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 staff cut through the hype and deliver the most promising mods that are still in development.

Posted by stenchy on Feb 22nd, 2009
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Best Upcoming Mod

Every year, hundreds upon hundreds of mods are born—and die—on ModDB. Many barely limp out the gates, while others are die faster than their leaders can type, "I need a team!1!" But every once in while you come across a profile that shows some promise. A flash of color in their media gallery that instantly conveys a glimmer of hope. Something more than the dull greys of half-finished, untextured models or hastily scribbled level blueprints. More than a trailer that just shows off a logo. I'm talking about honest-to-goodness in-game footage—because nothing cuts through the hype more than showing your mod for what it is. The mods nominated for this category all have concrete proof of significant progress in development and will probably see some form of release in 2009.


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Curse

Half-Life 2

Curse wrote:An episode 2 / Orange Box total conversion. Explore an egyptian necropolis, kill mummies and monsters with a morning star.

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Cry of Fear

Half-Life

Team_Psykskallar wrote:You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? Are you just turning insane? The time is up; you can't stay there reading your smses forever. It's time to head out and find the answers. Cry of Fear is a singleplayer modification of Half-Life 1 which brings you the horror you've always been afraid of.

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Lightspire: Fortune's Web

Crysis

Lukewarm_Media wrote:In the game, there are four different heroes, who each have their own background and involvement in the world of Lightspire. The most dominant force in the game world is the dragon elves. They are a dictatorship due to their immense army, and control of vast amounts of land and resources. The first hero - the Dragon Lancer - his story stems from them. As described in the Game World Synopsis, the elves and dragons were involved in a great war. The elves only chance of surviving and avoiding extinction would be to use magic against magic. The elves created a weapon to absorb any magical powers dragons might have had, which resulted in the rapid "de-evolution" of the dragons, and a ‘revolution' of the elves physical traits, including increased strength, vision, and the ability to live even longer than before. The remaining dragons were enslaved, to the point where dragon's mental acuity was vastly inferior to any of the elves.

Holiday Update Sneak Peak 2 Light Spire: Screen Shots

Nehrim: At Fate's Edge

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Arandor wrote:Nehrim is developed by the Sureai Team (www.sureai.de). We have already created two Total Conversions for Morrowind, named Arktwend and Myar Aranath, but unfortunately there never was an English version of them. This time, however, we will develop a full translated english version of the project. That includes translated texts as well as English voice acting. It is impossible to give a sure release date at this moment, however, we aim to finish Nehrim in 2008. We always keep everything within the bounds of possibility and currently make huge progresses in building the countryside, cities, forests and villages of Nehrim. Our aim is to create a fantasy world which is as lively and atmospheric as realisable in the limits of our possiblilities. We primarily develop Nehrim for those players who love RPGs and were disappointed by Oblivion on that score. Nehrim will be a role playing game with elements of action, no action game with elements of role playing games.

The siege of Cahbaet Burning Night Troll In the woods

Petrograd

Crysis

Space_Cowboys wrote:Petrograd: an action-thriller first person shooter. Enter the shoes of a Black-Ops Special Agent, investigating the disappearance of a full city's population overnight. An eerie atmosphere and immersive environments are just the beginning, nothing is quite what it seems in this suspenseful experience set in post-USSR Eastern Europe.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 22 2009, 5:42am says:

Guys you have to remember this isn't "Players Choice" but instead "Editors Choice". Expect some variety outside popular HL2 mods and considering that only 1 of the mods listed is your typical FPS (Petrograd and it looks fantastic mind you). Show these developers some respect as each one is deserving of this award.

Honestly before the list was put up I had never even heard of Lightspire or Nehrim but looking at their profiles and content my interest has definitely been peaked. Not everyone can win which means not everyone is going to be satisfied with the nominees nor the winners. As fans and developers yourself, show the respect you'd expect for your own games and mods.

Again for all those listed, I wish you the best of luck and hope to have the time to check out all those listed someday.

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Feb 22 2009, 6:41am replied:

spot on

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 2:09pm replied:

It's not that people are being disrespectful because yes, these are great mods, but MANY people would have liked to see so much more. With such a small group and when none of them are mods you've been waiting to see often its a little disheartening for the average moddber. I also have to agree a few genres are being given the cold shoulder for these awards.

You'll notice everyone was disappointed not to see a few key mods, kinda says a lot for the 40 thousand people on this site yes?

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projektariel
projektariel Feb 22 2009, 6:02am says:

I`d go with Curse.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Feb 22 2009, 6:12am says:

Lightspire: Fortune's Web would have to be my pick as far as all around quality of models and textures go. But it is a close call...

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Setis
Setis Feb 22 2009, 6:17am says:

Well, I'm going to give my 2 1/2 cents again. My personal favourite to win this award is curse, simply because it looks amazing, has some unbelievable originality put into it, the art direction is fantastic and absolutely nothing about it says half life 2. So in respect to those factors, i'd definitely hand this award to Curse. It ticks all the right boxes for me.

However, both cry of fear and lightspire look very promising and will be tough contenders. The fact that cry of fear is a HL1 modification and doesn't look it the slightest is a big bonus on their part, while lightspire simply looks amazing in terms of art direction, gameplay and it finally is a big step away from modern warfare in terms of Crysis mods.

So, in any case. All mods nominated are nominated for a reason, because they are good at what they do. But I think when it comes down to it. It'll be Curse that takes the lead.

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ToxicFruit
ToxicFruit Feb 22 2009, 6:34am says:

good choices. were is Black mesa ?

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 2:13pm replied:

I wish people would stop burying comments of disappointed gamers. Everyone has their right to express themselves and what they wanted to see in this contest. This kind of disappointment will be a natural occurrence in the coming weeks so stop looking down on these people. Weren't there mods you wanted to see?

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Setis
Setis Feb 22 2009, 5:44pm replied:

couldn't have agreed more. Of course it'd be fantastic if everyone would win at the awards, let alone get nominated for them - but the fact of the matter is, that simply isn't possible. (Otherwise, what is the point in the awards anyway?) So it's just natural that not everyone is going to see their favorite mods get nominated. Fair enough, these are the editor choice awards, so the player based ones will probably be different, but none the less, fellow community members shouldn't get put down simply because they are dissappointed.

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hushpuppy
hushpuppy Feb 22 2009, 6:43am says:

Awsome :D voted for both Lightspire and Petrograd.

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 22 2009, 7:24am says:

This will be exciting, dunno who could win!

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qpac
qpac Feb 22 2009, 7:39am says:

I have no idea this time. I can't wait to see.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan Feb 22 2009, 7:52am says:

Cry of Fear - bold attempt at reviving 10yr old engine -> adding new gameplay and pushing SP experience. COF is what Paranoia was a year ago! The second place I'd give to Curse - work of 1 man. As far as the visuals go, Petrograd takes the crown, but it's about best upcoming mod not best gfx:) Nuff said! PS - LightSpire got a license for CryEngine2 Edge-online.com so it's not a mod - technically - anymore.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 11:14am replied:

That's what I was getting at before. Nothing helps to build a game then the full engine without the release games content.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 22 2009, 11:37am replied:

That does not mean it should win, because it's using an old engine. What about my project then, its a total conversion of quake, does that mean I should win ?

The fact its a good game means it should win.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 2:11pm replied:

Cry of fear really has the style of Resident Evil; Cold blood. It really pushes the goldsource engine, so don't worry about "Old engine biasm" because these days modders are going above and beyond where old engines can look like something new.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 22 2009, 2:57pm replied:

I want cry of fear to win. ;)

Its a great mod, doesn't matter what engine.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 3:18pm replied:

Exactly. Quality based on the engines standards not quality based on what engine is used. CoF definitely goes much further then many if not most HL1 mods.

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo Feb 22 2009, 8:12am says:

I'm hoping for either Curse or Cry of fear, both mods look amazing even though their concepts differ a lot. Good luck everyone!

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 22 2009, 8:16am says:

Wow that is a hard one. Curse looks awesome and sexy new artstyle and gameplay. Lightspire: Fortune's Web is probley going to be the best mod ever seen quality wise.

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Zirty
Zirty Feb 22 2009, 10:11am buried:

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No mwll ? This is ****.

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Stacho
Stacho Feb 22 2009, 10:24am says:

So damn hard choose.Curse or CoF?Doh...maybe CoF

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Stacho
Stacho Feb 22 2009, 10:28am says:

I mean i more prefer CoF,ofcourse.

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twcrash
twcrash Feb 22 2009, 10:36am says:

I play purely FPS games but you gotta give props to these guys they are amazing. I wouldn't have a clue to whom should win but goodluck to all. Great jobs so far.

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ruMpel
ruMpel Feb 22 2009, 10:49am says:

Thanks for the support guys! Looking forward to this. :)

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 22 2009, 11:01am says:

Duh... can't make a choice this time... I'm prejudiced due to some content so I can't make statement other than "best one shall win".

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D3ads
D3ads Feb 22 2009, 11:33am says:

Cry Of Fear FTW! The other mods look pretty swish too, good luck to all the contenders :)

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Zaratul
Zaratul Feb 22 2009, 11:34am says:

I hope Cry of Fear wins. :)

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KorJax
KorJax Feb 22 2009, 12:26pm says:

A little disappointed Mechwarrior: Living Legends didn't make the cut for Editors Choice, but to be fair MWLL didn't start really releasing some serious media until January (after 2008), and all the nominee's are based on media released only in 2008.

Also, should Lightspire be considered a mod anymore? It's got an offical license from Crytek to develop now. I guess it can be considered an Indie Game though.

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BlueWolf72
BlueWolf72 Feb 22 2009, 12:27pm says:

Editors choice.... drum roll please :)

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joesmithy
joesmithy Feb 22 2009, 12:42pm says:

Nehrim! And it will have an english translation!

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Mandarax
Mandarax Feb 22 2009, 1:04pm says:

I do think it's good that no mods based on pre-existing IP are here. Also, I'm not sure why everyone is so excited about Black Mesa. I mean, we've all played Half Life already, haven't we? What do you expect to get other than the same game with prettier graphics?

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb Feb 22 2009, 1:42pm says:

MEh... Maybe petrograd imo, but meh.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 2:03pm says:

57 minutes and counting!

Place your bets folks!

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codeuser
codeuser Feb 22 2009, 2:18pm says:

Great job, Lightspire team! Good luck in the contest.

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen Feb 22 2009, 2:56pm says:

Thank you everyone for your support thus far. I wish to have seen Lost world returns as a nominee though.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 2:58pm replied:

Yes another great one with lots of potential yet shuned away. Yours is looking incredible (as always ;D) so good luck to you!

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 3:16pm replied:

Isn't it awesome that there is 1 person going around minusing 1 karma from every post I make regardless of what it says? Thx for abusing the system.

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Feb 22 2009, 8:35pm replied:

I'll vote you up!

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 23 2009, 1:09am replied:

Hey look you lost karma for supporting me! Does that make us revolutionists?

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P4TRICK
P4TRICK Feb 22 2009, 2:58pm says:

2 minutes, i cant wait..

:D

Cry of Fear, good luck, i hope that you will win ; )

Curse, I havent seen so mutch about you, but good luck too

And the other contenders :D

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 22 2009, 2:59pm says:

10 secs and counting.

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Bender411
Bender411 Feb 22 2009, 3:05pm says:

Wowha!!! Congratilations CURSE!!! All mods is nice!!!

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Stacho
Stacho Feb 22 2009, 3:06pm says:

Yupi Curse has won :P(i much prefer CoF but i like all mods for HL saga)

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P4TRICK
P4TRICK Feb 22 2009, 3:07pm says:

GZ CURSE!!! :D

IT WAS EPIC : )

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen Feb 22 2009, 3:09pm says:

Good job Curse, the video looked great.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Feb 22 2009, 3:09pm says:

Very Nice, can't wait to play curse!

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 22 2009, 3:13pm says:

Dosa, congrats. Curse looks fantastic and I look forward to playing. Definitely deserve this years Editors Choice imho.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 22 2009, 3:14pm says:

congrats to all the nominees.

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ruMpel
ruMpel Feb 22 2009, 3:14pm says:

Aww! CoF lose. :/

However, congrats Curse! ;P

Will it say which mod came to the 2nd place and etc?

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 3:15pm says:

Congratz Curse. I was hoping for you lightspire :'( maybe next time.

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 22 2009, 3:16pm says:

Congrats curse!

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