A redux of the cancelled mod from August 2016. Utilising content from developer repositories and some originally created parts, Half Life 2: Raising the Bar Redux will aim to recreate part of the vision the original developers had for the game, as well as developing our own. RTB:R centres around a thematic melding of the HL2 Alpha, Beta, and Retail concepts, as well as our own ideas, to create a unique and complete experience.

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Welcome to the Players Choice: Best Upcoming Mods of 2018 Results! The following mods have been selected by ModDB readers from the Top 100 nominees to determine which mods they are most anticipating for future release.

Honourable Mentions

Before we present the winners, the following mods polled strongly and deserve our attention for either narrowly missing out, or they have previously placed in a best upcoming countdown and are ineligible to place again. These mods have significantly impressed us over 2018, and we are eagerly anticipating their future developments.


A redux of the cancelled mod from August 2016. Utilising content from developer repositories and some originally created parts, Half Life 2: Raising the Bar Redux will aim to recreate part of the vision the original developers had for the game, as well as developing our own. RTB:R centres around a thematic melding of the HL2 Alpha, Beta, and Retail concepts, as well as our own ideas, to create a unique and complete experience.



A C&C Generals remake, built on Red Alert 3 engine, featuring great performance, no lag, no desync, new maps, new units and more cool stuff! Total Red Alert 3 conversion. Port of C&C Generals Game as close as possible. Powerful SAGE 2.0 Engine and RNA Renderer. Powerful networking engine, no more random desync errors for no reason. Remakes of C&C Generals Maps. Beautiful Post Processing effects ( HDR, CC, etc. ). Stunning Particle Effects. DynLight emmiters for better effects expression. Enhanced RNA Renderer. Smart adaptive AI, which react and adapt to all your moves.



A massive story expansion for Skyrim with 30+ hours of original content. Visit the valley of Druadach and embark on an epic quest to bring peace to this war-torn region. The mod adds a new region, three faction questlines, non-linear quests, dungeons, new weapons/armor and more. Your actions will determine the fate of Druadach Valley. For better... or for much worse.



Half-Life 2 Classic is a Half-Life 1 mod that aims to recreate the entirety of Half-Life 2. Why? Mainly, just for fun, but also because a lot of people like how the goldsrc engine feels, or enjoy the gameplay or Half-Life more than Half-Life 2. It's also a way to see what Half-Life 2 could have looked like in the limits of Goldsrc, if valve never developed the Source engine.



Dead Air is a full-scale S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modification based on Call of Chernobyl. It changes all aspects of the game, from graphics, audio, and special effects to various gameplay and AI features. The modification evolves from the ideas started in Call of Misery, a previous project from the mod’s author. Major inspirations for Dead Air have been projects such as NLC, MISERY, Autumn Aurora, and OGSE. Dead Air prioritizes the development of the game platform’s potential, gameplay complexity, and attention to detail, along with addressing both the quality and quantity of all content.


Congratulations to every winner in the Player's Choice: Best Upcoming Mods of 2018! Congratulations too to every mod who was nominated and participated in voting. With the Best Upcoming Mods announced, the final Mod of the Year results will go live on December 28.

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Half Life 2: Raising the Bar REDUX: Update V3.3

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Half Life 2: Raising the Bar REDUX: Update V3.2, with new models, animations, and map progress.

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Half Life 2: Raising the Bar REDUX: Update V3.1, featuring maps, weapons, models, and the second volume of our OST.

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hillionliat
hillionliat

Guy's I understand you don't do monthly updates anymore but why you stopped making articles at least made one and tell about Demo delay

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AtomicWave73
AtomicWave73

To be clear, you have stated before that you & the team have plans of releasing a demo of this mod sometime in February, yes? Are you guys still sticking with the idea of releasing a little demo for RTB:R this month or has that changed?

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GameSmert Creator
GameSmert

It's probably not going to be coming out this month. We were hoping we could, but there's just too much to get done before a demo can be released. I would say by maybe June or July.

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LeoJFC
LeoJFC

Take your time to do a good job and well polished.

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Guest
Guest

You gonna make Eli Maxwell and Captain Vance or you gonna stay with Eli Vance.

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GameSmert Creator
GameSmert

currently undecided.

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Amish_
Amish_

But we already have Eli Maxwell how can you add Eli Vance?

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hillionliat
hillionliat

That would be stupid to put Eli Vance in the beta story because there is already an alternative version of him Eli Maxwell plus we know how Captain Vance looks in the beta and even there is his face model in the retail Half-Life 2
But I am not the dev of this mod so the devs probably have a different model for him

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Guest
Guest

Hi, I just wanted to ask, what's your take on the Consul, do you plan to reintroduce and expand upon the 2001 concept, or do you plan to use Breen like Dark Interval did? Either way is fine, I'm just curious.

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GameSmert Creator
GameSmert

Currently, we're sticking with Breen from hl2.

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