Posts Tagged ‘mod’

Survival Mod Total Chaos Pretties And Uglifies Doom II

By Alec Meer on October 24th, 2014.

Earlier this week I wrote about DayZ mod for Doom which you can play right now, but here’s another, potentially more ambitious still survival remix of id’s finest hour. Total Chaos for Doom II is a massively-modified ( to the point of being unrecognisable) singleplayer open world survival horror mod, which uses GZDoom (engine) and Zandronum (multiplayer infrastructure) and – GASP! – features no guns.

But… but… is this not like curry without beer, a Florida vacation without Disney World, or the Velvet Underground without feedback?
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Into The Hollow: Dark Souls 2 First Person Mod

By Adam Smith on October 23rd, 2014.

Some things were never meant to be seen up close and personal. Take the Mona Lisa – Da Vinci’s elaborate smiley isn’t kept behind bulletproof glass for its own safety, it’s locked up to maintain a secure distance from onlookers. Get within a few inches and the familiar smile ceases to draw the eye – instead, you’ll be unable to ignore the painter’s self-insertion, an image of himself mooning the model, reflected in the sparkle of her eye.

With the release of a Dark Souls 2 first-person mod, it’s now possible to see the buildings and beasties of Drangleic up close and personal, but do you really want to? Take a look.

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MISERY Diary: Playing Stalker’s Hardest Mod

By Angus Morrison on October 20th, 2014.

Get to the chopper!

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we’ll highlight a few of those games and i) write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself.

Honour is for better folk than I. Honour is for the short-lived. Honour is for the people not playing MISERY. Accordingly, I choose to play as a Sniper. I’ll pick off monsters from the safety of a nice, cosy bush, although odds-on that’ll eat me too.

MISERY is a mod for STALKER: Call of Pripyat, two all-caps games which combine to form an experience which shouts death and despair at anyone who tries to play it.

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Diablo 1 HD Mod Adds Support For Modern Machines

By Graham Smith on September 24th, 2014.

Diablo games become like obsessions, and like any obsessive-compulsive knows, slight changes to routine can cause you to lose your shit. That means that you might like or loathe Diablo 3, but if the first game was your first love, you’ll likely long to return. The Diablo 1 HD mod makes that much easier by increasing the game’s resolution, introducing support for widescreen displays, improving the interface and making it work better on modern copies of Windows.

It also goes a step further – for better or worse, I’m not sure – by adding extra content to the game alongside the graphical upgrade, including Barbarian and Assassin classes, new items and crafting recipes, and new locations, bosses, spells, skills and more. There’s a trailer below showing the destructive scale of the thing.

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Build-A-Biohazard: Plague Inc’s Mod Tools

By Alice O'Connor on September 23rd, 2014.

Not very subtle, werewolves.

While I was off on my hols last week, video games found new ways to kill everyone in the world. Oh, video games! Plague Inc: Evolved are now making their own pandemics and epidemics as developers Ndemic Creations have released the scenario creator they used to make the game. More than simply making horrific diseases (though some are making horrific diseases), folks have whipped together plagues based on vampirism and lycanthropy, Triffids, a cyberpunk technobrain virus, and even political movements. Plague Inc is a game modelling how things spread within society, after all.

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Phobos Throwback: Doom Reborn Total Conversion

By Adam Smith on September 17th, 2014.

Doom Reborn is a mega-mod, with the sole aim of proving that the shotgun sound effect in Doom is more exciting than the entirety of Doom 3*. To achieve this goal, a team of modders (currently consisting of the contrarily named duo, GameHacKeR and Brent) are reconstructing Doom and Doom 2 in the idTech4 engine. I think they might be on to something. During the hour of footage below, edit: the shotgun can be heard punctuating the action with its signature ‘BOOM CH-CHCK’ the shotgun sound hasn’t been replaced at all**. Some would argue that the shotgun sound was outdone by its own sequel, Doom 2′s super shotgun, which went ‘BOOOM CA-KLUNK-CA’. If memory serves, the Doom 3 shotgun went ‘PFFFFFFFFT’ and the pistol simply uttered quiet apologies whenever the trigger was pulled.

Doom Reborn is pre-beta is available now.

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Praxis Makes Perfect: Civcraft Getting Standalone Game

By Graham Smith on September 17th, 2014.

Update: I muddled up two mods with similar names, so have now updated this story accordingly. Thanks to hayshed in the comments for pointing out my mistake!

The creators of Minecraft server Civcraft have announced Praxis, a standalone game that plays with the same concepts as its forebear. Civcraft is an anarchy-server that runs a set of server-side mods designed as an “experiment for communities, political ideologies, debate and discussion,” meant to foster an experience “not just about surviving the elements, but about surviving each other, where players can work together to create and shape civilization or to watch it crumble. A world open to any idea, manifesto or philosophy, created by the players.” Which sounds pretty fascinating.

The standalone game will offer all of the same experiences, but on a purpose-built engine, as explained in an announcement post on the Civcraft subreddit.

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Bees! Bees! Bees! Extra Bees For Minecraft

By Alice O'Connor on September 5th, 2014.

BEADS?

BEES! Noble bees! Sinister bees! Tipsy bees! Boggy bees! Gothic bees! You want bees? How about bovine bees? Minty bees? Creepy bees? Lustrous bees? Modest bees? But wait, there’s more: tarry bees! Absolute bees! Stained bees! Over 150 species of bee are just waiting for you to tend, study, and DNA-engineer them in Minecraft once you install the Forestry mod and the aptly-named plugin Extra Bees. What about bauxite bees? Glowering bees? Malicious Bees? Virulent Bees? Frigid bees? Jaded bees? Oh you betcha. And ravenous bees! Pulped bees! Sticky bees! Caustic bees!

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Grand Theft Aiden: The #WatchDogsIV Mod

By Alice O'Connor on August 29th, 2014.

That's one way to stop someone phoning in your crimes.

I’m eternally surprised by what modders manage to do with Grand Theft Auto IV, especially as Rockstar never released official mod tools. Modders needed to build tools before they could build mods, a bit like Minecraft–only you end up with high-fidelity murder rather than a monolithic phallus.

The latest wonder rising from GTA 4 borrows an awful lot from another open-world murder simulator: Watch Dogs. Mass-murderer-with-a-heart-of-gold Aiden Pearce is now hacking Liberty City with his magical telephone, popping barriers out the ground, riding trains, spying through cameras, screwing with traffic lights, and generally hacking the planet. It’s a remarkable feat.

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Mod Of The Century: Distant Worlds Star Trek

By Adam Smith on August 21st, 2014.

Distant Worlds is the best space strategy game ever made, although I’ll permit some leeway for the Master of Orion 2 lovers and have a real soft spot for Ascendancy. Hell, if you want to argue a case for Master of Orion 3, I’d love to read it but I’d need a heavy dose of sedatives on hand in case things became a little too weird. If you haven’t already acquainted yourself with Distant Worlds, my conversation with Edward James Olmos about its charms and intricacies may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re already a convert, news of a Star Trek complete conversion mod should be very exciting indeed. It’s here.

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Mod A Mod: Dota 2 Mod Tools Released

By Alice O'Connor on August 7th, 2014.

GAMES.

Even without official mod tools, Dota 2 players have been making all sorts of Warcraft 3-y custom modes and games for Valve’s game (which is, of course, the sequel to a WC3 mod). Some recreate old classics like Pudge Wars, Enfo’s Survival, or Element Tower Defense, while others are new short weird things. But they’re a pain in the rump to make and to play, unofficial hacky things. Good-o, then, that Valve have now released mod tools.

They tools are very early right now, but the idea is that people will be able to simply download custom modes from the Steam Workshop.

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Mid-Level Loading Be Gone! Thief 3 Gold Mod Leaves Beta

By Alice O'Connor on August 1st, 2014.

Gently does it!

A mod removing the mid-level loading from Thief: Deadly Shadows is a good thing. We cooed a bit at the Thief 3 Gold mod before in May when the first beta version arrived–coo!–so now that Version 1.0 is here we’re duty-bound to coo longer, more intensely. CoooOOo! Along with smooshing mission segments into single load-free levels, Gold makes a few other tweaks, including adjusting wonky guard paths and positions.

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Grand Theft Oh Whoah: iCEnhancer Mod Updated

By Alice O'Connor on July 28th, 2014.

Shiny.

Fan-made replacement models and textures whatnot have been jazzing up games for decades, but recent years have seen the curious development of custom cinematography. Tools like ENB and SweetFX jack into a game’s rendering pipeline, letting people create their own vision by tweaking things like lighting, shadows, colours, reflections, anti-aliasing, and all manner of blooms and blurs. While some try to bring a look closer to reality, others go more moody.

Perhaps the most popular of these for Grand Theft Auto IV is iCEnhancer, adding enough fancy effects and tonal tweaks to make a six-year-old game look fresh as a daisy. Version 3.0 has now arrived, with plenty of new prettiness and a little extra performance.

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