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The best games played in the best way...

Sprocket FlossSprocket Floss Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Games and Technology
Up until I downloaded keys to the city for Crackdown recently, I had only ever (as well as I can remember) played games in their vanilla versions. But I can say that Crackdown became one of my favourite games rather than one I just enjoyed very much. This led me to wondering what the best games of all time are if you take into consideration everything you can add in the way of mods, downloads and even gameshark codes. You may not like Oblivion normally, say, but love it with a very specific set of additions.

Since I'm totally new to mods or downloads or changes of virtually any kind, I'd be interested to hear about some of these additions and your long-winded justifications for those minute balance changes. Hopefully we can find out if the typical list of "traditional" best games is radically different to the one with all of these alterations taken into account.

Also it probably goes without saying but legal is what we're going for here. I'm sorry if that makes things less comprehensive.

My contribution is obviously garbage, but Crackdown is one of my top 5 games ever with the download taken into account because I thought the constant waves of enemies in the normal game made it difficult to piss about in a sandboxy way. Keys is almost perfect like that.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I tried Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat with a controller once.

    Never again.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    There's no sense in owning Max Payne if you also can't fiddle with a good kung-fu mod.

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    EinhanderEinhander __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    It doesn't really require a mod, but the way my friends and I used to play Diablo was a little different.

    We'd play "Ironman" Diablo, which means that it would be four of us, and the rules were

    You can never go into town unless absolutely required for a quest.
    You can never talk to any NPCs unless required by a quest.
    You can never get services from Griswold the Blacksmith, Pepin the Healer, or Adria the Witch
    If you die, you have to restart in town, and that is the only time you are allowed to use Pepin's healing
    If you die and no one has a TP, you're walking duder.

    This makes the game hard as/fun as hell if you're playing with the right group of people. We'd play LAN (or more accurately daisy-chained serial... old school) so we could talk to each other and figure out strategies while playing. We usually had one Mage, one Rogue, and two Warriors, but we'd mix it up every so often.

    Most fun I ever had playing a dungeon crawl.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Eternal Darkness while really high/drunk and just let the insanity meter go down.

    Honestly, I was the drunk one and even I couldn't sleep for fear of my head falling off and reciting Shakespeare.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    Eternal Darkness while really high/drunk.

    On a similar note. Rez High is fantastic. Like moreso than normal.

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    EinhanderEinhander __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    There's a gameshark code for Resident Evil that allows you to switch character models whenever you go into a new room (L2+X and L2+Squre I think, something like that), but the story is whoever you picked in the beginning.

    It's funny as hell to see this big badass Chris go through a cutscene with Jill's voice. And it makes the "Jill sandwhich" scene pretty homoerotic as well.

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've never known a person who didn't cheat in the GTA games. How can you not? San Andreas is so damn huge, and if you had to worry about your very small life meter all the time, you'd never see the whole damn thing. Besides you still die plenty often, even with the Infinite Health cheat on. Explosions and large falls still hurt you.

    So yes, health cheats in the GTA games.

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    AkatsukiAkatsuki Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Playing any game with the sole purpose of getting to the final boss instead of enjoying the game itself is one of the great sins against games.
    Don't have anything shocking to add, like playing Guitar Hero with a regular controller while wearing a pink tutu and a cat on your head.

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've never known a person who didn't cheat in the GTA games. How can you not? San Andreas is so damn huge, and if you had to worry about your very small life meter all the time, you'd never see the whole damn thing. Besides you still die plenty often, even with the Infinite Health cheat on. Explosions and large falls still hurt you.

    So yes, health cheats in the GTA games.

    After I got bored with the missions in GTA3 (like, 3 hours into the game), and then I got bored with random fucking around (about 6 hours in), I started putting in codes for crazy pedestrians and pedestrians with guns. I referred to it as "Riot Mode," and its the most fun I ever had in a GTA game. The carnage! I think I need to reinstall that shit now.

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    Sprocket FlossSprocket Floss Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've never known a person who didn't cheat in the GTA games. How can you not? San Andreas is so damn huge, and if you had to worry about your very small life meter all the time, you'd never see the whole damn thing. Besides you still die plenty often, even with the Infinite Health cheat on. Explosions and large falls still hurt you.

    So yes, health cheats in the GTA games.

    I wonder if a game like GTA would work if you couldn't die at all. There would be plenty of ways to fail a mission even if your own death was taken out as an option. But I bet there would be shitloads of escort missions.

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    SamphisSamphis Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Crackdown has infinite lives ("clones") and it works very well.

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The GTA games just need that regenerative health that's so popular these days.

    And a tactical cover system.




    Basically, they should make it Uncharted in a city. With cars and whores.
    Samphis wrote: »
    Crackdown has infinite lives ("clones") and it works very well.

    Well, GTA has infinite lives too. I think they were talking about simply not dying to begin with.

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    BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    No traffic + no police + angry civilians cheats = zombie mode GTA3. It is fantastic.

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've never known a person who didn't cheat in the GTA games. How can you not? San Andreas is so damn huge, and if you had to worry about your very small life meter all the time, you'd never see the whole damn thing. Besides you still die plenty often, even with the Infinite Health cheat on. Explosions and large falls still hurt you.

    So yes, health cheats in the GTA games.

    I wonder if a game like GTA would work if you couldn't die at all. There would be plenty of ways to fail a mission even if your own death was taken out as an option. But I bet there would be shitloads of escort missions.

    I would actually be very happy with this. I mean, it's basically the way I play anyway, but still.

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Burnage wrote: »
    No traffic + no police + angry civilians cheats = zombie mode GTA3. It is fantastic.

    What are the codes for no traffic and no police?

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The trouble in GTA is not simply dying, since you have infinite lives as others have said. The problem is respawning miles and miles away and you have to drive back to your mission for 5 minutes every time. Just isn't worth it after a while.

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    EinhanderEinhander __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    The trouble in GTA is not simply dying, since you have infinite lives as others have said. The problem is respawning miles and miles away and you have to drive back to your mission for 5 minutes every time. Just isn't worth it after a while.

    That and you lost your weapons and armor, which can suck toward the beginning of the game when you don't have the funds to replace them easily, or haven't found many packages.

    Zombie mode GTA sounds awesome, but it would be better if it was co-op.

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    Sprocket FlossSprocket Floss Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Dirty wrote: »
    Burnage wrote: »
    No traffic + no police + angry civilians cheats = zombie mode GTA3. It is fantastic.

    What are the codes for no traffic and no police?

    And can you still do missions with all of that off? Because if so...wow.

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    BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Dirty wrote: »
    Burnage wrote: »
    No traffic + no police + angry civilians cheats = zombie mode GTA3. It is fantastic.

    What are the codes for no traffic and no police?

    And can you still do missions with all of that off? Because if so...wow.

    Doing missions isn't the point of zombie mod. :P

    Also I'm an idiot because I haven't played GTA for so long, it's more like angry civilians + lighter traffic + no wanted level.

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    bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Guitar Hero and guitar/bass/vocals in Rock Band standing up

    When I first got GH2 (for 360, my first GH) I played sitting down for a couple weeks until a friend told me to get my ass off the couch, and I've never looked back. So much better.

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    Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Do I need to post the list of dumbass ways I entertain myself in games or are you guys sick of that one already?

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    harvestharvest By birthright, a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Fallout 2, make sure you take the Bloody Mess trait. Then, get really good at small arms. Then, shoot everything in the eyes.

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    BrueBrue Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Do I need to post the list of dumbass ways I entertain myself in games or are you guys sick of that one already?

    We never get sick of that.

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    Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Playing Dead Rising while listening to Yakety Sax.

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    BrueBrue Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    harvest wrote: »
    Fallout 2, make sure you take the Bloody Mess trait. Then, get really good at small arms. Then, shoot everything in the eyes.

    I think its funnier when you have bloody mess and use brass knuckles or a crowbar. A smile always forms on my face when I see a rat explode after contact from a blunt weapon.

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    harvest wrote: »
    Fallout 2, make sure you take the Bloody Mess trait. Then, get really good at small arms. Then, shoot everything in the eyes.

    Screw that. Bloody mess+unarmed+power fist and just splatter people's torsos across the wasteland with a single punch.

    I prefer playing without bloody mess, since there are just so many death animations, and some of the coolest ones don't come up if you have bloody mess. But IMO, if you're going to go with bloody mess, the pure awesome factor demands unarmed.

    Edit: Beat'd:(

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