Welcome everyone to the 11th annual Mod of the Year awards, a celebration of the best mods released in 2012 as well as the up and coming whom we hope edge towards release in 2013. For the next 30 days, it's time to recognize the dedication and creativty of so many hobbyist game developers who have given everything to their craft (which, in many cases amounts to years of development). 2012 was a massive year with horror mods like Cry of Fear and the hotly anticipated Black Mesa pushing our servers to their absolute limits with over 300,000 people in one day, all trying to play.

We expect the 2012 Mod of the Year to be our biggest yet - so make yourself count by finding your favorite mods and voting for them! Who will join our first ever MOTY winner Natural Selection, who in 2002 took out the awards and 11 years later released a critially acclaimed best-selling sequel? Up until Jan 1st 2013 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. Welcome to the 11th Annual Mod of the Year Awards (also check out our Indie of the Year awards and App of the Year awards).

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Ho ho ho Merry Christmas and merry Mod of the Year!

Posted by Henley on Dec 25th, 2012
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Ho ho ho Merry Christmas and merry Mod of the Year. With more than 133,000 votes and over 6,300,000 visitors spanning 22 days. We shoveled the punched ballot cards into the local ModDB super computer, ran our algorithms and watched the computer churn the raw data into our top 10 list. We lost the lives of many talented scientists and computer experts, but it was worth it because now we have something awesome to share with our community.

Your votes have decided this years Mod of the Year and the results speak for themselves.



To qualify for the top 10, the mod must place higher than it has in previous years and must have had a significant content update in 2012. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

Since winning the 2008 Mod of the Year Project Reality: Battlefield 2 has shown they are still relevant every year by placing in the top 10. Honorable Mention well earned!
Third Age - Total War did not place higher since their 7th place in the 2009 MOTY's so they get an honorable mention!
Forgotten Hope 2 got top place in the 2010 MOTY's so once again they get another honorable mention!
No More Room in Hell placed third in last years awards, and only missed out this year by a zombies decapitated pinky! Honorable Mention for you!


10TSL Restored Content Mod
The usual response to complains about TSLRP was that people should make their own mod, then they could complain. 2 modders, Stoney and Zbyl2 (with help from Jinger and a few others), did. Almost 5 years has passed, but work still continued on 1.8, which is the biggest TSLRCM release yet.

9Brutal Doom
Everything in Brutal Doom is extremely intense. Everything sounds louder, looks bigger, moves faster, and hits harder. The camera shakes every time something explodes near you. Enemies are harder and smarter, and weapons and explosions are loud. Brütal Doom will make the good an old Doom have a new and fresh look. It will give you a reason to play all the Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, and Final Doom levels again.

8CoH: Modern Combat
will create a deep, entertaining vision of modern warfare, pitting the modern-day Chinese and American militaries against each other. These two unique factions, with their all-new companies, abilities, and artwork, will work together with the outstanding starting platform that is Company of Heroes in an effort to provide the most immersing, tactical, and fun approximation of modern strategic combat on your PC.

7CoH: Blitzkrieg-Mod
A much more realistic Weapon damage system - many new skins for infantry and tanks (and wrecks) also including many of my own made tank skins - many new units for all factions - modified and enlarged Commander Trees (now 16 Upgrades!) - new abilities - new sounds - recommended new maps included.

6MISERY
Full concept modification of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat that touches every game aspect including textures, sfx, music, weapons, AI, items, weather difficulty and much more.

5Rise of the Reds
is an ambitious project that started all the way back in 2004, when Red Army started a mod that implemented a resurgent Russian Federation into the universe of Command & Conquer Generals.

4CoH: Eastern Front
is a mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding a full Soviet faction packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

3Cry of Fear
You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? It's time to head out and find the answers.

2DayZ
A 225 km2 open world post-soviet state wiped out by an unknown infection. Go Solo, team up with friends or take on the world as you choose your path in this brutal and chilling landscape using whatever means you stumble upon to survive.

1Black Mesa
Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.

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king_ghidorah93
king_ghidorah93 Dec 25 2012, 2:28am says:

Congratulations!

+48 votes     reply to comment
ALOIYD
ALOIYD May 11 2013, 5:25am replied:

Agreed.

+2 votes     reply to comment
retnu16
retnu16 Dec 25 2012, 2:29am says:

I'm happy with this lineup.

+26 votes     reply to comment
Rus[T]
Rus[T] Dec 25 2012, 2:37am says:

I aprove this. Congratz!

+18 votes     reply to comment
wmf776759
wmf776759 Dec 25 2012, 2:47am says:

Scientist: As I expected.

+27 votes     reply to comment
Rus[T]
Rus[T] Dec 25 2012, 2:54am says:

Lol, also, the ending :D. All and all, great mods, great videos, great year!

+7 votes     reply to comment
SnakeTheFox
SnakeTheFox Dec 25 2012, 3:13am says:

Too many CoH mods, could've used more variety in my opinion.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Dec 25 2012, 3:29am replied:

There were only 3 CoH mods much fewer than years past when it was pretty much nothing but Source mods due to the popularity. I'm liking the variety this year. Congrats and looking forward to trying some of these out. Congrats NMRiH for another Honorable mention!

+14 votes     reply to comment
Spetsnaz_Reaper
Spetsnaz_Reaper Dec 25 2012, 3:14am says:

Well done to the Misery team with having their mod coming in at 6th place. Congradulations and the whole Stalker community is looking foreward to the release of version 2.0. Keep up the great work. Enjoy the holidays guys.

PS. Well done to the Black Mesa team. Fenominal mod guys!

+15 votes     reply to comment
noob-killer
noob-killer Dec 31 2012, 9:03pm buried:

(buried)

noob

-13 votes     reply to comment
DrRhubarb
DrRhubarb Dec 25 2012, 3:19am says:

Congratulations to every team in this list and also to the rest who didn't make it but still pulled off great mod experiences this year.

+6 votes     reply to comment
dodek96_pl
dodek96_pl Dec 25 2012, 3:22am buried:

(buried)

DayZ deserved it for sure!

-16 votes     reply to comment
Simcardo
Simcardo Dec 25 2012, 11:22am replied:

I wonder why is this comment Buried?!?

+7 votes     reply to comment
Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Dec 25 2012, 5:43pm replied:

Probably personal preference like the OP.

+7 votes     reply to comment
KEVLAR60442
KEVLAR60442 Dec 27 2012, 7:58pm replied:

Because DayZ is popular. It's cool to hate popular things.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Simcardo
Simcardo Dec 27 2012, 11:23pm replied:

I still feel pretty bad that the mod DayZ itself is actually more popular than the game it's based on, ArmA 2.

+16 votes     reply to comment
theguy345
theguy345 Dec 25 2012, 3:26am says:

Fair line up, I'm happy with the choices we all made!

+5 votes     reply to comment
Frogumm
Frogumm Dec 25 2012, 3:27am says:

HOLY **** THIS GUY SOUNDS LIKE KLIENER!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Henley
Henley Dec 25 2012, 3:35am replied:

Mike Hillard did the voice of Kliener in Black Mesa, so it is the same person. Hence the Kliener joke in the end.

+7 votes     reply to comment
LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Dec 25 2012, 2:11pm replied:

Damn! Already beat me to the answer, before i could say it.
:D

Fun Fact - He is also the voice behind the Green soldiers in Army Men III.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Frogumm
Frogumm Dec 25 2012, 3:43am says:

Haha thats brilliant. I remember thinking in the Editors choice award video that they sounded similar :D

+4 votes     reply to comment
medve
medve Dec 25 2012, 3:57am says: +3 votes     reply to comment
Hakumen
Hakumen Dec 25 2012, 4:02am says:

Brutal DOOM and Misery f*** yeah! <3 =D

+8 votes     reply to comment
Jack__Sparrow
Jack__Sparrow Dec 25 2012, 4:06am says:

I'm suprised that Third Age didn't came in top 10 :/

+6 votes     reply to comment
Henley
Henley Dec 25 2012, 4:18am replied:

honorable mention

+6 votes     reply to comment
Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Dec 25 2012, 5:44pm replied:

As Henley put it it did in fact make top 10 but isn't the first time. It just didn't beat it's previous place so received an honorable mention. Congrats to Third Age once again!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Avenger5044
Avenger5044 Dec 25 2012, 4:25am says:

Congratulations a true well deserved mod winner Black Mesa! Also I am happy SWR Production's Rise of the Reds made the top ten as well.

+7 votes     reply to comment
AtlasTasume
AtlasTasume Dec 25 2012, 4:59am says:

The one thing I mainly miss there is Renegade X, but then again the multiplayer isnt out in public yet.

+4 votes     reply to comment
The_Chemical_Brother
The_Chemical_Brother Dec 25 2012, 5:09am says:

Congratulations! You guys really deserve it!

+4 votes     reply to comment
AlexKz
AlexKz Dec 25 2012, 5:44am says:

Rise of the Reds on 5th!! Congrats to the other mods and to Black Mesa for first place!

+7 votes     reply to comment
LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Dec 25 2012, 6:03am says:

To Black Mesa, Cry of Fear, CoH:Easter Front, Rise of the Reds, and Brutal Doom
Youtube.com

Although I really wish this mod would have made it in this year's awards.
Moddb.com

+4 votes     reply to comment
ReginaldHunt
ReginaldHunt Dec 25 2012, 6:11am says:

Well done Black Mesa!

+2 votes     reply to comment
CobraMad
CobraMad Dec 25 2012, 6:15am says:

This is great year for Misery. We are all happy.

+4 votes     reply to comment
reok
reok Dec 25 2012, 6:21am says:

great choices here, wow!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Turkish007
Turkish007 Dec 25 2012, 6:23am says:

No Forgotten Hope 2 in tot ten? FUUUUUU!

+3 votes     reply to comment
KodY
KodY Dec 25 2012, 6:36am replied:

Read the Honorable Mentions to know why....

+5 votes     reply to comment
Juffe
Juffe Dec 25 2012, 6:42am says:

Daisies is second....Most over rated mod ever....

0 votes     reply to comment
Halloween4
Halloween4 Dec 25 2012, 6:52am says:

What's the prizes ?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Foreskin Jim
Foreskin Jim Dec 25 2012, 11:26pm replied:

Bragging rights for a year

+2 votes     reply to comment
Whizzard
Whizzard Dec 25 2012, 7:12am says:

Black Mesa's Mod of The Year award has been coming from looooooong time ago. Considering they won the Best Upcoming Mod Award and many Honorable Mentions after that due to a mod that has won the award previous year can't be awarded again.

Also, in the past we used to complain that there are too many Source mods on the list. Well, now I'm going to complain that there are too many Company of Heroes mods on the list. xD

+1 vote     reply to comment
siftheadz
siftheadz Dec 26 2012, 11:59pm replied:

Honestly, too many source mods shouldn't be a problem simply because source is just an engine, meaning that the mods can be about anything. On the other hand, CoH mods will almost definitely all be about WW2.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Lt_Veron
Lt_Veron Dec 28 2012, 3:44pm replied:

what about modern combat mod :V?

+3 votes     reply to comment
sejievan
sejievan Dec 25 2012, 7:23am says:

Agreed, the mod is awsome!

+2 votes     reply to comment
yone
yone Dec 25 2012, 7:31am says:

4 honorable mentions that means mods can still be perfect over the years!!!

+2 votes     reply to comment
KIBER
KIBER Dec 25 2012, 7:38am says:

Where is Men of War?

+7 votes     reply to comment
ASDDFF223
ASDDFF223 Jan 16 2013, 7:19pm replied:

men of war no mod D:

+1 vote     reply to comment
Guest
Guest Dec 25 2012, 7:47am says:

i think it was pretty obvious

+2 votes     reply to comment
Pathartis
Pathartis Dec 25 2012, 7:51am says:

Congratulations to all!

+2 votes     reply to comment
kazarr
kazarr Dec 25 2012, 8:13am buried:

(buried)

I wouldn't have placed DayZ as high in it's current state. Maybe after a few patches and some more features.
Black Mesa too is undiserving if you ask me. It's basically a re-make of Half Life 1 from what people have told me. Who can call a remake Mod of the Year? The assets might be original work, but none of the ideas behind it are.
RotR will always be my #1 for this year, and probably the next. :)

-5 votes     reply to comment
Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Dec 25 2012, 5:48pm replied:

Many mods are inspired by other projects whether game, film, etc. It is not only the inspiration that fans flock to but the hard work the modding community support. Also helps if you actually play the mod and appreciate what's new before judging a game by preconceptions. Still most importantly it's "Player's Choice" and that means they've grabbed the attention and support of more players making it difficult to argue. We all have our own personal preferences, they just had the majority.

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