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Old 29-09-21, 02:41   #1
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Hello Everybody!

I'm making this thread as a continuation of ATombRaiderFan's Fixing Lara's Outfits (Old Gen) project because they are taking break from modding. They very generously gave me the all the necessary files so that I can continue building on the fixes that they and MachoBroccoli have already made for the game. Thank you ATombRaiderFan

The Project

I've already created a thread showcasing my upgraded loading screens and skyboxes mods so the main purpose of this thread will be to showcase my new Legend Upgraded mod for the "old gen" version of the game. This is a mod that will stay as vanilla friendly as possible, it will just give the game a slight boost in visuals.

I'm doing this by taking higher quality textures from the next gen version and replacing any low quality textures I can find in the old gen version. I'm also combining some of the textures with the bump mapping and reflection mapping of the next gen textures to manually recreate some of the next gen lighting effects in old gen. A couple of the next gen textures aren't a perfect match to their old gen versions but I'm still using them because I am sure most of the old gen textures are supposed to look like the next gen textures, they just had to be simplified and lowered in quality for the game to work on less powerful technology at the time.

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One of the textures that isn't the same is the PDA texture. I changed this because it's used in one of the very first cutscenes and if you look closely at the original you will see some silly immersion breaking things, such as, every level location in the game being listed. Lara shouldn't know where she's travelling to next at that point in the game lol. Sadly we still can't get a reliable fix for the weird border glitch.



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Hopefully there is interest in this! I will be going through level by level and releasing updates in stages so I can get any feedback you may have. Bolivia, Bolivia Redux (which use the same textures) and Peru are available to download now. OldGen+ will continue to be updated with any new fixes that I find going through the game.

Additional Outfits

I'm also including the Additional Outfits mod created by ATombRaiderFan. This is a mod that replaces 10 outfits from the game: 8 outfits exclusive to the PSP version of Legend (thank you to TheTreeble who extracted most of those outfits) and the golden dragon versions of the Evening Dress and Evening Ripped outfits. I've updated this mod with higher quality versions of some of the outfits that I recreated from scratch. It will be linked below (Some comparisons here)

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The LAU games work best when played at a frame rate of 85FPS or below (special thank you to Wooxman for discovering this). When played above that frame rate, the game starts to glitch and strange game bugs are likely to happen. If you have a computer monitor which has a refresh rate of below 85Hz then you can enable V-Sync but if your refresh rate is above 85Hz, do not enable V-Sync. Instead go into your GPU control panel (NVIDIA control panel for example), then into your Legend exe settings and limit your maximum FPS to 85 or lower.

Fullscreen Anti-Aliasing in the in-game settings should be disabled because shadows are broken with it enabled. Anti-Aliasing can be enabled externally through your GPU control panel again. If that doesn't work, you can download a post-processing software called ReShade for your game (which comes with lots of other useful features) and enable anti-aliasing through that.

I recommend using all the mods together for the ultimate experience but when using large tpf files in TexMod, the game will be slow to start up. There is absolutely no slow down once the game is running, it just takes a while for the game to load all the texture replacements. If you do use them together, place the OldGen+ tpf at the bottom of your list. There are different versions of the mods to choose from. Skyboxes Upgraded uses the next gen version of the first Bolivia skybox. Skyboxes Upgraded (Alternate) uses the old gen version. The 2 versions of the OldGen+ mod are for Nishimura. One keeps his original shades with the incorrect reflections, the other changes them to transparent glasses.

Here is a link to Tomb Raider Hub which contains a TexMod download and useful tutorial.

THREADS:

My Skyboxes and Loading Screens Thread
ATombRaiderFan's Thread
MachoBroccoli's Thread

MOD LINKS:

The Legend Upgraded Mods
The OldGen+ Mod
The Additional Outfits Mod

A special thank you to ATombRaiderFan, MachoBroccoli and TheTreeble for all your contributions so far

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Old 29-09-21, 02:56   #2
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OldGen+ Version 2.15

The first new update from me to OldGen+ is available now. I've made some minor fixes to a few outfits, including fixes for outfits where Lara's belt was clipping through her grapple. I've found higher quality textures for her pistols and grenades and I've also added a major fix to the Jeep seen throughout the game and fixed the issue with the skybox in Bolivia covering some of the rocks in the background.



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Old 29-09-21, 07:18   #3
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OldGen+ Version 2.15

The first new update from me to OldGen+ is available now. I've made some minor fixes to a few outfits, including fixes for outfits where Lara's belt was clipping through her grapple. I've found higher quality textures for her pistols and grenades and I've also added a major fix to the Jeep seen throughout the game and fixed the issue with the skybox in Bolivia covering some of the rocks in the background.

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This is fantastic news! I'll update my video description with a link to this thread so it's easier for people to find all these fixes

Keep it up!

(EDIT) Hopefully would like to see these mods useable without Texmod someday as I like to repack the BIGFILES to make fixes more permanent

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This is fantastic news! I'll update my video description with a link to this thread so it's easier for people to find all these fixes

Keep it up!

(EDIT) Hopefully would like to see these mods useable without Texmod someday as I like to repack the BIGFILES to make fixes more permanent
Hey, thank you for the support I appreciate it. Great to hear from you again!

I also want the mods to be usable without TexMod. I want them to feel more permanent too but Iím still new to a lot of this so unfortunately things arenít always perfect haha. Iím organising getting DRMs for all the new things added
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Looks great so far!
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Next-Gen doesn't crash on the GOG version. Is it possible that the team can upgrade that version?
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Looks great so far!
Thank you! I'm glad you like it

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Next-Gen doesn't crash on the GOG version. Is it possible that the team can upgrade that version?
Hi there, all of these mods are focused on the old gen version because personally I've never really liked the look of the next gen version and I know the others working on this feel similarly. Some of the textures are the same in both versions so they will be automatically fixed in next gen too. I might make some fixes for next gen one day but currently I'm not interested in doing that, sorry.
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Congratulations on starting up your new thread. I do especially like the improvements you've made for the pda and the jeep, and seeing the car number plate uncovered feels like a archeological discovery in itself.

Keep up the great work Ameliorator!
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Great work so far, i too will wait for drm version someday,

personally i gave up on texmod, used to use it for need for speed ug1 and 2 back in the day though
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Congratulations on starting up your new thread. I do especially like the improvements you've made for the pda and the jeep, and seeing the car number plate uncovered feels like a archeological discovery in itself.

Keep up the great work Ameliorator!
Hey, thank you and nice to see you here again

I’m happy to hear you like the fixes and I agree, the Jeep number plate was a brilliant find. It was just lying underneath the texture this whole time I couldn’t believe it

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Great work so far, i too will wait for drm version someday,

personally i gave up on texmod, used to use it for need for speed ug1 and 2 back in the day though
Thank you and yeah, I understand a few people aren’t interested in using TexMod so I’m working on getting the DRMs up to date for this

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