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A list of the Top Five Recent FPS Mods (mods that released an update in the last two years) on ModDB!

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Hi everyone! I’m David from DBolical and welcome to another ModDB countdown article - the Top 5 Recent FPS Mods on ModDB. The response to the last video and article was amazing and we really appreciate all the support you gave us on our return! Rest assured more content will keep coming as long as you guys keep supporting it! Remember check out the video below, and to like, comment, and subscribe if you enjoyed this count-down, too!



Whilst EA and Dice revisited Battlefront for their newest games, there remains a significant amount of people committed to and nostalgic for the older games in the Battlefront lineup. The gameplay holds up well, but their visuals - especially compared to EA’s titles - doesn’t so well. This mod project rectifies that with a vast array of visual improvements and gameplay updates to bring Battlefront 2 closer to the modern day. Featuring almost every map overhauled with new visuals and gameplay elements, customizable clonetrooper options for the Republic faction, and a packaged in shader setup that brings that extra pzazz to the game’s lighting, the Battlefront 2 Remaster Project makes returning to this old classic a real joy. If you download this mod, Endor’s space combat map is a solid start to a brilliant experience. The mod also comes with a handy document for installing other mods on top of this one, and the shader has compatibility with other SWBF2 modding projects, so you can take these visual improvements into other projects, too!

MMod is part visual overhaul, part gameplay overhaul - and all action! Playing through Half-Life 2 with vastly improved particle effects, animation quality, and additions to gameplay like detached emplacement gun turrets is a wicked time, and the project gives you a great excuse to go back and play through the episodes again. New weapon models and visual effects add real kick to the combat, and meanwhile, it is highly compatible with many Half-Life 2 mods, so long as those mods don’t make code changes of their own. It comes with built in support for other projects like Minerva: Metastasis, and the community regularly creates quality submods and addons like MMod Tactical to enhance the draw to this project even further. The author’s other works, like Half-Life: MMod for the first game in the series, is also indicative of the attention paid to satisfying feedback in your arsenal. MMod opens up many new avenues of play across projects reaching far beyond Half-Life 2, and with further updates planned in the future, what MMod brings to the table will only increase over time.



Amongst the longest running mods on this list, Project Reality for Battlefield 2 is a marvellous and deeply tactical revamp of this classic shooter. Now fully standalone with their own built-in and maintained multiplayer service, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with this mod! Right out the gate, an installer and built-in launcher make this mod easy to setup and play. Then, it’s into the action - and built upon Battlefield 2’s foundation, it’s not hard to see why this mod has stood the test of time. New vehicles and new weaponry vastly increase the tactical options in every gamemode, resulting in clever, thought-out engagement betweens squads of organised players. A co-operative mode allows you to test these weapons in the sandbox against competent AI before moving out into the online and testing your skills in player-vs-player combat. The technical and visual mastery on display here is just enthralling, and with regular updates to this day, Project Reality isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.



This next mod’s not for the faint of heart - but below the difficult surface lies a deep and immersive experience. STALKER: Anomaly - also standalone, and thus also exceptionally easy to pick up and play - is an incredibly customizable experience. This mod is not a casual play, but for the less hardcore players, options exist as well as helpful in-game guides that soften the initial introduction to the strange and dangerous Zone. For players already familiar with STALKER’s unforgiving gameplay loop, however, there are literally dozens of options for changing your playthrough before it even starts - with different starting loadouts, associated factions, and difficulty settings to map out your perfect STALKER experience. Very stable thanks to the team’s own fork of the X-Ray engine, the mod features new gamemodes like survival and warfare modes that greatly change up the gameplay loop, and on top of that, much improved visuals, effects, and models, as well as updated functionality like the 3D PDA, give the game a refined, polished sheen. If you fancy a story-focused experience, the Anomaly team thought of that too, with a four-chapter storyline to follow for narratively-minded players. The Zone is still just as hostile as ever - but STALKER: Anomaly is as good an introduction to it as you’ll ever get.


Number 1:

Brutal Doom

Doom



Last on our list is the ever-present, ever-gory, ever-destructive Brutal DOOM, a mod for the original DOOM that works on many source ports of the game and versions of the game’s WAD file. Brutal DOOM’s legacy is one that speaks for itself - with ten million visitors on their ModDB page, it’s earned a reputation for turning up the action a notch in the already finely-aged DOOM. This is a reputation well-earned, for the moment to moment gameplay of Brutal DOOM is nothing short of exhilarating. Vicious amounts of gore, new weapons that cause absolute anarchy, and alternate fire modes for many parts of your arsenal make even E1M1 feel new again. Meanwhile, new visuals powered by the various sourceports Brutal DOOM is compatible with give a unique flavour to DOOM’s 2.5D aesthetic. Much like Half-Life 2 MMod, however, one of Brutal DOOM’s best draws is its surrounding modding community. With patches and compatibility modes for many of the most celebrated WADs over the years, as well as submods that add yet more new weapons, enemy types, and functionality, Brutal DOOM has created its very own modding community to follow. The new update continues the author’s history of keeping Brutal DOOM in the limelight, and with this level of content on show, it’s simply not possible to resist going back to Brutal DOOM and tearing up demons again, and again, and again!


Conclusion

That’s all for this action-packed countdown! As before, links to all mods mentioned in this article are also in the video description, and you can also go straight to the mod pages of these games through this article. If you enjoyed the countdown, please remember to share and leave a comment down below about what you think the best FPS mods on ModDB are. We'll see you in the next countdown article!

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Estor_

"Recent"

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

As stated in the article title, this means mods that released an update in the last two years.

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dave_5430
dave_5430

What's the point of this article?
Draw attention to mods that literally everyone can see displayed on the right hand side of the main page?

Why not draw attention to projects that are already insanely promising but are struggling to get attention? ? ? ?

Sorry, but I don't think I know a single person that browses this website that doesn't know of these mods.

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

These are a pretty new format for ModDB, and I want to give it the best foundation to go from there. The intent *is* to branch out and go into the smaller mods, as well as getting game-specific, later on. Whilst the format is new, though, I want to make sure we're drawing people in with the big ones, and then once we've got the audience for it, we can start exposing that audience to other projects. I make mods too and have made mods that nobody has heard of. I know how it feels, but I also know putting a bunch of these small projects nobody's heard of in front of people won't make them check the article. Lead with the big stuff, then get the sleeper hits in later.

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Anthony817
Anthony817

I think it is a great idea to showcase mods in this format. More exposure is always a great thing. Really great to see Project Reality. The things they continue to make the old BF2 engine do such as recently adding an all new Gun Game mode and toggle crouch, as well as zoom focus make this old girl feel like a more modern game than it has any right to do.

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis

It is a sound tactic in PR management.
Especially after so many years that Modb in that department has been a bit dormant.
And I am sure these are more like a test run to grab feedback until the formula is down and can do even better for hidden gems.

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

Yes, that's right - once we've got the format nailed down and the audience secured, we'll branch out a bit more.

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EthanGameDev
EthanGameDev

Yeah I mean I knew about MMod and Brutal Doom for a long time lol

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ILostMySanity
ILostMySanity

Ngl Brutal DOOM is a bit too overrated.

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Domino_5555
Domino_5555

As a matter of fact, I think we might need to take a shot every time "Brutal DOOM" makes it on the list.

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Thricee
Thricee

That sounds more like a personal preference. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but the downloads and traffic this mod has received speaks for itself, and bro.. come on, it's doom!

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+DeltaForces1
+DeltaForces1

I'm "surprised" that BD is part of the list. After all, it's what the "cool kids" play all the time (to be fair, the mod is fun for hours but the appeal didn't last long, shocking.), never mind the fact that there are also cool Doom mods that aren't BD. Of course, the toxic BD fanbase won't accept that fact and will just downvote people all because you can't discuss with them like rational adults.

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Reactorcore
Reactorcore

Brutal Doom deserves the praise - still the best FPS experience today.

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Akol
Akol

Project Reality is pure competent work.

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PRinceBhai
PRinceBhai

Man, only if TripWire were working with slightly more speed on OBM and GD. ;_;

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

Mod development takes time! Especially when remaking two games more or less from scratch without formal job structures in place ;)

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Guest
Guest

cool work David and thx for yr. perseverance

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Magic_Nipples
Magic_Nipples

Diamonds in the rough.

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foo_jam2002
foo_jam2002

Good job, it's refreshing to see special coverage of mods on this site.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

Anyone here know of a good Quake 2 mod?

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BF2all
BF2all

Cool thing that you promote mods. More and various showcases are welcomed!
I just expected great "new" Mods instead of older "updated" mods.

Would be cool to attract more people to to MODs, like recently IGN and other game channels on youtube somehow promoted tie fighter mod.

What have been the criteria for your choice?

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

A video soon that is in the works will be more focused on newcomer mods that show great potential, so stay tuned for that. The criteria for this list was a. having released an update within the last two years and b. being in the "most popular all time" for their genre. I plan other videos that pay homage to classic "completed" mods that haven't seen updates in a while but have a history on the site and are content rich. A newcomer video will have the criteria of having been on the site for about year or less, having made a release in that time, and being in the "Most popular" category in that space of time, so it'll bring attention to great new mods that show a lot of premise. "Upcoming mods" - aka, mods not currently released and playable - will also receive videos in the future, but for now I want to prioritise content you can go and play right away.

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BF2all
BF2all

OK, cool.
"Recently Updated", "newcomers", "classic completed" and "Upcoming mods" seems to be reasonable categories.
Only, most popular might not reflect the best mods.

Thanks for the work

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NFC_Republic
NFC_Republic

Awesome to see the classic SWBF2 a great classic with great mod, the modding scene for it is a great one : ) thanks moddb for being the best modding site out there, that way we dont have to use the nexus

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InternetIan
InternetIan

Brutal Doom beat ANOMALY for the top spot?

I want a bag of whatever the hell they're smoking over in the ModDB offices. Wow.

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