Our last attempt at comparing the stock graphics of Watch Dogs received some fair criticism. Coupling SweetFX and TheWorse Mod led to noticeably darker graphics that threw off our results. You all spoke, and we listened. Here's our second take on the Worse Mod which is now in its final incarnation:version 1.0.
A scratch-built case straight out of Defense of the Ancients
Jonathan '-=SpH!Nx=-' Garlit isn't a professional modder, but we're convinced that he's got potential. He's a die-hard fan of Dota, but with a son on the way he's giving up the game to become a full-time father. The DotaBox is a memento that represents seven years and countless hours of Dota matches. Jonathan says he wanted something to commemorate his favorite game and we think he did it justice. Enough that we're happy to make it our July Rig of the Month.
We mod Watch Dogs and compare its visuals against the vanilla stock version!
While our Graphics Analysis feature normally compares a game's various graphical settings, with the recent controversy surrounding the hidden "E3 2012" files that supposedly make the game look better without much of a performance hit, we thought we would dedicate this particular graphics analysis around comparing the "modded" version of Watch Dogs vs. it's vanilla stock incarnation.
To do this, we’ve enabled The Worse Mod 0.7 and SweetFX to showcase what the game looks like with mods enabled. Below you'll find a smattering of comparison pictures and video. Which version do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.
Stand back Gucci and Prada, Watermod's latest is a crocodile-skinned masterpiece
Last month's Rig of the Monthmay have been gold and black, but Mathieu Heredia's submission takes it a step further with a high-fashion inspired case mod complete with crocodile skin. Mathieu calls it the Watermod Gold 24k after the case's styling and the name of his modding team.
Simple Windows RT registry tweak makes the Microsoft Surface RT a “touch” more responsive
The Surface RT firmware update Microsoft made available last week as part of this year's first Patch Tuesday brought with it a number of improvements, including improved audio playback in Connected Standby and “additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations.” But as with most firmware updates, there are always issues, known and unknown, that remain unresolved until a future update — or, as in this case, a simple registry hack — gets rid of them.
Super Skyrim Bros. mod now has Warp Zones, new weapons, and more.
You can log hundreds or even thousands of hours in Skyrim and never once run into a Goomba King or stumble upon a Warp Zone. That kind of awesome is only available in Super Skyrim Bros., a funky fresh mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The developer of the mod, "clintmich," reached out to Maximum PC to let us know he just finished work on an update that adds new bosses, new enemies, and whole lot more.
DayZ is widely considered one of the best PC mods of all time. Who wouldn't want to be dropped off into a gigantic post-apocalyptic zombie world where death is permanent? Over one million players are having a blast just trying to survive in the game.
While DayZ is amazingly tense and fun, the Arma 2 mod can also be a headache to install. Which version of Arma 2 should you get? Retail? Steam? What patches should you download? Maximum PC's DayZ installation guide will answer all of the questions and address some of the more common issues plaguing the mod.
In a roundabout sort of way, Super Mario finally made the jump to PC, albeit in an unofficial and oddly entertaining capacity. We're talking about the Super Skyrim Bros. mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which we reviewed at the beginning of the year (the game, not the mod), and it's exactly what it sounds like. Princess Toadstool once again finds herself captured by Bowser, and it's up to you to save her by traveling through Mushroom Kingdom and beating up Goombas using a Plumber's Hammer, Staff of Fire Flower, and Staff of Frost Fire.
So what’s a poor RPG lover to do when he’s done slaying dragons in Skyrim? Mass Effect 3 isn’t coming out until spring. Rather than sitting on your couch and staring blankly into space, why not spend some quality time with a quality older title like Fallout: New Vegas? Yeah, it isn’t exactly new and it still has more bugs than a cheap motel, but there’s a damn fine game buried in there and one of its developers recently released a mod designed to make the game harder than ever before. There’s a catch, though.
Let's face it, the reason we do what we do is that we're modders at heart. And though most of our time is taken up in the lab, finding ways to maximize PCs of all shapes and sizes, that doesn't mean we can't appreciate console mods too. To the contrary; after seeing what people have been able to fashion their trusty consoles into, we felt compelled to make a gallery featuring some of our favorite console mods of all time. We still think PC gaming is superior, but we respect a good hardware hack - and with these kick-ass mods, we're seeing a whole new side to consoles.