Each year, beginning around November / December the Mod DB Mod of the Year awards are kicked off. For two months voting is open to everyone, and every mod is eligible (released or not) with the ultimate goal being the unearthing of this years best mod, as decided by you.
During this time, all mod profiles show a big "vote now" button. Members & guests recognise the mods they like by simply pressing the button (note. guests are limited to one vote). After 2 months of voting the competition is locked down and results tallied. The winning mods will be notified and shortly hereafter the results will be shared.
This competition needs no introduction. For the past month the community has been voting for their favorite mods. The votes were cast and the results are in. There are a few surprize packets but all in all, the results reflect the 2005 mod making year.
Posted by INtense! on Jan 21st, 2006 Page 5 of 6
Why? A group of talented Guildhall students, who now calls themselves Celtech Studios, came together to build the best game they could in five months. Eclipse was the product. This third person mod utilizes an interesting form of combat in which you use telekinesis to lift objects and throw them at your foes. While it may not be a long game, it comes with gorgeous visuals, excellent level desgin and even an original soundtrack. They change just about everything transforming the source engine into new work of art. It's easy to see why we picked it as this year's editors' choice. Lets just hope they got A+ for the project.
Why? Have you seen their trailer? In the immortal words of starsky and hutch - DO IT! Slowmo, Matrix like scenes with tons of bad guys, big moves (flips and stuff)... I damn near wet my pants in anticipation for this mod. Hall of Mirrors is a Total conversion of Max Payne 2 that allows you to live out the journey of Cleric John Preston. Gunkata your way through sweepers and clerics to destroy the regime you once held so dear. Awesome, just awesome.
Why? I'd be lying if I didn't say dystopia - but lets share the hype around and give another mod a chance and CnC Reborn is that mod. It seems each week this team pushes out an update of some sort. Constant updates, constant dramas.. never boring, a bit like the classic TV show "days of our lives".
Still this mod looks fantastic, the team has done a great deal and i'm certainly one who wants to see it released!
Why? Any game can put a handful of weapons in people's hands and ask them to go crazy with it, but very few can evoke pure feelings of excitement and dread the way The Hidden can. While games like Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat encourage the idea of teamwork, no other game puts such pressure on you to keep your team mates alive, to work together watching your collective backs, less you should all get slaughtered.
And that's not even mentioning the pure fun of hunting your fellow players down...
Why? Because Trench Warfare is easily the best mod for one of the oldest games here on the Mod DB - Wolfenstein 3D. If you download and play it, you'll surely be impressed by all of the innovations and features added to that old, simple engine. Sure, the graphics aren't as good as stuff we've seen even years before Doom 3 or HL2 - but the author showed his pixel art mastership. It's pretty in an unusual way, dangerously playable and satisfies all your killer needs. It just keeps up the spirit of an old game - by modding it to the extreme. And that's what old-skool modding is about.
Why? In the mod world, sequels don't suck. As a team learns more, they keep getting better and better. Battle Grounds 2 is a perfect example of this and has a seriously dedicated team of modders who have been doing there thing consistently now for some years. Once more the Royal British Army battles it out against the Colonial United States Continental Army in even bigger battefields with even more freedom.
Interactivity is a very important factor in this mod and team play is as important as ever before. Fire muskets, sharpen bayonets, board the ships and take control of all flag point to succeed in your campaign for the control of new England.
Update: We are copping a little flak due to our inclusion of Tetris in this years awards. A few stories have been emailed and one I must admit looks great is from Sapphire Scar. Keep emailing your suggestions, prove our statement below wrong!
Why? I was going to choose SDBC (Sex,Drugs and Beer Can) simply because sex sells but I decided not to. Then I thought about all the mods in this list, which totally rock - however how many have really compelling original storylines? Is it possible to come up with an original story line these days? War has been covered, humans vs. aliens is done, terrorists vs. counter-terrorists is done, killer zombies is done... what remains? I don't believe any storyline is that pivotal, it just needs to set the scene and then the gameplay should do the talking / impressing. So I copped out and decided to choose Tetris. Shoot me if you disagree (shoot me an email complaining that is).