Posts Tagged ‘mod’

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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Brighten Up Fallout 4 With The Enhanced Wasteland Mod

Nuclear apocalypses generally aren’t a very good thing, but while they’re capable of wiping out much of life, they really don’t have the capability of destroying colour. However, so entrenched in us is the idea that apocalyptic wastelands are in sepia tone that the colour scheme is a shorthand for communicating the devastation. But blimey, it’s a murky place to be. Thankfully, ubergenius Razed of Nexus Mods has already put together a mod using ReShade and SweetFX Preset that sees Fallout 4 [official site] sensibly brightened up a little. And it’s very easy to add to your game.

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Crusader Kings 2’s Game Of Thrones Mod Hits 1.0

Crusader Kings 2 [official site] is a grand strategy game about human beings instead of armies, and it spins gripping Shakespearean yarns about medieval social climbing, full of murder, betrayal and bastards. It’s brilliant, but you might be a little intimidated by its setting. That’s just one of the reasons why the Game of Thrones mod is so good – and it’s just hit version 1.0.

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The Final Chapter: Penumbra – Twilight Of The Archaic

While Frictional are exploring the depths of consciousness in their latest creep-fest Soma, other developers are continuing the story they began in Penumbra [official site] all those years ago. A team going by the name CounterCurrent Games released an unofficial total conversion going by the name Necrologue last Halloween and this year they finished the story with the fantastically-named Twilight of the Archaic [official site]. Just look at that title for a few seconds. It’s magnificent. The games are built on Amnesia: The Dark Descent so you’ll need that to play, and can then download both Necrologue and Teatime of the Archaic from ModDB or through Steam.

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This Grand Theft Auto V Hulk Mod Looks Incredible

“We all have these reservoirs of anger: how do we deal with them? Deny them, so that they flare up? Or do we incorporate them into our being in an even fashion so that they are present and not prominent?” asked Joss Whedon, the director of Marvel’s The Avengers, when explaining how they wrote The Incredible Hulk’s personality in the 2012 film. The answer? Well, aye, all of that, probably. But also smashing up Los Santos, ripping lamp posts from the ground, and tossing cars hundreds of feet into the air. That feels pretty good, too.

This Incredible Hulk script mod for Grand Theft Auto V [official site] is the best.

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Civilizationcraft Gets Spiritual “Gods and Kings” Update

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No matter how many variants of “cool human does awesome thing in Minecraft” [official site] stories I hear about, I’m always blown away by the ingenuity some people have. This time, a team of modders have managed to bring much of Civilization [official site] into Mojang’s burgeoning sandbox. The mod is called Civilizationcraft [official site], and a new update has just added religion to the game.

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Biggest Boss: Metal Gear Solid V’s Hardcore Mod

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] is a fine game, but is not a difficult game – at least, not unless you want it to be. Sure, you can roll through everything with big guns and a murderbot or Quiet without breaking a bloodsweat; the challenge comes in following weird whims and trying strange ideas with its arsenal of guns and gadgets. Or I suppose you could install a mod.

If you want everything to be tougher, the Hardcore mod by ‘JRavens’ ups the difficulty by pushing it more towards realism, with enemies more aware and you weaker.

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Flirty Dogs And Barking Men: MGS V Model Swaps

Swapping 3D models is usually one of the first mods folks figure out for games without official mod tools, letting you earnestly play as different characters or just dick about and make things weird. Well, folks have been fiddling with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] and sure, you could make it so Quiet takes Snake’s place.

Or you could swap D-Dog for Quiet, making some of the sniper’s already-odd cutscenes get really weird. It’s a simple thing and entirely predictable but, like physics ragdolls freakouts and missing faces, I will always laugh at model swaps gone wrong. Look, this dog thinks he’s people (sorry, I don’t have a better source for that):

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Doctor Who Comes To Fallout: New Vegas

Out from the expanding heap of creation birthed from the modding community comes one particularly impressive mod for Fallout: New Vegas [official site]. It’s Fallout Who Vegas, a project that combines two of Earth’s most beautiful and pure creations: the Fallout universe and Matt Smith’s lovely, big face. Yes, friends, it is a Doctor Who in Fallout mod.

Fallout Who Vegas has been in development for five years, an intensive hobby for its creators at The Foundry – a little modding community of developers, modellers and animators. An initial release happened a few years back and the team has been tweaking things and adding all things Whovian in the time since. Now, finally, the mod is out in its final release form. Video after the jump.

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Football Manager 2015 Summer Transfer Update Mod

Football Manager 2016 might be just around the corner, but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably following the new football season and wishing it was here already. Thankfully, Football Manager 2015 [official site] ships with a database editor that has let the community update the game with all the summer transfers. There are two ways to update your game so that Raheem Sterling is at Manchester City, Joey Barton is at Burnley, and David De Gea is… still at Manchester United.

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This GTA 5 Plugin Makes Things Easier For Filmmakers

This is neat: OpenCamera is a plugin for Grand Theft Auto V [official site] which gets rid of the imposed limitations of the in-game camera. In other words, it gives you free reign to move around, which is a nice feature for aspiring filmmakers out there. You can take a look at it in action below.

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All That Glitters: Thief HD Texture Mod Updated

They call it The Dark Project for a reason, you know.

If you’re examining floor textures in Thief: The Dark Project, you’re not paying enough attention. Stop staring at that cobble and watch for the guards strolling across it, taffer. Still, given that the game is old enough for a metal dealer’s license, I can see why you might want to freshen it up – teenagers can be an awful lot.

Many moons ago we peeked at the first release of the Thief Gold HD Texture Mod, a fan project giving the game a shower, a haircut, and £50 in H&M vouchers. The mod has now reached version 1.0, making more prettier than ever.

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Join The Family: Mafia Mod Adds Multiplayer

Aye, Mafia III was announced last week, but what good does that do you now? The game’s not even due until 2016. However, you can today download and play a near-final version of Lost Heaven MP [official site], a mod adding multiplayer to the first Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.

You and your pals could this very day be zipping around Lost Heaven, chasing each other, and acting like big crimekids in a crimeplayground. That beats teaser trailers and b-roll footage. But, as always with the mob, there are a few complications.

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Watch Resident Evil 4’s Fan-Made HD Edition In Action

A couple fans of Resident Evil 4 who decided to take it upon themselves to fix up the graphics of the game’s 2014 Ultimate HD Edition have released a new in-game video showing the latest results of their labour. It’s the work of two guys called Cris and Albert, who as we mentioned earlier in the year, have basically outdone the work of Capcom by any measurable scale that’s based on Looking At Things With Your Eyes.

The mod, which carries the ever beauteous name RE4 HD Project, does a full clean-up job of the game’s textures and is roughly 50 percent done; however, an HD texture pack for the Village section of the game is already out.

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Skyblivion! Gawp At The Skyrim Remake Of Oblivion

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Skyblivion! Graham contends that Skywind has the best name of old Elder Scrolls games being remade in Skyrim, but the Oblivion remake feels more fun on the tongue to me. Skyblivion! Remaking a land that took a whole professional studio to build the first time around is no mean feat, but the modders behind Skywind and Skyblivion [official site] are still working away.

Recent videos show many, many minutes of progress on Skyblivion, trotting around the province of Cyrodiil, leaping into Oblivion gates, and pottering about the Shivering Isles. It looks a lot like Oblivion but in Skyrim, which is sort of the goal of the whole thing. Skyblivion!

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