Hello friends, I've played this game for a long time but only recently found your wonderful site! How I wish I had found it earlier (xcom is so bugged)! I've spent the last six hours dredging this site and believe I have a acquired every useful bug fixer and game improvement for xcom 1 that this community has produced. I am very impressed and you all should be proud (especially Seb76!). The game is essentially twice as good once the best mods have been put it.
However I must confess that scraping through seven years worth of posts and 20 odd upgrades, many of which overlap and interfere with each other has been no pleasant task, especially for someone who is essentially computer illiterate. Well, was computer illiterate, I i've learned a lot about unzipping and editing ini. files >_>
But I would have loved to have had a post that laid EVERYTHING useful in ONE place with FOOLPROOF INSTRUCTIONS, for I am retarded and lazy and have no desire to improve my computer skills :/
So I will do that, if I miss anything, anything at all please tell me and I will edit the post, but I'm pretty sure I've got at least 90% of everything. If I don't include your program don't be offended, the objective of this is to simply create the maximum Xcom 1 experience with the minimum amount of work on the part of retards.
1. STEP ONE - BUY XCOM GOLD COLLECTOR'S EDITION
This can be bought from Steam or other pay gaming websites. I must confess that I am cheap and tried to find a free copy via googling, but typing in words like download xcom abandonware ufo enemy unknown gold edition failed miserably so I forked over the the 5 dollars grrrrrrrrr
STEP TWO - EXTRACT AND INSTALL XCOM GOLD EDITION
Create a new folder in c drive labeled "UFO Defense" and extract your download. The whole package should read "C:\UFO Defense"
Find the start icon, something like "Gold Edition" or "Ufo Defense" and click it to make sure it runs. You may get a garbled screen, that's fine, we'll fix that, just make sure something resembling a program pops up and doesnt crash.
STEP THREE - INSTALL THE MOD CALLED UFO EXTENDER
This is the big one, it fixes a lot of bugs and greatly expands the playability of xcom1. The download should be called "UFOLoader." Extract it into the "UFO Defense" folder (THE ONLY FOLDER YOU HAVE). An icon with a grey alien head will appear, this will ultimately be the icon you click to start your awesome modded xcom edition so keep track of it. Another important thing is spit out of the extraction, a notepad with an orange gear in front of it called "configuration settings." This is the control panel for UFOExtender. Click on it. There's a lot of horrible looking gobbledegook but here's the important thing, the first coding
This is what allows UFOExtender to interface with the XCOM Gold Edition. Whatever the "start" execution icon is that came with your gold edition "Start XCOM1" "PLAY XCOM1" "Gold Edition" etc needs to go after the equals symbol. My start icon is "UFO Defense" so the complete, proper code is
I think that "UFO Defense.exe" is the default setting so hopefully you won't have to change anything.
The UFOExtender mod is actually like 200 small mods, each one of which you can control in the configuration settings below the "[Loader]" line. Each line of code has a zero "0" after it. This is the off position. Changing it to one "1" turns that little section of the mod on.
A readme file that came with the unzipping explains what each little codeline does in detail. The most important ones are the bugfixes, there are about 15 of them. Change every one of the little 0's to 1's. IF the graphics were garbled this should correct them. Another way to tell if the mod is active is that the game's language selections screen will say "all your base are belong to us." Pithy. Do not move on until you are SURE the UFOExtender has interfaced with the game, or you will drown in frustration later.
Here's a more detailed description of each little codeline
STEP FOUR - DOWNLOAD THE COMBO XCOM GAME FOLDER PATCH
This one is a no brainer compared to Step Three. Just download the zip file at the bottom right hand of this pages and extract it into your UFO Defense folder. Override as needed. Shazam! You probably just fixed a slew of bugs!
STEP FIVE - DOWNLOAD THE TWO PARTS OF THE VOICE MODS
For some reason the collectors edition screwed up the voices of the aliens and made them lame and boring. This mod corrrects that
It has two parts. As with step four, all you have to do is download into your UFO Defense folder (YOUR ONLY FOLDER) and override as needed for both. Remember, there are two parts to download and unzip. I believe you can tell whether the mod took effect by listening to the sounds of the intro. They're much more dramatic (a little scary!) once the mod is installed.
STEP SIX - DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC
The music also sucks in the collector's edition (they just didn't care). LET'S FIX THAT
Download All 12 files and drop them into your ONE FOLDER CALLED UFO DEFENSE. Create a new folder within UFO DEFENSE called MP3. Dump the 12 songs in that folder. Delete everything in their names but the following:
You don't have to add anything to make them look like that, just delete superflous words like "PS Music" or something.
Then, if you haven't already, reopen UFOExtender configuration file (the list with 200 lines of code). Go down to the third bracket [Music]. Turn the 0 to 1. DONT MESS WITH ANYTHING ELSE RELATED TO MUSIC. Save the file (save the file after every time you adjust it in fact). To test whether or not you were successful, switch the 0 and 1 of the [Music] codeline back and forth and see if the music's any different when you play the game.
GEOSCAPE ICON FOR THE WIN
Download the little icon and unzip it into your geoscape folder within your UFO Defense folder (YOUR ONLY FOLDER)
That concludes my horrible trial, which was well worth the glorious xcom gold edition it produced. Hopefully you will be able to achieve this glory without wasting seven hours of sleep (hooray for work in two hours!).
P.S. XcomUtil - as far as I'm concerned, it's unnecessary in terms of game IMPROVEMENT. If you want to dramatically alter the way xcom is played, the XcomUtil is for you, but it's more like a god tool than a game enhancement IMO. It has some benefits but the fact that it cant interface with UFOExtender disqualifies it.
P.P.S. Max's 2005 edition is good, but again I couldn't get it to interface with UFOExtender. While they're both good I think UFOExtender covers a lot of what 2005 covers and adds a huge amount of content to boot.
That is all, thanks again for all you guys work, if I overlooked anything big or small post and I'll insert it. I probably wont be catching up on my sleep tomorrow (tonight???) since I'll be enjoying my super xcom XD
Edited by ThomasC, 28 October 2010 - 04:08 PM.