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'Homeworld 2,' 'System Shock 2,' 'Thief 2' modified by fans

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PC gamers continue to make their favorite old games new again, as evinced by recent mods and updates for Homeworld 2, System Shock 2, and Thief 2: The Metal Age.

Complex (image above), a long-running mod based on Relic Entertainment's 2003 real-time strategy title Homeworld 2, offers an updated experience for longtime players "who want more from a modern [video game]." Since the first version of Complex was released in 2004, its makers have seen over 10 million downloads, and last year it was listed in the ModDB Hall of Fame. The most recent version, 8.2.4, just launched (as spotted by Kotaku) and is available for download here.

Fans of System Shock 2 and Thief 2 released unofficial patches for the games earlier this week on the French Thief community forum Ariane4ever (seen by Double Fine Productions community manager Chris Remo). Both patches make the games playable on modern computers with high-resolution displays. Patches for the existing games are available, along with playable demos for those who don't own the titles.