THE SOUL STILL BURNS
Games kept alive by loyal fans
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
This cult classic survival horror FPS has performed its own feat of survival, thanks to its dedicated fanbase. A strong mod scene has kept the game going for a decade, most notably through the standalone project Lost Alpha. Drawing on old promo images, previews, and leaked builds, Lost Alpha recreates cut content and introduces new systems to create an incredible Stalker experience.
PHANTASY STAR online
This pioneering MMO was almost killed when the servers were switched off, first for Dreamcast and Gamecube and then for Xbox and PC. Its fans came to the rescue, though, setting up their own servers to keep PSO going. It’s remarkable that over a decade since Sega shut down Phantasy Star Online, there are several servers to choose from, each with a healthy pool of players.
This Asteroids-esque MMO shooter didn’t last long, effectively being abandoned a year after its 1997 release as developer Virgin Interactive Entertainment ran into trouble and sold much of its assets to Electronic Arts. However, fans stuck with the game and, in 2015, a fan-developed version called Subspace Continuum got a free-to-play release on Steam.
Sonic THE hedgehog SERIES
Fan ports are normally shut down by publishers, but Sonic fan Christian Whitehead managed to persuade Sega to give his Retro Engine version of Sonic CD an official release, its success leading to mobile ports of Sonic and Sonic 2. Christian’s collaboration with Pagodawest and Headcannon, the critically acclaimed Sonic Mania, followed, giving classic Sonic levels a new lease of life.
Myth ii: Soulblighter
Bungie’s tactical RTS released in 1998, Myth II, is still alive and kicking thanks to the efforts of the fan-run Project Magma. The project encompasses map making, a special forces plug-in that replaces Myth II’S fantasy inspired characters with Ww2-styled units, managing websites dedicated to the game, and anything else that will help the game to keep on going.
Using Valve’s Source engine, fans have recreated N64 classic Goldeneye 007 for a modern audience. All the game’s classic maps are faithfully recreated, but the Source version also features updated visuals, additional maps based on original’sfilms, single-player levels that didn’t appear in the multiplayer and others inspired by other James Bond as well as some extra modes.