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Any other games with large modding communities like DOOM?

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Like the title says (though I don't think there are anything as big as DOOM's modding community), what games have modding communities that are just a treasure trove? Doesn't matter if the game's modding community is dead, as long as it has lots of mods in it.

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Games that from what I've heard have great modding communities, though most of these are common knowledge by now.

  • Quake
  • Half-Life (1 and 2)
  • Bethesda games jesus christ
  • Mount and Blade - Warband
  • Warcraft 3
  • Garry's Mod


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  • Factorio. Survive in a wasteland and build automated factories! Lua scripting enables endless modding possibilities.
  • Minecraft! Terraria!
  • Dusk - The spiritual successor to every popular 90s FPS games! Now with a SDK that supports playing HL1/Quake 1 maps.
  • Any Valve (Multiplayer) games (except Ricochet) /L4D series - In terms of maps, we have many. For the latters, there exist absurd skin mods too.
  • Serious Sam 1/1-2/2 - Arena shooter. The Revolution version offers Steam Workshop support, and the games themselves are open-source. Many other mods can be found at: https://42amsterdam.net/samforum/downloads.php?do=cat&id=6
  • Deus Ex 1 - The classic immersive sim. Has many mods, maps and Total Conversions. The Nameless Mod, ZODIAC are some of the best ones.
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Drive things to points. Steam Workshop integration lead to many mind-blowing courses, SFX tweaks, new truck props and more.
  • Cities Skylines - Build a city. Manage it. Get things out of hand. Watch it crumble. Also has Steam Workshop. Has SFX, HUDs and various gameplay tweaks.
  • Kerbal Space Program - Build a rocket. Struggle with physics. Get it to spaceTM.

  • Arma series - Highly realistic military simulator. It spawns PUBG, so while a solid learning curve is definitely there, it offers a variety of mods to try out as well.

  • Don't Starve (Together) - Isometric survival game with a grim, cartoonish artsyle and a quite average learning curve. Best played with friends!

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  • Duke Nukem 3D.
  • Wolfenstein 3D.
  • Commander Keen, I think.
  • Some of the Sonic games, especially 1, 2 and Generations, and if we count fangames, Sonic Robo Blast 2.
  • Minecraft.
  • Terraria.
  • Most GTA games, especially San Andreas.

Those are the ones i can think of right now, I'm sure there are many more.

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37 minutes ago, DSC said:

Many Mario games, escpecially SMB1, SMB3, SMW and SM64.

On 9/22/2020 at 9:21 PM, Doomkid said:

Super Mario Bros 1:




Super Mario Bros 3:




Super Mario World:




Super Mario 64:




As you can see each one of the "Big 4" classic Mario games has hundreds and hundreds of mods, and this is only a small selection of some of the biggest sites. Like with Doom, there are also smaller/lesser known/international hackers and modders doing their own thing as well.

If you expand to the other old Mario games, like Mario Land, Yoshi's Island and other stuff, you can end up with tens of thousands of mods.

Just to provide some links to go along with DSC's post!

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Nadeo (-> Ubisoft) has a bunch of games that basically revolve around user generated content. Mainly the whole Trackmania series.. and to a lesser extent (didn't take off as expected) also "Shootmania". Maybe it's the name xD




Though I suppose user generated content isn't the same as modding. In that case please disregard this post.

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Wolfenstein 3D has a smaller but likewise dedicated community. These should be some useful info sources on it. Blood also seems to have a dedicated modding community. I don't know much about it, but here's a list of mods, at least. Death Wish seems to be a particularly well regarded one from what I've heard. Also, Unreal and Unreal Tournament have an extensive community, though it doesn't seem to be as active nowadays. Old Unreal seems to be the main site nowadays, and it has links to some others. Unreal SP has a lot of articles and reviews about single player mods. Also, on the topic of Quake, I think Quaddicted is the most popular site for single player stuff for that game.

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Some Large Modding Communities that I know are

  • The Grand Theft Auto Modding Community, Primarily composing upon games such as San Andreas, GTA IV and GTA V
  • The Elder Scrolls Modding Community (especially Skyrim and Oblivion)
  • The Fallout Community (Composing mostly of mods for Fallout 3, New Vegas, and 4)
  • Max Payne and Max Payne 2 ( Not as big as the others, but definitely still has a big modding community)
  • Stardew Valley
  • Portal (Valve)

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From personal experience I'd say Skyrim or Fallout (or any Bethesda RPG for what matters) but as time goes mods like Beyond Skyrim or that expansion mod for New Vegas take more time to create so their respective Nexus Mod pages are mostly flooded with tons of follower mods, hair mods, softcore (or just straight up porn) mods, body meshes, ''memey'' mods and re-textures for items and such, and don't get me wrong, anyone's free to create any kind of mod they want but quality is way more important than quantity especially if the games you create mods for are still widely played because of their modding communities.

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5 hours ago, indio said:

Bethesda games jesus christ

Don't summon Todd here, NO!



Back to topic: literally any big game with possibility for modification have quite big modding community.

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ROM Hacks or Mods?

If you include both, then:

-Any Multiplayer Valve Games


-Classic Sonic games (Especially 1 and 2)

-Classic Mario Games (1, 3, World)

-Zelda games (1 even had an entire fangame centered around custom quests called Zelda Classic)

-Metroid 1, Super, Zero Mission (Fusion has barely any stuff due to the GOD DAMNED event system)


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5 hours ago, Master O said:

Glad I'm not the only one who knows about freespace and the amount of stuff the community has made for it. It's honestly really fun.

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C&C has or had a big modding scene? I expect it to get a lot bigger when EA finally remakes Tiberian Sun/Red Alert 2, because those two were the most popular modding platforms within the C&C community.

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I think the mugen community is worth mentioning, it's not really a game but the amount of content made for it is insane.


Sad that said community is full of drama.

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12 hours ago, Tetzlaff said:

Last time I checked Prodeus wasn‘t even released.

Prodeus is out in beta and already has a shitload of user maps available.  When it releases in full there will already be a huge library to play.


Also, I want to throw out some love for the Elder Scrolls/Fallout series of games, the modding communities for those games are massive.

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ARMA or Operation Flashpoint Cold War. Lots of community stuff for all the Arma games. I would spend hours making missions just for singleplayer fun on Arma: Cold War Assault. And with Arma 3, they have a 3D editor, so it's easier to introduce beginners to making custom missions and whatnot.  I'm use to the classic 2d editor and prefer it. Check it out, theres a pretty big community associated with Arma and also DayZ (standalone based off a mod for Arma). If your into military sims/shooters/stradegy all that.

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