So without further ado, I hereby present Psychic, an insane gameplay mod. The basic premise is simple: You have guns and psychic powers, you can mix and match 'em, and you can upgrade them at will with cash dropped by fallen foes. Expect a completely different style of gameplay from this one -- with the ability to upgrade your character as you choose, no two games are the same!
A few essential things to know before playing the mod:
- Primary fire uses guns, while secondary lets loose your psychic power. Psychic powers are cycled using the same controls as choosing inventory items. Just make sure to "use" the selected power in order to actually switch to it.
- Be sure and bind a key to "Buy Items" in the config menu, else you won't get far. Spend your hard-earned cash, or Blood Money, at the store to purchase new guns, psychic abilities, and upgrades. Just make sure and nab the bouncing coins quick, else they'll disappear after a while.
- The new HUD may look overwhelming at first glance, but the relevant pieces are easy to spot. Health & Armor is at the very left, just to the right of it is your BloodMoney count, and the right side contains your list of psychic powers, stats for current weapons selected, and the all-important Psymeter -- that's the blue bar on the extreme right. It gets used up as you cast psychic powers, and don't let it get too low or you'll burn yourself out and take damage. To recharge the meter, simply refrain from attacking.
- If you're still lost, read the textfiles. They will help. Check there before asking here.
Beta 5 Changelog:
- Heretic, Hexen, and Strife support! Megahuge thanks to amv2k9 for this!
- More Bloodmoney! Monsters drop roughly 2x more BM, since the paltry amount given before was practically worthless for leveling up, forcing the player to rely on weapon drops a bit too much.
- GLDefs, thanks to DBThanatos!
- New, smoother bobbing style! Because why not?
- Plasma now has a slightly increased blast radius on higher levels.
- Lightning levels 1 and 2 now do slightly more damage per shot, to compensate for their low chaining ability.
- Mega-revamped Needlegun graphics and sounds, thanks to The Funktasm!
- The Needlegun is now considered 'silent' and will not awaken dormant monsters, making it a bit more desirable on land ops.
- Some internal code improvments, including use of named scripts for the buysystem and cleaned up DECORATE+ACS.
- Mod is now a .pk3, for better organization and sanity purposes.
- Probably a bunch more fixes and things that I'm never going to remember.
Psychic, as of Beta 5, fully supports Strife play, but a few key departures from the original should be noted in order to play normally:
- In Strife (and only Strife), Steel is considered 'silent'. This allows you to progress "stealthily" through the areas that "require" it. The Needlegun is pretty useful in such scenarios as well, but this will ensure you'll neve get stuck since you're always guaranteed to have Steel.
- The Sigil is still present. It's in Slot 6, it runs off PSI instead of health now, and some of the firemodes (namely 2, 4, and 5) have been revamped to better fit the apparent power scale. You can use regular Psychic attacks with it too, but currently the animation for such is undone because Xaser am a lazy barg.
- As Degnin ore cannot exist in the inventory bar, obtaining a piece of ore will allow you to disable forcefields with your Handguns. Simply shoot 'em after picking up some ore and they'll go poof.
- All quest-related inventory items, such as Beldin's ring and the Guard Uniform, no longer appear in the main inventory but will still function the same. They are instead shown in the automap display's "Inventory" section (the key bar). This won't affect normal gameplay, so no worries.
- Gold is no longer present, and as a result, merchants are pretty useless. This isn't likely to change since it involves changing Strife's dialogue scripts, which will break custom maps. You can still visit Irale with the Flamethrower parts, though he will make you a grenade launcher instead.
- Stamina upgrades still exist, though accuracy upgrades do not. Be sure to visit Gerard from time to time to get your latest implant, but ignore Feris because he's a stubborn grouch.