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Mod of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Mod

Posted by Henley on Dec 19th, 2010

2010 was the year that has had the most new profiles created to date, and many mods updating with new media and news! To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo. We have made special cases for both Dear Esther and Earth's Special Forces due to the length between the last release, the nature of the new update and the quality + quantity of media released throughout 2010. Here are the Editors of ModDB's and our judges top selection of 2010.

Dear EstherDear Esther
is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe

Cry of FearCry of Fear
is a singleplayer modification of total conversion Half-Life which brings you the horror you've always been afraid of. It's all made exclusively by the developers. It also uses new gaming styles that you will rarely find in Half-Life mods, such as advanced cutscenes and other stuff that will be revealed at a later date.

Hexen: Edge of ChaosHexen: Edge of Chaos
is based on the original Hexen game that was developed by id Software and Raven Software. The story ties into the expansion packs and also touches upon the Heretic narrative; especially the incredible atmosphere painted into these rich worlds and their darkling journeys.

Earths Special ForcesEarth's Special Forces
is a fast paced, 3rd person fighter based on the hit anime, Dragonball Z. Select your favorite character and fly, power up, transform, melee, and beam your enemies into pulp. Each character is given signature moves and abilities to compliment different style of play. Some are stronger in hand to hand combat, others are better with energy attacks.

Blade SymphonyBlade Symphony
is a game built on the Source Engine featuring fierce duels in an alternate universe. Play as the cyber-ninja Hokuten Assassins, the fabled Black Rose knights, or as the shinobi and ronin Vagrants.

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D3ads Dec 19 2010, 1:06pm says:


Good luck to all nominees :)

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ImADragon Dec 19 2010, 2:11pm replied:

im right with ya

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Medevila Dec 19 2010, 9:33pm replied:

Dear Esther deserved it, but Cry of Fear is amazing too.

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Slevo Jan 1 2011, 1:04pm replied:

i love how the second they play ESF it instantly makes all the other games look like crap ;) i think esf doesent win these years is because they already won so many times before esf would just win all of the mod awards seriously so true.

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Radu_IceMan Dec 19 2010, 1:08pm says:

My prediction will fulfill!

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Splinesplitter Dec 19 2010, 1:10pm says:

Dear Esther, I wish you luck.

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Highmist Dec 19 2010, 1:15pm says:

Aww, im stuck. Blade or CoF. Ah well, best wishes to both!

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Pablo79 Dec 19 2010, 1:18pm says:

ESF! Win!

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JohnnyMaverik Dec 19 2010, 1:19pm says:

Dear Esther FTW

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TSP-FriendlyFire Dec 19 2010, 1:19pm says:

I'm let down by the choices. Looking at this it seems HL1/2 are the only viable modding platforms and everything else is "well too bad".

Guess I should've expected it, though.

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dsi1 Dec 19 2010, 1:44pm replied:

Large amount of mods on the engine means it is statistically more likely to have a large amount of winning mods on that engine ;p

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TSP-FriendlyFire Dec 19 2010, 2:10pm replied:

I only see Half-Life 1+2 having 20-30% of total mod count. In order for them to garner 80% of the top spots, that means 60% of mods aren't even worth thinking about?

Even going off the Top 100 list, which should account for the dead mods being filtered out, HL2 has 30% and HL1 has 4%. Does that sound proportional?..

I'm not denying that there's a lot of quality releases, but share the love, guys!

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Vcc2cc Dec 19 2010, 3:09pm replied:

HL1 is what? 13 years old? It's sorta surprising that people are still modding for it. So, considering its age, I think having mods like sven coop, cry of fear, paranoia, and natural selection still popular today is a good sign, despite the games age.

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Medevila Dec 19 2010, 9:34pm replied:

According to the list of all mods, Source mods make up ~40% of ModDB's mods.

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BunnyJen Dec 21 2010, 7:49am replied:

Does it matter what engine it's on? Isn't it about the game not the engine? Or am I wrong here. :/

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Tatsur0 Dec 19 2010, 1:24pm says:

I'm looking forward to the results on this one and can't predict which will win but I'm quite a fan of Dear Esther and wish em luck.

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alienzkiller Dec 19 2010, 1:27pm says:


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cW#Ravenblood Dec 19 2010, 1:31pm says:

Nice mods, lets see who gets it :)

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auroraparadox Dec 19 2010, 1:33pm says:

Best of luck to Blade Symphony.

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Rny Dec 19 2010, 1:34pm says:

Cry of Fear and Dear Esther are truly sweet mod's. BUT I CAN VOTE ONLY FOR ONE D:

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Lord_of_Sausage Dec 19 2010, 1:37pm says:

Blade symphony all the way! (across the sky!)

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Catalyst440 Dec 19 2010, 1:39pm says:

To me, the only innovative one is blade symphony, So personally I would love to see that win, But the others are very impressive none the less.

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dsi1 Dec 19 2010, 8:05pm replied:

Blade Symphony looks innovative on the gameplay front, but Dear Esther is well... look at it, and that's on Source Engine!

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LORDDEREX Dec 19 2010, 1:45pm says:

Dear Esther
Cry of fear
One of those i must be, even if i must say: i think they have made it very good the Cry of fear, since it is for hl1!

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majorD2 Dec 19 2010, 1:46pm says:


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PytoX Dec 19 2010, 1:51pm says:

Cmon Hexen EOC :D

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Lord Azrael
Lord Azrael Dec 19 2010, 1:53pm says:

darn! everytime same thing, half-live, counterstrike and stuff like that but what about other games like Halo and CNC?

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feillyne Dec 19 2010, 2:22pm replied:

It's still Editors Choice, not Members Choice. So you know, it's their right to nominate whoever they like. :-)

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alienzkiller Dec 19 2010, 1:54pm says:

you know we should vote now like in music idol

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ImADragon Dec 19 2010, 2:07pm says:

Cmon cry of fear!!!!!! woooooooooo
you re great!!!!!

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phipe Dec 19 2010, 2:10pm says:

I root for Cry of Fear.

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ZitaX Dec 19 2010, 2:18pm says:

Cry of Fear! Cry of Fear! Cry of Fear! Cry of Fear! etc ....

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MrCowThing Dec 19 2010, 2:22pm says:

I'm rooting for Blade Symphony, those guys have been working hard!

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Heaney Dec 19 2010, 2:23pm buried:


WTF... I don't know a SINGLE mod on this list...

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LORDDEREX Dec 19 2010, 4:03pm replied:

well then u have missed a big deal, time to start looking on some great mods: start with Sven coop.

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Heaney Dec 20 2010, 1:28pm replied:

I have downloaded more than 25 mods from here...

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Lazy6pyro Dec 21 2010, 9:02am replied:

There's a ton more than 25 mods on here....

The whole point of the MoTY is for people to not only give back to the mods they love but for people to get exposed to new, quality mods that they track and subsequently enjoy. I don't understand why you are sort of angry that mods you knew didn't make the list; I would be joyous that I have found 5 new mods to track.

I guess people don't think like me... :/

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Henford Dec 22 2010, 7:02pm replied:

Amen to that.

I don't understand people getting all bitchy about their mod not winning an award. If you are not modding for the joy of it, you shouldn't be modding in the first place.

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Vcc2cc Dec 19 2010, 2:41pm says:


Cry of Fear in second FTSP (for the second place)

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TensaZangetsu Dec 19 2010, 2:57pm says:


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Suicide_Machine Dec 19 2010, 3:04pm says:

Update it already xD

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Splinesplitter Dec 19 2010, 3:07pm says:

It just had to happen! Big congrats to Robert, Dan and everybody else who works on this marvelous mod!

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Radu_IceMan Dec 19 2010, 3:07pm says:

Dear Esther won!

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Mr.Walrus Dec 19 2010, 3:09pm says:

A well deserved victory!

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ImADragon Dec 19 2010, 3:11pm says:

awwww man cry of fear doest win...
at least is 2nd place :)

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urinal-cake Dec 19 2010, 3:13pm says:

personally speaking, not for the rest of puny human and the blade symphony team -- everyone nominated were great, but hot damn i'm glad we lost to dear esther. that **** is soo ccassshh.

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Ansob Dec 19 2010, 3:33pm replied:

I am pretty sure the rest of the team is going to agree with you, u-c. I certainly do.

Congrats to Robert & co. for a well-deserved win, and hurry up and get Dear Esther out already. :P

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TALON_UK Dec 19 2010, 3:16pm says:

Never heard of it before, but looking at that video Dear Esther is a beautiful looking mod. Congrats guys, well deserved.

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KarrdeKNR Dec 19 2010, 3:18pm says:

Well, we over at ESF didn't win, but I'm glad we got the nomination nonetheless. That being said, you have no idea how bad I want to play Dear Esther :P Congrats.

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KindredPhantom Dec 19 2010, 3:26pm says:

They are all winners in their own way.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Dec 19 2010, 3:32pm replied:

true true.

but "dear esther" just a weeeeee bit more then the others ;D
(dude seriously, look at these shots...)

congrats for all the nominations and the winner ofc. :)

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