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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Editor321 Jan 29 2010, 6:23pm 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, 6:29pm 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, 11:41pm 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, 1:29am 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, 10:52pm 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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FERlanga Jan 29 2010, 6:58pm says:

probably just me but anime mods are overrated and theres this Naruto mod.

Cry Of Fearshould have won or at least get a notable mention.

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Mularac Jan 30 2010, 1:23am replied:

it got. It's a nominee of the editor's choice. I think you're missing the importance of that, winner or no winner.

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pone Jan 29 2010, 7:00pm says:

naruto what? :D

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Dremth Jan 29 2010, 7:03pm says:

Gotta say, every single one of the editor's choices has surprised me.

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MrtwovideoCards Jan 29 2010, 7:57pm says:


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LordIheanacho Jan 29 2010, 8:29pm says:

Zeitgeist FTW!!!

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neb24 Jan 29 2010, 10:13pm says:

Cry of Fear looks like the best horror mod since Afraid of Monsters: Directors cut.

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Panzert Jan 29 2010, 10:58pm says:

naruto? But all the others are original and have their own style...

But then maybe you picked because it was the only one that wasn't original :\

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TryForceX Jan 29 2010, 11:35pm replied:

having an ego shooter like all other games is... original, yeh. Honestly the only original concept here is Airborn and possibly Zeitgeist.

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Minuit Jan 29 2010, 11:50pm replied:

Oh I see, whereas a 3rd person fighter is pretty original in the gaming world.

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TryForceX Jan 30 2010, 5:23am replied:

could you please tell me where you read that?

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Whizzard Jan 30 2010, 5:42am replied:

C'mon, show me a 3rd person multiplayer fighter with blazing fast gameplay on an pure-blooded first-person-shooter engine.

No, Earth Special Forces doesn't count, they helped each other out.

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Minuit Jan 30 2010, 6:15am replied:

That was clearly the implication - NNK is more "original" because it's not a 1st person shooter. (The fact that you seem to base originality on where the camera is in the game is a different matter entirely)

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TryForceX Jan 30 2010, 7:56am replied:

You seriously have to go back to school cuz you can't read at all.
The above poster said that naruto is totaly unoriginal, while i was saying that the other ego-shooters aren't original aswell because there are thousands of thousands games/mods/projects wich are only dealing about shooting with guns. NNK isn't original because it follows the Manga Naruto and it's concept, but the mod is unique because there are barely and 3rd person fighting mods out there.
Now please stop trying to flip my sentences into a nonesense.

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Panzert Jan 30 2010, 8:05am replied:

When i said that, i was talking about the concept...

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Minuit Jan 30 2010, 8:49am replied:

I could "go back to school" or...

You could learn to express yourself more clearly.

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ruMpel Jan 30 2010, 8:52am replied:

Okay, so I'm going to make a mod where you **** people in the face in real time strategy mode (as original).

I wonder if it'll win best upcoming.

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Dremth Jan 30 2010, 11:51am replied:


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Tatsur0 Jan 29 2010, 11:49pm says:

Like most I've been surprised by the Editors Choice winners in each category so far. But I think most of us can agree the nominees themselves all deserve to be up there and are for the most part well selected. The Editors behind the choice have their own selection process and that's why it's usually so different from Player's Choice. Congrats to the winners so far.

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KorJax Jan 30 2010, 12:17am says:

I'm surprised by this result but think about it guys.

Seriously, that's a pretty kick *** looking game running on the HALF LIFE 1 ENGINE from over 10 years ago. I mean, how did they even do the stuff they did?

Plus, good PR hype makes for good upcoming candidate. PR hype beyond just "lol graphics cocktease".

So it makes sense why the mod won the Editor's Choice to me, seems very deserved :)

Even though I'm definatly not a fan of naurto or this kind of gameplay personally anymore.

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wazanator Jan 30 2010, 12:41am says:

Not that I don't agree with the choice for this category, I would just like to know if you guys played this mod before casting your votes?

If you did you have to agree that it looks kind of biased from some peoples view

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goulashnakov Jan 30 2010, 12:52am says:

CoF Not Editor's Choice = ModDB Fail. Let's see what the people say though, in the player's choice. I hope they aren't a bunch of narutards as well.

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Ryswick17 Jan 30 2010, 1:16am replied:

the maturity on this site never ceases to surprise me.

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Mularac Jan 30 2010, 1:27am replied:

hey, this is a colourful community, don't put it all in the first retard that appears!
And goulshnakov: a number of adjectives come to mind about you, but I'll spare it for the sake of the readers. Just because you disagree with a choice doesn't make it the wrong one, so keep it quite.

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Statora Jan 30 2010, 2:44am replied:

I heard Henly say on podcast 17 that the editors choice award exist because the community always votes for the popular mods that may or may not have good support or gameplay, while other fantastic mods that are not so popular never get any recognition. Bear in mind that Mod DB team are working adults with a great deal of enthusiasm for all the content on this site and they are not 13 year olds and are not narutards which I must say is a totally irrational conclusion. The Mod DB team has pointed out that there is something good about this mod, many of you who are unsure about the mod or downright hate it should have a great deal of respect for what the Mod DB team does and has does so they do not deserve this backlash they have received. Give the Mod DB the respect it deserves and have a look at NNK and find out why it has been given this award.

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JLea Jan 30 2010, 2:24am says:

Naruto? are we 13

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C.o.m.m.a.n.d.e.r Jan 30 2010, 3:48am says:

wow rly? a mod thats alrdy out won best upcoming thats retarded. not to mention naruto is retarded

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Statora Jan 30 2010, 4:10am replied:

What did I just say...

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Cozmin95 Jan 30 2010, 4:25am says:

I think Naruto is great 'cuz it's the first worth playing Naruto game(although it's a mod)if you have Half-Life!
While Raindrop amazed me!If the quality of the game will be as good as the quality of the graphic it will be a game worth playing!Let's hope it will turn out good! :)

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Headcrusher Jan 30 2010, 5:14am says:

How the **** did naruto win? Last time I checked Naruto was released?

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KneeKapper Jan 30 2010, 5:22am says:

Where is The Rising?

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Whizzard Jan 30 2010, 5:36am says:

NNK is doing something that other mods on the list didn't: they took an decade old game engine and built a game unto it which graphically fills all the modern standards: depth of field, motion blur (which awesome in it), and they even brought cell-shading into an engine that has almost no shaders at all. They also offer a good, fun and innovative gameplay like wall(and ceiling) running and jutsu system for largest examples.

They deserved it, now if they only got rid of the bugs. ^^
Though if you learn what the bugs are and learn to avoid them, it's all good.

I do hope they get the best released mod award of 2010 awards.
And for those who wonder why NNK got the best unreleased award even though they got released: they released in 2010 not 2009 and this is 2009 awards.

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Dremth Jan 30 2010, 11:54am replied:

Cry of Fear is using the same engine -_-

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Underet Jan 30 2010, 6:12am says:


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Enix04 Jan 30 2010, 6:39am says:

I think if you look at what each game provided to the public it becomes perfectly clear why NNK won:

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei - Visuals, gameplay demonstration, consistent weekly updates for over a year (the great PR mentioned)
Cry of Fear - Visuals, gameplay demonstration
Airborn - Visuals, tech demo
Zeitgeist - Visuals
Raindrop - Visuals

NNK won and they deserved to win...

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Jonko Jan 30 2010, 7:20am replied:

May I add that all of the games have released part of their soundtrack? Most people think original music and sound effects aren't important, but if you play an entire game without sound, you realize that they are.

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Vinylshark Jan 30 2010, 7:46am says:

What the hell?
Nothing against the guys behind NNK, but this mod is no competition to the other mods.
From the graphics Raindrop clearly deserved to win.
From the world design concept Zeitgeist should have won.
And from the gameplay I think Cry of Fear deserved to win this year.

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Enix04 Jan 30 2010, 8:01am replied:

So NNK is no competition for the other mods because most of them use newer engines with prettier lighting effects? So the prettiest game automatically wins, huh? I wouldn't still be hanging around here if the moddb staff were that biased...

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Vinylshark Jan 30 2010, 8:10am replied:

I didn't say it is no competition for the other mods because it has a older engine, but NNK doesn't win in any categorie compared to the other mods.

But I guess such choices are always hard to make because everybody has a different taste.

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DragonNOR Jan 30 2010, 11:21am replied:

Just for reference, CoF is based on the same engine as NNK.

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ne_zavarj Jan 30 2010, 8:01am says:

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei ? :(

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Kamasabe Jan 30 2010, 9:19am says:

Reading this thread, thanks to all of you for your support guys, we're glad that so many of you enjoyed our project, even if you didn't enjoy the source material.

It's really sad to see that 90% of the people who are upset about us being fortunate enough to take this award seem to base their hate on nothing more than the fact we are based off of Naruto.

Take the time to read our ModDB profile page, read our updates, see the things we have done and the gameplay we have made. Blending together three different combat styles into one fluid system is one of the reasons we are so successful.

Making mods is no easy task, and all of these mods are fantastic projects that we ourselves cannot wait to try out! But writing off NNK because it is based off an anime before actually looking into the development behind it is as foolish as writing off Airborn for it's disney-esque beauty or Cry of Fear for it's Horror theme.

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ptc5010 Jan 30 2010, 10:26am says:

I don't really get it. Every mod besides naruto looks like so polished and promising. Are the creators of moddb narutards or something? Raindrop and airborn look especially polished, but I'm dying to play Cry of Fear more. Love the scary stuff.

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ptc5010 Jan 30 2010, 10:29am replied:

I should add that I don't think N:NK is a bad mod, it's obviously had a lot of work put into it. But by comparison I just think that the other games show more promise.

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liqid Jan 30 2010, 12:37pm says:

Again: DOH!

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Magirock Jan 30 2010, 1:15pm says:

Oh come on... Naruto? Are you -serious-? I mean, it's not that bad but... I seriously think Cry of Fear should have won, it is definitively wayyy more original than a cheap anime rip-off fighting mod.


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frix87 Jan 30 2010, 2:22pm says:

The end is nigh!

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TheShadowCookie Jan 30 2010, 4:03pm says:

Love all the mods. But Cry of Fear is my favorite of them all <3

Still, to all mods, give it your best.


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