Posts Tagged ‘mod’

Pleased Tzimisce You: Bloodlines Antitribu Mod Out

By Alice O'Connor on February 12th, 2015.

Checking out my Tzimisce dream home.

I’ve been conservative with Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. The only modding I do is boshing on ye olde unofficial patch, without even enabling the optional new bits, and maybe replacing my character model with a nicer NPC model. I might be bolder next playthrough, as apparently we’re spoilt for choice with Bloodlines mods at the moment.

Mega-expand-o-overhaul Bloodlines Antitribu [official site] came out last week, with oodles of new clans, models, levels, weapons, skills, quests, characters, and so on. A new version of big overhaul mod The Final Nights [official forum] arrived too.

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The Making Of Warhammer: Total War (THE MOD)

By Rob Zacny on February 11th, 2015.

Until Total War: Warhammer comes along from Creative Assembly, the most ambitious and comprehensive Warhammer fantasy strategy game is a colossal mod for Rome: Total War called Warhammer: Total War – A Call to Arms. Over the course of five years, a high school student and a handful of volunteers tortured and twisted the aging Rome: Total War engine into becoming a full-fledged Warhammer game.

Powered by an obsolete engine even when the final version was released a couple years back, and soon overshadowed by the news the Sega had acquired the rights to make a Warhammer fantasy game on PC, A Call to Arms could be seen as a classically quixotic modding effort. But if you look past the dated graphics, you’ll find that A Call to Arms might just be the most faithful adaptation Warhammer fantasy will ever receive on PC. It is a sprawling, ambitious, and scarcely-coherent effort to bring every ounce of Warhammer fantasy lore to life as a Total War game – and in doing so it captures the spirit of the old Warhammer fantasy universe better than official games might ever dare.

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Bang Pow Growl: Mouthy Doom Replacement Sounds Mod

By Alice O'Connor on February 10th, 2015.

GRUNT POW BANG BOOM GRRRRKKK!

Do you remember that impressive Half-Life 2 mod where a chap replaced all the sounds with new versions he’d made himself with his mouth, lips, tongue, saliva, and perhaps other parts of his gastrointestinal tract? What a silly sausage! Now someone has done the same for Doom. Shotguns, rockets, growls, elevators: you name it, they’ve recreated it with their mouth. What could be more Doom-y than an offering of flesh and spittle?

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Meet Frankensteined World Leader In Civilization V Mod

By Cassandra Khaw on January 31st, 2015.

Say that in my face, son. I double-dog dare you.

The inimitable forces behind Colonialist Legacies have gone and Frankenstein-ed together something audaciously lovely: a fully animated, fully voiced 3D leader screen for their Civilization V mod pack. It’s Australia’s Henry Parkes and he didn’t make his grand entrance on the Internet alone. No, the esteemed gentleman is just one part of their new and improved Australia mod.

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Viking Space Program Is Exploding With Awesome

By Cassandra Khaw on January 30th, 2015.

Yes, little Kerbal. At least, there's that.

Long ago, before the seduction of fast food and motorized vehicles, there resided vikings in the land of Kerbin. It was not an easy time. These fearsome Kerbals lived and died with their colossal ships, which spat flame like the behinds of dragons. But like their eventual descendants, they persisted and grew from strength to strength. Their endless quest for naval perfection was known as the Viking Space Program and it was, like everything else in Kerbin, kinda cool.

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Pulp Your Own Milk: Minecraft Mod Adds Vegan Options

By Alice O'Connor on January 30th, 2015.

This is what you'll craft with, eat, and sleep on.

‘Indie milk’, I called it. In search of the tastiest dairy alternative during a vegan spell a while back, I gulped the diluted pulp of rice, coconut, almond, hazelnut, oat, hemp, and more – even soy, because hey, it might be pretty much mainstream by now but only a jerk thinks they’re too good for pop milk. I like the idea of new Minecraft mod The Vegan Option, adding crafting alternatives free of animal products for everything from dye to armour, but as an indie milk aficionado I had to know: what is the drink it calls ‘plant milk’?

Pumpkin milk. You make your own pumpkin milk from seeds. Damn, that’s pretty hardcore.

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Silent Hill Source Engine Fan Game Alchemilla Released

By Alice O'Connor on January 19th, 2015.

BOO! GHOST CAR!

What’s a Silent Hill game without combat? A moody adventure game where you spend too long kicking around a hospital, hoping you won’t see more of those awful twitchy nurses. At least, that’s what I’ve seen so far of Silent Hill: Alchemilla, a free fan game/Source mod which has all of the puzzling and rust without any of the stomping-on-squirming-things. It’s relatively thoughtful puzzling too, and I only stopped playing to write this post because I was stumped. I’ll return later though, as I want to see more of its unarmed first-person take on Silent Hill, and maybe more of those frightful nurses. I do like them really.

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Peeping Mission: Metal Gear Solid V First-Person Mod

By Alice O'Connor on January 12th, 2015.

Blam blam.

You and I, dear reader, we’re not Big Boss. We can’t sneak into heavily-fortified areas unseen, we can’t carefully put hundreds of guards to sleep then vanish into the night, we can’t foil pursuers by hiding inside cardboard boxes, and, as much as we might like doing it, we can’t quite growl “Metal Gearrrr” in the right way. No, we puny humans don’t have his legendary senses, situational awareness, and skills, so when we play Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes we have a magical third-person with indicators and information galore to fake it. But if you want to try actually being Big Boss and peeping through his eyes, an FPS Mod is now out.

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Shiny Shiny: The Resident Evil 4 HD Project

By Alice O'Connor on January 5th, 2015.

WIP it good.

If I were prone to making rash, sweeping declarations, I might say “Resident Evil 4 is the best action game.” Then I’d hastily add “Wait, maybe this side of Vanquish?” Then “Hang on, what do I mean by ‘action game’?” And “I’m not sure I mean that.” Followed finally by “I shouldn’t have said that.” Let’s settle for: Resident Evil 4 is very good. And now it can be a fair bit prettier, if you want.

The first big release of texture pack RE4 HD Project dropped over Christmas, making over the first section of Capcom’s own HD revamp. The makers are trying so hard to recreate it faithfully, they’re tracking down real-world places and objects Capcom digitised.

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Skyrim Mod Enderal’s Trailer Explores The Undercity

By Shaun Green on December 7th, 2014.

The developers of upcoming Skyrim total conversion Enderal: The Shards of Order have released a new trailer, showing off a location dubbed the Undercity.

I’m curious: just how does one acquire a Shard of Order? First you’d need to shatter an intangible concept, which seems like a lot of hard work, even for a fantasy big boss. Ordering a Shard seems a lot easier: you can just have one custom-made by any number of Skyrim merchants. Enderal, whoever you are – you have my number. Call me.

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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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