5 FTL Mods That Make the Game Even More Awesome
3. Custom Ships
This mod is still in beta, but it introduces a number of alternate layouts for ships in the game that come from several different sci-fi properties. Modder Turbonutter is adding from Star Wars, Star Trek, and brings a few more ships into the fold to replace some that are in the game.
Notable among the offerings in this mod is the Millennium Falcon mod, which is reason enough to check it out. Sounds as though that particular ship is a work in progress at this point, and commenters in the forums have pointed out that some rooms, like the cockpit, are in the wrong place. Still, looks cool if you can suspend your geekdom disbelief for a while.
2. Turning the Tide
Normally, you spend all of FTL on the run for your life — but what if you could turn around and bring the fight to the Rebels pursuing you? That’s the thinking behind Kieve’s mod Turning the Tide, in which players can go after the Rebels for big rewards, but at a high risk of horrific, painful death in the process.
It’s possible to attack the Rebels and maybe even stop their advance through a sector altogether in Turning the Tide, but you’ll run up against tougher Rebel ships when you do. Sounds like Kieve has hoped to do multiple-ship encounters at different beacon points throughout a sector, but hasn’t found a good way to do that yet, so the mod may well get an update sometime in the future to add that possibility.
You’ve played the Federation hero, fleeing from oppression and making a desperate final stand for the good of the galaxy. Now you can play a space pirate instead. Pirates! author RichText has thrown in a bunch of new options for players, especially when they run into events that include other pirates — specifically, you can help your bother pirates out. You get other options too, like using alien captives to power your ship, which is simply hilarious as well as awesome.
The Pirates! mod is pretty extensive, adding new names for your characters and even changing the in-game tool tips so they read in pirate speak. That sounds a bit annoying, but the chance to play the game in a completely different way, as a marauding pirate evading the law, sounds like a very cool change.
Here’s hoping even more great stuff comes out of the FTL modding community, which we think will only make a great game more awesome. We’re always on the lookout for other great mods, so if you have suggestions for others for FTL, feel free to leave them in the comments. And if you’re making a mod for FTL, let us know — we’d love to host it.