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Mental Omega News Bulletin #27 (4/02/2017)

So, in case you missed the big news, Mental Omega 3.3 has been released over a month ago.
 
First of all, I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the development of this new version, most notably: AlexB, the current developer of Ares DLL, Nooze, the designer of majority of the new side's visuals, World Beyond, the artist behind new side's soundtrack, Rampastring, the developer of the new client, Mevitar, ONEX, Azri_Apoc, the designers of majority of new mechanical units, Seoras, De'Lante, for voicing so many units added after 3.0 and also Toveena, Alstar, Lovalmidas,  Cesare, Sandman, Esther, iForce, Martinoz, Ollerus, Nolt for designing maps, missions, various story and gameplay elements and of course lots and lots of testing. For the full list of credits please visit this section of our website. Thank you, you made it possible to take this project this far!
 
The new release adds an entirely new faction - the Foehn Revolt - to the previously heavily modified vanilla sides from Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge, which were already divided into 3 subfactions each, the new one being no exception. Haihead, Wings of Coronia and the Last Bastion are the subfactions of Foehn and each comes with its unique units, buildings, support powers and heroes. There are also new additions for the Allies, the Soviets and Yuri's Epsilon, as well as new missions, skirmish maps and game modes.

 

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What's also important is that the new release makes use of Rampastring's client, originally created for Dawn of the Tiberium Age mod, which allows us to do some interesting things. The most important thing this client has given to Mental Omega, is the possibility to use version 5 of CnCNet for multiplayer services. Since the release, there've been many players on our server with the amount of players peaking at around 150 at times. According to Rampastring, there've been 44 000 unique users of the client in a month since the release, which I think is nice for a mod.
 

The new Mental Omega version arrived with an updated soundtrack, to keep the tradition of giving each of the factions a unique one. The soundtrack for the Foehn Revolt is an album called "Mindshell" created by World Beyond, which is available for download on his Bandcamp page in best quality. You can also listen to it on his YouTube channel.

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Now would be a good time to discuss what's ahead.

We are aware there is a group of players who can't start missions at all, this is one of the fixes that will be included in 3.3.1 in a form of an Ares DLL update. Initial 3.3 release did not contain all of Act Two missions, so there's more of those to come for sure. We have several missions more already finished, but they require additional polish and internal tests before they are included in one of the Mental Omega updates. Speaking of those, we've been following your feedback and comments in all places possible and so here's a proposed changelog for the first mod update, for which there is no date just yet. Keep in mind this is not final, discuss it here.

 

Proposed 3.3.1 Changelog

 
One thing we want to expand for sure and already in patch 3.3.1 is the Challenges mode. These are quite fast and fun to make and it seems like many people are trying their best not to lose those battles. These challenge maps are made with an uncontrolled difficulty mindset, meaning that don't expect a balanced fight getting into those. Remember that you can adjust the difficulty and handicap of challenge maps using standard skirmish settings, and like with everything else, there's three difficulty options and the additional Mental AI toggle, which replaced the Meteor Shower mode in 3.3.
  

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New additions to the arsenals of Mental Omega factions are a possibility but not a priority right now, but if you have suggestions in regards to what you'd like to see next in the mod, let us know.
 
That's all for now, stay tuned for more announcements! 

 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
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Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

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Posted on February 4, 2017 by Speeder - Comments: 9

Mental Omega News Bulletin #26 (27/08/2016)

So what are we doing these days? We are mostly testing. I know this is taking time but there's only a few of us and we're making the mod in our free time. If we were Westwood in their prime, we'd do this all in half a year probably but we're not. We're just modders.
 
We're testing the client created by Rampastring of the Dawn of the Tiberium Age fame who's been so kind as to help us get the next version of Mental Omega, which has now been labeled 3.3, to work with CnCNet5 and make use of other various advantages that this client provides. If you're not familiar with DTA, you should check this video to see what it's all about. We're also testing new and old missions, skirmish for bugs and crashes and of course doing some balancing since an entirely new side is now involved.
 
Speaking of the 4th side, the Foehn Revolt, I've prepared this short video which reveals the recent additions to the unit roster of Mental Omega in more detail. 
 


Mental Omega 3.3 - New Units Showcase #1


The music for this preview has kindly been provided to us by World Beyond whose music will comprise the soundtrack of the Foehn Revolt. Go and check his entire catalogue, it's great.
 

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As I have tweeted quite recently, we've finished creating and voicing the units for the Foehn Revolt and there will be about 50 of them in its first release. After that, if we get some good ideas for new ones we will expand their tech tree accordingly. The only thing that will not expand is the stolen tech roster once it hits 16 units. And speaking of stolen tech..

 

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The new stolen technology roster: 8 units to go.

 
Two additional stolen tech units have been revealed: the Allied Quickshifter and the Epsilon Salamander. The Quickshifter becomes available after the Allies have constructed their War Factory, their technology buildings and also infiltrated an enemy Allied Tech Center. There are traitors on the battlefield after all, right? People have been asking 'how do the Allies get more tech from the Allies', I wouldn't know, but hey, we all know how stolen tech works in this game. It's always a fun way to acquire some special units during a skirmish.
 

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Allied Quickshifter by ONE X


The Quickshifter is the new chronoshifting tank which uses a missile barrage similar to that of the Aegis Cruiser. Compared to the Chrono Legio nnaire, Quickshifter deals standard damage which is something that might make it even more dangerous than the trooper. Additionally, it can target aircraft and transport a single passenger, effectively making it a chrono transport.
 
Thanks to Ares DLL though, this passenger is unable to leave as long as the Quickshifter is still warping in. The ridiculous oversight of chrono transports in mods that didn't rely on Ares was that a passenger could leave the chrono transport as soon as it appeared on the target cell, so imagine what was happening when that was combined with a Navy SEAL and his C4. The Quickshifter does not have this issue.
 

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Epsilon Salamander by Azri_Apoc


The Salamander is essentially the next generation Basilisk which was possible to be built thanks to some of Foehn's advanced technology. When an Epsilon Proselyte manages to infiltrate a Foehn Cloud Piercer with the use of his Infiltrators, he receives access to their confusion ray technology, which Epsilon technicians combine with many, many A.R.O. launchers. This forms an aircraft with incredible firepower and a way to prevent enemy forces from even firing back.
 
The Salamander can target both ground and air units alike and has two types of confusion rays. The first one will be fired at range, with reach similar to its A.R.O. launchers. The second one will be activated below the aircraft, making all enemy units in an area below target each other instead of the Salamander or any other unit that belongs to you. Salamander is slow and its armor is not that great, however it'll be quite tricky to even damage this unit considering its eclectic weapon combination and quite a large range.
 
But enough about the stolen tech units, let's take a closer look at the new units of the Foehn Revolt.
 

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Coronian Draco Tank by ONE X


The Draco is a very unique tank which acts as a basic combat vehicle for the Wings of Coronia subfaction of Foehn. While its basic speed and durability are nothing spectacular, Draco Tank has two special characteristics that make it very effective in battle. First of all, it is equipped with devices similar to those of a Jackal Racer or Sweeper which make it receive high speed boosts whenever they are nearby a Spinblade. Once a Draco has been boosted, it can outrun even the Mantis Tank of the Scorpion Cell, which is said to be one of the fastest main battle tanks in the world.
 
The other special feature of the Draco is the ability to detach its turret upon destruction and allow it to act as an autonomous aircraft unit. The turret is in fact a small drone which, while it won't be able to withstand too much anti-aircraft fire, might still give the Foehn Commanders the necessary edge to win an armored battle with the enemy tanks. The presence of Draco on the battlefield alone forces the enemies of the Wings of Coronia to not only rely on their tanks but anti-aircraft vehicles as well.
 

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Haihead Diverbee by ONE X


Do not underestimate this little aircraft judging it by its size - Haihead's Diverbee is an extremely dangerous thing to see on the battlefield on the enemy side. Just like all the other aircraft of Foehn, the Diverbee makes the best of their wind control technology and never has to land on an airstrip. Once it catches on with your ground units, it will launch itself at them from a short distance and violently explode causing lots of damage to all types of armor and infantry as well.
 
Since Haihead focuses on dealing as much damage to the enemy forces as possible, the Diverbee is no exception. It is a flying bomb capable of destroying the lighter of tanks in just a hit and taking down the heavier ones in a combination of three or four. It is however an expensive unit which requires full technology access on the Haihead's side and can still be shot down with a relatively small amount of anti-aircraft fire.
 

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Foehn Minermite by Mevitar


Last but not least today comes the Minermite which is Foehn's harvester of choice. Tiny, is the word that describers this miner best: it's small, it's cheap, as it costs only $700 and makes the price of the Foehn Ore Refinery go down to $1300, and as expected, it has small storage for the harvested ore, half of what the Allied Chrono Miner has. However, it is able to achieve high speeds and get additional speed boosts with the use of Spinblade, in a similar fashion the Draco Tank does.
 
Minermite is also capable of repairing nearby mechanical units just like the Soviet Repair Drone or an IFV/AMC/Tsurugi or Stinger with an Engineer inside. This means that if many Minermites are working in a group, they'll be quick to repair each other if the enemy is trying to destroy these little harvesters. Don't be surprised when it turns out that you'll need to include more units in your early rushes than you expected to take down at least one in a small group of Minermites with.
 
After updating the Factions info pages for the original sides, I've decided to update the Neutral Structures page wth new additions by Nooze as well. These are the following:
 

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Tech Nuclear Plant by Nooze


It's a capturable nuclear power plant! What else is there to say? It provides less power than the Soviet Nuclear Reactor, as it's only 1000 units but it also explodes less violently. Considering that being on full power is even more important in the next version, capturing one of these early game might help you perform a quick tech rush. Remember that if you are on low power in the next version, your production speed will fall by 50%.
 

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Tech Missile Silo by Nooze


This is the updated Tech Missile Silo that grants you access to a powerful Missile Strike.
 

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Tech Academy by Nooze


This is the first in a series of tech buildings which provide the units or defenses you build with initial veterancy thanks to Ares DLL academy logic. Tech Academy gives initial veterancy to your infantry.
 

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Tech Heavy Machinery by Nooze


Tech Heavy Machinery gives initial veterancy to your ground vehicles.
 

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Tech Aeronautics by Nooze


Tech Aeronautics gives initial veterancy to all of your aircraft, this includes jets, helicopters, blimps, flying saucers, Rocketeers, Hornets on Aircraft Carriers, all of those things.
 

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Tech Defense Bureau by Nooze


In Mental Omega defensive structures will also become stronger as they kill more units. We don't refer to this as 'veterancy' but simply 'upgrades' instead. With a captured Tech Defense Bureau all the defenses you build will appear with an initial upgrade.
 

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Tech Military Docks by Nooze


Heavy Machinery doesn't give you veteran ships and neither does infiltration of an enemy factory with a spy. Capturing the Tech Military Docks however do. Note that this building is not placed on water, it is placed very close to it and that's what I recommend for mappers to do in the future.
After all, Engineers cannot swim in Mental Omega.

And that's it for today. Stay tuned for more updates and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified about new Unit Showcase videos.
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 
 

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Posted on August 27, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 20

Mental Omega News Bulletin #25 (25/07/2016)

This is mostly a quick heads up about all the recent more or less stealth updates on MentalOmega.com.

I have updated the information pages about the Structures, Infantry, Units & Tech Trees of the three original sides. This information now matches the state of the mod that it is currently in and will most likely be released as in the upcoming months. The Allied/Soviet/Epsilon Info pages that open the Factions information will be updated last as they'll contain lore and updated storyline details for each of the subfactions. The Foehn pages will be up shortly before the release so that the surprise is not (entirely) spoiled, and the new Stolen Tech page will appear last. There will also be a new trailer before that happens, in which you'll be able to see the Foehn subfactions in their full glory, including their bases with all their structures.
 
Quite an important update to these pages is the one made on the Tech Tree pages. You can now click on the icons to go directly to the object's/support power's profile.
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

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Posted on July 25, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 6

Mental Omega News Bulletin #24 (2/06/2016)
This time we're keeping it short and sweet while we finish up details on the vanilla sides and almost approach the end of designing first batch of Foehn features.
 
I've recorded several videos recently, one promo which features all of Mental Omega Superweapons and three AI-only skirmish matches which involved all of the vanilla sides' subfactions in Mental Omega. Thanks to recent developments it is possible for me to become an observer of an AI-only game and with proper Mental AI Boosts an absolute mayhem has taken place. AI-only skirmishes are completely different than human ones, they're highly explosive and full of units and constant action, at least as soon as the War Factories are placed.
 


All Yuri's Epsilon subfactions & Confederation on '(4) Eternal Alliance'



All Soviet subfactions & Euro Alliance on '(4) Double Patrol'



All Allied subfactions on '(3) Mystery Town'


There are some new features, changes and details we haven't shown before in these videos. What needs to be addressed first, is that the economy booster buildings in Mental Omega (Ore Purifier, Industrial Plant and Cloning Vats) all function as a single Oil Derrick, which is a thing that was introduced back in the 2013 release. The only difference now is that thanks to Ares DLL the money those buildings provide is visually presented in the form of small animation. Foehn's economy booster building will have its unique function but also act as a single Oil Derrick as well.
Side-specific updates include the following:
 
THE ALLIED NATIONS
  • The Allied subfactions receive a unique Tier 3 infantry each. USA gets the Riot Trooper, Euro Alliance gets its Sniper back in skirmish and Pacific Front receives a redesigned Suppressor with new looks by Holy_Master who uses experimental chrono technology to reverse the damage of enemy units.
  • The Allied Cryocopter in action with its abilities to freeze and immobilize moving objects while also heavily decreasing the durability of any object under its influence. This freezing effect is not instant, it requires time to fully take effect and the size of its visual changes depending on the size of the target.
  • The Allied Hummingbird requires an Experimental Warpshop to be built and unlike Cryocopter, its effects are quick and instant. It is the fastest jet in the game and its time warp weapon, which halves both speed and firepower will affect all targets in a selected area, instead of a single object. It does not work against buildings though.
  • The Euro Alliance Coordnode, mentioned before, replaces the old Comet Fence and will increase firepower of defenses nearby by 10%.
  • The Pacific Front gets a new support power called Hunter-Seeker which essentially works like the GDI one in Tiberian Sun. If you construct 5 Robot Ops Control Centers, you can fire 5 Hunter Seekers at once for the same price. It is the maximum amount of H-S drones that you can release.
  • The Black Widow support power, available from the Tech Center, will release an unmanned stealth aircraft which will send jamming signals that decrease the effectiveness of enemy defenses and disrupts the signal of anti-aircraft defenses, making your aircraft nearby resist more damage, as shown by the small green circles around them. With a very strong armor, the Black Widow will also be able to tank in plenty of anti-aircraft fire before it is redirected at your other aircraft.
  • The Robot Tank will now use lasers against its targets, making it an early anti-infantry weapon on par with Terror Drones and Stingers.
  • New design for the Pacific Front's basic tank Kappa. Its strength & speed stats have been "swapped", it is now lighter but just as fast as the Robot Tanks and Tsurugis.
  • The redesigned USA Basswave becomes a Red Alert 3-styled Athena Cannon which connects to the Mercury Satellite to coordinate powerful orbital laser strikes with a short pre-delay. When a Mercury Strike support power is used nearby your Athena Cannons, it becomes easier to recalibrate the orbital weapon, which increases the unit's firepower for a short period of time.
  • As a sidenote, the Battle Fortress, being a unit of Pacific Front will lose its scottish accent.
THE SOVIET UNION
  • All Soviet subfactions receive a Tier 3 jet which can release smoke screen over its enemies, called the Dustdevil. The smoke screen will decrease the enemy accuracy, which will result in less damage being dealt to your units. The Latin Confederation still keeps its unique Smoke Bombs support power, the duration of which is much longer.
  • The Latin Confederation's new Fury Drone can be deployed to dig into the ground and become unseen to the enemies. When an enemy approaches, it will launch itself at it and explode violently, dealing plenty of damage to the target and anything nearby. It does not replace the Terror Drone.
  • The Latin Confederation also receives the Arsonist, which is a Tier 3 infiltrator who can set enemy buildings on fire and disguise as the enemy soldiers.
  • The Fury Drone and the Arsonist replace Latin Confederation's unique Drakuv and Hijacker. The Hijacker is no longer a Soviet unit, while the Drakuv becomes available to all Soviet subfactions. It is accessible through a support power that can only be accessed when both Field Bureau and a lab has been built.
  • Updated Drakuv Prison Vehicle can abduct enemy troops which have been wounded in battle and escort them to the Field Bureau. If the player sends them to the Field Bureau, he will get the ability to train the imprisoned soldier type. However, if a Spy infiltrates the Field Bureau, access to that technology will be lost.
  • The Saboteur's radiation field created upon his explosion has been removed to reduce its effectiveness in killing Dogs & Spooks.
  • China receives a new support power called the Wallbuster, which is an earthquake-generating missile fired from their unique laboratory, the Atomheart. The Wallbuster is extremely effective against enemy defenses and will destroy any walls it touches.
  • All Soviet subfactions receive the Iron Guard which is a small Iron Curtain that turns all vehicles nearby invulnerable with short delays where these units are suspectible to damage. Only two of these can be built at once, after you construct the Iron Curtain itself.
THE EPSILON ARMY
  • The Epsilon Dog is replaced with the Spook, a terrifying creature which.. does everything a man's best friend can do.
  • The Epsilon Aerodome gives access to two jets, one of them being the Dybbuk-Attacker, which can continuously fire its A.R.O. projectiles at ground targets, however no longer without an ammo limit. It is a very fast jet which is effective against enemy armor. The other one, is a high tech Dybbuk-Evolver available after a Cloning Vats is built. It drops a series of bombs filled with gas, the particles of which trigger a mutation reaction on the soldiers killed in battle. It is also relatively effective against all other targets.
  • With the chaos gas tech for Epsilon no more, the Weaver has been repurposed into the Bloatick, which is a walking poisonous bomb, quite effective against all sorts of targets, especially in large groups. The Scorpion Cell's Molebomb support power has been replaced with the Bloatick Trap which deploys several of those anywhere on the battlefield.
  • A new support power for the PsiCorps, the Magnetic Beam is a weapon fired from.. the sky, I guess, which will trap and slow down all metallic units. It is active for a short period of time and can be moved around the battlefield just like any other unit, in a similar fashion to C&C Generals Particle Cannon.
  • Virus is no longer a stolen tech unit and is available to all Epsilon subfactions after they construct the Cloning Vats.
  • The Stalker loses its immobilizer weapon. It is replaced with a special projectile that upon firing at enemy infantry, will heal your troops around that specific soldier, which is especially effective when Brutes, Bloaticks or any other short range infantry is involved in the battle. The infantry immobilizer tech became a Foehn weapon.
  • The Invaders can now shut down the power plants again, however they will only be able to shut down a single power instead of the entire base power grid. Nuclear Reactor users beware!
  • Not exactly shown in these videos I think, Headquarters receive a new Tier 3 stealth mine, the Genomine which releases the mutating gas upon exploding.
  • Headquarters also receive a mobile stealth generator in the form of the Hazequad. Just like the Chimera Core, it can only turn units & infantry invisible.
  • The Rage Inductor support superweapon has been modified and will no longer kill your infantry. Instead, it will heal them rapidly and will work on a larger area.
Please keep in mind that, as usual, everything is a subject to change.

And here's the aforementioned Superweapons video, which includes Foehn's Blasticade and the Great Tempest. Nanofiber Sync and Harbinger are not superweapons, but they're shown here as well.



 

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Posted on June 2, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 27

Mental Omega News Bulletin #22 (17/03/2016)

Silent but not inactive, we've been working on new features for the mod and have begun integration with the current version of CnCNet. More news on that later though, as today we'll dive into the latest additions to the arsenal in Mental Omega, including new Foehn equipment. I post more frequently on Twitter so follow me if you want to stay posted.
 
Oh, did you miss it? The new side's name is The Foehn Revolt. Why? You'll learn in the campaign.
 

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You might already know World Beyond if you searched for the full version of the music we used in the Side 4 Reveal Trailer, The Remnant. Vladimir Kuznetsov returns with yet another great piece of soundtrack, a tribute to the Command & Conquer: Red Alert series - The Last Line of Defence. This song will also appear as a part of Mental Omega's Foehn Soundtrack, who, just like the three original sides of the conflict, have their unique soundtracks in our mod. More songs will be revealed in time. Give other World Beyond tracks a listen in the meantime.
 

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New stolen technology units. We have them.
 

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The new stolen technology roster: 11 units to go.

 
"After losing the blueprints and prototypes of the Future Tank X-0 during the Okawa Falls incident, Kanegawa Industries continued their work on a fully automated battle tank in several locations  around Japan which had not yet been stormed by the Chinese forces. However, even the remaining facilities were eventually forced to shut down, as the Soviets won the war and China took control of the remaining Seismic Stabilizers in the country. KI executives decided to cease mass production of the X-1 prototype and destroy all data related to the vehicle when they realized that the Pacific Front would not be able to defend their facilities, some of their generals even surrendering to the invaders.
 
It wasn't until many years later that the Future Tank Project was resurrected by the people who reactivated some of the now long forgotten Kanegawa Industries research facilities in Japan and completed the X-2 prototype using their advanced technology."
 

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Allied Future Tank X-2 by ONE X

 
The new Future Tank X-2 is a slower but better armored version of the experimental fully automatic tank designed to destroy enemy battalions and resist mind control. Equipped with several advanced weapons, the tank is capable of dealing lots of damage to enemy vehicles be it a single target or multiple objects in an area. In-game, the new Future Tank is a vehicle the Allies can build after infiltrating one of Foehn's technology buildings and matches their firepower and heavy armor in combat.

Future Tank X-0 will no longer be available in skirmish, but will remain as mission unit.
 

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Allied Chrono Prison by cyanideT

Previously mentioned, but not presented, the Chrono Prison allows the Allies to combine their chrono technology with Yuri's mind control in order to create a vehicle which can capture and chronoshift enemy units at great ranges. If the unit is immune to the tricks of mind control, it'll simply be trapped inside the vehicle.

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Foehn Phantasm MLRS by Moder.U

To Foehn, the Mirage is one of the technologies lost in the chaos that unfolded during the Battle for Antarctica. Upon finding an Allied Tech Center, chances are that the Clairvoyants will be able to recover this technology. Once that happens, the Phantasm MLRS can be built, a vehicle that fires a volley of powerful projectiles at enemy vehicles and aircraft alike. The Phantasm's other advantage over the Mirage Tank is that it can fire on the move thanks to its rotating turret.
 
To stray from the Stolen Tech additions, let's focus on the main arsenal additions. First, a familiar one.
 

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Allied Cryowhirlybird Cryocopter by ONE X

It should be noted first that with the introduction of this unit the role of Hummingbird has slightly changed. The high-tech jet available after constructing a Warpshop will now use its time manipulation devices to decrease the firepower and speed of enemy units in an area by 50% for a moderate while with a single instant strike. The Hummingbird is now also without a doubt the fastest aircraft to rely on air pads in the game.
 
While Red Alert 3 had its faults, I thought the introduction of the Cryocopter to the roster was an excellent idea and it remains one of my favorites. With all the new features that Ares adds it's become possible to somewhat emulate the freezing effect of the original Cryocopter from Red Alert 3. The longer its freezing beam fires the lower an object's armor and speed is until it freezes completely, making it immobile, unable to fire and also very, very fragile to attacks. Shrink ray not included, sorry.
 

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Epsilon Dybbuk-Evolver by Azri_Apoc

The Dybbuk-Evolver is the third type of the Dybbuk series in Yuri's Epsilon arsenal (the first being Gehenna's Interceptor and the other Attacker available from the Epsilon Aerodome). It is available to the Proselytes after both the Aerodome and a Cloning Vats has been constructed. The Evolver carries a payload with an experimental substance which will rapidly mutate dying soldiers into loyal Brutes, similar to Rahn's weapon, although at a smaller rate. The gas will also deal decent damage to vehicles and buildings alike, but its primary function is to eliminate large groups of enemy infantry. The Evolver is a bomber; it will not be able to out-range enemy anti-aircraft weapons so extreme caution is advised when relocating the unit, especially considering its high price and late game availability.
 

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Chinese Armadillo by ONE X

Due to the lack of an artillery unit that can be mass produced, the Chinese get an additional fist to punch enemy defenses with - the Armadillo. This unit is a bigger and tougher version of the iconic Borillo, with literally double the firepower and additional space inside vehicle for more troops to suddenly deploy at the enemy gates.

Let's move on to the Foehn Revolt.

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Foehn Windbelt by Bu7loos

Foehn's power plant is not an ordinary one. First of all, it is the smallest energy generator and also pulls double duty as the side's wall. When two Windbelt posts are placed in a line, they are connected with nanofiber cords that enhance their cooperation during energy production. Windbelt is a wind-based power plant that generates 100 units on its own, while each 'length' of its cord allows for a bonus 10 units, meaning that the longer the Windbelt connection, the more power is generated. The barrier created by two Windbelt posts can only be shut down with EMP/hacking weapons and will not go down if a Foehn base is low on power.
 
Another one of the Windbelt's unique features is that it can relocate in case you want to adjust your wall placement or want to barricade a different location. The Windbelt can relocate by switching into a mobile mode, during which it floats and can also travel over water. If a Spinblade is nearby, the Windbelt's speed is increased when in mobile form. The Windbelt has its drawbacks too: just like any other power plant it can be infiltrated by spies, which means that a smart base layout is needed to protect them from the spies due to its function as the side's wall. There are a few additional tricks Foehn can use to prevent spies from infiltrating their small power plants. You'll find that with all the Foehn's objects in their Armory, their base can become quite a maze.
 

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Wings of Coronia Alanqa Skystation by Moder.U

The Alanqa Skystation is the flying guardian of the Coronia. It is for the most part their dedicated Tier 3 anti-aircraft unit, using high power turbines to manipulate the flow of air nearby. With four of its specially designed generators it can take down enemy aircraft and even the levitating units of Epsilon in a matter of seconds. The Alanqa is not defenseless against ground targets either, this machine can use its engines to create powerful tornadoes which will sweep enemy infantry away with ease and deal solid damage to vehicles. While a single Alanqa is not very effective versus heavily armored military buildings, an entire division of them might be enough to demolish whole bases. However, taking on enemy anti-aircraft units might be a challenge due to the Skystations fragile turbines and light armor.

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Wings of Coronia Harbinger by mevitar (Watch video)

"The Harbinger's legend began during the days when it was just a project in the research facilities of Kanegawa Industries. Before the Chinese attacked, research on particle collision-based weaponry was well underway and the weapon itself was supposed to give the Pacific Front the ultimate advantage over their enemies and perhaps even the ace up their sleeve during the Allied leadership negotiations. After most KI facilities fell into Chinese hands so did the project and laboratories where the tech was being developed. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the weapon wasn't finished by the Chinese either."
 
The Harbinger is the Wings of Coronia's powerful flying fortress, using its particle colliders to level enemy bases with ease and eliminate enemy units of any type, be it on the ground, water or in the sky. The Harbinger can be summoned onto the battlefield to bombard an area through a support power after an expansion for the Cloud Piercer has been built.

Now, as one would expect, Foehn will have its own navy. Here are some of their naval units.
 

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Foehn Swordfish by Moder.U

 
The Swordfish is Foehn's basic naval unit, the equivalent of the Destroyer, Typhoon and Piranha. While its basic speed is comparable with that of the Destroyer's, the Swordfish has engines similar to those of the Jackal and Sweeper, which allows it to gain speed boosts when near a Spinblade. Their basic weapon is a high-tech cannon, effective against armored units and buildings. The Swordfish does not deal much damage to infantry which is why it should be supported with other units like Jackal Racers when engaging amphibious troops.
 

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Foehn Angelshark by Zero18

 
The Angelshark becomes available when both the Shipyard and a Cyberkernel are constructed. This unit relies on Foehn's confusion technology to cause havoc among the enemy forces. When enemies are struck by the Angelshark's drone in torpedo mode, there's a high chance they will start firing at their own allies. Unlike the discarded chaos gas, confusion weaponry does not increase the rate of fire of affected units. The Angelshark can also deploy its drone in a mine form. The mine will remain in the area for a short time and apply the same confusion effect to all units that come near it.
 

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Foehn Warturtle Transport by Moder.U

 

The Warturtle is Foehn's amphibious transport. It has 12 passenger slots which can be used by units and soldiers of various size. The Warturtle's special ability is that it also can make use of Spinblades to increase its speed, making it the fastest amphibious transport in the game. Its normal speed is comparable with the Voyager's and Zubr's.


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During a "designer's block", Alstar and I kept testing Act One Cooperative missions, recorded them and uploaded them to our YouTube channel as always. After we complete and confirm that all of the missions are still working, I'll be returning to work on fixing and finishing Act Two. I'll also upload some footage, maybe even a complete playthrough of 13th missions.
Here's a Yuri Co-Op: Brain Reset, explaining how the Soviets lost the mind control tech. You can view gameplay from the rest of the co-ops here.
 

Big thanks to the many people making this project's further evolution a possibility!

Stay tuned for more updates.
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome. 
 

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Posted on March 16, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 7

Mental Omega News Bulletin #21 (31/12/2015)

It's the last News Bulletin of 2015! First of all, we want to wish you all the best for the next year, including a new release of Mental Omega (as soon as we are done with Act Two, Side 4, stolen tech and several other tiny little things that still need a bit of work but will definitely result in something cool). May 2016.. be also the year when Command & Conquer returns, hopefully.
 
The ModDB Mod of the Year 2015 Awards are over now and thanks to your huge support in this year's competition our mod has achieved the best results in its entire history! While we've been hitting the TOP100 for the last 6 years, this time we were able to reach much higher in the overall competition and we couldn't do this without you, the fans.

Mental Omega got 3rd place in both Editors Choice and Players Choice!
 

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To celebrate we are revealing the return of a familiar unit, but in a completely different form.
 

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The new stolen technology roster: 13 units to go.

If you've been with us since the times of Mental Omega 2.0, you might remember that the Chrono Prison used to be a part of Mental Omega and for 3.0 it was remade as the Charon Tank - the unit which can instantly warp away any enemy infantry or tank but has quite a long reload time. This new Chrono Prison is a completely different unit and it makes use of Ares abductor logic, in a similar fashion to the Drakuv.

When the Allies acquire additional technology from Yuri's laboratories they are able to build the new Chrono Prison, a unit capable of abducting enemy vehicles into its "personal warp space", where time flows differently and there's enough of it to brainwash the pilots of the vehicle, efficiently turning the unit to your side the moment it exits the Prison. Once a unit becomes trapped by the Chrono Prison, there's no turning it back, however this method will not work on units that are too large for it to steal.

But that's not all! If you've been following our Facebook or ModDB profile you might have seen the videos which show the following Side 4 units in action. 

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Haihead's Megalodon

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Wings of Coronia Pteranodon

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Jackal Racer

Megalodon, Pteranodon and the already familiar Mastodon are, as they are called among the Mental Omega players, "Tier 3 monster tanks", the equivalents of units like Abrams, Catastrophe or Colossus, however in the case of Wings of Coronia's unique unit the term "monster tank" should be expanded to.. "flying monster tank" as it is indeed the only flying equivalent of this particular technology tree slot. While the Megalodon is not a tank per se either, it at least keeps its feet firmly on the ground.

Haihead's Megalodon is a close-combat mech which uses its energy blade to quickly slice through enemy infantry and vehicles alike, it doesn't have a problem taking enemy buildings down either. However, its lack of range and moderate armor might require you to get rid of enemy defenses and long-range weaponry first. Another solution is to use a special support power called Megaarena which enhances the Megalodons with a special energy shield, unleashing the the units' AI's full potential, making it faster, more evasive, and even more relentless in combat.

The shield itself will instantly vaporize most enemy infantry it comes in contact with, turning it into an incredibly powerful, but still limited anti-infantry weapon. Keep in mind that in order to keep the Megaarena active, a Megaarena Projector must be placed on the battlefield first. If this special building is destroyed, it will not be possible to increase Megalodon's effectiveness with the support power. Your enemies will definitely try to take it down as soon as it is deployed, so be careful where you place it as it is not cheap.

The Pteranodon, which exclusively belongs to the Wings of Coronia, is a dedicated anti-armor aircraft that uses a weapon with a large area-of-effect. While it has no anti-aircraft weapons of its own, it can fire on the move and with its speed it can escape from most anti-aircraft projectiles when in peril.

The Jackal Racer is a Tier 1 anti-infantry unit available for all of Side 4's subfactions. It is capable of moving over water but can also be sped up using the Spinblade in a similar fashion to Sweepers and Clairvoyants. The Jackal has two slots for passengers, however most of Side 4 infantry takes 2 slots anyway (the exceptions being Engineers and Clairvoyants for example) so in the end it is capable of transporting one soldier in most scenarios. The sonic wave that the Jackal emits will damage anything in its way, which combined with this unit's fire-on-the-move ability and the fact that passengers can fire from inside make it a powerful early game weapon and an important asset in this army. However, it is quite costly when compared to other faction's Tier 1 vehicles.

Megalodon by Holy_Master of Reign of Steel mod. Pteranodon and Jackal Racer by Bu7loos.

We'll see you in 2016! 


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While we are uploading new playthrough videos on a much faster pace than these news appear, I thought I'd embed them in order in the upcoming news in case somebody misses an update. Here is Soviet Co-Op "Burned Alive". Subscribe to our channel if you want to be notified when a new video shows up.
 

 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
Right now we're in need of additional Voxel Artists, 3D Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are welcome. 
 

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Posted on December 31, 2015 by Speeder - Comments: 1


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