Hey, it’s not just the PC master race that has the time to rip the motherboard out of a PC tower and throw into a case of pure hipster-killing coolness. Consoles have also been on the modding scene for years now, with everything ranging from retro to current on that specific chopping block. Here’s our top ten of moulded plastic and cartridge entry ports.
With DayZ going solo and moving away from the modding scene, brand new opportunities are opening up for the cult zombie apocalypse survival game. Content is one such market that is ripe for exploration, and possibly exploitation. Although in the case of this standalone, it might be a more substantial enhancement to the game that’ll have more free than paid-for content. Every week apparently.
Since it’s a slow news day of note, and Geoff has decided to go attend a DSTV launch party for My Little Pony while hammered out of his mind on Jack Daniels and Bacardi, I’m throwing this little feature into the ring. PC cases! Customised! And they don’t look like crap! Enjoy! Exclamation marks!
You can play, you can dislike a game, you can even whinge about it, but the one thing that you can’t do? Tinker around on it and make the experience better not only for you, but for everyone else. That’s what happened to Battlefield 3 a few weeks ago, as a mod that was released, which allowed players to make the game look more dynamic and colourful, soon found itself banned. Except now, that option is back, but with DICE approval.
Eight years, numerous delays, multiple re-imaginings and several instances of people raising their hands in the air and shouting “Dude, enough, we’re like totally tired of waiting!”, and Black Mesa is finally sort of finished. And headed our way, very soon.
“Are you ready”, I ask the audience, while the Degeneration X music starts up. “Ready for more zombies? Zombies not only on your PC, but on your consoles as well?”, I ask the now excited crowd. Well, seeing as how Arma 2 mod DayZ has proven to be a massive success so far, it’s only natural that the game might just appear on other platforms.
Just Cause 2 happens to be a guilty pleasure game of mine. It’s massive, open and just begging for players to find new ways to combine grappling hooks with vehicles and explosives, and throw it at a soldier. Still, the game had several shortcomings, which gave the experience a slightly sour taste overall. But then some smart people came up with a way to make Just Cause 2 relevant, and brilliant, all over again. By adding multiplayer to it.
Valve is probably the biggest troll when it comes to gaming. I say that in the most loving way possible, as they have always released a plethora of amazing games, yet kept Half-Life Episode 3 hidden away for the past few years. Is the game even happening? Hopefully. In the meantime however, if you're a an action RTS
addict fan like myself, you are no doubt excited about Dota 2, which we know is confirmed and being developed by the giant gaming company we all love.
That sexy stainless steel cube of a gaming console, Ouya, is one interesting looking console. It’s got all the features necessary to be a powerful player in the console industry, and now, it’s got the cash to make that dream a reality.
Borderlands was one of those games that was impossible to not love. Whether it was the gun ‘n loot gameplay, the sarcastic Claptrap robots dotted around the environment or the general flippant attitude of the entire game, Borderlands was pretty much a blast to play. And it was an even bigger blast to mod as well, something that Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford is hoping that fans will do for the sequel as well.
Staying in shape is never easy, and while plenty of us are willing to hit the gyms or protein shakes, it’s also an activity that cuts into precious gaming time. There are all kinds of games and ideas on the market for games that are designed to make your body cry, from fitness titles across the platforms, to my pull-up bar that has a Xbox controller attached to it.
But most of them aren’t exactly much fun, and the games themselves happen to be rather underwhelming. One genius Canadian modder however, has managed to incorporate one of the more exciting games on the market today, with a genuine exercising input device.
We’ve seen more than our fair share of impressive mods that have been forged in the fiery software of the world of Skyrim. Everything from increased textures to dragons that have been customised to resemble legendary wrestlers from the eighties have been showcased, and now, fans are going to get a chance to become modder-kiin when the Skyrim Creation Kit appears on Tuesday.
There’s something about Ben Heck and his console modifications that really talks to the inner slob inside of me. The genius modder has already managed to take the disc-swapping needs of an Xbox and throw it away, thanks to his custom-built remote control disc-loading utility, and he’s come up with numerous other gadgets for consoles already.
But his latest experiment might just be his greatest idea ever. It’s an Xbox controller that disperses those delicious little wrapped pizzas, hot pockets.
I’ve got to hand it to Skyrim, since it’s release, we;ve seen a lot of expanded content surrounding the game flourish and thrive. We’ve seen some great fan films, PC mods and a joke that has been beaten so far into death, that using it anymore counts as necrophilia.
But just when you thought that you’ve seen everything there is to see, along comes a PC mod to end all mods. Disturbing? Yes. A cheesy slice of 80’s steroids and catch-phrases? Oh yes.
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting…The Macho Man Randy Savage dragon mod. Busting into a Slim Jim video after the jump.
Normally, I’m not jealous of PC gamers at all. Sure, they’ve got the hardware is that powerful enough to turn sentient and enslave humanity, but all that gear comes at a hefty price, while gaming on a PC requires you to jump through more DRM loops than a circus performer.
But after a person gets through all that crap, the benefits available are astounding, as we’ve seen so far with Skyrim. Visual and gameplay mods have been flooding the title ever since it released. But now, Skyrim has received the one mod it truly needed, much to the sighs of relief of graphic designers all over the world, in the form of an inventory mod that streamlines everything for a better experience.