The latest edition of PC Gamer magazine (June 2016, both the US and UK editions) has an interesting three-page profile of the team making the Morrowind total conversion mod for Skyrim. Yes, we’ll be able to play the complete Morrowind in Skyrim, enjoying the enhanced graphics and meshes, side quests as well as a whole lot more dialogue. There’s still no beta release date for the megamod, but the magazine hints that the mod is… “getting closer to its release”.
Looking down “the PC games of 2016” list, Far Cry: Primal looks like my game-to-watch for 2016. At least until someone faithfully remakes and ships Unreal Tournament 2004 (which is actually sort-of-maybe happening, but is still in alpha).
Primal had me at “Badgers”. Any game with prehistoric badgers has to be fun…
“Players can tame wildlife such as prehistoric badgers”.
It’s single-player from Ubisoft, in the same mode as TheHunter and TheHunter: Primal, and is set to be released early March 2016, which — given a patch and a mod or three — should mean it’ll be worth playing by the summer. Hopefully it will be moddable in some ways, as it would be fascinating to overlay the raw game world with the animistic spiritual beliefs of such hunter-gatherers, to see those fleetingly actualised in the landscape as if through their eyes. Their music and song, too. It’ll also be interesting to see how the game measures up against the now very-polished TheHunter.
Risen was a favorite videogame of mine some years back, a very fine game that put the old-school and much-missed fun back into PC videogames. Unlike many games, it tempted me right through to the ending. Then there was Risen 2 (2012), though that only held me for a few hours before I was bored and stuck, and never went back to it. Judging by even the fair-minded reviews for Risen 2, that was probably just as well.
Now comes Risen 3. “But hasn’t Risen 3 been out for a year or so?” asks the Guy Who Finishes Three Games a Week. Well, yes, but this Guy Who Only Plays One Game a Year can now have Risen 3 on the PC in the new and final Enhanced Edition. Which is bug-fixed (as much as a Risen game can be), apparently has all the DLC integrated(?) and now has a large enhanced graphics pack for Windows 64-bit users…
“Risen 3 has just received a pretty substantial graphical upgrade patch on Steam. It embiggens the textures, improves the draw distance, and adds new post-processing effects like HDR bloom and bokeh depth of field. It also, apparently, pretties up the skies, via “a new physically based, more visually realistic cloud rendering technique”.
Plus, the fans have rolled a handy free guide and walkthrough and even a… oh dear… no console command cheats yet. Damn it. Bit of a deal-breaker for the very occasional gamer like me, that last one. I do need some small-but-useful way of not having to die 54 times in exactly the same way, just so as to get past a particularly wild group of pigs etc and carry on with the story. So I’ll leave Risen 3 until Xmas then, and hope that in the meantime someone discovers the console command and a simple _no_death command. Or produces a simple trainer that works with this new edition.
Ah, now that’s what I call a game!
Alton Towers has some competition. ScreamRide on Xbox One. Build, ride and destroy insane theme-park rollercoasters. Finally, a game to get excited about. Pity it’s not also for the PC.
theHunter: Primal is available now on Steam…
Elite: Dangerous. No single-player offline mode = no purchase by me.