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Mod of the Year 2010 Players Choice - Upcoming Modification

Posted by Henley on Dec 23rd, 2010

Mod players of the world have spoken, and it seems that Half-Life 2 based mods have cleaned up this category. Considering the number of Half-Life 2 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 2011. For now, lets acknowledge 2010'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 2010. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

It seems players this year absolutely love their Half-Life cannons with Opposing Force 2 no exception. Can we expect to see the continuation of Adrian Shephards story in 2011?
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. 2010 saw no release maybe just maybe 2011?
Just missing out placing again this year Stargate - Empire at War: Pegasus Chronicles has been on peoples mod wishlist for quite some time now. Will 2011 see a release? Or will they be up for another unreleased nomination?

5Ivan's Secrets
is a singleplayer total conversion, focusing on horror, tactical shooting and exploration.It is set in the Aral Sea, now a dried up desert and features realistic and accurate locations. The player takes on the role of an investigative agent, sent into locate an aircraft that went missing 1 year before hand.

4Cry 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.

3Operation Black Mesa
is a total Source remake of Half Life: Opposing Force. Opposing Force is still an amazing game, although its not nearly as amazing as it was when it was released. Using the Source engine, the developers plan to recreate the Black Mesa research Facility as it was seen by Corporal Adrian Shephard of the H.E.C.U.

2Dear 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.

1Project Reality: ArmA 2
will exist as a standalone modification. It will remain self contained, self developing and not rely on or use externally held add-ons from other sources where at all possible. What that means to the player is that it will be a 'one stop shop' as an installation package, with no requirement for additional multiple add on packs.

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Wulfburk12 Dec 23 2010 says:


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dunehunter Dec 23 2010 replied:


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Acilius Dec 24 2010 replied:

Yea baby!

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Hakello Dec 24 2010 replied:

PR all the way

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HL-Rul3z Dec 23 2010 buried:


is this an update?

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Colossal Dec 23 2010 replied:

You are so derp.

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uhomotho Dec 23 2010 replied:


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Elephant454 Dec 24 2010 buried:


LOL! -44. :3 Everyone sure hates that comment.

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VitorHunter Dec 25 2010 buried:


now -58 O.0

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DazJW Dec 23 2010 says:

Good to see something other than an FPS in the list. Dear Esther was great and the updated version is looking to be outstanding.

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Minuit Dec 23 2010 replied:

Aren't they all FPSes?

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meazum Dec 23 2010 replied:

Well there isn't much shooting, is there?

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Mkilbride Dec 23 2010 replied:

Dear Esther is FP, sure, but there is no shooting at all in it.

FPA? First Person Adventure?

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Lucífer Dec 23 2010 replied:



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Dremth Dec 23 2010 says:

Yay CoF

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Heaney Dec 23 2010 says:

Not *twitch* even *twitch* a *twitch* mention *twitch* ?

Meh, there's always next year.

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medve Dec 23 2010 says:

this time the modification will be so realitstic, u gonna die in real life if u get shot

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Alex626 Dec 23 2010 says:

Oh, now developers will delay the release until next year's awards to become mod of the year ? Really, when is release?

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SaintDaveUK Dec 23 2010 replied:

They can release in January and still qualify for MOTY.

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Jokerme Dec 23 2010 says:

Sucks. A mod with 259 followers wins because there is no competition on ArmA 2 modding scene. Dear Esther loses because of other good mods on HL2.

But no can do of course, it's hard to create a completely fair competition.

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[R-MOD]Jigsaw Dec 23 2010 replied:

Thing with that idea is that those are just followers on ModDB, which means virtually nothing ;)

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Jokerme Dec 23 2010 replied:

Yes, it means something. It means all ArmA 2 players voted for this mod even if they they don't like it for the sake of ArmA 2. Am I wrong?

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MaxBoZ Dec 23 2010 replied:

You are.

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[R-MOD]Jigsaw Dec 23 2010 replied:

Indeed you are, Project Reality received a lot of bad press from the ArmA 2 playerbase on the BIS forums when it was announced that it would be standalone and not compatible with other mods.

The drama was unbelievable tbh. So no, not all ArmA 2 players will have voted for PR.

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Jokerme Dec 23 2010 replied:

PR community? I guess you have no idea how many HL2 mods are there and how many people are following them.

Just because a game is widely used shouldn't effect the winner is all I'm saying. But that's unavoidable since ArmA is not for everyone and its fans are mostly hardcore.

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MaxBoZ Dec 24 2010 replied:

To be fair it doesn't really matter because all of this, these awards are about who gets the most votes. and if the half life mods can't advertise well enough.. It's their problem. You can't just say that it's unfair just because a mod you like isn't in there.

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AnimalMother|PR| Dec 23 2010 replied:

nah it means the members of the current PR community who are excited and anticipating the A2 version but don't generally come on moddb voted.

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Draakon Dec 24 2010 replied:

That's what advertising is all about.

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Klon116 Dec 23 2010 says:

Damn we didnt made it this year again...but maybe next year with a release of Stargate - Empire at War: Pegasus Chronicles :)

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icer Dec 23 2010 replied:

atleast you where honorably mentioned

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Klon116 Dec 23 2010 replied:

Yes this is pretty cool!
We are really pleased about this :)

Thanks Moddb Team!

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MenteR Dec 23 2010 says:

Thanks for the honorable mention! We also want to thank you for all the support and suggestions, and our fan community has been keeping us alive for all these years! Keep tuned for our demo next month!

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Revo1uzzer Dec 23 2010 replied:


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cW#Ravenblood Dec 23 2010 says:

Nice choice, players have spoken. ;)
Anyway, there are so awesome mods out there, here we have 5, maybe the 5 best mods. So you can see (again) what modders can do.
They can make a game better than it was originaly (imo Arma 2). Nice work.

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Tatsur0 Dec 23 2010 says:

Like always I watch the video before scrolling down to see the actual winner. Got to #2 and saw Dear Esther and found myself a bit confused but was not at all surprised to see Project Reality up there once again. Congrats too all the top 5 and keep modding alive!

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RocketSurgery Dec 23 2010 says:

Cry of Fear looks great

as does dear esther

off limits is missing from the list imo

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Nikslg Dec 23 2010 says:

wtf?! Half Life 2 mods?!
I think Earth Special Force is missing there...

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Minuit Dec 23 2010 replied:

Should've voted for it harder then shouldn't you pal

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DuckSauce Dec 24 2010 replied:

Can you teach me how to vote harder? It sounds kinky.

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Danboe Dec 24 2010 replied:

Sure does.

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Slevo Jan 1 2011 replied:

the votes are rigged what do u expect :/ and ESF dident get an Honorable mention so dont know what ur talking about :( Im not a massive fan of ESF but its seriously well made game kinda makes these games look bad no offense its deffinitly in its own league and bit too good for Mod db

Like as if World of warcraft was on Mod db the only reason it doesent win awards is becuase its too good and there for unfair if they include it

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Mkilbride Dec 23 2010 says:

Cry of Fear & Dear Esther, wunderbar!

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robofork Dec 23 2010 says:

Cry of fear ftw

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Ahysates Dec 23 2010 buried:


Boring FPSs everywhere.

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ruMpel Dec 23 2010 replied:

You are boring.

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Spec_Operator Dec 23 2010 replied:

If you think PR's an FPS like CoD, you might be mistaken. It is a completely different story. The difference between one FPS and another can be larger than the difference between a roleplaying game and a strategy game.

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Minuit Dec 23 2010 replied:

@Ahysates: Here we go, Nerd Rage of the Year 2010. Been waiting for this since January. It begins!

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SteveZombie Jan 11 2011 replied:

Because being an FPS makes a game boring, right?

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Simmons Dec 23 2010 says:

how did black mesa source get the top upcoming mod if its been in "development" for almost 6 years?

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Mkilbride Dec 23 2010 replied:

It didn't; it got an honorable mention.

And Simmons, be careful. People take BMS very seriously, it's the #1 most anticipated mod of all time if you look at the stats(500,000 views on the 2009 trailer within half a day!)

They're working on it, but it's alot harder than these MP only mods. They have to redo a 12 hour SP experience with great detail and be careful about it, less they disappoint the fans.

When doing a MP, all you have to do is get the maps, guns, sounds, ect, you have a lot less to worry about; not insulting MP only mods, just saying alot more care has to go into SP ones.

The Nameless Mod was in development for 7 years, and was released to critical acclaim.

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Draakon Dec 24 2010 replied:

Both SP and MP require the same care. It's just not putting in the stuff, it's about making them fit, fine tuning and so on.

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The_Integral Dec 24 2010 replied:

They're different, but singleplayer requires vastly more mapping work, and depending on the engine it can require a lot of work to get functional AI. Of course, a well balanced and deep multiplayer game can take just as long, but to simply get the game to a playable level singleplayer is probably more difficult.

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Draakon Dec 26 2010 replied:

If anything requires more, then that's Multiplayer. Why? It's quite simple actually. In Singleplayer, you have to worry about one player playing it. In Multiplayer, you have to worry about multiple ones. That means, the developers have to think many possibility on what can happen in a MP session, where in Singleplayer, it's just one course. Models, textures, levels, weapons and such, they require the same care. They have to look good, they have to be balanced and have a good performance as well. No matter if it's SP or MP. Testing in MP requires more as well. In SP, testers usually know what's gonna happen in a given point, so it's easier to just to get to that even and see if it works right. But in MP, testers have to test many possibilities. Like, what happens if I try to drive over there? Or here? Or shoot there? Or do something else? In SP, it's easier in this case.

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