplicated install that it relies on no registry settings or other such nonsense, a point in its favor if you ask me. That means I've been able to just copy the game install from hard drive to hard drive as I switch computers. Not only that, I've had the game since just a few months after its initial release, before the v1112fm patch even. For those of you who don't want to do the math there, that means I've been using the same install of Deus Ex for thirteen years. Thirteen! I know people say the game holds up well, but I don't think they meant in that way.
So yes, little bit of humor there for you. I've finally had to resort to using the Steam version as my primary testing/gameplay install of the game. That's probably not a bad thing since I would guess it's what version the majority of Deus Ex players use these days.