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Report article RSS Feed Mods of 2006 - Player's Choice

80,000 votes. 4,000 mods. Over the course of 2 months, gamers from across the globe came together to decide which mods rank as the epitome of what our hard working community can do. Now, gallons of blood and sweat later, we tell you what triumphed in 2006

Posted by INtense! on Jan 13th, 2007 Page 2 of 6    

Mod of the Year Editorial

It's hard to believe we managed to cut 4,000 mods down to a measly 100, then strip that down even further into the few mods you see here. I can sit here and tell you that they all deserve recognition until we are blue in the face, but when it comes right down to it, the mods that win the Mod of the Year Awards have something special to them. There is something undefinable, something great that just makes these mods ring true with the people that play them. It's good to give credit where credit is due, and there is definitely some credit due here.

Honorable Mentions

Ultimately not everything can win a Mod of the Year award. Eventually we have to stamp our feet and say, look, we love the gold-plated toilet and the mountain of everlasting gobstoppers, but if we crown 30 mods as the victor, it just doesn't feel right. Therefore, we've decided to compromise and create this nifty little space dedicated to the mods that came really damn close to victory, but just missed out due to being ineligible or just barely falling short of the mark. If you haven't already, check these mods out. They may not have won, but they are worth every bit of recognition we can give them.

Plus, the gold plated toilet is mighty comfy on the rump.

5th Place. MINERVA

MINERVA, which now comprises two parts of a planned three, is both simple and elegant in its design. Players assume the role of a Gordon Freeman-esque individual and are thrust back into the heart of the Human-Combine war, expanding upon the Half-Life 2 universe while remaining firmly inside of its' boundaries. A rogue, unexplained artificial intelligence (clearly stolen from the Marathon series) has captured you to do her bidding and drops you off on a distant island, where the Combine are conducting unnatural experiments. The first thing you'll notice about MINERVA is the great sense of presentation that never falters below the professional level. The maps, the visuals, the level design, all of it is good enough to trick you into believing that this is an officially-made Valve product. The environment is rather linear, but there are enough side paths and backtracking allowed to give you the sense that you actually have control over which direction you want to take. Everything then takes an astonishing twist as you head underground, deep into the facility that looks just as impressive and unique as the Citadel did within the original game.

MINERVA may end quickly and still has yet to be completed, but it is definitely worth looking into for an awesome single-player experience.

Metastasis 1: Insertion Orbital Power Downlink

4th Place. Hidden Source

Honesty is a simply fantastic policy, and just about everyone who's honest with themselves can say that playing Hidden: Source is a freaking scary experience. Very few games can just put weapons into the players' collective hands, tell them what's going on, and then spend the next hour or so scaring the absolute hell out of them.

What's also great about Hidden: Source is that it's almost two seperate games. When playing as the military commando team, it's all about teamwork, keeping comrades alive, and keeping an eye out around every corner to spot what could well be your doom. As The Hidden, it's about sneaking, keeping behind cover in the shadows, biding your time, then leaping out to make the sudden attack. Both require thought, skill and determination. Both are frightning, rewarding and unbelievably fun.

IRIS HUD Concept Kasim Slovak, the ninth member of IRIS

3rd Place. Goldeneye Source

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I never had a Nintendo 64 myself, so my experience with Goldeneye was limited to tournament matches with my friends, who were all vastly superior to me. One time, a friend of mine (also ironically named Joe) killed me 15 times in a row on a single match, with me only nailing him once. But because he didn't get a flawless victory, we endlessly taunted him as having lost the game. It made no sense, but the mockery was immense.

Goldeneye: Source brings back memories of this and more. It is all of the classic fun of the first console FPS to really ring true, while removing all of the annoyances that originally went along with it. Now, turning 180 degrees doesn't take half a minute. Aiming is precise and smooth. James Bond actually looks kind of like Pierce Brosnan. Everything about Goldeneye: Source just screams class, retaining an old school feel while remaining fresh and new enough to differentiate itself from the original. It's everything a remake should be and more.

Facility Facility

2nd Place. Project Reality

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For a mod that claims to "not be for the masses" on its' official profile, it sure did score pretty high, didn't it?

Project Reality, as the title so aptly implies, brings realism to the forefront in Battlefield 2, forcing characters to cope with a battlefield much like they would really face in the middle of a modern day war. Gone are the arcade elements and score systems, replaced by things like bleeding, realistic ballistics, new class sets and a wide variety of original maps. And when you consider that all of this has been done on an engine that has been virtually abandoned and unsupported by its' creators, that is one hell of a feat.

AT105 Saxon - Render EJOD Desert
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1st Place. Point of Existence: 2

After so many votes, so much effort and a whole lot of fun, Point of Existence 2, for Battlefield 2, has won Mod of the Year for 2006. Point of Existence 2 manages to extend the gameplay of the original game into a new setting with a complex and believable storyline. It manages to have stylish art assets while remaining within the bounds of realism and enforces teamwork without feeling like a chore. It takes a popular formula to the next level of balance, flow and fun.

With so much high-quality custom content, this epic total conversion positively demands to be picked up and played. It has got everything a great mod should have, and then a whole lot more. With all the beautiful maps, thoughtful mechanics and startling art, the effort the team put into this mod is immeditately obvious.

Now, the players of 2006 have spoken and have given their congratulations, not only the developers of Point of Existence 2, but to modders everywhere.

POE:2 Updated HUDS Ukrainian made VEPR assault rifle

Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 81)
sutra_668 Jan 25 2007, 6:49am says:

Black Mesa rule!!:D

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Karuto Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Orion682 Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:

* Cin waves to BigBird :D

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Krenzo Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Artarious Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:

holy hell woot so many mod so many awards and the radio has me laughing these guys are nuts also who brought the vodka wooot.

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hammy-bob Jan 25 2007, 1:43am says:


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Spector Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:

Some good winners. =)

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INtense! Author
INtense! Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:

Wait until you see the exclusive footage from the unreleased mods. SOME awesome work in there!

Its showing up in 5minutes

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HaploTR Jan 25 2007, 1:44am says:


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gia Jan 25 2007, 1:45am says:


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Darkcraft Jan 25 2007, 1:47am says:

:D awesome! I don't know how those BF2 mods won though...

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ERR:OverFlow Jan 25 2007, 1:49am says:

I'm confused. Isn't there also a 'best standalone game' category?

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GarcianSmith Jan 25 2007, 1:51am says:

INtense - really?

Oh, and congratulations to Black Mesa!

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drunkill Jan 25 2007, 1:51am says:

Will there be a scoreboard released? as in total mods and their votes? it'd be interesting to see the numbers. Also i just want to know where my mods fell in, both were in the top 100, but seems they haven't made the final cut (till editors awards tomorrow)

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Darkcraft Jan 25 2007, 1:52am says:

Yeah a 'best standalone' catagory would be good...not too late to implement...*pleads*

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Babuzaa Jan 25 2007, 1:54am says:

Yes, and my sexy... Uh nvm.

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Dannigirl Jan 25 2007, 1:56am says:

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! Thanks to the MODDB staff and writers who worked tirelessly on this!

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Harkmagic Jan 25 2007, 2:01am says:

Standalone was listed on the list of awards, they had better list a best stand alone game.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Jan 25 2007, 2:07am says:

nice to see some bf mods in there well dont to the moddb staff youhave all done so well :)

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Jan 25 2007, 2:10am says:

bah spelling

nice to see some bf mods in there :)
well done to ALL the moddb staff you have all done so well :)

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Gespenst Jan 25 2007, 2:13am says:

Hidden: Source looks like it'd be great fun! Wish I had HL2.

How is Red alert 3 best strategy game of the year?

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TimNAudio Jan 25 2007, 2:16am says:

Yo! Been listenin since this started, and a micrphone made my ears cry blood. The crackin noise from one of thier mices anyway :D
So far this is really awsome. This is an awsome community and has shitloads to give to future gamers and such. Moddb rules and all modder,codder,artwork artist and so on, Keep at it! You´re all doing an awsome job! XD

Now im gonna stop drink coffe and get some sleep... ._.

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INtense! Author
INtense! Jan 25 2007, 2:31am says:

Standalone mods will be listed during EDITORS CHOICE tomorrow. I will consider adding the players choice standalone game here also.

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StrangerThanFiction Jan 25 2007, 2:40am says:

But especially to Point of Existence and Black Mesa!

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WSSRaptor Jan 25 2007, 2:41am says:

I <3 PoE2

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San-J Jan 25 2007, 2:47am says:

Grats to all winners, excellent feature in all respects. Great job Scott & crew!

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Tyde Jan 25 2007, 3:04am says:


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stroggoff Jan 25 2007, 3:04am says:

Congratulations to the winners!

I second the suggestion for a full scoreboard release. I'd very much like to see where did our mod end up in the top 100! And people who voted for our mod are interested in that too.

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[GE]Specialist Jan 25 2007, 3:13am says:

I expected way way more. I'm really disapointed.

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methy Jan 25 2007, 3:38am says:

Quote:I expected way way more. I'm really disapointed.

What more did you expect?

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wake[of]thebunt Jan 25 2007, 3:40am says:

Thank you very much to the players out there, new old and loyal, that keep rooting for this mod! Dont stop, coz we wont until you have one hell of a game, but without you we would not get as excited about continuing to make this beloved game. Its an honor to place 3rd and we appreciate that award no end!

Thanks to all the other mods that provide hours of fun and unique enjoyment too! Also again to moddb, and you the voters, Thanks! =D

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xEROhOUR Jan 25 2007, 3:48am says:

On behalf of all the Team Members at FirstStrike, all the guys who voted for us a huge THANKS!

Its really unexpected to get this accolade, we didnt think we would have a chance with the sheer quality of work being pumped out from all these MODD'S. Having spent nearly a year and a half on this MOD with bare miminal tools we are now starting to make real progress.
Have to mention the team im afraid most of them arent represented here (my bad), BLITZ (the REAL MOD LEADER) who has been fundamental in multitasking many elements of FS has dedicated a huge amount of time, blood, sweat and tears to this has been an inspiration to us all.

xEROhOUR FoxyLady

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Svenstaro Lord Bandu Luuri Ahhsai Suge RedMonkey Havoc Harryballzonya Yoyi EvilJoe

Golden Dragon Woodrow MUAHAHAHAHA Brolin

Dragunov Dutch Razor Talon Piewalker

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Aquila Tyler Alxcote Sapper Hoofer SCHRifle Nusirilo

And all the Testers

absolute Ace101 ArcAngel227 Brown750 CAAM Demonic Ferengi generalandrew Havokmann Kampher Kiffer L.C Markus
MaxMayhem MK4210 sgt. fuzz Sicarius Tulkas TY2D2 Wolverine

Lastly congratualtions to FH2 and BLACK MESA awesome work guys! Well done.

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puzl Jan 25 2007, 5:35am says:

Thanks to everyone who voted for NS. We're proud to still be considered so highly.

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Raminator Jan 25 2007, 5:54am says:

Congratulations to everyone who participated, well done.

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InAction Jan 25 2007, 6:43am says:

I'm really shocked due to the fact that none of the Doom3 mods got into this list. :S

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IggyFrance Jan 25 2007, 6:47am says:

Congratulations to all the winners because they really deserve it for their hard work and big thanks for you all who support us, we'll reward you that in some time :) .

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Kester Jan 25 2007, 7:06am says:

Congratulations to all the winners!

And thanks to all the players that voted for Black Mesa, glad we're still at the top of your lists!

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eggman51 Jan 25 2007, 7:09am says:

Hey Gents at ModDB - THANKS for running such a great site. The Project Reality team was rather shocked to be in the top 100 never mind runner up for mod of the year!

Congratulations to all mods and modders and a big thanks out to the ModDB crew from the Project Reality team.


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Mint_Sauce Jan 25 2007, 7:22am says:

To all the modders who picked up awards, well deserved!! :D

Mint_Sauce (Rock 24 Mod - HL2 SP Mod)

+3 votes     reply to comment Jan 25 2007, 7:22am says:

keep up the good work MODDB !!!!

because of you, the mods gain popularity and so the quality of them goes up!

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Faizu Jan 25 2007, 8:08am says:

Moddb rules the gaming world of course.

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Chris1981 Jan 25 2007, 9:12am says:

Congrats too all!!!

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Baxayaun Jan 25 2007, 10:26am says:

This is just wonderful! Thanks for choosing BlockStorm as the best puzzle mod of the year... although there was not too much to choose, but anyway, it's something amazing... THANKS! THANKS! THAAAANKS !!!

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UnDeAdEviLmAn Jan 25 2007, 10:30am says:

OMG they picked the worse mod for the winners

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Nuka5 Jan 25 2007, 11:01am says:

WOOO! empires got the genre award!

I suspected that the fan base was a little small at the moment to compete against the likes of dystopia.. but well done to all the winners!

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Sebultura Jan 25 2007, 11:21am says:

It's nice to organize such a contest !

So good job every single dude coming here & making mods, winners and loosers: in mod making, there's nothing to loose, just big experience to get !

On a side suggestion for Mod DB, I think that it would be great to have a big table resuming how the votes were put in each mod, so that everyone can have an idea of the mod scene.


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BrotherLaz Jan 25 2007, 11:22am says:

So why is it that the top 100 has no D2 mods, but the RPG award winner is a D2 mod? <confused, feeling a bit stupid>

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|Bullet| Jan 25 2007, 11:51am says:

Can anyone please tell me what mod is shown as the very first one in the video?

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Mr.Grim Jan 25 2007, 1:41pm says:

Huh, interesting results, but to many freakin' BF2 and Half-Life games. :P

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Hathcock Jan 25 2007, 2:14pm says:

To the & the modding community gaming fans,

It's a great pleasure to check the site this morning and see that our team had become the #1 MOTY - it's definitely a great honor for the team to achieve this award and we appreciate the support from everyone. It's all about having fun - from making our games for people - and the end result -- gamers enjoying what was developed. is a great site as it provides updates on all games and all mods - thank you once again!

Tom "Hathcock" Patterson
#pointofexistencemod on the Gamesurge IRC network

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