Bethesda reveals Content Creation Kit video for Skyrim

So you’ve worked through Skyrim and you’re hoping for easier ways to get mods or even create your own? Today Bethesda releases their first teaser on the Content Creation Kit for Skyrim, it will be arriving soon via Steam as a freebie to work with. Still we lack a hard date on the release but it’s still good news for the community to have some official tools to work with and a great level of mod ability outside of just the graphic packs. Time to get to work on all of those new stories and worlds!

Check out the video below for the teaser. We’ll keep you posted when it breaks.

Skyrim just got a bit better – Graphic mod mania!

So you’re on a PC, you’re running Skyrim and loving it like mad and… you’re a bit frustrated at some of the visuals in the game. If you have a strong video card you’re not in trouble. The following tweaks will get you insane visuals without a lot of stress but you will take a performance hit if you’re on a lesser system.

Recommended Video Cards:

NVIDIA: 8800GTX,9800GTX,260,280.295,460,470,480,550,560,570,580,590

ATI: 3850/70, 4830/50/70/90, 5770, 5830/50/70, 5970, 6770/90, 6850/70, 6950/70/90

Why the crazy suggestions? Lots of power and lots of memory are a must, 256mb variants and cards not able to keep up with the instructions may fall to the wayside. Even Oblivion mods took the game to levels where the CPU and GPU fell under the demand. With that said let’s get going.

Skyrim HD – 2K Textures

Loving the look of Skyrim but tired of the dull textures tending to slow things down? Love how things look great from a distance but have you cringe up close? If so, this is a must have starter pack to show some results. The mod updates your existing image files to higher resolution textures and gives Skyrim a huge injection of awesome in the process. This is still in progress so keep checking in for new additions to areas that might be on the to-do list though.


No More Blocky Faces

You run into people alllll the time in Skyrim, sometimes their faces just seem a bit… off. This mod fixes nearly all areas of the face so they look less choppy, smooth noses, faces, chins and etc are all there. Xenius the creator notes that eyes and brows are the only thing left on the list to wrap up, the rest of the features show immediate improvements and should make talking to someone or slashing them in the face just that extra bit more pleasant. Personally I didn’t notice the issue until after I saw this mod, then it started appearing quite often.


Detailed Faces v2

Xenius seems quite busy, detailed faces accomplishes what Bethesda had to hold back on,  the character textures step up in resolution and allow for tighter lines and finer details. No longer are skin pores huge and cracks dangerously large, combine this with the blocky face mod and things take a huge step up, even on the big uglies that run around Skyrim. It’s a basic tweak but again, you’re always running into people or they’re tracking you down to find their brothers, uncles, cousins, nephews, aunts, sisters penguin.


STEP – Skyrim Total Enhancement Project

Sometimes it seems a bit insane to keep up with all this, for casual players and less tech savvy users, the STEP mod is going strong and it’s looking great. It packs in all the base tweaks, textures and items you need for an overhaul of Skyrim without the need to constantly check for mod updates on everything you’re running. I would recommend this for hardcore users or casual ones as it’s a great base to work from and you can only improve after that. Also for casual users the author promises to update the files and mods within the STEP file until the release of TES6 so you’re good for the next 5 years or so haha.


Skyrim Enhanced Shaders

The shaders in Skyrim seem to do the job fine, although when you see things like the Enhanced Shader mod you realize there are some off moments that you might overlook from the pure action going on. Dragon fire in the night blazing through the sky and everything failing to react to the red-orange glow bellowing out is just one of those issues. Add it in and get immediate results to clear those areas you might start picking away at now that I’ve said this.

Changes include Adaptive Bloom, Enhanced HDR and HLSL sharpening to help boost the visuals even more. Skyrim does the  job with their HDR actually but the color palette could use some work as shown to the right.





Glowing Ore Veins

Doing the little things is a pain in Skyrim, as a last note in this post I’ll throw in Glowing Ore Veins, some sections of the game including the caves just get unbelievably dark and hard to ID ores and other items within. This takes off some of the stress but if you’re going for hardcore realism then it would be best to avoid this one.

Ores are identified by glow so you wont mine a single color and just hope it’s the one you need with no way to remember. The latest update turns Iron from purple to a reddish-orange as well.

Big thanks to the folks at Skyrim Nexus for bringing together a strong mod community. We’ll have more posts in the future highlighting other mods as everyone gets a bit more time.

Pokemon meets Fallout: New Vegas in a new mod

Gotta catch em… all? Pokemon thanks to a huge fan effort from Chrisplosion now has become a part of the New Vegas universe. Yes you thought you did it all in the game and mastered all there was to do, you were wrong though! Join up and unleash a barrage of Poke Fury in front of everyone as you become the Fallout Pokemon MASTER!

Check out the clip, I really can’t do this the justice it deserves. Also, yes there will be fighting as the clip rolls on.

Download at New Vegas Nexus

Black Fire 2 Mod touches down on Crysis 2

Black Fire 2 is ready to rock on Crysis 2, packing a huge variety of engine changes and texture swaps it might be the best mod to have in your collection. Keep in mind this is a big swap and some major changes to textures have left them bare of Tessellation for now, if you can stomach that I suggest checking out the mod. If you’re still on the fence I suggest watching the youtube demo and getting your mind BLOWN AWAY.

Crytek did a good job with the DX11 patch but this really kicks the life out of that patch and leaves it for dead. Download it here (Translated) it’s a 9 stage process from what I can see.

iCEnhancer 1.2.5 is available!

It’s here, only a few weeks of waiting too! iCEnhancer 1.2.5 for Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC!

Download now! – Download link from GTA mods grabs you a link to mediafire, not sure if the 102mb+download is too much bandwidth use for the servers there or not. Either way don’t panic when you see the text file.

Okay with that said, you can also check out the Youtube clips below from the finished 1.2.5 for a glimpse of what you’re getting into. keep in mind that you really do need some higher end hardware with a lot of video memory. I was running it on a 4850 and it looked great but I was handicapped by my lack of VRAM available.

For those wondering, this isn’t the final version of the mod, iCEnhancer has pictures listed on a facebook page to show off a secret WIP build going on. 🙂 The header image is taken from that album.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Suicide Blitz 2 Easter Egg

PC modding is always awesome, today we get a glimpse of how far that can go in Suicide Blitz 2 for Left 4 Dead 2. The mod takes you from the regular map through a series of custom challenges from Portal 2 with GLaDOS dropping motivational quotes to keep you pushing on. To top it off, the maps throw in some good pokes between both series with a number of custom sequences that are fun for all.

Check out the video on youtube of a pair that found this Easter Egg.
Download: Suicide Blitz 2 for Left 4 Dead 2

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Star Wars Galactic Warfare Mod arrives

This is really going to throw a lot of PC users, today we have news about the new Star Wars Galactic Warfare total conversion mod for Call of Duty 4. Yes, 4, not World at War, Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops. Allowing players to pick from the Rebel Alliance or the Imperial Forces and battle it out on famous locations from the Star Wars universe. It’s a pretty hefty download but it looks well worth it, I’ll be downloading it shortly to get in on the action as I still have my Modern Warfare on the shelf.

Source: moddb | Gamefront
Download: Galactic Warfare 1.0 (Final)
Buy on Steam: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – $9.99

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Tweak your PC copy of GTA IV – iCEnhancer 1.2.5 coming soon

Gaming often falls into a pit where you get what you get and that’s it. On the PC side you get lucky when a dev doesn’t lock up their game from further tweaking. GTA IV is one of those fortunate titles and today we have a glimpse of iCEnhancer 1.2.5 coming to the game soon.

What does this do? It makes GTA IV look close to photo realistic and absolutely stunning. I feel lame for buying it on the 360 back in the day because now I need to buy and beat the entire thing over again on the PC but at least it’ll look great in the process. If you’re not sure what the fuss is about, look at the clip below. I advise watching in at least 480p though because there’s a lot to see in this upgrade.

Download: iCEnhancer 1.2 (old)