Mod of The Year 2012
Modding is one of the best reasons for being a PC gamer. Whether you’re an aspiring game developer looking to get a handle on game making, a game aficionado who wants to tweak his experience to his liking, or simply a player looking to try out something new in his favorite game, modding adds an immeasurable degree of value to any game.
New mods are released every day; some on popular modding hubs, others in obscure forums. Some, massive undertakings that have been years in development; others, small and simple projects whipped up in a month. We looked at he mods that made the biggest waves in 2012 and formed our list of 10 nominees for Mod the Year, then evaluated them based on merit in terms of content, polish, and fun.
Here’s the full list we were working from, followed by our picks for the best mod of the year:
The nominees were:
- A Game of Thrones (Crusader Kings 2) — Read our review
- Black Mesa — Read our review
- Knights of the Old Republic II: Restored Content — Read our review
- Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online
- Super Skyrim Bros
- The Dark Mod
- The Hidden: Source
5. A Game of Thrones (Crusader Kings 2)
Crusader Kings 2 lends itself so well to the setting of A Game of Thrones, given its gameplay is built around genetics, marriage alliances, and succession law. With this mod, games begin in the midst of an insurrection, and all of Westeros is crawling with armies.
Gameplay differences do exist, such as the ability to field larger armies, build additional holdings in a province, and there’s a different structure to the whole vassal setup. Plot events connected to events in the books will occur, but may play out entirely differently, allowing players to experience something of an alternate history or explore a “what if?” scenario.
While technically still in beta, this mod is a must for fans of strategy video games and A Song of Ice and Fire.
4. The Hidden: Source
The Hidden was initially released in 2007, but many people only became aware of it this year thanks to a viral video that popularized this mod in September. Some of you may consider it cheating to have it in the running for 2012 mod of the year, but development on the mod is still ongoing, and most titles on this list have been released in past years in some form or another.
This FPS Source mod pits a team of players against one lucky player that assumes the role of a Predator-like superhuman with near-invisbility, incredible speed, and fatal attacks. It could use a bit more polish, but the gameplay is so fun that you can look past the imperfections and just have a helluva time. If you’re in the squad of soldiers, The Hidden is a suspenseful and at times terrifying experience. If you’re the superhuman… Well, let’s just say that it’s hilarious to watch your enemies panic.
3. Knights of the Old Republic II: Restored Content
In development since 2009, KOTOR 2′s Restored Content mod is a comprehensive bug fix and content restoration patch that integrates itself flawlessly with the core game, to the point that you’ll find yourself wondering what is and isn’t part of the mod.
When KOTOR 2 launched, there was a significant amount of content that didn’t make it into the game, and this mod reintroduces that content, which helps add depth to conversations, fill plot holes, and give a more complete feel to the game.
When it comes down to it, if you’re going to play KOTOR 2, there’s no reason to not use this mod.