Mods have sometimes had a bit of cross-format compatibility issues. So when Steam launched for Mac earlier this year, I was curious to see what this would mean for mod teams. Frankly I don’t have the answer yet, as what lies below isn’t strictly a mod any longer - but it is lovely to see what was once such a pillar of the HL2 modding scene become available for a format other than Windows. Have a gander below the jump to see what I’m on about, and to take in the most intriguing mod news of the week.
Are we still counting Garry’s Mod as a mod? It’s a proper, full, purchasable product now - but hey, it’s got “mod” in the title, so let’s run with it. The delightful news for Mac users is that Garry’s Mod, the famous sandbox for Half-Life 2, will be getting a Mac release tomorrow. Garry himself has been finished with the Mac version for a while, I believe, but has been waiting for the authoritative humans at Valve to okay it. Seems it’s all ready to go now on the 23rd September.
It turns out that Command & Conquer: ShockWave isn’t dead! This is the C&C Generals: Zero Hour mod which first emerged in beta a few years ago, but hasn’t seen any updates since 2008. But the full, final, non-beta version of ShockWave will be out before Christmas, it would seem.
Then there’s Shot.Source, a newly announced Half-Life 2 mod. It claims to be “The first REAL Source shooter,” perplexingly. But what that seems to mean is that it’s a sort of shooting range mod, with plenty of real-world ranges and accurate weapons included. Online leaderboards and the like are planned, as well. I’ll be keeping my eye on it.
And this looks gorgeous: a Doom 3 mod called Ruiner, which is gearing up for an October beta release. The media on that website suggest’s id’s last-gen tech still has some life in it yet. It’s a third-person single-player mod with a lovely vibe to it. I’ll be digging out my old copy of id’s horror classic, then.
Fallout Who! I cannot believe I missed Fallout Who last week. It’s a Fallout 3 Doctor Who mod. Featuring two quests (downloaded separately), a Doctor player model and an absolutely gorgeously rendered Tardis, this is a really delightful piece of work.
The Open Outcast lot are busy bees at the moment. They’ve been updating their ModDB page an extraordinary amount in the run-up to the release of Oasis 1.1, its new tech demo. You can find all the countdown posting here, along with the demo itself, which is now available. It’s absolutely astoundingly beautiful - not just because of the CryEngine, although that’s certainly a powerful base, but because of the amount of detailed work that’s been placed over the top of those foundations.
Just as Civilization V hits, the folks at Fairy Tale have updated their expansive Civ IV mod. Fairy Tale takes Civilization’s mechanics and drops them into a traditional fantasy world, proudly boasting about its lack of originality. “This mod does not claim to be original or impressive,” says the promo material, oddly. But it’s a mod that’s gone down well so far, and version 10 - ten! - is here. Featuring new maps, units, buildings and bug-fixes, you can download it from ModDB (be sure to uninstall version 9 first).
Then there’s Eve of Destruction, a Battlefield Vietnam mod that’s been really rather quiet for a full five years. But now, version 0.16 has been released, adding single-player and co-op for all existing maps, as well as dropping in two new ones, converted from Eve of Destruction for Battlefield 1942. Plenty of bug-fixes too, apparently. And then a day later, 0.17 has been released, which seems to be just a simple patch for the 0.16.
And finally there’s Phoenix, a Freelancer Mod, which has hit version 1.06 this week. The new release features player cloaking, new ships, flyable gunboats, new effects, and various fixes. Grab the update here.
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Cracked Glass is the team behind upcoming Half-Life 2 mod Tension, an interesting-looking grappling-hook swingy-swingy game. Matthew Lee’s interviewed them over at UserCreated, going over a whole load of interesting stuff. Well worth a read if you’ve been following their work.