There are quite a few old games that have become unbearable to play due to either dated raphics or clunky menus and controls.
Sure you can get them on console but they won’t allow free graphical upgrades!
PC games can become dated in just 3-5 years because PC hardware changes rapidly . This is something consoles at this time don’t worry about their hardware cycle is anywhere from 5-8 years before a new console releases.
So this will leave some great older games in the dust. There is hope not all games have been revamped or remade but there are some good ones out there and most mods are free.
If you already own a PC game that is dated chances are it may be upgradable with community mods to improve graphics & gameplay.
I’ve done some internet lurking to find some worth while games that got solid upgrades.
The first one that comes to mind is Black Mesa. I have played this back in 2012 or 2013 and it really is a great game to play through.
The first part of Black Mesa, which included remakes of chapters “Black Mesa Inbound” to “Lambda Core”, was released as a standalone download on September 14, 2012. Valve Corporation, through public voting on the Steam Greenlight program, approved Black Mesa for distribution on Steam, where it was released as early access on May 5, 2015.
Before Valve took over it was free unfortunately it is now $19.99 on Steam wait for a summer sale to get this. Although it is worth the $20.
Gameplay: Black Mesa is a first-person shooter that requires the player to perform combat tasks and puzzle solving to advance through the game. The core gameplay remains unchanged from the original Half-Life; the player can carry a number of weapons that they find through the course of the game, though they must also locate ammunition for most weapons. The player’s character is protected by a hazard suit that monitors the player’s health and can be charged as a shield, absorbing a limited amount of damage. Health and battery packs can be found scattered through the game, as well as stations that can recharge both.
Half-Life original comparison to Overhaul Mod Black Mesa AKA: Half-Life overhaul “This is showing the 2012 comparison it’s been improved since then”
This game is pretty damn old but was great fun in 1996 or 97 if you still own this like I do get ready for some MODDING! If you don’t own it grab it on Steam for $4.99 yes it can still be modded:-)
Honestly this game is hard to look at today in it’s day though it was a graphical master piece. Hard to see that now but after some mods you will be able to look at it much easier and play it without pixilation hell and working modern controls.
Go to http://www.moddb.com/ and find quake then download the mod named Quake Definitive.
You will need broadband internet this mod is almost 4gb in size. Funny considering original Quake fit on a 600mb CD.
Once you download the mod just unzip with WinRAR and extract to the Quake install directory which will be directly on C:/ if you have the CD if you have the Steam version then will be located in the Steam folder on C drive in Program Files in the Steamapps folder then in the Common Folder.
This mod allows for Ultra wide resolutions as well and will fix controls so it controls like modern FPS games.
It doesn’t bring the graphics to todays level but makes the game much more tolerable especially with the control fixes. It’s worth revisiting or even better if this was before your time and you never played it.
This was a great game in it’s day.
Half -Life 2: The game is now 12 years old and at it’s time was graphically amazing with Physics and character facial expressions never seen before in a video game.
If you missed this game that is a shame! But it has been graphically updated with an almost complete overhaul.
The mod is free if you own the game just install on Steam and download the free mod in Steam called Half-Life 2:update.
If you do not own this it can be purchased on Steam for $9.99
Here’s a video for you to check out.
Half:life 2 update Introduction video:
Or you can go with the Cinematic Half-Life 2 MOD located here: http://cinematicmod.com/
The Cinematic MOD is insane and requires all 3 Half-Life 2 game Half-Life 2, Ep1 & Ep2 and a beefy computer to run it. Just take a look at the comparison screens on the web page to see.
Check out the comparison video
I haven’t tried this MOD but after seeing the vast improvement makes me want to install the MOD and replay HL2 and both episodes.
I did not like Elder Scrolls third chapter known as Morrowind but it got a whole lot of praise from the RPG community in it’s day.
Released in 2002 to PC and original Xbox it was a hit and a beautiful sight to be seen then…
Fast forward 14 years it looks clunky.
Thanks to the vast modding community it has been overhauled.
If you already own it the upgrade is free if you do not Steam has gold edition for $14.99 that will have everything needed for the mod.
The Mod is named Morrowind: Overhaul 3.0 it does improve more than the graphics.
Go to this webpage to download the mod: http://www.ornitocopter.net/morrowind-overhaul/mgso-release/
It’s very simple to install unzip its contents into your Morrowind directory, and run the “MO Installer” executable. If you’ve acquired Morrowind by way of Steam, the game will be in the Steam folder, under steamapps/common/Morrowind.
It is 2gb in size or a bit more.
Here is a video to take a look-see at the game after mod.
Thief: The Dark Project is a game I have praised just recently it is an old game but some mods have done a total remake of this game using the Doom 3 engine.
Once a Mod that required Doom 3 to be installed it is now open source and a stand alone game.
The game is called the Dark Mod download here: http://www.thedarkmod.com/main/
If you can’t bare the old 1998 graphics of the original then this will be the answer to try this game.
The Doom 3 engine is now considered dated but it’s graphics are easy on the eyes compared to the original. And since Thief is based on hiding in darkness the Doom 3 engine handles this fantastic. It’s the one thing Doom 3 was made to do handle lighting very well.
I have played this and it is damn good!
The Dark MOD Video Preview
DOOM 3 released to PC in August of 2004 this game was the game you showed people why PC gaming was the best.
2016 not so stellar Doom3 was re-released again with improvements but named BFG Edition.
If you already own the original non-BFG like I do don’t bother buying it because the mods available are a much better graphical overhaul than the BFG Edition.
If you don’t own either you can get the Original Doom 3 on Steam for $4.99 or the BFG Edition for $19.99 seriously don’t bother with the $20 version get the $5 one and do the graphical Mods.
This version of Doom is not fast paced like previous games or like the latest 2016 version it’s more about atmosphere you move through very dark areas so baddies can pop out when you least expect it. Switching between weapon and flash light was a big complaint people made you can add a mod that connects a flash light to your weapons.
I wouldn’t personally because it ruins the suspense it was made to give you.
The MOD to download is called DOOM 3 AbsoluteHD it has graphics adjustments galore to improve it’s looks. This is a seriously awesome MOD. Download it from Here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/absolutehd
DOOM 3 Absolute HD screenshots Click to enlarge
If you own DOOM 3 BFG version it also has an HD MOD upgrade can be located here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/doom-3-bfg-hi-def
Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway This game is just awesome released to Windows on Oct 2008 at that time using the latest and greatest Unreal engine 3 now that Unreal 4 engine is out this makes U3 engine dated. Is a WWII shooter but not a run n gun this game requires tactical thinking.
It is different than you are most likely thinking if you did not play this game you should!
The graphics were great back then and still decent today but with the BiAH Reshade mod it improves the graphics quite a bit.
Grab the MOD here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/BiAHH%20ReShade.zip
Very easy to install just extract to the Brothers in Arms Hells Highway directory should be located in C:/Program files (x86) if on Windows 7 C:/program files.
Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway comparison Video
Took me a few days to decide which games I wanted to put up on my blog.
Decided on the 7 games I thought are well worth playing again with mods or playing with mods if you never had the opportunity to play these great titles on PC.
Keep in mind all the modifications were NOT created by myself these were created by many of the talented people in the PC community who are kind enough to share their hard work with everyone.