Natural Selection 2 News Update - NS2 Build 193 released

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  • TinCanTinCan Join Date: 2006-12-11 Member: 59010Posts: 263Members
    QUOTE (yimmasabi @ Jan 20 2012, 09:01 PM) »
    Thanx but Mine is crashing in this version too :(

    It is crashing at the second splash screen when creating a local server or connecting to a server.

    Is there any way to disable those splash screen ? I love them, so great, when they relased first most of them were my wallpaper more than a month.
    But now I just want to play NS2


    Me too. :(

    All I can add is the dots that give feedback after 'Starting local server...' don't increase, they are just static with a random # of dots. Then when it switches to another picture I notice the dot count is different but then it crashes and so I send another report :) well, tbh two or three are from me.
    Date: 01/20/12
    Time: 22:02:33

    Build 193
    Starting Natural Selection 2
    RenderDevice: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (6.14.10.7039)
    Connected to Steam servers
    Connecting to server 127.0.0.1:27015
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/shift/shift.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/shift/shift.animation_graph
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/cocoon/cocoon.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/marine/jetpack/jetpack.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/marine/jetpack/jetpack.animation_graph
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/onos/onos_view.animation_graph
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/onos/onos.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/onos/onos_view.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/alien/onos/onos.animation_graph
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/marine/welder/welder.model
    Error: Couldn't open file 'models/marine/welder/welder_view.model
    Loading 'maps/ns2_tram.level'
    Error: Couldn't open file '
    Client connecting (127.0.0.1)
    Error: PhysX: Gu::ConvexMesh::loadConvexHull: convex hull init failed!
    Error: PhysX: Error cooking body 0 of model models/props/refinery/refinery_skybuildings_pipes1.model
    Error: PhysX: Gu::ConvexMesh::loadConvexHull: convex hull init failed!
    Error: PhysX: Error cooking body 0 of model models/props/refinery/refinery_welcomescreen_01.model




  • gamester_5gamester_5 Join Date: 2008-04-17 Member: 64094Posts: 142Members
    Alien commander pustules freeze up is still happening. I was in the Atruim hive placing cysts toward crevice. Locked up on 2nd placement. I was able to get cysts over to reactor but once I started to try to place more it would freeze. Even when I just have it (pustules) highlighted it froze.
  • SmaugSmaug Join Date: 2011-05-23 Member: 100283Posts: 138Members
    edited January 2012
    Pretty sure the pustule freeze-up is something to do with the game trying to calculate really awkward cyst placements and just choking out people's computers (an educated guess from someone who doesn't understand how to computer much). I was messing around with making a map, and have a really high ledge overlooking a field, I place the cyst at the top of the ledge, then try and make a cyst chain directly down without the presence of a ramp, and the game starts chugging enormously until I mouse back over to the high ledge.

    I then went and made a ramp down from the high ledge to the floor below, and the game doesn't chug anymore when I try.

    image

    The arrow points to the ramp I made.

    I hope this helps fixing the bug!
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  • YuukiYuuki Join Date: 2010-11-20 Member: 75079Posts: 1,731Members
    Lua files auto-reload don't work anymore. What's up with that ?

    (for those who don't know, not having lua auto-reload slows down development by a factor of about 10'000)
  • Electr0Electr0 Join Date: 2011-10-31 Member: 130337Posts: 349Members
    QUOTE (Heyman @ Jan 21 2012, 12:26 AM) »
    Has hit registration gone to hell for anybody else? There was a server where aliens just attacked the cc relentlessly and barely ever died


    I did much better in 191 so i do wonder if something has changed.

    I would like to see improved fog and atmospheric effects, at the moment fog fills a room, makes no sense, this causes poor contrast, atmospherics should more transparent.

    Also grenades bounce off invisible walls and players too easily, makes it annoying to use.
  • croncron Join Date: 2010-06-21 Member: 72122Posts: 142Members
    QUOTE (ts0mbi @ Jan 21 2012, 02:20 AM) »
    Been like a year since I last played NS2. Played a bit again since the build 191, but I still get horrible game performance on every server. No matter what my graphics settings may be.

    Maybe my GTS250 512MiB SLI & Ph.II 925 @ 3.0Ghz just aren't enough anymore?


    At the current state the game is very CPU heavy and the bottleneck for most people is the speed of one CPU core rather than the graphics card.
    Also important is the speed of your bus as the game will load big chunks of data from the RAM to the VRAM via the CPU/BUS so if your Motherboard is on the slow side you will get heavy performance fluctuations while running through the map (depending on the map, of course),
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  • oldassgamersoldassgamers Join Date: 2011-02-02 Member: 80033Posts: 550Members, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow
    edited January 2012
    While playing, barely after 2 minuts in-game my screen got stuck and game didn't work no more. Had the chanse to check the console in this period and I found this. Hope that it may help.

    Error: Physx:Gu::ConvexMesh::loadconvexhull:convexhull init failed
    Error: Physx: Error cocking body 0 of model models/props/summit/summit_welcomescreen_01.model
    Error: couldn't open file 'ui/info.dds
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  • internetexplorerinternetexplorer Join Date: 2011-10-13 Member: 127255Posts: 1,369Members
    I'm still noticing what I *think* is a bug since like 190. Maybe someone can confirm/deny?

    If you have 2 res and get an upgrade, then finish morphing and try to add 1/2 more upgrades, it uses the total cost of all 3 upgrades to check if you can do it (rather than the cost of the new ones).

    For example:
    1) Spawn with 2 res, morph carapace
    2) Wait for 4 res, queue regen/frenzy and try to morph
    3) ->It does not let you morph until you have 6 res, at which point it correctly spends 4 for the upgrades and morphs

    Is this the intended behaviour?
  • MaxMax Technical Director, Unknown Worlds Entertainment Join Date: 2002-03-15 Member: 318Posts: 1,650Super Administrators, Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, NS2 Developer, Constellation, Subnautica Developer admin
    QUOTE (Yuuki @ Jan 21 2012, 05:07 AM) »
    Lua files auto-reload don't work anymore. What's up with that ?

    (for those who don't know, not having lua auto-reload slows down development by a factor of about 10'000)

    I disabled it because it was causing some crashing problems that I didn't have the time to fix. I'll re-enable it when I fix those problems (most likely for the next patch).
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  • YuukiYuuki Join Date: 2010-11-20 Member: 75079Posts: 1,731Members
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Max @ Jan 21 2012, 05:50 PM) »
    I disabled it because it was causing some crashing problems that I didn't have the time to fix. I'll re-enable it when I fix those problems (most likely for the next patch).



    Thanks for the answer! This stuff is addictive once you tasted it..

    Made a quick recording of the choke rates I get while fighting, I also get a lot of input lag when it happens :

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  • PricePrice Join Date: 2003-09-27 Member: 21247Posts: 1,281Members
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Crispix @ Jan 20 2012, 07:42 PM) »
    Servers are still crashing :(

    i can confirm this.

    QUOTE (Yuuki @ Jan 21 2012, 06:24 PM) »
    I also get a lot of input lag when it happens :

    Not only you :(
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  • Stele007Stele007 Join Date: 2004-07-23 Member: 30063Posts: 161Members
    I dare say this build feels almost balanced, and it's fun to play.

    My main complaint is that cyst placement in tram is broken in several rooms. It's particularly bad in Server Room, where two connected rooms don't allow cysts, forcing you to expand through the old Alien Start.
  • c0kec0ke Join Date: 2004-07-02 Member: 29676Posts: 415Members
    edited January 2012
    before you make any further balance changes you should

    1. improve the movement. it doesnt feel "normal" at all
    2. improve hit registry. its BAD

    this will change the balance massivly anyway, so why make any changes to weapons etc when the basement is still crap

    both could be effected by "too many" players on a server, but its not my job to locate thos

    one of NS1 most important features is the great movement ability, so watch out what its going to be like in NS2...
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  • ZekZek Join Date: 2002-11-10 Member: 7962Posts: 4,595Members, NS1 Playtester, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Stele007 @ Jan 21 2012, 02:06 PM) »
    I dare say this build feels almost balanced, and it's fun to play.

    My main complaint is that cyst placement in tram is broken in several rooms. It's particularly bad in Server Room, where two connected rooms don't allow cysts, forcing you to expand through the old Alien Start.

    Yep, was in a game where this crippled us because the marines started in Alien Start so we couldn't build anything.
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  • Kouji_SanKouji_San Sr. Hινε Uρкεερεг - EUPT Deputy The Netherlands, Hoogezand Join Date: 2003-05-13 Member: 16271Posts: 11,379Forum Admins, Playtest Lead, Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue mod
    Because balance.lua is easy to tweak?

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  • KoruyoKoruyo Join Date: 2009-06-06 Member: 67724Posts: 1,676Members, Reinforced - Shadow
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Stele007 @ Jan 21 2012, 08:06 PM) »
    I dare say this build feels almost balanced, and it's fun to play.

    My main complaint is that cyst placement in tram is broken in several rooms. It's particularly bad in Server Room, where two connected rooms don't allow cysts, forcing you to expand through the old Alien Start.


    I can only speak for myself, but i would say lerk hide is a little bit too strong and fades might have a bit too much armor. (with carapace)
    Maybe its also still because of performance(especially server) and missing tech like jetpacks... so i would not overnerf this stuff just now.

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  • ts0mbits0mbi Join Date: 2009-06-21 Member: 67892Posts: 11Members
    QUOTE (cron @ Jan 21 2012, 02:14 PM) »
    At the current state the game is very CPU heavy and the bottleneck for most people is the speed of one CPU core rather than the graphics card.
    Also important is the speed of your bus as the game will load big chunks of data from the RAM to the VRAM via the CPU/BUS so if your Motherboard is on the slow side you will get heavy performance fluctuations while running through the map (depending on the map, of course),


    My motherboard is Asus M3N-HT with HT 3.0 support. I'd say it's altogether still pretty high-end even on today's standards.

    While running the game, my processor usage does not pass around 80% on none of the 4 cores, so it would seem like the processor isn't what's causing the huge performance slowdown.

    That all leads me to think it just might have something to do with my SLI configuration and it certainly wouldn't be the first time it is to blame. Gotta try to do some tweaking, I guess!
  • VeNeMVeNeM Join Date: 2002-07-13 Member: 928Posts: 1,240Members
    liking 193 very much

    some gripes though

    can you make the marine hud adjustable? if i play with the net stats on i cant see the info on the top left corner, or at least move the net stats info

    marine movement is still crappy. feels blocky or like im wearing cement boots

    lerk gas is still cumbersome, only reason its tolerable is because lerk movement has improved so much

    dont know if this is a fluke, but firing the GL while running caused weapon to stick in fire anim until switching to pistol.
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  • fanaticfanatic This post has been edited. Join Date: 2003-07-23 Member: 18377Posts: 1,724Members, Constellation, Squad Five Blue
    edited January 2012
    The pendulum swings back this version I see.

    Lerks are almost impossible to kill with lmgs now and play like a flying marine. Not sure how this is supposed to be better than the "flying skulk".

    Mines are completely useless. Another case of treating the symptom (power) instead of the disease (low cost).

    Weapon switching delays, both alien and marine, are still obnoxious.

    Power grid still adds nothing to the game, same for alien commander.
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  • internetexplorerinternetexplorer Join Date: 2011-10-13 Member: 127255Posts: 1,369Members
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Kouji_San @ Jan 21 2012, 04:19 PM) »
    Because balance.lua is easy to tweak?


    not sure if you're joking

    if you're not, it's important to realize that the balance of the game has as much do with high-level design choices and the options available to players as it does with raw numbers
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  • Kouji_SanKouji_San Sr. Hινε Uρкεερεг - EUPT Deputy The Netherlands, Hoogezand Join Date: 2003-05-13 Member: 16271Posts: 11,379Forum Admins, Playtest Lead, Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue mod
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (internetexplorer @ Jan 21 2012, 10:40 PM) »
    not sure if you're joking

    if you're not, it's important to realize that the balance of the game has as much do with high-level design choices and the options available to players as it does with raw numbers

    Well let's just say these continuous posts that assume balancing the game, so it can be enjoyable for the public beta testers, is taking away development time from other stuff like performance work and bug testing are just getting to me a bit...

    It's all part of the bigger picture! But every time UWE even dares to release a build that has balancing/gameplay changes in it, there's always a bunch of people on here that start crap like "UWE needs to work more on performance and bug fixing". Even if there have been significant improvements in those areas in the same build. On the other hand if there are close to no balancing in a build these same people start about that...

    The human mind can probably be explained by: "Oh hey the sun is shining or it is cold, it's too warm <--> it's too cold"


    And there isn't always time to test everything for a build deadline, that is why we have hot fixes. Hehe and then there will probably be posts about too many new builds taking away time from development .........
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  • internetexplorerinternetexplorer Join Date: 2011-10-13 Member: 127255Posts: 1,369Members
    Yeah, I can agree with that.
    Obviously balance is going to shift back and forth a lot, but a great deal of complaints are about design decisions that we hope won't stick around when it's time to focus on balancing the game out.
  • Chris0132Chris0132 Join Date: 2009-07-25 Member: 68262Posts: 3,854Members
    The sounds in NS2 continue to impress me.

    It's like someone watched me playing with action figures as a kid and then figured out a way to make good versions of all the sounds I made with my mouth.
  • elodeaelodea Editlodea Join Date: 2009-06-20 Member: 67877Posts: 1,766Members, Reinforced - Shadow
    QUOTE (Chris0132 @ Jan 22 2012, 01:25 PM) »
    The sounds in NS2 continue to impress me.

    It's like someone watched me playing with action figures as a kid and then figured out a way to make good versions of all the sounds I made with my mouth.

    Thats not surprising. Didnt you know? Simon is God.
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  • 1dominator11dominator1 Join Date: 2010-11-19 Member: 75011Posts: 1,136Members
    edited January 2012
    QUOTE (Kouji_San @ Jan 21 2012, 05:59 PM) »
    The human mind can probably be explained by: "Oh hey the sun is shining or it is cold, it's too warm <--> it's too cold"


    What can I say, whining is gratifying.

    While were on the subject of gameplay, was there something the devs were planning to do about marines spamming jump in melees? It just seems to me that the constant jumping makes melee too much of a cluster******, marines should be focusing on not letting the aliens get close rather than playing keep away once the latter are already in biting range. (I remember one of the builds added a slow after completing a jump as marine but I am not sure what happened to that, is it still in game?)

    Other then that the game is alot more balanced then last build (lol) and the performance is very good as well! Still, can't wait for onos. I want to stomp squishies!
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  • _logic_logic Join Date: 2012-01-22 Member: 141589Posts: 2Members
    I have some issues with getting the update for build 193. NS2 is installed and running since build 190. But for some reason Steam doesn't update to build 193. Currenty I can see 5 servers an no one playing on them. If I join one these servers the build-information says "build 192".

    Do you have any idea about this? Thank you :)
  • 1dominator11dominator1 Join Date: 2010-11-19 Member: 75011Posts: 1,136Members
    Check that auto update is turned on in steam. Right click on NS2 in steam library and select properties, then the update tab.
  • MrChadMrChad Melbourne, Australia Join Date: 2008-07-02 Member: 64536Posts: 17Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow
    QUOTE (elodea @ Jan 22 2012, 01:46 PM) »
    Thats not surprising. Didnt you know? Simon is God.

    Simon does an awesome job! Kudos to him :) Wouldn't mind meeting him if I ever go up to Sydney.
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  • simon kamakazisimon kamakazi Join Date: 2009-04-28 Member: 67296Posts: 150Members, NS2 Developer, Subnautica Developer
    QUOTE (Chris0132 @ Jan 22 2012, 03:25 AM) »
    The sounds in NS2 continue to impress me.

    It's like someone watched me playing with action figures as a kid and then figured out a way to make good versions of all the sounds I made with my mouth.



    :D thanx , thats a really awesome compliment! im glad u like it,

    and also i get the same feeling sometimes that all im doing is playing with action figures and making them go "BADOOM SPLAT PIEW ZAP"
  • RuntehRunteh Join Date: 2010-06-26 Member: 72163Posts: 1,883Members, Reinforced - Shadow
    # I agree on mines, why not just up the cost. Or turn it into a defensive weapon only, whereby it only explodes when marines are out of range (5M or so) so it can't be used as a form of attack, and you can't use it to stalemate end games when everyone is stuck in base.

    You could indicate this to players by (UV light say, only visble to that marines) a light that goes on once you are out of range.

    # With the debate going on about IPs and build times, why not just make it so IPs DONT require building, same goes for power nodes.

    Building power nodes initially just adds a pointless task to the game, which should be spent building structures in new rooms. Repairing is fine, but what is the point of building them initially?

    With people moaning about IP skulk rushes as well, I wouldn't see it as a problem - it may even lead to IP spam which will seriously dent resources anyway, so it is a win win situation.

    We also hardly ever see any portal tech sneaking, this would also help.
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