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4 Mods That Revitalize Aging Games

In a world where indie games pop out daily and AAA titles are released almost monthly, it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the overflow and forget about games we previously enjoyed. It’s not that they weren’t particularly fun, it’s simply the fact that their sequel and prequel were just released and you can’t be asked to go back and play through it again for old time’s sake. Regardless of how decent they were, all games inevitably end up gathering dust in favor of new releases.

Luckily this doesn’t always have to be the case. Thanks to a few rather creative (if not deeply disturbed) minds, those of us drinking Koolaid from the PC cult’s table have the ability to install mods into our favorite games, changing up the scene and experiencing all our old favorites under a new light. Some mods offer entirely new stories and worlds, while others provide us with alternate skins and weapons, but regardless of content, mods breathe fresh air into the collapsed lungs of old games. Having ignored the plethora of Skyrim alterations in my collection, I’ve gone ahead and composed a list of several mods that may help you jump back in to some old favorites you may have begun to forget.

4.Pixelmon Mod for Minecraft

I’m almost certain that half of the world’s supply of dead batteries were produced by my Gameboy alone because of Pokemon Red and Blue, and the other half came from the Xbox 360 controller due to the equally appalling progress I’ve made in Minecraft. Separately, I’ve poured days into each, so to know there’s a lovechild between the two leaves me wondering exactly how long I can go without leaving the house before someone calls the cops to check if I’m still breathing. According to the game’s description, players can actually utilize the Pokemon fighting system to battle any of the 300 available monsters in the mod, all while keeping track of their progress in a functioning pokedex! If at any point you’ve grown tired of building castles out of TNT blocks, load up Pixelmon and watch the next three years of your life disappear!

3. BBQ the Baby Mod for Sims 2

Before I explain myself, I urge you all to at least watch the video in its entirety. While cooking children in any other scenario may indeed be one of the most tragic things I’ve said since “dead puppies”, in the context of the Sims world, this is probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen in weeks. The casually dismissed yelp of alarm from a passerby, the howl of a dog in desperate need to go outside, and the sizzle of fat scraped off with a spatula all add to one of the most detached cases of simulated child abuse I’ve ever encountered. The scene itself is carried out so casually, in stark contrast to the deed itself, that it left me nonplussed, eager to do it again to figure out how I really felt…and then again because it was funny.

2. Teletubbies Mod for Left 4 Dead 2

We may have built up a casual disregard for the fear we once had for zombies, but no amount of pop culture influence could ever desensitize me when it comes to the immortal terror that is Teletubbies. The show itself is enough to give me chills, let alone having hoards of Tinky-Winkys and Dipsys tear at my flesh with every passing second, so this mod isn’t so much a past time but rather something I’ll do on Halloween when all the movies look a bit drab. In this mod, the common dead from Left 4 Dead 2 are all seamlessly reskinned, replacing both their rotten appearance and raspy moans with brightly colored, chanting monstrosities, leaving me to wonder what the creator’s childhood was really like.

1. Princess Anna of Arendelle (Frozen) Mod for GTA IV

Ladies and gentlemen, I give unto you probably one of the greatest mods ever to grace the fine name of Grand Theft Auto IV. Sure, the Buzz Lightyear and Woody reskin was funny, but nothing, absolutely nothing, beats mowing down the innocent dressed as the second favorite sister from Disney’s latest goldmine.

Come on, guys. Let it go.

Johnny Ohm

Johnny's first love was writing, his second was beer, and his third was The Elder Scrolls. He is resigned to his fate as a bitter critic who uses the crisping drawer to keep his lagers cold. You can contact Johnny via Twitter or ouija board.

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