Nothing speaks to the power and flexibility of the PC platform quite like game modding. Dedicated groups of hardcore fans toil for months on end to bring us a massive offering of tweaks, rebalances, texture packs, content packs, and total conversions that improve, expand, and transform the games we love.
Ok, so 90% of mods are still about furries, 3d porn, and sticking Mario's head on Darth Vader's body. But when not about lust or rampant copyright infringement, mods offer some of the most unique and interesting content in gaming. Hit the jump for some of our favorite mods from recent gaming history.
Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat were great and all, but let’s face it: they were basically STALKER 1.5 and STALKER 1.51. Also, for a while, we thought Call of Pripyat was just the Russian version of Call of Duty. Anyway, an all new frolic through irradiated, mutant-packed Mother Russia is finally on the way, but with one major caveat: it’s not a PC-exclusive anymore.
"After the official sales of the series exceeded 4 million copies worldwide, we had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. This will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us,” said Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World.
“Completely new multiplatform technology,” of course, is a double-edged sword if we ever saw one. On the upside, the game will probably receive a fresh coat of paint, which the series has been sorely in need of ever since about a year before STALKER came out. But shiny new tech means all kinds of kinks, glitches, and bears – oh my! Well, maybe not bears, but you get the point. So, for now, GSC Game World’s pegged the game for 2012 release. Let the frustratingly long wait commence!
We’re incredibly sorry about that headline. But here, let us make it up to you! Today, we’ve got two excellent deals that’ll have your piggy bank looking slim and trim, but also somehow fat and happy. Or something.
First up, The Witcher, CD Projekt’s dark fantasy epic, is going for $20 on both Steam and Impulse. It’s surprisingly short on actual “bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” witches, but other than that, it’s pretty great, we think.
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, meanwhile, is at the “why the hell not?” price of $5. The game’s an open-world shooter set in the irradiated ruins of a re-nuked Chernobyl. And you can own it for less than the price of a subscription to Maximum PC magazine. We didn’t even know numbers went that low!
So ready your wallets and pounce on these prices before time’s up. Go!