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Grand Theft Auto V Mods You Just Have to Check Out

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Grand Theft Auto 5 was recently released on PC after an excruciatingly long delay between its console counterpart. To help assuage some of that bitterness, the modding community is here to almost literally flip the script on your experience with the game. Modding games is always best with titles that provide significant amounts of freedom. Now considering GTA V is one of the most liberating games out there, we have seen some truly delightful adjustments come out of this community. Newer and grander mods are coming out every day, but this is a small list of some personal favorites that have been made available before time of writing.

This list is not necessarily in any order of preference, but this mod is likely the most hilariously interesting among the three.

The “Angry Planes” mod does what most would expect, filling the air with hundreds of hostile aircraft. Every model of plane available in the game can be seen careening above your head, smashing into each other or dive bombing you on the ground. When some of the military aircraft get involved, things become truly chaotic as fighter jets open fire at fellow planes, causing their burn hulls to fall crashing around your ears. When an AC-130 cargo plane loses a wing, smashing into a congested highway inches from your face you almost need to take a step back just to relish the spectacle.

The next mod is one of the most interesting, yet deceptively simple mods that has been making the rounds on many media outlets since its induction. “Car bullets” is, again, basically what you’d expect. All guns in the game now fire a variety of automobiles instead of the traditional ammunition. This lends itself to all sorts of anarchic mayhem as well as some pretty sweet stunts if you can manipulate the right scenario.

The final mod of note on this list doesn’t share quite the level of spectacle as its companions, but earns its place of acknowledgement for being an addition to GTA that should have been in from the start. This is, of course, referring to a mini-gun mounted jetpack, what else? The device itself is constructed from various pre-established assets in the game, like the aforementioned mini-guns and is charmingly reminiscent of the jetpack from GTA San Andreas. This new jetpack is significantly faster and more maneuverable and provided its offensive capabilities, it is possibly the most dangerous vehicle in the game.

Modding communities can sustain a life of a game for drastically longer than it could do on its own, and with a game as big as GTA V there are no limits as to what could be accomplished. Between all the updates, reposts, and variations, it’s hard to give credit to the specific individuals that came up with each of the three choices, which is unfortunate as they certainly deserve the recognition. By the time this articles up there will surely be even bigger and greater mods ready to go, and more power to them. Mod on people, mod on.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in July 2019

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Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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