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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After 114,000 votes, you have chosen this years best upcoming mod.

Posted by INtense! on Feb 28th, 2009
Event Coverage

Everyday, ModDB's front page fills with news of recent development updates for projects on every platfrom. Many mods have recognized ModDB as the #1 contributor to the well-being of the community around their mod. The gathering of both gamers and developers that make up our audience and the easy accessibility to them have been the main tenets behind ModDB's success.

The players' choice awards were designed to gauge which mods and indie games hold the most clout among ModDB's community. 2008 saw a large number of quality projects come to fruition, with yet many more to see an eventual release in 2009. The mods listed here are the top five choices ModDB members are anticipating. We've already seen one release since the close of voting (Mideast Crisis 2) and there's a very good chance we'll see the rest release sometime this year.



Honorable Mentions

We would like recognize the mods Black Mesa (Half-Life 2) and Mechwarrior Living Legends (Crysis) who both polled extremely strongly and would have made the top 5. However, because each has already made this list in past years, they are ineligible from making the top 5 again in this category.

Surface Tension Promo Catapult in the woods


5.Third Age
Medieval 2: Total War

Third_Age wrote:'Third Age - Total War' is a total conversion modification for Medieval II: Total War that brings you into the world of Middle-Earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is currently well under development and boasts a variety of new features:
Play epic and strategically demanding battles with the armies of middle earth and there respective heroes. An extensive playable campaign map of middle earth featuring locations taken straight from Middle Earth Lore. 12 unique factions, including Gondor, Rohan, High and Silvan elves, Dwarves, Eriador, Dale, Isengard, Mordor, Rhun, Harad and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. There is lots more to discover including Improved AI, unique sounds, music, movies, custom artwork amoung many other new features. Nearing the last stages of development, with an active community, the Third Age is a must have for all fantasy and Lord of the rings fans alike.

Falls of Rauros Isengard Preview Isengard Preview


4.Mideast Crisis 2
C&C Tiberium Wars

Mideast_Crisis_2 wrote:"Mideast Crisis 2"(MeC2) is a total conversion for "Command and Conquer 3: Tiberian Wars" by Isotx as the sequel to its "Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour" conversion "Mideast Crisis". Isotx teamed up with Derelict Studios, in which the staff for MeC2 is largely composed out of core team members from past SAGE engine mods such as; Blitzkrieg 2, Halogen (now known as Asylum), Mideast Crisis and Rise of Rome. Features include 3 distinct factions; Israel Defense Forces, the Guardians of Islam and the UN Peacekeepers which you can play in both multiplayer and singleplayer spanning maps (and missions) from Beirut to Jerusalem. MeC2's gameplay focuses on occupation warfare within cities using 3 types of resources; money (from occupation taxes), fuel (from oil derricks and gas stations) and special ammunition (from ammo crates). We're also bringing back secondary resources in the form of; embedded reporters, settlements and hacking.

February MEC2 Screenshots GOI T-90 February MEC2 Screenshots


3.Renegade X
Unreal Tournament 3

Renegade_X wrote:Renegade X (formerly known as Renegade 2007) is a mod dedicated to recreating C&C Renegade in the new generation engine, the Unreal Engine 3. We all believe the Command and Conquer series is a very special one, and its fans have been following its games for over a decade now. C&C has been one of the most successful videogame series in the RTS Genre. Our modding team believes that C&C Renegade is truly a hidden gem in the FPS genre.
C&C Renegade's specialty was its multiplayer mode, because it was not mindless killing like most games. A player was thrown into a battle as soon as he joined a server, in which teamplay was the only way to win. The game revolves around a war between the Global Defense Initiative, and the Brotherhood of Nod. Each faction would have their own base of operations consisting of buildings. A team had to work together to destroy the enemy base, while keeping theirs intact. By simply switching engines, our team will have fixed many of C&C Renegade's faults. The original game had many problems such as bad netcoding, poor graphics, glitches, etc. Our main goal is to bring this great gameplay to the masses, all the graphical enhancements is merely just icing on the cake.

Nod Engineer ingame on Field Renegade-X Vehicles 2009 New Years Update


2.Neotokyo
Half-Life 2

Neotokyo wrote:Neotokyo takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare. After a near-successful military coup by ranking members of Jinrai, the National Security Force (NSF) is formed - answering directly to the Prime Minister, it's mission is to investigate and eliminate all threats to Japan, both abroad and at home. The initial core of the NSF is made from an exodus from within the intelligence branch of the military. With this betrayal begins the war in the shadows between the NSF and Jinrai. Neotokyo is a first person shooter that aims to provide a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.

NT Jitte_Short Weapon Preview NT_Gensai Map Preview NT NSF Recon01 Preview


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1.Dead Before Dawn
Left 4 Dead

Dead_Before_Dawn wrote:Dead Before Dawn features Crossroads Mall as a replica of the mall in the movie, Dawn of the Dead. Originally created for the HL2 Mod, No More Room in Hell but has since been undergoing major changes to be ported to Valve's Left 4 Dead. The campaign sports various locations from the movie, including:
  • The Crossroads Mall
  • Andy's Gunshop
  • Anna's House
  • The Park
Dead Before Dawn Poster Crossroads Mall Crossroads Mall


Post comment Comments  (100 - 150 of 268)
Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 28 2009, 12:30pm says:

Now that had been a huge let down compared with editors choice. It's like having had some epic meal and how you get a filthy cheese burger. How the L4D map pack got 1st spot is beyond me though. Not to say that map packs can be good but if you see then real mods like TNM for example which totally change anything and poured years of work into something ready to deliver and then a map pack sweeps them away... that's rather disheartening. This gives people the idea that modding is not getting you anywhere since a mod pack wins it all.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 12:45pm replied:

Very well said, the editors choice awards were great, the outcome of this however wasn't very satisfying.
Like reybag said though, this was more a popularity contest then a best mod contest, so you could say Dead before Dawn won fair and square...

+1 karma to you :)

+2 votes     reply to comment
Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 28 2009, 1:06pm replied:

That's correct, it is a popularity contest. But check this out. Editors choice does not net the winners a monetary price ( no matter if in the shape of money or some hardware/software ) but players choice does. It somehow breaks my heart ( as an indie game dev ) to see a price handed over to a map pack instead of a mod project which took years to complete. For me a monetary price is a reward for your work. I think it should be swapped. Monetary prices for editors choice and players choice only for the fame.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 2:26pm replied:

oh right prices, yeah editor's choices should really get the prices.
oh well maybe they'll change it next year... I hope

+1 vote     reply to comment
Ravelo
Ravelo Feb 28 2009, 12:32pm says:

left before dawn? I do not think so.

The others mods are betters than this. This "mod" is L4D with makeup.

Booooooooooo people :(

+8 votes     reply to comment
AYANO
AYANO Feb 28 2009, 12:33pm says:

Well, the users voted. So all we can do is congratulate the winners. Even if we do not agree with the majority of the voters. :)

+2 votes     reply to comment
Robok
Robok Feb 28 2009, 12:35pm says:

I'd pick Neotokyo or even Black Mesa, but I guess since the players voted for it then whatever, probably because the L4D release hype is still going :/

+2 votes     reply to comment
MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb Feb 28 2009, 12:41pm says:

my update said Neotokyo won, but all these comments say Dawn won. Whats going on???

+1 vote     reply to comment
DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 12:46pm replied:

My update says it's Best upcoming mod too :P BUT the reason for that is just the name of the article, it doesn't mean NeoTokyo won hehe.

+1 vote     reply to comment
LongBottom
LongBottom Feb 28 2009, 12:56pm says:

What is up with the layout of this page?! You come to the page, scroll down and no you just naturally hit the scores so you see them first!

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 12:59pm says:

eh here I go again(boy I'm making lots of comments today)

after the day in review really, I must say though, that while Dead before Dawn can't really be called a mod, it still won, since it's a mod in a way... just not the way most of us may be used too.

And after all since it was listed as mod and this is really a popularity contest, it won.

If it were about the best mod, it would have never made this top 5, but let's face it, it's not about the best mod, but about the most popular.

So ModDB guys, I don't know if u do any modding yourself, but I guess for most of us, this was REALLY hard to swallow. Even harder because the editor's choice which was more like a best mod/indie game is just barely behind us, the switch between best to most popular is therefore rather confusing.
Like I said, after the day in review I must rly say it's a popularity contest. When considering Dead before Dawn as mod then it's fair it won.(although it is rather unclear whether it can be really called that)

But regardless, I would like to apologize to ModDB and Dead before Dawn, in a way I and some others may have been wrong. So please excuse us cause like I said, something like this snatching the first spot is hard to swallow, whether it's a fair win or not.

So... congratulations Dead before Dawn, and to the guys over at ModDB, I hope you guys will try to either make the border between mod and map more clear in the feature or make the difference between most popular and "best" more clear. Or both :P

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WhiteBear
WhiteBear Feb 28 2009, 1:07pm says:

I think the whole idea in moty is quite badly implemented. I think we should be able to vote along the year and remove our votes as we want till the new year.
Current system leaves all those good mods have been quite the kick *** over the year.

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb Feb 28 2009, 1:12pm replied:

That is a great idea.

And this page is confusing. I saw "winner" next to Neotokyo. This layout sucks.

+3 votes     reply to comment
stenchy
stenchy Feb 28 2009, 1:44pm replied:

You can't read numbers?

-3 votes     reply to comment
DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 2:28pm replied:

no, on modwatch he saw an update come out when this article came out, only the title is shown and the title shows: Best upcoming mod.
So it's not surprising some people get all happy that it won, until the moment they read the actual article.

+2 votes     reply to comment
sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 1:35pm replied:

That defeats the purpose of voting. It becomes more of a survey.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Feb 28 2009, 1:10pm says:

A map pack won first place? That's freaking insane. I checked out the current video for it and it's nothing more than a new map + Vanilla L4D. I honestly believe it was rigged.

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Mularac
Mularac Feb 28 2009, 1:34pm says:

for all that's worth (i too agree that a map pack shouldn't be considered a mod, don't get me wrong) but so far it's an "upcoming" mod. For all we know it could eventually display all those things, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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BFG_Punkbuster
BFG_Punkbuster Feb 28 2009, 1:39pm replied:

dead before dawn is more than a simple custom map. If you create every single static for a map as large as this you can speak of a "mini mod" without shame. Imagine a extra large map for CoD or BF or Crysis with dozens of custom buildings and objects. It's "only" a map but compare it to a regular custom where you'll find only objetcs and buildings that you already know.

Question: has any of you seen the video from the mall? Take a look and we talk again ;)

-4 votes     reply to comment
sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 2:18pm replied:

This is a campaign. It consist of more than just the mall map.

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BFG_Punkbuster
BFG_Punkbuster Feb 28 2009, 2:40pm replied:

yes, I know, It was designed as a map for another mod and then redesigned as campaign for L4D. So it is one large map that serves as a campaign.

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BFG_Punkbuster
BFG_Punkbuster Feb 28 2009, 1:35pm says:

What about the other two categories? It was said that the "MOTY" will be announced by the last day of februar. Everybody's waiting ;)

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 1:39pm says:

This thread screams ignorant fanboys.

-4 votes     reply to comment
DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 2:31pm replied:

Dead before Dawn screams that, most comments in this thread are probably by actual developers.
You on the other hand don't seem to be a developer, why are you even partaking in this discussion?

+1 vote     reply to comment
sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 2:50pm buried:

(buried)

Look at all the post ratings. Majority of the voice is from ignorant fanboys.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 3:03pm replied:

call me stupid, but I don't see what you mean, when I look at "post" ratings I see +'s on people stating what every or almost every developer here is thinking and -'s on those posts that are the fanboys.
Maybe half are fanboys but don't think the majority of the comments here are from fanboys.

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 3:15pm replied:

Really because those just stating that facts that people don't like get voted down. Also, people still don't understand the difference between a mappack and a mod, and those that explain it without bias is voted down.

Almost everyone that states its just a mappack. Yet in reality, that term was pretty much used especially for Mods back in the 90's. So...

Awww, got love the TC's for Duke 3d. :D

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 3:36pm replied:

And yes, I am a developer. Just not a modder.

+1 vote     reply to comment
DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 3:51pm replied:

aight, you also gotta agree though that there's more maps/map packs out there that aren't being called mod, why should Dead before Dawn be an exception and take away the price that was meant for the real modders, that deal in more aspects then modding then just level design.

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 6:35pm replied:

Agreed. Although for the sake of consistency, they are still considered mods. Its the fact that we call them mods and not TC's that creates the confusion. Mods, back when things start, were suppose to encompass skin replacements, static mesh packs, map packs, Total Conversions, sound replacements, and more. Anything that modified the original game. It was the mainstream public which chose to classify Mods as an exclusive name for TC's.

I do believe Neotokyo should've taken first place though.

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Mapiarz
Mapiarz Feb 28 2009, 1:48pm says:

I am disappointed in you, community. Its not that Dead before Dawn "mod" won, its the popularity of L4D.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Mkilbride
Mkilbride Feb 28 2009, 1:50pm says:

Doesn't matter. I believe Hard Work should be rewarded. DBD put about a months work into a map and won over people who have poured work in to their mods for years, achieving things DBD's devs only wish they could do.

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KorJax
KorJax Feb 28 2009, 2:14pm replied:

So why not have a best mapping catagory instead? MOTY implies things that change the game and are better than the competitors. If the game is the same and the only thing that is changed is where you run around on, then it's not changing the game it's mapping.

+14 votes     reply to comment
Mkilbride
Mkilbride Feb 28 2009, 3:09pm replied:

I agree to this. Maybe a map of the year is more fair.

+4 votes     reply to comment
MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan Feb 28 2009, 7:02pm replied:

Not true, end of story.

+1 vote     reply to comment
AlCool
AlCool Feb 28 2009, 9:56pm replied:

Don't you mean DEV (Singular)

+2 votes     reply to comment
[R-DEV]Rhino
[R-DEV]Rhino Feb 28 2009, 1:54pm says:

Well done Dead Before Dawn Team, I was only expecting you guys to get into the top 5 by the way the votes where going, didn't expect you to win hehe. Well done to all the runner ups too, espically Renegade X, really looking forward to your guys work :)

+2 votes     reply to comment
f0rqu3
f0rqu3 Feb 28 2009, 2:11pm buried:

(buried)

People voted and DBD won. Your favorite upcoming mod couldn't make it.
Get over it and respect people's choice.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 5:29am replied:

"People voted and DBD won. Your favorite upcoming mod couldn't make it.
Get over it and respect people's choice."
what part you didn't get again

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AlCool
AlCool Mar 1 2009, 8:17am replied:

We DO have a CHOICE to argue that a map does NOT count as a mod in a modding contest. Because NO it doesn't GO to the DBD page and look at what people write as they voted. It's a waste of a game engine, it's a waste of this contest.

I'm not sure you can even understand the arguments here, because your posts make me believe that no, you don't.

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KorJax
KorJax Feb 28 2009, 2:13pm says:

Here's what doesnt' make sense to me:

1. How did project reality win Editor's Choice MOTY for an update when it already won MOTY last year, and yet MWLL is disqualified from even being in the top 5 for Unreleased MOTY.... even though it didn't win and just got in the top 5 last year? Sure, makes sense.

2. How the hell did a map-pack even qualify for a mod?

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 28 2009, 2:33pm replied:

1. I believe in the rules it stated, that once an update was released it becomes qualified again to win moty. Don't know how big the update has to be though.

2. That's what everyone but the fanboys wondered about(and some got ****** about)

+3 votes     reply to comment
BFG_Punkbuster
BFG_Punkbuster Feb 28 2009, 2:38pm says:

Project Reality made the second place and is therefore allowed to participate again.

+2 votes     reply to comment
KorJax
KorJax Feb 28 2009, 4:43pm replied:

MWLL made 4th place, yet is disqualified, so that rationing doesn't make sense.

According to these "rules" that apparently now mean "any mod that's ever been in the MOTY awards in any way shape or form is DQ in a category", then Project Reality should not have won 1st place for Editor's Choice MOTY.

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ChiefRyza
ChiefRyza Feb 28 2009, 10:52pm replied:

Project Reality has released 3 huge updates since the last Mod of the Year, which saw PR 0.7 take second place. Since then PR has evolved a HEAP and so the shear amount of content and gameplay changes (revolutionary changes in PR) gives it the right to be eligible for MOTY 2008.

I agree with the things said about DBD, but theres nothing that can be done about it now. Not everything in the world is sugarcoated.

+2 votes     reply to comment
sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 28 2009, 2:49pm says:

Let me be honest. I'm not saying Dead Before Dawn should've of won the #1 place, i'm just stating that it fits the classification of a mod. Honestly, Neotokyo should've of one, but this is the thing about public voting, people will complain.

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CSargeP
CSargeP Feb 28 2009, 2:49pm says:

ModDB really screwed up on this one. A map? Seriously? I hope this is a joke. And after all this freaking waiting with the editors choices.

+9 votes     reply to comment
TheMegaMaster
TheMegaMaster Feb 28 2009, 3:03pm says:

ModDB, tell me, what is a MAPPER going to do with a whole GAME ENGINE? It´s a shame to waste that great price to someone that can´t even use it! (If he could, he would make DBD a mod.)

+13 votes     reply to comment
Mkilbride
Mkilbride Feb 28 2009, 3:11pm replied:

I agree man. It's a sad thing when these mappers are getting perks that real devs should be getting.

+8 votes     reply to comment
JeepRubi
JeepRubi Feb 28 2009, 4:58pm replied:

I completely agree, if it wasn't for Dead before dawn, then renegade-x team would be getting a torque engine license, and I can assure you that we would be doing something with it! I can't possibly imagine what some mappers are going to do with a game engine! What are mappers going to do with books on 3d design and animation? It seems that many of these prizes are going to waste when most real mods would greatly benifit from them.

I've lost much of my respect for the moty awards and moddb in general. Shouldn't Dead before dawn be listed as an addon anyway? Like every other freaking map pack.

+7 votes     reply to comment
RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Feb 28 2009, 6:40pm replied:

I totally agree with you. The awards are for mod developers, to help them PRODUCE modifications, nay, with the prizes, full commercial games! The entire purpose for the awards in the first place, based on the awards. So now, a couple of mappers are laughing, with all the prizes and have no idea what to do with them.

A complete waste of time to even promote a mod for the awards (really, promoting ModDB so they can draw in more sponsorship and revenue) if all of the promotion and hard work of dedicated modification developers are going to be rewarded with giggling, click happy L4D fans voting for the first L4D map pack. All I can say is, it is a travesty.

I would like to say sorry to all honest and hard working, real mod creation teams, as I help promote this farce as well.

+8 votes     reply to comment
[NE]Fobby[GEN]
[NE]Fobby[GEN] Feb 28 2009, 8:02pm replied:

I'm going to have to agree with this. The Torque license may go to waste with the Dead Before Dawn mod, considering it's a map pack that does not quite modify the game. What are mappers going to be doing with the engine as opposed to actual mod teams, like the other 4 finalists? Dead Before Dawn should just get an honorable mention, like Black Mesa did.

+8 votes     reply to comment
Havoc89
Havoc89 Feb 28 2009, 8:57pm replied:

I have to agree completely. The worst part is that there is an engine going to waste, when it can be harnessed and pushed to it's limit by people whom know how to do just that.

+5 votes     reply to comment
M@ty
M@ty Mar 1 2009, 5:22am replied:

I agree also.

Wasted prizes completely, mods like Renegade-X and Neotokyo would make far better use of such engines.

That and I completely agree with every single one of the comments above DBD being a map pack.

My respect and support for MOTY just flew out the window, I'm afraid. Its not easy saying that when I'm such a long-time avid user and supporter of this site.

I hope the editors heed this year's comments and make sure next year sees the approporiate changes.

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