Game Front’s 2012 Game, Indie & Mod of the Year Nominees
Finally, we look at some of 2012′s most noteworthy mods. Be they user-made creations designed specifically for a certain game or through Valve’s robust Source engine as a semi-standalone, these mods have either been made available for download or updated in some capacity in 2012 — few mods are never truly “released,” since work is always ongoing.
The nominees for Mod of the Year are:
“The degree of polish and professionalism these modders have executed is truly astounding, and to give this gem away for free feels like a crime. Every Half-Life fan absolutely must play this game — hell, any FPS fan must play this game to gain an appreciation for one of the classics, especially given the current state of the genre.”
Read our full Black Mesa review
DayZ brings zombies to Arma 2 in a setting similar to 28 Days Later, with an infection that has left the world in a post-apocalyptic state. The mod features realistic zombies, new weapons and vehicles, a custom medical system, and a persistent server.
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The Dark Mod
This total conversion turns Doom 3 into a dark and moody stealth game inspired by the Thief series. The world of Dark Mod is dark, gritty, and adult. Medieval castles, Victorian mansions, and Gothic cathedrals coexist in this immersive steampunk setting.
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Knights of the Old Republic II: Restored Content
“If you’re going to pick up KOTOR 2, you absolutely should get the Restored Content mod. It fixes a number of bugs that shipped with the game, but more importantly, it adds back a lot of the content that didn’t make the final cut. Conversations are often deeper and more revealing, and there are some major portions of the game added back in that were formerly decaying on the cutting-room floor.”
Read our full Knights of the Old Republic II: Restored Content review
Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas
“When GTA3 launched, the only thing that would have made the game better for me would have been a multiplayer component. Thanks to modders, aka some of the most awesome people in the world, I can live my dream.”
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Players choose between one of two roles: a near-invisible killer or a member of a squad sent to capture him. With Predator-like camouflage, the killer can move faster and has abilities like pouncing, wall grabbing, and even something called “corpse spinning” and a fatal “pigsticker attack.” The hunters become the hunted.
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Don’t stalk alone. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online adds a multiplayer component to the post-apocalyptic game, with AI that attacks both players and enemy creatures alike.
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Super Skyrim Bros
Visit an usual dreamworld in the far reaches of Skyrim — the Mushroom Kingdom. Embark on a journey to save Princess Toadstool from evil Bowser, collecting coins and facing familiar foes along the way: Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and powerful bosses.
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A Game of Thrones
“The amount of effort and the attention to detail in this Crusader Kings II mod is staggering: the volunteer team designed heraldry, invented names for locations not mentioned in Martin’s books, and created brand-new gameplay features to fit the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.”
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Grey is a total conversion Half-Life 2 horror mod in which you must solve puzzles, fight to survive, and find out why the world around you is going FUBAR. The creators included many changes and additions to the base Source engine and have added new mechanics like the objective indicator, portable medkit, pickup animations, and failed reloads. Nothing says “survival horror” like “will this clip jam?”
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