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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View 2009's most anticipated mods, as picked by you the players.

Posted by Henley on Feb 4th, 2010
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Last year there was uproar when a L4D mappack won the best upcoming mod. This year we expect more controversy because excluding the exceptional CoH: Eastern Front, Half-Life based mods cleaned up this category. Considering the number of Half-Life fans and developers, this may come as no surprise to many, but if you aren't one of the millions, push harder to help the mods you love get recognition in 2010. For now, lets acknowledge 2009's most anticipated, because love it or hate it every mod listed here deserves their place, and all promise to provide gamers with something memorable.

To qualify for the top 5, the mod must place higher than it has in previous years and must have had a significant update in 2009. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

10 years of Opposing Force To demonstrate just how diehard (possibly crazy?) Half-Life fans are, playing the original Half-Life: Opposing Force game isn't good enough for them. Operation Black Mesa promises to remake it and has had fans drooling over the prospect of playing Corporal Adrian Shephard once more, ever since.

Surface Tension Promo Is any explanation required? Without a SHADOW of a doubt, Black Mesa is the most hotly anticipated mod we have ever seen. The team may not update often, but when they do they stir up a frenzy and there is little doubt why. Will 2010 be their year? Sure looks that way.


5Raindrop
8. 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.

4Opposing Force 2
is an ambitious Half-Life 2 modification that focuses on making an unnofficial sequel to Gearbox Software's award winning game: Opposing Force. As many gamers think of Opposing Force as one of the greatest FPS games ever, modders making a sequel is an obvious possibility.

3CoH: Eastern Front
is a free mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding a full Soviet faction packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

2Naruto: Naiteki Kensei
offers a unique fast-paced gaming experience based on the hit Japanese anime Naruto. Combining a third-person shooter with an action-based fighter, players go head-to-head against others online casting powerful jutsus, performing evasive, acrobatic, and free-form moves, while utilizing an array of weapons with multiple functions.

1The Mortewood Plaza
When Mortewood was chosen by the U.S. Government as the first town in America to receive a test for a cure for Cancer, named Project H.O.P.E, naturally the citizens were overjoyed. They thought of it as a blessing from God. But what happens if this so called 'blessing' becomes a curse? What happens if the cure evolves into a much more terrifying disease?

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Rakym
Rakym Feb 4 2010, 5:24pm replied:

Agreed. Go go SHIFT Im waiting for ya.

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joure
joure Feb 4 2010, 2:25pm says:

Congrats DEC, Having been quite involved behind the scenes I can only say it's well deserved. Don't worry about them maps folks. Everything is taken care of by this very promising and upcoming developer. I'm sure we'll hear more of dec in the future no doubt. WooT

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m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 4 2010, 2:25pm says:

Aww man, no CoF? I am disappoint. Though Mortewood is excellent also.

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Minuit
Minuit Feb 4 2010, 2:29pm says:

Awesome to see the support for CoF from some people here, even though it wasn't nominated, but congrats to Dec! Keep on modding mate.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan Feb 4 2010, 5:30pm replied:

It wasn't nominated O.o ?! I'll be damned, I was so sure it was gonna win (being my favorite) that I obviously didn't pay attention to the fact that it wasn't in the finals.

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m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 4 2010, 9:59pm replied:

Heh, I did pretty much the exact same thing. But Mortewood Plaza is more than deserving of the being picked, so I am still satisfied.

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Minuit
Minuit Feb 5 2010, 5:26am replied:

Wasn't nominated in the top 5 I mean. It made it to the top 100, which was cool.

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VagrantPostman
VagrantPostman Feb 4 2010, 2:32pm says:

great job everyone!

btw, for those of you who wanted Raindrop to win big this year, keep in mind that we have shown you /very/ little gameplay as of yet, and have big updates in store for you still. We'll win something at some point, but right now let's give it up for the more visibly fleshed-out mods that aren't shrouded in any kind of developer's secrecy.

Sad to say I won't be able to play a lot of these for a little while, because I'm still very busy. But maybe things will settle down once I finish our current to-do list.

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altercuca
altercuca Feb 4 2010, 2:48pm says:

RAINDROP, OPPOSING FORCE 2, CoH: Eastern Front... well those were my choices !!! :(, nevermind, congrats guys!!!

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GreenMagicDust
GreenMagicDust Feb 4 2010, 3:02pm says:

gg'go mortewood whooooo hooooooooo

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 4 2010, 3:05pm says:

All Look Great but in the Quotes " qualify for the top 5, the indie game must place h" it says indie game :p shouldn't that be modification.

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INtense!
INtense! Feb 4 2010, 3:41pm replied: Online

oops! damn copy / paste

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan Feb 4 2010, 5:28pm says:

They voted Opposing Force 2 just because Black Mesa couldn't be nominated anymore ...

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zaglis
zaglis Feb 4 2010, 5:41pm says:

Firearms: S

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DragonNOR
DragonNOR Feb 4 2010, 6:24pm says:

Many thanks for the honorable mention! We'll work hard to earn our place in the top five next year :)
And congratulations to Mortewood Plaza! :D

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RedBlueGreen953
RedBlueGreen953 Feb 4 2010, 6:55pm says:

Black Mesa + Operation Black Mesa = Best

Still, every mod up there deserves it.

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The-ANIMAL
The-ANIMAL Feb 4 2010, 7:15pm says:

Another Zombie mod? I mean sure, a mod with a wide variety of Zombie death in it is going to be popular but aren't there already a load of zombie mods?

Congratulations to everybody who made the list though, everyone on there has done alot of work.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 4 2010, 7:28pm says:

I'm always shocked by those who find the winners a surprise during "Players Choice"

You're more likely to win if:

1. You post quality/decent/presentable news posts regularly.
2. Your mod borrows it's name from a popular Commercial Game/Anime.
3. You can afford to buy enough votes.

It shouldn't be a surprise anymore why Players Choice ends up the way it does. Oh right and

4. Has Zombies.

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K Feb 4 2010, 7:36pm says:

Zombies are getting pretty old.

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kukiric
kukiric Feb 4 2010, 11:26pm says:

The monotone voice bores me, it looks like gamespot's GOTY. 2009's MOTY presentation isn't nearly as exciting as the past ones.

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Aro
Aro Feb 5 2010, 3:47am says:

I don't disagree with those that are saying the results are a joke, I'm sorry but honestly, it is ridiculous. Opposing Force 2 and Raindrop should of been First and Second. I will never understand some peoples taste in things, I'm still in shock about how successful Gary's mod is regarding what the mod actually is... Then again, everyone has different opinions at the end of the day. I respect Dec's abilities to produce such a fan favorite all by himself, but everything about the mod in comparative just doesn't match the quality of either Raindrop and or Opposing Force 2. But congratulations to him non-the-less. I am not just being bitter because I didn't get a mention, I'm speaking on behalf of my player side and not my editor side so don't take what I'm saying that way. On that note, It's a shame that Twisted Insurrection never got a mention anywhere, but I wasn't really expecting it to be honest cause I know it's almost impossible to compete with Half-Life/Unreal/Crysis mods. Is there any way I could check where I came in the rankings anyway?

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MerlinGalgotta
MerlinGalgotta Feb 5 2010, 4:43am says:

Honestly, I didn't even know Mortewood before this result, although I think that I know at least the "most promising" mods, but I really can't understand why people are complaining about the results.

Should be absolutely clear, that this voting is not about quality or quantity but only about popularity.
It is incontestable that Eastern Front for example is absolutely amazing, but in the end, a "company of heroes" mod has simply not that many fans than a Half-Life 2 mod. It is just not popular enough. (I mean CoH itself).

Same with my mod, since months a constant rank in the top 10 of the most popular mods and we have released some quite amazing updates during the last weeks, but with a mod for Empire at War we will never have a chance to win anything here.

But that's absolutely ok, as I don't expect anything else!

So, congratulations to all the winners! :)

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Mularac
Mularac Feb 5 2010, 11:03am replied:

ha... you're complaining about your game base... try stepping into our shoes :P, modding an almost extint game basically no one knows about XD

Congrats Dec on winning this award, doing a mod by yourself... I can only think how tough that can be... and even so he won! I mean, c'mon, who doesn't deserve this any more than him??

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MerlinGalgotta
MerlinGalgotta Feb 5 2010, 11:17am replied:

I think you misunderstood me, I am not complaining about my game, I just wanted to point out, that modding a more or less unknown game does logically lead to nothing else than "no chance to win such an award".:)

But as I said, for me that's totally ok! ;)

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Mularac
Mularac Feb 5 2010, 6:47pm replied:

oh... sorry, I guess I confused complaint with accepting reallity XD

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Xen-28
Xen-28 Feb 5 2010, 7:26am says:

GOOOOO !!!!! Opposing Force 2 you must win

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jjawinte
jjawinte Feb 5 2010, 1:08pm says:

This guy Dec has some mad skills ! Truly looking forward to Mortewood Plaza's release just as much as the others. It's gonna be a great year !

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Coolm4n
Coolm4n Feb 6 2010, 7:14am says:

Hooray for Black Mesa!

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Spenzerr
Spenzerr Feb 6 2010, 7:48am says:

thats awesome good work dec!

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Maggot4ever
Maggot4ever Feb 7 2010, 8:51pm says:

the other day i said i want to play OF2 and i got karma raged. WTF

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Mr.John
Mr.John Feb 8 2010, 10:57am says:

Too bad Black Mesa cant win more awards, or they would win agian.

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blahblah965
blahblah965 Feb 8 2010, 12:22pm says:

these awards are jacked up
only one good mod is on there(middle earth)

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wazanator
wazanator Feb 9 2010, 10:33pm replied:

Care to explain why? All the mods shown have done a real good job with releasing media and keeping there communities informed over the last year and thus earned peoples votes

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vempajor
vempajor Feb 9 2010, 9:22am says:

Cool mods! :]

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ghostings
ghostings Nov 18 2010, 11:23pm says:

"Will 2010 be Black Mesa's year"

Nope.

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*Don*
*Don* Nov 28 2010, 12:21am says:

Anyone else find it funny that the winner of this has not released 1 thing about the mod since winning?!

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