Everyone knows that making a great video game requires teams of experts, years of work, and millions of dollars. Which is why it stings so badly when two dudes in Minnesota come along and vastly improve the work of the professionals with nothing more than a summer indoors and a few crates of Red Bull. That's for the developers to cry over, though -- for us, these fan-improved versions of classic games are almost all entirely free, available to you right now, and the most fun you'll have this side of go-kart jousting.
5Pokemon Fusion Generation
For those of you blissfully out of the loop with modern memes: First, tell us how you live your life. We get the feeling we're doing it all wrong. Second, let us introduce you to Pokemon Fusion Generation, a random Pokemon generator that has resulted in more twisted creatures that should not be than Gossip Girl. It was only a matter of time before someone got the notion to make an actual game featuring these abominations (the ... the Pokemon, not the Gossip Girls).
The story follows Bill, everyone's favorite mad scientist from the original game, who decides to fuse random Pokemon together to make untold genetic horrors, because apparently "responsible government regulation" is the most elusive Pokemon of all. Naturally, the various gym leaders, sick and tired of losing to every OCD 10-year-old who made it past the fortified hedge blocking the entrance to their town, leaped at the chance to mutate and torture their pets for fun and profit.
A normal Pokemon game features adorable hybrids, or caricatures of more or less normal animals, like these:
It's a shame we'll never get to enjoy these guys in a taco sampler pack.
Pokemon Fusion Generation features twisted hellspawn that spit in the face of the PokeGod, such as these:
These would make ... less appetizing tacos.
The best part of a Pokemon game is the vast variety of creatures to plan and strategize with. Thanks to Pokemon Fusion Generation, that number is upped dramatically -- and as an added bonus, you can now field such impressive creatures as a bull-whale, an insane pile of candy, or a three-headed bird-Pikachu that wishes, above all else, to simply be allowed to die.
Ahh, The Oregon Trail. It's what we did in school instead of paying attention to math, science, history, or really any learning at all. It may have single-handedly destroyed our rounded education, but hey, we sure do know a disproportionate amount about the struggles of pioneers heading to Oregon. That's a valuable life skill, right?
Well, at least the unemployment will pass a little easier with Organ Trail -- the zombified remake.
You've got high-powered rifles instead of muskets and station wagons instead of the covered variety, but Organ Trail still has every basic frustration that you fondly remember from its predecessor.
You can still die from archaic illnesses, shitty luck, and poor supply management -- all the basic building blocks of fun! -- but with the added complication of your dim-witted friends occasionally wandering off and getting themselves infected by zombies. You get to decide whether you use them as long as possible or risk having them turn on you in the night. If you're not game for the latter, you have the classic zombie dilemma to face:
To shotgun, or not to shotgun?
Of course, you can still name all of your characters after your friends, but now you don't have to wait for the annoying ones to die of dysentery -- if Chad snags your last Handi-Snack at lunch, you can give him a shotgun breath mint in fourth period.