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.

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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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Ryswick17
Ryswick17 Feb 22 2009, 3:16pm says:

Great job curse :D

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AYANO
AYANO Feb 22 2009, 3:18pm says:

Congratulation to the winner. The mod looks interesteing indeed.

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo Feb 22 2009, 3:20pm says:

Congrats! You definitely deserve it and I can't wait for the first episode!

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Karnak
Karnak Feb 22 2009, 4:27pm says:

Mechwarrior: Living Legends straight up, these mods aint got no game

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um-tiki
um-tiki Feb 22 2009, 4:45pm says:

I didn't see that coming but it indeed sounds and looks cool, Congrats you guys deserved it

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Feb 22 2009, 4:56pm says:

Nehrim got my vote, but I don't know much about a few of them to be honest.

Congrats Curse!

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ianmnfla13
ianmnfla13 Feb 22 2009, 4:57pm says:

It's Good enough for a nomination right? ^-^

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 22 2009, 5:11pm says:

Another nice pick. I somehow though this one could make it. Good my prejudice would not have interfered with this choice if I made a bet. Up to the next one :D

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H3llM4rine
H3llM4rine Feb 22 2009, 5:44pm buried:

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Theres absolutely no reason Black Mesa: Source should not be here.

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Dr.Worm
Dr.Worm Feb 22 2009, 6:36pm replied:

Because they won last year. And they would have won again :P

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Feb 22 2009, 8:33pm replied:

and they're a licensing rip-off. and the HL derivative has been done to death. and there is nothing new about it.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 11:31pm replied:

Yeah but they made the first GOOD one.

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

Congrats to Curse. Very well done and most definitely deserved!

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ben72227
ben72227 Feb 22 2009, 5:45pm says:

Congrats to Curse from the Petrograd team! Well done guys ;-)

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BRKNnode
BRKNnode Feb 22 2009, 5:56pm says:

Congrats to Curse, I knew it was going to be either be one of the Crysis mods for the the Source/HL ones

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JohnBart
JohnBart Feb 22 2009, 6:33pm says:

Gratulálok Gábor! Csak így tovább! :-)
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Congratulations Gabor! Keep up the good work! :-)

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Feb 22 2009, 8:32pm says:

For MOTY 2008 I should add a fifth complaint;

5. Money-backed "indie" games slumming it for the street cred and free advertising.
Any game, no matter how "indie" should be DQed if they are being funded through the development stages.

I have my suspicions about some of these games, Lightspire, I'm looking at you!

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen Feb 22 2009, 9:35pm replied:

I'm sorry to be disappointing you.. However we are not funded. We don't have a dime in the project, no publishers, no investors. In fact we just recently got the "evaluation license" From Crytek a few weeks ago.

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ben72227
ben72227 Feb 22 2009, 10:31pm replied:

mikejkelley - don't be so quick to insinuate that a mod is being 'funded' just because it's higher quality than most of the other stuff out there; your attitude comes off as being extremely disdainful.

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SirBaron
SirBaron Feb 23 2009, 4:45am replied:

Hell I wish we got funding when we work on LightSpire, but sadly at the moment it's still a MOD.

Most of LightSpire's team is split around the world in places like US/UK/Europe/Japan, and we do this in our spare time outside of our work and lives.

It's just we have a talented team as well as many other Crysis mods, and that the Cryengine 2 can produce amazing results with a bit of work in comparison to other engines.

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Spooboy
Spooboy Feb 22 2009, 8:59pm says:

Congrats Curse.

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matrix121391
matrix121391 Feb 22 2009, 10:06pm says:

Not that I want to, but how do you uninstall this if I no longer want it taking up space? Do I just delete in the Mod folder in my Far Cry folder?

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Feb 23 2009, 12:07am says:

Congrats to the very talented Curse team. They have done a great job with the Source engine and looking forward to playing it when it comes out. Well done.

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Tokoya
Tokoya Feb 23 2009, 9:32am says:

Gratz Curse, looking forward to exploring your worm-infested tombs!

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enkas
enkas Feb 23 2009, 11:24am says:

somehow, i think, that cry of fear deserves to be in teh 1st place much moar than the curse

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AJDominion
AJDominion Feb 23 2009, 1:44pm says:

To be truthful I never heard of any of these that made it, but congrats to those that made it

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Au-heppa
Au-heppa Feb 24 2009, 3:33pm says:

Congrats to Curse

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TOP-Proto
TOP-Proto Feb 25 2009, 6:13pm says:

well done to Curse, i wish UT3 was as popular as half-life :P

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Chαrli
Chαrli Feb 26 2009, 12:37pm says:

lol, they didn't even mention black mesa?!

but congrats to Curse, looks really interesting!^^

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mikael1610
mikael1610 Mar 3 2009, 9:51am says:

I was a little suprised when i did not see black mesa on the list. But i think this curse might be worth a try in the future.

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