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ModDB's editors select their choice picks for the best indie games featured on the site.

Posted by stenchy on Feb 24th, 2009

Best Indie Game

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 released indies that have graced us with their presence in 2008.


Mount & Blade


Taleworlds wrote:Mount&Blade is a 3D, open-ended, single-player, third- or first-person, computer role-playing game in beta stage of development, created and distributed by the Turkish development house TaleWorlds. Mount&Blade has a medieval setting, without any fantasy elements. Mount&Blade is notable for its emphasis on realistic cavalry combat, which was common in the era, but is largely absent in most RPG titles.
The player can directly control only one player character, which is created when a new game starts. A character class only serves as a template for future character development. Each "class" differs only in its starting attributes, skill points and equipment. There are no in-game restrictions on equipment or skill use based on class and gender. The maximum level of a skill and the use of certain equipment is linked to a related attribute. The player character's facial features are customizable. The face and hair can be changed at any time, should the player wish to do so. The player character may take sides with any one or none of the factions present in Calradia: The Swadian, Rhodok, Vaegir, Khergit, and Nord armies, or hunt down the various bandits and rogues that plague the region.
The gameplay is open, similar to games such as Elite or Darklands. The game currently has a skeleton plot and the player is free to do as he wishes. While combat is the main draw of the game, it is for the most part optional.

Mount&Blade v. 0.953 Mount&Blade v. 0.953 Some 0.953 shots


Celestial Impact


Celestial_Impact wrote:Celestial Impact is a team multiplayer FPS taking place on asteroids with spherical gravity. The game is unique in that the landscape can be deformed in every direction. Players can add or remove terrain during combat by aiming and firing a special tool called Dirtgun. Celestial Impact is a PC game developed in Sweden that started with a few university students having an idea of an unusual and fun game. The idea evolved into a larger spare-time project and has now reached a fully playable version.

Berserk Having the Crystal Bridge builder

Iron Grip: Warlord


Isotx wrote:In IRON GRIP: WARLORD, the first commercial game from Isotx, the player plays as an Atelian warrior from Warlord Sahrab's army. The nomadic state of Atelia is being invaded by the imperialistic Confederation and everything from their religion to their independence is being threatened. Due to its own internal weakness and fractured city-states, Atelia has struggled and largely failed to fight the movement. It is now up to you and a close-knit of rebels--either AI controlled or fellow players--to repel the invader and save Atelia. As a Warlord, you must use all of your skill to defend the city against the Confederate attacks. In an innovative blend of RTS and FPS gameplay, you will employ urban guerrilla tactics to fight off the hordes of soldiers. You must protect your city at all costs, by building defense structures, setting traps, and taking the enemy on yourself. Based on the Quake 3 engine, this project is the latest offering in the Iron Grip Universe.

Warlord v1.11 September Updates Winter Offensive

Live for Speed S2


Live_for_Speed wrote:LFS S2 is a serious racing simulator. No arcade modes, no steering aids - YOU have to do the driving. It is therefore highly recommended to play the sim with a wheel, because even though you can use keyboard and/or mouse, a wheel is what you use in a real car, so a wheel should be used in a serious racing simulator. Especially when going online, where fast reactions are required.
In S2 you can race alone or against the AI, but the real fun is to be found online, in multiplayer mode. Racing against real people is simply the best thing and LFS makes it easy for you to do so. There are also several online racing leagues you can take part in, if you are looking for something with a more competitive edge.
A serious simulator obviously requires a very good physics simulation to provide the thrill and fun of real racing. This is done by simulating all aspects that are important to racing. LFS S2 is the second step towards our vision of what the sim must become and already does a very good job in simulating real racing. Many racing aspects are covered - comprehensive setup possibilities, fuel usage, tyre wear, a lot of different surface types, intriguing racing environments, different car classes, etc. All these aspects make sure you have enough to practise with and spend time on learning the flow of the tracks. Additionally, don't forget to plan your pitstops - find out how much fuel your car uses on a track and how are your tyres behaving on any track, with your driving style. All aspects you will have to think about in real racing and as such you need to think about them in S2 as well.

Donut Narrow Streets of South City :) AutoCross

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul


S2_Games wrote:Savage 2 is a hybrid RTS-action game. Two teams--Beasts and Humans--square off in large-scale maps. On each team, one player is the "commander" and plays the game like an RTS, while every other player on the team plays it as an action game. Savage 2 adds upon the existing Savage formula by expanding the melee combat system, updating the RPG and stat-tracking elements, and adding an entirely new race--the Hellborne. The strong emphasis on teamwork, innovative merging of genres, and asymmetrical teams make Savage 2 a very unique gameplay experience.

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SCΛRECROW Feb 24 2009 says:

They all look so good! But I'm leaning towards Savage 2: A Tortured Soul.

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Tatsur0 Feb 24 2009 says:

I'm somewhat split between Mount and Blade and Savage 2 but have to go with Savage 2: A Tortured Soul. Was impressed with the work that went into it and the quality.

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VagabondPraetor Feb 24 2009 says:

Looks like Mount and Blade's year.

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Herr_Alien Feb 24 2009 says:

Oh man, I am sooo keeping my fingers crossed for Warlord ...

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Setis Feb 24 2009 says:

another tough one. my personal favourite would have to be mount & blade, simply because I loved the feel of the game and it reminded me of my favorite childhood game - Conqueror AD 1086.

However, realistically speaking, I can see this award going to savage 2. The amount of work that was put into the top notch graphics, fantastic gameplay quality, the fast paced action and essentially the originality of the game make this a very strong contender.

None the less we shouldn't lose sight of celestial impact, they have already bagged most innovative multiplayer. I somewhat doubt that warlord will win, simply because their game is very similar to their mod and that sadly didn't last too long.

The only game I am rather unfamiliar with is Live for Speed, hwoever from the info I got on it from their profile, it looks like a fun game. But will it be strong enough to compete?

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PGGB Feb 24 2009 says:

I'd say Mount & Blade.
Definitely not Savage 2. I mean it looks fantastic but last time I played it the gameplay was way worse than the gameplay in Savage 1.

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f0rqu3 Feb 24 2009 says:

Iron Grip: Warlord

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BunnyJen Feb 24 2009 says:

Hmm I hadn't seen Live for Speed S2. Looks pretty cool. Savage 2 looks interesting as well.

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Setis Feb 24 2009 says:

is savage 2 really free now?

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Ryswick17 Feb 24 2009 replied:

Yes, Savage 2 is free

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NinjaWursti Feb 25 2009 replied:

But with some limitations, to get all the stuff you'll have to pay about 7€ or something.

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AwsomeCake Feb 24 2009 says:

Go Mount and blade :p one of the best games ever :) also its very original, :D

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RogerRamjet Feb 24 2009 says:

A very close choice between Mount and Blade and Savage 2. Both excellent games in their own right in almost every area. But the other 3 deserve their place in the top 5 indie game choices. Well done to all.

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Dnst Feb 24 2009 says:

I think that:
- Live for Speed has to get the price, because it is the most famous.
- Celstial Impact will get the price, because it is more innovative.

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nasir91 Feb 24 2009 says:

Savage 2 definately, their work and passion with the game is extraordinary, even made it free, really, really good game with dedicated developers. Even though none of their games became financial success (Savage 1 received MANY awards), sadly enough the game never became popular because of the marketing restrictions. I hope Savage 2 win this award and can make some recognition to the average gamer :).

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Ryswick17 Feb 24 2009 says:

I really glad that Savage 2 was even nominated

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Mandarax Feb 24 2009 says:

Go Warlord!

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Dragonlord Feb 24 2009 says:

I don't think CI can get an award too times so I don't think it makes it this time. LFS sounds good but it is geared for a specific audience. So I think it's fought out between M&B and S2. I would say M&B makes it since it has a well round execution.

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AngryHillbilly Feb 24 2009 says:

Iron Grip Warlord hands down. The game is made with a huge atteintion to detail and is extreemly fun XD

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Daystranger Feb 24 2009 says:

Mount & Blade.
Others just don't keep up. Great game.

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Torabi Feb 24 2009 says:

Mount & Blade! Mount & Blade hands down! I love it so much, bought it for like 10 bucks when it was still in development, money well spent!

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sauerfreak Feb 24 2009 says:

They're all great games.....but Savage 2 is the best. Iron Grip: Warlord would hafta be my runner-up. :D I applaud the M&B devs for making it this far, though. Though they do need to lower the price a bit...:P

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NullSoldier Feb 24 2009 says:

Savage 2 definately.

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Xyrom Feb 24 2009 says:

Iron Grip says it wins

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twcrash Feb 24 2009 says:

Editors tend to pick non FPS games so I see LFS get the prize (Mount and Blade could upset that). I personally would like to see Celestial Impact get it. But realistically it isn't the best product out of all of them. Iron Grip would be my darkhorse.

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Robok Feb 24 2009 replied:

Celestial Impact already won an award, so I didn't think it'll win again here anyway :P

And yeah congrats M&B, you deserve it :)

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Namelezz! Feb 24 2009 says:

Congrats Mount & Blade!

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PytoX Feb 24 2009 says:

Indeed, congrats mount & blade!

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qpac Feb 24 2009 says:

If it would be free, I would give it a try. Insufficient funds :(
Anyway, congratulations.

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Kyle1212 Feb 24 2009 replied:

They have a demo i believe.

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stenchy Feb 24 2009 replied:

The demo is same as the full game I think, only you are capped at level 7.

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Trestkon Feb 24 2009 replied:


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4CH! Feb 24 2009 says:

Again, congrats

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PGGB Feb 24 2009 says:

Good choice!

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Setis Feb 24 2009 says:

congrats to mount and blade. yay :D

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Hfett Feb 24 2009 says:

I think only free games should be on the indie category.

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Eldatoron Feb 24 2009 says:

lool, the game footage of savage 2 was from pre-beta...

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stenchy Feb 24 2009 replied:

Yeah, Henley didn't have enough bandwidth/time to download the game again, unfortunately. He had to go with "found" footage, didn't realize it was from the beta until too late. Sorry! I dunno if anyone notices, but the order is a bit out of whack too. Iron Grip: Warlord should be second but whatever. Late night editing will yield occasional mistakes like that :P

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AYANO Feb 24 2009 says:

Congrats! That was definitely my favourite title.

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MrTambourineMan Feb 24 2009 says:

Mount and Blade for me :) It is the kind game I really wanted to play for a long time, but never really had a chance.

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Dremth Feb 24 2009 says:

i liked mount and blade a lot. it was entertaining. but i felt that it was a little bit too complicated for what i was expecting. also, i felt the combat controls were a little unresponsive. but overall, i think it's a really fun game. i look forward to some sort of a sequel

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OkeiDo Feb 24 2009 says:


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kikaimaster Feb 24 2009 says:

Truth be told, it was a tough competition.

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Otreum Feb 24 2009 says:

Mount and blade for me as well, with a few small mods like the custom battle sizer (change maximum battle size), you can have some really nice battles with about 300-400 troops running around at once...although it does get slow.

But even without mods, mount and blade is great. They will be releasing an expansion soon enough as well, it will include multiplayer, so that should really spice the game up just a wee bit :P
I really don't think the price needs to be lowered, you all could have purchased the game cheaper with the earlier versions, and that price was around for a long time, m&b is a quality game, still not perfect, but it has the quality that major production games and game developers can't achieve, yet they sell their games from $80 - $120AUD for a couple of hours of the same old same old with different graphics...

Savage 2 was ok, but I didn't like the feel of the game, it somehow reminded me of WoW (not a good thing) overall, even though most would argue that there are hardly any elements in the game that are like WoW.

Iron Grip I haven't played, I only played an old beta release on the Half life 2 engine waaaaaaay back, and it wasn't too bad a game, but wouldn't get my vote on this one.

Celestial Impact is great, I loved it when I played the initial release, all I did was build little forts around myself, or bury myself into the ground and cover myself up :D
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to play online with anybody so I can't really comment much on the games actual gameplay and how it pans out.

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poison2003 Feb 24 2009 says:

im rooting for savage 2 their development team has listened a lot to the players and worked on the game the best they could

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Tatsur0 Feb 24 2009 says:

Congrats guys. I'm still pushing stenchy or henley to get me M&B!

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AlCool Feb 24 2009 says:

I was in it for you the whole show M&B :D

Great work and great game!


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skullshaper Feb 24 2009 says:

they all look so expensive xd, i think ill stick to mods for the games i already own. instead of gambling with £20, and well savage 2 had my vote.

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Otreum Mar 10 2009 replied:

I'd rather pay full price for a game like mount and blade compared to the crap games released now that sell for $90, because at least the indie games out there actually go for new experiences, where as your big name games are all the same boring crap.
I hardly think 20 pounds is painful to spend....

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Daystranger Feb 25 2009 says:

As I said. M&B wins. And it truly deserves it.
Eat it, pubescent kiddies who silently gave my post -rep instead of having conversation :D

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