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After rounding out the best of 2007, we're ready to present the results.

Posted by stenchy on Jan 28th, 2008 Page 2 of 4    
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Unreleased Mods

A honorable mention is due to the mod Black Mesa which continues to poll extremely strongly year after year, but misses out on a place in the top 5 because you cannot win a spot in the best unreleased category twice.

5. Operation Black Mesa - Prepare to go back to Black Mesa... again. Operation Black Mesa is an extended re-creation of the popular Half Life add-on, Opposing Force. You'll once again be strapping on the boots of Corporal Adrian Shepard as you make your way through the revamped and albeit highly detailed Black Mesa Research Facility. Additionally, the team plans to add new areas and enemies to the fray so this unofficial redux has more to look forward to than just eye candy. It looks to be a promising effort from team behind Operation Black Mesa, which is why players chose it as there number five spot for unreleased mod of the year.

Friendly fire - Warehouse Friendly fire - Warehouse

Operation Black Mesa Exclusive 1 Operation Black Mesa Exclusive 2

4. Mechwarrior: Living Legends - Looking at this mod makes one wonder, who doesn't like robots? The MechWarrior: Living Legends team hopes to satisfy your thirst for robotic destruction on wide open environments and look good while doing it. So far, the updates have been fast and furious, showing a number of fancy mechs armed to the teeth. Of most interest are the videos like the one below which show some of the environments where battles will take place. If MechWarrior is sure to take full advantage of all the features the CryEngine 2 has to offer, this mod won't be a disappointment. Players voted MechWarrior: Living Legends number four for unreleased mod of the year.

Clan BloodAsp Battlemech Game ready model of the Inner Sphere Catapult

3. Barney's Tales - Did I say we were done with the Black Mesa Research Facility? Well, we aren't. This time you will be dressed in security apparel as you play the role of the infamous Barney from the Half Life series. Barney's Tales (formerly Blue Shift: Source) is an unofficial remake of the the last expansion pack release for the aging Half Life 1. This remake is expected to focus more on realism, using real-world US Army soldiers as a reference. Drivable vehicles are also planned. Together with other projects being developed out there, it looks like we'll be able to play through the original series all over again in the Source engine sometime in the future. To add to the lavishly detailed media they've already released, the folks over at Barney's Tales have put together an exclusive video sneak peak for us which you can look at below. Barney's Tales comes in at number 3 for unreleased mod of the year.

Human Grunt HECU Soldier

2. Jurassic Park - Jurassic Park the movie is one that sticks in the minds of many. It set a new standard and brought terrifying monsters to life on the silver screen; creatures that, long ago, actually existed. The Jurassic Park mod team has set out with the aim to capture the same magic that both the movie and book encapsulated and bring it to the CryEngine 2. In the mod, players will be put into the shoes of Dr. Alan Grant, paleontologist extaordinaire, as you make your journey to get off the island. Few games out there have been able to pull off dinosaurs convincingly so the team has their work cut out for them. However, from the concepts and renders provided so far, they have gained a lot of interest and seem to be off to a good start. As a treat, we have a first look at a fully textured Velociraptor for your perusal further down. Fans obviously can't get enough dinos and that's why Jurassic Park is the number two unreleased mod of the year.

T-rex Break Out Jeep Wrangler YJ - Update

1. Zombie Panic: Source - A zombie outbreak has made your town, with the exception of a select few, void of any life. All that remains are the undead and you, along with a few other survivors, have to fight them off with whatever means possible. What do you do? Do you stick together or fan out and search for ammo? The premise behind Zombie Panic is simple: survival. While the mod is available to download now, (it was unreleased before voting had begun, therefore in the unreleased category) it was quite apparent throughout development that this project would be one out of the many zombie survival mods out there to deliver the goods. Stunning visuals, eerie music and top-notch voice work help make the paranoia seem just a little bit too real. The more weaponry you pick up, the more you slow down- making you an easy target to munch on. The further a round progresses, the deeper the feeling of desperation sets in as you run thin on ammunition and the undead grow in numbers. Whether you're running away from the shambling hordes or hunting for players to tear limb from limb Zombie Panic delivers on all fronts. If you want a quick peek at the gameplay, check out the exclusive trailer below. Players hungered for a taste of Zombie Panic, more than any other mod, which is why it was voted as the number one unreleased mod of the year.

Survivor01 Zombie03 Zombie02

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Post comment Comments  (150 - 182 of 182)
Deathman023 Feb 1 2008, 10:29pm says:

That video was great, but you could have gotten someone better to voice it..

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rofl106 Feb 1 2008, 10:59pm replied:

yep, agreed 100%, the voice was very awkward with the seriousness of the movie, it sounded more light like it could go with a beer commercial or something :P

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Ilsamir_Lord Feb 1 2008, 11:29pm says:

Narration was quite atrocious - "most favourite" :/ ? And did we need the repeated and overlong number splash screens - "banau banau baubau" :/ ?

And ZP really doesn't deserve its place here - one: its released, two: its crap (or at the moment it is).

This site provides a superb service, but better writing and narration would have saved this video from irritating mediocrity.

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stenchy Author
stenchy Feb 2 2008, 8:59pm replied:

Production was a little rushed, I will admit. I was the only one putting this together and wanted to give mod teams a chance to get some new content submitted which put it right down to the wire. Next year will be a much more organized affair since I will be able overseeing the whole event from beginning to end.

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Ilsamir_Lord Feb 2 2008, 9:07pm replied:

I wasn't aware of the time constraints, and, as I said, this is a great site :) . I probably sounded pretty damn grouchy and unreasonable :(

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stenchy Author
stenchy Feb 2 2008, 9:19pm replied:

Not at all, the critiques are appreciated. Complaints that I have surveyed are all pretty much the same and would have been taken care of if we had the time. Even watching the video myself, I twinge at a few glaring glitches here and there.

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AirstrikeIvanov Feb 19 2008, 12:36am replied:

Go away. You're not running a mod, you're just crying for attention.

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Amez Feb 2 2008, 12:25am says:

Good job to all you teams! You all earned this privilege!

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Phoenix85 Feb 2 2008, 3:09pm says:

lol i noticed that too.

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Darklord42 Feb 2 2008, 5:09pm says:

Dudes! Its February. It would be nice if you guys at least acknowledge the fact that your going to be a little late for the editor choice picks. Its not really fair to the modders or the rest of the community to have us all guessing with no word on whats going on.

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MrMushr00m Feb 2 2008, 8:24pm replied:

Guess they have to count the bribes before the can make the results ^^

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Darklord42 Feb 2 2008, 8:34pm replied:

Hey, that would be fine, as long as they told us they were going to be a little late rather then this frustrating silence.

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stenchy Author
stenchy Feb 2 2008, 9:00pm replied:

Sorry for the delay guys, Editor's Choice will be up this Monday, stay tuned!

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Darklord42 Feb 2 2008, 9:19pm replied:

Thankyou very much!

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Ace_High Feb 2 2008, 5:31pm says:

Forgotten Hope 2 will probably get higher up the list a space or to this year when they release more campaigns

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Pocket Feb 2 2008, 6:37pm says:

Congrats to all winners!!

and great video and narration presentation!

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Cloud6556 Feb 3 2008, 10:28am says:

yes congratulations to all the teams who made it this far :)

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Toblerone Feb 3 2008, 1:48pm says:

When's the editors choice going to be revealed?

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Tatsur0 Feb 3 2008, 2:25pm replied:

They said Monday :)

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weasle Feb 4 2008, 12:19am says:

woot to zp and empires!

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Raden Feb 4 2008, 2:19am says:

Why is the Jurassic park mod in that and not lost worlds mod for crysis ?


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BuZZeR Feb 5 2008, 1:22pm says:

Great video! The version of the video "2007 Mod of the Year Awards" for downloading - it is real?

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kysterama Feb 10 2008, 10:22pm says:

Is it just me, or does anyone else want to know the actual placings of the top 100?! Who came 6th, 7th, 8th - 50th?! We have 100 mods here who would like to know how close or far they came from the top 10!

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Sid6po1nt7 Feb 10 2008, 11:33pm says:

I WANNA GIVE MY THANKS TO ALL MODDERS!!!!!! THANK YOU....THANK YOU....THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! YOU MAKE THE WORLD OF "ADD" GAMING ADDICTS A BETTER PLACE.......................uuuuuuhhh thanks again.......and again.........and again.........EMPIRES FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Noesis_Interactive Feb 11 2008, 2:41pm says:

Are you a member of a successful Mod Team? Are you going to be at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year? If you answered yes to both of these questions then Noesis Interactive wants to meet with you! Noesis Interactive works with industry giants such as Valve, IGN, Softimage, and Autodesk to expand knowledge regarding game modding and development through easy to follow video modules. We’re interested in speaking with modders and developers about their roles and experiences in order to lend insight to the rest of the Mod community. This is a great opportunity to promote both your Mod and your team. So, if you’re going to be at GDC and are interested in being involved, please respond to this message or email for more details. We hope to see you there!

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AirstrikeIvanov Feb 19 2008, 12:35am says:

Zombie Panic is NOT a Mod. It's a bunch of whiny little idiots who REFUSED to release their crappy mod unless they won. I will NEVER even so much as look at Zombie Panic, and I suggest everyone else do the same.

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26jesse Mar 1 2008, 9:33pm says:


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BUL_W@RK May 2 2008, 6:21am says:

hey heyyy

very nice games =) think operation black mesa will be very cool game ;)

but.... does anybody know how the song called when you see the preview from "operation black mesa" mod?

sounds very nice

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Ferkhat Oct 18 2008, 10:54am says:

Congratz members of these mods!
(apb = epic win )

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Megadave2003 Dec 24 2009, 5:16pm says:


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maddnesscats May 11 2010, 4:48pm says:

what is zombie panic?

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benderfry Jan 3 2011, 1:10pm says: +1 vote     reply to comment
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