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The Elder Scrolls: Total War brings some much-needed spectacle to Tamriel’s scuffles

Like any big daft fantasy blockbuster, The Elder Scrolls needs war. Unfortunately, Bethesda's open-world games have never been too great at the whole mass battle thing. Even Skyrim's nation-rending civil war never amounted to much more than a gathering of drunk LARPers waving sharp sticks at each other in the snow. The Elder Scrolls: Total War - a complete overhaul to Medieval 2: Total War…

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Best Arma 3 mods

The Arma series has a bit of a double identity. On one hand, you've got a hard-as-nails military sim shooter, pitting the fallibility of human senses up against a world populated by laser-accurate AI. On the other hand, you've got the ultra-moddable sandbox that spawned DayZ and (in turn) the battle royale genre as we know it. The Apelegs are connected to the Arma bone,…

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This mod lets you roam Red Dead Redemption 2 as any beast you want

Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here, bringing its sweeping vistas of the American west to PC. Rubbish, then, that you're expected to experience the natural splendour of the rolling plains as an old man with a pound of gravel in his throat. Fortunately, thanks to the work of modders, one download and a few save edits are all it takes to swap those hands…

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Modders have created Dark Souls’ first custom map – and it’s from Half-Life

Like the chosen undead they follow, there are few walls in the Dark Souls modding scene that can't be broken without persistence. Since the original PC release was salvaged by stubborn fans, Dark Souls's modding community has spent years breaking a game that defies being broken. For the longest time, though, getting custom level geometry was a boss beyond modders' might. But once more, through…

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Get modieval with Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s editing tools

I’m willing to bet that 100% of the people reading this have made no impact on medieval society. But now you’re thinking about it, aren’t you? The idea is settling into your brain, like a pre-medicine parasite bedding down in your grey matter. Don’t panic! I didn’t incept you for no reason, but instead to get you thinking about what you could make with Kingdom…

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Modder Superior – Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is a game so nice, they used its name twice. Not to be confused with the DICE-developed (and still growing) Battlefield-esque shooter, the Pandemic-developed original incarnation is still considered the pinnacle of pick-up-and-play Star Wars fun by many. A messy team laser-fight with a slew of game modes for both solo or online play. But with Pandemic's demise sinking fan's hopes…

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Noita adds mod support and more spells

As if Noita weren't already deadly enough, a new update has added a dozen new spells that I don't doubt will kill me as hard as my foes. And as if the delightful 'all pixels are simulated materials which react with terrifying consequences' shooty platformer weren't chaotic enough, it now has official mod support. Yesterday's update also added two new enemies, three new perks, a…

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Modder Superior – Total War: Warhammer II

If mega-scale fantasy violence is your thing, Total War: Warhammer 2 (Total Warhammer to its friends) is a grand old time, and an affordable alternative to wasting your savings on miniatures. Earlier Total War games arguably needed mods to shine, but Creative Assembly's recent output hasn't had to lean so hard on user-made expansions and refinements. Not that this has stopped players from trying. While…

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Dirtbike roguelike Descenders adds official mod support

Turns out, bike modding is more than just sticking some paper on the back wheel to make it sound like a motorbike. After two years of steady downhill offerings, developers RageSquid want to breathe new life back into roguelike BMX 'em up Descenders by bringing official mod support into the fray. The Modding Update arrived last week with nearly a dozen new tricked out tracks,…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 mods already planned by prolific GTA modders

The gang behind Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer mod framework FiveM are already planning something similar for Red Dead Redemption 2, even though the game's not out on PC until November. While RDR 2 has its own multiplayer mode similar to V's GTA Online, the 'RedM' framework should likewise enable all sorts of player-run servers with mods. Most notably, FiveM is behind weird and wonderful…

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Modder Superior – Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

The series might have fizzled out awkwardly, but I'll always have a place in my heart for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Fast-paced strategy, three campaigns (and one expansion) of cornball FMV, respectably balanced multiplayer and it's good-looking even today. Despite being produced in just one year, EA LA even managed to cram in solid mod support. Cut to present day and there's still…

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Modder Superior: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly is the next best thing to a sequel

The past few years have been amazing for fans of the gritty survival shooter sandbox series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Between a vague but permissive modding agreement and an engine-code leak, fans had all the tools they needed to make their own successor. The likes of Lost Alpha, Dead Air and the upcoming multiplayer Ray Of Hope are all impressive, but the recently re-released Anomaly is the closest we've seen to…

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A new Fallout 4 mod lets you pet any dog, any time

Despite the return of trusty companion Dogmeat, Fallout 4 didn't ship with the ability to handle any hounds. Shocking, I know. In a world where dog-rating Twitter accounts are tangibly changing the shape of games, who can afford to take any chances? Like so many things in Fallout, mods have arrived to fix this injustice.

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Streets Of SimCity can now run on modern PCs thanks to fan tinkering

Remember Streets Of SimCity? No? Wouldn't blame you, mate. Back when SimCity was taking over the world, Maxis were having some bright ideas of how to capitalise on that. Thus, you had games like Streets Of SimCity letting you drive about your own SimCity 2000 world in a gun-toting Volkswagon. It was neat, but it was a bit naff, too. Aleksander "Alekasm" Krimsky's SimStreetsX brings…

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The best Max Payne 2 mods

I felt the rise of that old familiar feeling. I hated it. I welcomed it. We're going back to Max Payne 2. With Control out now and putting Remedy back on the map, we're diving into their 2003 hit, and back into a world of slow-motion gunplay, over-the-top twirling reloads and mods absolutely obsessed with The Matrix and early 2000s action movie soundtracks. In fairness,…

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Modder Superior – How to turn Medieval 2: Total War into a big fantasy fight

It's good to be king, and even better to be a sorcerer commanding a swarm of the undead. While the Total War series has grown into more fantastical settings by itself, it was the fans to first stick pointy ears on the venerable strategy game. Thanks to its robust mod support Medieval 2: Total War still has a large and active modding scene. While there…

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Oblivion-in-Skyrim mod Skyblivion shows off new trailer as it creeps closer to release

Fan project Skyblivion has been rumbling along under the radar for a while, and now it's resurfaced with a new trailer to show off its voice acting and a slew of other changes. The ambitious mod that aims to recreate Oblivion entirely within its successor Skyrim is “finally shaping up to what we can call a proper video game,” say its creators. You can see…

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This Stardew Valley mod is all about cross-species friendship

In the depths of my heart can be found a place barely accessible to anything, cold and barren. But like a Russian Sleeper agent or Denzel Washington in The Manchurian Candidate, this heart can become triggered into action instantly by the incantation of a single phrase. My heart, a wasteland of memories about dogs and good sandwiches once had, will thump with the euphoric power…

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Best XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen mods

Welcome back, Commanders. I've returned to an expanded and finalised XCOM 2 this week. Since the launch of 2017's War Of The Chosen expansion and last year's Tactical Legacy Pack, things have been quiet on the XCOM front. The game is finally stabilised, giving modders a nice static test-bed to add new weapons, aliens and features to the squad tactics sandbox. Here's a deep dive…

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Daggerfall Unity renovates Bethesda’s 1996 RPG with all mod cons

I never played The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. How could I? I was two years old, geez, give me a break. No, my Elder Scrolls journey started with Oblivion. My experience is forever tied to Wes Johnson's goofy barks and that video where the guy goes "Have you heard of the high elves?" Still, Daggerfall is a tantalising mystery. It's a 62,0000-square mile colossus that's…

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