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Mod of the Year 2009 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Indie

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2009 saw many new Indies to arrive on the ModDB turf and many updates for those who are getting close to release, to be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming Indie projects need to have been updated significantly during 2009 and have not released (obviously). Here are the Editors of ModDB's top selection of 2009.


Overgrowth
takes place in the savage world of Lugaru where rabbits, wolves and other animals are forced to use paws, claws and medieval weaponry to engage each other in battle. Combining 3rd person adventure platforming with intricate melee combat, Overgrowth achieves a unique feel.


Natural Selection 2
Whether you play as one of the elite marine Frontiersmen or the vicious alien Kharaa, you must use unique strategies and your abilities to win. Marines buy weaponry and form persistent squads to find and destroy alien hives. Aliens can choose a wall-running Skulk, pudgy Gorge, flying Lerk, murderous Fade or gigantic Onos that can devour enemies whole.

Encore!
21st Century side scrolling. Musicians are warriors here! San Francisco is on the verge of being invaded by mysterious creatures. The city has become darker, quieter, and gloomier. The story is told through a group of musicians who have learned the ways of super natural powers from the use of music.

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E.Y.E
A dark and mysterious universe (inspired by Blade Runner, Ghost in the shell and Warhammer 40K) for hours of original gameplay thanks to 10 physical and psychic skills, 14 cybernetic and upgradable implants, along with an integrated R&D system, all serving a delicate scenario where conspiracy, horror and treason rule. Based on the RPG "AVA".

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Robok
Robok

I'd say either E.Y.E or Natural Selection 2, both sound original and interesting to me.

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Craka_J
Craka_J

Agreed. Overgrowth would be a great nominee but I haven't seen any in-game videos or any gameplay mechanics demonstrated in videos - just terrain and physics. Natural Selection 2 looks totally awesome and am getting it whether it wins or not, but EYE looks like a potential winner as well.

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moci
moci

Agreed here, without any actual gameplay or real information about the actual game. How can it win?

It is one of my favorites, but I still don't think they should have won.

"Without any gameplay available Wolfire makes it so easy to award them the best up coming indie game of 2009".

So it, again, comes down to hype? Yes Wolfire sure puts a lot of effort on getting noticed and liked. But does that make *overgrowth* the best indie GAME? No it makes *wolfire* the best indie DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER.

Have these awards ever made sense?

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InStars
InStars

Well they showed some gameplay, where he created a race to whale and then actually played the race!

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Yep, disappointed too. There are nominees with actual ingame footage and good content and then PR-Drama wins. I should have known. Let's cheer for the true shining projects like Frozen Synapse which have actual content to show... and doing something different and fresh. Only good thing is that OG might now eventually stop their PR-Drama as they can no more be nominated. Give the spot-light back to projects deserving it.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

I have to agree with Dragon Lord here, totally on the money.

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DELTΔ
DELTΔ

**** off **** bag, there doing this because they love it, not to win some contest. They work hard and personally I love the constant updates and the fact that there always online to hear me, and answer my questions. They also do have heaps of game play with the old game lugaru which OG will be based on so we know what it will play like, the fact is that this game is going to be ******* awesome so shut up and let them finish before you make dumb *** comments like that.

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rebel28
rebel28

Have you seen how awesome Lugaru was (The prequel to Overgrowth)
And they say Overgrowth is gonna be better, I've pre-ordered OG and I think it will be awesome.
I also think that Frozen Synapse and Natural Selection 2 will be awesome.

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theM3nace
theM3nace

well then again moddb is based on modding games, and no other game is more easily moddable than Overgrowth (not even natural selection).

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Where are the in-game video's of Natural Selection 2? I haven't seen any yet.

And I've seen plenty for Overgrowth, there's no gameplay in them, but there's definitely in-game video's.

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moci
moci

I don't think they have any in-game video's beside that trial racing video.
And don't know about NS2. I was thinking about EYE.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

They've got more, just not showing any "gameplay" that still doesn't mean it's not ingame.

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SolidFake
SolidFake

I agree, overgrowth might have an own engine and stuff, but I still have no clue what that game is about? (For sure I know it's a beat em up, but I haven't seen any of those yet)
For me, EYE and Frozen Synapse will be the best indie games for this year, EYE is already a sure-buy for me.

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Lucífer
Lucífer

Editors choice seem to be mostly awarding mods that have decent content that deal good amounts of PR and this is just the 'Best Upcoming' so Overgrowth has a rightful place just like any of the others.

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klichka
klichka

If you want Overgrowth's gameplay mechanics it's in Lugaru pretty much. Imagine that but sharpened up, that's what the aim is.

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen

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Nice, Primal Carnage was not even a nominee. Congrats to everyone but I don't even recall seeing E.Y.E or Encore! in the top 100?

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Henley Author
Henley

That is the players choice, it has nothing to do with the Editors Choice awards.

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen

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Well again, E.Y.E is a mod on the source engine it's not a indie title. In any case, I was not expecting to even make the top 100 since we joined moddb the last 2 weeks of the contest ending. But within those two weeks, we put out more content then most here. Seems strange to me, I'm not complaining as everyone listed as a nominee has fantastic work I'm just a bit confused and have a good idea on where this contest is going.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Actually E.Y.E is a game on the Source engine, just like Zeno Clash and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic were, the line is thin, but the main difference is that it's stand-alone and costs money as opposed to mods being free and required the game they are modding.

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AshtonAndersen
AshtonAndersen

Fair enough, thanks for letting me know. E.Y.E does indeed looks good!

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MatthewD
MatthewD

EYE looks freaking brilliant.

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Twitwi
Twitwi

I love when i see news from "E.Y.E" but i think "Natural selection 2" wins since its somehow a classic.

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

Natural Selection 2!

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jack_wade
jack_wade

Overgrowth.

Just 3 words: Ninja Rabit Combat. Need more?

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Acolyte5
Acolyte5

yes

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Orac|
Orac|

Yeah, I'd rather like to see some actual gameplay. Web comics, tools and articles are good, but this is meant to being a *game* being developed...

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jack_wade
jack_wade

Yep, I know, but that depends on the developement stage.

Writing a blog post everyday, having always time to talk, releasing an alpha every week (for preorders)... that's why I think they deserve this prize.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

No it's not. If you are early in development you develop the game not non-sense around it. Because if you develop non-sense around it the game itself does not progress much at all. Time wasted on the wrong frontier.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi

Congrats to all the mods nominated!

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JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik

They all look great but Encore looks potentially fantastic.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Interesting, know all those 5 titles!
Overgrowth: Who browsing ModDB doesn't know about this? The developers do amazing things, the way it's looking I expect great things from this one.

Natural Selection 2: Never played the original, so all the hype for me is less clear, they seem to do as much amazing work as Overgrowth does, but the game itself doesn't have my interest, overall it's a strong competitor for all the indies on there.

Encore: At first seemed interesting an idea but I didn't like the execution shown in all the media, so I never bothered to try that demo or whatever they released a few months ago. It has an original idea though which is great.

Frozen Synapse: Unexpected to see here, but it definitely seemed like an interesting game, it has a great "look" going for it which is what got me interested in following their development a little.

E.Y.E: When I first saw a/the trailer of it I was amazed, it looked quite good and interesting, it's still surprising to see it here considering it didn't seem to get updated alot(although I happened to not be tracking this game for some reason.)

I'd say all of these deserve to be here, so congratulations to all the developers and enjoy being in the spotlight, all of these could win this award, but I'm hoping for Overgrowth since that's the game that's interesting me the most, unique and high quality with hopefully a lot of care being put into the gameplay as well, at the very least they seem to heavily support modding which is also another reason to root for them.

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Dnst
Dnst

Natural Selection is the best upcoming title, even though Overgrwoth made most of the progress this year.

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Jonu
Jonu

Natural Selection 2 cause it looks and feels The Best I also love overgrowths team updates.

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Catalyst440
Catalyst440

Overgrowth wins this for me, But its not what I say, Up to the editors, good luck to the developers of the titles, and good luck for the editors.. Hard choice.

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

Although for a game Id actually want to play, Id pick NS2. For a true indie game, Encore's concept is brilliant and quite original.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

Overgrowth deserves it, Natural Selection 2 will be an outstanding title though.

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█

Overgrowth is one of my favorites, but I think that it will not win because it still don´t have any in-game video. So Encore!, Natural Section and E.Y.E. have a big chance to win.

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altercuca
altercuca

ill have to go with natural selection 2 on this!!

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draken1991
draken1991

It should be quite tough to pick the best between games you can barely play, so these awards seems quite useless to me, even more considering that I plan to pick up all of these when they are released.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

you could look at it like this, free publicity for these games! And it will serve as motivation for the developers that their games got nominated.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

I'd say E.Y.E. or NS2. Overgrowth, Encore, and Frozen Synapse just don't have enough media/playability to know if they'll be good nearly as good as the two I listed. You know NS2 is going to be fun because it uses the NS1 tried and true model which was TONS of fun and E.Y.E. just looks badass.

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Acolyte5
Acolyte5

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Congratulations Overgrowth!
You guys earned it, keep it up!

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REZBLUE
REZBLUE

Sorry but I cannot believe editors choice was Overgrowth. You have all these awesome looking polished games showing actual gameplay and you pick the game that has only ever showed ragdoll on different terrains.

Where is the game in this? I know the guy said its gonna be an action game or something but after all this time all we see is him playing around with engine physics and the same 3 or 4 models. Ok so he has terrain, a rabbit and a house on a hill.

im dumbfounded.

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Unless I am mistaken, all of these games are scheduled to release in 2010 - and OG is the editors pick. Remember also that this is best *upcoming*

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AndreB
AndreB

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Probably the best upcoming failure in my opinion. I have been looking at overgrowth for quite a while now and well to be frank, I havent seen much progression at all. I have seen: raggdoll, terrain, more raggdoll and a pink beard..! I liked it at first but I really have turned my cape on this one. I would be mad if I was - editor.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

Lugaru was a popular independent title by the same team, if you want an idea of what OG will be like look at their first title and then see the progression they have made from there.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Good comment since it covers also my opinion. I've seen teams which are nearly one man shows producing more progress than this team... and that's a sign of something going wrong. A team should be able to get more done than one or two man shows.

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medve
medve

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true

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Headcrusher
Headcrusher

Overgrowth didn't deserve it, the devs troll people, the game has barley any in-game media, the art sucks, and the only people who like it are either furfags or greenpeace freaks.
Rate me down please.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

"Rate me down please."
Your wish is my command.

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, if you read any of the dev blogs that they post on the front page quite frequently maybe you wouldn't be such an ignorant fool.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

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You mean the "non-news" posts? I haven't seen a larger non-news to news ratio in any other project so far.

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qeloqoo
qeloqoo

Of course, devs should praise all the dumb people over the internet...

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

No they shouldn't, but a wise saying I've seen around on the internet goes:
"If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything at all"

I'm a mod developer myself and you'll rarely find me saying something is crap without any good constructive critiscm indicating why and what could be done better. Constructive critism is a whole lot better than just bluntly stating your "opinions".

I don't know what the Overgrowth devs have said to be labeled "Trolls" but that's hardly got anything to do with deserving this award regardless.

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PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench

Your opinion is that, you don't need to trash talk a game. I think Overgrowth looks fantastic, the Dev's are extremely nice from what I've seen/heard and they constantly update their engine. I also think the artwork they do also looks awesome, you don't need to act like a ****.

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