Gaming on a PC has many advantages, including the ability to access a wide range of mods. You can be sure that with almost every major release, there will be a dedicated group of gamers eager to modify the game in any way they like. These user-created modifications run the gamut from performance-enhancing to purely hilarious. These modifications can be viewed as fanfiction in gaming. Anyone with imagination and skill can alter the game’s play and settings.

Many of the most popular games over the years were actually created as mods. Some of the earliest examples are Valve’s Team Fortress (originally a Quake Mod back in the day) and Counter-Strike (originally a Half-Life Mod). It is clear that mods have helped some of the most popular games, such as Minecraft or Grand Theft Auto V. These mods are the result of dedicated communities made up of players and fans. Here are 10 of our most active.

Half-Life

Half Life is one the most important first-person shooters ever. Its modding community members are still active today, proving how relevant the game has been since its 1998 debut.

Counter-Strike was one of the most important products of this modding community. It would prove to be quite influential in the online multiplayer first-person shooting scene.

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

The modding community was busy creating mod after mod since the 2019 Resident Evil 2 remaster had made its way to PCs. Most of these cosmetic modifications were minor ones that simply changed the character models or outfits. It is a strange feeling to be escorted through the dark corridors of Thomas the Tank Engine’s RCPD.

Some of the absurdity is due to developers, who included a minigame that allowed you to play as a huge block of tofu.

Garry’s Mod

Garry’s Mod was released by Valve in 2006 to showcase their Source engine. It served as a sandbox for players where they could play around and do whatever they want.

Mods that are created by users can be heavily supported. They range from very simple to fully-fledged games. You can even get Star Wars lightsabers or driveable bathtubs from these mods.

The long-running XCOM series received a boost in 2016 when XCOM2 was published. It was the most popular game in the series and served as a direct sequel of the 2012 reboot, XCOM Enemy Unknown.

It was similar to the other game in that it offered many improvements to its luna turn-based tactics gameplay. Many of these were further enhanced with mods.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has been hailed as the reigning monarch of farming simulations. However, the core game was created by one individual who had much to do with classics like Harvest Moon and their limitations.

There was always room for improvement. This is why the modding community exists. Mods are available to replace character portraits and sprites as well as building interiors and many other things.

Civilization V

Civilization V may not be the most recent game in the turn-based strategic series, but members of the modding community have continued to make mods for it over a decade.

Many of these mods offer improved quality of life, such as a faster user interface or aircraft animations that make the game feel modern.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is widely regarded as one of the best RPGs ever created. A multitude of mods have made it even more popular since its 2015 release.

Modders have made this game even more fun by allowing you to fast travel anywhere and to turn off any unwanted HUD elements. You can also take stunning photos in a photo mode.

Minecraft

Minecraft is the game that practically shouts “modders paradise”. The game’s very nature supports the idea of building stuff and altering it in unique ways.

The official Minecraft RTX mod adds raytraced lighting to the game and reflections. It is one of the most impressive mods to grace Minecraft recently. It is truly stunning to see, and transforms one of the easiest-looking games into one that is impressive.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTAV’s success can be attributed to GTA Online. However, it is clear that the modding community played a significant role in its longevity. We’ve gotten performance-enhancing mods that added everything from photorealistic graphics to improved load times for GTA Online.

This was so popular that Rockstar had to make it an official patch. Its modding community was also a shining light last holiday season, when it helped elevate the Franklin being roasted by Lamar meme.

The Elder Scrolls games are synonymous with PC modding. Older entries such as Oblivion continue to receive mods. Skyrim is the most popular of all the games in this series. It has sold more than 30,000,000 copies as of November 2016.