Category Archives: Mod of the Week

A collected archive of VRFocus’ Mod of the Week feature series.

Mod of the Week: ShadowRun

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A criminally underrated tactical first-person shooter (FPS) videogame, ShadowRun still finds itself with a keen audience seven years after release. This is a considerable feat for any online-only multiplayer title in the modern era, and even more so for one only available on a last-generation console or a PC client which is no longer supported by it’s developer. Nonetheless ShadowRun remains an interesting take on the franchise and the Counter-Strike style of competitive action, making it a prime candidate for adaptation to virtual reality (VR). READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Hexen

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Following the positive reaction to VRFocus‘ coverage of DOOM as a virtual reality (VR) experience it was decided that the GZ3Doom mod software should be explored further. It seems that a number of first-person titles built on the DOOM Engine work perfectly fine in the exact same fashion as with DOOM, and so this week’s ‘Mod of the Week’ title is none other than the classic Hexen. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition

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Many argue that Resident Evil lost it’s traction with Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and that everything that has followed since has been underwhelming. There are others however, who enthuse about Resident Evil 4; suggesting that the series peaked when it turned the classic formula into a modernised expansive adventure. That latter audience will no doubt be keen to experience Resident Evil 4 again in a whole new fashion. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Portal

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As Valve have made it clear that they are keen supporters of virtual reality (VR) – with or without their once unwavering support of Oculus VR – it comes as a surprise that one of their most readily compatible videogame titles is yet to receive official support. Both Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2 and been retro-actively updated for use with a VR head-mounted display (HMD) and yet neither Portal nor Portal 2 has yet received the necessary treatment. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Defenders of Ardania

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There has been a lot of talk about bringing strategy videogames to virtual reality (VR) lately, and whether the genre could really work with head-mounted displays (HMDs) like the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus. Of course, building an empire through in-direct commands and menu systems is not the first thing that springs to mind with thinking about ‘VR’, but as videogame enthusiasts there’s always room to experiment. Which is exactly what VRFocus did for this week’s edition of Mod of the Week. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Alien Rage – Unlimited

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As the current tide of virtual reality (VR) washes against the shore, many already involved in the community see a wide range of experiences in development and already available for Oculus Rift. However, those looking in from the outside expect little more than a tirade of first-person shooters to arrive with the retail editions of modern head-mounted displays (HMDs). While that isn’t the first place VRFocus would look for unique VR experiences, the team here agree that there is room for some high-octane shooting action. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

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Over the past few weeks VRFocusMod of the Week column has delivered a breakdown of how to adapt existing titles for use with the Oculus Rift headset via the Tridef 3D injection driver. Given the wide variety of uses and the fact that a free demonstration version of the driver is available, this has proven very popular amongst our readers. Therefore, today’s Mod of the Week will be now different. The Tridef 3D injection driver will be the catalyst once again, and this time it’s the turn of The Farm 51′s Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Metro 2033

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An unexpected and yet warmly received experiential first-person title from THQ, Metro 2033 was one of the last truly impressive videogame titles from a AAA publisher that wasn’t afraid to take risks. Thankfully the sequel was picked-up by Deep Silver and yet more adventures are expected to be based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel series in due course, but for now we have just two titles to enjoy. Thankfully, with a little bit of injection driver magic, both of these titles can be enjoyed as virtual reality (VR) experiences on the Oculus Rift headset. READ MORE

Mod of the Week: Blades of Time

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A videogame release that was harshly critiqued upon release, Blades of Time may well have slipped by unnoticed by many. The sequel to the generously mediocre X-Blades, Blades of Time was a superior experience in near-every aspect. And now, retro-actively engineered to be compatible with the Oculus Rift headset, Blades of Time is a truly impressive argument for how to produce third-person action videogames for virtual reality (VR). READ MORE