Looking for a good mod to remember the old times of Crysis 1? Want to replay the game that revolutionized the graphics technology in 2007, with the best look possible?
Prepare to reinstall Crysis 1. Because after you see what this mod has to offer, you will wish you had played Crysis 1 like this, in the first time you played it.
BlackFire's Mod is basically a Lighting Mod, wich means, it changes only the Time of Day (TOD) of each singleplayer map, which was carefully adjusted to obtain a thrilling visual.
Many of you already know BlackFire's Mod 2 for Crysis 2, if you thought that BFM2 was good, this mod will definitely surprise you, It's amazing what we can do with Cryengine 2 even with so many years passed since its release.
BlackFire's Mod Ultimate has two main goals:
■ Completely change the look of the game, changing the position of the sun and time of day to obtain a noon-like illumination.
■ Allow the user full customization of the look of the game.
That's right my friends, BlackFire's Mod Ultimate is not just "one more mod for Crysis", it's the more flexible mod you've ever played, it allows you to customize every aspect of the look of your game, you can customize your game the way that most please you, in real time, by simply pressing a key!
The mod is not intended to satisfy all tastes, of course , but it gives possibilities to users, who didn't like some aspects of the illumination, to change them.
This mod can even be considered a 5 in one TOD mod since it comes with 5 lighting presets, and more! There is the the possibility to create your own personal lighting , by turning on or off some effects.
No more too dark shadows, or unnecessary effects. Everything is optional with this mod.
With BlackFire's Mod Ultimate, the modder is you!
Note: The goal of this mod is not to achieve a realistic lighting, but an illumination that brings more life to the game, the colors and contrast are intentional , so if you were looking for a mod that would keep the original pattern of the game, this is not the right mod for you. However, if you have an open mind and don't care much for that, this mod may be all that you ever wanted.
One more thing. I would like to thank the modder CyberAlien for his amazing Extreme Immersive Mod Flowgraph, it served as inspiration for my flowgraphs and I used some of his features in my mod too.
BlackFire's Mod Ultimate - [Official Trailer]
Note: The bright sky in some screenshots are sunshafts, the sky is not that bright if you don't look to the sun. But if you still think it's too bright, try the Lite Version TOD included in this mod.
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It's the word that defines this mod. BlackFire's Mod Ultimate offers a set of Flowgraphs made by me which allows you to change the visual aspects according to your taste. All this in real time, without having to leave the game!
You think the shadows are too dark in some places? No problem, the mod allows you to choose between three shadow settings.Think the game is too bright? Try the LITE TOD, this preset has a reduced HDR Brightening and super light shadows, so if you don't like the default contrast scheme, this TOD is perfect for you.
Pressing "H" at any moment of the game,is shown to the user the mod's keysbinds and their respective features.
Each option has at least 2 options and allow you to mount your own visual combination.
Check out some features of this mod:
Press "H" in game to see the new keybinds
So, this is the time that you get desperate, right? Looking at all these features you're probably thinking: "Wow, This mod should be super Heavy! I must have NASA PC to run it!" .Wrong,my friend... wrong
What if I told you that you can have all this resources and visual settings, with a minimum performance cost ?
I'll explain why this is possible: BlackFire's Mod Ultimate , it's just a TimeOfDay mod , it's just changes in the values of some variables, nothing more. No Shaders / Post Processing changes are done. Of course if you use this mod in combination with a Texture pack for example, your performance should be reduced, but this mod, on his standalone version, has almost zero performance impact, as you can see in the test below:
To prove this, I ran the Crysis Benchmark Tool, according to the settings of the image below:
As you can see, there was a very subtle decrease in frames per second, but nothing serious. Therefore, if your PC runs Crysis without mods, will run almost the same way with BlackFire's Mod Ultimate.
My System Specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.4Ghz (yeah I know, old... )
VGA: EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB.
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4 GB DDR2
Before going for the installation, let me clarify some things that people keep asking me , read it at least once before posting questions:
1. Why all maps starts in daytime now?
A: The original purpose of the mod, was to achieve a more lively and sunny day look, but you can play all of them at night by pressing the Lighting Changer key enough times.
2. Does this mod works in Crysis Warhead?
A: No, this mod was made exclusively for each map of Crysis 1, so will not work in Crysis Warhead.
3. Will you do this Mod for Warhead?
A: Wish I could, but Crytek encrypted all files from Crysis Wahead I need to edit. There was a rumor years ago that a SDK would be released for Crysis Warhead.Until there, no Mods for Crysis Warhead
4. Where are my old saves?
A: When you install a mod, it creates it's own ndependent saves, because the game can not use the saves when the game had no mod installed. Your old saves are still there, you just have to Unload my mod in the main menu.
Warning: Feel free to install Texture Packs / Skins / Weapons with this mod. However be aware that any mod that changes the ilumination of the game, or uses any kind of flowgraph, will overwrite the main files of my mod and you can't play the game with it.
To make sure that a mod is compatible or not with my mod, see if the mod installs a "level.pak" file or a "mission_mission0.xml" file. If it does, it means that this mod is not compatible with mine.
Just for example, mods like Natural Mod , Quality Mod and Extreme Immersive Mod are not compatible with this mod.
If you want to install a Texture Pack for example, you can install directly in the game's root folder or you can even put the files inside the folder "C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\Mods\BFMU".
Note: If you're a Steam user and installed the Chicken Texture pack, please run BFMU.bat located in Crysis folder after you install the textures.
Now, lets proceed for the installation:
http://www.moddb.com/downloads/start/51825 ( 12.88 MB)
(Necessary) Update your game to version 1.2:
. Make sure you install the mod in the root folder of the game:
Standalone version: "C:\Program Files(x86)\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis" (Default)
Steam Users: "C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Crysis"
Origin Users: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Crysis".
Note: The game path can vary from user to user. So make sure you're installing in the right folder.
Note: It is highly recommended that you play with at least the Shader and PostProcessing options at VeryHigh, otherwise the game's look can be compromised.
If everything was installed correctly, you should see the name of the mod in the bottom of the main menu:
If not, look under "Mods" from the main menu, and if the mod is there, click on "Load", there is no mods listed, it means that you installed in the wrong folder!
■ Unload the Mod in the game menu. or
■ Uninstall through Control Panel / Programs and Features...or
■ Run the Uninstaller from the game's folder.
Check out the selection of the finest screenshots of BlackFire's Mod Ultimate:
I'm not using any Texture Pack in these screenshots, I used additional cameras in the Sandbox 2 to be able to see the player.