This week on the Mod Roundup, we've got a mod that lets you conquer the galaxy as a race of robots in Stellaris! Also, an extremely welcome mod that lets you play Final Fantasy X and X-2 with Japanese audio and English subtitles, plus a mod for XCOM that pits four rookie soldiers against an unending wave of alien enemies. And finally, a mod that lets you quicksave while playing Fallout 4's survival mode.
Here are the most promising mods we've seen this week.
Playable Robots, for Stellaris
As we learned back in March, researching technology to the highest levels in Stellaris may have its drawbacks, if you call destroying the entire universe a drawback. Robots, for instance, may use their newfound artificial intelligence to take revenge on all the cruel organics who have been using them as a cheap labor source. This mod from Delincious takes the concept a step further, allowing you to play your campaign as the robots themselves.
Japanese audio and English text, for Final Fantasy X, X-2
As Wes reported on Friday, the remaster of Final Fantasy X and X-2 arrived on Steam with dual langauge support, but no way to listen in Japanese while using English subtitles. Which is dumb. Luckily, modders are smart, like Kaldaien, who quickly created a fix that lets you mix and match your audio and text options. Nice work!
Wave COM, for XCOM 2
In an appealing twist to XCOM 2, this mod creates an entirely new mode. Rather than fighting through a campaign, you can recruit four rookie soldiers and see how long they can last through wave after wave of progressively stronger aliens and advents. You'll still have access to engineering and research in this mod created by Maluco Marinero.
Survival Quick Save, for Fallout 4
My personal thanks go to modder Gopher, who has created a mod for quicksaving your progress while playing Fallout 4's survival mode. I get called a "save baby" everytime I bring this up, but bed-based checkpoint saves completely suck, not because they make the game harder but because they make the game more inconvenient. Sometimes, I just want to stop playing for a bit without having to scrounge around for a bed first, and now I can—without losing my progress.