The Most Popular GameFront.com Mods of All Time
3. Garry’s Mod (Half-Life 2)
Less a game and more a brilliant, Source Engine-powered toybox, Garry’s Mod launched hundreds of slapstick YouTube videos and elaborate Rube Goldberg machines. Using Half-Life 2′s Gravity Gun and a proprietary “Tool Gun,” users of the mod can monkey with a wide variety of “prop” objects, warping them into the gameworld at the click of a mouse. Posable human ragdolls and realistic physics ensure that hilarity almost always ensues.
2. Desert Combat (Battlefield 1942)
Before anyone had gotten around to bringing desert-camouflaged “Modern Warfare” to the masses, a group of Battlefield 1942 modders called Trauma Studios created Desert Combat, an extensive reworking of the smash-hit original set during the first Gulf War. Whether they were lured by the sun-baked environments or the deadly, high-tech weapons, shooter fans flocked to Desert Combat in droves; GameFront’s servers alone have provided more than 1.3 million downloads.
1. Counter-Strike (Half-Life)
Counter-Strike really deserves a category by itself. Created by Minh “Gooseman” Le and Jess “Cliffe” Cliffe, the mod was first released way back in 2000. Since then, it has gone on to redefine shooter games and shooter culture, spawning a raft of sequels, including the forthcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, due out sometime later this year. Counter-Strike’s incredible popularity derives from its frantic pace, infinite replayability, and emphasis on skill, though its social success at LAN parties and in internet cafes cannot be overlooked. Deep down, we’re all either terrorists or counter-terrorists.