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Essays 15 February 2022, 15:50

author: Marek Jura

The Best Community-Created Story Campaigns

Mods are usually about visual and technical improvements. Story content prepared by fans is a rarity – it requires a huge amount of effort to make everything work as it should. Here are the most famous examples.

Sunny Islands – Darkest Dungeon

  1. Core game: Darkest Dungeon
  2. Has the project evolved into a standalone title: No

The Sun Islands (sometimes also translated as the Sun Islands) brings not only new enemies, skills, and a great region, but also an entire story campaign. This mod, inspired by Japanese mythology, brings a lot of freshness to the game. I've spent a good 20 hours there myself, am not even halfway through, and I didn't feel tired for a second. And that's not a statement I could have made after the lengthy dungeon sections of the original.

In fact, Sunny Islands could easily be a paid DLC. The enormous amount of work that the creators put into perfecting every detail is simply stunning. Everything here is different than in the basic version of the game – traps, loot and, of course, the enemies – perfectly balanced and able to beat even the most experienced dungeon-crawlers.

With all this variety, the Sunward Isles still remains the Darkest Dungeon. I have no idea how the developers managed to tell a story inspired by completely different sources, without depriving their mod of consistency with the core game. But they did, and you shouldn't play Darkest Dungeon without venturing into the Sunshine Islands. It just isn't right!

  1. Download The Sunward Isles from the Nexus Mods site

Marek Jura

Marek Jura

In 2016, he graduated in philology at UAM. Since then, he has been reviewing prose, poetry, movies, series, and video games for GRYOnline.pl. He took his first steps in the journalism industry as a newsman in a local tabloid. He ran his own company - he designed, created, tested, and sold board games. He published several short stories and is also preparing his debut volume of poetry. Trains martial arts. A feminist, vegan, fan of pineapple on pizza, cat lover, dislikes Bethesda and Amazon, likes Lovecraft, Agents of SHIELD, P:T, Beksiński, Hollow Knight, performance, abstract art, game mods and dumplings.

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