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Our favourite Tiberian Sun overhaul just received a massive update

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Back in 2018, we took a look at Twisted Insurrection's decade-long quest to reinvent Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun—and loved it enough to stick this decade-old mod project into our prestigious Top 100 that year. Suffice to say, the generals behind the ambitious standalone mod have kept busy, launching a massive 0.9 update earlier this month.

Over the years, Twisted Insurrection has bulked out the vanilla Nod and GDI armies with tonnes of new units (as well as adding entirely new factions. To deal with that bloat, 0.9 has decided to split those armies into two sub-factions each—the GDI's Falcon Division and Phoenix Regiment, and the Nod's Genesis Legion and Sons of Kane. GloboTech, an entirely new faction, has also been bulked out enough to be playable in multiplayer skirmishes. 

Tiberian Sun modders have also been busy adding support for Bink Video's improved video formatting, with Twisted Insurrection (and other TS mods) now able to render cutscenes in higher resolutions with improved audio. TI also now features ReShade support (commonly used to give games a "realistic" visual overhaul), and while the examples given look a little garish, I'm sure some tweaking could help give the ageing game some love.

The TI developers note that this is a multiplayer-heavy update, and that the singleplayer campaigns are due a bit of an update. But it's impressive work, particularly for a mod project that's now been actively running for almost 15 years, and is available completely free—no Tiberian Sun required.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.