Game Mods & Tools

MAME 0.235

Editor's choice MAME-007

I have been using MAME for years and even to this day, it is the best way to emulate the arcade experience at home. MAME has just gotten better and better and more user-friendly with each update. ...

WeMod

WeMod-6

If there’s one thing that’s always distinguished PC gaming from its console brethren it is the modding scene. But this isn’t just about aesthetic changes or making new games using existing engines - ...

Skyrim Together 1.0.6

Editor's choice Skyrim-Together-02

It is kind of crazy to think that Skyrim is over 10 years old. Even crazier than that is the number of times it has been released, including Skyrim VR, I own four versions of this game! Skyrim ...

Vortex 1.4.15

Vortex-8

The main reason that I became interested in PC gaming a few years back was because of all the crazy mods that I would see. What we have here with Vortex is a mod manager made by the people at Nexus ...

RetroArch

RetroArch-4

Many people make the mistake of calling RetroArch an emulator. This is far more than just an emulator; it is like a big client that keeps all of your emulators and retro games in one easy-to-access ...

OpenIV 4.0.1

OpenIV-1

If the name OpenIV sounds familiar it is probably because of the controversy that happened a couple of years back with Grand Theft Auto V! This started life out as a way to mod Grand Theft Auto IV ...

Citra

Citra-9

If you have ever wanted to play Nintendo 3DS games on your PC or your Android device, Citra is the program for you. This has been getting worked on for years and it is probably the best 3DS emulator ...

RuneLite 1.7.24

RuneLite-4

Well, I have to say that RuneLite has certainly opened up a can of worms for me! I was massively addicted to Old School RuneScape, but this client has managed to drag me back in after I thought I was ...

Lunar Client

Editor's choice Lunar Client-12

There are so many mod packs and ways to tinker with Minecraft that it can be very hard to know where to start. Today we are looking at Lunar Client which is a popular mudpack. Currently, this is ...

Game Mods & Tools are programs which modify the games or allow us to create them. We have combined them into one category as they both often allow you for a great deal of creativity as far as games are concerned.

Game Mods

Game Mods are created most of the time by the community of players. They are essentially game patches which can change:

  • game mechanics,
  • the look and feel of the game, for example, the textures,
  • The characters in the game.

Fan creations have been created almost since the beginning of the game industry. It’s worth to mention such mods like Gothic Diccuric or Counter-Strike which was born as a Half-Life mod.

The mods can change minor game details or remodel it completely. A representative of the first group are the mods which change the graphical effects and the textures. Practically every game which has a large community receives such modifications. Among such mods, one can certainly mention launchers, for instance, various Minecraft launchers.

In the second group, we can find modifications which change the game completely. They add new locations, new characters, new plot, new quests etc.

There is also a third kind of game mods. It leaves the main game elements intact but it fiddle with the game difficulty. It was so with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series games. There is a large number of fan mods that increase the stamina of the opponents and reduces the resources on the game maps.

Mods sometimes are considered separate games. We were already talking about Counter-Strike which was born from a single-player FPS and became a multiplayer tactical shooter. Everyone who knows Gordon Freeman adventures realizes that this must have been a lot of work.

Game Tools

A separate kind of programs are game tools although we must admit that sometimes it’s hard to tell game mods from game tools. Anyway, the latter could be divided into:

  • game creations tools such as RPG Maker or Garry’s Mod,
  • console or computer emulators,
  • digital games distribution platforms such as Steam or GOG Galaxy,
  • cheat programs such as Cheat Engine.
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