When a game is born sometimes it never quite feels like it fits in. In school it wants to play House (instead of Freeze-tag) or Soccer (instead of Dollies). The tragic truth is that sometimes a Game is trapped in another Games body. Years of therapy later and a short trip to a Mexican Surgeon can result in a spectacular rebirth (minimal scars too!). Lucky for us some parents give their children the freedom to discover their true potential. These are few conversion mods that say, “Look how pretty I am now Dad!”
Crysis – Mech Warrior: Living Legends by Wandering Samurai Studios
When you finally get robot legs and missles your world becomes a better place no matter who you are. Mech Warrior: Living Legends is a total conversion for the Mech Warrior fans out there. This mod opens up Crysis into the genre of Mechanical warfare enabling you to stalk your enemies to a soundtrack of whirring industrial gyros and moaning hydrolics. A lot more pew pew for the QQ as it were.
Should you feel the need to feed your ominous predatory instinct this is your new Lexapro. It isn’t your family you are raging at or the dying of the light. I personally feel you are just suppressing your biological instinct to prevail as the victorious Alpha being you were born to be. Make someone else cry for a change.
I will not bore you with highly developed game mechanics and tell you what it is like to pilot one of these machines of war. You already know because you dream it. You might also consume an awkward breakfast the next day and hope your Mom didn’t notice your sheets in the washer. She knows. You do too. (I thought you grew out of that?) “Imortality, take it, its yours.” (see: Brad Pitt as Achillies in Troy)
Doom III – The Dark Mod by Team Dark Mod
With all the Thief games on the rise in popularity the stealth hunter killer category of gaming is on the up and up. This impressive conversion turns Doom 3 into a home brew version of Thief/Hitman. I love going Constantine as much as the next guy but when it comes to displaying the true ability of the mod community this is a shining example of what is possible.
The Dark Mod is very much a community driven project. The bread and butter of this Doom 3 modifcation is that it is a tool kit to create your own missions and many people have done just exactly that so there is no shortage of game content to seek out. Goto their forums and get the newest created missions.
The Dark Mod is a good reason to dust off your old Doom 3 installation and give it one last romp while you wait for Dragon Age 2. Let’s face it – DA2 (sexy cut scenes) is what we are all pining for in the end.
Oblivion â€“ Nehrim at Fate’s Edge by SureAI Team
Nehrim is a land and story that is completely separate from the Oblivion story line and doesn’t even take place in the same universe. This is an entirely new game of quest lines, character building mechanics, and world interaction. Built to wet the whistle of you old school dice rollers – Nehrim will delight. *flash back sound* “Where are the cheetos?” … “They’re right next to you.” … “I cast a spell” … etc. and so forth.
New tasty landscapes are all hand crafted and 100% original. Some of these screen shots could pass as quality HDR images. There was a lot of care an attention put into the world building and it shows.
The new skill system is based on abilities purchased with “learning points” you’ll recieve from each level gained. Experience is aquired in a more conventional way from killing monsters and completeing quests.
New textures and skins are much more than just some slut red lipstick on the old pig. (Porkchop you so sex-ay!) Visualize the first time you ate a BLT and warm up to that drooling sensation you feel.
Utk3 – Renegade X by Totem Arts
When Command & Conquer Renegade came out I was very much obsessed with beer, boobs, and college (sorta on that last one). I’m out of school now and the MOD team for Renegade X gave this game a reboot on the UTK3 engine. You can play either of the two factions GDI (read: wussies) or the Brotherhood of Nod (every girl likes a bad boy). It creates that old school, fast fragging, heart pounding, blowing asses up experience that you love from a good multiplayer battle.
Purchase your vehicles, your class and destroy the other teams base – simple. Tanks, buggies, and even the Flying Coffin now equiped with gunner seats are at your disposal.
With the ability to switch between first and third person (just like the orginal) you can view every single angle. This is helpful to view those otherwise neglected important elements of gameplay (explosions).
My Father had an old Plymouth Fury when he was young and man that car felt the love all over (couple times on Friday nights-BAM!). When he was older he got another and restored it to pristine condition but with many new upgraded parts just so he could enjoy it again (and again, and again, etc.). Playing this mod is like driving a newer version of a cherried out love bus. Git’ after it boy.
A full release of this game is under development using the UDK and will be released as a new indie title for you to swallow (african or european I don’t give a rip). These guys have spent a lot of time to create one of the most impressive full conversions available today.