80,000 votes. 4,000 mods. Over the course of 2 months, gamers from across the globe came together to decide which mods rank as the epitome of what our hard working community can do. Now, gallons of blood and sweat later, we tell you what triumphed in 2006
Posted by INtense! on Jan 13th, 2007 Page 3 of 6
Waiting for things is a royal pain. As some of you who know me can attest, I can't stand to wait for anything. I curse at the red stoplight, I stomp my feet when my downloads aren't instantaneous and I grumble at length waiting for mods to come out. Good things come to those who wait, which must be why I struggle continuously, but some of these mods are proof positive that there are good things on the horizon. It must be said that this year's most anticipated mod listing is, really, quite similar to the one that arrived last year. Whether this is because the hype machine is just working overtime or deadlines are slipping, who can really say. But the point is, these mods are still the things to look for, whether you curse in the process or not.
Unfortunately, not everyone can win Mod of the Year, but some mods can lose especially hard. These aren't those mods, but wouldn't it be funny to write about those? Anyway, honorable mentions are reserved for those few mods which barely missed out on receiving an award through different circumstances, but are definitely worth taking note of. Check them out sometime, you won't regret it. You won't be able to play them, since they are unreleased, but you can sit around and drool with the rest of us and think about all the fun you might have had if they were actually out.
While some of us wait endlessly for the day when Blizzard will finally glance away from World of Warcraft to acknowledge one of the other games that made them a household name, Project Revolution has every intention of keeping the Starcraft fire burning. This is a straight port of a classic game, taking all of the base units from the original title and porting them into Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne for fans to do battle with. And considering that Starcraft was one of the greatest strategy titles of all time, it's no wonder that Project Revolution has some heavy community support behind it.
A fan favorite since it was originally announced, Insurgency transports players to the modern battlefield in Iraq, the Balkans and Chechnya. There are certainly a lot of mods out there that focus on intense reaslism, but Insurgency hopes to set itself apart by emulating real world conflicts and placing a heavy emphasis on teamplay. Don't let that throw you, though. Special teams are being designed to cater towards the casual gaming crowd as well as the hardcore realism enthusiast, meaning that anyone can give Insurgency a try.
While LucasArts may have trouble creating a fun Star Wars game, the mod community certainly seems able to. First Strike is an upcoming Star Wars mod that allows you to fight the epic battle for the galaxy on a number of different planets. Whether you choose to become a freedom fighter of the Rebel Alliance or a servant of the empire, First Strike promises to provide Star Wars fans with intense, fun, sci-fi combat. Let just hope it is released before the 2007 MOTY awards!
A remake of the popular mod for Battlefield 1942, Forgotten Hope 2 is a World War 2 mod that features an arsenal of over 250 pieces of true-life equipment, destructible environments and a focus on cover and concealment to survive. Forgotten Hope 2 looks to take all of the positive aspects of the original mod and update them to take full advantage of the Battlefield 2 engine to create one of the most immersive World War 2 mods you'll ever play!
Was there ever any doubt that Black Mesa would win the unreleased Mod of the Year? If you've been living under a rock for the last couple years, let's recap a bit. Before Half-Life 2 entered our lives, Valve announced that they would remake the original Half-Life in the source engine. Every screamed with joy. The chance to play one of the most influential first person shooters of all time in all of its remastered glory? We were so there.
And then it died. Valve crushed our hopes and dreams, however sad they might have been, by explaining that the remake would be nothing but newly implemented physics and water effects. Forget seeing Xen, the Lambda Complex and the test chamber in high resolution graphics. Valve figured, hey, if the fans wanted it, they could bloody well make it themselves.
Black Mesa is the community response to this. What a response it is, too. Every screenshot released comparing the original Half-Life to the remake illicits screams of approval from the community. Never mind that we've all essentially played this game before, there is something about seeing it like this that just drives people wild. Is it the amazing new soundtrack, the obvious eye for detail, the sheer dedication of the team or the fact that we all just go bat-shit wild for anything with Gordon Freeman in it? Whatever reason you choose to justify it with, there is no denying that this year's top unreleased mod is the same as last year and will probably continue to be until we all jump into Black Mesa for the first time. Again.
It'll be just like coming home.