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Atlas Base Defense

16 April 2017 - 01:08 PM

Happy Easter everyone!
 
This time we didn't make a news article, since there are not many visually finished changes, but we do have one new unit ready.
 
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"Atlas" base defense replaces the old SSM artillery defense for Super Weapon general at rank 3.
 
Cost and build time are the same, it can hold up 4 infantry like before. But it lost ability to clear toxins and acids.
Also, it doesn't fire rockets anymore, instead it fires Power Bullets which can be upgraded both with Emmiter upgrade and EMP explosions.
 
Bullets are currently not deviated by ECM field.
 
Stay tuned for the upcoming Update with more news and fancy stuff!

Contra 009 work in progress - Update 8

26 February 2017 - 11:30 AM

Originally posted on ModDB by d-ce on Feb 26th, 2017

 
Hi folks!
 
It's been two months since we released Contra 009 Beta 2 version, and we can only say that we are very happy with your feedback, and with approximately 100 downloads per day.
 
We are also glad to see more people being active on Tunngle and our Discord channel. We apologize for not being active there, since we are occupied with our work for Contra, but you can discuss things there with some other people, and arrange games.
 
As you guys play and report bugs, we fix them and improve things. 
We fixed obvious Ratel II overpowered state, Centurion bonus damage and so on. Everything with purpose to make game even more balanced and enjoyable.
 
But we also proceeded with our scheduled work. It's important to note that this is not a patch update as some people are thinking, but a news update. Let's get to it.
 
This time we are more focused on GLA. 
 
- GLA Chemical general got a new structure, Chemical Lab, which replaces both Defiler and Bunker.
 
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Chemical Lab holds important upgrades for Chemical general. This is also the only structure which can spill toxins around, on your demand. Lab can launch both toxin and acid clouds anywhere on the map. Structure is available at rank 3, but requires Palace.
 
- Next one is Demo Scorpion
 
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It was about time to change the old model right? We are focused on Demo general, since he has serious problems dealing with other generals. Demo Scorpion has better primary damage, and his standard suicide weapon. But, new addition is the demo charge, which Scorpion leaves on the ground when destroyed (not suicided). Demo charge can deal serious damage to tanks and infantry. It is a very good addition when your forces are retreating, or when attacking. Demo charges will block enemy units from advancing forward, or from chasing your units.
 
- All GLA generals got one version of Technical which replaces all old variants.
 
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This means also for GLA Chemical general. Chemical general now has Wasp available from rank 1, as AA unit. And Technical is now conventional rank 1 transport unit. His weapons are fixed now and get proper bonus from salvages.
 
- Last but not least, is visual update for China Bunkers. Previously, their garrisoned versions just had additional housecolor blocks, which were ugly. Now, it is improved with sandbags and wires.
 
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I suggest you to subscribe and to follow Persun's channel, you can see good testing games between us there. You can also see new updated things even before article here.
 
There were some awesome games lately, which you should see:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A few errors, possibly causing mismatch errors have been found. We are testing for mismatches as well.
 
ThePredatorBG analyzed and fixed some errors in Skirmish and Challenge AI, as well as usual bug fixes.
 
Here's the Granger Challenge fix: Click. The crash must now be gone forever. Simply extract the archive to your ZH folder.
 
Hope you enjoy, and see you next time!

Official Contra Discord Chat

05 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

Welcome, newcomer! You are free to join Contra's official Discord chat HERE

 

We discuss Contra stuff and arrange online games everyday.

 

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Contra 009 Beta 2 Released

26 December 2016 - 03:21 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
Hi everyone, as promised, we are releasing yet another version of Contra mod. 
A year has passed by since the last beta version, and we made a lot of changes. As usual we have made many new things for you guys to discover and enjoy. Improved old and bad things, fixed bugs, and added new stuff for you to play with. Two brand new Challenge maps are available: Demolition and Flame.
 
Before actual download link, there are few new visual improvements to show, so let's start.
 
USA Laser Avenger tank
 
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Old Avenger model got replaced with new one, but it is not just visual update. New Avenger has only one weapon, which is of course anti air, but he got new hybrid armor. Armor which is resistant to RPG missiles more than usual AA unit, and also resistant to Jet Missiles. You could say, it is combination of regular tank, and anti-air tank.
 
USA Air Force's Black Hawk
 
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In order to balance generals' powers, we did some changes there too. So Air Force general's Shockwave Bomb is removed, and replaced with SEAL drop. SEALs are dropped by 3 stealth Black Hawks, which are very well armored too. This power is available at rank 5.
 
USA Air Force's Navy SEAL
 
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So as explained above, SEALs are dropped by stealth Black Hawks. All together 9 Seals, very well armored and equipped with M32 grenade launcher effective vs all ground targets. They come as a good support, or ambush attack from behind. In future, SEALs will get the ability to swim, and place explosive charges on structures. They are also stealth while not moving or shooting.
 
GLA Toxin Pump
 
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GLA Toxin general's demo traps are replaced with toxin pumps now. This nice little thing can spill both toxin and acid (despite of the name) around itself and damage nearby units. It is manually controlled. Acid damages pump and destroys it, but if you purchase Neutralizers upgrade at rank 3, pump won't damage itself anymore. Of course, both toxin and acid can be even more upgraded to bring more damage. Plant those things on map, pollute everything and enjoy watching your enemy dying slowly. Toxin pump is stealth, and can be destroyed by any unit.
 
Last but definitely not least, is improvement on GLA structures. PredatorBG took some time to improve GLA textures, and with this, all structures look much better.
 
This is render of GLA assault general's Temple
 
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No more yellow boring walls, now we have nice looking bricks.
 
And here is a picture of all GLA structures together:
 
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Before you download and start playing, please read these most important gameplay changes, and avoid unpleasant surprises :D

  • all USA Valanx units now come with already upgraded TOW (but nerfed) weapons
  • all USA Valanx units passengers cannot fire from inside anymore
  • all USA Laser generals units, can go through rampage from game start, meaning, they upgrade lasers individually with experience
  • all GLA tunnels no longer have a mounted weapon, and don't give free tunnel defenders, but they are much cheaper and built very fast
  • all GLA command trucks are limited to 1
  • you can reach rank 6 now, which gives you additional 3 science points which you can spend on your general's powers

...for complete changelog article, visit this link:

Complete changelog

And now, finally download link:

 

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Now, we will take some rest from working on new version, and we will be available for online playing with you. So, we are inviting you to join us in Tunngle and play with us, if you see us there, feel free to challenge anyone for a game.
 

Contra 009 Tunngle room screenshot

We would also like to thank some youtubers, which helped us in promoting Contra, with posting their videos. Either on multiplayer or challenge games. Visit their channels, and watch some good videos:

Persun (our tester and balance advisor)
MasterofRoflness
BurakkiD

Irwe3
GeneralsGentlemen
westwood
 
And a few more final words, about our future plans. So next release will be Contra 009 FINAL. Which will have some finished things from this version, and fixed bugs. This 009 Beta 2 is almost as complete as 009 FINAL would be, but we decided to release it under beta code name, in order to give you guys something for holidays. We plan to release 009 FINAL in 2017, if our RL goes as planned.
 
We would like to thank you for all support, and for voting on MOTY. Keep in mind, we are just 2 people that are working on all aspects of this mod. We have RL same as you guys have.
 
See ya next time!


Contra 009 work in progress - Update 7

06 August 2016 - 06:11 PM

Originally posted on ModDB by d-ce on Aug 6th, 2016

 

Hello dear friends!

 
As usual we are bringing you some insight into our progress. It would be a shame if Summer would go without some new fancy update right!? So, without much intro, let's get to it.
 
USA Super Weapon general got long awaited and expected tank unit, Centurion tank!
 
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Centurion is energy depending, rank 1 tank, which needs to be purchased through general's powers. This means, if you want him, you will need to spend one science point. Centurion consumes 2 energy points, and without energy he is shut down. His special hovering locomotor allows him to drive over water and cliffs. Fires energy shots which cannot be deviated by ecm. Centurion is good to deal vs. any rank 1 tank, but also, with upgrades at rank 3, he can improve his armor, and weapon. But, while improving weapon, he will need even more energy, specifically he will need 3 energy points in total to be online. So, be careful, this is a tricky unit. Standing near Ion Plant will give him additional +50% damage bonus, because he will consume energy directly from Ion Plant.
 
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Depending on your enemy, you will be able to choose whether you go standard with defenses, or you purchase this fancy tank. Mostly recommended vs. generals who do not rely too much on infantry.
 
Demo general's Ratel
 
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Ratel is a fine piece of technology designed for Demo general, available at rank 3. His main weapon can pierce through any rank 1 unit and deal significant damage to stronger units, for example Emperors. But, his main role is his secondary weapon, suicide pack, which is designed specifically to destroy huge vehicles like Emperors. Ratel's armor allows him to survive 2 Emperor shots, perform suicide attack and destroy Emperor. Additional ability is to transport 6 units (cannot fire from inside), which can survive suicide attack, and deal extra damage. Ratel is not a salvager, but he can be upgraded with many upgrades.
 
Stealth general's Ratel II
 
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This ratel variant is made specifically for stealth general. Available at rank 3, Ratel II is a sneaky bastard who lures his targets into trap. Ratel II is stealth by default, while standing still and shooting. He reveals himself only when moving. His special ability allows him to fire a jamming beam which makes enemy unit unselectable, while remaining stealth he also fires primary machinegun and deals significant damage to target. Targeted vehicle is helpless, cannot return fire because Ratel II is stealth, and also cannot force fire because cannot be selected. Only scout unit, or another can help you if you find yourself in trap. Since he is smaller, he can transport only 2 units (cannot fire from inside). Also, he is not a salvager.
 
Another big thing, is change in Laser general's gameplay. 
Laser general's units are no longer upgradeable through different lasers, they get better lasers with each rank. Basically, all laser units start with blue laser, while progressing through veterancy they improve to green, orange and finally red lasers. Advancing with laser units now pays off more than waiting and purchasing upgrades, I like to call this rampage gameplay. The more units your unit kills, the better weapon it gets. We all know each veterancy rank improved slightly weapon for each unit, but for laser units, this is very noticeable, both visually and gameplay-wise.
 
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Some additional stuff is given to laser. New Laser Training power, available at rank 3, makes all laser units start with green laser. For this general, most important upgrade is Training upgrade from strategy center, which makes laser units gain experience twice faster.
 
 
Another small addition are generals flags on GLA Factory structures. No longer you will have to click on worker or factory to find out which general it is, you can simply look at flag.
 
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I recommend you to follow Persun's youtube channel. He is our tester and he uploads videos of our games every week, as well as many other walkthrough videos. Our last 2v2 game will show you laser gameplay and Ratel in-game. It was a great game, take a look at it:
 
 
Thanks to our new members, Marakar and Teteros, we have more intense and mixed games. Before I end this update, Predator wants to leave a message too.
 
- Hi people, Predator here. Just want to keep you up to date on what's going on with other aspects of the mod, the ones which I'm responsible for. I have fixed some big AI issues, working on Challenge and Campaign as much as I can, and improving some cameos as well. Some people have requested new multiplayer maps, containing usable Boss technologies, but sadly, I don't have enough time in my hands for them... If you have interesting ideas in mind and would like to make cool maps like these, feel free to send me a PM. Show me what you've made and I may include it in the next release. I have a physical part done for an AOD map by the way (but no scripting). It's been sitting on my PC for years. Also, I would appreciate if anyone experiencing problems with the Contra Launcher (the "Could not launch Contra" error in particular) contacts me. I have made some changes to it, but need someone who had problems with it to test if it works for him now. Thanks guys.
 
There are some new features that are in progress, which will be shown in the next updates. Until then, stay tuned!