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This is a list of mods for the first-person shooter computer game Battlefield 1942.

An October 2004 public release from EA notes quote "Not long after the release of Battlefield 1942, several groups of dedicated fans looked at DICE's creation and imagined the maps populated with modern vehicles and weapons, or early 20th century prop planes and rifles." [1]

PC Gamer described in October 2005 one particular mod as "the last great mods before the Battlefield 1942 community moved over to Dice's Sequel. Its a fitting end to an era." [2] Other mods have appeared in articles on CNN[3] and The Washington Times,[4] as well as in a variety of industry publications ranging from the Finnish gaming magazine PC Pelaaja to internationally read PC Gamer.

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Introduction

Like Half-Life and some other popular FPS games, Battlefield 1942 spawned a number of mods. Most did not progress very far and were abandoned without ever producing a public release. Some are very limited and just include some gameplay changes or even a different loading screen while others are total conversions that modify content and gameplay extensively. Battlefield was one of the few games where unofficial total conversion mods surpassed the original play modes in playership for long periods of time: Desert Combat's Gulf War setting was the larger of these, and was considered to have inspired much of the play in Battlefield 2 - but Eve of Destruction's Vietnam War setting which captured much of the playerbase's attention was similarly displaced by a commercial spinoff called Battlefield Vietnam.

A few mods have become popular and are nearly games in their own right. Early modifications of Battlefield 1942 were produced without a SDK. Later a "Mod Development Kit", Battlefield Mod Development Toolkit, was produced by EA to help development of mods.

With the release of the Battlefield 1942 sequel Battlefield Vietnam and Battlefield 2, some mods have released a new version or have continued development with that game. Battlefield Vietnam uses an updated version of the Refractor 2 game engine. Some mods have switched to the computer games Söldner: Secret Wars, Half-Life 2 or others for the same reasons.

Selected releases

  • Desert Combat, produced by Trauma Studios, was winner of FilePlanet's Best Mod of 2003 Award' and many other reviews and awards,[5] such as the March 2003 PC Magazine. PC Gamer described it as "Desert Combat is set in the white-hot conflict zone of the Middle East and pits the United States against Iraq." [6] Articles noted it was helped by the Iraq War, which increased the number of page views to approximately 15,000 per day,[3] or even between 20,000 to 70,000.[4] Desert combat was pointed out as having two mods of its own, DC Extended and Desert Combat Realism in Am I Mod or Not? (Nieborg, 2005)[7]
  • FinnWars was featured in Pelit magazine in issue 9/2005, and PC Pelaaja in 2007.[8][9]
  • SilentHeroes won the PC ACTION-Super Mod Award in edition 07/2006 of the German gaming-magazine PC ACTION.[10][11] Also, it was featured on many Norwegian and Swedish media websites, including VG, Aftonbladet and IDG.[12][13][14][15]
  • Action Battlefield (ActionBF), placed second in FilePlanet's Best New Mod of 2003 awards. First official mod publicly available after the release of BF1942. Was known for its original new gadgets, classes, weapons and "hollywood-style" gameplay tweaks. (Also beloved by BF1942 stuntmen) Ceased operations in 2005, but many of its features, such as the commander class, the disposable medpacks and the ability to call air strikes, to name a few, were later an inspiration and reborn in successors BF2 and BF2142. Mentioned in 1UP "Free PC Games" December, 2003 article and on various gaming web sites around the internet as well as distributed on DVD-Roms with various European and American magazines during the year 2003.
  • Battle G.I. Joe was reviewed on About, by Michael Klappenbach.[16][17] The mod was also contacted by Hasbro for IP issues, as noted in Am I Mod or Not? (Nieborg, 2005)[7]
  • Battlefield 1918 was noted by Tor Thorsen of GameSpot, and was part of a presentation with the official EA Community Team at GetBoinKed mobility 1.1 in 2005.[18]
  • Battlefield 40k was released in the January 2007 issue of PC Format magazine. It is based on Games Workshops Tabletop Game, Warhammer 40,000[19][20]
  • Battlefield Interstate 1982, mentioned in 1UP "Free PC Games" December, 2003 article. (Free PC Games "1UP.ORG" December 2003.)
  • Battlefield Pirates team leader Lawrence Brown of Scurvy Cove Productions was hired by Electronic Arts as Mod Support Coordinator.[1] It was described as a pointed as having an original theme. Am I Mod or Not? (Nieborg, 2005)
  • Battlegroup42 was reviewed by Mark Sutherns in the January 2004 issue of PC Gamer UK Edition.[21][22]
  • Eve Of Destruction was winner of PC Gamer 2003 Mod of the Year.[23] They also won FilePlanets Best New Mod 2003. Dan Morris of PC Gamer noted in the March 2004 issue of PC Gamer, "While Battlefield Vietnam was still a twinkle in its developers' eyes, this standout mod debuted to a rapturous reception from the Battlefield 1942 faithful." [24]
  • Experience WWII was described in PC Gamer as having substantial changes to be historically accurate that directly impacts gameplay.[6]
  • Forgotten Hope[25] attained 14th place in ModDB 2005 mod of the year [1], and a ModDB Players Choice award in 2006.[26].
  • Galactic Conquest GC was noted for it being allowed to blatantly use Lucasarts Star Wars universe material in Am I Mod or Not? (Nieborg, 2005). Also it appeared on the Slashdot twice.[27] and was mentioned in Edge Magazine in April 2004[28][29] Galactic Conquest was reviewed onTechTV(G4) X-play in 2004[30][31]
  • Homefront, was mentioned in the March 2004 issue of PC Gamer, the article noting; "Although the site describes Home Front as a sci-fi-themed mod, make no mistake - it is Battlefield Halo."[32]
  • HydroRacers was reviewed PC ZONE magazine (UK) in 2004 by Tony Lamb, and also the Madison Courier in June 2004.[33][34][35][36]
  • Siege was pointed out in study by Utrecht University, both for its original concept, and its medieval warfare theme. Am I Mod or Not? (Nieborg, 2005)[7]
  • Who Dares Wins, was reviewed in the August 2005 edition of the UK PC Gamer magazine, and a copy of version 0.2 was distributed with the magazine on DVD-ROM to its readers.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b EA | Battlefield Vietnam
  2. ^ a b "Who Dares Wins: Behind the Balclava". PC Gamer. PC Gamer.  
  3. ^ a b Chris Morris (2003-03-25). "War games see sales spike". CNN. http://money.cnn.com/2003/03/25/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-23.  
  4. ^ a b Phuong Ly (2003-04-07). "In Wartime, Teens Go Back to Their Quarters". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A43712-2003Apr6&notFound=true. Retrieved 2007-01-23.  
  5. ^ Desert Combat
  6. ^ a b "MODS!". PC Gamer. PC Gamer.  
  7. ^ a b c Title
  8. ^ Iceflake Studios
  9. ^ The Official FinnWars 2 Homepage
  10. ^ SilentHeroes - The MOD about the OTHER made-up war against an oil-rich country!
  11. ^ "PC ACTION Super Mod 07/2006". http://www.computec.de/index_2.cfm?menu=0203. Retrieved 2007-04-12.  
  12. ^ 'VG: Svensk invasjon på vei' Verdens Gang, 5 August 2003, Retrieved: 2007-04-12. (Norwegian)
  13. ^ 'Aftonbladet: Norge och Sverige slåss – i ”Battlefield”' Aftonbladet, 5 August 2003, Retrieved: 2007-04-12. (Swedish)
  14. ^ 'Trondheim Puls: Ta tilbake Jämtland og Härjedalen' Trondheim Puls, 18 September 2003, Retrieved: 2007-04-12. (Norwegian)
  15. ^ 'FragZone Artiklar: Intervju: Johan "Zarkow" Munkestam' 'FZ.se, 16 December 2003, Retrieved: 2007-04-12. (Swedish)
  16. ^ GI Joe Battlefield: 1942 Mod
  17. ^ G.I. Joe Mod - Planet Battlefield
  18. ^ Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2142 Downloads - Battlefield 1918 Update
  19. ^ Pc Format Magazine - Content
  20. ^ Battlefield 40k
  21. ^ www.battlegroup42.de
  22. ^ Computer Game Cheats, PC Computer Games, PC Game Reviews | GamesRadar
  23. ^ http://www.eodmod.com/forum/portal.php
  24. ^ "10th Annual PC Gamer Awards-". PC Gamer. PC Gamer.  
  25. ^ http://forgottenhope.bf1942files.com/index.php
  26. ^ "Feature: Mods of 2006 - Player's Choice". http://features.moddb.com/287/mods-of-2006-players-choice/?fpage=1. Retrieved 2007-04-29.  
  27. ^ Slashdot | Galactic Conquest Final Version Released
  28. ^ Slashdot | Galactic Conquest BF1942 Mod Updated
  29. ^ www.galactic-conquest.net - Online Gaming - Clan Server Rental - Galactic Conquest
  30. ^ G4 - X-Play - Features
  31. ^ Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2142 Downloads - Galactic Conquest Featured on X-Play!!!
  32. ^ Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2142 Downloads - 10th Annual PC Gamer Awards- BF1942 wins big!!!
  33. ^ HydroRacers - Fast Paced HydroPlane Racing Game for Half-Life 2, Bf1942, and Far Cry!
  34. ^ HydroRacers - Fast Paced HydroPlane Racing Game for Half-Life 2, Bf1942, and Far Cry!
  35. ^ http://tracerstudio.planets.gamespy.com/hydroracers/mod/media/pczone_hr.jpg
  36. ^ 04 MC Regatta v4 FINAL-MSC.indd

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