Posts Tagged ‘mod’

Long War Studios Making More XCOM 2 Mods

Bum rush 'em.

Long War Studios, the folks behind the loved/feared XCOM 1 mod Long War, have joined up with Firaxis again to make more mods for XCOM 2 [official site]. They had three ready for XCOM 2 at launch, which Adam quite liked, and have been working on another five since then. No, none of them appear to be Long War 2. The first of these extras came out today, adding options like larger squad sizes, randomised soldier stats, and ‘red fog’ lowering the stats of wounded units. Beyond that, look forward to custom classes, new weapons, new aliens, and more.

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Someone Is Trying To Fix Aliens: Colonial Marines

I mentioned Gearbox’s woebegotten Aliens: Colonial Marines in snarky passing earlier, and so was surprised to see the disappointing Xeno-shooter crop up in the news for Actual Reals. Turns out there’s a mod intended the make the lousy not quite so lousy. My main question at this point is why?
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The Good Life: Minecraft’s Life In The Woods Reborn

American trucks and the open road may be The Official RPS Escapist Fantasy right now, but in 2014 we did have a nice few days dreaming about seeking a life of solitute, contemplation, creativity, exploration, and self-sufficiency in the wilds.

Inspired by the writings of Henry D. Thoreau, Life in the Woods was a collection of Minecraft [official site] mods turning the build ’em up towards those feelings. Now curator Phedran has followed up with a new release adding multiplayer support and tuning the feelings to a slightly different direction.

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Insurgency Launches Free DoD-y Mod Day Of Infamy

Modern-day military FPS Insurgency [official site] now has a World War 2 military FPS lurking inside it, like a matryoshka doll made from bullets. Insurgency developers New World Interactive built the foundations of mod Day of Infamy themselves but have opened it up to players to expand it. Yes, obviously it is inspired by Day of Defeat. Infamy required a beta client when it first launched in mid-January, but as of a few days ago it’s compatible with the game’s main branch for everyone to easily play.

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Long War Team Reveal XCOM 2’s Launch Day Mods

XCOM 2 [official site] is pretty flipping great, is Wot Adam Thinks. But should you fancy tinkering with that fine formula, a few mods will be available when the game launches on Friday, thanks to the Long War folks teaming up with Firaxis. Now we’ve heard what these mods are and no, they haven’t made Long War 2. Instead, you can expect things like a new weapon class and squad leader perks. They’re small additions, not massive changes, but I’ll be curious to see how they affect things.

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Have You Played… Blind Monk’s Society?

Sorry for the quality loss in resizing this screenshot from 1440p.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Audio-only games like Papa Sangre have been spooking up pocket telephones a treat, but the idea of navigating by sound alone will always make me think of having a good old chuckle. The Blind Monk’s Society [official site] is a free, silly Half-Life 2 mod from 2008, a black screen and some helpful audio direction. Should ravenous ravens ever devour my eyes, I’ll listen carefully for a friendly Blind Monk.

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XCOM: Long War Team Making XCOM 2 Mods

Alec hasn’t been the same since he returned from the Long War. The celebrated XCOM mod turns the base game’s wee scrap into a gruelling war, chewing through your forces and your resolve with relentless difficulty. Some days we find him simply sitting in a chair by the window, staring out to sea, his bottom lip quivering.

The folks who made Long War are working on their own strategy game now but, also, have teamed up with Firaxis to make a few mods for XCOM 2 [official site].

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Doof Wagon Rumbles Into Grand Theft Auto V

Say the words “a ‘Funny Vehicles Pack’ for Grand Theft Auto V” and I’ll grimace as visions of wheeled dicks and Internet memes roll through my mind. But wait, this one is actually quite cute! I like small, gentle gags like driving a tow truck which happens to be hauling a ripped-out ATM spitting money, or a car whose back pocket keeps bouncing open to reveal a corpse. Small gags are important.

Oh, and the mod’s other vehicles include a ramshackle version of the Doof Wagon out Mad Max: Fury Road, if you demand big and noisy. No subtlety, you lot.

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Fallout 4 Mod Adds Nuclear Winter (And Other Seasons)

If patrolling South Boston almost makes you wish for nuclear winter, you’re in luck—now there’s a mod for that. More specifically, there’s a mod to add every season to Fallout 4 [official site].

The verdant greens of spring. The warm touch of summer sunlight. The vibrant oranges of a New England autumn. And the absolute hellhole that is Boston in winter. They’re all here, in a new mod called the Fallout 4 Seasons Project.

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Grand Theft Uncle: GTA V’s Watch Dogs Mod

Note: Uncle optional.

The magical planet-hacking phone of Watch Underscore Dogs seemed a fine tool to play with in a sandbox world, but Ubisoft’s murderuncle simulator wants much fun as a sandbox. So hey, look, a mod brings Aiden Pearce’s fancy phone to Grand Theft Auto V [official site] – which has a wonderful world. You can now hack traffic lights, pop up traffic barriers, plunge the city into darkness, unlock cars, make trains freak out, rain money from ATMs, and pull other ctOS tricks.

Note: changing the player model to Aiden with his “iconic cap” is an optional, separate thing for hardcore uncle enthusiasts only.

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Sea Change: SOMA Mod Makes All Entities Non-Violent

What if you could talk to the monsters? The Wuss Mode: Monsters Won’t Attack mod for SOMA [official site] doesn’t quite allow you to hold conversations with the denizens of Frictional’s latest creation but it does prevent them from chasing you around the place until you die. I’m excited to try this because it might just improve the game significantly, simply by focusing on the fact that fear does not need to be followed by violence and death. Vague spoilers ahead for those who haven’t played.

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Just Cause 3 Multiplayer Mod In The Works

When I received definitive confirmation that Just Cause 3 [official site] wouldn’t have any multiplayer support out of the box, I felt like I’d been punched in the gut. If memory serves, I was talking to one of the game’s producers at the time so it’s entirely possible that I left the room wincing, with a wounded expression on my face. Later in the day, when I’d recovered, Avalanche told me that their dedication to modding support would allow for all manner of enjoyable shenanigans and, sure enough, the team behind the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod have released the first footage of Just Cause 3 Multiplayer. Delicious.

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XCOM Long War Modders Working On Standalone Strategy Game

XCOM’s Long War mod [official site] is, to many, the definitive version of Firaxis’ reboot of the alien-repelling strategy classic. As the title suggests, it extends the length of the campaign, making the fight against the invaders into a gruelling conflict rather than a streamlined series of missions. The campaign structure isn’t the only thing the mod changes – it’s like the biggest and most delicious expansion imaginable – and you can find all the details here, as well as download links.

Now, the team behind the mod have formed a studio and begun work on “a grand strategy game in which the player leads the defense of Earth during an alien invasion”.

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Mix-And-Match Murder In Fallout 4 Weapon Mods Mod

Ever been sat in front of a Weapons Workbench with a tonne of material, wishing you were free to craft whatever the hell you wanted? Sure you have. And with no crafting restrictions, you could teach those Super Mutant Ancient Behemoths obnoxiously roaming the Commonwealth a serious lesson. Imagine if you turned up with, I dunno, an Electrified Triple Barrel Minigun? They’d shit an irradiated brick for sure.

The Any Mod Any Weapon mod for Fallout 4 [official site] asks: what’s stopping you?

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Doom Over The World: The 2015 Cacowards

Ask me “Alice! You like Doom and player-made stuff and player-made Doom stuff – what’s this year’s best?” and I’ll sheepishly reply “Ah, heck, I don’t play nearly enough to know. The selfie mod was funny, wasn’t it? With the selfie stick? Right? Jokes? Oh, hey, did you see the Doom Mixtape? Look I need to…” Don’t ask me that.

Some people who do play an awful lot of Doom, mind, are the Doomworld lot. Every year on December 10th – Doom’s birthday, it’s now 22 years old – they hand out gleaming Cacowards to their favourite new Doomy creations, which are often a handy pointer towards good and fun new things. This year’s results are in, so go a-Dooming!

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Witcher 3 Mod Replaces Combat With Gwent

I am the worst Witcher. Don’t get me wrong – I’m very good at the actual hunting and preparation part of the monster-slaying business, so it’s not all bad, but when it comes to the actual killing part, I am terrible. Rolling around in circles and trying to time attack animations just right is my least favourite part of The Witcher 3 [official site], a game that unexpectedly stole my heart. I’m over the moon to see the Hearts of Card mod, which replaces all combat with rounds of its card game Gwent.

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GTA V ‘Map Editor’ Mod Lets You Spawn Props

The Custom Content Creator in GTA Online is a fine tool for tinkering with Los Santos with friends, but there isn’t much around that lets you entertain your creative side on your lonesome in Grand Theft Auto V [official site]. If, like me, you spend a lot of time messing about in single-player, this poses a problem. Well, grumble no more my fellow loners, this nifty GTA V Map Editor mod will let us turn the sprawling city into our personal playgrounds to our lonely hearts’ content.

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Fallout 4 Mod Adds Full Script Lines To Dialogue Choices

You know that bit in RPG conversations? You know, that bit where it presents you with brief dialogue options, and you select one which seems innocuous then discover that the full response is a little more complicated? You know, where you click “Okay” and your character says “Okay, I’ll do it, even if you are a pointy-eared freak GOD I hate elves and would murder your face clean off but I guess this is a quest so I’ll settle for skinning your lousy elfmoose – which I will totally do when you turn away, btw”?

If so, you may be glad to hear that someone’s made a mod for Fallout 4 [official site] replacing its one-word dialogue options with the full line you’ll actually say.

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Hellevision: Watch Liz Ryerson’s Doom Mixtape

This one's from A.L.T.

Many things can be improved by boshing them into Doom, and that goes for games criticism too. Liz Ryerson, a musician, Doom enthusiast, and the developer of Problem Attic, has written some of my favourite games criticism of recent times, and in March started recording the Doom Mixtape. It’s a video series where she plays through favourite and curious player-made Doom levels, picking over what makes them interesting and spiralling out to talk about all sorts of things connected to games creation, culture, communities, and commercialism. It’s pretty great. Plus, Doom.

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WH40K: Dawn of War’s Witch Hunters Mod Is Finally Out

Relic are still poking at Dawn of War II, but what about the first of Relic’s Warhammer 40,000 RTSs? Delightfully, modders are still happily working on expanding and revamping Dawn of War, and this weekend saw the release of the Witch Hunters: Adepta Sororitas mod [official site] for DoW: Soulstorm. It adds a new army drawing from the judicial and ecclesiastical arms of the Emperor’s might, from humble space-cops to the terrifying Sisters of Battle.

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