Mod Of The Year Awards 2008

Modding mecca ModDB has announced its Mod Of The Year Awards 2008, and you lot need to get voting, especially since the awards seem to have expanded to include a gamut of beloved indie games, such as Mount & Blade. It’s all fairly easy – find the mod you want to vote for on the ModDB pages and click the rather prominent button.

Wait. What was mod of the year? If you guys have any nominations for the RPS crew to vote for then post their ModDB links in the comments below. Go!


  1. l1ddl3monkey says:

    Quietly waits for the majority to vote for Black Mesa: Source, on the basis of that trailer.

    Can I vote for Minerva again?

  2. Heliocentric says:

    With mods does age figure into it?

    The only currently developed mod i give any time is Project Reality. But I’m discounting so many, numerous Oblivion mods.

    And older mods? Natural selection and Hidden: Source have safely made themselves permanent residents on my hard drive.

    Jeez, same answer as this time last year, nothing much has changed?

  3. Heliocentric says:

    I never account single player mods because they are so quickly finished, was Minerva last year?

    My most anticipated mod is a UT3 stealth action thingy.
    link to

    I promise if I’m ever involved in a mod i wont put “project” in the title.

  4. Jonas says:

    Then how will people know it’s a project, Heliocentric?

    Is it too jaded of me to skip the votes and assume a Half-Life 2 mod will win again this year?

  5. The Hammer says:

    I think that Black Mesa will win the Upcoming award, purely because of that SUPREMO trailer.

    Good luck to Mount and Blade, too! From what I played of the demo, it was great, fun stuff!

  6. Pags says:

    One day I will make a mod about the future of casting light onto a screen. I shall call it ‘Project Projecting Projections’.

  7. Larington says:

    @Pags: Tee-Hee!
    Sadly, I think the winner can be predicted as per other comments above.

    I’ve actually bought Mount & Blade on Steam but, I’m in Assignment Procrastination Hell at the moment so I can’t let myself dig in just yet. Meh.

  8. Citizen Parker says:

    With Fall From Heaven II having juuuuuuust gone final recently, if it doesn’t win something is broken with the universe.

    It is the only way to play Civ IV, and if you’re judging it from the version of FFH that shipped with Beyond the Sword, you’ve missed quite a bit in my view.

  9. Pags says:

    @Larington & The Hammer: I think they’re including all the mods made for M&B, not M&B itself as it’s not actually a mod of anything. Unless I misunderstood you as misunderstanding. Either way, I don’t expect any M&B mods to win anything because a) none involve multiplayer b) er… c) that’s it.

  10. The Hammer says:

    A friend of mine on WOW keeps enthusing to me about the Mount and Blade mod that turns the game into Middle-Earth. Apparently it is absolutely rip-roaringly delicious.

    (It’s got orcs in it, so I don’t see how it couldn’t be)

    EDIT: Apparently you can vote for Mount and Blade. Seems it is indie games in there, too.

  11. Pags says:

    Apparently you can vote for Mount and Blade. Seems it is indie games in there, too.

    Seems I’m the one with egg on my face! Apologies Larington and The Hammer.

  12. The Hammer says:

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    Just did a google for the Last Days mod. That doesn’t look bad at all. It’s just a shame it doesn’t appear to be up there for voting on ModDB, there’s a hell of a lot of writing in the patchnotes done about it. Bet it takes ages to develop.

  13. Larington says:

    Its alright pags, I was just being anecdotal about how I’d love to be playing M&B but can’t get away with it at the moment. Umm, so I was being a naughty thread derailer, basically.

  14. JonFitt says:

    Age of Chivalry and Zombie Panic were the only mods I played last year. Don’t know if they count as I think they’re well established, it was just that Steam started hosting them.

    I think the golden age of the mod may be behind us. The complexities of modern shooters in just in the mapping alone means that a total conversion is a mammoth project and I don’t think we’ll see many mods getting to half-polished states.

  15. Ging says:

    There’s no restriction on age (or time since last release (thankfully)) with the moty awards, so you can vote for anything you want to.

    It’ll be a bit sad to see another plethora of HL2 mods taking home the top spots (again) when there’s so much out there that should be getting attention – mechwarrior: living legends (even if I dislike how they come across, they’ve done some good looking work), FfH2 and M&B are all worth a look, though I fear they’ll equate into niche titles and as such won’t get as many votes as generic HL zombie mod 3.

  16. Azazel says:

    “There’s no restriction on age (or time since last release (thankfully)) with the moty awards, so you can vote for anything you want to.”

    rly? cool!

    /votes for The Darkest Day

  17. Vision says:

    Guys, vote for NS link to

    I’ve been playing this since version 1.04, and it’s still the only online fps worth playing. After you touch ns, all other games will feel like rubbish.

  18. Tei says:

    oops.. I forgot you have to order by date, because theres lots of old stuff (OpenArena, Glest, etc..) that I dont think could try to get the 2008 one. Or can it?

  19. caramelcarrot says:

    As fantastic as NS is (been playing since the start), it seems a bit odd to vote for a mod that hasn’t been updated since 2007 (I think?).

  20. Pags says:

    It’ll be a bit sad to see another plethora of HL2 mods taking home the top spots (again) when there’s so much out there that should be getting attention

    I’d been thinking the same thing; I know people rally against the idea of these sorts of awards being anything other than democratic, it does essentially boil down to more popular games with more popular mods (ie. HL/HL2 mods) getting the top spots while niche games are overlooked. It can be a cyclical thing with multiplayer mods, too; people only play the mods that other people play, or else what’s the point of playing?

  21. l1ddl3monkey says:

    I voted for Natural Selection last year (I think). It’s the maps (and the very innovative and now much copied gameplay dynamic of RTS commanding a group of FPS players). Those maps are incredible. As someone who is reasonably familiar with the limitations of Worldcraft I think the quality of mapping in NS was nothing short of phenomenal in some places.

    After some thought though I think I will vote for the Oblivion Lost mod for STALKER; that’s the one I’ve spent the most time playing over the last year.

  22. Asskicker says:

    link to

    Why? Because it’s awesome, why is it awesome?
    Because it has dinos and robots fighting in Queen Elizabethan England. (With tophats!)

  23. Ryan says:

    There seems to be some confusion with mods/indies that can be nominated. Here’s a snippet from the rules:

    “Any mod / indie game can make the top 100 except
    for mods / indie games released in previous years which
    have not released a significant update in 2008.”

  24. AlexW says:

    Woo, Dystopia.

    Also, I dispute the claim that NS is the be-all-and-end-all of FPS games. Its learning curve is just too steep, and if you’re not an ace shot then you don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of helping the Marines, no matter how capable you are at everything else. Then if you’re on the Khazaa team you’re even more screwed if you can’t wallcrawl with the best of them.

    I like games that reward skill somewhat, but NS just takes that too far.

    And once again, Dystopia!

  25. The Hammer says:

    Holy shit on a stick. When did Jailbreak get dinosaurs and robots?! The last time I played the mod, it was still just Rebels VS Combine! I need to catch up on mod news, clearly! What next, a side-scrolling platformer section in Dystopia?!

  26. Tei says:

    I would love to see another mod made after Gloom (the original mod where Natural Selection and Tremulous are based) for Source. The phisics of Source plus the evilness of the gameplay of gloom could be awesome.

    ( these stupid Wikipedian editors deleted the entry for gloom, arrgghh… stupid stupid deletionism. Is the dark ages for wikipedia )

  27. Henley says:

    Hey Jim thanks for the article on our awards, this years players choice has had record numbers and editors choice will be even bigger and better! So keep watching ModDB for more info on the awards. Thanks again RPS!

  28. Zaphid says:

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    Been playing this mod of Diablo 2 for last 2 years and it’s still fun, and actually pretty challenging, because some of the bosses are going to test your understanding of D2 mechanics to the core. Best Hack n Slash for me ’till D3

  29. Schmung says:

    The mod of the year thing is a truly lovely idea, but it’s so subject to such rampant levels of manipulation that it’s a wee bit meaningless. The bigger mods with larger teams and well organised PR efforts almost invariably win out over the smaller and more interesting things that are perhaps more deserving of a share of the spotlight. A handpicked shortlist of some sort would be a better start IMO, but hey, we live in an inperfect world.

  30. Henley says:

    @ Schmung its called the editors choice, its where the staff pick the winners regardless of the PR or player count.

  31. Dreamhacker says:

    Oh man, I really, passionately, deeply HATE moddb’s site. Damn, that site is badly designed!

    Oh, and the MOTY-2008 awards aren’t done yet…

  32. Ging says:

    I’ve always looked forward to the editors choice awards, rather than the players choice. As henley says, because they aren’t (as) influenced by PR and player count – you get a much better spread of mods / indie games out of them than you do in the player awards.

  33. porc-épic says:

    link to

    Not currently released, although I think they have an award for best unreleased mod, it isnt very well know but it certainly deserves to get into the top 100 mods at least,

  34. porc-épic says:

    Forgot the link to the moddb page:

    link to

  35. Schmung says:

    That’s what I get for not reading properly. It was probably 07 or 06 when I last properly looked at the moddb awards (because I was on a mod team at the time) so developments have passed me a little since then. My bad.

  36. Tantan says:

    Obsidian Conflict is the better HL2 Co-Op mod.

  37. Lewis says:

    Time for a plug, methinks:

    link to

    Half-Life 2 single-player TC, with shades of System Shock 2 and BioShock. Set on a cruise ship. At night. At the end of the war.

  38. The Hammer says:

    @Lewis: Oooooh. That looks like a really nice mod, with a good, solid design philosophy. One I’ll be checking out when it comes out!

  39. Bema says:

    I’m fairly sure Black Mesa can’t win the Upcoming Mod award this year, because they won it last year. ModDB have a “Can’t win the same category two years in a row” rule. Don’t belive there is another category they can enter.

  40. Rook says:

    I thought the fairly obvious winner would be Fallout 3

  41. Ryan says:

    For those who are looking, there’s some nice spotlight videos we offer that showcase the bulk of worthwhile releases each month: link to

  42. Pete says:

    link to

    I’ve been playing Warsow for a few months now, and I’m still well and truly in love with its fluidity and pace. It’s a free, standalone deathmatch shooter, based on the Qfusion engine (graphics are very nice but also very scalable; it can run well on older hardware while still looking nice and clean, and there are plenty of shiny details to turn on for those with decent gaming rigs).

    Think Quake III with faster movement, greater aircontrol and a dash/walljump key (also brighter colours, smoother textures, and a pig model).

    There’s a nice little frag video here: link to . It’s not mine, but I reckon it serves as a pretty good introduction, as the clips are long enough to give a good sense of the actual gameplay.

  43. Pete says:

    Oh and just in case I managed to inspre anyone to give Warsow a go, please bear in mind that the gameplay varies a lot depending on gametype: you probably won’t have much fun jumping straight into a Duel, while CA or DA would probably be the best introduction as you don’t have to worry about armour and weapon pickups (or Instagib, if that’s your cup of tea).

  44. Man With Lobster Avatar says:

    With Fall From Heaven II having juuuuuuust gone final recently, if it doesn’t win something is broken with the universe.

    It is the only way to play Civ IV,


  45. Trithemius says:

    Heliocentric says: I never account single player mods because they are so quickly finished, was Minerva last year?

    What about things like Europa Barbarorum for RTW? It’s been around for a while now, but this sort of modding for a strategy game can be quite comprehensive and provide a lot of playing-time.

  46. Sam says:

    Fall From Heaven II is amazing. I now can’t go back and play vanilla Civ. Such a wonderful mod. Google it. Download it. Play it(Steam compatible). Vote for it. Simple as.

  47. The Hammer says:

    Good point about the amount of time you can get out of strategy game mods, Trithemius.

    I was a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings: Total War mod, which I used to play even before the patch that included a proper playable campaign, too. Presentation-wise, it wasn’t the best, but it was an enormous and ambitious feat, considering it was a total conversion of a game with notoriously bad mod support, and the amount of models, skins and other aesthetic changes it made was quite something to see. There were a few things that were implemented that didn’t fit at all (Flying units, such as the Nazgul, Frodo and Sam’s appearance on the campaign map…), and a few things that were fatally missing (No custom buildings meant that Helm’s Deep was a Gaul City), but for field battles with the backbone units of LOTR armies, it was lovely. Not boxed-copy quality, but getting there.

    It’s just a shame it hasn’t been updated since 2007…

  48. Smeghammer says:


    Warsow is excelent, but the learning curve is very steep if you’ve never been exposed to strafejumping/bunnyhopping/trickjumping before. It’s a game for people who love and miss the shooters of old. The dev team is very active on the forums, and they take feedback and advice from the community seriously. If you’ve never heard of it before now, it’s worth taking a look.

    I spend most of my time in the Smooth Operators CA server, and occasionally you can find me in a random DM or race server. Perhaps i’ll see you in game.