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Tutorials


   Opening files to edit (Gibbed)
   Debug Mode
   Swap characters (Model Swap)
   Import Models
    Mod:Dead Rising 1 Files
   Placing characters
     enlarging/ resizing characters
   Create Reskins
   Adding & removing items
     Coordinates/ Rotation
    Resize Enlarge items
   Changing Text
   Weapon modifications
   Texmod: Texmod installation
   Texmod: Download textures
   Texmod: Create Reskins
  Remove missing prop box

List of what each file does


  All game items (items.txt)
   Item animations (PyroEffect)
     Bigfile.xml
  All Game Text
  All Missions and cases (missions.txt)
   Times of all missions
    Mission breakdown
  All major packed files (big files)
    datafile.big
    Character models (npcs.big)
   Sgraph - animations
   HUD (game player's interface)
   Camera.txt (camera view)
   Lighting
  Zombie models
  Game rules (Frontend)
  Cutscenes (Cinematics.big)
  Environment
    Royal Flush
    Safe house
    Americana Casino
    Arena
   Collision - controls solid surfaces
   Excel coordinates of all areas

Tools


  See also Gibbed's and Texmod
   Hex Editor

   Infinity Mode
   Work in Progress Mods
   Zombie Mode

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Originally from this proboards post

Collision controls the hard surfaces that Chuck, zombies, and survivors walk on and runs up against. This includes any unmovable walls, floors, and unmovable furniture in the game.

MERGED_COLLISIONEdit

In the data/model/environment folders, MERGED_COLLISION.big files control collision.

Every item which has mass has their own MERGED_COLLISION.big file.

The cinematic objects have no mass and have no MERGED_COLLISION.big file.

MERGED_COLLISION.tex which accompany MERGED_COLLISION.big are empty files. This shows that many of these files need both .big and .tex even if the .tex is empty.


Editing the MERGED_COLLISION.big

These files can only be edited with a hex editor, making these files difficult to edit.

persistent.bigEdit

Inside every MERGED_COLLISION.big is a persistent.big file. This file is what controls collision. Ubiquitous removed all of the files in this file and Chuck fell through the floor.

Example of path to persistent file:

Dead Rising 2\data\models\environment\americana_casinoamericana_casino_z01.big\MERGED_COLLISION.big\persistent.big


Inside this MERGED_COLLISION.big\persistent.big :

vertices filesEdit

Vertices is singular for vertex. A vertex is a special kind of point that describes the corners or intersections of geometric shapes. One point.

Vertices files all affect collision. There are 11 of these files in this persistent.big:

Here is what one vertice file opened with a hex editor:

meshCOL_decal_z01_walls01 CollisionVertices:

With a hex editor Ubiquitous went into a few files in persistent.big and replaced values with 00's and collision disappeared. Chuck fell through the floor or walked through the wall.

IndicesEdit

Indices file as seen with hex editor:


Swapping walls and stairsEdit

Ubiquitous was able to swap some stairs with a wall, but Chuck was able to run right through it because the MERGED_COLLISION.big file was unchanged. "so when I replaced my stairs with a wall the collision for stairs was still there but the stairs turned into a wall."

Future possibilitiesEdit

If a modder can figure out how to use persistent.big, modders can create brand new areas.

Photos when Ubiquitous renamed the first underground environment file to safehouse.big.

Note how Chuck is walking in the first underground section showing that the collisions are contained inside of each environment file.

We are not sure why the tunnel is bright white here.

Off the RecordEdit

In Dead Rising 2 if a modder removes the floor, (See Mod:Environment) Chuck, all zombies, and survivors can still walk on the location where the floor once was - the collision - solid surface - is still there.

In Off the Record the collision is attached to the visible floor - if a modder removes the floor, Frank, all zombies, and survivors fall through. (see solution below)

For example most of the Americana Casino floors and walls are found in:

Dead Rising 2\data\models\environment\americana_casino\americana_casino_z03.big
Example in Dead Rising 2

In Dead Rising 2, if a modder removes every line in bigfile.xml but six files:

MERGED_COLLISION.tex
ZONE_ORGANIZATION.big
ZONE_ORGANIZATION.tex
COMMON_TEXTURE.tex
COMMON_TEXTURE_LOD.tex
MERGED_COLLISION.big

Chuck or Frank, all zombies, and survivors can still walk on the location where the floor once was - the collision - solid surface - is still there.


In Dead Rising 2, if a modder removes every line in bigfile.xml but seven files:

Example one in Off the Record

In Off the Record, if a modder removes every line in bigfile.xml but these six files:


MERGED_COLLISION.tex
ZONE_ORGANIZATION.big
ZONE_ORGANIZATION.tex
COMMON_TEXTURE.tex
COMMON_TEXTURE_LOD.tex
MERGED_COLLISION.big

Frank, all zombies, and survivors fall through the floor. (see solution below)

Example two in Off the Record

In Off the Record, if a modder removes every line in bigfile.xml but these eight files:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<files version="2">
  <entry name="ZONE_ORGANIZATION.big" alignment="4">ZONE_ORGANIZATION.big</entry>
  <entry name="ZONE_ORGANIZATION.tex" alignment="4">ZONE_ORGANIZATION.tex</entry>
  <entry name="MERGED_COLLISION.big" alignment="4">MERGED_COLLISION.big</entry>
  <entry name="MERGED_COLLISION.tex" alignment="4">MERGED_COLLISION.tex</entry>
  <entry name="z03_v_floor.big" alignment="4">z03_v_floor.big</entry>
  <entry name="z03_v_floor.tex" alignment="4">z03_v_floor.tex</entry>
  <entry name="COMMON_TEXTURE.tex" alignment="4">COMMON_TEXTURE.tex</entry>
  <entry name="COMMON_TEXTURE_LOD.tex" alignment="4">COMMON_TEXTURE_LOD.tex</entry>
</files>


Chuck, all zombies, and survivors can still walk on the location where the floor once was - the collision - solid surface - is still there - even though the floor is not visibly there.

SOLUTION
Dead island floor still there

The key was to add back these two files:

 <entry name="z03_v_floor.big" alignment="4">z03_v_floor.big</entry>
 <entry name="z03_v_floor.tex" alignment="4">z03_v_floor.tex</entry>


Case Zero files swapped - crashedEdit

Capcom\Dead Rising 2\data\datafile\persistent_filecache.big

Took the file:

CaseZero\data\models\environment\prologue\prologue_z01.big


Renamed prologue_z01.big, safehouse.big,

Placed it in:

Capcom\Dead Rising 2\data\models\environment\safehouse


replacing the original, and the game crashed. This works for Dead Rising 2 files, but does not work for case zero files.

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