Posts Tagged ‘mod’

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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Liberty City Nights: A NFS Underground-y GTA 3 Mod

By Alice O'Connor on July 21st, 2014.

Neon Nights

Races have consistently been my least favourite activity and mission style in Grand Theft Auto games, but here I am downloading Grand Theft Auto III so I can play a mod dedicated to the blighters. Liberty City Nights’ creator amibitiously describes it as “the best racing mod GTA III ever saw,” which also implies “the least horrible racing GTA III ever saw,” but that’s not why I’m interested. See, I’m interested in mods which try to recreate or crib from games and series which are no longer made, and Liberty City Nights is after the neon night racing of EA’s Need for Speed Underground subseries.

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Quake On! Non-Linear Quake 4 Campaign False Dawn

By Alice O'Connor on July 18th, 2014.

You're damn right that's a rusty corridor.

While QuakeCon rages away in Texas, gibsters stuck at home might feel a little left out. Chin up, little buddy: Quake’s coming to you. After missing its plan to launch during QCon 2013, Quake IV single-player mod False Dawn has launched alongside this year’s fragging festivities. It brings a new story with 90-120 minutes of non-linear Strogg-shooting and a few tweaks to good old Q4.

Its single-player side was pretty good fun, from what I remember, so sure, maybe I will revisit that so very brown and frightful planet of meaty cyborgs this weekend.

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A Very Minecraft Megacity: The Endless City Mod

By Alice O'Connor on July 9th, 2014.

The megacity of your Minecraft nightmares.

To my infinite shame and professional disrepute, I’ve never played Minecraft. I know. But that hasn’t stopped me from hugely enjoying a Minecraft mod for months, Endless City by Julian Hyde. It’s an idea so lovely, I’ve enjoyed it in itself, not even watching other people play. See, Endless City is inspired by this cracking tweet from game-maker Andi McClure:

Reverse minecraft: Minecraft in a large city. Cut away dead frozen impassable skyscraper towers, construct trees and earth in their place.

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Spelunky SD Mod Adds Co-Op To Free Original Version

By Graham Smith on July 7th, 2014.

How does it handle shopping, I wonder?

The original Spelunky – the free, low resolution Game Maker-made Classic version – is open source. That means it can be broadly modified, which is what Ukrainian programmer Vadim has done in Spelunky SD. The project merges features from the polished remake Spelunky HD with the lo-fi original, most notably adding two-player, online cooperative multiplayer.

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Half-Life 2 Mod NeoTokyo Now Standalone On Steam

By Graham Smith on July 7th, 2014.

Japan best country.

Every dog has its day, but can the same be said of mods? For every celebrated success story there are twice as many polished, lovingly crafted amateur works that never found the audience they deserve. NeoTokyo is one such example: a Half-Life 2 mod set in a near future Tokyo inspired by Ghost In The Shell. It had lush, detailed maps, a soundtrack of “brooding cyberpunk electronica” (Spotify, Bandcamp) that one listener (Alice) called “redonc”, and combat mechanics that one player (me) called “tops guns.”

Five years after its original release, NeoTokyo is now available as a standalone install via Steam. It’s still free and mostly unchanged since its last major update in January 2013, but hopefully this brings a new audience to the game. Perhaps every mod does have its day. Trailer below.

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