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

Posted by Henley on Feb 4th, 2010

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.

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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MrMattWebb Feb 4 2010 says:

Go Mortewood!!!!

Dec is ruler! :D

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Exosoldier22 Feb 4 2010 replied:

why is everyone voting down korge? great lineup by the way

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P4TRICK Feb 5 2010 replied:

Great, gz dec : )

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jjawinte Feb 5 2010 replied:

Absolutely ! Some amazing work !

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mathys Feb 4 2010 says:


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GriffinZ Feb 4 2010 says:

CoH EF all the way!
First non-fps featured in MOTY!

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Feb 4 2010 replied:

They did very impressively, maybe they will win best released in 2010 if they keep up the fine work.

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SaintDaveUK Feb 4 2010 says:

Pleasantly shocked with the Eastern Front result =]
The video calls it Eastern 'Fronts' though ^^

Well done to everyone else, especially TMP.

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BigPapaSmurf Feb 4 2010 says:

I'll be honest, I've NEVER heard of Mortewood, but its certainly looks different. But well done anyway!

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Samuk Feb 4 2010 says:

Nice one.

Congrats dec.

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MatthewD Feb 4 2010 says:

Wow last year a map pack won, this year was a model pack. Will a sound pack win next year? CoF or Raindrop should have had this.

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Feb 4 2010 replied:

we'll try, sound artists the challenge is set!

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MatthewD Feb 4 2010 replied:

Haha ok

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MrMattWebb Feb 4 2010 replied:


You have a point; but remember that Mortewood plaza has been giving out consistent updates constantly with the public for a while now similar to NNK mod and that is what wins the best upcoming.

People will not vote for a mod that they do not know about.

Not to mention its a one man team making a gazillion models in a sandbox style map.

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MatthewD Feb 4 2010 replied:

I guess... When a mod that's all about "a gazillion models in a sandbox style map" wins, it's kind of a slap in the face to all of the mods focusing on storyline, gameplay, originality, etc (Raindrop/CoF/Zeitgeist).

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Dec1234 Feb 4 2010 replied:

Well it kinda shows that you haven't read much about my mod. Honestly mate what with it being about 19% done( maybe less ), only has a one man team I can only create an show so much of the mod when I have it.

Even the video explains that I have co-op and a huge singleplayer planned that focuses on storyline, game-play and originality in the content of the mod.

I think people basically saw past the low and have seen that I will eventually get to a stage where it looks a lot better than it does now.

At the moment it doesn't look like the most amazing thing, but time is all I need to prove people otherwise.

Hope you take a look, thanks! :)

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MatthewD Feb 4 2010 replied:

"Even the video explains that I have co-op and a huge singleplayer planned that focuses on storyline, game-play and originality in the content of the mod."

See that's the thing right there, CoF HAS ALREADY PROVEN they have an amazing single-player campaign. For CoF, it's not a promise but a reality.

Reality > Promises

I'm not saying Mortewood totally sucks or anything like that, there's a lot of cool stuff I like in Mortewood myself. But it's waaayyy to early to claim this award for you guys when others already have the goods.

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Dec1234 Feb 4 2010 replied:

Awesome stuff, yeah im a big fan of COF myself.

No need to try shoot me down because I am not as far along the modding process as them. It's called upcoming for a reason!

I do get what you mean though. Thanks!

EDIT: Yeah well I was shocked myself but as I said people can clearly see that I can deliver, give me time and I will get this mod up to the standards that I want it to have! :D

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hassansquall Feb 4 2010 replied:

One man team! That's insane! IMO, you totally deserve it man!

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Mars_3K Feb 4 2010 replied:

I'm with Matt on this one.

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medve Feb 5 2010 replied:


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MiniHendrix Feb 4 2010 says:

Mortewood Plaza and Opposing Force 2 both looks good.

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█Black/Brunez█ Feb 4 2010 says:

I never heard about The Mortewood Plaza, but it looks both awesome and funny (look to the zombie with a Hotdog costume XD)

CoH: Eastern Front is my favorite between the top 5, and is the only mod that is not a FPS.

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ghostings Feb 4 2010 says:

If dec could take some talented mappers under his wing, he has the chance of creating an awesome mod. But I sorely wished that Raindrop won 1st, I'm glad that they made it to the top 5 at least.

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VirusxXx Feb 4 2010 says:

Mortewood ftw!

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Dec1234 Feb 4 2010 says:

I'm actually shocked! :O

I had no idea I would actually win.

Everyone, you have no idea how much this means to me, thank you so much for all your support. You should pre-pair to see a large collection of updates and harder work put into this mod, this was the motivation I needed to work myself to death!

Thank you so much for this.

I.O.U One Awesome Mod. :)

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cW#Ravenblood Feb 4 2010 replied:

we made it :)

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DuckSauce Feb 4 2010 replied:

haha I didn't see it coming either, grats dec :D

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Jcorporation Feb 4 2010 replied:

Congrats Dec :D

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BigPapaSmurf Feb 4 2010 replied:

Congrats, hopefully we'll see you in the Mod of the Year awards someday

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C.o.m.m.a.n.d.e.r Feb 4 2010 buried:


naruto sux balls not to mention its alrdy out so how is it upcoming thats retarded

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Feb 4 2010 replied:

It released in 2010, same with CoH: EF

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m82sniper Feb 4 2010 replied:

There's a magical land called fpsBanana. I think that place would better suit someone of your caliber.

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MenteR Feb 4 2010 says:

We got mentioned, atleast that. Thanks y'all.

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Armageddon104 Feb 4 2010 says:

Woot! Mortewood!

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Bluedrake42 Feb 4 2010 says:

Will 2010 be "Their" year? Sure looks that way.

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Visorak06 Feb 4 2010 says:

Congrats on the success Dec, I'm happy to see a relatively new developer become so successful out here in the modding scene. Even more happy to have that Dev as a friend. Go Mortewood!

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TALON_UK Feb 4 2010 says:

Congrats to all, very cool line up, and Dec you say you've done Mortewood all on your lonesome? Cracking work, looking forward to seeing the end result, well done.

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Turj Feb 4 2010 says:

I voted for Mortewood but i never thougth that dec could do it.
Nice job to every winners.

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Runekn Feb 4 2010 says:

is the remote controlled plane in picture a weapon? :D

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DJ-Ready Feb 4 2010 buried:


I've never heard of the Mortewood Plaza and neither do I care but HELL YEAH BABY, 2ND PLACE :D

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Minuit Feb 4 2010 replied:

Surely you must've heard of Mortewood Plaza? It's one of the most popular mods on ModDB.

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ciastoludek Feb 4 2010 says:

Raindrop is my number 1
Naruto might be a cool game but I hate this anime too much...

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awesomepossum Feb 4 2010 says:

Hot dog costume zombie FTW!

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Nozzy Feb 4 2010 says:

I'm sorry but these results are a joke.

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SaintDaveUK Feb 4 2010 replied:


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Mars_3K Feb 4 2010 replied:

I agree.

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P4TRICK Feb 5 2010 replied:

Just because you dont like them, i like 1st and 2nd place, also 4th and 5th place! :).. YOU dont like it, we do. (players choice)

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Sporkeh Feb 6 2010 replied:

Except he's also a player, nerd?

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pielikey Feb 4 2010 says:

I wish SHIFT was even close.. Well, maybe next year.

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Rakym Feb 4 2010 replied:

Agreed. Go go SHIFT Im waiting for ya.

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