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Half-Life 2 mod Minerva re-released on Steam as Director's Cut

By John Keefer, Apr 30, 2013 4:20pm PDT

It's been about six years since the Minerva mod for Half-Life 2 was released, but after some cajoling from co-workers at Valve, developer Adam Foster has given it a new coat of paint and is releasing it on Steam as a Director's Cut.

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"Enjoy! It's one of the best SP mods ever made for Half-Life 2."

- mn3m0n1c see all 6 comments

Just Cause 2 multiplayer beta test this weekend

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 19, 2013 6:00am PDT

Pack your parachute and grab your grappling gun, as the fantastic mod adding multiplayer to open-world chaos 'em up Just Cause 2 is holding another open beta test this weekend. Yes, you and dozens of other Rico Rodriguezs can be leaping, shooting, racing, flying, and stuntin...

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"All still being worked on. There are random race events that start last time a played. It's ..."

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Torchlight 2 editor launched with Steam workshop support

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 02, 2013 6:45am PDT

Modders, start your engine! Runic yesterday launched the official Torchlight 2 editor 'GUTS', which it says lets people "modify almost everything" in the action-RPG, "from item and skill balance, to level layouts, animations, quests, and much more." Why, we can all learn mod...

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"I care as well, really. I'm just annoyed. Trivia: who released the first mod ever for ..."

- Visceral Monkey see all 15 comments

Zombie Master 2 mod shambles out

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 18, 2013 7:00pm PDT

You try hurrying when your knees are splintered and tear rotten flesh with every step. After almost three years of development, Source mod Zombie Master 2 launched over the weekend. The follow-up drags the asymmetrical multiplayer RTS-FPS into the Orange Box version of Valve...

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"hm, might try this. the first one was a piece of shit but in an endearing kind of way. ..."

- DrFlammable see all 5 comments

The Specialists mod team Kickstarting free 'spiritual successor'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 12, 2013 1:30pm PDT

You, the grizzled PC gamer in the corner, you remember diving around with akimbo pistols in that Half-Life mod in The Good Old Days, don't you? No, not Action Half-Life. No, you big silly, not The Opera. You know, The Specialists! Some of the folks behind that side-diving, s...

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"this is so invalid. This isin't the same TS mod team devs , not morfeo or others. It's the guy ..."

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Painkiller Hell & Damnation Mac and Linux editions following mod tools

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 07, 2013 6:45am PST

Few games receive mod tools nowadays, partly because they take time and money to make and support but also because mods often offer for free the sorts of things publishers try to sell as paid DLC. While Painkiller: Hell & Damnation offers a few pieces of DLC, it's also letti...

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Brutal Doom v18 adds testicular kicks

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 18, 2013 6:00am PST

If you were the type to doodle Doom all over your schoolbooks, rejoice! Thanks to the mod Brutal Doom, id's shooter is now every bit as violent as your younger self's doodles. Every dismemberment; every curbstomping; every immolation; every Hell Knight being kicked square in...

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"No I think the pantheon of mods has become the monomodism and she finds it a little... less ..."

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MechWarrior: Living Legends final version released as rights withdrawn

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 16, 2013 2:00pm PST

Three years after launching, stompy robot Crysis mod MechWarrior: Living Legends has released its very final version. The gang at Wandering Samurai Studios still have more they'd like to do but, alas, their license to use the MechWarrior property is up. So, download Living L...

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"in further news, I never got a good handle on why I should care when MW:LL was around. "

- MamiyaOtaru see all 7 comments

Black Mesa: Uplink remakes Half-Life demo

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST

The Black Mesa mod is a remarkable accomplishment, remaking Half-Life in the Source engine, and now a mapper building upon their work has remade another slice of Valve history. Black Mesa: Uplink remakes HL's classic Uplink demo, which curiously for a demo was a new slice ba...

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"Played it now... good lil' bite of Half Life. One thing FYI, it does seem to have an ..."

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Star Trek: Elite Force 2 co-op mod completed after 6 years

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 03, 2012 9:00am PST

Few people as devoted to games as modders, who toil away on labours of love long after Joe Player has forgotten the game even existed. Take Star Trek: Elite Force 2. You may have heard of Ritual's boldly-going FPS, and perhaps played and enjoyed it, but mod team HaZardModdin...

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"I remember testing that for Atvi at Ritual. Ritual did some pretty cool dialogue tree portions ..."

- Cygnus X-1 see all 15 comments

Deus Ex retexture mod New Vision completed

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 28, 2012 12:45pm PST

If you'd like to replay Deus Ex but are put off by the year 2000 graphics, you're a monster. Fortunately, dear monster, help is at hand. While the USA was off giving thanks for something or other last week, the real cause for celebration was that the final version of high-re...

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"This game caused me to upgrade my video card. I was running it on a voodoo 2 and it just ..."

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Doom mod pokes fun at Call of Duty

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 14, 2012 11:30am PST

Ah, FPSs! They don't make them like they used to, do they? No, in many ways and for a number of reasons. But if you find yourself nostalgically longing for The Good Old Days and sniping at the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, then have I got the Doom 2 parody mod for you...

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"One of the, if not the best post I've seen on Shacknews so far. So much truth."

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Skyrim mod apes Super Mario Bros

By Steve Watts, Oct 05, 2012 1:30pm PDT

A mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes you to the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with Goombas, a princess, and more.

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"lol basically. Stomping Goombas in Mario feels so innocent. Change the method to mashing their ..."

- Grape Flavor see all 5 comments

Morrowind Overhaul mod v3.0 released

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 01, 2012 3:00pm PDT

If you hanker to return to the land of Morrowind but insist that it look all sorts of pretty and have no patience to wait for the Skyrim mod hoping to recreate it, why, then you're in luck. The latest and prettiest version of the Morrowind Overhaul compilation mod was releas...

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"Yes. The automated installer makes what would otherwise be a really complex process really ..."

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Modders recreating Morrowind in Skyrim engine

By Steve Watts, Sep 20, 2012 12:00pm PDT

A group of modders have released the first screenshots of their efforts to recreate The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind in the Skyrim engine.

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"IIRC there is a mod that replaces weapons and other sprites with voxels"

- MamiyaOtaru see all 19 comments