Mental Omega Map Editor: How to Create Your Own Custom Maps for the Popular Mod
Mental Omega is a free unofficial expansion pack for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge, which retells, expands and continues the story of the original game. Enhanced with Ares DLL, Mental Omega strives to bring many new features to the game, including a 133-mission campaign, cooperative and a brand new faction: the Foehn Revolt.
One of the most exciting features of Mental Omega is the ability to create your own custom maps for skirmish and multiplayer modes. With the Mental Omega map editor, you can unleash your creativity and design your own scenarios, landscapes and challenges for yourself and other players.
In this article, we will show you how to use the Mental Omega map editor, where to find custom maps made by other players, and some tips and tricks to make your maps more fun and balanced.
How to Use the Mental Omega Map Editor
The Mental Omega map editor is based on FinalAlert 2, a popular map editor for Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge. To use it, you need to follow these steps:
Download the latest version of Mental Omega from here.
Extract the files to your Red Alert 2 directory.
Copy the following files from your Red Alert 2 directory to a new folder: FinalAlert2.exe, FinalAlert2.ini, FinalAlert2.map, FinalAlert2.mix, FinalAlert2.yrm, ra2.csf, ra2md.csf.
Rename FinalAlert2.exe to MentalOmega.exe.
Create a shortcut for MentalOmega.exe on your desktop or start menu.
Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
In the Target field, add -CD mentalomega -UI finalalert2.ini -LOGO finalalert2.mix -MOD finalalert2.map -YR finalalert2.yrm -CSF ra2.csf -CSFMD ra2md.csf after the file path. For example: \"C:\\Games\\Red Alert 2\\MentalOmega\\MentalOmega.exe\" -CD mentalomega -UI finalalert2.ini -LOGO finalalert2.mix -MOD finalalert2.map -YR finalalert2.yrm -CSF ra2.csf -CSFMD ra2md.csf.
Click OK to save the changes.
Run the shortcut as administrator.
You should see the Mental Omega logo and then the map editor interface.
Select New Map from the File menu or press Ctrl+N.
Select a map size, theater (terrain type) and game mode (standard or survival).
Click OK to create a blank map.
You can now use the tools on the left panel to place terrain, buildings, units, triggers, waypoints and other elements on your map.
You can also use the menus on the top bar to access more options and settings.
To test your map, save it as a *.map file in the Maps/Custom subdirectory of your Red Alert 2 directory. Then run Mental Omega normally and select your map from the bottom of the map selection screen in skirmish or multiplayer mode.
Where to Find Custom Maps for Mental Omega
If you want to play custom maps made by other players, you can find them on various websites and forums dedicated to Mental Omega and Red Alert 2 modding. Here are some of them: