Garry's Mod has several gamemodes that can alter the way it's played. While most gamemodes are typically for role play (RP) purposes, some gamemodes can encourage creative construction while others simply provide a simple deathmatch setting. This page provides a list and basic description of some of these gamemodes.
Role Play Edit
These gamemodes encourage players to take on the role of a character within a certain setting. Some gamemodes are more serious than others, requiring players to role-play as a military grunt, or as an oppressed citizen, or even a character in a fictional universe. Other's are less serious, with no fixed setting or character requirements.
DarkRP was created as a modification to the long-since abandoned LightRP, as a easier-to-modify alternative. It's active development has changed hands a number of times, but for the past couple of years it has been maintained primarily by Falco or FPtje as he is more commonly known by online. This gamemode is a non-serious role-play gamemode, where players often build large bases to protect themselves and various entities that can produce money. Players are often given the means to "raid" other players by breaking into their homes/bases and either stealing or destroying valuable entities. This gamemode features jobs (or roles) such as police, gangsters, citizens, and gun dealers (a kind of merchant), and is arguably the most popular gamemode of Garry's Mod to date.
Military RP Edit
Military RP is a serious role play gamemode in which the player takes on the roll of an enlisted military serviceman/woman. This kind of role play is very strict, requiring players to follow an extensive set of rules. Players will typically obey the orders of other players with a higher "rank" than them, emulating a military hierarchy.
Star Wars RP Edit
Star Wars RP is a collection of different Star Wars themed Military RP gamemodes, usually set in various arcs of the Star Wars canon. They became popular in late 2015 when Star Wars Episode 7 came out in theaters. The most common arc for these kinds of gamemodes is the Clone Wars era, and players will take on the role of a clone fighting droids/sith/etc. Virtually identical to the Military RP gamemode, except Star Wars.
1942 RP Edit
1942 RP is a WWII role play gamemode, in which players typically play in Nazi Germany as either a Nazi, a Resistance fighter, or a Citizen. With less of a focus on military hierarchy and ranks, and more of a focus on life during this period.
Clockwork: Half-Life 2 RP Edit
Clockwork: Half-Life 2 RP or CW: HL2RP for short is a serious role play gamemode based around life for citizens in the Half-Life 2 story line. Players create a character with a brief description of their "appearance" and simply roam the streets, attempting to survive under the combine rule. Players can be promoted to civil protection, and often are required to be brutal to citizens. Popular a few years back, this gamemode has seen better days. HL2RP uses the Clockwork base and is maintained by Cloud Sixteen, and is a premium gamemode that must be purchased before hosting.
Jailbreak isn't as serious a role play gamemode as other such gamemodes like DarkRP or Military RP, however it is still a form of role play. Players can either be a prisoner or can request to become a guard (usually there will be far fewer guards than prisoners, and a large queue will form to become a guard). This is round-based, and each round a warden is selected from guards that have elected to become a warden. The warden is then responsible for giving prisoners orders. The warden's task is to try and kill off the prisoners through various games or events, while the prisoners must attempt to kill all guards.
Pulsar Effect Role Play Edit
Pulsar Effect Role Play or PERP for short, is a serious role play gamemode that was popular around the time of Garry's Mod 12. Where other gamemodes encouraged players to stay by means of money and status symbols like cars and guns, PERP became popular through a level system, where some role play actions such as creating weapons or props would increase your level and give you perks to unlock. This gamemode was unforgiving to new players, as most players would have to wait at least a couple of hours before they could perform most actions. PERP was also infamous as the developers sold copies of their gamemode exclusively to a handful of communities and often threatened legal action against other communities that used their gamemode.
Zombie RP Edit
Zombie RP is another non-serious role play gamemode based off of DarkRP. In this, zombies are spawned around the map and players are encouraged to kill them for money. Essentially DarkRP during the zombie apocalypse.
The following gamemodes either don't fit into an existing category, or have not been updated to the new format yet.
Call of Duty MWG - This is a recreation of Call Of Duty in Gmod. With all the best bits of all the COD games taken and mushed into one gamemode. Steamgroup
Extreme Football Throwdown - The only American football gamemode you'll ever want to play. Tackle other players, slam them against walls and ceilings, or just pummel them to death with your fists. Get the ball in the enemy goal area to score a touch down. Comes with tons of wacky weapons and powerups.
Zworld Afterlife - Survival horror gamemode.
Cinema - Go to a virtual movie theater and watch YouTube videos with other players.
Trouble In Terrorist Town- In this gamemode, you are all terrorists, however hidden amongst you are one or more traitors. Who can you trust? Kill the traitors before they kill you!
Prop Hunt - In this gamemode you can take control of either the Hunters or the Props, and try to see who can survive the longest. If you're a Prop, try to not get caught by the Hunters, who are out to get you!
Murder - In this gamemode there is a murderer amongst you. Like TTT, you don't know who to trust or who to kill! The only one you can trust is the guy with the gun, but can he trust you?
Deathrun - In this gamemode, your job is to try to run and get to the end of the course, while dodging the traps along the path. As a Runner, you have to run to the end of the Deathrun course, while dodging every obstacle along the way. As Death, your job is to try and kill of every Runner possible using every contraption on the Deathrun Course.
Sledbuild In this gamemode, you need to build the fastest sled you ever made and race with people who is the first one that finish and win.
Garry's Mod Stranded - In this Gamemode, you play as a survivor, stranded in a foriegn environment, and you have to survive! Build nice buildings, raid other tribes, drink water, and much more! Just be sure you don't run out of Health, Hunger, Thirst, and Fatigue. [Based on the 2003 Unreal Software game Stranded]
Minigames - Exactly what you think. In this gamemode, you and many other people chose between various mini-games to compete in. These range from Climb, to AWP, to Surf, to Obstacle Course, and more.
The Stalker - In this gamemode, you play the Gmod version of Hidden Source, with some slight changes. Play as Unit 17, and try to kill the Stalker with your balanced guns and equipment. Or, play as the Stalker, and try to kill Unit 17 with your claws and Psychic abilities.
Hunger Games - In this gamemode, you play as a Tribute in the Hunger Games! Play with your friends, or trust no one and kill everyone on sight!
Flood - In this gamemode, you build boats to escape the oncoming flood. Once you've done so, you must then destroy other players boats to earn money for more props and weapons the next round.
NS: Metro 2033 RP - This is a serious RP game mode. It normally follows similar rules to serious RP game modes like HL2 but ultimately depends on the communities. You play either can play a lone metro dweller or volunteer yourself to the harsh reality of war by joining the Red Line or the 4th Reich. Mutants can lurk in the abandoned tunnels. This Game mode is based on your own survival, you can tell your own story as you wish, be your own person.
F2S Stronghold - In this gamemode, you must fight off other players while also build a stronghold to defend yourself. Kill players for money, and build advanced constructions to keep yourself safe.
Zombie Survival/Outbreak - Different Names, same concept. In this gamemode, you play as a Survivor or a Zombie in order to Survive the oncoming Apocolypse! As a survivor, stock up on Guns and Ammo and try to help you and your fellow survivors live through the Night! As a zombie, you must ruthlessly kill every survivor you see as a Headcrab, a Ghoul, or any other Zombies available!
MORBUS - A combination of The Thing and TTT. In this gamemode you have to survive in a science fiction environment, while being hunted by Aliens. As a survivor, you must stack up on Guns and Ammo, as well do all of you other daily activities, like eating and sleeping. As an alien, you have to spread the Alien Virus around to everyone else by killing them as an Alien!
HaloRP - A mix between DarkRP and Halo, in this gamemode you roleplay with your friends in this Halo universe by being a citizen or fighting the UNSC or the Covenant, Choose your side and try to withstand the Alien Invaders or Destroy the human race or perhaps Rebel and free yourself from the UNSC government! TableFlipGamers were the first community to create this gamemode.
Zombie Escape - In this gamemode, you play as a survivor or zombie as you try to escape the area. As a Survivor, you have only your unlimited ammo carrying guns and your fellow Survivors with you to survive the oncoming Zombie Horde. As a Zombie, you must spread the Zombie Infestation by killing the Survivors before they escape!
Propkill - For Real Propkillers To Test Themselves, DarkRP Minges Are Not Allowed.
Razborka!- Two teams of drunken russians fight in 4 differents sub-gamemodes, either killing the other team, stealing their vodka or finding the filthy vodka thief.
Freerun Combat - Two teams eliminate each other with throwing knives while parkouring.
MelonRacer - you race as a melon.
Parkour - Climb buildings, perform wall runs, enjoy many awesome events like pvp, zombies, and much more all in this fantastic gamemode.
The Purge - An adaption of the movie "Purge" and "Purge Anarchy" in DarkRP form. A timer is implemented into the DarkRP gameplay to replicate the annual "Purge", to which a set amount of time is allowed to let people RDM and raid, which isn't normally allowed on regular DarkRP.
The Purge Round Based - This is a flood-based round based adaption of the movie "Purge" and "Purge Anarchy" that removes the RP fundamentals of the redundant PurgeRP and replaces them with non-stop building and purging.
Purge Round Based Revamped - A new, completely custom revamp of the original purge round based gamemode. It consists of building bases, raiding others, and committing crimes. This gamemode is not affiliated with older obsolete versions. Created by Electric Mango Studios in March of 2017.
Slave of GMod - A gamemode inspired of Dennation Game's "Hotline Miami" game series.
HarborRP - A gamemode like DarkRP but with islands.
Bunny Hop - A gamemode where you try to complete an obstacle course as fast as you can by bunny hopping.
Fallout Roleplay - A gamemode based off the Fallout Series, like DarkRP but a post-apocalyptic environment.
MethRP - A gamemode like DarkRP but you cook meth & get paid.
Hide and Seek - There is one seeker and the seeker tries to tag the hiders.
Pedobear Escape - In this gamemode, players have to run away from the Pedobears spawned without getting caught, the last player remaining wins the round. Only compatible with maps named pb_name.
Black Mesa RolePlay - In this gamemode, you roleplay with your friends inside Black Mesa. About what it sounds like.
Homocide - This gamemode is similar to the game Murder but more realistic.
Resident Evil Gmod - A Co-op Zombie Survival game. You fight off waves of zombies and earn money so that buy/upgrade guns to so you can kill more zombies.
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