The Best Games To Mod

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Sat, May 11, 2013 9:20 PM
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Now, games with extensive singleplayer modes are great; you can play them through and really enjoy the story and setting. Until you finish, that is.

After that, you either need to buy a new game, or consider Mods. Some mods are small, some cover entire continents in game - but which games are easy to mod...

There are some games that immediately come to mind when you mention mods: Skyrim, and Minecraft. Both games (although completely different) have incredible communities that give out huge mods, completely free. The main place to find them is TES Nexus for Skyrim (and the previous Elder Scrolls games), or the Minecraft Mod Forums. There are of course other games that can be modded.

Half Life 2 is (although dated) also rather heavily modded, and many of these mods have been made into full games - take a look at Natural Selection 2, which retains its modding roots. Many though are just interesting, different games; take something like Hidden: Source, a survival game with one player as a nearly invisible hunter and some marines trying to kill it. Or something like Suicide Survival, a hilarious game in which you play a kamakaze shrubbery attempting to kill book-lobbing librarians (no, really). This is of course not to mention Garry's Mod, the game which is just a platform for crazy creations.

Other action games support modding to various degrees, such as Torchlight 2, with it's huge Synergies mod, or the Grand Theft Auto series. ARMA is also a series that is easily moddable, and includes an in game scenario creator - remember of course that this game is a realistic simulator rather than a game. Naturally we have to mention DayZ if we're talking about ARMA mods (Come play with GD Warriors, find the server info on the DayZ game page).

Moving away from the action games actually makes the mods even bigger and far reaching. Strategy games are very common, with games like Civilisation and Crusader Kings enjoying entire overhauls, for free. Other popular games include the Total War series, and occasionally a bit of Command and Conquer; or, for those who want a mix of first person combat and strategy, Mount and Blade has a huge selection of mods.

Here is a list of mods we think are awesome (dont forget to post the ones you love in the comments section below)

Skyrim - Tropical Skyrim

Crusader Kings II - The Elder Kings

Minecraft - Tekkit

Freelancer  - Crossfire

Rome: Total War - SPQR

I'll be honest, I could go on for a long time. If you're interested in modding your games, there's a couple of places to start looking: Nexus Mods, the people behind TES Nexus among lots of others, have a large collection of games and files, and even have their own downloading software. Similarly, ModDB is a popular aggregator, including mods for a lot of older or uncommon games.

So GD, here's the question: You've played a lot of games, tried a lot of mods, and you've come out the other side. So tell us, which is the best game to mod?

Which is the Best Game to Mod?

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12:44 Oct-02-2013

Fallout Wasteland Edition. So good you'll wonder why Fallout 3 wasn't like it by default.

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16:48 Aug-26-2013

Skyrim and GTA SAN Andreas oh and oblivion! lol i had a working deathnote in oblivion xD

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19:56 Jul-06-2013

Both Fallout 3 and New Vegas also have pretty great mods on the Nexus pages.

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00:03 May-13-2013

Garry's mod is not in there?

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00:46 May-13-2013

I wouldn't really consider Garry's Mod to be a "game," since it's more of a mod itself.
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20:18 May-14-2013

Garrys Mod is in there anyway buddy, keep reading ;)

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16:15 May-12-2013

Crysis is a great game to mod, since cryengine was released modding is easy, especially with big projects like venerance and rayman ROTD

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16:03 May-12-2013

The best mod I ever come across was Morroblivion. It allows you to play Morrowind with Oblivions engine. All quests work, Morrowinds items are all remade. You do need both games plus all expansions but it's well worth a look. Can be tricky to set up though but there is guides on the modders web page.

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16:04 May-12-2013

looks awesome :D

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14:44 Dec-23-2013

Now there is skywind which makes morrowind look amazing

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12:38 May-12-2013

I play Skyrim now with over a hundred mods, and it makes the game so much bigger, better and hugely increases the replay value. However, it still feels like Skyrim, which I love. I don't use overhauls like Tropical Skryim because I like lore-friendliness. But for fun, I love Hidden: Source and Suicide Survival is always good for a laugh. Mods are the future of PC gaming when new consoles are edging closer and closer in my opinion.

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10:43 May-12-2013

I'd also add the big overhaul for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, called Nehrim ( http://www.nehrim.de/indexEV.html ).
It's amazingly well done for a small group. It also got "The best mod of 2010" title.
I recommend you trying it out, it's voice acted in German by the way, but there are well translated English subtitles.
They are also developing pretty much the same thing for Skyrim now also, which is called Enderal, so stay tuned :)
( http://www.sureai.de/projects/enderal )

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12:35 May-12-2013

thanks for the info bud :D

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08:23 May-12-2013

Wait a minute...!!! What about Halo Custom Edition...??? I'm a member of Halomods.com and Halomaps.org and we are modding maps even after 10 years... The Custom Mapping Team last year released Truth & Reconciliation spv3 with new enemies, weapons and level design... The graphics also look like a 2011 game... Let's also not forget the innumerable firefight and custom story maps... TM Mapping team made their own campaign maps called Lumoria... And there's a buttload of others...

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08:34 May-12-2013

I'm sure this is just a small list of the more popular games that can be modded. There are many other games that can be but aren't on this list.

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07:56 May-12-2013

Tekkit is not a mod for minecraft. Its a modpack which means it has a lot of mods.

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05:19 May-12-2013

Ok, I voted TES, obviously.
But I'm amazed Total War isn't on the list. I have played tons of mods for every game in the series, most of which are complete overhauls of the game.
If there can be votes for both Crusader Kings 1 and 2, then I think the Total War series definitely deserves a spot in that poll.

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05:23 May-12-2013

as you mentioned that i realized Total War wasn't on the list, too bad that game had great mods
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04:45 May-12-2013

Elder Scrolls the only series ive ever used 3gigs of vram :)

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07:54 May-12-2013

Minecraft is the only game that loaded my CPU at 99% (set up a server and blow up everything with TNT :D)

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18:59 May-12-2013

yea java kills it everytime

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19:37 May-12-2013

You would think with all the money and sale they have they would get rid of java. The game would run so much better.

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04:32 May-12-2013

Synergies Mod for torchlight is awesome! you gotta try it guys!!

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04:05 May-12-2013

Elder Scrolls Series especially Skyrim are the best for fitting up hundreds of mods :D

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04:28 May-12-2013

I wish there was a Steam workshop for Oblivion. Oblivion supposedly has a bunch of visual improvement mods like Skyrim, but you have to go through a special installer or something. Once I get through Skyrim (again) I'm going to see how to go about loading mods into Oblivion so I can play through that (again). I never played Oblivion on the PC.

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04:30 May-12-2013

Oblivion really needs bunch of mods to polished it, i hate that potato shaped face of oblivion...

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02:42 May-12-2013

I have a heavily modded GTA SA so i think its the easiest to mod

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02:40 May-12-2013

Really? Of all the mods you choose you picked SQPR, nearly every tw fan knows that the best mod for Rome Total War, is and was Roma Serrectum 2.
And plus the game isn't even in the poll....

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00:03 May-12-2013

The Elder Scrolls.
The end.

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01:04 May-12-2013

PS.
It makes the game look like it's not made in 2008 but games like GTA have some hilarious mods that you can get.

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01:14 May-12-2013

I'm not really into the wacky mods... like My Little Pony running around Skyrim or Homer Simpson in GTA. There are people out there that get a kick out of that, but I don't get it.

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01:16 May-12-2013

I'm with you, I only use mods that give me more gameplay enjoyment or extra story content. Those types of mods might give you a couple of mins of enjoyment but gameplay and story add hours :)

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12:47 Oct-02-2013

Yeah, I'll go with that.

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23:27 May-11-2013

Fallout and Elder scrolls are virtually the same, because Oblivion and Fallout 3 uses the same engine. Should have been just "Bethesda games" choice instead ;)

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23:43 May-11-2013

but the games are different... so the modding experience will also be different :/

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00:46 May-12-2013

Bethesda has a bunch of games other than fallout and TES

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01:26 May-12-2013

I actually believe the only ips they own are fallout and tes, don't get Bethesda game studios mixed up with zenimax's publishing company, Bethesda softworks.

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01:05 May-12-2013

The game being on same same engine doesn't mean they are the same. Many different games are made with the unreal engine and aren't the same.

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22:30 May-11-2013

This is exactly why PC gaming is the greatest! :)

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22:48 May-11-2013

But not when things get out of control. Nobody likes modders in multi-player. I mean the ones that not only change their skin to something funny but enable god mode on themselves and stuff.

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22:18 May-11-2013

Minecraft, Rome Total War... yeah, they are both great games and really moddable.
But you should include the rather old and great game: Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, that came with a very powerful editor. :)

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01:07 May-12-2013

Warcraft 3 map editor while being immensely less powerful than the current starcraft 2 map editor it made the best custom games I've ever played. Bought the game just for the custom games never played ladder.

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