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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.