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These Fans Made Amazing Games That Completely Outdid The Original Developers

Updated March 15, 2019 1.3k views12 items

One of the greatest things about the advent of online gaming platforms is they not only allow for online multiplayer, but users have the opportunity to create and share original creations on the web. This is a benefit because video game fan mods can often add so much content to even the best titles. Despite the existence of toxic communities, the effort can be worth it if you get your hands on the well-made fan content available online.

The top total conversion mods not only add extra content to an already established world, but they can completely change the way a game is played. For example, they might include additional stories that explore interesting fan theories or take the title to a brand new and unexpected universe. Some fan-made mods can even fix games that were completely broken upon release. On occasion, they also manage to put the original developers' work to shame.

  • 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Began Life As A Mod For 'Arma 2'

    In 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds became one of the most popular titles in the world, attracting the attention of millions of gamers. Its success was so great that a host of other developers began to create original battle-royale-themed titles, such as Fortnite. The title has its origins as a mod for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead that was known as DayZ: Battle Royale.

    Creator Brendan Greene later ported the mod over to Arma 3. In addition, he eventually spun this idea into its own title, releasing it on PC and Xbox One.

  • As one of the most in-depth strategy games available to buy, Crusader Kings II might appear the perfect fit for the complicated world of Game of Thrones. That is undoubtedly what a collection of fans believed when they created a total conversion mod inspired by the book series and TV adaptation, A Song of Ice and Fire. The mod is far from a simple re-skinning of the original content.

    It instead changes almost every aspect of Crusader Kings II so that the characters, map, and even fighting system resemble the fictional world created by George R.R. Martin.

  • A Restored Content Mod For 'Kn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Fans Made Amazing Games That Completely Outdid The Original Developers
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    Knights of the Old Republic II, while still recognized as a great game, became best-known for the fact that it was something of a buggy mess. Its protracted and difficult development also meant that lots of content, including a large portion of the original ending, got cut entirely. This is where a dedicated team of modders came to the rescue. Over several years, they added cut levels, dialogue, and deleted scenes back into the game.

    In addition, they even managed to restore the ending so that it more closely resembled the developers' original intention. It also fixed a whole host of glitches and bugs that were never patched.

  • Following the release of the Source game engine by Valve and its subsequent upgrades, a large team of volunteers tried to update the original Half-Life. The main intention was to make i resemble a modern title even though it was released in 1998. The project eventually evolved into Black Mesa. This is a full-scale remastering of the original title with upgraded visuals, new content, and vastly expanded levels and story elements.

    Valve is even allowing the fan-created game to be released on Steam as a standalone product.

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