MechWarrior: Living Legends (Crysis Wars)
This project pushes the Crytek’s FPS engine towards machine simulation with new art and animations, and plonks the mechs on large sandbox maps that replicate the feel of Battlefield with a mixture of vehicle and infantry combat. Use laser rifles and particle projector cannons to blow apart obstacles in the environment.
Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas (GTA: San Andreas)
Multi Theft Auto is multi-focus. It’s got a new UI that makes complex tasks manageable for those who want to roleplay their way around San Andreas. It’s got a race mode that makes tracks of hundreds of locations on Rockstar’s map. And it’s got a stealth setting for those who like to sneak up on fellow citizens and ruin their day.
Killing Floor (Unreal Tournament 2004)
It would eventually become a million-seller on Steam when its team joined up with Red Orchestra’s Tripwire - but Killing Floor began unlife in Unreal Tournament. Set in a London where private biotech experiments have gone horribly wrong, it asks players to don the uniforms of British Army and Special Branch police officers pushing back the tide.
RVE (Supreme Commander 2)
The practically-named Revamp Expansion Mod is for those who hoped Gas Powered’s mechy RTS sequel would be more like the first game in the series. The unit cap has been unscrewed, exploding from 500 to 3000, and movement speed and scale of the game’s robots shrunk to make its maps feel bigger.
The Haunted (Unreal Tournament 3)
An international team pulled back UT’s camera into third-person for this multiplayer monster game. You’re either liberating cursed places from the minions of evil, or you are a minion of evil. Humans get access to weapons and melee attacks in the vein of Resident Evil, and the demons can place traps and trigger environmental hazards.
The Great War (Napoleon: Total War)
As far as wars go the Napoleonic war was pretty ‘great’, but it wasn’t The Great War. That title is reserved for World War 1, and the conflict gets a wonderful Total War treatment in this grand scale mod. Capturing the dirt and grime of history’s first massively mechanical war, The Great War recreates authentic twentieth century tactics. From artillery barrages to flushing out trenches with poison gas, you can wage a cruel, efficient campaign.
Estranged (Half-Life 2)
Created in Half-Life 2’s Source engine, Estranged is the tale of a lone fisherman who becomes stranded on a mysterious island as a violent storm cuts him off from escape. As you make your way back to the mainland, you’ll meet a curious collection of island natives. It sounds like it could be something in the vein of Dear Esther, but the people you’ll meet are certainly not all friendly and nice. You’ll need to pack a machinegun or two for this island vacation.
MidEast Crisis 2 (C&C 3: Tiberium Wars)
MidEast Crisis brings Command & Conquer out of it’s absurd Tiberium-powered future and into a war much closer to home. With a combination of modern and near-future hardware, you’ll need to battle across the warzones of Jerusalem to Beirut. This total conversion also adopts some Company of Heroes sensibilities for a more tactical game, asking you to capture and hold zones on the map to gain resources.
Altis Life (Arma 3)
Altis Life transforms Arma 3 into real life. And when we say this, we don’t mean it makes Arma’s realistic warfare more real. No, it lets you play the role of real people living normal lives. Buy a car, get a job, get paid, live well. It’s sort of Second Life, but with better graphics and less weirdos. The fun comes from playing as the police, who must enforce law amongst the civilian players. Make sure everyone has the correct licenses for vehicles, keep the peace, and go on incredible night-time arrest busts when the populations puts a toe out of line.
GTA IV: San Andreas (GTA IV)
The title makes this one pretty obvious: this is the world of San Andreas, but in Grand Theft Auto IV’s RAGE engine. The total conversion mod brings back not only the three cities and sprawling state areas of San Andreas, but also elements for the original game such as the chunkier UI and gang wars.