Post news RSS Fistful of Frags 2.5, almost like a fresh start.

The new version is meant to debut in a couple of weeks, prepare for an avalanche of changes and additions.

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Beta 2.5 won't be a simple update, the whole mod has gone through a very noticeable transformation with two main purposes: removing anything that could result annoying, especially for newcomers, and adding new features to improve Fistful of Frags as much as possible.

We try to maintain our most distinctive and enjoyable features of course, while many things that weren't resulting as good as planned, or caused slow/repetitive/unfair gameplay, have been removed. That means the changes affect pretty much everything: notoriety/equipment, player movement, weapons, levels and game modes.

There is a risk involved in so many changes, isn't very usual, but we always felt Fistful of Frags have the potential to be a much better game. So let's hope this new version gets the approval of more people than previous ones did. Here is a brief description of what you'll get pretty soon, around 2 weeks:

  • Cooperative mode allowing up to 8 players: play complex missions against HL2 AI in a complete different setting, featuring new enemies and weapons!
  • New game type "boss murder": each team defends a NPC boss who must be killed by enemy team to win a round. Boss placement also defines where the respawn area for each team is, so moving the boss through the map makes possible different tactics.
  • Main game mode (loot capture or "fistful of dollars") is faster, less random, less captures required to win a round. Many rounds are possible because there is other limit than time per map.
  • Classic deathmatch, non notoriety based: players have to find weapons placed around maps or dropped by enemies.
  • Players start every round with 35-50 notes (server cvar) plus some extra notoriety depending how well they did in previous round. This is a major departure from our previous philosophy, starting with a reduced equipment selection wasn't very appealing, and some novice players had a hard time to experiment the full dimension of our mod.
  • Equipment presets: select all your weapons/perks in one click. Also stack items for the whole round, they'll be added as soon as you get the necessary notoriety.
  • Increased player speed, jump is less restrictive if players don't try many consecutive jumps, isn't possible to reload while jumping/sprinting anymore.
  • Higher weapon differentiation: revolvers fire and reload faster, cause a bit more damage but damage drop off over distance is big enough to prevent lucky sniping as a viable tactic. Rifles are worse in close combat and better at medium/long distances, they usually kill in one shot if you aim to critical body zones, unlike revolvers.
  • New damage model: multipliers have been tweaked to prevent some severe issues. Headshots are supposed to kill a player immediately, however we detected that headshots coming from revolvers were too random many times, so less damage is inflicted. Damage caused by arm or stomach hits were too low compared with chest or head, requiring 3 or more shots to kill an enemy. That's also fixed. Both situations degraded severely the fun factor and made shootouts too random at times, requiring just one shot or 4 depending your luck in that moment.
  • Server option to ban any player who surpasses a kill:death ratio specified by server admin., this is meant to help newcomers play without the pressure of experienced players.
  • Deathmatch bots to train your skills or just meant to populate servers easily.

And finally, some media showcasing our new Mexican bandit NPC, an awesome character made by Brad Myers. Also take a look at the Gatling gun meant to be used by the AI in co-op levels. The co-op mission is about pushing the mine cart through a level full of enemies.

Beta 2.5 preview: mexican bandit, gatling gun. Beta 2.5 preview: mexican bandit, gatling gun. Beta 2.5 preview: mexican bandit, gatling gun. Beta 2.5 preview: mexican bandit, gatling gun.
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moon_monk
moon_monk

Im really excited for the coop

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TyecoK
TyecoK

Can't wait!

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gizzle
gizzle

Server option to ban any player who surpasses a kill:death ratio specified by server admin., this is meant to help newcomers play without the pressure of experienced players.

Why did u add this ? I mean is only dump players play the good ones aren´t able to play ! Totally senseless players who aren´t able to play good have do adept thats life

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treat
treat

i have to agree. While it's a kindhearted thing to think of, it really just isn't practical. I don't want to find myself banned from a server just for playing well.

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ausbushman
ausbushman

Agreed. And also, what about if you're in a country where you're lucky to get a low ping server, and then you get kicked for playing the game?

Newcomers shouldn't have a problem playing if the game is intuitive enough, while giving them some tips and tricks.

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cosypeter
cosypeter

I tripleagree. Rape'em newbs. They'll learn it the hard way. Banned for being good?

No really, what the ****. FoF is just a generic FPS. Hope no admin will use this... except maybe for some noobserver.

Actually, it's a GREAT IDEA!

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Vizitas
Vizitas

the kill:death ratio is kinda cool cuz pros and newbs will be sepperated from now on. Making this alot more fun.thot no more raping noobs :(

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Mastix
Mastix

I Fourtell agree =P
It's like a kick to the ballz for old players...

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R_Yell Author
R_Yell

Perhaps you didn't understood it well? It's optional, meant for "noob servers" of course, there should be a couple of those at least. Newbies and low skilled players have the right to play the game just against people of the same skill level. No more, no less, it's going to help for sure.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Excellent work guys. The characters are a vast improvement on the altered HL2 characters you started with. Well worth the effort guys.

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FJS
FJS

Seems great, I'll love the coop mode... but as some people already said, the feature that allows a server to ban the good players is just stupid.
I'm a big fan of your mod, Keep it up!!!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Awesome update, sounds like a ton of fun. Can't wait to play the new version!

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08

Awesome stuff! cant wait to have a lan in co-op mode!

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cosypeter
cosypeter

Great! An update! Holy cow! The models! Whao! New features! Good news!

You should've not moved to the OB engine. This is some laggy ****.

It's great, though, you update the features. It's awesome. Best Source mod ever, in my humble & biased opinion.

Great ideas, too. Got me all excited. Except for that cooperative play. Lol. It'll probably suck balls.

Keep it up, lads, you're doing wonderfully!

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happycheeze
happycheeze

Looks AWESOME!

I can't wait!

The mexican bandit looks sweet.

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tnathan475
tnathan475

nice update, the new features sound great.

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nipzor
nipzor

ban good players.... wtf

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Hendrix
Hendrix

well its up to the admin guys. personally i tihnk its a good idea to have some servers for noobs, and as they said, its up to the server admin.

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Oblivion*
Oblivion*

Awesome guys ,can't wait for COOP aswell !

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

Never played this mod before looks pretty awesome now will download it.

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo

Awesome new character!

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qpac
qpac

"Server option to ban any player who surpasses a kill:death ratio specified by server admin., this is meant to help newcomers play without the pressure of experienced players."
That's what I was looking for, since I play online. And the rest of the features are very good. I can't waait. Guys, you rock!

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skyewing
skyewing

Ive played this mod before, and I will definitely dowload it again if for any reason, the coop mode.
Awesome idea, cant wait.

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luch174
luch174

been playing this all morning, is absolutely awesome :) loved it, will def keep track of you guys. I played this mod when it was first out and liked it, but now i was blown away keep up the good work fellas :)

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MechanicalPaladin
MechanicalPaladin

CO-OP FTW!

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stringed_Evil
stringed_Evil

The COOP is really fun, glad to see so many people enthusiastic about it.

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R_Yell Author
R_Yell

Perhaps I'm a bit biased but I think co-op is fun too heheh. Worth every minute spent on it, however I hope people don't expect too much from it.

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therealgordonfreeman
therealgordonfreeman

im really looking forweard to this mod update! the coop sounds really great!

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PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench

Every time I start fading away from this mod a little, a new version comes out that makes me jump right back into it. Keep up the amazing work guys, easily one of the best mods ever made =D and the constant updating with new content also proves that its one of the best mod teams ever.

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BcForCe
BcForCe

cant wait for this to come out but i hope it coems out soon

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

"removing anything that could result annoying, especially for newcomers" The only thing I found annoying as a new player was that my team mates kept walking in front of me right when I was taking a shot. :p Seriously, this is a great mod that taps the underused setting of the wild west. Good luck!

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