Fight a massive deep space war and participate in the destruction of capital ships in this innovative blend of FPS and space combat. Bomb important systems, escort a squad of marines to cause damage from the inside. Watch as railguns fire projectiles the size of buses at the enemy hull. Fight with many futuristic weapons including a flamethrower and remote controlled SMG.

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The gamers and players have spoken and picked their favorites and to keep things interesting, we didn't totally agree. Now it's time for the Mod DB editors to step up and tell you what we were playing in 2006.

Posted by INtense! on Jan 18th, 2007 Page 2 of 4    
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Reinvention: Goldeneye Source

Honorable Mention: BlockStorm
Goldeneye Source is a remake of the classic Nintendo 64 game that made console first person shooters a force to be reckoned with. While not an exact duplicate of the original, the team is working with community opinion to make a mod for all to enjoy.

Cradle Control

INtense! says:
Before Goldeneye, first person shooters on console systems were a joke. They were slow, ugly and hard to control before this game came along. Goldeneye was action packed, innovative and classy just like James Bond himself. The Goldeneye: Source team have managed to recapture the joy of the original--and that is a guaranteed winning formula.
methulah says:
Who didn't love Goldeneye on Nintendo 64? Goldeneye: Source has proved that the game had a whole lot more to give and has built on the original enough to be a wholly fun experience.
Wraiyth says:
A re-invention of one of the true classics of console gaming has been inevitable over the past few years. As a big Goldeneye fan, I was one of the many that greatly anticipated the release of Goldeneye: Source, but was left disappointed by its shortcomings in failing to capture the essence of the console version. Several design flaws that hindered the gameplay and flow of the classic version have kept this mod from reaching its full potential.

Innovation: Iron Grip : The Oppression

Honorable Mention: Kreedz Climbing
In an alternate universe, the Rahmos army rules with an iron fist, its people mere pawns beneath their might. Now, as a ragtag rebel army, you must rise up against them in this genre-defying real time strategy \ first person shooter online game.

ingame shot Heavy Tank 3

hammy-bob says:
"Iron Grip is kind of like a cake made out of steaks. You know, steak tastes really good. And when you mix it with your favorite addition to any meal, such as cake, you have the perfect combo for a night full of fun and satisfaction."
Crispy says:
It's one thing being innovative, but it's quite another realizing an innovative concept as a core factor in a solid gaming experience. In my honest opinion, Iron Grip has a bit to go in achieving balanced gameplay ( e.g. I hate how the hapless Rahmos commander is the victory condition and he can't even be garrisoned in a tank while you attend to your troops on the other side of the map), but if it works out its niggles, you have here a mod with unique gameplay set in an original and well-crafted steam-punk universe. And not a lot of mods can say that for themselves.
INtense! says:
Personally speaking, I wanted this mod to win the ambience category--have you heard the musical score?! However, that isn't the only area it excels. This mod was built to be different and it has certainly achieved that. And like a good bottle of wine, it just keeps on getting better.
JoeX111 says:
I still can't figure out how to win as the Oppression. I click on the train to build some guys and the resistance kills my leader. I keep clicking for my tanks to move and they sit there. I say, "Ok, guys, just give me a minute to get oriented here," and the other players laugh at me and make fun of my mother. Finally, I get mad, change back to the Resistance side, and everything becomes awesome again. Ever wanted to know what it would be like to fight overwhelming odds and be a true rebel? Then sign up.

Old Skool Classic: Ragnarok Arena

Honorable Mention: Median 2008
Enjoy a trip back to a time when bleeding edge graphics didn't matter, and where the idea of a third dimension was only dreamed of. Ragnarok Arena allows you to jump miles, gib your friends into little pieces with rockets and actually have a fighting chance without the use of that crazy mouse object.

ra_blackmesa Power her up!

Karuto says:
Ragnarok Arena isn't what I would like to classify as "old school". Sure, it's a 2D side-scroller. That's where the label ends. It's just another run-and-gun shoot-em-up with no actual intelligence behind it. I'll admit -- it has its moments. With a packed server, there's enough action and mayhem going around to get anyone in the mood. However, it plays just like any other mod you've seen or played before, just in a different perspective.
jacksonj04 says:
Remember those days when you could only go left, right, jump and crouch? Now, stick that side-scrolling fun into the Half-Life engine, mix in some cleverly designed maps, and go shoot each other. I think we have a definite winner for bringing old-skool 2-dimensional movement into this graphics driven 3D world. How did it go now? Left, left, right right, up, down...
INtense! says:
From the time I first played Halloween Harry and Duke Nukem 2D, I've always been a sucker for 2D side-scroller mayhem. Something about the crazy weapons, massive explosions, huge jumps and jetpacks keep me coming back for more. Ragnarok Arena isn't quite Halloween Harry, but it sure does bring back the memories and thats gotta be worth something...right!?

Visuals: The SoulKeeper

Honorable Mention: World of Padman
The SoulKeeper is a 3rd/1st person melee combat action multiplayer game. Experience the heat of medieval-like combat, in gorgeous and detailed environments making use of the powerful Unreal Engine.

Dragon vs Artedian Captain SE_PreRelease Shot5

Karuto says:
The SoulKeeper has amazing visuals. There is enough detail packed into each polygon on-screen that you wonder how they were able to accomplish what they did. The gameplay has its moments as well. Let's just say dragon-riding has never felt so much fun. However, that's where the buck stops dead. This mod is perhaps infamous for its terrible A.I., bad balancing issues, and a real lack of anyone actually playing the mod, even around the time of its release. And you know what? They're all true. The mod team has already given up updating this mod, so we'll never know just how good it could have been.
methulah says:
The SoulKeeper is one mod that has me really confused. I don't enjoy playing it. In fact, if I try to play it for more than a few minutes, I get so bored it's not even funny. However, it just looks so damn good that I can't help booting it up every couple of weeks and just sitting in awe, staring at my screen.
JoeX111 says:
The Soulkeeper is a mod I've never been able to play for more than five minutes. It might help if I read the instructions or found an online match with somebody in it, but I never have a damn clue what to do. So, I jump on a dragon, sail around for a little bit, crash into the side of a castle and promptly quit. At least it looks good while it lasts, though.

Ambience: Hidden Source

Honorable Mention: Hollow Moon
He stalks in the shadows. Watching. Waiting. Killing without warning, forcing you to run and hide, to fight to the last man in this brutal, yet innovative Half-Life 2 multiplayer game. Survival horror takes on a new meaning when death carries a knife.

Hidden Beta in-game 03 Kasim Slovak, the ninth member of IRIS

JoeX111 says:
The Hidden: Source is the only game that has ever made me truly jump. Ever. Silent Hill creeps me out. Condemned: Criminal Origins makes me kind of tense. FEAR, well, is exciting, but is about as scary as a trip to the urinal. But The Hidden is something else. The Hidden is the kind of game that, when my brother bursts into my room to tell me something, makes me leap screaming out of my chair like a high school girl.
hammy-bob says:
*The following is an example of me playing Hidden Source: "Hey, look at the pretty flashing light...HEY, WHY ARE YOU STUCK TO THE CEILING!?! EEEK...what was that sound? Hi there, Mr. Invisible Monster Thing. Want to be friends?" *Hammy-Bob has died*
jacksonj04 says:
Ever been hunted down by an invisible experiment gone wrong? No, me neither, but The Hidden certainly gets you ready for it. Everything from the maps to the music helps draw you into the experience, making this a definite winner for the ambience.
methulah says:
If you look in a dictionary written by someone who has played Hidden: Source, their description of the word "ambience" would be about the same as yours. Hidden: Source doesn't need to use excessive sound or visuals to ooze ambience, it does it through some of the most clever gameplay mechanics ever.

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Cegras
Cegras Jan 28 2007, 12:15am buried:

(buried)

Hidden is a horrible, horrible game.

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slayer_sashima@hotma
slayer_sashima@hotma Jun 22 2008, 4:25am replied:

yes yes it is but it was neat to be the hidden but still HARSHLY unfair there shouldve been more then one of him

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weirdkid5
weirdkid5 Jul 10 2008, 12:57pm replied:

you say its unfair. there is a zombie style gametype for hidden. you say its unfair for the hidden. i find it completely fair, the hidden is invisible, the iris has guns, its just a matter of how well you can be at playing as the hidden.

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AJ_Quick
AJ_Quick Jan 28 2007, 10:09am says:
Quote: By Cegras | Sat 27th Jan, 2007 @ 11:15:33pm
Hidden is a horrible, horrible game.

no.

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VulpineComplex
VulpineComplex Jan 26 2007, 8:56pm says:

Woah, Ragnarok Arena won something. I'm jumping up and down madly. :D

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nowhere
nowhere Jan 26 2007, 1:09am says:

Wooooooooooooo, GE:S got one. I'm incredibly ecstatic.

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BlueWolf72
BlueWolf72 Jan 26 2007, 1:10am says:

is giving someone an award and not happy about how they got it kind in any way shape or form.

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Wraiyth
Wraiyth Jan 26 2007, 1:17am says:
Quote:is giving someone an award and not happy about how they got it kind in any way shape or form.

Remember that this isn't a unanimous system. If it was, there EC wouldn't exist, so theres always going to be people who disagree with it.

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INtense! Author
INtense! Jan 26 2007, 1:18am says:

It won Standalone of the Year because the majority of editors love it. We then take a random assortment of opinions from each staff member and obviously not everyone is going to agree. I've edited the comment

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-BaroN-
-BaroN- Jan 26 2007, 1:45am says:

Whoa. GoldenEye: Source, the only mod to reel in two awards. I'm very honored to be apart of the mod and that awesome achievement.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Jan 26 2007, 1:50am says:

i liked the way this was done. Letting us know what you thought. Nice. :)

I gotta say though... these awards have shown one thing: to many dark/evil type mods out there. Zombies, hiding, post-apocalyptic settings... I'd REALLY like to see more mods along the lines of the medevil/"out there" (ie drawn to be alive). Those are true gems. Need more (but not to many more, then we're in the same boat as before)

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Darkcraft
Darkcraft Jan 26 2007, 2:26am says:

Yay more awards :D

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Darkcraft
Darkcraft Jan 26 2007, 2:29am says:

What? That isn't the storyline of Iron Grip.

It has nothing to do with the Soviet union.

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Darkcraft
Darkcraft Jan 26 2007, 2:40am says:

Wow TA: Spring didn't get a mention at all.

I mean they only built an entire 3d rts engine and most content from the ground up...then support a large group of people who decided to make their own mods for it...and now it is the centre of a massive community, and has become one of the most popular open-source standalone games ever. Wow I suppose they didn't really achieve anything, anyway.

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GKAvalon
GKAvalon Jan 26 2007, 3:12am says:

Too many HL2 mods tbh..But still congrats to the winners.

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slayer_sashima@hotma
slayer_sashima@hotma Jun 22 2008, 4:32am replied:

yes there really is most fail too :( they really should group togather instead of wasting their time making 1000 mods about one thing when they could group togather and instead make one mod to rival the 1000

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drunkill
drunkill Jan 26 2007, 3:22am says:

Need the old system where you could choose why you wanted the mod to win, if it had great level design or storyline or gameplay or whatever.
Too many newer game mods, true, but you get that. Seeming most people forget all the old mods.

A bit disappointing most were HL2 mods (for the player choice) oh well. it seems people enjoy graphics over gameplay for quite a lot of things. Goiod job if you won though.

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flipperthepriest
flipperthepriest Jan 26 2007, 3:24am says:

GAAH! STILL NO MENTION OF MARIOKART:SOURCE! this was an awesome N64 game and will be masses of fun online. worthy of at least 1 award

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flipperthepriest
flipperthepriest Jan 26 2007, 3:28am says:

while im ranting, the pilotable strider mod should get an recognition, along with plan of attack

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Zirty
Zirty Jan 26 2007, 5:19am says:

It looks they distribute the award randomly.

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bluseychris
bluseychris Jan 26 2007, 6:06am says:

and hadn't been out for ages they'ed of gotten somewhere.

OA and CR:AA? Awful attempts thrown at a saturated market. WoP does it far better, IQfA is so epic it blows all others out of the water.

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BrotherLaz
BrotherLaz Jan 26 2007, 6:07am says:

I was going to post a wall of text about how they picked the most popular mods and only for the games they actually own. Then I saw Median 2008 as a honourable mention under 'old skool classics'. Now that I've thought about it some more, the awards are actually fine, other than the fact that their honourable mentions don't get enough coverage. ;)

Just kidding. :D

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methy
methy Jan 26 2007, 6:25am says:

Congratulations all the winners.

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tibz
tibz Jan 26 2007, 6:34am says:

lol gota love the edrama this creates :x

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li Jan 26 2007, 6:37am says:

Thanks for the honorably mentioning of World of Padman for "visuals" and "upcoming standalone". It's great and we are working really hard on it to hold the standalone release date (01. April 07). Internal Betatests already started and there are some very nice new features coming up with the standalone of World of Padman. I enjoyed your radioshow yesterday but the volume was really low sometimes. I had some problems to understand you guys but it was a great show. Keep on. ;)

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Jan 26 2007, 8:39am says:

=D

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Chunky
Chunky Jan 26 2007, 9:50am says:

I'd rather have the comment removed than edited to something I didn't say. Apparently the whole "Darkplaces gang" can hand out insults but when they get some criticism on their own work, they flip out.

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One_Winged_Angel
One_Winged_Angel Jan 27 2007, 3:55pm says:

Any idea about when we can see a ranking table or something?

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K Jan 28 2007, 8:26am says:

Hollow Moon owns. And where's the Doom 3 talent?

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iVANGRAPHICS
iVANGRAPHICS Jan 29 2007, 7:50am says:

Tanks for honorable mentions for Hollow Moon!!! And thanks for commenting for the honorable mentions of hollow moon :D

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Brindled
Brindled Feb 1 2007, 3:51am says:

the whole modding community needs to get behind this site's potential for proliferating mod content. it became a bookmark for me over a year ago, and this site has been getting bigger by the month. many times i've noticed mods are not getting updated, or deleted, which leaves you guessing. modders need to realise that updates are the best means of advertising their mods. keep sending in updates, even small ones.

all the people spouting off about not getting mentioned need to realise just how many mods didn't get mentioned and just be humble that they're even listed on this site.

Thank you to the hosts of this site. i've enjoyed having it as a resource.
Brindled
:o)

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Faizu
Faizu Feb 3 2007, 10:09am says:

I am happy to know that Rumpel's great piece of work won, and what is his piece of famous work? If you say "Afraid of Monsters", you are right! Afraid Of Monsters is the best game I ever played, recreating normal Vortigaunts into Nightmare versions of Vortigaunts and other Half-life monsters (except for zombies, although their movements are the same as the Half-life headcrab zombies, one exception is that they don't have the headcrabs on their heads and they wore different clothes).

And to Killing Floor team leader Mr. Kadish, you would be happy to know that your project won the Editors' Choice award. But what a shame, the pride got better of you (I hope your teammates doesn't). But winning the award doesn't mean you attained God-status, it won't. And just an interesting note, thanks for insulting me in the forums.

But then again, if there were two choices for me, to nominate Rumpel's Afraid of Monsters or Mr.stupid Kadish's Killing Floor if not too late before the announcement, I would defintely nominate Rumpel's tour de force masterpiece Afraid of Monsters rather than Killing Floor. Oh sure, sure, Killing Floor's gameplay is great, but what I don't like about is the team's lack of self-esteem and full of pride and presumption or a game designer's symptoms called Hubris.

Three cheers for Rumpel!

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Maddieman
Maddieman Feb 4 2007, 5:56am says:

Hey guys, thanks for giving Katana an honourable mention! We're thrilled to be included alongside these other great mods, and would like to congratulate the winners and extend our thanks to everyone in the ModDb community. All the best for 2007! :)

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