It was meant to be a simple job: find one of your boss' ex-partner and snatch the key he hangs around his neck. Of course, when the coward heard a contract was put in his head, he packed his things and fled away with two henchmen. As they say in Radio City: "you can run but you can't hide" and sure enough, your investigation leads you to Barren Meadow, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Barren Meadow is structured like a classic Kingpin unit, complete with a pawn-o-matic, bar, and a central hub that connects five distinct areas packed with blood-thirsty loons. The mod improves the notepad system, cleans the pawn-o-matic a bit, and adds two weapon mods: pistol accuracy and slow burn for the flamethrower.
Barren Meadow is a single-player unit for Kingpin following most of the original design choices: it puts the emphasis on shooting, rewards exploration, has a hub connecting multiple action maps and many options to defeat your adversaries (from weapon modifications to hirable henchmen). It features spooky environments and foes, ideal for a spooky Halloween fix. The campaign isn't that long and will last you for an hour to an hour and a half (maybe more on harder difficulties).
No one likes a broken record, but this time it's for a special occasion. Barren Meadow features new content and fixes some of Kingpin's awkward aspects (nothing game changing). The source code used to build this mod isn't exactly identical to the one used to compile the original game's DLL, so there might be a few issues here and there that were not in the original.
I could see myself working on this thing for the next ten years of my life, but it's really not my intention (no one should have to bear endless "early access" development time). Some content was cut to finish on time and new ideas had to be put aside, but it doesn't matter. The whole unit works from start to finish, is stable enough to be released and polished enough to be fun (huge thanks to the play testers for pointing out the most glaring issues, I hope we got 'em all). It is very unlikely a patch will ever be released, unless a completely game-breaking bug is discovered (on the plus side, the sources are available so you're not entirely out of options).
As an added bonus it should be possible to play the original campaign with the new mod features: open the console and type "map sr1" to start the game as usual. A modification was made last-minute regarding enemies opening doors; it shouldn't break compatibility... at least I hope it doesn't (ran out of time to test it).
I think that's about it. I hope you'll enjoy the mod at least as much as I enjoyed working on it. Have a good one and take care!
Full mod coming soon. Meanwhile, please study this list of tiny changes that were made to the original game. There'll be a test.
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Fixes compatibility issues with the base game, tweaks a few maps, fix the rushed ending. See change log for more info. !! This patch breaks saved games...
Barren Meadow for Xatrix' 1999 FPS Kingpin: Life of Crime. Full release, includes complete source.
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