#3. A Fallout: New Vegas Mod Lets You Play as the Bad Guys
via Nexus Mods
If you haven't been living inside a self-sufficient underground vault for the last two decades, you've probably heard of the Fallout series. The latest entry of the post-apocalyptic open world RPG franchise, Fallout: New Vegas, sold like radioactive hot cakes and added enough downloadable content to keep even the most hardcore gamer occupied for months. But if you know one thing about the Internet, you know that it's never, ever satisfied.
"Give us more ray guns that melt things, please."
There was one thing Fallout aficionados felt was missing (two if you count the creepy people who modded in digital genitals, but let's not), and that was Fallout's iconic baddies, the Enclave. The Enclave is the remnants of America's government, but eeeeviiiil. They made a cameo appearance, but gamers wanted the whole deal: an evil militia they could take on like they did the last time they visited the wasteland. What they got was so much more.
Including more ray guns that melted things.
"For the Enclave" is a fully functioning campaign that lets you join an Enclave faction in the midst of a civil war. There are also new side quests and random encounters, a new companion to take ray guns to the face for you, and a sizable new area to explore. The Enclave even has its own radio station. And the whole thing is fully voice-acted, complete with the careful synchronization of the characters' lips, which is good, because nothing takes you out of that feeling of immersive reality like an irradiated mutant that talks funny.
"Throg demand proper enunciation!"
Fans of the game will realize just how staggering these features are, but for non-gamers, we'll put it like this: The mod took three years to make. You have to admire the commitment required to spend that much time on a mod for a game that the average gamer will have moved on from years ago. It's clearly a labor of love, or at least as close to "love" as a mod that lets you join the ruthless, evil bad guys can be.
#2. An Entire Unofficial Baldur's Gate Remake
via RMG Italia
Baldur's Gate is a classic RPG that came out all the way back in 1998. That was a while ago by any standard, but for gamers, it might as well be from the Bronze Age. While the game was highly regarded, time marched on. In 2006, the same developers released Neverwinter Nights 2, and take a look at the difference a few years make:
Neverwinter Nights 2 was a good game, but it just wasn't the same. However, it's hard to go back and play Baldur's Gate these days because, much like your first car, in retrospect it feels pretty clunky. So a small group of modders began the process of remaking the entirety of Baldur's Gate and its expansion in Neverwinter Nights 2. And by the entirety we mean all 150 hours of content, a measurement that assumes you already know exactly where to find everything. We guess it's no surprise that the most dedicated modders are fans of games that require serious dedication, but goddamn. That level of commitment is either admirable or certifiable, and we're still trying to figure out which.
The work started in 2006, and the mod was released in 2013, which for you non-math wizards out there is seven years. Seven years spent on a fan project. They weren't going to sell it for money. They didn't want any accolades. They just really, really love Baldur's Gate. They love it with the same passion that you love your parents. They would make love to it, if they could.
via Rock Paper Shotgun
This next mod update will let them do that.
#1. Brutal Doom
via Doom Wikia
Even if you've never played a game in your life, you're familiar with Doom. It was a gaming phenomenon, a ground-breaking shooter that outsold Windows 95. Doom is also one of the most controversial games of all time -- it was criticized for its graphic violence, especially after it was associated with the Columbine shooters.
The box was made entirely from glued-together '80s metal album covers.
Naturally, one hardcore fan decided that what the game needed was more brutality.
Brutal Doom is what you get when you take the original game, dial it up to 11, and give it a nice big bag of fucks to hand out at its leisure. Did your mother recoil in horror the first time she saw you shoot up a room full of demons? Then for the love of all that is good and holy, don't let her see you shoot a zombie soldier to pieces, give his still breathing corpse the finger, then stomp its head in. She probably wouldn't like that.
And if she does like it, you'd probably rather not know.
If you think that's over the top, we're not even scratching the gore-, pus-, and explosion-stained surface. The mod features a ton of new weapons, all of which are equally powerful, because you should never be forced to use the so-called "best" weapon in your arsenal to slaughter the legions of hell.
Punching them in the demon dick should always be an option.
Along with the new weapons, levels, and enemies (and enough blood and guts for a GWAR concert held in an abattoir), the game also features a slew of new, ridiculously over-the-top animations. For example, if you happen to see severed heads or limbs on the floor (and believe us, you will), you can use your new kick ability to punt them at your enemies, assuming you aren't just roundhousing their heads off.
And, if you somehow find yourself wanting to play the most violent game ever made in stealth mode, you can now sneak up behind your enemies and rip them limb from limb like you've personally been tutored by the entire cast of Mortal Kombat. Hell, this is the first game to ever make us feel sorry for hell's grotesque minions. Especially since, according to the mod's creator, "Some enemies will scream in anguish and try to crawl away when near death." You know, you might be playing as the bad guy.
A bad guy who's great at peeling oranges.
We're told that the weapons and explosions are "loud as fuck," and you can coat the floor, the walls, and the goddamn ceiling in blood. We're not using any hyperbole, because it's hard to exaggerate a game where you can punt a demon's face off.
Possibly the only choice better than going right for the dick.
Watch the trailer and tell us you wouldn't prefer this to half the shooter games on the market today, you sick bastard. Sure, Brutal Doom doesn't have the polish of modern blockbusters, but those games sure as hell don't have, well, this:
Rated M for "Muhuhuhahahahahahaaha!!"
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