The Top 10 Best Game Mods
While console-loyal gamers get all the attention from big budget developers and big name celebrities to lend their voices and likenesses to their exclusives, PC gamers have a leg up on the competition - mods. Using tool kits from PC-friendly developers and amazing ingenuity from clever fans, games have been given extended shelf lives on PC due to building on existing content. So here are ten of the best mods ever to come to PC, so far.
Project Nevada (Fallout: New Vegas)
Leveling too easy for you as you roam the Mojave? Project Nevada fixes that by introducing old school Fallout leveling stats to the latest installment in the series. Companions take more damage, armor responds to actual apparel worn by all characters and weapon degradation is a real danger to contend with as you play.
Requiem (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
The Elder Scrolls series has a reputation for being one of the more broadly appealing "classic RPGs." However, this installment has also received a lot of criticism from fans who did not care for a world that leveled to the ability of their character. With Requiem, that is out the window. Back are the days of Morrowind where entering the wrong dungeon or taking the wrong quest could spell doom for your adventure as real peril is reintroduced to dragons and falmer all throughout the Skyrim map.
Black Mesa (Half-Life)
Few games have reached the cult status of the Half-Life series, and Black Mesa tries to communicate that fanaticism by recreating the entire game by the standards of modern day graphics and physics. For those who've wanted to try it out, but felt a decade was too far to travel back to appreciate the genius that the original once was, Black Mesa was designed to get you hooked.
Multiplayer (Just Cause 2)
Insane high jinks and a perpetual machine of explosions underscore the open-ended chaotic fun that waits in Just Cause 2. But with so much open space, vehicles, weapons, and unsuspecting island locals, one would think the developers would consider sharing this with a friend or two. While they didn't, modders found a way to draft a few friends into your campaign. How many? Well, about a thousand players can share the same map at a time. With these many agents blowing things up and hooking on to buildings, this opens the door for the true level of destruction Panau was designed for.
Nehrim: At Fate's Edge (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
Say you're a dedicated Elder's Scrolls fan and don't think you can wait the five to seven years it seems to take Bethesda to release the next installment, what are you to do? You'd check out Nehrim, an entirely separate campaign that rivals the length of the original Oblivion, reaching into the triple digits in original content for players.
NeoTokyo (Half-Life 2)
Though the dystopian setting of Half-Life 2 is strong enough to invoke a sense of dread as you move about, NeoTokyo strikes a sense of balance with its cyberpunk surroundings, providing a team-based shooter in an anime-styled Tokyo of tomorrow. The blue filter and expansive maps that recall flashbacks from old Terminator films.
A Clash of Kings (Mount & Blade: Warband)
If I say "Westeros," and lights don't go off in your head, then you've been under a rock for quiet some time. Game of Thrones, the popular TV series based off of the bestselling novels by George RR Martin. While going into the minutia of this vast world would take ages, you can get a sizable chunk of it with this mod.
Grand theft Auto IV: San Andreas (Grand Theft Auto IV)
While everyone waits for GTA V to make it to PC, modders have been tweaking GTA IV for years, doing all manner of insane things to extend its playability. One of the better improvements that makes playing this old game worth it, is playing an even older game in the series' history. With this mod, you can take CJ through San Andreas with modern day graphics and mechanics.
Dawn of the Reapers (Mass Effect 3)
A game that had a great deal of controversy as it ended the tale of Commander Shepard, ME3 was still able to please a great many deal of players with its intergalactic starship fight in the vacuum of space. With Dawn of the Reapers, you're no longer a spectator, but an active commander over your fleet, fighting against the reapers on the way to Earth from the comfort of an RTS strategy camera!
The Nameless Mod (Deus Ex)
Deus Ex has no shortage of gamers who are dedicated to touching up its classic look and mechanics for the modern gamer. But what if the cyberpunk world of 2050 looked better in its bulky and blocky frame, and what if you wanted original story lines and characters that existed in that aesthetic? The Nameless Mod provides all of this in abundance, going so far as to convince you that you've encountered an entirely new game.