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SALES & DEALS
Steam's Top 10
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Digital Deluxe
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order
- ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
- Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Monster Hunter World’s Steam players are tripled since December, Capcom aware of performance issues
After its initial release on the consoles in September of last year, the expansion for Monster Hunter World has finally released yesterday for PC, along with Patch 10.12.00. Unfortunately Iceborne seems to have serious optimization issues.
Right now the game’s rating on Steam is ‘Mostly Negative’. Most of the negative reviews express disappointment regarding the game’s performance. Even so, the number of players has been tripled since December, meaning numerous people were excited for the release of Iceborne.
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SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Fifth developer diary video released for the Morrowind Remake mod for Skyrim, Skywind
The team behind the ambitious Morrowind Remake mod for Skyrim, Skywind, has released its fifth developer video. According to the team, the project has made immense progress since the last video. Therefore, this video will give you a better idea of where the project stands now.
Land of Vominhem, The Witcher 3-inspired fan expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, released
Modder ‘venjhammet’ has released a new fan expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Land of Vominhem is heavily inspired by The Witcher 3’s Skellige and brings to the game a large archipelagic and cold land.
This expansion features five islands which are: the Mainland itself, Fallvern, Frostfang, Northwind Bane and Banefrost islands. Moreover, this expansion is available for both the Original and the Special Edition versions of Skyrim. This expansion is also roughly the size of Solstheim and has dozens of locations to discover and explore.
>> This mod is available from Nexus Mods: head over here to get it for the Vanilla edition or go here instead for the Special Edition one.
This 4GB HD Texture Pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim overhauls almost all of its textures
Modder ‘Pfuscher’ has released a brand new version of his HD Texture Pack for Skyrim Special Edition. According to its description, the “Skyrim 2020 Textures by Pfuscher” mod aims to completely overhaul almost all of the game’s textures.
The latest version of this HD Texture Pack is 4GB in size and you can download it from here. Do note that this is only for Skyrim Special Edition. Moreover, there is an alternative HD Texture Pack add-on for Whiterun’s streets.
Slayer’s Testaments is a Doom Eternal mod for the original Quake, early version released
Modder ‘jackoneill45’ has released a pretty cool mod for the original Quake game. As the title suggests, Slayer’s Testaments brings the enemies, weapons and gameplay mechanics of Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal to Quake.
Slayer’s Testaments takes advantage of the Dark Places Engine, and actually looks retro-cool. This is a mod that a lot of Doom fans will appreciate as… well… it’s a free Doom game.
The mod allows you to play Quake’s four episodes with the enemies and weapons from Doom Eternal. Moreover, it comes with some re-imagined maps from Doom 2016 and classic Doom.
Unfortunately, there are some balancing issues right now with the Quake campaign. For example, the mod replaces the Ogres with the tougher Hell Knights. Not only that, but their hitboxes are not that accurate. Ammo is also sparse so most of the times you won’t really feel as the Doomslayer.
>> You can get it from Discord.
Mortal Kombat Project Ultimate Update 2019/2020 content pack #3 adds new stages and characters
Gui Santos has released a new “after release” content pack for Mortal Kombat Project Ultimate Update 2019/2020. This pack brings new stages and characters to the free Mortal Kombat MUGEN game.
Going into more details, this pack adds the Pit Day and Destroyed Warriors Shrine. It also adds the Evil Pit and the Pit 2 Evening stages. Furthermore, you can find the Blood Zone, Dark Wasteland, Goro’s Lair and The Pit 2 Bottom Alternative.
The improved characters are: MK2 Smoke, MK2 Tremor, MK1 Tremor, MK1 Smoke, Human Sektor and Noob Saibot.
You can download this latest content pack from here. Do note that you’ll need the full game in order to apply this pack. You can download Mortal Kombat Project Ultimate Update 2019/2020 from here.
This mod for Red Dead Redemption 2 allows you to rob banks
Unlosing and Jedijosh920 have released a really cool mod for Red Dead Redemption 2. As the title suggests, this mod allows you to rob any of the supported banks in Red Dead Redemption 2. Furthermore, and once you rob a bank, you’ll be wanted by the law.
From what I can tell, this mod basically uses the mechanics from one of the game’s main mission. In case you haven’t played the game, you’ll have to rob a bank at a certain point. Thus, the modders have borrowed all those gameplay mechanics, allowing you to rob any bank in the game.
>> I'm surprised to discover that you couldn't do it in the game.You can get this mod from Nexus Mods, but you'll need ScriptHookRDR2 to make it work.
Third preview video released for The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project 11.0 Toussaint
Halk Hogan PL has released the third preview video for The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project 11.0 Toussaint. This new video showcases some of the new textures that the latest version of this HD Texture Pack will feature.
New version of Ultra Exterior Lighting Mod for Fallout 4 adds more dynamic light sources to exteriors
Gargorias has released a brand new version of his Ultra Exterior Lighting mod for Fallout 4. This mod, in case you weren’t aware of, adds shadow cast lights to many of the physical light sources in the Fallout 4 exterior world including Far Harbor and Nukaworld.
The mod enhances more than 1500+ physical lights. All these physical lights now have shadow cast lights for them in place of the non-shadow cast ones. Moreover, almost all the new shadow casts lights use a trigger box that swaps them to their non-shadow cast version at X distance from player depending on the location and other factors.
Its latest version removes the flicker effect from the cage bulb light at the Robotics Disposal Ground and softens the shadowing. It also adds 2 more dynamic lights at the National Guard Training Area. Furthermore, West Everett Estates now has 11 new dynamic lights. Not only that, but all 13 Residential Street Lamps in Diamond City now have dynamic lights.
>> If you want it, go to Nexus Mods.
Modders have created a Harry Potter RPG game in Minecraft that you can download later this month
Now here is something really cool. Floo Network has shared a video, showing a Harry Potter RPG in Minecraft. This mod will come out, hopefully, by the end of January 2020 and has the player attend Hogwarts.
What’s really amazing here is that this map/mod features custom quests and puzzles that players can complete. Naturally, and since this is a Minecraft mod, you can either play solo or with your friends.
This Skyrim mod mimics Sekiro's brilliant combat
The latest attempt to try and mod some engaging combat into Skyrim draws inspiration from arguably the best duelling game around: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Lucky Skyrim. Check out modder Lert Krush's Skyrim Die Twice test video above.
Creaky animations aside, it looks like a pretty faithful adaptation of Sekiro's incredibly tense sword fights. In Skyrim, unmodded melee amounts to just hitting stuff and occasionally blocking. It's not great, but it is very accessible. With this Sekiro mod, however, you need to wear your opponent down by deflecting their attacks, which drains their stamina and eventually staggers them, giving you an opening.
Enemies can do the same to you, but thankfully the mod also gives you ninja-like agility, letting you roll out of the way and, if your enemy is a cowardly archer, deflect their arrows. The mod also borrows some of the visual cues Sekiro uses, helping you to nail the timing.
While the mod is finished, you can't rush off to somewhere like Nexus Mods to download it just yet. Lert Krush originally created it just for themselves, but the reception to their videos has been positive enough to make them want to release it so we can all give it a try, but there's one speed bump. It's a modification of Ultimate Combat SE, so they'll need to get permission from its creator before the mod can be published.
Ys Net released a timeline for backer physical rewards and patch 1.03 for Shenmue III
We already informed you about the rumor regarding the potential development of Shenmue IV. Ys Net recently released patch 1.03 for Shenmue III. Unfortunately there are no patch notes at this time. We will make sure to update this article if the notes surface online.
Ys Net also released a timeline for physical rewards on its Kickstarter page. Some of these rewards are a collectible figure, a watch, vintage grab bags and several other. You can see the whole list here, along with the reward timeline.
Lenna’s Inception, top-down Zelda-inspired action adventure game, is coming to Steam on January 17th
Bytten Studio has announced that its top-down procedurally generated action-adventure game, Lenna’s Inception, will come out on Steam on January 17th. Lenna’s Inception is heavily inspired by the classic Zelda games, and appears to be a must-have for those seeking such a title on the PC.
Awesome Games Done Quick sets new record, by raising $3.1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
Awesome Games Done Quick has launched last week its annual speedrunning marathon. Today, this marathon came to the end and AGDQ has set a new record by raising more than $3.1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Monster Hunter World’s PC performance issues may be caused by its anti-cheat, workaround discovered
The latest big expansion for Monster Hunter World, Iceborne, is finally available on the PC. However, the game’s latest update brought major performance issues to both the main game and its expansion. And from the looks of it, these PC performance issues are mainly due to the new anti-cheat DRM that Capcom has implemented.
>> Oh, dear...