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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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leon.ladisic Jan 29 2010, 7:02am says:

Go Raindrop,Go Raindrop,GOO RAINDROP!

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Killer_man_1996 Jan 29 2010, 12:49pm replied:


Let's wait some time :D


No City 17 Episode One

But i like Raindrop

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MrtwovideoCards Jan 29 2010, 7:34pm replied:

Raindrop should of won!

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Mars_3K Jan 30 2010, 9:09am replied:

Naruto?! WTF are you people smoking?

Raindrop all the way tbh.

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claytonian Jan 31 2010, 1:54pm replied:

****** Narutards.

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Tazmily Feb 2 2010, 1:10pm replied:


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MrtwovideoCards Feb 2 2010, 8:42pm replied:


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Grega Feb 3 2010, 8:09am replied:

Say what you want but to make the HL1 engine look that great and to have updates every single week deserves praise.

The video mentioned that it won mainly due to the constant updates.

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Ke:th Feb 8 2010, 7:02pm replied:

So you're telling me you only give a **** about making an hl1 engine look good? Heh, good principle.

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Danboe Jan 29 2010, 7:04am says:

Let's see how Cry of Fear fares this time, seeing that there's no CURSE upon it. :P

I think CoF and Raindrop are the most interesting.

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DuckSauce Jan 29 2010, 7:05am says:

Hmmm tough one.
Btw didn't the Naruto mod already release?

It released in 2010, but still it seems weird, even if it was a 2009 upcoming mod :)

Anyway I'm personally not too interested in any of these though they all look great mod, Nauz is working on Zeitgeist though so I'll be rooting for that one.

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Nauz Jan 29 2010, 11:09am replied:


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Khameli Jan 29 2010, 7:19am says:

NARUTOOOOOOO..... no w8..... isnt it released already?

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medve Jan 29 2010, 8:20am replied:

it's released :D

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Grega Feb 3 2010, 8:07am replied:

Yea but this is for the year 2009 and NNK was released in 2010

Itll be in the releasedmods category next year.

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Radu_IceMan Jan 29 2010, 7:22am says:

Raindrop ftw!

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Twitwi Jan 29 2010, 7:23am says:

Raindrop really, I can't wait for it

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AshtonAndersen Jan 29 2010, 7:44am says:

Airborn looks amazing

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Gman366 Jan 29 2010, 8:17am says:

Really glad to see Raindrop on this list. GO RAINDROP!

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Robok Jan 29 2010, 8:17am says:

I'd say either Raindrop or Airborn. Airborn particularly reminded me of fond memories in Japanese PSX games (RPGs and others) following the same theme, and Raindrop because obviously the quality of level design is amazing, the general idea itself is very interesting too.

Keeping my fingers crossed though, my guesses are not too good (I mean, last time I guessed either NS2 or E.Y.E., and it was neither...).

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Jonko Jan 29 2010, 8:19am says:

Zeitgeist, go go go!

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Getro Jan 29 2010, 8:41am says:

Where's Black Mesa? Anyway i hope that Raindrop wins this one.

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MrtwovideoCards Jan 29 2010, 7:36pm replied:


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NightSage Jan 29 2010, 9:12pm replied:

Yeah, really. Where IS black mesa? It's not out yet? lol

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Mastix Jan 29 2010, 8:42am says:

It can be pretty weird if Naruto or Airborn will win cause you can actualy play both of them already. so it kinda ruins the idea of upcoming?

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Kamikazi[Uk] Jan 29 2010, 8:47am says:

Airborn looks the most intresting there but never played any.

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Roland_Shaw Jan 29 2010, 8:52am says:

Its all about Raindrop

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staberas Jan 29 2010, 8:53am says:

We all know Cry of Fear will WIN

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TryForceX Jan 29 2010, 8:53am says:

Naruto is probably in "upcomming" because it wasnt released in 2009, it released on the 10th jan. 2010.

it's amazing to see 2 halflife1 mod's on this list.

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cW#Ravenblood Jan 29 2010, 9:06am says:

Zeitgeist or Raindrop!
Lets see!

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Mr.Walrus Jan 29 2010, 9:43am says:

I cant decide between Airborn, Zeitgeist, or Raindrop! They are all so good!

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Jokerme Jan 29 2010, 9:49am says:

They are all very good, I can't decide.

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NullSoldier Jan 29 2010, 9:49am says:

All are great possible winners. This looks like it's going to be a close one.

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R0b Jan 29 2010, 10:04am says:

Raindrop! Though I might be slightly biased...

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Classic319 Jan 29 2010, 10:04am says:

Zeitgeist is just kind of art!

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MrMattWebb Jan 29 2010, 10:20am says:

Airborn! :D

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Spenzerr Jan 29 2010, 10:29am says:

woooo raindrop!

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Setis Jan 29 2010, 10:36am says:

I'd expect raindrop to bag this one. Very nice art direction, very promising development on gameplay elements, such as atmosphere, level design and general eastethics!

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Neqqu Jan 29 2010, 10:42am buried:


naruto naiteki kensei must win

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um-tiki Jan 29 2010, 10:50am says:

Personally I want Raindrop or CoF to win. I like the look of them both. Don't get me wrong they all look great, but Raindrop and CoF are more of my type of mod.

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Dragonlord Jan 29 2010, 11:08am says:

Difficult to say. I'd go for Zeitgeist mostly because the art style and setting is particular. The others though are as interesting so this one is going to be a close call.

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LORDDEREX Jan 29 2010, 11:27am says:

wonder which one it will be, but they are all worthy to be nominated.
for me: either CoF or any of the hl2-mods. not airborn or naruto, even if airborn looks very good, its not my taste.

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BigPapaSmurf Jan 29 2010, 11:41am says:

Airborn looks amazing, but I like to see Raindrop win after seeing the weather effects.

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RockerFox Jan 29 2010, 11:42am says:

rooting for raindrop and cry of fear

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Mkilbride Jan 29 2010, 12:06pm says:

Naruto released . . . kinda odd. I hate Narutards, it didn't deserve to be on the list regardless.

Cry of Fear for the win!

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MatthewD Jan 29 2010, 1:21pm replied:

It's a close call between Airborn and CoF. Airborn seems like a really awesome game you could get lost in for hours, CoF looks like an amazing horror SP game.

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TheGreatGonzo Mar 18 2011, 4:11am replied:

It's co-op too.

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Dnst Jan 29 2010, 12:29pm says:

This will be a hard battle. I would choose Raindrop!

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JohnnyMaverik Jan 29 2010, 12:43pm says:

I know it's probably the outsider, but I'm really exited about Zeitgeist. Sounds and looks potentially incredible. They all have massive potential though so I'm good with what ever descision here myself.

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Killer_man_1996 Jan 29 2010, 1:00pm says:

:( where's the video...

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