Monday, 3 September 2012

About all this thing ...


I'm pretty sad about some of the comments that have been put on the blog lately.

If you could see the time, effort and sweat that I have put (and still making) in this mod, no one would dare make such comments or criticize my percentage system.

Crysis 2 is already a good game. Nobody needs my mod to play Crysis 2. I do not think I owe anything to anyone.

I already finished a texture mod for the game (and two updates) even before crytek launched his own patch (and they have HD textures before launching the game). So I see unfair to criticize the speed at which I develop the mod.

The percentage system seems a joke. That may be true. But I only applied maths. It's the accurate result about all the remaining elements and what I'm finishing. Too slow?? Well, I can not do more. Some days I only can spend 10 o 15 minutes. Sometimes I sleep only 3 hours to go a little further. If anyone wants to see it climb faster I'm delighted people to be offered to help me in the remainder.

This version of the mod is not simply "improve some textures." It goes far beyond that goal that was already met in the previous version. This is about how much I can achieve perfection improving my skills with available resources and, of course, intended to be completed by the end of the year (hopefully much sooner).  There are hundreds and hundreds of minor changes in every level. And free.

I am preparing the screenshots batch of the next update, it's too much work to play around for taking screenshots. And right after that I prepare a beta (rather a rc) so that some users can test it. The next thing is to go public.

Ok, maybe I can put some versus shots, here. And if you are interested, actual percentage is near 99,8%.

Have a nice day.













89 comments:

  1. Maldo, ni caso a las criticas de unos pocos. Es cierto que estamos impacientes por ver el resultado final pero eso no da derecho a nadie a criticarte y menos cuando lo haces de manera gratuita. Sigue con el buen trabajo como hasta ahora y tomate el tiempo que sea para tenerlo listo y funcionando al 100% sin bugs. No tengas en cuenta las criticas de unos pocos, hay muchisima gente pendiente de tu trabajo que aprecia lo que haces y el esfuerzo que le dedicas. Animo.

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  2. I for one really appreciate your work, previous and current. And I know we are many! Don't let the trolls bring you down!

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  3. Hype is always bad. Don't Worry. Just seeing this shoots we are playing into our minds.

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  4. Man just take your time and do your work. We really appreciate what you did with this game and the time you have invested. I'm also glad that you chose to name it MaLDoHD 4.0; there are to many qualities changes and it deserve an upgrate.
    Cheers from Romania !

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  5. I like your work very much. You made a good game to a great game.
    You work alone better and faster then the guys at Crytek and they have a lot of manpower.
    I am also an impatient person and would like to have your work best yesterday but I would never criticize your work because all the players can be lucky to have YOU.

    THX for your Great WORK and the time you spent for this project.


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  6. Take all the time you need, MaLDo :)
    It's just a bunch of idiots that criticize your work, just ignore them.
    As you said, you don't owe anything to anyone.

    By the way, great work as always ;)

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  7. Maldo your word is perfect. Crytek has many people and you are just one. Maldo 4.0 mod will push crysis 2 to be better (texture) than crysis 3. keep working when you have time and FOCUS TO YOUR FAMILY! Nothing is more important than your family. Don't listen to those who do nothing but playing all day.

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  8. I wonder if Crysis3 can match in quality to this mod. Your work is exellent. Crytek should hire you to do textures for PC version.

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  9. you've done a great job so far and I really enjoy version 3.0, so pls keep up your great work no matter what time it will take. improve your skills and surprise us with a mindblowing texture pack.

    thx to you
    Crawler

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  10. Quality takes time and this is the ultimate quality, top stuff Maldo!

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  11. thank you so much and i appreciate your work and take your time :)

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  12. Great work! Don't let the wan*ers get you down!

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  13. Very good work! Take your time and focus on what is important for you. We all have a life: there are thousands of games we can play waiting for the day your texture pack will be ready.

    Take care! :)

    Regards from France

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  14. Hey Maldo!

    Don't lose heart man!

    Your work is ingenious and much appreciated by the most of the Crysisfans! The people complaining are just a bunch of trolls and cowards who dont know shit about the great work modders like you are doing.

    Please keep up the great work... we already lost Mster and Rygel... we hopefully dont loose you buddy!

    Crytek should hire you !!

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    1. Honestly, I see no reason why Crytek should do that. Texture artists are a dime a dozen, and there's plenty of them who are faster and more streamlined than MaLDo (which is expected since MaLDo is self-taught and still learning).

      Sure MaLDo has moved on from using free-bee stock images on websites to some hand-paining and editing of his own photos, which is great to see someone with zero texturing skill blossom and grow, but he's not at the professional level. Unfortunately, you can't really compare a contracted game with a project that invests a ton of time specifically looking for errors and doing a host of small-ish edits.

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    2. Don't listen to this jealous loser over here MaLDo, you're just as good as many of the professional texture artists. You take a while but then again this isn't your job and you're the only one working at it.

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    3. I'm certainly not jealous. I'm simply stating a reality that people unrealistically claim that Crytek should hire him without understanding the notion of being a PROFESSIONAL texture artist. This is no disrespect to MaLDo, it's simply that stupid assholes like to kiss ass and make ridiculous and unrealistic statements without the slightest idea of the realities involved. My issue isn't with MaLDo, he's just one guy trying to learn how to texture like many others around the world. My issue is with idiot fans that quite frankly have zero concept of what it means to be a environment artist (there are no pure texture artists for environments in games); and thus postulate ridiculous notions for the sake of giving MaLDo a virtual handjob.

      Look at the personal portfolios of ANY of the Crytek level artists and you will see how good each of them are without the deadlines of a game context, and they're doing it all from scratch. They aren't being presented a complete level like MaLDo.

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  15. Maldo I appreciate your work. I believe you should take all the time in the world, take as long as you want, because the longer you take, the more perfection you achieve. Even after its prepared hold it back for a month for testing. Release a product which even blows off the minds of the trolls.

    You know, even if you released this version after Crysis 3 I wouldn't mind, as most probably it would put Crysis 3's textures to shame itself.

    With that said, can I play around with this new 4.0 mod with 1gb vram at 1080p? :D

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    1. Some of his textures, beyond simply larger resolution aren't actually up to Crytek standards, or really the speed at which a professional texture artist is expected to work at.

      If the Crysis 2 devs could spend forever and a day improving their textures and levels, I'm sure many of them would. They, however, are simply contracted to work on the game for a period of time and are REQUIRED to move on.

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  16. Dude, you rock...dont feel affected by some morons saying shit !

    You are doing an awesome job ! Your textures are the bests I've ever seen

    keep texturin' as fast as you can, and dont do it under pressure...You owe nothing to no one

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  17. (German) Mach Dein Ding, dafür lieben Dich viele. Lass die anderen motzen. Man kann es nie allen Recht machen. Behalte die Qualität bei oder verbesser Sie (wenn Du magst), nimm konstruktive Kritik an, das restliche Gequassel ist fürn Arsch..
    Ich mag Deinen Mod und warte gespannt auf die nächste Version. Ich hätte nicht den Nerv und die Zeit, darum grosses Lob an Dich...
    Durch Leute wie Dich, behalten Spiele Ihren Reiz, wo Firmen längst verzagen.

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  18. This prism elecbox comparisson looks like half life 1 textures vs real life, very impressive. Maldo, thanks for your hard work, Its always fun to check your thread at guru3d :)

    Best

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  19. Thank you very much for this mod! Don't listen to dicks who don't respect your time and all that tremendous work you do! Good luck and thank you very much again for this awesome mod!

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  20. This is so awesome, cant wait for completion! Your time and effort is so greatly appreciated! Like others have said, pay no mind to these F#$%tards who have no patience. I say take your time. Can(t) wait for completion! ;) You rock mang!!

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  21. Sorry dude for my comment, your work is GREAT, and I'm so impatient...

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  22. Dont listen to any rude comments. your work is incredible! I check your blog daily to see what masterpieces you have produced.

    Thanks for everything.

    Dictator

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  23. by the time i knew of this mod, the link was already dead... so, i just keep looking at the past posts and the more I saw the more i liked... so i join the feed list to keep on looking at this awesome work of yours... it is true that, from some point of view, the percentage systems seems to be trolling the people who want to download the new version... but, well, personally i thinks it's just because we want to play it so badly.
    well... haters will hate, but there are those who appreciate the hard work, so take your time and well, let's wait until the release date (hopes not in a valve time xD)

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  24. ya no aguanto ;o; . te juro que tengo tarjeta nueva hace poco y toi recaliente por jugar crysis2 pero con tu mod :v

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  25. Well, you are not forced to publish your work Maldo! Of course, that would be bad for us, since we would not have such a nice texture package, but if you go online with what you done, you must be prepared for criticism. If people don't like your percentage, then it's their right to critize and its your right dismiss/comment on/react (like you did). Of course, there are some haters around, but, sorry for harsh words, bitching about them or criticism, does not get you and us any further. You should mistake critisizing your work (and maybe some comments might seem a little silly to you) as lack of respect for you and the amount of sweat and time that went into this mod already.

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  26. Thank you and do what you need to do, as always.

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  27. Maldo, your mod is amazing!

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  28. Maldo i really appreciate all the hard work you put into this mod it is truly amazing how much you have done on your own and how awesome it looks.
    Dont let anyones comments get to you, they are just jealous that they dont have your talent :)

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  29. Love your work, man.

    Screw what people say. They are nothing but parasites. It's your project and if anyone has a problem with it, they can shove it.

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  30. You have my support for the cause, higher texture definition is always a plus if you can run it. But really, don't let these guys, whomever they may be, get you down like this. Obviously they don't understand what goes into making what they want, they just want what they want when they want it, and you honestly don't have to cater to them in any way, and shouldn't. This is your project, not theirs. You got this.

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  31. Dude: DO NOT pay attention to the trolls.

    I love your work, I have been enjoying the MaldoHD mod since you released and, quite frankly, would not be playing Crysis 2 without it.

    It ain't just about the "nice graphics", although a big part of it is because of the visual bug fixes (such as effects in the wrong layers, floating stuff...)

    The GAMEPLAY fixes however, such as the LedgeGrab point additions, are FUCKING GENIUS.

    Thank you IMMENSELY for investing your free time in this fantastic project and releasing it to us for FREE. Anyone who complains about FREE stuff is a fucking idiot, unless it causes damages. Which this mod does not.

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  32. Love the comparison shots. Keep it up.

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  33. great job.. crysis 2 pc will be graphically superb with your fantastic mod. Thank you

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  34. People visit you site, they cant wait for the release because of impatience...thats bassicly the proof that your work is great.

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  35. RULE NUMBAH 1. Do not take trolls seriously.

    I may have had some constructive crictisms in the past, but I think you need to take absolutely all the time you need to get it done and as perfect as you can.

    I would love to contribute if only I had the tools and skills necessary. Sadly I don't, my skills are in an unrelated area and I just happen to have a good pair of Cursed Eyes.

    It won't stop me from checking all the time.

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  36. Hey Maldo, it seems you took offense from my last post in the previous thread (the second to last comment). I'm sorry I really did not mean to cause you any offense, in fact I tried my best to sound positive and congratulate you on your fantastic work. I am 100% behind you and this project, in fact I have donated twice, once for you to get a gfx card and once when you release v3. I think what you are doing is really amazing and I have always said so whenever I have posted comments before. And when the nasty ones get aggressive I always try to shoot them down. Your work deserves to be defended. And even though I don't know you, I know all the passion and hard work you put into this and I really wish you all the best and I want to see your work admired by as wide audience as possible. That's the only reason I posted about maybe you should not worry too much about the tiny details but as a perfectionist myself, I can understand that that kind of comment does no good! I also am just very eager to be immersed again in your latest work and maybe I am getting a little impatient! - but you should take that as a positive sign of the great affect of your work.

    Anyway, I just wanted to apologise if I caused any offense. Don't rush your work.

    p.s. I'm glad you are calling it Maldo 4.0 - the amount of work you've done since 3.0b deserves a whole new version number!

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    1. Don't worry. I'm the first to want to finish it tomorrow. But it's impossible. Thank you.

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  37. This is why we can't have nice things, cause people today are so darn impatient and demanding.

    Anyway, great job on this Maldo. And about the part where you only get 3 hours of sleep from working on this mod : Don't do that, it's not good for your health. Health first, texture mod later. If I have to track you down and force feed you sleeping pills myself I will! /joke

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    1. Unfortunately, I think MaLDo is misplacing some of his anger on legitimate concerns. When he puts the work out there and promises release, people adhere to it. ModDB, a huge repository for mods, only sees 53% of the nearly 9000 mods actually reach a release state. That's a sad statistic. Sometimes, MaLDo and others need to be reminded (especially when he curiously promotes a donation mechanic), that he would be there without the support of the people. The people forced MaLDo to consistently improve his texturing skills (which at the first release was absolutely horrid, but now much much better). Mods are a give and take and the most basic level. I think MaLDo needs to recognize this and have a bit of a thicker skin. Critics and 'haters' simply come with the territory.

      The reality is that MaLDo is one step closer to feeling what it's like to actually be a developer.

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    2. Look sir, droids!

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  38. amigo no se si entiendas el español, pero yo te agradesco tu tiempo, ya que no eres una persona que trabaje para una empresa ni resiva dinero, al contrario, creo yo eres un gamer que le gusta mejorar la visualizacion de un juego para disfrutarlo y no se lo guarda para el, si no que lo comparte y sin cobrar , de mi parte gracias por tu trabajo y esperamos el mod cuando tu sientas que es necesario y cumple con tus expectativas, animo y suerte.... gracias por todo tu tiempo invertido

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  39. People that complain alway's fail to add a URL to their own work proving that it is better

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  40. Yeah, don't listen to those bad comments. What I can tell is that I haven't started playing crysis 2 yet until you finish this. Also don't sleep 3 hours on some days. Take your time and do things on your own terms. Cheers to you!!!

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    1. Bad comments or harsh, direct criticism is absolutely necessary for any artist to grow in the real world. There's very few people that commented that actually want MaLDo to fail.

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  41. "I hope I can upload 3.0c before Crysis 3 launch XD"

    No worries, still plenty of time until that :P
    Take you time, don't get yourself discouraged by the vocal minority...

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  42. Thank for all your work,don't care about bad comments, you do this all for free, and your work is amazing,so just do it for the people who respect you and your work,and not for the other ones.
    And don't sleep 3 hours only,enjoy real nights!
    thanks a lot for all.

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  43. Although some of the comments of the previous blog post were; for you, harsh and saddening, you didn't respond with profanity and anger like many unfortunately do! I think of you highly now than before. You responded with a picture [screenshots] and it's said a picture is worth a thousand words, the last 2 screenshots should be seen by crytek so called payed staff [a team not one person] that worked on the HD patch! The difference in quality is.. omg! Good job.

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  44. and for those who complain that Maldo is taking his time with the mod, a fan made remake of half-life 1 is about to be released after ... ahem, 8 years in development: http://www.shacknews.com/article/75571/black-mesa-coming-september-14-honestly

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  45. Maldo, tu a tu ritmo, solo hay que ver tus anteriores trabajos para saber donde hay calidad y esfuerzo. Ánimo

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  46. Just ignore the bastards. Your work has always been the best.

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  47. Great work! You can't please everybody nor should You even attempt to do so.

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  48. maldo 3.0 was honestly the best mod ive ever used awesome stuff dude

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  49. Maldo, please, take all the time in the world that you need. Don't let the negative, non-constructive comments take the fun, joy and energy out of your life. Focus on family, friends and above all, getting enough sleep! I have the most respect and appreciation for you. The work that you've done for the game is SECOND TO NONE and truly amazing.

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  50. This is by far the best texture mod I have ever seen in a game. Vanilla Crysis 2 textures look like crap, with this mod, they look like awesome professional work. And all that from a single individual, doing stuff for free.

    Donated 5 dollars. I hope Crytek hires you in the future. Good job, man.

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  51. Thank you from Italy!!!
    Maldo V4 will be a fantastic mod!!!

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  52. Maldo thx for your hard work
    you are making great job

    will U support Crysis 3 when it cames ??

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  53. I'm your fan man

    Greetings from Brazil

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  54. Dont worry Maldo, with fame, comes critic, I will be supporting this mod when its released, and i hope crytek hires you for crysis 3 :)

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  55. Don't listen to the criticism, the work you've done is amazing and you should take as long as you want. I don't think you need to accept any help when you're so close to the end.

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  56. I'm a HUGE fan of your work. Don't listen to the handful of trolls, they're just impatient, immature, and think they're entitled to everything they want as soon as they want it. I won't be picking up Crysis 3 until I can get it for less than $20 USD anyways, so I'll be playing your mod for the next year at least :-)

    I am SO glad you put the time and effort into correcting all the little glitches in this game, because I really love Cryengine 3 and Crysis 2. You're the best, MaLDo. Keep doing what you're doing and remember that family comes first!

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  57. Thank you Maldo you are the best!Your work is amazing.

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  58. I'm highly anticipating this because I love the little things and detail put into this. And while we're discussing wonderful modding: Steam has Greenlight now...I voted for Black Mesa (amongst other games)!

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  59. Crysis 2 Maximum Edition -75% now on Steam !! That's perfect for your upcoming project!
    Never seen such a good texture recreation work! Thanks a lot for your effort! Keep it up!

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  60. Redownloaded Crysis 2. So is this an all in one solution or does it need to be worked in with blackfire and shone mods?

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  61. Just bought Crysis 2 from Steam and then I noticed this mod. Looks absolutely great! Though my PC won't probably have the juice... :D

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  62. This is an all-in-one solution, provided you follow Maldo's instructions about the 3.0b Config Tool. And you can download Blackfire on top of it, but I say it doesn't need it.

    And MaldoHD maxed out runs better than DX11 Ultra. And looks more than twice as good.

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    1. More than twice as good is an understatement. : ) This mod was the only saving grace for this game in my opinion. Crysis 3 looks amazing though and the game play much more thought out. Back to MaLDo's mod... must have. Even if you can't support the full eye candy it also comes with numerous fixes and repairs.

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  63. e ai maldo, só tenho a agradecer pelo seu trabalho, e dedicação em tornar o MaldoHD ainda melhor. não ligue para os comentários, e leve o tempo que precisar para concluir seu trabalho maravilhoso. Uso MaldoHdv3 e recomendo Muito muito bom melhor que o dx11 e o hightex da cryteck. valeu maldo.

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  64. Your work is appreciated, why should you care what BS people write? When a game goes out developer forums will always have flame and hate, that doesn't mean it should be cared for. the more you care the more they will try to make you upset. As for the mod, it appears that download is no longer possible, or did I miss something?

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  65. Thank you for your time. Your work is appreciated!

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  66. As 99% everyone indicates, this mod is friggin amazing. I mean you don't have to do this mod. Cytech should have done this shit right from the release of the game. You're doing us a big fat ass favor. And we love ya for it dude!

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    1. So Crytek should have spent countless unpaid hours fixing up a host of minor issues and created newer detail while spending months and months on it? If Crytek did that, there would be no thanks that MaLDo gets. One piece is lauded in the amateur light but trashed in the professional one.

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  67. I don't want to be "that guy" or come across as rude, but I would like to play this before Crysis 3 comes out. Even modders have a time constraint. I appreciate the time you are spending on this mod but after a while you are going to start having people lose interest. I for one will not be one of those, but just something to keep in mind. A good suggestion would be to release what you have now and keep patching it.

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    1. I will release first as beta because more eyes can find more bugs. But I can't release something with a known bug. I can't.

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    2. Also the sooner you release it the more eyes you will have looking at it looking for bugs.

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    3. That's true, but I have a to-do list big enough for my time now, so a faster growing list can't make difference. In addition, read, analyze and search user reported bugs needs a time. I prefer finish my to-do list before open the door to the new guest.

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  68. Ok, 1º time on my life see pople harasing a moder for made Hard Work and more Hard work.

    Ok, GG.

    PS: Thx for the work, I hope this mod helps u on ur profesional life.

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  69. Looking good.
    Keep up the nice work!

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  70. I'm really excited about this. It's amazing what Crytek considers to be "HD"

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  71. Times Union? That's the main newspaper of my hometown, Albany, New York. How'd you come across that?

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