Welcome to the 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have poured their blood, sweat and tears into creating new gameplay experiences that truly "change the game". Now its time for the gamers to voice
their opinions and select their top picks of the year.

**Presenting the 2008 Winners**

From now until Feb 28th, the MOTY will present to you the cream of the crop for 2008 as voted by the public. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB's hall of fame. And to the winner goes the spoils; ModDB has teamed up with a whole lineup of sponsors that have provided prizes ranging from software to servers to commercial engines. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.


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ModDB's editors choose the best multiplayer mod of 2008.

Posted by stenchy on Feb 26th, 2009
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Best Multiplayer Mod

With so many multiplayer mods competing for your attention, it can be tough to choose what to play. ModDB's editors have put together the top five multiplayer mods of 2008 for your perusal. They showcase the creativity and level of quality the modding scene can produce, as well as narrow down the field for any of you undecided gamers out there. While there can only be one winner, all of the nominees listed are worthy of your bandwidth. Check out these mods to see some of the best the modding scene has to offer!


Project Reality

Battlefield 2

Project_Reality wrote:Welcome to "Project Reality" , a free to download game modification for the Battlefield 2 (aka BF2) retail Windows game. The focus of this mod is to rework the original game engine developed by Digital Illusions of Sweden (Dice) within legal and feasible constraints to create a more realistic combat environment for the gaming community. This includes adjusting various game play elements including physics, visual effects and overall game play formats. Along with changes to how the game handles, the Project Reality team has been introducing British and Insurgent factions, plus a number of community assisted factions are currently in the works to introduce Canadian, Russian and IDF forces to the virtual battlefields. This Mod is not be for the masses, due to the fact that it has a much higher learning curve then your classic arcade game. This is the real deal.

BTR-60 APC Chechen Rebels Community Matches


Age of Chivalry

Half-Life 2

Age_of_Chivalry wrote:Age of Chivalry is a total conversion for Half-Life 2 currently being developed by Team Chivalry. We are a close group of friends who are dedicated to creating a fun story driven multiplayer experience set in a fantasy world in the medieval ages. We are creating a fast paced and fun first person melee combat system that will take the player to a new level of immersion. The players will be able to take part in sieges, town raids and open war in a story driven game. Our goal is to let the players write the history of the game as the teams battle it out over a sequence of user controlled map cycles depending on the victor. We want to take the overall experience to a new level of fun.

Fire Craig Preview Shots Preview Thursday #1 Updates 1.1 Release Screens

Eternal Silence

Half-Life 2

Crankshaft_Games wrote:Eternal Silence is a science fiction mod that pits two capital ships against each other in a seamless blend of space warfare and tactical infantry combat. Pilots coordinate strikes with invading infantry in order to take down the behemoth capital ships from both the inside and out. Bomb important systems, escort a squad of marines to cause damage from the inside. Watch as railguns fire projectiles the size of buses at the enemy hull. Fight with many futuristic weapons including a flamethrower and remote controlled SMG.

Battle of Cerbera Battle of Cerbera Battle of Cerbera

Killing Floor

Unreal Tournament 2004

Mr._Kadish wrote:Killing Floor is a survival horror total conversion set in London, England. In a laboratory under the city, a series of human experiments in cloning and biological augmentation are being conducted by the employees of "Horizon". Horizon is a BioTech corporation formerly employed by the government to do the R&D on a top secret series of synthetic combat drugs which would enhance the effectiveness of soldiers in the field.Horizon's funding was cut, when their practices were deemed too immoral even for such a controversial project, but the research didn't stop. Funded by private money from the deep pockets of Horizon chairman and research scientist Kevin Clalemay, tests continued in a more...private location. That was until something went wrong. There were reports that the lab had been comprimised; that the subjects were behaving abnormally...then, silence. Several days later, twisted shapes began to emerge from the confines of the lab into the city above.

Killing Floor 2.5 Promotional shot Gibbing Patriarch gameplay video Stills

Sven Co-op


Sven_Co-op wrote:Play Half-Life with friends! Players fight computer-controlled monsters through the original Half-Life storyline or hundreds of available co-operative scenarios. Also includes a plethora of new weapons, enemies, visuals and gameplay systems. Customization features allow each map to use its own unique weapons and enemies.

Project Guilty Gman Towers helicopter fight Blackops in Operation Retribution Part 6

Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 101)
Namelezz! Feb 26 2009, 5:03am says:

Sven Co-op's gotta win this one.

+6 votes     reply to comment
Namelezz! Feb 26 2009, 4:17pm replied:

Aww, it didn't. Oh well, congratulation to Project Reality. Gotta love that forest map.

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SupaNinjaMan Feb 26 2009, 7:04pm buried:


it's not even announced yet....

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DaFranker Feb 26 2009, 10:13pm replied:

It is. Watch the video.

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Sanirisu Mar 1 2009, 7:36am replied:

Not even announced? Dude it's been around for 2 years allready. And it's been improving to this point, on which it deserves to win these prizes on Moddb because it's the most complex, realistic, teambased, actionpacked and fun mod in the list.

The only reason people thought other mods would win is because they haven't tried PR yet. Trust me, once you go PR, you won't go back, ;P

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UnlimiteD Mar 1 2009, 8:06am replied:

I'm pretty sure I tried it a year ago, and I still don't like it, no matter what. Even though It might deserve it, I find it somewhat annoying that it's till up here, as I watch this series to find a bunch of new stuff without searching myself.

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4CH! Feb 28 2009, 4:46am replied:

... Not !!!

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`DarcK Feb 26 2009, 5:04am says:

Many excellent mods, the choice will be difficult.

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Herr_Alien Feb 26 2009, 5:09am says:

My bet goes on 'Project Reality'.

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m82sniper Feb 26 2009, 2:23pm replied:

Project reality is the awesome sauce. Sven is kewl as well. ^^

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klichka Feb 26 2009, 5:35pm replied:

It's spoiled in the video unfortunately. I never played Project Reality, but from what I've seen the community behind it is as serious as anything. Sven Coop really seems to have gotten less stable and hasn't changed too much. It's almost a crime for it to win again anyway since its a classic mod getting upgraded and would only serve to hog the light from everyone else. Although that said Sven Coop still is a great romp.
Age of Chivalry and Eternal Silence also have a tip of the hat from me. Eternal Silence is an interesting concept, I've not played it too thoroughly to tell if it works, but it brings a lot of concepts to the table. Age of Chivalry is just fun for what its worth. Arrows are extremely difficult to work with, but the melee system is a lot of fun, skillful, and works well.
Killing Floor I never played without bots and the bots are as dumb as sandbags.

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dave_5430 Feb 26 2009, 5:09am buried:


Tssh, Sven Coop lost my respect a year ago along with TS with their ultra delayed releases.

Killing Floor 2.5 Ruined the entire series for me.

Project Reality wins.

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klichka Feb 26 2009, 5:55pm replied:

Sven Coop as I've said is just really too old and its unfair for a mod with experience and prior rewards to take another cup and hold back the next generation, but its still a lot of fun. You can't rate it down for fun and that's what this is about. Anyway, Killing Floor was okay, I didn't think it was too special because I played with bots who were as dumb as bricks and it really just feels like a huffed up invasion with a store and different guns. That said, the final trio is very interesting, a 'realistic' game with a player base that seems serious, a game that makes medieval melee combat fun, and a game that is really experimenting with a ton of concepts at once.

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mikboy Feb 26 2009, 5:19am says:

Project Reality is the better choice, I think.

+1 vote     reply to comment
BFG_Punkbuster Feb 26 2009, 5:37am says:

Interesting choice this time. Age of Chivalry has a very cool MP, PR also :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
VagabondPraetor Feb 26 2009, 6:28am says:

I quite like killing floor, but then I didn't try out the others.

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Betelgeuze Feb 26 2009, 6:45am says:

Sven co-op should have been Sven co-op2 by now.

My vote goes to Eternal Silence

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AlCool Feb 26 2009, 6:52am replied:

Many people still prefer the goldsource engine over the new source engine. Personally I don't see why but the HL1 modding community is pretty close in popularity to the HL2 modding community. Sven coop stays to being the best coop scenario based mods for HL1 and many prefer it that way. Why would it want to port to HL2 or be remade when there are many others for HL2 already?

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Jesternz08 Feb 26 2009, 6:24pm replied:

Yeh, Funny how the announced Sven coop source, but nothing happened. Cant say im a fan of the old engine, but some people obviously are :)

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AlCool Feb 26 2009, 6:50am says:

Out of them all I'd say killing floor. It has the most dedicated community that's stuck by it since release 1.0 all the way to the coming 2,51, and is one of the few UT2K4 mods that's still alive today (Considering the release of other zombie games and UT3). So many people want it to be ported but I think it's pretty fine as is. It stands apart from any other UT2K4 mod and doesn't resemble the engine much at all. It has an excellent grunge style and some kickass rock and metal music to go with the waves of invading specimen. Hurry up with 2.51 Alex! (Don't rush if it will kill the quality of work though :D)

Loved Age of Chivalry, and loved eternal silence. Sven COOP was pretty fun (Played it after playing obsidian conflict and synergy), but didn't really pull me in as it has so many others. I never got around to playing project reality; was never really into BF mods. Must be good to make it here :D.

Good Luck to your mods!

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OkeiDo Feb 26 2009, 7:05am says:

I would say Sven Co-op! It's a classic and the only mod out of these that I've fully enjoyed but I stopped playing it when WON died. :)

+4 votes     reply to comment
Hfett Feb 26 2009, 7:32am says:

PR deserve this one, their last release is awesome, of course the other mod's are also great, but PR is my favorite.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nokiaman Feb 26 2009, 7:49am says:

Sven-Coop.It's very addictive

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Daystranger Feb 26 2009, 8:00am says:

Age Of Chivalry is awesome!
Killing Floor is fun, but no one playing it. :(

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Mythos Feb 26 2009, 8:29am says:

Definitly PR. If you have Project reality, you won't need another game this year. I've never seen something before, being such realistically! And nothing with such a good teamplay. Very authentic!

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Tatsur0 Feb 26 2009, 8:31am says:

I loved Age of Chivalry, I enjoyed Eternal Silence, I think I'd choose Killing Floor if I had the chance to play it as I love the theme and co-op games are always a good thing. I was so horribly disappointed with BF2 I've just not been able to re-install it but will eventually for the quality mods, but obviously I haven't gotten around to playing Project Reality, and Sven-coop is definitely a classic and an old fav of mine. I'd love to see either Age of Chivalry or Sven-coop win this one.

Good luck guys

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Hfett Feb 26 2009, 9:32am replied:

PR is the mod for who dont like Bf2, i personaly hate the arcade gameplay of Bf2, but love PR, PR managed to change the Bf2 gameplay completely.

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Tatsur0 Feb 26 2009, 9:36am replied:

Yeh, just another reason I do eventually plan to re-install BF2. Though 2 jobs, 2 mods, 3kids = Playtests and Flash games atm lol.

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ChiefRyza Feb 26 2009, 8:49am says:

Project Reality hands down :P

Teamwork is the real highlight in PR, if you havn't played it before, give it a try and stick with it. Tops Vanilla in every way - so if your even remotely interested in playing as a team and you own BF2, give it a try. I just think this is the catagory it deserves to win in.

Unfortunately I don't own a source game but seeing the amount of work put into them they all look fantastic and deserve equal praise.

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Foxfingers Feb 26 2009, 9:14am says:

Go go team chivalry!

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Suicide_Machine Feb 26 2009, 9:19am says:

Eternal Silence? This one is awesome!!!!! Hope it'll win :)

But other mods are awesome too :P The choice will be very difficult :P

+2 votes     reply to comment
CustomCharacter Feb 26 2009, 9:25am says:

Oh damn, I only haven't played Killing Floor.

But Sven will win, no doubt.

+3 votes     reply to comment
BodyOfTheMany Feb 26 2009, 9:34am says:

my vote is for age of chivalry. Nothing is as intense as the storming of the hornburg in the thunder and rain.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Nathanius Feb 26 2009, 9:39am says:

Two words, "Eternal" and "Silence"!

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Mars_3K Feb 26 2009, 10:08am says:

Just started playing ES - it's a joyous thing to take down an enemy gunship filled to the brim with their boarding party! XD

Oh and has anyone tried the latest build of AoC, yet? I'm downloading now.

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Romagnolo Feb 26 2009, 10:16am says:

PR is the best IMO. But this is the editors choice and, as far as I know from their podcasts, they are not a PR fan, so I doubt it will win here, but PR will win at the public vote, I'm sure about that !

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[R-DEV]Rhino Feb 26 2009, 10:54am replied: +2 votes     reply to comment
NinjaWursti Feb 26 2009, 10:18am says:

Sven again? Feels like it's comming every year...

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INtense! Feb 26 2009, 11:14am replied:

It does... its popular for good reason too, COOP was under served by big game companies for a long long time

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Dragonlord Feb 26 2009, 5:20pm replied:

And still is.

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█Black/Brunez█ Feb 26 2009, 10:29am says:

Age of Chivalry, Project Reality or Sven co-op.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Bon. Feb 26 2009, 11:25am says:

No dystopia? they get my vote.

+1 vote     reply to comment
[.BMT.] Feb 26 2009, 11:45am says:

If Sven never made co-op popular on a Valve engine, L4D might've never happened :P

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Betelgeuze Feb 26 2009, 12:22pm replied:

********, L4D wasn't even being developed by Valve in the beginning. Turtle rock studios started experimenting with the CSS bot AI they made and found out it was fun to fight a horde of AI controled enemies. This has nothing to do with Sven co-op

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Tatsur0 Feb 26 2009, 2:59pm replied:

I don't believe he was being entirely serious :)

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MrMattWebb Feb 26 2009, 3:33pm replied:

Wow, good job of checking out the Dev Commentary in L4D. Now go make me a sandwich.

+1 vote     reply to comment
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icelord982 Feb 26 2009, 12:18pm says:

Project Reality FTW

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Sparky245 Feb 26 2009, 12:25pm says:

Hmmm... Project Reality or Sven Co-Op. Sven is a lot of fun, though.

+3 votes     reply to comment
RealityMo Feb 26 2009, 12:48pm says:

PR rocks. If you want a realistic team oriented fps this is it. I Hope it wins!

+1 vote     reply to comment
DerRelienT Feb 26 2009, 1:15pm says:

Go Project Reality! =D

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