Mod News: Sequel Syndrome

It’s maybe a little strange, but it always surprises me to see a mod sequel in development. The nature of modding – generally amateur-level, non-profit stuff – means you don’t have to worry about franchising or suchlike, and can let your new ideas run riot as soon as you have them. Nevertheless, we do occasionally see a follow-up to something released before – and this week, one of them has released a whole load of new media. Read on to find out what I’m talking about – and, more importantly, whether or not it’s any good.

NEWS

There’s a bunch of new The Gate 2 screenshots, taken from the Area 51 section of the Half-Life 2 mod sequel. The original, a Half-Life 1 mod, was quite excellent and well-received, but this sequel’s looking a bit iffy to me. Some of the ideas seem weak, and the level design looks blocky. Still, I’m only going on the released media, and the final product could be a lot better. Here are the new grabs.

Upcoming stealth-based Crysis mod Storm impressed a while back when the devs released a first set of moody screenshots. Now there’s an in-game video which projects a similar feel. It’s all night-time and lightning, which creates a pretty hefty atmosphere, by the looks of things. Why not go and watch it?

Deus Ex mods are relatively rare, so it’s always nice to see one that’s clearly very active, releasing six new screenshots. That’s what Nihilum has done… before announcing that the project’s to be put on hold for hal a year. Oh. So it’s not going to make its 2011 release date. But the new images are really strong. Desperately hoping this one doesn’t go under: I’ve been following it for a while, and it looks lovely.

And here’s a crazy ambitious thing. I somehow doubt we’ll ever see it, but it’s an interesting approach, so we’ll lob it in here. Mindworld, basically, is a fully-fledged design for a first-person action adventure, set in a surreal dream world. It’s listed on ModDB as a Half-Life 2 mod, but apparently that’s not confirmed yet – they’re attempting to build up a community, and will then consult them on whether it should be a HL2 mod, whether it should be a mod for something else, or whether they should have a go at a full indie title. You see crazy-ambitious stuff like this all the time, but the reason I’m quite excited by the prospect of this is… well, the utterly tremendous concept art, basically. There’s a taster of it below.

RELEASES

Not so much a full mod as an individual map, but zB Master for Warcraft III: Frozen Throne has been released. It’s part of a larger project called Warcraft vs Starcraft, a mod which will attempt to pull Starcraft’s elements of play into Warcraft III. This map is only an 8mb download, which you can grab here.

Also – and this technically should be in Updates, but I missed its release last week – there’s a Fallout: New Vegas mod called Vault 24. Vault 24 is, according to the description, a huge, 1000-person ruined vault deep beneath the city itself. This week, a new area of the vault has been polished up. You can grab it from here.

UPDATES

Arsenal of Democracy mod 1964 has released its second public alpha this week. This mod covers an alternate history between 1964 and the present, in which the goodies had lost the Second World War. Alpha 1.1.2 expands the technology three and adds some new units, as well making a few other tweaks. You can grab it from ModDB.

There’s also a new version of Doom III mod/toolkit The Dark Mod, which turns id’s frantic shooter into something approximating Thief with a level editor. This new version adds a heap of new features for level designers, including new textures, character models and voval sets, while those on player-side benefit from smaller file sizes, better AI, and a new mission preview screen. You can find the update here.

Meanwhile, Deus Ex Revision has hit version 1.3. This mod takes the original Deus Ex, rebuilds certain areas of the game, adds more expansive areas, and generally neatens things up. I haven’t tried this, but I like it as an idea for breathing new life into an 11-year-old game. The update is available, like most are, on ModDB.

‘Til next week, ladies and gents.

19 Comments

  1. Olero says:

    Hmm, Deus Ex Revolution sounds promising. Has anyone here on RPS experience with this mod? And if so, is it worth re-installing Deus Ex for a 5th time?

  2. KindredPhantom says:

    No mention of Blade Symphony I see.
    link to usercreated.org
    Have some leftover beta codes that can be redeemed here. e6bfa2e9b5c7d6aa
    There are only 5 uses left, so first come first served.

    • rhontos says:

      Thanks for this. I have been wanting to play this game for a while, didn’t even know they had a closed beta though.

    • JeCa says:

      Ah damn, “Code has been fully used”. Has really been anticipating this game since I first saw it around here, guess I’ll just have to wait until it’s released properly. Which, if that post from the fourth of February is to be believed, shouldn’t be too far from now :)

    • KindredPhantom says:

      Here, have some more. 32fa5f003af1ac6f
      This one has 10 uses. Enjoy. :D

    • JeCa says:

      Oh Awesome, that one worked!
      Thanks a Lot :D

  3. Hodag says:

    Deus Ex Revision is pretty spiff. They’ve changed enemy placement, equipment drops, all sorts of stuff. In some ways it feels like a brand new game.

    • jplayer01 says:

      Neat, I’ll have to try it then. Does it work with the Steam version of DX?

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    kregg says:

    WHERE IS BLACK MESA? /angry foolish internet mans

  5. Heliosicle says:

    link to youtube.com

    OHHH SHIIIIIT.

  6. royaltyinexile says:

    Watch out for the Bohemia Interactive Community awards, due tomorrow™, which recognize the best mods for the Arma 2 platform.

    Y’know.. community MODDING awards.. supported by RPS… shiny big logo :)

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  8. sbs says:

    so, question: deus ex revision is recommending HDTP & New Vision mods – so are the three mods able to combine without grotesque glitches happening?

  9. costyka says:

    Hi guy who does this column. Be notified by the following that a new game for the PC usage is in the coming. It’s with Samus Aran and it is a retelling of Metroid 2. It’s modish in the wider sense of the word but you may wanna step outside the half life thing and crisis and bullocks for a bit.

    Make do for some diversity something. Also Gothic 1 or the later iterations have mods and coverage may be a well deserved step towards diversity and harmony and stuff.

    Why are you so narrow scoped in your coverage scope, you?

  10. passingstranger says:

    Every Mod News:

    1) Open Page
    2) Ctrl + F “Mesa”

    What have I become?

  11. Mengtzu says:

    Speaking of mod sequels, I just released one for an early Dragon Age: Origins mod. The Broken City is a five hour long followup to Fragments of Ferelden, which you may have played when Mod News kindly mentioned it last year. The sequel features greatly improved boss battles, new art from the community and snappy party banter.
    It should help you fill in the week before DA2 is released and you forget about DA:O forever ;)

  12. IAmCzarAndYouAreNot says:

    I beg to differ on your opinion on The Gate. There were so many things wrong with the mod that it wasn’t even funny.
    The voice acting was awful.
    Cutscenes… overly long cutscenes… in a Half-Life game…
    There were places in the stages where you could get killed instantaneously without knowing what exactly hit you.
    The stealth mission where you had to evade gaurd dogs who BIT YOU WHILE INSIDE THE FREAKING CAGES sure didn’t help either.
    Consider that unisntalled.