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realSKY Environment
January 13th, 2019 (1st Release)
by Menrva


>For Strike Fighters 2 games
This is my sky enhancement mod. It also combines the work of many other modders, in order to provide a realistic, better looking sky. Here below a quick summary of the changes:
-Tweaked sky colours, something in between Cellinsky's widesky and the stock SF2 colours.
-More realistic Night colours, sky and ambient are much darker.
-Reddish transition from Twilight to Night.
-New "dark blue" High Altitude colours (fly near space with a NF-104).
-Moon produces a yellowish light instead of the default purple.
-Sky is "wider" as in Cellinsky's widesky mod (background horizon clouds are bigger and more noticeable).
-Added beautiful cloud graphics made by ShrikeHawk.
-Added stray clouds to Clear weather.
-Added noticeable clouds to Overcast weather and Inclement weather, "fixing" a known SF2 "bug".
-Combined various mods to produce a more interesting Rain Effect under Inclement weather.
-Added Stary's Lens Flare effects from the SARCASM 2 mod, in place of Cellinsky's widesky effects.
-Added Cloud Layer graphics by Stary, Fubar512 and Brain32.
-Other small tweaks of no importance for the end user.

It's recommeded to set the game's Effects to High in the Options menu. By setting the Effects to Unlimited, the game uses a pointless DirectX 10 post processing effect; the stock game's post processing shader generates a horrible bloom effect which excessively blinds the player during Twilight transitions. I have included an alternative post processing shader (TWPOSTPROCESS.FX) in order to disable the faulty bloom effect; it provides a minor bloom effect when looking directly at the sun, so it's miles better than what the stock game offers. However, if you want to gain more FPS, it's better not to play the game with Effects set to Unlimited.


>Credits (in no particular order):
-Cellinsky, for his fantastic widesky mod from which I borrowed some colours and tweaks.
-Stary, for his Thunderstorm weather mod and his SARCASM 2 beta mod from which I borrowed some graphical effects and tweaks.
-PanamaRed, for tweaks in regards to Clouds (especially the Broken weather ones).
-Fubar512 and Brain32, for their Cloud Layer Top bitmaps, which I have smoothed for a better looking effect.
-ShrikeHawk, for his Cloudscape v3 mod, from which I took the spectacular cloud graphics.
-BearGryllis, for his Thunderstorm Pack With Enhanced Lightnings 2.0b package.
-Orsin, for his Improved Rain Effect and Heavy Rain 0.8 mods.
-luk1978, for his interesting WeatherEffect mod.
-ArmedLightning, for his Special FX v2.2 mod for the GTR 2 game, from which I borrowed a lens flare effect.
-76.IAP-Blackbird, for his interest and bug reporting.

I included the original readme files from the mentioned mods, where available, to the end of giving proper credit to everyone involved directly or not.


>Disclaimer:
This is a freeware; yet it can be redistributed ONLY in other CombatACE mods/mod packages.
This mod may NOT in any way, shape or form be used in any payware additions.


What's New in Version 1.2

Released

  • Fixed minor issues with fog colours.
  • Substituted the stock "spacesunflare.tga" and "lensflare_ring.tga" with new ones.



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Stary

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

(clapping in polish)

Dude this is the nicest, most natural feeling environment in ages! Makes SF2 look great! Highly recommended!

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bubu

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Thank you for putting me in love with the "Inclement" weather setting again. The thunderstorm effects just weren't cutting it, I really just wanted "IFR" drizzly/reduced viz conditions, which is replicated here...

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Vision4k

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Looks awesome

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Sky High

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Superb. Great match with Gepard's MiG Alley terrain.

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JosefK

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Just downloaded last night.  Really, truly is almost REX-like in quality and a must-have for any serious user of SF2.  The clouds look real, the lens flare looks real, the sky looks real.  Very nicely done.

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yakarov79

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Great ! 

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cosmoseed

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kickass

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Heck

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Beautiful mod. Threw it into my Battle of Britain mod. Loving it. Gorgeous aerial environment.

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guuruu

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I love it !

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