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Joe Donnelly

2 years ago

Feature: Mod of Flanders

Best Crusader Kings 2 mods

Crusader Kings 2 [official site] is (somehow) now five years old. Adam raised a glass to its humour and humanity last month in celebration of its half-decade anniversary, so I thought I'd delve into its modding community to mark the occasion too. Much like the digital empires depicted in-game, many of its mods have risen and fallen since my last visit, however the following list…

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Best Half-Life 2 mods

Did you know that in 2004 Valve launched Half-Life 2 [official site]? And did you know that Episode 1 followed two years later and Episode 2 a year after that? Did you know it's now been ten years and besides a mass of rumours, bad jokes and conversations with unverified sources, Gordon Freeman's elusive third Half-Life outing - be that Half-Life 3 or HL2: Episode…

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Best Long War 2 mods

Those of you familiar with XCOM 2's Long War 2 [official site] mod will know it needs little introduction. Crafted by Pavonis Interactive (formerly Long War Studios), it's the indirect follow-up to Enemy Unknown's Long War - a total conversion mod that expands upon Firaxis' core concepts and ideas, making just about every little detail more difficult along the way. Long War 2 offers much…

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Feature: Extra mileage

Best total conversion mods

I think mods are great. And if you've been following the best mods lists I've been compiling for RPS over the last several months, I dare say you feel somewhat the same. Be it superficial tweaks, or highly ambitious overhauls, the work of creative hobbyists is often wonderful - and anything which is capable of breathing new life into our most treasured games is surely…

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Feature: Mod it and they will come.

Best Cities: Skylines mods

Cities: Skylines [official site] is one of those games that if given the chance will swallow you whole. Like any simulation game worth its salt, it's comprised of so many moving parts that only by digging deep into its systems, mechanics and quirks can you hope to scratch its veneer and begin to understand what makes it tick. It's a wonderful game once you do,…

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Best mods of 2016

If you look beyond the celebrity death epidemic, killer clowns, political turmoil and the fact the Great British Bake Off parted ways with the BBC, 2016 has actually been a pretty great year. Well, it's at least been a pretty great year for videogames, and a pretty great year for game modifications. As you've probably spied elsewhere on the coveted pages of RPS of late,…

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Best Football Manager 2017 mods so far

Sports Interactive's Football Manager series (once known as Championship Manager) is the Chosen One of sports management games. Rarely does its year-on-year instalment fall from Steam's top ten most played games list and while the latest edition, Football Manager 2017 [official site], isn't exactly brimming with new features, it has finely tuned almost all of its existing ones - to the point where this season's…

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Feature: Graphics tweaks, total conversions & crafting overhauls

Best Skyrim Special Edition mods

As I'm sure is the case with many of you, returning to Skyrim years after letting it go has been a strange experience at times. Assuming you applied mods to the original, which I'm sure most of you did, the newly released Special Edition has likely been a touch underwhelming in that much of its stock visual 'improvements' present a step down from most modded…

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Best Civilization 6 Mods So Far

Firaxis' latest bite at the macro-scale building turn-based 4X 'em up cherry has hardly been with us two weeks, yet has already inspired umpteen illustrious tales of mighty empires, astute observations and bittersweet victory conditions here at RPS. Wot did strategy aficionado Adam think? He loved it, of course, but there's always room for improvement - and when a game is made up of quite…

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Feature: First-person mode, armour sets & brilliant beards

Best Dark Souls 3 Mods

Unless you've been hiding under a rock lizard for the past several months, you'll know the wonderfully twisted and challenging action role-player Dark Souls returned to our PC telly boxes earlier this year. With series director Hidetaka Miyazaki reinstated at the (knight) helm, the third installment isn't necessarily the best but is probably the most realised, and like its forerunners - and console cousins Demon's…

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Feature: Interface tweaks, graphics overhauls & slow-mo combat.

The Best Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Mods

The recently launched Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition marked the end of the line for Geralt's latest outing - pulling together the outstanding base game and two equally impressive expansions. Now seems like as good a time as any to visit its best mods for some extra mileage. Before we dive Witcher Sense-first into this here best The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official…

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Have You Played… Gangsters: Organized Crime?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. When I first played Gangsters: Organized Crime [Wikipedia page] in the late 90s I didn’t really play strategy games. This one predated The Sopranos, so my grasp of epic gangster stories stemmed from Scarface, Once Upon A Time in America and The Godfather…

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Have You Played… Theme Hospital?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Historically, videogames have largely struggled to convey humour with any degree of success, however Bullfrog Productions’ dark sense of humour is part of what made the likes of Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital [official site] so enjoyable. On paper, the latter…

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Feature: Gardening, giant mechs, guest appearances & more.

Best Starbound Mods

Venturing onto an unexplored foreign planet is a bit like emigrating, but instead of immediately setting up a bank account, renting a flat, and/or hiring a car your primary is concern is, well, staying alive. In interstellar sandbox adventure Starbound [official site] there are plenty of moon-bound monsters out to get you from the off - be that of the biome, procedurally-generated or unique variety -…

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Have You Played… A Story About My Uncle?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. A Story About My Uncle [official site] is a non-combat, narrative-leaning platformer from the same folks responsible for Goat Simulator. It tells a whimsical tale about a boy, his nomad and currently missing uncle, a fantasy realm, and jumping. Lots and lots of…

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Have You Played… Silent Hill 4: The Room?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Much of the praise for horror series Silent Hill is directed at its second entry Silent Hill 2. I’m not sure it was entirely understood when first released in late 2001, however it’s since become a marker against which psychological horror games are…

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Best RimWorld Mods

How does that old saying go - by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail? Or, in RimWorld’s [official site] case, by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail; and even if you prepare really, really well, you’re probably best preparing for failure all the same. You see, even with the most meticulous preparation and planning, success is far from guaranteed in Ludeon Studios’…

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Survival Action-Horror The Other 99 Due In August

The Other 99 [official site] is the debut project from Cornwall-based studio Burning Arrow - a singleplayer first-person action-horror/survival-a-thon that drops players onto a storm-stricken, isolated Hebridean Island with no obvious means of escape. Well, besides a cryptic note that advises the only way off the archipelago is "through The Other 99", whatever that means. It was originally scheduled to launch on Early Access this coming…

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Reimagined: The Spatials Galactology Hits Early Access

The Spatials, you may recall, is a space colony-building strategy sim which Adam said happily engaged his brain but didn't test his patience. Alice once described it as Theme Park/Theme Hospital in space with guns and, going by the screenshots and trailers I've seen, I couldn't argue with that. A year and a bit since release, The Spatials is now being reimagined as "an even…

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