So what’s a poor RPG lover to do when he’s done slaying dragons in Skyrim? Mass Effect 3 isn’t coming out until spring. Rather than sitting on your couch and staring blankly into space, why not spend some quality time with a quality older title like Fallout: New Vegas? Yeah, it isn’t exactly new and it still has more bugs than a cheap motel, but there’s a damn fine game buried in there and one of its developers recently released a mod designed to make the game harder than ever before. There’s a catch, though.
Nothing speaks to the power and flexibility of the PC platform quite like game modding. Dedicated groups of hardcore fans toil for months on end to bring us a massive offering of tweaks, rebalances, texture packs, content packs, and total conversions that improve, expand, and transform the games we love.
Ok, so 90% of mods are still about furries, 3d porn, and sticking Mario's head on Darth Vader's body. But when not about lust or rampant copyright infringement, mods offer some of the most unique and interesting content in gaming. Hit the jump for some of our favorite mods from recent gaming history.
We'd be lying if we said we saw this one coming. In an attempt to market Fallout: New Vegas to a skeptical Japanese public, Bethesda decided to give Fallout 3 the time travel treatment, resulting in a project that – somewhat ironically – looks older than its target audience. As explained by Bethesda:
“What would Fallout look like if it had been made in 1987 by a Japanese development studio? Our scientists have answered that question, taking over the Japanese Fallout website with an 8-bit version of the Capital Wasteland.”
It's worth noting, however, that the demake's only available in Japanese, so you'll have to wing your way through the Wasteland for now. Or, if this really is just like old times, you could always wait for a horribly translated and borderline racist localization to come along three years from now.