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Mod of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Mod

Posted by Henley on Dec 19th, 2010

2010 was the year that has had the most new profiles created to date, and many mods updating with new media and news! To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo. We have made special cases for both Dear Esther and Earth's Special Forces due to the length between the last release, the nature of the new update and the quality + quantity of media released throughout 2010. Here are the Editors of ModDB's and our judges top selection of 2010.

Dear EstherDear Esther
is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe

Cry of FearCry of Fear
is a singleplayer modification of total conversion Half-Life which brings you the horror you've always been afraid of. It's all made exclusively by the developers. It also uses new gaming styles that you will rarely find in Half-Life mods, such as advanced cutscenes and other stuff that will be revealed at a later date.

Hexen: Edge of ChaosHexen: Edge of Chaos
is based on the original Hexen game that was developed by id Software and Raven Software. The story ties into the expansion packs and also touches upon the Heretic narrative; especially the incredible atmosphere painted into these rich worlds and their darkling journeys.

Earths Special ForcesEarth's Special Forces
is a fast paced, 3rd person fighter based on the hit anime, Dragonball Z. Select your favorite character and fly, power up, transform, melee, and beam your enemies into pulp. Each character is given signature moves and abilities to compliment different style of play. Some are stronger in hand to hand combat, others are better with energy attacks.

Blade SymphonyBlade Symphony
is a game built on the Source Engine featuring fierce duels in an alternate universe. Play as the cyber-ninja Hokuten Assassins, the fabled Black Rose knights, or as the shinobi and ronin Vagrants.

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KindredPhantom Dec 19 2010 says:

They are all winners in their own way.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Dec 19 2010 replied:

true true.

but "dear esther" just a weeeeee bit more then the others ;D
(dude seriously, look at these shots...)

congrats for all the nominations and the winner ofc. :)

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xXMaNiAcXx Dec 19 2010 says:

Blade Symphony and Cry Of Fear are the ones that should win. Dear Esther was already released once, now they are just re-making it. It shouldn't even be here. But that's just my opinion.

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Minuit Dec 19 2010 says:

Congratulations Dear Esther, truly a phenonemal mod. Same goes for the other mods nominated, especially Blade Symphony. Thank you everybody for the support for CoF too, it's very appreciated.

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Prez Dec 19 2010 says:

With so many incredible mods in production, picking the nominees for this award was a hugely difficult task. While I would have chosen some different ones myself, I can't argue that the ones listed are absolutely awesome in their own right.

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DragonNOR Dec 19 2010 says:

Congrats to Dear Esther, played the original back when it was released. Really atmospheric and some of the best voiceover I've heard.

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DarkSlayer_ Dec 19 2010 says:

you deserve to win

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ytres Dec 19 2010 says:

Dear Esther deserves it. Best work on the Source engine I've ever seen.

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Cremat0r Dec 19 2010 says:

Dear Esther!
The caves, now!!!

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Qured Dec 19 2010 says:

Roberts work on Dear Esther is amazing. Very well deserved.

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Angerfist219 Dec 19 2010 says:

Dang, I wanted Cry of Fear. Oh well, the Dear Esther redo looks pretty amazing too.

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8472 Dec 19 2010 says:

Congrats to Dear Esther — well deserved!

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Reeze17 Dec 19 2010 says:

Dear Esther FTW.

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D3ads Dec 19 2010 says:

I was very sure that Dear Esther would win, even though I was banking for CoF, it's good to see that a mod that utilises such an old engine can get such great recognition next to some newer more advanced productions tech wise.

Dear Esther fully deserves it's place in the top spot, it's taken the capabilities of Valve's award winning Source engine and multiplied them by a 100, rivalling Cryengine 2 in terms of photo-realistic graphics.

Well done to all the mods that made into the final showdown!

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s87 Dec 19 2010 replied:

Working on a Cryengine 2 project myself I have to agree - man that cave at the end of the video o_O

Thinking about it I'm asking myself what would happen if you multiply the capabilities of CE2 by 100 ^^

Anyway it's clear Dear Esther didn't just win because of the eyecandy, the atmosphere was surely another reason. A good choice :)

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D3ads Dec 19 2010 says:

Don't forget people, that your favourite still has a chance to win best upcoming mod in the player choice awards!

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Newbez Dec 19 2010 says:

all the above are excellent mods

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Mkilbride Dec 19 2010 says:

Dear Esther, I love you!

Great nominees, I can't wait to see the players choice.

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ThatOGDon Dec 20 2010 says:

I know that in a perfect world all these mods would win this award but since they could only choose one...
Congrats to Dear Esther team. Can't wait for the release

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altercuca Dec 20 2010 says:


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Exosoldier22 Dec 20 2010 says:

Ima make a t-shirt the says "I liked dear esther before it was cool" XD congrats on the win Robert, you deserved it

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Splinesplitter Dec 20 2010 replied:

Hahahah yeah, me too! :D

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Mkilbride Dec 20 2010 replied:

Need one of those shirts.

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MkAndersson Dec 20 2010 says:

Congratulations on winning!

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SPTX Dec 20 2010 says:

I can't believe a mod that has ONLY a graphic demonstration won. Sure it's pretty, but that should not be the only criteria that matters.
There were other mods in the nominees that look both pretty to look at and good to play.

Know you know why I don't have any faith in the editors. I want a gameplay ffs.

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Mkilbride Dec 20 2010 replied:

Only graphic demonstration?

Dude, they released it before, this is a people know, it won many real life awards too, you ijjit.

It's a work of art. You feel something profound after having played it.

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Slevo Jan 1 2011 replied:

good game play is the key to a good game if u don't agree tell it to the millions of fans that played crappy star craft 2 graphics for years on end a game with great graphics is good the first second you look at it and isent interesting the second time because you already seen what it has to give :/ the editors are derp don't expect much from these awards personally

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Betelgeuze Dec 20 2010 says:

No off-limits?

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jjawinte Dec 20 2010 says:

Excellent picks all around gents ! Some truly outstanding projects that have earned this well deserved praise. They certainly have mine. Hats off to the judges !

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Theon Dec 20 2010 says:

NO >:(
E.Y.E or Tales of The Galactopticon!


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Mkilbride Dec 20 2010 replied:

E.Y.E isn't a mod; it's an Indie, and has been in development hell.

Never heard of the other.

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HounderKnight Dec 20 2010 says:

Very nice picks. :)

Though, in the end I'm not surprised Dear Esther won. The other entries are fantastic, no doubt about it; but Dear Esther has an unparalleled level of craftsmanship to it. However, who knows where the Players' choice will go...I'm still hopeful for Blade Symphony and Cry of Fear to receive special honors later down the line. :)

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MorshuLoL Dec 20 2010 says:

Will it work on WON HL?

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Minuit Dec 20 2010 replied:

Yeah, MOTY 2010 is fully compatible with WON.

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BDtetra Dec 21 2010 says:

no black mesa lol
obviously since they didnt do any work this year

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cinco Dec 21 2010 says:

aside from esther, all of these mods look like unadulterated ****.

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D3ads Dec 21 2010 replied:

Go away troll.

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Babeuf97 Dec 21 2010 says:

You forgot Freeworlds: Tides of War, shame on you!

Congrats to the winners though :)

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formerlyknownasMrCP Dec 21 2010 says:

How come ESF is on this list? that mod has been in development for years and has been in previous awards listings. Frankly its unfair that its there, despite the good work they've done we should be focusing on original ideas, not rehashes of popular IPs.

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Slevo Jan 1 2011 replied:

they add it in to be fair but it wont win because its won too many times prior so don't need to complain

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stroggoff Dec 22 2010 says:

Congratulations to the Dear Esther re-maker(s). It's the most anticipated mod for me too, and it looks spectacular!

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AshHousewares Dec 22 2010 says:

Kick-***! Always rooting for this mod :D.

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Avanah Dec 29 2010 says:


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ProtoCyborg Jan 7 2011 says:

HEXEN :Edge of Chaos FTW!

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