I have always been a big admirer of modifications. The Remedy developed Max Payne games are one of the few games that are relatively easy to mod. Nonetheless, many of these mods are still an impressive feat today considering the resources available at that time. Some even managed to change the game’s core gameplay and rules without altering the source code.
Developers (cq. modders) today have much more tools to their disposal. For example, the powerful Unreal 4 engine (powers games among which Gears of War 4) is free to download and thus requires minimal financial investment. Indie studios are getting more and more recognition because their projects are quickly increasing in quality and often carry a unique style or concept. At the same time, new tools and higher expectations raises the bar for other indie studios. This brings us to the review of Shiny, an Unreal 4 powered indie game title.