Alien Swarm Gains New Features

"Valve has seen fit to add an AI director and a new difficulty setting to the free Alien Swarm game."

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When Valve released Alien Swarm last month, the game garnered a fair bit of attention.  Not only was the former UT2004 mod Source Engine port free, it was also quite fun.  Catering to fan requests from the game's popularity, Valve has decided to provide an update with a few new features.

One of the main cries from players was for more variety.  Thus, "Onslaught" mode was added.  Utilizing a decision-engine similar to the one seen in the Left 4 Dead series, an AI director sends waves of aliens depending on the player team's stress level and other factors.  This ensures a level never plays the same twice.

The other popular fan request dealt with difficulty level.  This spawned the "Brutal" difficulty level, which is so vicious, the dev team has yet to complete a mission on it themselves.  Also added was a toggle-able "Hardcore Friendly Fire" mode, which results in greater damage and faster negative effects (ie getting set on fire) from team shots.

Three new promotion ranks have been added as well to reward the most dedicated of players: Platinum Star, Osmium Star, and the coveted Iridium Medallion.

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10-08-2010, 07:32:22

AlienALX
After news from the power plant that a residence was using far too much electricity AMD sent in SWAT to find out what the hell was going on....

Fermi again !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkyfGJgcwQ

:D

10-08-2010, 08:10:43

hmmblah
Saw this at another forum. Helped me to figure out why a swat van has been parked outside my house for the last few days.

Have they gotten to Hayley yet?

10-08-2010, 08:31:01

AlienALX
haha !

It reminds me of a water leak we had in Ohio. The water company were parked outside of our house for two days trying to find out why we were using so much water :D

Turns out we had a foot of water in our basement and didn't even realise :D

10-08-2010, 16:02:18

Bungral
I was thinking of posting this... Saw it earlier and found it quite amusing.

10-08-2010, 16:28:47

Jim
Very funny, but AMD need to be careful. I remember when they ripped the p*ss out of Intel after challenging them to a duel. Several months later up popped the C2D and ripped AMD to shreds! Kama is a bitch sometimes!

13-08-2010, 15:40:32

ppuff
There's a nuclear power plant about 25 miles from my house named Fermi......LOL!

13-08-2010, 15:50:35

thestepster


There's a nuclear power plant about 25 miles from my house named Fermi......LOL!




:rollingla awsome

13-08-2010, 17:32:09

AlienALX


Very funny, but AMD need to be careful. I remember when they ripped the p*ss out of Intel after challenging them to a duel. Several months later up popped the C2D and ripped AMD to shreds! Kama is a bitch sometimes!




Haha I didn't know that :D

I don't think Fermi can change though in all honesty. I mean, the tech is what it is. I don't think they can come up with a way to make it run cooler and eat less power than it does now, and they've done so many millions into it that it's not like they can just dump it in the trash and do something else.
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