Naruto: Naiteki Kensei is a free stand alone game that offers a unique fast-paced experience based on the hit Japanese anime Naruto. Players are able to compete online using a system that combines aspects of a third-person shooter and an action-based fighter to provide a new thrilling experience. The system includes casting clever and powerful Jutsus, stringing together Melee combos, evasive acrobatic free-form Movement, and utilizing an array of Weapons with multiple functions all seamlessly.

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Mod of the Year 2009 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Mod

Posted by Henley on Jan 29th, 2010

2009 was the year that has had the most new profiles created to date, and my mods updating. To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2009 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo. Here are the Editors of ModDB's top selection of 2009.

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei
offers a new and unique fast-paced gaming experience based on the hit Japanese anime Naruto. Combining aspects of a third-person shooter and an action-based fighter, players will be able to go head-to-head against others online casting clever and powerful jutsus, performing evasive, acrobatic, and free-form movement and melee, and utilizing an array of weapons with multiple functions.

Cry of Fear
You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? Are you just turning insane?

is an action adventure mod in a fantastic world on flying islands eons after the world has collapsed from overexploitation.

Zeitgeist puts the player into our world, seventy five years ago - except that it's not the world as we know it. The story as it is now, although it might still be changed - time is in a constant flow. History: it is often defined by minor events, resulting in major changes.

September 1997, somewhere in Russia. 58 years have passed since the complex has been cut off from the outside world. You wake up in an abandoned tunnel, without even a name .

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God601 Jan 29 2010 says:

im still waiting... 0 sec

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JohnnyMaverik Jan 29 2010 says:

Hosting server is down, horray for technical issues :P

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Killer_man_1996 Jan 29 2010 says:



O.K good luck to them.... but i think that Raindrop should win...

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BigPapaSmurf Jan 29 2010 says:

I didn't see that coming... but congrats to naruto naiteki kensei anyway!

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Gman366 Jan 29 2010 says:

Moddb! What The F is wrong with u guys! Raindrop deserves to WIN!

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MrMattWebb Jan 29 2010 replied:

I personally dont like Naruto, BUT if you think Raindrop deserves to win then you should have voted for it in the players choice. Kind of obvious right? This is editor's choice, not player's choice.

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madcat1030 Jan 29 2010 says:


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MatthewD Jan 29 2010 says:

All I heard from the NNK gameplay was "WAHHH!! NEEYAH!! WAHHH!! WAHH!! WAHHH!! WAHH!!"

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Fast_Train Jan 29 2010 says:

OMG, never expected something like that. Raindrop, good luck in Players choise.

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Killer_man_1996 Jan 29 2010 replied:

*G-Man mode ON* Prepare for Unforseen Conseqences.... *G-Man mode OFF*

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TryForceX Jan 29 2010 says:

dunno why you're so obsessed about raindrop? I mean it looks good and it really has a breath taking mood right there. But it's just another Ego shooter just done in a different way.

I don't mean to start anything bad about raindrop, but you see about thousands and thousands of mods going around wich are ego shooters and are about to shoot eachother off with a gun. NNK did some good PR as it's a completly different gameplay then any other mod here registered on moddb.There's nothing wrong about it.
Honestly i thought all nominees deserved to win, each of them is awesome in someway.

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Nauz Jan 29 2010 says:

editor's choice: always a surprise! ^^

i was pretty sure that either raindrop or airborn would win.
well, congratulations to the winner dev team

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ruMpel Jan 29 2010 says:

Hahaha MatthewD. Quoted.

I think that Airborn mod looked well made.

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LopperUK Jan 29 2010 says:

I would of thought Cry Of Fear or Raindrop would win but what won was somet that i dont like as i think its boring i like horror and shooter rather than crazy stuff flying everywhere :|

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m82sniper Jan 29 2010 says:

Aww man, I was really hoping that Cry of Fear would win. But Naruto did a great job also, so congrats.

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Neqqu Jan 29 2010 buried:



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MatthewD Jan 29 2010 replied:

Just for having goku in your name you should be voted down.

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cW#Ravenblood Jan 29 2010 replied:


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MrtwovideoCards Jan 29 2010 replied:


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medve Jan 29 2010 says:

i have to argue with this. naruto has a good pr, has good graphics, probably a good gameplay...but who cares? the pr doesn't have to be a good point in this section, and the liking of gameplay is just relative. these awards are getting radiciolus.

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myles Jan 29 2010 replied:

In a unreleased game PR is everything, even if your mod is absolutely ******* amazing, without PR it will be nothing. Naruto Naiteki Kensei has achieved a lot in all aspects, and deserves the Editors Choice award.

But don't worry, I'm sure you cant get your 'superior' understanding of mods across in the players choice award.

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Henley Jan 29 2010 replied:

So if you rule out gameplay, graphics and PR using ModDB what else is there? Upcoming mods/indies are only judged on what they have shown through the year and how well they adapt to growing a community without having something for them to play, as I said in the video its because of this reason they received the Editors Choice award for upcoming mod. You might not like the project itself, but they do everything right and still manage to please those who are interested in the mod.

In the end it was a very close call between Cry of Fear and Naruto and the only reason Naruto came out on top was because of how they choose to show off the work they have done, and if you say that PR isnt a big deal to the Editors of a website designed around helping teams with public relations then that is just silly.

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DuckSauce Jan 29 2010 says:

Let's rename to CrySomeMoarOfTheYear awards.
Honestly, I can't even bother to debate this anymore, you're purely flaming down a mod because it's graphics are less and it's based on an anime? Those aren't all the qualities required here you know.

Starting to think it'd be a good idea to just lock comments for MOTY Editor's Choice awards, the people's opinion doesn't matter here anyway and it just seems to end up in the unhappy side(usually the majority) down karma-ing the other side.

Good day people.
Grats to the NNK team for getting awarded, keep it up.

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Mastix Jan 29 2010 replied:

Actualy I just dislike the gameplay but I didn't flame it though I find it hilarious that a released mod won Best Upcoming Mod even if it was released on 2010.

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Mularac Jan 29 2010 replied:

Best Upcoming Mod.... of MOTY 2009! jeez... you think that you'd only have that explained once...

Congrats on the naruto team, but, is it just me or the gameplay is a bit EFSesh?

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Mastix Jan 30 2010 replied:

Jeez, I think if you reply to a comment you should read it first "even if it was released on 2010" =/

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Mularac Jan 30 2010 replied:

of course I read that. And that's why I answer it, in the way of saying that what has being released in 2010 has anything to do with ti?

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Druza Jan 29 2010 says:

I definitely would have picked NNK last, but thats just my opinion. Good job NNK.

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cW#Ravenblood Jan 29 2010 says:

lol naruto ?!
is it so good?

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Tokoya Jan 29 2010 says:

I can't imagine in what way Naruto is superior to an incredible looking original title like Airborn but I guess if you are a fan of the anime you are instantly going to be attracted to it over something else.

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Mastix Jan 30 2010 replied:

Well... I'm not a fan of anime either... but I do admit they created a lot of hype...

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Kamikazi[Uk] Jan 29 2010 says:

Well Done to the Winner :D. A lot of awesome mods there.

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nailiviC Jan 29 2010 says:

Wow...I thought Raindrop or Airborn would get this for sure. Eitherway, congrats on everyone for getting the nomination!

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Watss Jan 29 2010 says:

I had my money on raindrop but naruto is also a very good mod. Congratz!!

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Aniki Jan 29 2010 says:

Airborn looked really well made, a lot of work put into it. Personally I love CoF with the freaky hand-tree thing but Airborn would have been my choice.

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HounderKnight Jan 29 2010 says:


that is all.

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Versatyle Jan 29 2010 says:

To be honest, I can see how the Naruto mod would be completely different and refreshing than most mods today, but it just doesn't seem that great. The movement looks awkward, the gameplay looks silly, and the sound is just annoying. I would have put my bet on Raindrop or Cry of Fear.

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ÐiamonÐ Jan 29 2010 says:

I don't mean to jump in the band wagon here, but why exactly did a mod that is already released manage to win this year's UPCOMING Mod of the Year? Wasn't this award for those mods that have yet to be actually played to the public? It doesn't really make much sense to award a mod such as NNK for the Best Upcoming Mod, since it is already in the hands of the public.

I would like reiterate that I do not hold offense to that mod, I am simply confused as to why awards are handed in a improper fashion. If anything, NNK should be in the placement of the Best Multiplayer Mod, right?

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Ryswick17 Jan 30 2010 replied:

it's unreleased for 2009

as this is the 2009 MOTY

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postmanX3 Jan 29 2010 says:

A mod based off a pre-existing license beat out Cry of Fear and Raindrop?

I mean, Naruto or not, a mod based off a license just doesn't seem as creative as an original story or concept.

I call shenanigans.

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D3ads Jan 29 2010 says:

I'm sorry but that is just rubbish, Naruto has been released, it's not an upcoming mod and nowhere near the quality of the others!

For me it's a very tough call between Raindrop and COF, both mods use HL engines beyond all capacity of what they originally achieved...

Honourable mention goes to Zeitgeist for being one of the most original concepts for any game to date!

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Statora Jan 29 2010 says:

Excellent I'm pleased NNK won. I was once like you (if you have a similar opinion to most of the above posts); I arrogantly thought that a mod based on a kid’s anime could never amount to anything. But then I saw their release trailer and got interested with the bright stylised graphics and the snippets of gameplay. I read some of their media releases and watched other videos, I read a little about the team and how much work they had put into this and how much experience they had. I actually got excited for the release.

If you haven't already, please read a little about the mod and the team and watch the release trailer. You may still disagree with its win but try to understand why it won before getting ****** off.

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Slevo Jan 29 2010 says:

Naruto should be replaced with ESF 1.3 or something else cuass its already released its unfair for the unreleased mods :( they only choose naruto cuass they could play it... So this is really very unfair.

YES!! i call shinanigans too, very upsetting :(

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ESGDelusional Jan 29 2010 replied:

Naruto wasn't released in 2009, only in 2010.

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Slevo Jan 30 2010 replied:

Naruto is released already.. its unfair.. IF! airborn was released Airborn would have won...

No offense but Naruto has like 4 maps
3 characters
with 3 moves...

And that is all naruto its ok and im not complaining, BUT im complaing that Airborn or even Raindrop compared to Naruto make it look like a amature game, Airborn by itself is a massive art work of hard work and dedication.

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BerZerK89 Jan 29 2010 says:

What the ****...

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altercuca Jan 29 2010 says:

i was with Raindrop on this one, i guess thats whats the difference between what editors choose and players choose :)

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Editor321 Jan 29 2010 says:

To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2009 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo.

So Naruto wins...

Yeah that makes total ******* sense...

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Mularac Jan 29 2010 replied:

you said it yourself. Was NNK released during 2009? yes? no? so why shouldn't it be in the Best Upcoming Mod of 2009?
And I agree with Henley, on an unreleased mod the PR is almost everything.

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Editor321 Jan 29 2010 replied:

Its strange because when they released it was during voting for the Players Choice so it seems odd that the Editors would go against that.

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Mularac Jan 30 2010 replied:

against what? the award is about mods on 2009, and chances are that the winner had already been decided even before the mod was out, not everything is done last-minute.

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ESGDelusional Jan 29 2010 replied:

They all deserve their spots on the nomination list. Why are so many people crying about which won? Everyone's obsessed with Rain Drop, but I didn't see much from that video, did you?

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei, was NOT released in 2009, and did NOT have ANYTHING released before 2010.

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