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Mod of the Year 2009 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Mod

Posted by Henley on Jan 29th, 2010

2009 was the year that has had the most new profiles created to date, and my mods updating. To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2009 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo. Here are the Editors of ModDB's top selection of 2009.

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei
offers a new and unique fast-paced gaming experience based on the hit Japanese anime Naruto. Combining aspects of a third-person shooter and an action-based fighter, players will be able to go head-to-head against others online casting clever and powerful jutsus, performing evasive, acrobatic, and free-form movement and melee, and utilizing an array of weapons with multiple functions.

Cry of Fear
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?

is an action adventure mod in a fantastic world on flying islands eons after the world has collapsed from overexploitation.

Zeitgeist puts the player into our world, seventy five years ago - except that it's not the world as we know it. The story as it is now, although it might still be changed - time is in a constant flow. History: it is often defined by minor events, resulting in major changes.

September 1997, somewhere in Russia. 58 years have passed since the complex has been cut off from the outside world. You wake up in an abandoned tunnel, without even a name .

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AllMightyOne Jan 30 2010, 8:38pm says:

naruto win >.> lol

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Magirock Jan 30 2010, 10:14pm says:

The Editors are making the same mistake they made when they voted "Dead Before Dawn" as the best upcoming mod... Oh, the nightmare repeats itself... Talented modders who rely on "original" (remember that, wherever you like it or not, nothing is 100% original nowadays) ideas are getting slapped on the face once again.

I believe that every single mod on the list, except for Naruto, had a chance to win. Hopefully us players with our votes can ensure that the original mods which do deserve recognition for their professionalism and amount of work spent on them.

Again, don't get me wrong, Naruto is a well-made mod and maybe slightly fun to play but... Come on... 3D Fighting Game based on an Anime... Yaaaaaaaawn.

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MiniHendrix Jan 30 2010, 11:34pm says:

It seems to me that RainDrop is highly anticipated.
I'll check it out later.

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HellsHigh Jan 31 2010, 12:11am says:

Naruto... >_>

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ESGDelusional Jan 31 2010, 2:54am says:

So many butthurt players here. Why don't you see what wins PLAYER'S choice instead of crying?

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dave_5430 Jan 31 2010, 5:40am says:

You gotta be freakin' ******** me.

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Mr.John Jan 31 2010, 9:07am says:


Either CoF, Raindrop or Zeitgeist. BUT NARUTO!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?


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SnakeTheFox Jan 31 2010, 5:55pm says:

Oh come on, Naruto shouldn't win on the grounds of it being, you know, Naruto.

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KarrdeKNR Feb 1 2010, 4:43am says:

Heh, love reading these posts. So many ppl hating on NNK because they're biased against the source material. 'course if I had my way with a lot of these awards, no FPS would ever win. Been done to death. Though airborn and zeitgesit both have interesting visuals. What we need more of in the mod scene is ppl trying to make game genres that haven't been thought of yet.

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VagrantPostman Feb 1 2010, 8:25pm says:

you pronounced seedgeist wrong. xDDD

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AlekZanDer Feb 2 2010, 12:45am says:

NNK is released. Why is it here?

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Niurvindol Feb 2 2010, 10:36am says:

man, naruto shouldn't have won its not a unique game... its exactly like the dbz mod for half-life
its not that its a bad game, though the anime has turned to crap, but just by a quick glance into some of the other mods pages, naruto shouldnt have had a chance

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KarrdeKNR Feb 2 2010, 1:46pm replied:

You ever played ESF? That's like saying CS and Natural Selection were identical mods because they both had guns.

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Niurvindol Feb 2 2010, 10:56pm replied:

yes a have, i used to play it alot... great game and this is almost exactly like it besides it being naruto and having a different keyboard set up. The melee system is altered and you have to handsign your jutsu, but everythuing else is pretty much the same

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DJ-Ready Feb 3 2010, 4:58am says:

I win, you loose.
I'm happy, you're raging about it.
Not caring about random guys raging on the internet sure is great.

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MiniHendrix Feb 3 2010, 11:02pm replied:

Well said.

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ChaoticNeutral Feb 4 2010, 8:04pm says:

WHAT THE ****?!

******* NARUTARDS!

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methy Feb 9 2010, 1:41am says:

A bit sad. In our day, originality reigned supreme. Still, congrats to all those whom the editors chose.

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TehPlazmon Feb 21 2010, 3:33pm says:

wtf? no FOK mod!?!

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EricFong Mar 5 2010, 3:24am says:

Yay, some cry of fear montage, god, what the hell is that?

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Supalji Apr 23 2010, 3:53pm says:

ha, naruto owns you all.

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Cremat0r Jun 12 2010, 1:49am says:

Naruto wins?
How can it win with Zeitgeist and Raindrop, 2 über-mods, as competition!?

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najeebshah Jul 6 2010, 8:18pm says:

narutards ****** u ,esf is better

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