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View 2009's mod of the year, as picked by you the players.

Posted by Henley on Feb 6th, 2010
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For the first time since the awards launched in 2002, it is hard to argue or be upset with the top 10 mods picked by the players in 2009. After 133,000 votes, we have an assortment of mods spanning many games and genres. It was particularly heart-warming to see that even mods made for classic games (Deus Ex and Diablo 2) were able to make the top 10, and deservedly so as The Nameless Mod and Median XL are brilliant and have been in development for years. Developers, we thank you for making 2009 truly memorable and gamers, we thank you for voting and your continued show of support and love of mods. Presenting 2009's Mod of the Year!

To qualify for the top 10, 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:

FH2 Promo Forgotten Hope 2 has been around for a few years now, being featured in every MOTY since 2005 but in the winners for the first 3 years honorable mentions after that, it seems its still popular as ever this year too.

Map Screens Featured in every single MOTY since we first started Sven Coop is one of the oldest mods on the ModDB database yet still being developed and still popular as ever. Its no surprise that its an honorable mention again.

ZPS v2.0 Halloween Media First spotted back in the MOTY 07 Zombie Panic: Source has since been updating regularly and is currently one of the most played Steamworks supported mods available.

Blood and Effects coming in CR1 Age of Chivalry first made its MOTY debut back in 2007 as a Editors Choice pick, this then placed in the Players Choice section in 2008. Since then its become a Steamworks title that is still very popular today.

Beta 3.1.2 patch [DEV/BT klobb screens] First exploding into the MOTY scene back in 05 GoldenEye: Source has been a popular contender ever since just never placing higher then what it did back in the MOTY for 06.

PoTW: Goku vs Frieza on Planet Namek Much like Sven Coop Earth's Special Forces has been much like a brides maid for every single MOTY award feature, placing the highest in 02 and 05 with the remake on the way we expect great things to come!

New menu and scoreboard graphics The youngest mod on our honorable mention list Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2 having made its debut on the MOTY scene back in 08 its since been a fan favorite with the amount of charm an active player base.


10Resistance & Liberation
is to realistically portray the events and actions taken by the 82nd Airborne during their stay in Normandy. Our initial release will follow the regiments through a campaign that mimics that followed by the men themselves. The campaign will begin with players dropping into Normandy in the early hours of June 6th, with the ultimate objective of capturing the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

9C&C: Shockwave
is an enhancement mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour. The main goal of this mod is to make Zero Hour a more interesting game with more diversity between the generals, making you think twice before you select a certain general, and overall provide more choices, diversity, and strategic freedom than in Zero Hour - while keeping the spirit and design direction of the original Generals game and storyline.

8The Nameless Mod
In Forum City, the Internet is serious business. As its name implies, the city is the physical embodiment of Internet forums and bulletin boards. It's more like The Matrix or Tron than Second Life, however, as the troubles of the city are no laughing matter. Embracing the style of Deus Ex, Forum City has as much crime and conspiracy as the world of JC Denton — but most citizens would have it no other way.

7Third Age - Total War
is a total conversion modification for 'Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Expansion' that brings you into the world of Middle-Earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is currently well under development and boasts a variety of new features.

6Median XL
The main attraction of Median XL is the brand new skill trees, 30 skills per class, providing a whole new experience. The mod also offers a new base item setup with 7 quality tiers, 480 uniques, 310 runewords, a new affix pool and gem/jewel stats, honorific items and many new and powerful crafting recipes.

5Renegade X
is a mod dedicated to recreating C&C Renegade in the new generation engine, the Unreal Engine 3. We all believe the Command and Conquer series is a very special one, and its fans have been following its games for over a decade now. C&C has been one of the most successful videogame series in the RTS Genre. Our modding team believes that C&C Renegade is truly a hidden gem in the FPS genre.

4Star Wars Mod: Galactic Warfare
Our goal is to unite our favourite game CoD4:MW with the classic universe of Star Wars, as the best trilogy ever. With this total conversion we will combine lot of the known battlegrounds, characters and weapons of Star Wars with the fantastic gameplay of the COD4-Multiplayer. Either as a trooper of the Imperial Forces or as a soldier from the Rebel Alliance you will fight on some different locations.

3NEOTOKYO°
takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare.

2Research and Development
is a puzzle-centric mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two featuring an unarmed player but plenty of violent mayhem.

1MechWarrior: Living Legends
is a total conversion modification for Crysis, MWLL is at its very core a mix between First Person Shooter and Simulation. This will be achieved through the use of a mixed arms massively multiplayer gaming experience where the player takes part in a battle using a variety of vehicles and weapons MWLL is using the concepts pioneered by the “Battlefield” franchise and more recently Crysis.

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m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 6 2010, 11:01am says:

Congratulations all, and I really wish I owned Crysis right now. :D

+14 votes     reply to comment
LOTRuler
LOTRuler Feb 6 2010, 11:34am replied:

agreed me too.

+3 votes     reply to comment
ChaoticNeutral
ChaoticNeutral Feb 6 2010, 5:35pm buried:

(buried)

"Own" is a very strong word. I prefer to use words like "play" or "have".

-43 votes     reply to comment
EBWorks
EBWorks Jul 26 2011, 7:04am replied:

uhm, what the ****?

+1 vote     reply to comment
Dturkey
Dturkey Jun 1 2010, 7:05am replied:

i bought it just for this mod. worth it

0 votes     reply to comment
OTPIdARP
OTPIdARP Feb 6 2010, 10:42pm replied:

So, does someone think whether MW:LL will be a comercial game ?

+2 votes     reply to comment
m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 7 2010, 1:12am replied:

I doubt it, unless they move on to their own engine.. It seems like too much of a hassle to make a commercial game out of an already existing engine, except for the Unreal engines, and Valve's stuff.

+4 votes     reply to comment
death5421
death5421 Feb 7 2010, 3:01am replied:

that and theyed have to get rights to the mech warrior IP

+4 votes     reply to comment
OTPIdARP
OTPIdARP Feb 7 2010, 7:21am replied:

You are right, sniper.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Daishi2442
Daishi2442 Feb 7 2010, 5:17am replied:

No. It's a mod. :)

0 votes     reply to comment
Mars_3K
Mars_3K Feb 7 2010, 8:12am replied:

Doesn't mean you can't contribute a donation equivalent to what you would spend on a commercial game :)

+4 votes     reply to comment
m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 7 2010, 10:14am replied:

Mods have become commercial games, such as Counter-Strike, DoD:S, and Garrysmod, and also Red Orchestra and Killing Floor on the Unreal 2004 engine. But yeah, since this game is based off of Mechwarrior and not an original idea, chances are low that this would be made into a commercial game.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Noremakk
Noremakk Feb 7 2010, 1:04pm replied:

Still, with the amount of publicity that's whirling around the game, the Mechwarrior copyright holders may actually approach the dev team.

+3 votes     reply to comment
CitizenLand
CitizenLand Feb 7 2010, 5:49pm replied:

I doubt it since Smith & Tinker is shopping the Mechwarrior reboot around to publishers. It does show that the genre is far from dead though.

+3 votes     reply to comment
VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor Feb 6 2010, 11:02am says:

Very glad for MechWarrior: Living Legends, Research and Development and Median XL!

But hearty congrats to the rest that made the top ten!

+17 votes     reply to comment
BigPapaSmurf
BigPapaSmurf Feb 6 2010, 11:16am replied:

Have to agree with you, but unfortunately by accident I gave you -1 karma. :(

+1 vote     reply to comment
um-tiki
um-tiki Feb 6 2010, 11:05am says:

Congrats MechWarrior, and grats to everyone else too

+1 vote     reply to comment
RKotern
RKotern Feb 6 2010, 11:06am says:

Congratulations Resistance & Liberation!

+7 votes     reply to comment
Dnst
Dnst Feb 6 2010, 3:12pm replied:

I did never expect that rnl would make it, nor did I expect research and development. A singleplayer mod in the top ten of moty, very good work.

-4 votes     reply to comment
xfckup
xfckup Feb 6 2010, 11:08am says:

congrats to all modder, modeler and mapper out there :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
KorJax
KorJax Feb 6 2010, 11:09am says:

Congrats to all winners! Thanks all for voting for MWLL, I honestly didn't expect us to beat R&D, it's a huge honor!!!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Death_Grin
Death_Grin Feb 6 2010, 11:10am says:

Graz everyone!

I'm happy to see a more varied mix of mods this year, not to mention engines.

+4 votes     reply to comment
FelipeFR
FelipeFR Feb 6 2010, 11:11am says:

Congratulation to MWLL team!

+3 votes     reply to comment
BigPapaSmurf
BigPapaSmurf Feb 6 2010, 11:15am says:

Congrats to everyone, now if only I had a computer powerful enough to run Crysis, let alone MechWarrior!

+1 vote     reply to comment
tetrodoxin
tetrodoxin Feb 6 2010, 11:15am says:

All those mods are great - congratulations to the devs!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Feb 6 2010, 11:16am says:

Congrantulations to the MechWarrior Living Legends Team!!!

I don't have Crysis but if you win it's because the players think that you deserve it...

I want to update my pc but i don't have money... That's why i don't have Crysis and that cool mod.

BTW congratulations to the other mods...

+3 votes     reply to comment
DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 6 2010, 11:17am says:

Congrats to all, R&D is the only here I voted for I think. Nice to see it on a good spot :D

+4 votes     reply to comment
FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Feb 6 2010, 11:20am says:

Congratulations to all the mods!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nuki
Nuki Feb 6 2010, 11:20am says:

Grats for MW LL, you guys made history today.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Ziji
Ziji Feb 6 2010, 11:22am says:

Great to see R&D place so high.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Trestkon
Trestkon Feb 6 2010, 11:22am says:

Congratulations to MWLL! And thanks to everyone who voted to get us into the top ten!

+3 votes     reply to comment
bandit55
bandit55 Feb 6 2010, 11:58am replied:

Congrats to all the modders for their talents. TNM made the top ten. \o/

+1 vote     reply to comment
edsato82
edsato82 Feb 6 2010, 11:27am says:

ShockWave mod, the best mod for C&C genereals ZH

+2 votes     reply to comment
BigPapaSmurf
BigPapaSmurf Feb 6 2010, 11:33am replied:

I do prefer either Contra or MidEast Crisis 1, but Shockwave does have some charm to it.

+2 votes     reply to comment
xcriminalx
xcriminalx Feb 6 2010, 11:29am says:

HOLY CRAP! THANKS SO MUCH GUYS!

From the entire team at MechWarrior: Living Legends we are so appreciative of the attention as well as all the kind words from everyone. We of course will keep moving forward to our full and final releases and have TONS of great stuff planned for all our fans. Stay tuned!

+7 votes     reply to comment
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 6 2010, 11:29am says:

Congrats all, nice to see another Star Wars mod in the top ten even if it isn't us.

;)

+2 votes     reply to comment
xfckup
xfckup Feb 6 2010, 11:39am replied:

thank you very much :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
Mularac
Mularac Feb 6 2010, 11:31am says:

I'm actually surprised by this! only 3 out of 10 of this year's winners were made with the source engine. Congratulations to all nominees, you made it.

+4 votes     reply to comment
LOTRuler
LOTRuler Feb 6 2010, 11:36am says:

congratulation everyone evertything looks great!!

But third age is still my favorites third ageeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

+2 votes     reply to comment
krg
krg Feb 6 2010, 11:39am says:

EXCELLENT line up of mods. All of these look great.

+2 votes     reply to comment
EverDream
EverDream Feb 6 2010, 11:42am says:

Median xl was so close at becoming part of the top 5 :|

+1 vote     reply to comment
UnknownChris
UnknownChris Feb 6 2010, 11:44am says:

congrats to all but boy am i glad that diablo 2 median xl made it Laz most be happy

-1 votes     reply to comment
Nawwx
Nawwx Feb 6 2010, 11:49am says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i thought research and development will wil :(

+2 votes     reply to comment
altercuca
altercuca Feb 6 2010, 11:51am says:

Congratulations Guys!!! to all of u

+1 vote     reply to comment
MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan Feb 6 2010, 11:52am says:

Pheeeew what a competition it was this year! I'm personally really glad with top10 list, I only wished that R&D would win but MWLL deserves this (double!) honor as well. A truly great year for mods :)

+3 votes     reply to comment
Turj
Turj Feb 6 2010, 11:54am says:

2009 was really a nice year for mods.

+3 votes     reply to comment
eFFe
eFFe Feb 6 2010, 11:59am says:

Congrats to all the mods, especially MWLL!

An epic win for you guys...well deserved!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Spenzerr
Spenzerr Feb 6 2010, 11:59am says:

congrats to all modders and mod teams out there glad to see r&l and neotokyo make the list and congrats to the teams who made the list also

+2 votes     reply to comment
iamcreasy
iamcreasy Feb 6 2010, 12:00pm says:

Why there is no HQ of this VIDEO!!!

+1 vote     reply to comment
zaglis
zaglis Feb 6 2010, 12:11pm says:

Can we please have some actual numbers? I want to know how close the votes were for the top 1.

+10 votes     reply to comment
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