I'm a longtime modder who has been on and off the scene for almost a decade. I started modding in 2000 starting off with Westwood Studios' Command and Conquer series. My first ever mod was a solo effort dubbed "Soviet Revenge" for Red Alert 2. Quickly after producing my first mod I met a team of the most skilled individuals I have ever worked with and lead development for a Red Alert 2 total conversion named "Warhammer 40k - Red Alert." With over 42,000 downloads this was by far the most successful and full-fledged mod I have been a part of. After the end of that mod and the decline of Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 as a modding platform I've made minor mods for other games. My most current mod was Final Fantasy Tactics: Rebirth, a modification of the PSOne game Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Posted by Rodman49 on Sep 5th, 2011

One of the most dear things to my gaming hobby is modification of older games from cartridge based systems. In particular I’m talking about the 8-bit to the 64-bit era of gaming.  Those systems would include the NES, SNES, Genesis, Dreamcast, Saturn, N64, and PSX/PSOne.  One of my favorite type of games from those eras was the side scrolling “beat ‘em up.”

This genre is largely neglected and dismissed now, and indeed many times co-op is not included with games at all – a veritable travesty.  However on occasion I do stumble upon attempts to modify these older games (sometimes referred to in those communities as ROM hacking). 

One of these modification projects actually ended up going far beyond a typical small modification and spawned a full on PC remake of a Genesis classic Streets of Rage.  Featuring all the characters from the entire series, more enemies, more levels, multiple branching paths, and a slew of other
features plus their own mod tools this may be the most impressive and extensive project I have ever witnessed (in regard to 16-bit games).

If you have ever played the Streets of Rage series before then you would do yourself a favor by checking this game out. Made by BoMbErLiNk this polished remake of an old classic game comes full with character profiles, a separate downloadable soundtrack, mod tools, and a manual.  In effect this is a perfect example of what a modification project or indie game should have at release.  You can view the game and download it at Streets of Rage Dot Net.

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