Modding is a massive phenomenon in the gaming industry – DayZ started off as a mod, as did Team Fortress and Dota.
For every great game with a large player-base, groups of avid PC gamers have created mods that change the game in many different ways.
Some of these mods become better than the games themselves, and some games, such as ARMA III, rely heavily on their modding communities.
Check out these 10 amazing video game mods:
Third Age – Total War (Medieval II: Total War)
Third Age – Total War is a Medieval II: Total War overhaul which allows players to experience a fully-fledged Total War game in Middle-Earth, featuring tons of new assets and fantastic maps.
Black Mesa (Half-Life 2)
Black Mesa is a mod for Half-Life 2 that is a modern re-envisioning of the classic Half-Life: Source.
A Clash of Kings (Mount & Blade Warband)
A Clash of Kings is a mod for Mount & Blade Warband which allows players to create a character, build a personal army, and fight over land in the cruel world of Game of Thrones.
Brutal Doom (DOOM)
Brutal Doom is the ultimate DOOM mod, preserving the greatest aspects of the classic title while making it gorier, smoother, and infinitely more enjoyable.
A Game of Thrones (Crusader Kings II)
Crusader Kings II: A Game of Thrones allows players to play as a noble House from the TV series within the Crusader Kings II engine. The mod is complex and packed full with original content.
Republic At War (Star Wars: Empire at War)
Republic at War takes the classic Star Wars: Empire at War strategy game and turns it on its head, allowing players to play in different Star Wars time periods and adding many different land and space units.
Edain (Battle for Middle-Earth II)
Edain is a massive expansion mod for the highly-acclaimed Battle for Middle-Earth II. The mod adds in every imaginable faction, along with implementing game-changing mechanics such as powerful hero abilities and increased competition for the One Ring.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Chernobyl (S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Chernobyl is a compilation of all the assets from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy. The mod allows players to experience all the best aspects of the three games.
Counter-Strike Xtreme (Counter-Strike 1.6)
Counter-Strike Xtreme is an amazing mod for Counter-Strike 1.6 which adds in crazy weapons and animations along with alternate game modes, all while preserving the fast-paced Counter-Strike gameplay.
Ultimate Apocalypse (Dawn of War: Soulstorm)
Ultimate Apocalypse is the ultimate content mod for Dawn of War: Soulstorm. The mod is created by Warhammer 40k enthusiasts who have used the game as a platform to reflect the massive amount of content and lore present in the Warhammer 40k universe.