Mod DB, the central hub for all things mod-related on the PC, released over the weekend their editors' and readers' picks for the best mods of 2009.
Regardless, all are the result of untold hours of free, unpaid work by their respective developers, some great, some excellent, and it's always nice seeing that kind of work be given its dues.
Best Art Direction: Out Of Hell (UT2004)
Best Upcoming Indie Game: Overgrowth
Best Upcoming Mod: Naruto: Naiteki Kensei (Half-Life 1)
Best Indie Game: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
Best Multiplayer Mod: MechWarrior: Living Legends (Crysis)
Best Singleplayer Mod: The Nameless Mod (Deus Ex)
Mod Of The Year: MechWarrior: Living Legends (Crysis)
Second Place: Research & Development (Half-Life 2)
Third Place: NeoTokyo (Half-Life 2)
Fourth Place: Star Wars: Galactic Warfare (Modern Warfare)
Fifth Place X: Renegade (Unreal Engine 3)
Sixth Place: Median XL (Diablo II)
Seventh Place: Third Ageeee: Total War (Medieval: Total War)
Eighth Place: The Nameless Mod (Deus Ex)
Ninth Place: C&C: Shockwave (C&C: Generals)
Tenth Place: Resistance & Liberation (Half-Life 2)
BEST UPCOMING MOD (READERS CHOICE)
First Place: Mortewood Plaza (Half-Life 2)
Second Place: Naruto: Naiteki Kensei (Half-Life 1)
Third Place: Company of Heroes: Eastern Front (Company of Heroes)
Fourth Place: Opposing Force 2 (Half-Life 2)
Fifth Place: Raindrop (Half-Life 2)
BEST INDIE GAME (READERS CHOICE)
First Place: Natural Selection 2
Second Place: Overgrowth
Third Place: 0 AD
Fourth Place: FOnline: 2238
Fifth Place: Platinum Arts Sandbox
If you're wondering where Black Mesa got to, it's there, with an honourable mention. It's had enough awards, though, it's time to get the thing done and out the door.
You can read more about each mod, as well as find download links for those available, at the link below.