“Garry’s Mod” isn’t exactly an impressive name. It doesn’t fill your mind with images of an epic, exciting story or a massive, expansive and detailed open-world to explore, nor does it even sound like it has mind-blowing, entertaining gameplay. Yet somehow, Garry’s Mod is a name that catches the eye standing out from the crowd of games on Steam. There’s something curious about the title that draws you in. Maybe that is how Garry’s Mod evolved into the PC juggernaut that it is today. Today I will be reviewing Garry’s Mod, an old but nevertheless popular game that’s almost a requirement for PC gamer’s nowadays. Let’s see if we can find out just WHY it is so popular.
Garry’s Mod or GMod, as most people call, it is a multiplayer sandbox game for the PC that was made in the well-known Source engine. Although it is listed as a game, it could also just as well be listed as a piece of software. A large part of the game and it’s main draw is the huge amount of customisation possible that’s sure to bring out your creative side even if you weren’t aware you had one. It’s hard to explain exactly what you do in GMod. You are given a set of tools and a whole bunch of props with which to build your dreams. Almost everything is possible if you can think it in GMod. It takes a bit of getting used to but eventually you’ll get used to freezing props and welding them together to make a mosaic of creative insanity. Want to make a rocket out out of a stop sign? Sure, no problem. Want to convert a container and a few bits of trash into your own personal pimped out moving vehicle crib? Easy.
To try and help explain, I’ll give you a few examples of the most popular GMod creations other people made this week. Yes, if you hadn’t guessed already, Garry’s Mod utilises the Steam Workshop feature to allow players to share all their crazy creations with the rest of the community meaning thousands and thousands of strange inventions and maps made by casual players like you are available for you to download. Here are a few of my favourites from this week: A wearable advanced nanosuit, a Meme City Cinema map, a lonely barrel who’s only aim is to reach 1,000 likes(and is doing quite well), a seat with jetpacks and machine guns attached, a steak you can change the colour of, a pill to turn you into Big Smoke from GTA: San Andreas and… I could go on. You could spend hundreds of hours just playing around with whatever wacky ideas people have thought up alone. The Steam Workshop was almost MADE for GMod.
Of course, there is also a colossal variety of gamemodes you can play online with your friends or with complete strangers. Some of the most popular of the near-endless list of gamemodes however is Prop Hunt and Jailbreak which is my personal favourite. Prop Hunt is an intense, hold-your-breath game of cat and mouse where the mice are blessed with the ability to change into any prop on the map to increase their chances of staying hidden. The cat’s meanwhile must work together to hunt down and kill the mice with an array of weapons at their disposal. You haven’t truly experienced tension until you play Prop Hunt. Jailbreak however is a roleplay based game of Simon Says where you can either play as a guard or a prisoner. The warden issues instructions to the prisoners and they must obey or risk being killed by the warden and his team of guards. These aren’t simple “crouch, jump” instructions though(unless you play the game like that), depending on the map you pick, the prison is fitted with a collection of small games to play from Jepoardy (the actual game show) to killer minigames to a disco where if you don’t dance, you die! The guards have to try and enforce an iron grip while the prisoners try to escape and get revenge on the guards or try to be the sole survivor of the challenges the warden sets you. Really, what you can do is only limited by your imagination, just like GMod as a whole.
I’ve covered most of the base game but really the bulk of the fun and laughs comes from the excellent community. Despite being released all the way back in 2006, Garry’s Mod continues to remain proudly in the top 10 most played games on Steam getting around 40,000 players every single day. With the sheer volume of content that is being generated every day, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth for the extremely generous £6.99. There are a few problems such as the increasing age of the Source Engine(though it personally doesn’t bother me since my computer is a toaster), the painfully slow loading time if you download one too many mods and the daunting look of the tools upon first starting a sandbox game but Garry’s Mod is a game almost anyone can enjoy. The 330 hours I have spent on it so far were definitely well spent. Still far away from the one year of playtime achievement though! I’ll get there eventually! Some people already have and it’s not hard to see why.
- Huge amount of content
- Insane replayability
- Great community
- Variety of fun gamemodes
- Limited only by your imagination
- Generously cheap
- Can be daunting at first
- Slow loading times if you download too many addons
- Source Engine is showing age
Get Garry’s Mod here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/4000/