SMOD: Tactical is a modification of the single-player SMOD(Super Mod) for Half-Life 2. This mod takes advantage of SMOD's robust customization capabilities to offer players realistic, tactical gameplay with real-world equipment and firearms in the style of games and mods like Rainbow 6, Operation Flashpoint, Red Orchestra, and Infiltration.

Report content RSS feed May 26th Update Issues with SMOD: Tactical

As of the May 26th update to Half-Life 2, SMOD: Tactical, among other Half-Life 2 mods, were broken by the large content update. More details inside.

Posted by Onemanshow47 on May 28th, 2010

This news post is to inform our players of the recent problems with SMOD: Tactical caused by the May 26th update to Half-Life 2. No new screenshots or gameplay video is included in this news post.

Valve released an update for Half-Life 2 on May 26th that, among other changes, made it use the Orange Box (Episode 2) engine. However thanks to the changes of this update SMOD and several sub-mods of it, including Tactical, have been broken. Because no member of the SMOD: Tactical team has the source code to SMOD, the issues introduced by the new update are proving difficult to properly address.

We have identified two different issues. First, any mod that loads the AppID of Half-Life 2 or Episode 2 through the mod's gameinfo.txt file will fail to load properly. Mods now must load the Source SDK Base in order to function as intended.

The second issue is that a handful of Half-Life 2 maps were recompiled with HDR lighting with the new update. These maps will have broken lighting when played in SMOD as it does not support the HDR lighting used in these maps. While it is possible for a player to fix this by extract the pre-update maps into their SMOD installation, this is by far the most challenging issue for us as we cannot simply include the pre-update maps in a public release due to possible legal issues.

A temporary fix for the first issue has been posted on our forums here:

The fix included within will allow SMOD: Tactical to play as intended once more. Fixes for SMOD 40a and SMOD Redux are also provided in the same post. Make sure you carefully read the instructions within the post to ensure minimal install issues. You must have the Source SDK Base installed to use the patches. Also note that the patch will likely not fix the "server too busy" errors some have experienced.

We are considering our options for addressing the map lighting problem in Version 1.0 and are doing what we can to fix this problem for its release. Please understand that as we do not have the source code to SMOD, we are put in a difficult position to properly address these issues. We hope that Valve will update Half-Life 2 to be fully compatible with pre-Episode 2 engine mods again soon.

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--JoKeR-- May 29 2010 says:

if i understand it right hl2 and the episodes are ported to source 2009 engine
this engine is newer than the orange box engine and so lots of ep2 mods alos got problems

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jklgarry May 29 2010 replied:

Correction its the source 2008 engine :) just a friendly correction

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--JoKeR-- May 29 2010 replied:

some guys says something about 2010-engine ^^
but its not the ob-engine

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Bad_D0g Jul 9 2010 replied:

It is "technically" Source 2010. The build version is 15, so it's just like the orange box one, except Mac-compatible

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JoshZemlinsky May 29 2010 says:

well, i had this fixed 2 days ago thanks to JMS.HappyCat =3
but yeah, valve should really have thougth this through better :/

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Angerfist219 May 29 2010 says:

Thanks for the fixes.

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56er May 29 2010 says:

Same with Dino D-Day :/
Does this afect the new version of Smod Tactical and it's release date in any way?

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jjawinte May 29 2010 says:

Doesn't seem to be much else for everyone to do but adapt to this situation. Personally, I believe the update will ultimately be advantageous overall in the end.

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Xylemon May 29 2010 says:

I'm working on a mod and my whole SDK has been ******. I can't even make a mod with the 2009 engine :(

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.Clash May 30 2010 says:


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attackzone974 May 30 2010 says:

i havnt even updated my hl2 i just running in offline mode in steam

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xXMaNiAcXx May 30 2010 says:

One more reason for us to hate valve.
Why? They delay every update for other games, they didn't even show us any screenshot of the development of Half Life 2 Ep 3 or HL3, and they are showing us also, that their newest updates sucks, they are making everything broken, like the Source SDK update, it broke many mods and made things hard for modders, and now this.
Well, I wish you luck at finding the fix for this.

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JoshZemlinsky Jun 5 2010 says:

ok, we seriously need a solution for this problem. My smod stopped working aswell now x.x

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HaraDaya Jun 8 2010 says:

All I'm getting when using the patch, or manually changing the appid to 215, is the main menu background with music playing, while it says loading down in the right bottom of the screen. I can still interact with the menu even though I can't see it, but I have yet to succeed starting the game. Goddamn it Valve.

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zunreada Jun 23 2010 says:

There is a problem with this news, the patch downdoad link is down. Can anyone share the file here, please?

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5heepman Jun 28 2010 says:

Yeah... the patch link is down. Is there anywhere else to DL it?

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m4cc3r Jul 4 2010 says:

I´m able to play all the way to the canals to place where I get boat back from guards. Game make AUTOsave here, but when i make quick save (after the boat) and try load screen goes black crashes to desktop without a warning. :(

PATCHES here add http with quotes >>> (It won´t allow to add link right now)

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m4cc3r Jul 4 2010 replied:

With :// not quotes :)

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sqwishy Jul 24 2010 says:

Where the hell do you download this? The latest uploads on this site are from 2008. :S

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JMS.HappyCat Jul 25 2010 replied:

5.56 is the latest version, so right here. Gives you an idea how the mod wasn't handled exceptionally well even before it was abandoned.

If you intend to play, mind that it requires a fix ( - ) to get running and that several campaign maps won't work smoothly since the update added HDR which SMOD, being on an old code base, can't handle. You maaay also experience some oddities with the HUD, but it'll be playable.

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CRO-NSA-agent Sep 27 2010 says:

Do I have to download SMOD: Delta 2 and other smods to play this smod because I downloaded SMOD: Delta 5 and it wount work properly. It also said in my console that ironsight, bullet time is unknow command etc. Please help!

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Seaal Nov 15 2010 says:

NOOOO! Smod: Tactical V1.0 is our only hope now, 5.56 has a few glitches now. :(

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Seaal Aug 3 2013 says:

Is this going to finish? It's been too long...

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