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Dynamic Recon Ops: Big Expansion And Big “Sequel” Mod

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I let Arma 3 back into my life despite knowing how much time it would suck away from other games like Zelda Breath of the Wild. I figured I’d almost never get the chance to go back to it if I always put newer games in front of it. Bohemia Interactive also just added a new map — “Malden 2035” that’s apparently a remake of a map from the original Operation Flashpoint. Then you’ve got that new free game Argo that’s based on the systems of Arma.

My current favorite mod, “Dynamic Recon Ops,” from modder Mark “mbrdmn” Boardman has been getting significant updates in the months since I took a break from it, and I guess it’s time to talk a little bit about them. Continue reading

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[E3 2017] The Games Harnessing User-Generated Content

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Something peculiar I noticed with three games during the E3 2017 presentations has to do with user generated content, how some specific games are handling it, and why they’re doing it.

Of course there’s the well-known news of Bethesda’s Creation Club which looks like another pass at paid mods. Two games at the PC Gamer Show however also seem to be heavily leveraging user-generated content. Continue reading

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ArmA III: Dynamic Recon Ops Has Been Improving

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Since I wrote about it in July, the ArmA III mod “Dynamic Recon Ops” continues to develop, adding features and squashing bugs. It was already really fun then, but now has become a far more functional and content-rich sandbox within ArmA’s existing sandbox. Continue reading

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Up-And-Comig ArmA 3 Mod: Dynamic Recon Ops

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Operation Swampforce had me leading a team of three AI recon soldiers into a lumber mill just north of the town of Berezino to assassinate an officer, blow up a storehouse, and grab some intel. Overall the mission went off without anything too disastrous happening, but I did have to call some audibles which put the team into some pretty serious gunfights. This all came out of an ArmA 3 mod based on random generation.

A lot of ArmA 3 mods rely on randomly throwing a bunch of factors together, often with mixed results. This game is the kind of simulator with a bunch of systems that react to each other so dynamically that just tossing them all together in a bunch of random ways: enemy placement, objective generation, Bohemia Interactive’s large and dense maps, can create some legitimately cool situations. The recently released “Dynamic Recon Ops” from mbrdmn is the most successful attempt at this I’ve seen yet, and it’s because it seems to take a more measured approach to random generation. Continue reading

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Mods And The Potential Of Bohemia Interactive’s Map Design

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Right before ArmA 3’s Apex expansion came out I decided to finally start up a popular mod scenario called Pilgrimage. It is an odd, sort of slapped-together attempt at unlocking a lot of the potential of Bohemia Interactive’s toy chest of a game. I think it touches on one possible reason DayZ is such a success as well.

The second-place singleplayer winner of Bohemia’s mod contest,  Pilgrimage is sort of an attempt to mold ArmA 3’s components into a more traditional open-world action adventure game. It sets you on the edge of the map and tells you to track down the remains of the player character’s brother. You get information from people, hunt down leads, loot resources, and deal with groups of hostiles peppered across the map. In my experience the result accomplishes just enough in the right places to do things Far Cry or Fallout haven’t quite accomplished, despite its limitations as a mod. Continue reading

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Graphics Mods And Me

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Partially in preparation for Fallout 4, I’ve started a new Fallout 3 character and finally jumped into heavy modding of the game. “Heavy” might mean something different for me compared to what it may mean for a lot of people who mod Bethesda games. I actually tend to get very cautious with mods, particularly mods designed to change a game’s graphics and art assets. Continue reading

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LTTP: Modded Skyrim

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Finally beginning to mod my installation of Skyrim after three and a half years feels like I’m really late to some great endeavor everyone else has already undertaken, or perhaps even an entirely different game everyone has played. I think I can say that because after playing roughly 70 hours of vanilla Skyrim, the modded game indeed feels like an entirely new experience. Instead of the modern, cinematic adventure of a big hero, I’ve turned it into something that reminds me more of older, more muted but also more mysterious dungeon crawlers, possibly even the older Elder Scrolls games. Continue reading

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Valve’s For-Pay Mods Will Be Back. Just Look At How Valve Operates

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I don’t think anyone happy or disappointed with Valve’s decision to remove Skyrim’s paid mods should expect them to be gone forever. Discussions and think pieces are already suggesting Valve will try again in some form later on. It’s just a matter of how the company plans to do it. We can probably already make some guesses based on how Valve has introduced Steam features in the past. Continue reading

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The Road Of ArmA 3

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What can I really talk about right now? I’m anticipating Grand Theft Auto V’s PC release, especially since I haven’t played it at all since a short PS3 rental in 2013. Instead of gearing up for it though I’ve just been playing a ton of ArmA 3 over the last week, finally diving headfirst into mods, particularly BECTI. This happened to coincide with a major new patch that changed the way guns feel and operate, also making some huge changes to the audio which I think drastically intensify the game. I guess I could run through some of this for people not already 100+ hours and 10GB of mods deep into this game. Continue reading

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