The Galaxy’s Most Violent Virtual Sport! Check out our web site at to learn more, watch video, or download the game! Are you tired of slow, boring games? Do you yearn for superhuman powers and extremely violent deaths? Do you like hookers, and your balls? Smashball is a fast-paced, ultraviolent first-person-shooter played as a highly structured team sport. Two teams use superhuman maneuvers, a high-tech grappling hook, and high-powered weaponry to try to get a single ball into their opponent’s goal. What's it like? INCREDIBLE MOBILITY! Smashball players can use their Turbo Power to amp up their speed. The Grappling Hook can be used to swing across open areas and wrap around corners. Combining the two allows for supreme feats of acrobatics. INTENSE ACTION! Play is focused on The Smashball. Every second has to be used to score. Brutal slugfests, fast breaks, and last-second saves abound. All weapons have Infinite Ammo, and players Regenerate Health, so you never get distracted from...

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Here's our choices for the best multiplayer games/mods of 2008 that had a little something extra to break away from the mold.

Posted by stenchy on Feb 20th, 2009
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Most Innovative Multiplayer

One of the best things about ModDB for me has always been shuffling through the site archives to see what surprises I can dig up. Now that I actually work here, I keep closer tabs on all the content that filters through the entire site. There's a lot of good mod ideas that go into development but never come to fruition. When something unique actually gets released, it should be a cause for celebration. The mods/indie games chosen for this category demonstrated the most exclusive gameplay experiences for us in 2008. All of the nominees listed here brought something to the table in order to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.


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Celestial Impact

Indie

Celestial_Impact wrote:Celestial Impact is a team multiplayer FPS taking place on asteroids with spherical gravity. The game is unique in that the landscape can be deformed in every direction. Players can add or remove terrain during combat by aiming and firing a special tool called Dirtgun. Celestial Impact is a PC game developed in Sweden that started with a few university students having an idea of an unusual and fun game. The idea evolved into a larger spare-time project and has now reached a fully playable version.

Rail them from above Cross from above Bridge builder


Eternal Silence

Half-Life 2

Crankshaft_Games wrote:Eternal Silence is a science fiction mod that pits two capital ships against each other in a seamless blend of space warfare and tactical infantry combat. Pilots coordinate strikes with invading infantry in order to take down the behemoth capital ships from both the inside and out. 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.

Battle of Cerbera Battle of Cerbera Battle of Cerbera

Europe in Ruins

Company of Heroes/Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Europe_in_Ruins wrote:Europe in Ruins is a modification for Company of Heroes that converts the game into a MMORTT. Units are purchased and managed on the backend website and transferred into the game for battle. After the battle, the units are automatically updated on the website, units lost are removed from your company, units surviving have their experience levels updated. Best of all, the modification does not affect your Company of Heroes or Opposing Fronts installation or your ability to play the original game with the modification installed!

Launcher Screenshots 2 Launcher Screenshots Skunker's Ingame + Cinematic Shots

San Andreas Multiplayer

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

SA-MP wrote:SA-MP is a multiplayer mod for the PC version of Rockstar's GTA: San Andreas, which allows people to play together over the internet or a LAN. It features user scripted game modes and servers holding up to 200 players.

Playing on mini-missions Ingame Play German SA-MP Tour

Smashball

Half-Life 2

Smashball_Labs wrote:The Galaxy’s Most Violent Virtual Sport! Check out our web site at to learn more, watch video, or download the game! Are you tired of slow, boring games? Do you yearn for superhuman powers and extremely violent deaths? Do you like hookers, and your balls? Smashball is a fast-paced, ultraviolent first-person-shooter played as a highly structured team sport. Two teams use superhuman maneuvers, a high-tech grappling hook, and high-powered weaponry to try to get a single ball into their opponent’s goal.

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien Feb 20 2009, 2:28am says:

My 2 cents: Eternal Silence.

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Nathanius
Nathanius Feb 20 2009, 2:30am says:

Eternal Silence! whoop whoop whoop whoop!

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PGGB
PGGB Feb 20 2009, 2:37am says:

I like the concept of Celestial Impact best, Europe in Ruins kinda blew my mind in that I didn't think this was possible and SA: Multiplayer kinda wins with amount of content eventhough I don't really like the engine too much.

Good picks guys!

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SCΛRECROW
SCΛRECROW Feb 20 2009, 2:40am says:

Eternal Silence for me.

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Tallon_hunteR
Tallon_hunteR Feb 20 2009, 2:46am says:

ES FTW!

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R0b
R0b Feb 20 2009, 3:03am says:

I'm getting pretty fed up with the endless stream of countdowns here on moddb.

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stenchy Author
stenchy Feb 20 2009, 5:12am replied:

Hang in there, champ :D

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projektariel
projektariel Feb 20 2009, 3:08am says:

As I was involved in the translation of ES I am biased and would pick CI instead for the great idea of transforming and creating the battlefield! :)

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SAHChandler
SAHChandler Feb 20 2009, 3:58am says:

I'm torn betwix ES and EIR
:S

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 20 2009, 4:53am says:

For this category I'd have to say Smashball hands down as being the most innovative.

Though, I haven't played EiR and it sounds very interesting.

Good luck to the winners.

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NotMe!
NotMe! Feb 20 2009, 5:19am says:

I think Celestial Impact will win the war as we speak about most innovative. Not most workable idea or best idea.

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Setis
Setis Feb 20 2009, 5:19am says:

although I think eternal silence will be the likely winner, i was really quite amazed by europe in ruins. But in any case, very nice picks. Congrats to all the nominees!

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Robok
Robok Feb 20 2009, 6:18am says:

Smashball's gameplay was tons of fun in the last build I tried, has lots of potential as far as I can see. However as I read about Europe in Ruins I'm thinking this has to be the best idea someone has come up as a mod, guess we'll just have to wait and see who wins :)

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judasbenhur
judasbenhur Feb 20 2009, 6:45am says:

no Suicide Survival? I'm a disappointed. My pick: Celestial Impact.

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lawthedark
lawthedark Apr 15 2009, 11:22am replied:

I thought suicidal is good but theres not much to it though

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geokes
geokes Feb 20 2009, 8:10am says:

I liked ES the most but it's definetly not the most Innovative.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Feb 20 2009, 8:54am says:

Well, I see smashball as a rehash of an old idea in movies, e.g. Roller Ball ( www.imdb.com/title/tt0073631 ), Death Ball ( Deathball.net ) etc.

San Andreas MP: Car jacking was bad enough in SP.. lol

Graphics wise, Eternal Silence is pretty good (other space to station combat like SW Battlefront 2 etc), but since this is an Innovation award, I would say Celestial Impact, since it gives a whole new meaning to "Dig a big hole and jump in it!" And being able to terraform your way out of almost any situation. lol

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█ Feb 20 2009, 9:08am says:

I like GTA Multiplayer

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CustomCharacter
CustomCharacter Feb 20 2009, 9:13am says:

Considering it's the only one I've played, ES gets my vote.

However, CI looks interesting. I'm going to try it.

Why wasn't Suicide Survival on there? :(

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Feb 20 2009, 9:22am says:

I'm sure Smasball is going to win, but Celestial Impact would be my choice.

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qpac
qpac Feb 20 2009, 9:45am says:

I haven't played any of them, but I will try out the winner.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 20 2009, 9:51am says:

Celestial Impact !

Awesome game.

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tnathan475
tnathan475 Feb 20 2009, 10:22am says:

Go Eternal Silence!

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 20 2009, 10:22am says:

Tough call... but I guess what CaptainSource says makes sense. CI takes a different stab at gameplay: spherical... I assume it is really spherical... and all direction terraforming. Now this by itself is not really new neither. Red Faction back then boasted about a terraforming which is totally free ( not simply height deformation as for example in IOTD ) and if you want to go back even more Worms had this as central gameplay element. Here thought it looks like push and punch on the terrain. Can't make fully heads or tail out of this but it definitely is particular so I would guess CI made it.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Feb 20 2009, 10:33am says:

Celestial Impact is absolutely ground breaking in my opinion. Running with the flag and propelling yourself into the sky and creating a walkway 100 feet in the air is priceless. So is having the guy chasing you take out the ground below you or encase you in the ground... quality and unique multiplayer action

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Lee1337
Lee1337 Feb 20 2009, 11:11am says:

Eternal Silence FTW!!!

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Rotten
Rotten Feb 20 2009, 11:57am says:

where project reality? I'm really missing it :(...after all I'm for Eternal Silence

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 20 2009, 2:46pm says:

ow lol only 14 minutes to go :) will probably be ES though :P

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[OPK]StarForce
[OPK]StarForce Feb 20 2009, 3:05pm says:

congratulation Celestial Impact team !

good work :)

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BrotherLaz
BrotherLaz Feb 20 2009, 3:06pm says:

Good choice. :)

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Bender411
Bender411 Feb 20 2009, 3:09pm says:

Congratulation all nominates,and specialy Celestial Impact!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Feb 20 2009, 3:11pm says:

I like the old voice I hope this voice is not on the mod of the year...

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 20 2009, 3:16pm says:

WoW, congratulations Celestial Impact!

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KerenskyTheRed
KerenskyTheRed Feb 20 2009, 3:26pm says:

I thought it might win, since I knew it had that terrain gun and interesting gravity physics, but I could never play it cause it didn't seem to like my graphics card too much. *sigh*

Congratulations!

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qpac
qpac Feb 20 2009, 3:28pm says:

I haven't excepted to this, but I keep the winner's name in mind. Congratulations Celestial Impact!

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 20 2009, 3:29pm says:

I would say Celestial Impact is by far the most innovative multi-plyer game in that list. Ethernal Silence is awesome but not really invotive.

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Dullshooter
Dullshooter Feb 20 2009, 4:59pm says:

How is es innovative? Its just ship to ship combat like anything else!

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Henley Staff
Henley Feb 20 2009, 5:50pm replied:

There is more then one way to be innovative, it could be the use of an engine ala SA-MP or the refinement of code that never worked before ala Eternal Silence. It could be innovative in design like Smashball and Europe in Ruins or it could be innovate in game mechanics like seen in Celestial Impact.

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CustomCharacter
CustomCharacter Feb 20 2009, 6:00pm replied:

Ah, yes. But the difference is that they did it on the Source Engine. Really well, in fact.
EDIT: Damn, Henley got to it before me, and with a better point, too. D:

Concrats to the Celestial Impact team. I'm inspired to play it now.

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█ Feb 20 2009, 5:05pm says:

Congratulations Celestial Impact!!!

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AoP
AoP Feb 20 2009, 5:27pm says:

Congrats to the team behind Celestial Impact. This appears to be a highly deserved victory.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Feb 20 2009, 6:21pm says:

Congrats guys, I'll definitely need to check out CI.

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Ravelo
Ravelo Feb 20 2009, 6:37pm says:

Bravo, Celestial Imp.!!!! ;)

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Dnst
Dnst Feb 20 2009, 6:59pm says:

Celestial Impact, I will give it a try!

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Dremth
Dremth Feb 20 2009, 7:03pm says:

i havent played any of them :P

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Toblerone
Toblerone Feb 20 2009, 7:28pm says:

Most Innovative - got to be Celestial Impact. Thats not to say its necessarily the most fun.. but definitely the most innovative.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 20 2009, 7:30pm says:

Sweet !

You all saw me kick some serious *** (more like get killed :P)

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angry_bot
angry_bot Feb 20 2009, 7:36pm says:

Celestial Impact mooses everything else on the list.

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hophead
hophead Feb 20 2009, 7:52pm says:

THIS WAS A BRILLIANT IDEA!! Compiling the best mods in an entertaining and easy to navigate form makes it easier than ever to breathe new (free) life into games.

Thank you to everyone creating these mods.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Feb 20 2009, 8:32pm says:

Congrats CI!

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