Modifying games is an amazing thing. Most often, when talking about it, we are talking about small changes like adding new types of weapons or changing textures, but there are also much more surprising examples. The brightest of them in the community are called Total Conversion – “total conversions”, after the installation of which games are sometimes unrecognizable. Build a strategy on the Half-Life 2 engine or a turn-based RPG, changing Doom beyond recognition? Easy. Cybersport.ru offers a look at ten interesting total shooter conversions that are familiar to everyone.
The lion’s share of quality modifications for Half-Life 2 is horror. And among them, there are some really cool works stand out, including Gray, created by the Deppresick Team.
The player takes on the role of Gray – a guy with a dark past who is forced to face his fears that have taken on physical embodiment. Familiar streets are far less friendly than usual, and danger lies around every corner. In addition, the same past seems to be ready to emerge from oblivion and change Gray’s life forever.
Another modification inspired by Silent Hill. She is independent, although she continues the history of the team’s two previous works –Mistake andMistake-1created for Half-Life. After completing the story, a difficult mode opens, which in fact is radically different from the usual one: we are talking not only about more dangerous opponents, but also about gameplay changes, new types of weapons and redesigned maps. In addition, only in hard mode can you get an alternate ending to the game.
Half-Life: Tactical Espionage Action for Half-Life
If the stealth action hasn’t impressed you, the modding community still has something to surprise you. HL Rally is an online mod that turns a shooter into a full-fledged racing simulator.
FragMented user! made multiplayer races on the GoldSrc engine. At the same time, he did not limit himself to just creating cars: there is full-fledged tuning in fashion, a small but interesting fleet of vehicles, as well as the possibility of obtaining finance for buying new cars and upgrades for them.
Since fashion is over 15 years old, finding players today is quite problematic; for this case, HL Rally can offer competitions with bots and a race against the clock. On the mod’s page, links to new fan servers are still up and down, and enthusiasts continue to support the game to this day.
The confrontation between the Alliance and Resistance in the Half-Life universe has always been presented through the eyes of individuals, be it Gordon Freeman or Alix Vance. They decided to fix the unfortunate omission with the help of a mod that allows you to participate in global conflicts for either side in the role of a commander – with the familiar interface of real-time strategies.
Enthusiasts have diligently transferred everything they need to the new engine: in Lambda Wars, base construction, fog of war, a mini-map, research and other elements familiar to connoisseurs of classic RTS are implemented. There is also a multiplayer game where you can take control of units of harvesters and demolish the Resistance, which is led by your friends, and vice versa. And in the “sandbox” mode, you can even try out the game as ant lions.
For those who do not want to fight with real players (or plan to practice before this), battles with bots and separate single-player missions are available. Online is not high, but it is quite possible to play one-on-one with a friend.
Perhaps the craziest mod in the entire collection suggests crossing Sonic and Persona 3 on the Doom engine. At the same time, it is played surprisingly cheerfully, although how such an idea was born, of course, remains a mystery.
Sonic Robo Blast 2 itself, which brings the gameplay of 3D games about a high-speed hedgehog to the Doom II engine, has been developing for over ten years. An enthusiast with the nickname Lat ‘decided to go further by creating a mod for the mod. Over the course of four years, he has diligently transferred the main features of Persona 3 gameplay to the Sonic game, including turn-based combat, leveling up characters, various personas and hundreds of combat skills. Not without the standard for the Persona series the ability to actively use the weaknesses of opponents to gain an advantage in battle.
As if this were not enough, the author added the function of cooperative passage in a company of up to 16 people, as well as the ability to fight each other in PvP mode. At the moment, a demo version of the modification is available, the developer does not report the release date of the full game.
Another horror modification on the list that deserves attention. Although it is difficult to call it pure horror: Underhell cleverly balances between tactical shooter, puzzle and more traditional horror gameplay with survival elements, while not causing any dissonance between its different parts.
You will play as Jake Hockfield, a special forces officer. Between assignments, he rests in the house in which his wife died under mysterious circumstances. At the same time, the Prologue sends Jake to rescue the hostages in a hospital seized by terrorists. And the first chapter starts with the fact that the hero finds himself in a prison in which strange creatures have appeared. And all these locations are radically different from each other.
Unfortunately, the project was put on hold more than seven years ago and it is not known if it will continue. The creator of the modification under the nickname Mxthe is currently working on Insurgency: Sandstorm as a producer, and most of his time is occupied by the commercial title. Nevertheless, the developer, no, no, and will remember the previous brainchild: of the planned four chapters, only the first one managed to come out.
Of course, these are far from all worthy modifications: such mastodons as Paranoia, No More Room In Hell, Halfquake or Aliens: Eradication TC… Do you have any favorite total conversions? Write in the comments!