In the land of Zenozoik, the city of Halstedom is ruled by a powerful clan, one which Ghat has betrayed by committing a terrible sin. Now, Ghat's brothers and sisters are pursuing him and his companion Deadra through strange and twisted lands, beyond the boundaries of the sane to the ends of the world. What was Ghat's crime and why did he commit it? The bare-knuckled brawl to reach the truth has just begun. A fascinating world of grotesque beauty--Equal parts breathtakingly beautiful and utterly disturbing, prepare to be swallowed up in a surreal fantasy world powered by the Source engine. Explore lush environments and confront bizarre animal-humanoid foes on your mission of discovery and redemption. Visceral first person fighting--Combat is up close, personal, and entirely satisfying. Start with a series of punches, kicks, and grabs, follow up with a knee to the enemy's face, and hit him with a finishing move to send him flying yards away. Learn new moves to mix it up.

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Here's the selection of the best indie games in development that showcased their wares on ModDB in 2008.

Posted by stenchy on Feb 23rd, 2009
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Best Upcoming Indie

Indie games, whether they be commercial or free, have always fought an uphill battle trying to gain some recognition within mainstream circles. Many have started planting roots at ModDB to kickstart their PR campaigns and gain some recognition. As a result of this, we're starting to see some impressive independent titles come out of the woodwork to share their development progress with ModDB's audience and build up strong communities around their games pre-launch. Here's the editors' best picks for the unreleased indies that have graced us with their presence in 2008.


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Zeno Clash

Indie

ACE_Team wrote:Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game blends the first person genre with the fighting game genre and the combat is generally up close and brutal. The original visuals, which make full use of the Source engine features, are a refreshing deviation from traditional fantasy games. Players will be immersed in a fantastic world, beautiful and disturbing at the same time. The unprecedented art style brings a fresh new approach to the first person genre. The surreal environments and characters will keep player's wanting to discover more. The combat in Zeno Clash is up, close & personal. The new melee combat system allows players to perform a variety of movements like deflect & elude combos, knockback finisher punches and punishing grab attacks. The depth of the combat system will put player's skills to the test. Learn new attacks as the game progresses and confronts you with more formidable foes.
Zeno Clash is a story driven game. Players will play the role of Ghat; the son of a impressive hermaphrodite creature called Father-Mother, whose children form the most powerful clan in the city of Halstedom. Ghat must escape from his family and start an incredible journey with his female companion Deadra, who will aid him in the dangerous lands of Zenozoik. An unusual arsenal of weapons is available for those who can manage to keep the enemy at a range. The eccentric weapons are built from scraps and junk, but they are most effective when used properly. Hammers and clubs will be the most effective when fighting heavy characters that can only be brought down with extreme force.

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Infinity: Quest for Earth

Indie

Infinity_Dev_Team wrote:Infinity is an open-ended game in which you control a spaceship throughought the entire galaxy, trying to make a name for yourself. You connect to an online server on which thousands of people are playing, 24/7. The game does not stop when you log off, but continues to evolve: it is a persistent universe. The game mechanics do not emphasize any particular gameplay style. Combat, trade, exploration, social relationships.. you are free to choose your own carrier path and goals. The only limit is your own imagination! Infinity is not a traditional role playing game. Although all players are expected to act in concordance with their avatar's motivations, there are no classes or skills to restrict your choices. Combat between spaceships is in true real-time, and the outcome is determined by your own intelligence and reflexes. Forget turn-based action and experience the great excitement of a first person experience! Using procedural techniques, the game universe has been designed to be huge and realistic. There are billions of solar systems and planets, each unique and awaiting to be discovered by a player. Coherent scales and distances are used, orbits of celestial bodies are correctly modeled and change continuously, allowing you to attend a sunrise on the moon of a giant planet, for instance.

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KRUM

Indie

Haidme wrote:KRUM is a 3D, single-player, third-person/first-person, computer role-playing game in early stage of development. KRUM has a medieval settings, with some fantasy elements. KRUM will be notable for its high-speed realistic 1 to 1 combats, easy to use interface and remarkable gameplay.

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Overgrowth

Indie

Wolfire_Games wrote:Overgrowth is a 3d action-adventure game for Mac, Windows, and Linux, coming soon from the independent game studio, Wolfire Games. We're five guys working more than full time on this until it's done. While Overgrowth will be inheriting the spirit of Lugaru’s tried and true combat system, it will also benefit from every cutting edge feature that our new Phoenix Engine has to offer. Fans can expect better graphics, better physics, more characters, more moves, great mod support, and co-operative multiplay.

Alpha 5 Screenshots Desert Tree Buildings WIP

0 A.D.

Indie

Wildfire_Games wrote:0 A.D. is a new freeware real-time strategy title currently under development by Wildfire Games. The full-featured game showcases six unique classical civilizations, each ideally depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess. Featuring a ground-breaking new game engine custom built to suit our environment, 0 A.D. strives to give a rich and entertaining real-time gaming experience peppered with historical authenticity. Our custom built rendering engine, Pyrogenesis, will be released open source, and the game itself will be completely data driven and 100% customizable.
Custom modding will be a breeze as will scenario design with our user-friendly and richly featured “Atlas” Editor, allowing for map editing, unit and object editing, particle editing, and the introduction of a scenario design feature we call “POGs” (more on this at a later date). Modifying the game's data files will be as simple as editing easy-to-understand Java scripts and XML files. There will never be a commercial game that allows for this amount of end-user freedom and customization.
The classical-era factions in our title consist of the Hellenic States (aka The Greeks), the Roman Republic, The Celtic Tribes, the Persian Empire, the Iberian Tribes, and the Carthaginian Empire. Each of these factions will be unique; from unique technologies to unique units, special buildings, and civilisation bonuses. While our inspiration for 0 A.D. was the classic game “Age of Empires II: Age of Kings” we have not bound the game 100% to “standard” RTS gameplay. We are introducing a number of innovations and gameplay tweaks into the genre, while maintaining the depth of strategy and real-time tactical decision-making that real-time strategy gamers have come to demand in a AAA title.

The Ancient City Rout! Iberian Desert Colony


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-[SOA]-Apollo
-[SOA]-Apollo Feb 23 2009, 2:58pm says:

To 100% Infinity Quest for Earth...

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Daystranger
Daystranger Feb 23 2009, 3:02pm says:

HAHA!
I knew it.
Well... Zeno Clash gets enough hype already. I think you should promote some other promising products...
But... who cares...

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um-tiki
um-tiki Feb 23 2009, 3:04pm says:

well congrats Zeno Clash. looks great

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Bender411
Bender411 Feb 23 2009, 3:04pm says:

Wowee!!! Congratolations Zeno Clash!!!

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Torabi
Torabi Feb 23 2009, 3:04pm says:

Zeno Clas all the way!

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo Feb 23 2009, 3:04pm says:

Well done Zeno, you deserve it!

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demon_firefox
demon_firefox Feb 23 2009, 3:05pm says:

Surprising winner^^ I didn't expected this one...
even though it looks quite good.

Infinity, Zeno and 0 A.D. are my faves for upcoming indie games.
what about yours?

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qpac
qpac Feb 23 2009, 3:06pm says:

Congratulations Zeno Clash! Looking forward to relase.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Feb 23 2009, 3:08pm says:

Congrats, Zeno Clash!!! Also congratulations to all the nominees that made it into this very exclusive group!

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 23 2009, 3:11pm says:

OVERGROWTH !!!.

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Xyrom
Xyrom Feb 23 2009, 3:18pm says:

0 A.D. Most but also Infinity and the others are nice too but not necessarily my taste

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 23 2009, 3:28pm says:

heh like I thought Zeno Clash one won :D
grats to Zeno Clash for winning! a victory well earned!

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FJS
FJS Feb 23 2009, 3:29pm says:

YES! I knew it! Congratulatios Zeno Clash

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abordeu
abordeu Feb 23 2009, 3:33pm says:

A HUGE thanks to the ModDB editors!!!! At ACE Team everybody jumped out of their seat when we saw the pick! :D

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Feb 23 2009, 3:37pm says:

Zeno Clash is the WINNER!!!!!!! Yahooo!!! Viva Chile!!!

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Ravelo
Ravelo Feb 23 2009, 3:45pm says:

Congratulations ZCTeam from Spain

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abordeu
abordeu Feb 23 2009, 3:49pm says:

From the team: Thanks to everyone for the great comments. We're very happy with all the support we're getting!

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BRKNnode
BRKNnode Feb 23 2009, 3:52pm says:

ZENO FTW!
yeah looking forward to that.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 23 2009, 3:54pm says:

And nailed this one too :D . Zeno made it. It definitely has a style on its own. Not necessary anyones style but it's different and that's what Indies are: out of the norm... let's see how next year turns out ;)

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Setis
Setis Feb 23 2009, 3:59pm says:

as expected, zeno clash won this award. Very well deserved and I'm looking forward to the release. Although I still stick with my reserves that I fear it might get repetitive quite soon, but that won't stop me from trying it anyway.

I wonder how close the call between zeno clash and infinity was, as I believe those two were the top contenders in this category.

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Wills
Wills Feb 23 2009, 4:01pm says:

Congrats guys, when do we get to preorder? :D

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Feb 23 2009, 4:03pm says:

Did you know Zeno Clash is a chilean game thats great!!!!

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 23 2009, 4:24pm says:

Congrats Zeno Clash!! Too bad Infinity didn't win this one though.

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Setis
Setis Feb 23 2009, 4:38pm says:

hmm i wouldn't say that.. i mean, it is the editor's choice awards after all.. things might look different for the player's choice categories.

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AnarchyDom
AnarchyDom Feb 23 2009, 4:56pm says:

Congratulations, can't wait for the steam release.

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Feb 23 2009, 5:28pm says:

Big congrats to Zeno Clash! I love what they are doing with the artwork.

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kikaimaster
kikaimaster Feb 23 2009, 6:45pm says:

Zeno Clash is like Morrowind.

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 23 2009, 7:25pm says:

GJ Zeno Clash :D Looking forward to beating the hell outa whatever you got in store for us :D

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Feb 23 2009, 8:16pm says:

Yeah! Zeno clash, can't wait for that game to come out, it will be awesome!

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bomblol
bomblol Feb 23 2009, 8:37pm says:

As much as I wanted Krum, the underdog and a mod I am looking forward to, to win, I knew Zeno Clash would and should win. Congrats.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Feb 24 2009, 12:23am says:

I saw that coming from a mile away, even if I really wanted Infinity Quest for Earth to win. I know Zeno clash deserves it. :) You have shown that you have done more than excellent work with the source engine.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 24 2009, 12:48am replied:

Agreed. I will definitely be purchasing Zeno Clash and looking forward to more information on Infinity.

Congrats guys, you not only put a lot of hard work into Zeno Clash but it looks fantastic and you weren't afraid to try something different.

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OROKUSAKI
OROKUSAKI Feb 24 2009, 3:17am says:

WOWEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ZENOP CLASJH!!!!

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08 Feb 24 2009, 3:20am says:

0 AD defnitly caught my eye, however the faq on their site seems to have been made 4 years ago, still with no news of a release, so Its a bit ify.

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Feb 24 2009, 10:09am replied:

It's true, 0 A.D. has been around for a long time, and has undergone many changes over the years. It was originally designed to be a 2D game based on sprites, much like Age of Empires, and it has gradually grown into a highly-customizable open source real-time strategy dream built from the ground up that caters to the player and the modder.

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astupiddvdcase
astupiddvdcase Feb 24 2009, 5:31am says:

US Airforce ? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ? Bogey on my tail >?

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█ Feb 24 2009, 7:28am says:

Congrats Zeno Clash, but I´m waiting for 0AD and Infinity, too

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RunningJack
RunningJack Feb 25 2009, 6:21pm says:

Isn't Zeno Clash the only game from these Indie games which you have to pay for it?
Or am I wrong?

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Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler Feb 26 2009, 4:26am says:

This year's indie game finalists were all top notch. Each one catered to a different kind of gamer and were unique from each other. I loved them all! My personal favorites (other than my own) were Infinity and Zeno Clash! Congrats to the Zeno Clash team!

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Harimau
Harimau Feb 28 2009, 9:11pm says:

0 AD would get my vote.

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Bigglesworth
Bigglesworth Mar 5 2009, 12:55am says:

Personally i think infinity should have won, but Zeno clash looks excellent to.

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