White Gold (Boiling Point 2/Xenus 2) and Precusors with english patches
Anyone playing either of these? I just downloaded White Gold (Xenus 2) from yuplay.ru and applied the most recent english translation patch. You can get both Precursors and Xenus 2 from that site for $8 each.
The guy did a really good job on the translation patch (it's not official).
If you don't know what Boiling Point was, here's a brief rundown:
STALKER meets Deus Ex meets Far Cry 2. In a very rough form. The more time you put into it, the more you got out of it. The sequel seems to be in much better shape than the original, even in with it's non-offical translation pack.
Precursors seems to be the sci-fi version of that, with the addition of flying around to different planets. I'm going to grab that one next, as it seems very intriguing.
Anyhow, if you do decide to check these out, here are some links you'll be needing:
YuPlay digital download for Xenus 2:
You will have to switch the language back to english a few times in the upper right corner of the website when purchasing. Another thing you need to do is verify your credit card by looking at your statement and telling the website what small sub-one-dollar charge they put on your account. When at the verification page, you need to switch the language back to russian to have it go through correctly. The whole thing sounds very sketchy, but several people have had their transactions go through fine. Apparently this site is like the Direct2Drive of Russia.
Xenus 2 (White Gold) English patch:
Also, if you have a later Radeon, you'll need to apply this patch to remove the annoying screen flickering:
So you gave a Russian webshop your cc details.
Now that's a brilliant idea...
Sorry, man, lol. Just lol.
Originally Posted by flyinj
Good luck with that...Boiling Point was garbage, and to even MENTION its name in the same phrase as Deus Ex is a crime.
Personally, I'd skip setting the website to English, which changed a few headers to English and nothing else, and just stick to Google Translated Russian pages. I don't know if there's a Firefox extension for it, but Chrome (or an extension I've forgotten installing and can't look up) will ask if you want the site autotranslated when you navigate to it. Works a treat.
I've put about 3 hours into White Gold so far. It's a much more polished experience than Boiling Point. The translation is rough, sometimes bordering on non-sensical, but the quest descriptions are all very understandable.
There is a lot to do in the game as well. Many different factions fighting against each other, tons of sidequests, and complete freedom to do whatever you want. The graphics are pretty decent as well... lots of physics on all the objects and vegetation.
Definitely would recommend it to people that enjoy this kind of game.
I had done a lot of research on the site before using it. Lots of people on forums had been leery of it as well, and had not only had zero problems with the site, but also found the staff to be extremely helpful. I hadn't heard of a single instance of anyone getting scammed.
Originally Posted by intruder
You could always go to the grocery and buy one of those $25 Visa gift cards. Well, $25 plus a $3.95 service fee. But it's less risky than using your actual credit card.
More impressions please! With screenshots if possible :D
You know, this is the kind of stuff these fancy new gaming blogs should be covering, rather than rehashing Ubisoft's DRM yet again. Hmmph! :)
Funny enough, my bank just called me and said there were suspicious charges on my card. I panicked slightly, then when they were reading them to me I chuckled.
Originally Posted by Omniscia
They're reading off a lot of these $2.99 and $4.99 purchases over the past 3 days from an internet site called "Steam" ... then they noticed a $7.99 charge from a website in Russia.
The Steam sale was so awesome it set off alarms at my bank.
Man, that evokes Just Cause 2 to me pretty strongly. A feeling of "if you can see it, you can go there and there'll be something there for you to see/do". Do the quests actually work this time?
Well, now I know what to use that $15 Visa gift card I got with my Corsair rebate for!
Still to be seen. I've completed about 3 so far, and the general consensus of people I've read on other forums seem to be positive.
Originally Posted by Marcin
The readme for the translation mentions 3 known bugs in the main game that will result in quests not completing right, and he describes what they are and how to get around them.
From looking at the version history on this translation patch, it seems like he's gone through a lot of trouble to make it work well.
I did however have one NPC who was talking literal gibberish for two sentences. The last line made a bit more sense, but the quest that came up in the quest log was fine.
I don't think a gift card would work on this site, as they make foreign orders verify a random sub one dollar charge on their account before letting you download to verify that you aren't using a stolen card.
Originally Posted by Omniscia
Oh, damn. Well, I can still give it a shot.
Also, there are used copies that appear for fairly cheap on ebay every once in a while. Unfortunately somebody posted about the new translation patch on NeoGAF and they were all bought up in a few minutes.
I could only find one Russian review of this game but since I can't understand Russian all that it told me was they gave it a score of 52% overall. Sounds like they were a bit too harsh.
Do the vehicles work decently in the game? That was probably the most annoying aspect of the original.
Why do they keep making these ultra ambitious games ever and then not release them officialy in the west :( :(
To state the obvious, because presumably no-one will publish them.
I'm going to drop him a line though.
Yeah but these days you don't really need publisher ?
I am sure if they made professional translation they could get a deal with Valve and/or Impulse?
Why not follow path of Torchlight, Machinarium etc..
The problem is they already have a Russian publisher. I assume that when they signed the contract with them, the Russian publisher was due royalties on any other distribution channels. That publisher would also be negotiating international deals, and most likely won't let the developer do it on their own.
They couldn't get a deal that appealed to them, so now the game is just stuck in limbo. Luckily this 'fan' took it upon himself to translate. I think this fan might be a dev on the game but he can't admit it.
The developer could also buy back full publishing rights to the title, but that would be a substantial chunk of cash. The developer probably doesn't have that kind of money lying around.
Last edited by flyinj; 07-01-2010 at 09:42 AM.
It's really too bad that Boiling Point was such an unpolished game. These two are leaps and bounds above that game, in both design and polish.
Originally Posted by KieronGillen
They definitely would get a niche audience in the west if someone would pony up and localize them.
Goddamnit, these look awesome. Learning Russian is awfully tempting.
They are 100% playable in English with the translation patch. Everything is translated, except the in-engine cutscenes. There are only about 5 or 6 of these in both games, and there is a translation of what is being said in the Readme that comes with the translation.
Originally Posted by Quitch
They are also short and fairly meaningless in the scope of the game.
In Precursors, there are a bit more prerendered cutscenes, and these are subtitled in english.
Some HD gameplay.
I just love this Deus Ex/Stalker kind of design. Classic PC...damn I hope it will get official release.
I'm thinking about pulling the trigger and getting Precursors. How is the stability? Was ordering the game difficult? More specifically, once you put in your CC info, how do you know where do D/L from? Do they have a download link to an exe or do you have to install a D/L client like impulse?
Last edited by Benhur; 07-01-2010 at 12:55 PM.
I explained the ordering process in the OP.
Originally Posted by Benhur
There are 3 options for downloading once you purchased it. Torrent, the uPlay client (which is game-specific, and just seems like a different kind of torrent) or direct HTTP. For some crazy reason you have to pay an extra dollar to use direct HTTP.
I used the uPlay client downloader thing, and got about 1 meg/second rate on it. Took about an hour and a half to download.
Both games are around 6 gigs.
Thanks. Are there any bugs or stability issues in Precursors?