A particularly ambitious project to remaster the original Half-Life in its entirety has been in progress for a long, long time. A few years ago the Black Mesa mod hit Steam, which transformed the Valve classic into a more modern looking and feeling shooter. It wasn't finished though, but the small team behind it aren't giving up. In fact, they want it to be a game all on its own really soon.
You know what the best thing is about a game being properly ported over from console to PC? It’s not the bump in visuals, the joy in seeing fellow gamers experience a masterpiece or the eventual massive discount in a Steam Sale. It’s the fact that you can massively cheat the game system. I’m not here to discuss ethics, because just having such an option that doesn’t impact on other gamers, is bloody wonderful. And GTA V has plenty of cheats already, including one that allows you to morph into animals and keep on playing the game.
There’s a new market on the way. One that taps into lucrative emerging economies with games that feature bare-bone systems built on existing properties and I’m sorry I can’t see my screen properly right now as my eyes have been replaced with gigantic Dollar symbols. Borderlands is doing it, League of Legends is coining it and Halo is also getting ready to go east with a product that is all about online play and none of that Reclaimer story fluff. Of course, some people want to get in on that action. And of course Microsoft is none too happy about that.
Let’s face reality for a second. At this rate, it seems unlikely that we will ever see Half-Life 3. I know, it made me cry too. Honestly though, it would never live up to the monumental hype it has accumulated, and I think I’ve now made peace with the fact that it will never exist. If you on the other hand, live for the world of Gordon Freeman, there are mods out there who will keep your insatiable thirst quenched.
Here in the Lazygamer office, we’re digging Dying Light. It’s a rough game, make no mistake, but one with plenty of charm. Whether you’re free-running, free-climbing or free-crapping your pants at night, the game is very much a decent survival-horror experience with a strong emphasis on survival. It’s also got a bit of a steep learning curve, ensuring that you don’t approach the zombie apocalypse like an ECW version of Wrestlemania. And this one mod for the game is about to make it even more difficult.
You know what the world needs? Half-Life 3! Are we getting it? Probably not anytime soon, if ever. Until then, we fans will just have to locate the nearest corner and assume the fetal position while the almighty Valve broods and ponders their potential creation. Good news though if you’re looking for a temporary fix. Lambda Wars has just entered beta, and it’s completely free and on Steam!
Evolve is one of my most anticipated games coming out next year. It features insane multiplayer action and all kinds of unique elements. However, no matter how cool a game is, people always want to modify it and make it even more awesome. But will that be possible with Evolve?
The official announcement for Just Cause 3 had me beyond tickled pink. This is a franchise that bathes in the insane - riding on jets, turning parachuting into flying and a grappling hook from the gods are all on the table. I'm almost certain that's all going to be back for the third entry, but a fan favourite mode won't be making its way to the sequel just yet.
Portal 2 is easily one of my top games of all time. Valve really worked some magic, turning a “simple” puzzle game into one of the most entertaining narratives I’ve ever experienced. Story aside, the gameplay was also addictive, with the portal gun offering interesting mechanics. I could always do with some more, and it looks like I am getting my wish.
I miss skateboarding games. There used to be something cool about watching my custom skater pull off gravity-defying tricks on a small screen back in the boom of those EXTREME-sports games. They all eventually died though and left only a few hardcore fans to keep on 1080-Benihananing. And one small group is picking up where Activision left off.
Do you happen to have a large pile of games waiting to be downloaded on your Steam playlist? Then this bit of news won’t help you get through it any quicker. Half Life is 15 years old this week, and to celebrate, a remake of the game from a dedicated group of gamers in on the way at long last. A remake that’ll be up for sale on Steam.
If you’ve ever seen me play Dark Souls, you’d agree that I completely suck at the game. On the other end of the spectrum though, are people who have mastered it completely, owning it six ways from Sunday. And if you’re playing the game on PC, then prepare to die all over again. With this mod.
Damn Xbox One, I’ve got to be honest, I’m liking this new direction of yours. First we get friendlier with gamers, now we get news that the console will be friendly to developers as well? Slow down son! Wait what’s that? There’s the potential for modding as well? I think I may have just out-gasped myself.
Introducing Falskaar, a massive 25 hour Elder Scrolls: Skyrim mod created by a 19-year-old as his job application to Bethesda.
I’ve got to hand it to the guys behind the recent flow of GTA 4 mods. They certainly know how to mess my childhood up. We’ve seen Iron Man, Back To The Future and even Bioshock Infinite pop up in that classic game. But nothing, nothing will prepare you for a GTA 4 Woody.