Life isn’t always about the terrorizing beasts and blood-streaked walls; some of my favorite games have no weapons at all. Sadly, scant few mod developers are up to that task. After all, shooting things is the easy “default” game mechanic: point, shoot, splat. Today, however, we celebrate a different breed of game with modifications that (mostly) don’t use weapons.
The Worry of Newport Mod – Crysis: Holding you in fearful rapture with its creepy ambient sounds and beautifully crafted dialogue, The Worry of Newport stands out as one of the best Crysis mods available. Gather courage and find the truths behind the dark secrets of the island; sacrifices, ancient rites, and deities of long past lie within the ocean…
Dear Esther Mod — Half-Life 2: With a focus on exploration, Half-Life 2′s Dear Esther mod finds you visiting yet another island. This one isn’t quite so spooky, but features superb voice-acting and a specially commissioned soundtrack. Who is Esther, and why has she chosen to summon you here? Is the Island real, or imagined? It’s time to find out.
Cube Experimental Mod — Fallout 3: A long-hidden entrance leads you to a forgotten complex in the wasteland. Including 13 levels and over two hours of gameplay, Cube Experimental (based upon the movie Cube) is a gauntlet of cube-shaped puzzle rooms. Prepare for a challenge, and a cool reward: Your successful escape rewards you with several overpowered items to slay Fallout 3′s mutated cattle with.
Trade and Commerce Mod — The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Your dreams of running your own store are answered in this Oblivion modification — just keep a wary eye out for thieves! Hire a shopkeeper to take care of the business and a guard to protect the valuables, and then add your inventory to sell. Get ready to rake in the gold coins with a greedy cackle.
Comatose Mod — Half-Life 2: You have no clue where you are, but you’re bleeding to death. If you don’t get help soon, you will die. Search for clues and try to escape the apartment you find yourself in. This modification isn’t completely weaponless, so I cheated a bit — but it’s still lots of fun.