MISERY (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat)
Whenever we play games, absolute misery is exactly what we’re after. That’s what the makers of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R mod MISERY understand, and they bring a whole lot more upset and depression to the already grim Call of Pripyat. Difficulty is increased, AI sharpened, atmosphere darkened, and life’s realities made even harsher. Basically it makes the whole game a thousand times tougher; perfect for those who like a little self-torture / challenge.
Rage of Dark Gods (Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms)
We’re actually getting a real Warhammer: Total War game next year, but when that was just a fantasy a team of modders put Games Workshop’s wonderfully violent world into the Total War engine as a total conversion for Medieval II. It’s as you expect: large scale battles and turn-based attempts at global domination, just this time is orcs that need slaughtering, not European knights.
Edain Mod (Battle for Middle-Earth II)
Battle for Middle-Earth II is as good as it gets when it comes to a Lord of the Rings RTS, but if it’s just not lore accurate enough for you, then the Edain mod is what you need. It passes over most elements, re-adjusting to make sure everything bows down to Tolkien’s vision. Factions are split so now each country has their own army rather than being joined under common banners, new armies such as Thorin and his company of dwarves are available, and you can even give the One Ring to various heroes to see if they can wield it against the enemy.
Extra Utilities (Minecraft)
Extra Utilities is a pretty difficult mod to sum up, since it doesn't have a theme. Instead it’s just a huge collection of various new items and blocks for Minecraft that you may find a little useful. Be that a chandelier to hang in your fancy new castle, a bag with double the capacity, or a block that is placeable anywhere in the air without falling down. ‘Just a bunch of fairly useful things’ is the mod’s tagline, and it says it all really.
Call of Duty: Battlefront (Call of Duty: United Offensive)
Putting Star Wars in any game is probably a route to something good, and with Call of Duty: Battlefront you probably can already guess what’s coming. WW2 rifles become blasters, Nazis become Stormtroopers, and motorbikes become hoverbikes. It’s a little rough, and still uses Call of Duty’s maps for the battlegrounds, but it’s a good bit of fun.
Ultimate Apocalypse Mod (Dawn of War)
War in Warhammer 40,000 is absolutely mental, with battles fought across entire planets, not just small fields. It’s something the Dawn of War games have never quite replicated, and what the Ultimate Apocalypse mod aims to fix. All 9 of the Soulstorm expansion races can duke it out in this insane mod, where particle effects fill the screen as your hurl nuclear warheads at your enemies. Even better: those massive striding Titan units are finally yours to command.
Blitzkreig-Mod (Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts)
The Blitzkreig mod is for any of the Company of Heroes games, and rebalances and tweaks a lot of the game’s systems for added realism. Weapon damage is amended, ranges altered, vehicle speeds changed, and a new ambush system that makes the most of hiding in trees and bushes is added. There’s new skins for many units, and over 100 new units have been added for all factions.
Black ICE Mod (Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour)
Black ICE bolsters Hearts of Iron III with a whole host of new elements to mix up the campaign. Over 4,000 new events and decisions to be made, 100+ new technologies to research, and more than 400 new units to recruit. Everyone wants more of a good thing, right?
Star Wars - Galaxy in War (Men of War: Assault Squad)
It’s Men of War’s tight, tense squad-based combat, but instead of the drab battlefield of twentieth century europe, it’s set in a galaxy far, far away. The Galaxy in War mod brings the factions of the Rebellion, Empire, Republic, CIS, and Zann Consortium to a Star Wars total conversion of Men of War: Assault Squad, along with suitable maps featuring iconic Star Wars locations.
Counter-Strike Xtreme (Counter-Strike)
What do you need to make an FPS ‘Xtreme’? Zombies, of course! It seems to work for Call of Duty, but it was working way before Treyarch tried it in Counter-Strike Xtreme. The mod adds new characters and weapons to the game, as well as a Zombies mode and a Ghost mode.