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    Default BETTER WATER 1.0


    BANNER COURTESY OF Maяcel



    DESCRIPTION:


    BETTER WATER 1.0's a miniature mod that improves incredibly well the water detail in the battle map, through a Far Cry1-like graphics. The mod's not been created with the purpose to reach the extreme reality/fidelity of real-life water, because Med2 engine is hardcoded unfortunately for us. But i m sure you will enjoy Better Water 1.0 anyway as a different gaming experience



    WHAT'S NEW:


    • Water textures
    • Bump map and shaders
    • Waves
    • Particles
    • Real-time water surface reflections
    • Movement of troops decreased from knee deep water, to reproduce real river crossing timing
    • Water direction now follows his own bed, instead of vanilla unrealistic from up to down
    • Water flow m/s speed increased more than vanilla



    EXAMPLE OF REAL RIVERS REFLECTIONS:

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    fraser river



    Tamar River



    Re River



    Adirondack Park



    West River




    Buffalo River




    St Marys




    Snake River



    Kenesis River



    St Marys again



    Arno river






    BETTER WATER REFLECTIONS

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 























    INSTALLATION:

    Copy the folder and txts you find inside .rar and paste them to:

    Medieval II Total War\data



    UNINSTALLATION:

    Whenever you dont like this mod, you can uninstall it simply opening data/BETTER_WATER/BACKUP_VANILLA_TXTS, copy the text files you find and paste them in data folder.



    REQUIREMENTS:


    BETTER WATER 1.0 to work needs that you run the game via io_file first and game unpacked
    In game you have to set maximum video detail settings, to full enjoy the miniature mod



    HOW TO CREATE io.file_first, NECESSARY TO LAUNCH THE GAME WITH UNPACKED GAME:


    To create the .bat alternative exe of the game, io.file_first:

    To do this, copy your medieval2.preference.cfg file and name the copy "mymod.cfg"
    Then open "mymod.cfg" with a text editor and add the following to the top:

    [io]
    file_first = 1

    [log]
    to = logs/system.log.txt
    level = * error
    This will tell the game to use the files it finds in the data directory instead of those in the packs.
    It will also enable error logging to a custom error log, which is highly recommended, but not strictly necessary.

    In order to be able to start your game using this config, create a new text file inside your MTW2 directory called mymod.bat
    Open it (right-click, edit) and write this into it:


    medieval2.exe @mymod.cfg
    Congratulations. If everything worked, you should now be able to run the game with your unpacked files by starting mymod.bat


    now open your data directory (inside your MTW2 directory) and delete or rename descr_geography_new.db and descr_geography_new.txt (this is important - if you don't do it, your game won't run)




    COMPABILITY OF BETTER WATER 1.0:


    • Totally compatible with Medieval II (100% ok)
    • Totally compatible with Kindgoms but i have not tested it accurately




    BUGS:

    If you find bugs or errors etc. etc. especially on Kingdoms, please report them on this thread.



    SPECIAL THANKS:

    davide.cool
    Maяcel
    (Please +rep Marcel, for the cool banner he made)




    MODDERS WHO WANTS TO USE/INCLUDE THIS WORK FOR THEIR OWN MODIFICATIONS, I WILL BE HAPPY TO GIVE U MY PERMISSION... JUST SEND ME A PM




    HAVE A NICE BETTER WATER 1.0

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    Last edited by DAVIDE; January 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM.

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    Awesome stuff. Might get in touch about using this for DotS.
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    A local administrator was asked to comment. He nodded sagely, and said simply: "Wow. And think about how much more pronounced these effects will be once the tower is actually operational."

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    Very nice!

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    thx

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    i m working on an add-on actually, that adds the new realistic sounds of rivers im placing and studying. In battlefield when soldiers are close to water, they (you) can hear not only the sound of the flow but also the one of frogs/birds too etc..

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    It's really nice. Thanks & keep it up!

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    tnx

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    brilliant

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    tnx

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    Screens look awesome but my pc can hardly handle the battles as it is

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    My pc is dated 2002 i doubt yours is older than mine.. am i correct?

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    great to see it released +rep

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    thx also for the rep

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    almost a bit to good reflections but great work nonetheless +rep

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    thanks also for the rep. and glad you like B.W. for now

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    Good job! I like big works because of little details...
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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    well that's not so big compared to someone else works LOL

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    Default Re: BETTER WATER 1.0

    When a skilled modder decide to work hard to such a detail, but succeed and delivers it, various mods could adapt it and the general level of quality is growing each time.
    Well done !
    This could be not adapted to RTW i suppose, due to hardcoding limits of the core ?
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    please, could you post before and after pictures?

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    simply great well done!
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