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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 5 of 6    

Top Mods by Genre Editorial

The difficult thing about conducting an awards show for mods is: How do you break it down? At one point do you say, "No, that doesn't fit this category, it has to reside in another"? While we bicker and debate things like this day in and out, you can be satisfied in the knowledge that mods of many genres are also being presented with awards. Granted, many of these awards are similar to the previous year. I guess there isn't a high demand for racers and sports games, but, at least they aren't all Half-Life 2 mods, eh?

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Action. SourceForts

Honorable Mention: Tremulous
Choose your class and begin the build phase. Feel your excitement build as you and your teammates work together to erect a massive defense. Place various blocks to build huge walls and platforms. Prepare yourself, for you are about to fight. Combat phase begin! You release your energy, sprinting forward in an attempt to break your enemies defense. It's a race to the flag now, snatch it and win this epic new version of Capture the Flag. If you need a game to get your adrenaline running, then play Source Forts.

v1.9.0 v1.9.0

Adventure. Afraid of Monsters

Honorable Mention: Iris
It always impresses me to learn that there are lots of mods out there that are the sole vision and result of an individual's hard labor and toil. Afraid of Monsters is one such mod and every ounce of love for the project shows. Art styles change dramatically as you play, emphasizing the paranoid descent into drug-fueled madness that your character is experiencing. Creatures hunt for you in the night, pills are your only refuge from the madness and even when everything goes black, the eyes continue to watch you from afar. Combat is present, but with a central focus on solving puzzles and exploring the environment, Afraid of Monsters is an awesome entry to anyone's adventure library.

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Driving. UnWheel

Honorable Mention: Battleracer
I'm not a fan of racing games. When I play a straight-up racer, I have a tendancy to crank the wheel around 180 degrees, then haul ass up the course going the wrong direction. Pity be to those few leading cars that can't dive out of the way when my nearly unbreakable car front-ends them at 180 miles per hour! Unwheel is a game that appeals to this kind of sociopath. Forget realistic driving physics and painstakingly researched cars. That isn't the point. The point is leaping your car over a train, smashing it down on an enemy racer and watching them explode against the pavement as you race ahead of them with smoke pouring from your tires. Unwheel is about throwing a lot of random vehicles together, hitting the street and seeing everything collide at high-speed. Anything else need not apply.

UnWheel UnWheel

Puzzle. BlockStorm

Honorable Mention: Hypercube: Source
Everybody loves a bit of retro gaming and BlockStorm brings that back with the addition of some snazzy graphics. Two modes are included, one based on Arkanoid (A Breakout clone) and another based on good old Pong. You'll find your mind drifting off to a time when games were simple, yet just as fun as anything today. What really tops it off is the fact that not a single bit of source code was touched--BlockStorm is created entirely in the Hammer map editor!

Promotional - Combo Screen Promotional - PONG MODE

Multi-Genre. Empires

Honorable Mention: Iron Grip : The Oppression
Empires shot onto the scene with the controversial release of a buggy and unfinished product. Since then, however, they have developed into a polished and very developed title that pushed the boundaries of what's possible in Half-Life 2's engine. Huge battles, vehicles, epic landscapes and a smooth and seamless blend of genres are just a few of the highlights in this impressive mod. Empires has gone leaps and bounds to become one of the top genre blending titles around, and indeed the most popular multi-genre mod of this year.

New Mine 2 Armory

Role Playing. Battle for Elements

Honorable Mention: Mournhold Expanded
When it comes right down to it, Diablo 2 has been a tiny pimple on the backside of the modding community. You'll only find less than a handful of mods even worth mentioning in the grand scheme of things, but when you do, there's just something about them that makes you run to your computer, install-disk in hand, to try out another round of that Diablo 2 goodness. Battle for Elements takes the expansion pack for this blockbuster, Lord of Destruction, and cranks its core to overdrive. This mod features new levels, new weapons, new monsters, and a brand new level of difficulty to make the experience that much more endearing. This is the essential mod for you old-schoolers out there.

Contest Prize Lair of Fenris

Simulation. Discovery Freelancer

Honorable Mention: Torn Stars
Freelancer was a fun game, but after playing for a few hours, there's really nothing left to do. Luckily, Discovery Freelancer is ready to fill in the blanks. Coming in with a colossal amount of custom content, it really extends the game into new realms of replayablity. Really, playing vanilla Freelancer, then comparing it with Discovery Freelancer is like comparing apples with lots and lots of huge, juicy apples. So much more, so much better, but the same taste and feel that we know and love.

Gunboat in Tau-23 Fire!

Sports. International Online Soccer

Honorable Mention: Carball
To make a soccer game from an FPS engine is not a feat to be coughed at. To make a good soccer game from the aforementioned engine is decidedly respectable. However, to make a fantastic soccer game that's still being played today, which is what the team behind International Online Soccer have done, well, that's approaching the realm of godliness. While console games provide more complex soccer simulations, International Online Soccer holds its own against the competition. With a sequel in the works, this continues to be one very solid mod with a some very exciting prospects for the future.

Italia IOS Soccer

Strategy. Red Alert 3

Honorable Mention: Mental Omega
Red Alert 3 continues the story of Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge. Players will enjoy seeing their favorite units and characters given a huge graphical boost in the newer Generals engine, while being able to battle it out in an all new single player campaign with new factions to choose from! If you thought a couple of dinosaurs would be enough to stop Yuri, then you're in for one hell of a surprise.

End of the line for Yuri Campaign 14

Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 81)
sutra_668 Jan 25 2007, 6:49am says:

Black Mesa rule!!:D

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Karuto Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Orion682 Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:

* Cin waves to BigBird :D

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Krenzo Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Artarious Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:

holy hell woot so many mod so many awards and the radio has me laughing these guys are nuts also who brought the vodka wooot.

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hammy-bob Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Spector Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:

Some good winners. =)

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INtense! Author
INtense! Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:

Wait until you see the exclusive footage from the unreleased mods. SOME awesome work in there!

Its showing up in 5minutes

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HaploTR Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:


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gia Jan 25 2007, 1:45am says:


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Darkcraft Jan 25 2007, 1:47am says:

:D awesome! I don't know how those BF2 mods won though...

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ERR:OverFlow Jan 25 2007, 1:49am says:

I'm confused. Isn't there also a 'best standalone game' category?

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GarcianSmith Jan 25 2007, 1:51am says:

INtense - really?

Oh, and congratulations to Black Mesa!

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drunkill Jan 25 2007, 1:51am says:

Will there be a scoreboard released? as in total mods and their votes? it'd be interesting to see the numbers. Also i just want to know where my mods fell in, both were in the top 100, but seems they haven't made the final cut (till editors awards tomorrow)

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Darkcraft Jan 25 2007, 1:52am says:

Yeah a 'best standalone' catagory would be good...not too late to implement...*pleads*

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Babuzaa Jan 25 2007, 1:54am says:

Yes, and my sexy... Uh nvm.

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Dannigirl Jan 25 2007, 1:56am says:

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! Thanks to the MODDB staff and writers who worked tirelessly on this!

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Harkmagic Jan 25 2007, 2:01am says:

Standalone was listed on the list of awards, they had better list a best stand alone game.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Jan 25 2007, 2:07am says:

nice to see some bf mods in there well dont to the moddb staff youhave all done so well :)

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Jan 25 2007, 2:10am says:

bah spelling

nice to see some bf mods in there :)
well done to ALL the moddb staff you have all done so well :)

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Gespenst Jan 25 2007, 2:13am says:

Hidden: Source looks like it'd be great fun! Wish I had HL2.

How is Red alert 3 best strategy game of the year?

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TimNAudio Jan 25 2007, 2:16am says:

Yo! Been listenin since this started, and a micrphone made my ears cry blood. The crackin noise from one of thier mices anyway :D
So far this is really awsome. This is an awsome community and has shitloads to give to future gamers and such. Moddb rules and all modder,codder,artwork artist and so on, Keep at it! You´re all doing an awsome job! XD

Now im gonna stop drink coffe and get some sleep... ._.

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INtense! Author
INtense! Jan 25 2007, 2:31am says:

Standalone mods will be listed during EDITORS CHOICE tomorrow. I will consider adding the players choice standalone game here also.

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StrangerThanFiction Jan 25 2007, 2:40am says:

But especially to Point of Existence and Black Mesa!

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WSSRaptor Jan 25 2007, 2:41am says:

I <3 PoE2

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San-J Jan 25 2007, 2:47am says:

Grats to all winners, excellent feature in all respects. Great job Scott & crew!

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Tyde Jan 25 2007, 3:04am says:


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stroggoff Jan 25 2007, 3:04am says:

Congratulations to the winners!

I second the suggestion for a full scoreboard release. I'd very much like to see where did our mod end up in the top 100! And people who voted for our mod are interested in that too.

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[GE]Specialist Jan 25 2007, 3:13am says:

I expected way way more. I'm really disapointed.

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methy Jan 25 2007, 3:38am says:

Quote:I expected way way more. I'm really disapointed.

What more did you expect?

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wake[of]thebunt Jan 25 2007, 3:40am says:

Thank you very much to the players out there, new old and loyal, that keep rooting for this mod! Dont stop, coz we wont until you have one hell of a game, but without you we would not get as excited about continuing to make this beloved game. Its an honor to place 3rd and we appreciate that award no end!

Thanks to all the other mods that provide hours of fun and unique enjoyment too! Also again to moddb, and you the voters, Thanks! =D

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xEROhOUR Jan 25 2007, 3:48am says:

On behalf of all the Team Members at FirstStrike, all the guys who voted for us a huge THANKS!

Its really unexpected to get this accolade, we didnt think we would have a chance with the sheer quality of work being pumped out from all these MODD'S. Having spent nearly a year and a half on this MOD with bare miminal tools we are now starting to make real progress.
Have to mention the team im afraid most of them arent represented here (my bad), BLITZ (the REAL MOD LEADER) who has been fundamental in multitasking many elements of FS has dedicated a huge amount of time, blood, sweat and tears to this has been an inspiration to us all.

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Lastly congratualtions to FH2 and BLACK MESA awesome work guys! Well done.

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puzl Jan 25 2007, 5:35am says:

Thanks to everyone who voted for NS. We're proud to still be considered so highly.

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Raminator Jan 25 2007, 5:54am says:

Congratulations to everyone who participated, well done.

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InAction Jan 25 2007, 6:43am says:

I'm really shocked due to the fact that none of the Doom3 mods got into this list. :S

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IggyFrance Jan 25 2007, 6:47am says:

Congratulations to all the winners because they really deserve it for their hard work and big thanks for you all who support us, we'll reward you that in some time :) .

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Kester Jan 25 2007, 7:06am says:

Congratulations to all the winners!

And thanks to all the players that voted for Black Mesa, glad we're still at the top of your lists!

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eggman51 Jan 25 2007, 7:09am says:

Hey Gents at ModDB - THANKS for running such a great site. The Project Reality team was rather shocked to be in the top 100 never mind runner up for mod of the year!

Congratulations to all mods and modders and a big thanks out to the ModDB crew from the Project Reality team.


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Mint_Sauce Jan 25 2007, 7:22am says:

To all the modders who picked up awards, well deserved!! :D

Mint_Sauce (Rock 24 Mod - HL2 SP Mod)

+3 votes     reply to comment Jan 25 2007, 7:22am says:

keep up the good work MODDB !!!!

because of you, the mods gain popularity and so the quality of them goes up!

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Faizu Jan 25 2007, 8:08am says:

Moddb rules the gaming world of course.

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Chris1981 Jan 25 2007, 9:12am says:

Congrats too all!!!

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Baxayaun Jan 25 2007, 10:26am says:

This is just wonderful! Thanks for choosing BlockStorm as the best puzzle mod of the year... although there was not too much to choose, but anyway, it's something amazing... THANKS! THANKS! THAAAANKS !!!

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UnDeAdEviLmAn Jan 25 2007, 10:30am says:

OMG they picked the worse mod for the winners

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Nuka5 Jan 25 2007, 11:01am says:

WOOO! empires got the genre award!

I suspected that the fan base was a little small at the moment to compete against the likes of dystopia.. but well done to all the winners!

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Sebultura Jan 25 2007, 11:21am says:

It's nice to organize such a contest !

So good job every single dude coming here & making mods, winners and loosers: in mod making, there's nothing to loose, just big experience to get !

On a side suggestion for Mod DB, I think that it would be great to have a big table resuming how the votes were put in each mod, so that everyone can have an idea of the mod scene.


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BrotherLaz Jan 25 2007, 11:22am says:

So why is it that the top 100 has no D2 mods, but the RPG award winner is a D2 mod? <confused, feeling a bit stupid>

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|Bullet| Jan 25 2007, 11:51am says:

Can anyone please tell me what mod is shown as the very first one in the video?

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Mr.Grim Jan 25 2007, 1:41pm says:

Huh, interesting results, but to many freakin' BF2 and Half-Life games. :P

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Hathcock Jan 25 2007, 2:14pm says:

To the & the modding community gaming fans,

It's a great pleasure to check the site this morning and see that our team had become the #1 MOTY - it's definitely a great honor for the team to achieve this award and we appreciate the support from everyone. It's all about having fun - from making our games for people - and the end result -- gamers enjoying what was developed. is a great site as it provides updates on all games and all mods - thank you once again!

Tom "Hathcock" Patterson
#pointofexistencemod on the Gamesurge IRC network

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