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The AMC TC delivers ten flavours of free Duke Nukem 3D fun

There's still a handful of modders hacking away at Duke Nukem 3D, and today they released the long-awaited third episode of The AMC TC. Possibly the most self-indulgent standalone Duke fan-game you'll ever see, featuring a convoluted story, ten playable characters and sprawling adventures across multiple worlds. I've had a soft spot for this beautiful mess for years now, but feared the project had stalled…

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Massive Skyrim multiplayer mod under fire after code-theft accusations

There are so many elements of this story which elicit slow, confused blinking from me, but honestly, the revelation that an Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod has been pulling in $25,000 per month from Patreon was the one which really twisted my melon. Unfortunately, the rainbow which leads to online multiplayer mod Skyrim Together's pot of gold has lost a little of its lustre this…

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Feature: Horny on the Spanish main

Modder Superior: a swabbie’s guide to X-Com conversion mod X-PirateZ

Sin Vega first introduced me to X-PirateZ three years ago, already a sprawling X-Com: UFO Defense mod by "Dioxine" about leading a crew of sexy lady air-pirates in a post-apocalyptic world. She called it "The greatest total conversion ever made" at the time, but I wasn't so convinced. Massive as it was, I felt it was still skeletal and confusing, requiring much trial and error and…

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Resident Evil 2 mods replace Mr. X with an equally terrifying Thomas The Tank Engine

Replacing all of Skyrim's dragons with Thomas The Tank Engine was all fun and games, but I’m beginning to think we have accidentally unlocked a terrible curse, an urge in the heart of modders everywhere to insert him into more and more games. His latest appearance sees him replacing Mr. X in Resident Evil 2, and I think the horror of being relentlessly pursued may…

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Chex Quest HD is looking crunchy and nutritious in new footage

'90s kids - American mostly, though the net has made it part of our shared consciousness - remember Chex Quest fondly. Arguably the best thing ever to be packed into a cereal box, it was effectively a re-skinned, kid-safe Doom, right down to the behaviour of the guns. Original Chex Quest artist Chuck Jacobi has been carrying a torch for the FPS anomaly ever since,…

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Paradox launch PC/Xbone cross-platform mod support

The publishers of click-o-strategy games from Crusader Kings II to Cities: Skylines are bringing our precious PC mods to console, teaming up with Microsoft to launch cross-platform modding support. Paradox Interactive are starting with Surviving Mars, 2018's pretty deece space colony game, and plan to bring mods to more of their Xbone versions later this year. While this change mostly benefits Xboners, isn't it nice…

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Unexplored mod BOILINGHOT lets you delve at your own pace

Much as I love Ludomotion's real-time roguelike Unexplored, I'm acutely aware that a lot of people bounced off it because it's a lot to process all at once. Enter BOILINGHOT, a SUPERHOT-inspired mod by "YellowAfterlife" which might just help the less twitchy amongst us. As with the stylish first-person shooter, time moves at a crawl - ten percent of normal - but speeds up to…

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Feature: Going legit is more trouble than it's worth

The best fan-made Thief missions you can pilfer

Thief: The Dark Project still stands out as one of the most compelling stealth games twenty years after release. Huge levels packed with treasure and secrets, and no radars or sensors to help -- just your senses, intuition, and maybe a badly drawn map. While later games in the series were a bit ropey, the first two Looking Glass-developed ones are still actively supported by the…

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Enderal: Forgotten Stories is free on Steam for Skyrim owners

Enderal: Forgotten Stories is out now on Steam, making it the first Skyrim mod to launch as a (mostly) standalone game with achievements, cloud save support and even its own mod workshop. Set in its own, somewhat darker and grittier fantasy universe, Enderal is a well-known total conversion mod from SureAI, with this free Steam release being an expanded and polished edition. You'll need the…

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Doom II mod Eviternity teaches everything to know about demon slaying

Doom 2 is more than just Doom these days. Some modern levels for the 90s classic FPS feature thousands of enemies, fiendish traps and difficulty beyond anything Id Software dreamt of. Eviternity, released yesterday, runs the gamut. It's a 32-level campaign split up into six five-map episodes, each with a fresh look and some new monsters. You'll start out in gloomy gothic tunnels, plinking away at…

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The Sims 4 Meaningful Stories mod makes moods more relatable

Your average Sim in The Sims 4 is a mercurial creature, prone to flights of fancy and sudden mood swings. While that's great at simulating a telenovela, it makes for some unpredictable tales. Modder "roBurky" has spent the past two years trying to imbue these digital homunculi with a little more humanity, and the result is the first major release of the Meaningful Stories mod.…

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Skyrim total conversion Enderal expands onto Steam next week

After some behind-the-scenes wrangling with Valve, Enderal: Forgotten Stories hits Steam next Thursday, February 14th as a free, standalone game for anyone who owns Skyrim. Originally a mere mod (set in its own world entirely separate from The Elder Scrolls), you won't even need Skyrim installed to play this version of Enderal. Developers SureAI say the Forgotten Stories version boasts more quest-lines, new character classes, a…

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Resident Evil 2 mod lets you play in first-person mode

The Resident Evil 2 remake is a blood-soaked good 'un. The infested police station and sewers of Raccoon City have been recreated to bring the 1998 zombie romcom kicking and biting into the present day. Among other polishes, it gets rid of those dated fixed camera angles. The good Capcom boys and girls have given us an over-the-shoulder camera while injecting their survival horror classic…

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Ace Combat 7 modders fix pop-in and add ultrawide monitor support

Ace Combat 7, the unflappable JRPG disguised as a jet fighter game, had some dissatisfied pilots when it came out on PC last week. The trigger-happy fly ‘em up released without support for most joysticks or HOTAS controllers, which irritated folks. And other technical foibles also inevitably annoyed people. Well, there's still no joy for the stick users. But there are some other small fixes,…

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Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos

Freespace 2 remains one of the best space combat sims around thanks to its dedicated modding scene, mostly centred around the Hard Light Productions forums. Fans have been polishing up and fine-tuning Volition's old workhorse for nearly two decades, and have been exceptionally organised about it. Your one-stop shop for space dogfights is now Knossos, a fan-made launcher app just for Freespace 2 mods and…

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How To Install GTA 5 Mods

Grand Theft Auto V [official site] modding hasn't been given any support by Rockstar, but this is PC-land and PC players will not be restrained. If you're interested in learning how you install mods for the game, I'll briefly lay out some basic instructions below. It's extremely simple, but it requires a couple of pre-installed files before most mods will work, and it can be…

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Now I’ve tried raytraced Quake II, and it’s a dark delight

The other week, I got my y-fronts in a bunch about how some clever fella had added raytracing to Quake II. A 22-year-old first-person shooter had effectively beaten everyone else to the punch when it came to the new*, more naturalistic form of game lighting currently only available (at least without calamitous performance) on the most recent [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] cards. (You can do…

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Slay The Spire’s Jungle mod adds a whole new act (with lions and spiders)

The newly v1.0 Slay The Spire, wot I called "a miracle of design" in our Slay The Spire review earlier this week, is just the start of the story. The mod scene hit the ground running when support launched last month, with the highlights being an impressive selection of new playable characters and the truly joyful Marty Feldman mode. Now we can add a whole…

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Feature: Witches, Sneckos, Slimes and Horny Dragons

5 of the best Slay The Spire character mods

"With more planned." For months, that's all we've had to go on, when it comes to the nagging question of whether or not the wonderful Slay The Spire will ever stretch beyond its three playable characters. Third character The Defect's relatively new, and the focus is currently on spit'n'polish for this week's escape from early access, so I'm not holding my breath for an official…

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