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8:00 PM on 09.29.2013

Heroes of StarCraft mod adds hero units to Civilization V

I love mods, probably way more than I should, and it is always amazing the things that creative people can come up with. The Heroes of StarCraft mod for Civilization V, along with a partner mod by the same modder, adds hero u...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 AM on 08.21.2013

Beavis and Butt-Head are in Civilization V now

Like most long-running TV shows, the Beavis and Butt-Head show had its ups and downs, but when it was up, it was up. So, a crafty modder set out to relive the best moments of the two semi-lovable idiots in the best way he kne...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Hot damn: Total War's Legend of Zelda mod Hyrules

I'm not the biggest Legend of Zelda fan, I'm not the biggest Medieval II: Total War fan, but I want to play this mod. That trailer sold me. Too bad I am terrible at any strategy that isn't turn-based. The mod, downloadable h...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 07.17.2013

19-year-old spent a year making this amazing Skyrim mod

Skyrim mods are the best, like the one we just featured that brings in Dishonored powers into Skyrim. This one, though, takes the cake. Falskaar is a new mod and it features nearly 25 hours of new content. That's new charact...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 07.16.2013

New mod brings the powers of Dishonored to Skyrim

The Skyrim modding community continues to impress; this time it's a new mod entitled The Gift of the Outsider which has brought the powers wielded by Dishonored's protaganist Corvo into Skyrim. Blink, Devouring Swarm, Wind B...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 PM on 07.08.2013

Misery 2.0 is a complete overhaul of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat may only be three years old but at the time of release it was already looking dated, mainly as it was still re-using assets and the engine from the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. Now a modding team...

Alasdair Duncan





7:00 PM on 07.04.2013

DarthMod-maker creating entirely new Civil War RTS

The DarthMod series spent almost a decade tooling and toying with each release of a Total War game. All in all, Nick Thomadis' mods have been downloaded over a million times. Total War fans and owners previously unaware of th...

Steven Hansen

2:00 AM on 06.26.2013

Yoga ball is the best way to play Katamari

I don't know if controllers will cut it after watching the unabashed joy on the faces of folk playing Katamari Damacy with a yoga ball turned controller while the screen is projected onto the side of a building. The video co...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 06.25.2013

Retro City Rampage adds mod support and enhanced graphics

Retro City Rampage was released on almost every system possible last year but the PC version is getting a lot of love today. Not only is it reduced by 75% to just £2.99/$3.74 in Steam's Daily Deal, developer Brian Provi...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 AM on 05.07.2013

This custom backlit Mega Man NES is awesome

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mega Man, mega-fan Platinum Fungi, in conjunction with Custom NES Guy, has created a fully functioning piece of art -- a 25th anniversary NES. The mod was made solely by hand, with the art ...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 04.02.2013

New mod adds Doom weapons and characters to Half-Life 2

Have you ever asked yourself, "What if someone took the concept of fighting flat 2D enemies from Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard and put it into a much better game?" I know I have, and thankfully the modder Ghor has answ...

Jason Cabral

10:00 PM on 04.01.2013

Torchlight II mod tools have been released!

After what feels like forever, the Torchlight II mod tools, nicknamed GUTS, have finally been released. In order to access the GUTS editor, simply go to your install folder and open up the "Editor" executable. Since modd...

Patrick Hancock

7:30 PM on 03.29.2013

Visit the Pacific theater of war in Rising Storm

Coming from an eclectic team made up of developers from Tripwire Interactive and community modders, Rising Storm is looking to take Red Orchestra's style of World War II combat into the Pacific theater with more guns, explos...

Jason Cabral

8:00 PM on 03.22.2013

New Legend of Grimrock Master Quest available for free

You have to hand it to Benjamin "Komag" Ramsey and the rest of the hardworking individuals on his team. They put a lot of effort and passion into Legend of Grimrock - Master Quest, and the result is a full-length rework of th...

Jason Cabral

11:00 AM on 03.20.2013

Sonic Generations 'Unleashed' mod is a great idea

Sonic Unleashed had a lot of potential, and some individually terrific stages, but the overall project was a bit of a letdown. SEGA wouldn't perfect the 3D Sonic gameplay -- after so many attempts -- until Sonic Generations,...

Jim Sterling



SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA photo
SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA
by Jim Sterling

There is mounting evidence that, despite EA Maxis' claims to the contrary, SimCity is wholly capable of being played offline -- a capability that would have saved buyers a week of hassle and tons of creativity now lost to server issues.

Let's start with what the gamers have discovered. Lately, some modding has led to a fully playable offline debug version. Fancy that!

There's a snag, of course -- this bit of hackery is unable to save or load all your progress, since EA opted to control your data on its end. Still, the game is able to be taken fully offline for an indefinite period of time, putting paid to suggestions that online play was inseparably woven into the experience. 

Interestingly, this "debug mode" of the game still syncs with EA Maxis' servers, and can at least save road placements made outside of the normal boundaries of the game.

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