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.
Shifter now has a project over at Google Code, which I intend to update frequently. If you know how to use an SVN client and build your own DeusEx.u, you can see what I'm working on on a semi-daily (whenever I update it) basis.
Posted by Y|yukichigai on Jan 7th, 2008
After lamenting the loss of some recent changes I was working into the mod due to a raid array crash, I have now opened up a project for Shifter over at Google Code. In layman's terms, this means that the source code for Shifter is now available to anybody who knows how to work an SVN client. I plan on updating the repository at the end of every day (provided I've actually worked on the mod that day) so 1) any really hardcore fans out there can see what I'm up to on a daily basis, and 2) even if all my computers and backup hard drives vanish from the face of the earth (God forbid) I'll still be able to recover my most recent version of the mod.
For those of you interested, the site is located at <a href="http://code.google.com/p/shifterdx/">http://code.google.com/p/shifterdx/</a>.
If you already have a command line version of svn installed, use this command: svn checkout http://shifterdx.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ shifterdx-read-only